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    Forget Downtown Disney, how would you like to go to Downton Abbey?

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    And help the victims of the Tsunami in the Philippines 10 reasons to meet the cast of Downton Abbey on set in London
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    Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Now Hiring

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    Loews Hotels hosting grand hire event February 10 - 12 to fill hundreds of newly-created jobs WHAT: Loews Hotels is seeking motivated and enthusiastic hotel and hospitality candidates to be part of the opening team for the newest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Positions in the highly-anticipated 1,800-room hotel include: food and beverage, rooms, front office, housekeeping, recreation, engineering, security, and stewarding. Loews Hotels is hosting...
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    Will "Magic Castle Online: My Happy Life" make Disney Interactive a major player in the 3DS universe?

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    Disney hopes to capture lighting in a bottle twice on the same game. JHM readers may remember that the site had a short look at the Disney Japan game Magic Castle Online . The free-to-play online game featured player controlled characters interacting with Disney icons and other gamers in a persistent world that was a sort of virtual Magic Kingdom. Players could enjoy mini-games and earn virtual currency to buy or win character costumes and other prizes. The game was popular among the visitors to...
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    Animation Director Carlos Saldanha to Receive CinemaCon International Filmmaker of the Year Award

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    CARLOS SALDANHA TO RECEIVE CINEMACON ® INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR AWARD WASHINGTON D.C. (January 28, 2014) - Acclaimed animation director, Carlos Saldanha, will be honored with a special "International Filmmaker of the Year" Award, as part of CinemaCon's International Day, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held March 24 - 27, 2014 at...
  • Jim Hill

    How Vermont's brutally cold winters had a hand in Disney's "The Jungle Book"

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    Since Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be released the Diamond Edition of " The Jungle Book " next month (on February 11th, to be exact), I thought it might be fun to talk about the Rudyard Kipling book that this 1967 Walt Disney Production was based on. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Now given that Kipling was born in India back in December of 1865 and then spent for the first six years of this life in that country (Not to mention that -- even before...
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    STAR WARS REBELS News from Lucasfilm Animation - Meet Chopper

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    Meet Chopper - the newest droid in the Star Wars Universe! In Star Wars , droids are always eager to help out their human masters, drop whatever it is they're doing when called upon, and sometimes even sacrifice themselves to save others. Right? Not quite. Introducing Chopper, a lazy, cranky (if ultimately goodhearted) astromech droid, and the latest character revealed from the highly anticipated Star Wars Rebels animated series. "If Artoo is the family dog," said Dave Filoni, executive...
  • Jim Hill

    Harry Potter stars & fans journey to Universal Orlando for a celebration of the boy wizard

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    At this point, people who come to the Universal Orlando Resort kind of expect to encounter some Harry Potter-related lines. Yesterday afternoon, the line to get into the Harry Potter Expo actually started down by Universal Studios' Classic Monsters Cafe ... But yesterday, the Guests weren't lining up for " Forbidden Journey ." But -- rather -- a whole different kind of theme park magic. ... and then curved past USF's New York Public Library facade. Photo by Nancy Stadler No...
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    Huffington Post -- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley nears completion at the Universal Orlando Resort

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    There's not a stitch of clothes for sale at Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions. Not yet anyway. And the shelves at Borgin and Burkes are still bare as well. But none of that matters. Even though The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley is still basically a construction site, there's really only one word that describes this soon-to-open addition to the Universal Orlando Resort. And that word is magical. Copyright Universal Orlando. All rights reserved Though visitors to Universal...
  • Jim Hill

    Never mind about Meryl & Emma. What about Julie & Audrey's epic battle for Best Actress back in 1965?

