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Jake Gyllenhaal was game for all the challenges he faced while filming Disney’s “Prince of Persia”
Leo N. Holzer
“ 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...
20 May 2010
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...
13 May 2010
Disney conjures up a modern-day “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
Leo N. Holzer
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...
27 Apr 2010
“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...
5 Apr 2010
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...
9 Mar 2010
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...
18 Feb 2010
Enjoy the return of Warm Weather with a 4-Day Dream Pass
First, let’s start with the news that everyone has been waiting to hear: Florida’s freak cold snap appears to be over. After this past weekend, where the temperatures got so low that a few spots in Central Florida had scattered snow flurries, we’ll be back in the 60’s later today and the mid-to-high...
13 Jan 2010
A Time of Change for Orlando Theme Parks
With just hours to spare ‘til 2009 gives way to 2010, I thought that it might be interesting to review the year from the Orlando Fun Tickets point-of-view. 2009 got off to a pretty fast start with tens of thousands of runners pouring into the area January 8 – 11th to take part in the Walt Disney World...
31 Dec 2009
The Magic Kingdom: From Scary to Merry in Just 5 Nights
It always looks so easy in those Disney films. Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother just waves her magic wand and a pumpkin immediately becomes this beautiful coach. But when it comes to removing the hundreds of jack-o-lanterns that are used to decorate the Magic Kingdom for “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween...
12 Nov 2009
Going gallery-by-gallery through the Walt Disney Family Museum: Part III
Picking up where we left off with Part II of this series : The Walt Disney Family Museum opened on October 1st in San Francisco ’s historic Presidio . The $110 million museum explores the life, family, and accomplishments of Walt Disney, the man, in an attempt to restore the “Walt” to “Walt Disney.”...
28 Oct 2009
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