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  • Blog Post: Walt Disney Family Museum celebrates Disneyland's 55th anniversary - Part I

    Wow, July 16-18 was quite a weekend for Disney fans marking the 55th anniversary of Disneyland 's opening. In addition to all of the events at the parks in Anaheim and elsewhere, there were special talks Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Walt Disney Family Museum in The Presidio of San Francisco...
  • Blog Post: Trip the light fantastic with Walt Disney World’s new “Summer Nightastic!” program

    Okay. I know. The news coming out of Orlando these days all seems to be about a certain boy wizard (As well it should be. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter really is spectacular. The next time you’re in O-Town, you should definitely make a point of swinging by Islands of Adventure and checking this...
  • Blog Post: Mything in Action: Mania Happy Returns

    Have you seen Toy Story 3 yet? I confess I haven’t. But as I write this article, the movie’s opening date is still nearly a week away, so I’ve got a good excuse. Yet with all the excitement surrounding the movie’s debut, it felt like an appropriate time to take a spin aboard Toy...
  • Blog Post: New shops & entertainment options re-energize Downtown Disney’s West Side

    Whether it’s with relatively big projects (EX: That $300-million-plus expansion of Fantasyland that’s currently underway at the Magic Kingdom) or with somewhat smaller changes (EX: The Imagineers pulling “Bo Peep’s Baaa-loon Pop” out of DHS’s Toy Story Mania! attraction so that they could then replace...
  • Blog Post: Jake Gyllenhaal was game for all the challenges he faced while filming Disney’s “Prince of Persia”

    “ Super Mario Bros. ,” “ Doom ," “ Resident Evil: Apocalypse ." The battleground for films based on video games is littered with the corpses of artistic and commercial flops. Even Angelina Jolie couldn’t save “ Lara Croft - Tomb Raider ,” although that’s considered among the best in a pretty mediocre...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Puppet MD for Disney’s “The Lion King”

    If you’re a college student who’s having a hard time finding a summer job right now, take heart. As Jena Kerr’s experience proves, persistence pays off. “I was an art major at UCLA,” she remembers. “And because I was looking for something to do over the summer of 2000, I sent my resume out everywhere...
  • Blog Post: Disney conjures up a modern-day “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

    For several generations, Disney’s “ Sorcerer’s Apprentice ” has been best known as one of the most famous sequences in animation and for its iconic image of Mickey Mouse . But Nicolas Cage , director Jon Turteltaub and producer Jerry Bruckheimer may soon change all that, especially among younger movie...
  • 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: Florida’s frosts fail to stop Disney World’s annual Flower & Garden Festival

    By now, you’ve probably heard about the freakishly cold weather that the Sunshine State experienced back in January. Where temperatures actually dipped down into the 20s in the Central Florida area. Well, it wasn’t just the state’s fruit & vegetable crop that got whomped by these...
  • Blog Post: Tech Thursday: Greater Moments with Mr. Lincoln

    In a world buffeted by gargantuan amounts of electronic information delivered in bits of three to 30 seconds, what could be more retro than sitting in a theater for 15 minutes and watching what is essentially a gussied up slide show and listening to a robot talk? Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer. Copyright Disney...
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