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    Okay. I know. You're feeling kind of blue because members of the Academy didn't show " Saving Mr. Banks " all that much love last week. There's also a number of you out there who are really, really angry at Meryl Streep right now. Mostly because you believe that her ill-considered remarks at the National Board of Review awards gala is what wound up costing Emma Thompson a Best Actress nomination. Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson at the 2014 Board of National Review Awards Gala...
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    Huffington Post -- Disney "Frozen" directors credit their crew with this film's Best Animated Feature nomination

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    So was it glamorous & exciting for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee earlier today when they learned that " Frozen " -- the Walt Disney Pictures release that they had co-directed -- had been nominated for Best Animated Feature ? Not exactly. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "You have to understand that the Academy makes these announcements at around 5:30 a.m. West Coast Time. And the last time I was nominated, for " Surf's Up ," I didn't set my...
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    "Roadblock!" reveals how Disney's "The Happiest Millionaire" wound up being such a cinematic misfire

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    What with " Saving Mr. Banks " being out in theaters right now, there's been a lot of talk lately about " Mary Poppins ." How this Academy Award-winning film was perhaps Walt Disney's crowning cinematic achievement. But me? I can't help but look at the two Disney-produced movie musicals on either side of "Mary Poppins." To be specific, 1961's " Babes in Toyland " and 1967's " The Happiest Millionaire ." Which are ... um ... Here...
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    Was Walt Disney an anti-Semite? Not according to The Wizard of Oz

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    Sorry I've been away for a couple of days. So what did I miss? Ah, yeah. Meryl Streep 's speech at the National Board of Review awards. Where -- before she handed Emma Thompson the best actress award for her stellar performance in " Saving Mr. Banks " -- Streep first went out of her way to attack the late Walt Disney. Calling him racist, sexist and anti-Semitic . Look, Floyd Norman has already effectively addressed the racism issue . And Amid Amidi did a great job of debunking Meryl's...
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    Adam Sanderson is named as the new head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club

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    Ever since Steven Clark -- the head of D23 -- stepped down in late September, people have been wondering what this means for the future of the Official Disney Fan Club. Even though Bob Iger had already announced that The Walt Disney Company would be staging another D23 EXPO in Anaheim in 2015 , there were those within the Disneyana fan community who were concerned about the Club's future. The Ben Franklin & Mark Twain audio animatronic figures from the finale of Epcot's "American...
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    Why didn't Disney & Marvel officials come to Spider-Man's rescue during "Turn Off the Dark" 's Broadway debacle?

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    Over the past few days, you've probably seen a story or two about " Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark ." You know, that problem-plagued Broadway musical which just closed at the Foxwoods Theatre this past Saturday night . Given that Marvel Entertainment, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company , there were always those within the theater community who wondered why -- when "Turn Off the Dark" was genuinely floundering during this show's seemingly endless...
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    D23 Members Can Save Hundreds With New, Exclusive Discounts and Offers From Disney, Disney Store, Disney on Broadway and More

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    Members of The Official Disney Fan Club Can Now Save Hundreds of Dollars with Adventures By Disney, Disney Store, Disney on Broadway, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood , and More! BURBANK, Calif. - January 7, 2014 - Whether they're headed to a Disney Park or staying close to home, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can save hundreds of dollars on shopping, entertainment, and their next Disney adventure when they present a D23 Membership Card or use special member-only online codes...
  • Jim Hill

    "Saving Mr. Banks" production team works with Disney Archives to accurately recreate Walt's World circa 1962

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    So just how far did the " Saving Mr. Banks " production team go when it came to replicating the look & the feel of a early 1960s version of Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland Park ? Pretty darned far. Or so says Becky Cline , the Director of the Walt Disney Archives . "When the Studio brought Kelly Marcel 's script for 'Saving Mr. Banks' in February of 2012 , it was all over the news out here. And as soon as Disney officially acquired the project, the filmmakers then...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Tripping the light fantastic at Knott's Berry Farm's New Year Eve celebration

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    Having already explored Knott's Merry Farm during the day , I thought that I'd make another trip over to Buena Park and see what the holiday version of America's First Theme Park looked like after dark. Though -- in hindsight -- it might not have been my brightest idea to schedule my return trip to Knott's for New Year's Eve. Photo by Shelly Valladolid In all the years that I've been going to this theme park, I have never seen Knott's Berry Farm as busy as it was this...
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    Though Disney "Frozen" may be the Snow Queen of today's movie box office, "The Lion King" still reigns supreme

