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  • Blog Post: "Water to Paper, Paper to Sky - The Art of Tyrus Wong" exhibit opens at the Walt Disney Family Museum

    On the subject of Walt Disney, a somewhat common thread is how well he placed people where their talents could do the best for a particular project. Plenty of good tales over the years of how people realized what they were best at after Walt "set them on the path". In one case, the person in...
  • Blog Post: Another form of animation: Now at the Walt Disney Family Museum

    It's no secret that animation played a big role in the life of Walt Disney and the company that bears his name. A visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum offers guests the opportunity to learn about it. And usually, the process of two-dimensional, such as hand-drawn animation, is how the story unfolds...
  • Blog Post: Disney's California Zephyr departs Anaheim, but not for oblivion

    Fans of the Disney California Adventure (yes, they do exist) have known for some time that the impending Buena Vista Street project would bring changes to the entrance to the theme park. As the Golden Gate Bridge makeover is well underway, the next phase of this project starts to take shape on Monday...
  • Blog Post: "Back to Space-Con" goes where no one has gone before

    Gene Roddenberry 's " Star Trek " is often admired for its appeal to the fans. Who can blame them? Looking back to the times when the show first aired, there was a great deal of uncertainty in our lives. The USA was fighting an increasingly unpopular conflict in Southeast Asia. Racial tensions...
  • Blog Post: “Flynn Lives” fanatics disrupt ENCOM product announcement in San Francisco

    Remember how I said that Walt Disney Pictures was going to stage a stunt at WonderCon 2010 that would then top that “Flynn’s Arcade” thing that the Studio set up at Comic Con last July? Well, the Mouse delivered in spades this past Friday night. The Blue Parrot had a front row seat for this “ TRON Legacy...
  • Blog Post: "Sometimes, the smallest things in life bring the biggest joys" : Celebrating Disneyland ephemera

    EPHEMERA : Throwaway paper from every day life (eg: advertising, ticket stubs, programs, some booklets and pamphlets, etc.) From the Greek work ephemeron, meaning something that disappears quickly Advertisement Last week, I spent some time in the garage doing some work to our gas dryer. No big deal,...
  • Blog Post: Café Orleans: Laissez bontemps rouler! *

    The new Café Orleans logo If you ask an average Disneyland guest which area of the park may be their favorite, there is a strong possibility that New Orleans Square may be the choice. Reasons why could include that this "land" is home to the Park's most popular attractions – Pirates of the Caribbean...
  • Blog Post: Red Carpet Redux: Even more pictures from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" 's world premiere at Disneyland

    First of all, I want to apologize to all you JHM readers who were somewhat disappointed by that "Dead Man's Chest" story that I filed back on Monday. Based on some of the comments that were posted in the "TalkBack" for that particular article ... Well, I guess a number of you considered that column to...
  • Blog Post: From the Spanish Main to Main Street U.S.A. : "Dead Man's Chest" stages lively premiere at Disneyland

    How dedicated are "Pirates" film fans? So dedicated that -- even with temperatures in the upper 80s and humidity on the rise -- thousands of people staked out places along Main Street U.S.A. The start of the red carpet area at Disneyland Photo by Roger Colton Spending hours standing in the...
  • Blog Post: Check out Mattel's new "Cars" collectors series

    Given that Hot Wheels have been such a huge hit for Mattel for the past 38 years, it should probably come as no surprise that -- just as " Cars " was rolling into theaters -- this toy giant would also be rolling out a brand-new line of toys. One that would feature vehicles that were modeled...
  • Blog Post: ... While Roger doesn't share Michael's positive opinion of Pixar's new picture

    Okay. So we all know that " Cars " is one of the summer's most anticipated releases. But after watching this new Pixar Animation Studios' production, I just could not help but think that -- as good as it was -- "Cars" could have been even better. And that's all the more a pity. Because I really did enjoy...
  • Blog Post: ... then checks under the hood on "The Art of Cars"

    Let me begin by saying that I am not a car guy. As in: I don't have "grease under my finger nails and gasoline in my veins." But I certainly know more than a few folks who qualify in that sense. And while I don't own a hot rod or a sports car, I have enjoyed my fair share of experiences involving both...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: Your Disneyland "Car" Stories

    Ah, the call of the open road… The shiny automobile packed for the journey, the family gathered, a full tank of inexpensive gasoline and repeated cries of "Are we there yet?" There is nothing like it! Loyal readers may recall that last summer, I shared the tale of my family's first Disneyland visit ...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: "Cars" tunes

    Anyone been by the iTunes Music Store lately? If so, then you might have spotted this catchy little number. Image courtesy of Apple Computer Which -- if clicked on -- leads to this… Image courtesy of Apple Computer So why not be the first one on your block to own the soundtrack from "Cars" by preordering...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: Another look at the “Behind The Magic” exhibit

    One of the delights of the"Behind the Magic: 50 Years of Disneyland" exhibit that's currently being presented at the Oakland Museum of California is that there are so many great items waiting at every turn. For every Disneyland fan, there is something that evokes memories of a favorite time at the Park...
  • Blog Post: It's official! Pixar & Disney have finally merged

    Friday, May 5, 2006 will likely be a date soon forgotten by many. Yet the importance of a short meeting held at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art should not be overlooked. This was the day that Pixar stockholders were to vote on the question of the proposed merger with Disney. A crowd of perhaps a...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: “Behind The Magic” exhibit comes to Oakland

    Okay Disneyland fans. Here is an opportunity that you truly will not want to pass up. Especially if you plan to visit Northern California this summer… If you are one of the folks who have been reading the site for a while, then you may recall that the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, along with...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: Speedway to Movie Theater for 30,000!

    A few Sundays ago, I had the opportunity to stop by the Lowe’s Motor Speedway . Located in Concord, North Carolina, just north of Charlotte, this is the heart of NASCAR racing. Guess who’s coming soon? And with the upcoming premiere of Disney/Pixar’s new film, “Cars” weeks away, I thought you might enjoy...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: A Podcast Primer for Mouse Fans

    Podcasting has been one of those things that started off slowly.Call it the CB (that’s Citizens Band) radio of the Internet if you will. Where once producing an audio interview required all the talents and equipment of a major production studio, now all it takes is a good digital audio recorder and the...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: A sneak preview of the Walt Disney Family Museum

    It is no secret that I have many reasons to love the City that is San Francisco. Like many visitors, I find an attraction in the neighborhoods, the people, the places and the food. So, if something else were to come along that would make me enjoy it all the more, how would I feel about it? After today...
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