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    You have to admit that Disney "Frozen" has already had a pretty spectacular run at the box office. Over the past five weeks, this Walt Disney Animation Studios production has earned an estimated $248.4 million domestically . And then when you favor in the $250 million worth of tickets that foreign film-goers have purchased for "Frozen" to date, that's a half billion dollars right there . And given that this Chris Buck / Jennifer Lee movie is expected to maintain its box office...
  • Jim Hill

    Have a Holly Rolly Christmas by listening to "More Cute Stories -- Volume 2: Animators and Imagineers"

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    If you're like me, you spend a lot of time during the holiday season on the road. Take -- for example -- last night, where Nancy and I drove down to her sister's place in Massachusetts so that we could then spent Christmas Eve with the Moores. Then later today, we'll climb back in the car and once again zoom down to the Bay State. Just so that we can then do Christmas dinner with my family. And given that Nancy and I live 'way the hell out in the woods of New Hampshire (How far out...
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    New England Studios hopes to begin producing motion pictures & television series at this state-of-the-art facility in 2014

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    "If you build it, they will come." No, that's not just a phrase that gets whispered to Kevin Costner as he wanders through a cornfield. That's also the dream of would-be entertainment entrepreneuers everywhere. They sincerely believe if they build a state-of-the-art soundstage somewhere other than Hollywood, filmmakers who are tired of dealing with the high costs & hassles of shooting in Southern California will flock to this new facility. Copyright 2013 New England Studios...
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    Celebrate 30 Years of Disney Holiday Magic on Christmas Morning

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    ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ Airs December 25 on ABC Neil Patrick Harris & Nick Cannon Host 30th Annual Celebration with Performances by Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks, Jason Derulo and more Anaheim, Calif. and Lake Buena Vista, Fla., – Award-winning actors Neil Patrick Harris and Nick Cannon will join television anchor Lara Spencer in the holly jolly spotlight Dec. 25, 2013, to host the “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” television special...
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    Huffington Post -- Watch Santa give Krampus a seasonal smackdown on "The Aquabats! Super Show! Holiday Special"

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    He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're awake, He knows if you've been bad or good, So be good for goodness sake. This particular refrain from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" has always kind of creeped me out. Mostly because -- according to European folklore -- St. Nick actually has this sinister sidekick called Krampus . And this horned holiday devil will not hesitate when it comes to dropping the hammer on naughty little girls & boys. So how big a bad-ass...
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    Classic Disney characters help turn the lobby of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children into a more kid-friendly space

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    Let me take you back to March of 1994. I'm in the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children . And because my then-wife Michelle had just begun having contractions, the staff in Maternity had quickly admitted her. And since I wanted to keep both sets of would-be grandparents aware of what was going on in this pre-cell-phone era, I went off in search of a pay phone. Which the woman working at the admissions desk said was downin the lobby. So I hustled down to the lobby, made two phone calls (One to Massachusetts...
  • PODCASTS

    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast Episode 50: The History of the Disney Cruise Line

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    Len: Hey folks. Len here. A quick word on the audio for this Disney Cruise Line episode. It's not great but we tried. For these shows, we brought two separate identical audio recorders to the island. The idea was that Jim would talk into one, I would talk into another and we'd combine both tracks into one show for the podcast. It didn't work out like that though. One of the recorders ran a little faster than the other. About one tenth of one second per minute. That doesn't sound like...
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    Busch Gardens Williamsburg went right down to the wire while decking the halls for the 2013 edition of Christmas Town

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    I wanted to share a few shots that Nancy and I took last month at Busch Gardens Williamsburg . We were onsite for the official opening day of this year's edition of Christmas Town . Photo by Jim Hill We actually managed to make it inside this 350+ acre theme park before it opened to the public and got to see some of BGW's decorating team at work. Photo by Nancy Stadler I now want to direct your attention to the clock in the bottom-left-hand corner of the above image. Photo by Nancy Stadler...
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    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Episode 49: History of the Disney Cruise Line

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    Len: Welcome back to another edition of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill. It's Len Testa, your host and today Jim and I have a treat for you. We're recording live from Serenity Bay , the Adult Beach of Disney's Cast Away Cay. I gotta tell you, is one of the best locations, Jim, we have ever recorded, Jim: Dear Lord. Len: We're at the far end of the Adult Beach, the water... it's about eighty-five degrees outside, maybe eighty-four. The water is crystal clear...
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    Never mind about Emma Thompson playing P.L Travers. Did you hear about the time that this "Saving Mr. Banks" star was supposed to play Mary Poppins?

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    Given that one of the key scenes in " Saving Mr. Banks " is the Hollywood premiere of " Mary Poppins " (which was held on August 27, 1964 at Graumann's Chinese Theatre ), I thought that all of you movie trivia buffs out there might be interested to learn that the 49th anniversary of this Walt Disney Productions' London premiere (i.e. the one that Walt had hoped Pamela Travers would attend, rather than the Hollywood premiere) is today. Yep, according to what Valerie Lawson...
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    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Disney's "Newsies" kicks off its North American tour in October of 2014

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    Disney Theatrical Productions has certainly had a busy couple of weeks. First they announce plans to transform the beloved-fairy-tale-turned-cult-classic "The Princess Bride" into a stage production . Next came word that Disney will be joining forces with Sonia Friedman Productions to produce a stage version of "Shakespeare in Love" (which will begin previews at London's Noel Coward Theatre next July). Then the new musical comedy version of Disney's "Aladdin"...
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    Universal Orlando Resort Expansion Plan For Its CityWalk Entertainm​ent Complex Includes Eight New Venues

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    Historic Expansion Kicks off an Epic Year for Universal Orlando Resort ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 12, 2013) - Universal Orlando's CityWalk will undergo a historic expansion during 2014 - all part of an epic year for Universal that will include the opening of the destination's largest hotel, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando announced Thursday that it will open eight new venues across CityWalk throughout 2014 as part...
  • Andrea Monti

    Mystic Manor is an Imagineering masterpiece, a seamless blend of storytelling and state-of-the-art technology

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    "Welcome one and all to Mystic Manor !" Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved This is how Lord Henry Mystic welcomes visitors to his elegant home during the brief, slide-driven pre-show for this new Hong Kong Disneyland attraction. During which Mystic tells us a little bit about himself, his companion Albert (a monkey), his world-class collection of antiquities and artifacts (which we will soon see as we tour his mansion) as well as his latest find: a music box. Mind you...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    All aboard for all sorts of seasonal surprises at this year's edition of Knott's Merry Farm

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    Can it really only be a couple of weeks since the buildings in Calico Square were covered with cobwebs? Photo by Jim Hill These days, if you drop by America's First Theme Park , you'll find that Knott's Scary Farm has given way to Knott's Merry Farm ... Photo by Noe Valladolid And all of those wraiths ... Photo by Jim Hill ... have been replaced with wreaths. Photo by Noe Valladolid And as you wander the streets of Ghost Town now through January 5th, you'll find poinsettias instead...
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    Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” Free Book Gives Fans Behind-the-scenes Look at the Making of "Mary Poppins"

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    DISNEY'S "SAVING MR. BANKS" BOOK GIVES FANS A SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE MAKING OF THE TIMELESS CLASSIC "MARY POPPINS" Featuring Rare and Exclusive Archival Treasures, Recording Sessions from the Academy Award ®- Winning Composers, an Interactive Timeline of Historic Walt Disney Studios Milestones, Storyboards, Video and More BURBANK, CALIF. (December 10, 2013) - Walt Disney Studios announces the release of SAVING MR. BANKS: The Official Multi-touch...
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    Huffington Post -- I Remember Papa: Jonathan Winter's Smurfy swan song

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    When it came time to find just the right voice for Papa Smurf, Raja Gosnell and Jordan Kerner were admittedly feeling a little blue. Why For? Because the casting department at Sony Pictures Animation kept coming up short. (L to R) Sony Pictures Digital Production president Bob Osher, director Raja Gosnell and producer Jordan Kerner at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Smurfs 2." Photo by Michael Buckner / Getty Images North America "This was back in early 2010 when we had just begun...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Universal Studios Hollywood really put on the dog for this year's kick-off of its Grinchmas Wholidays celebration

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    Trim up the tree with Christmas stuff Like bingle balls, and whofoo fluff Trim up the town with goowho gums and bizilbix and wums Copyright 2013 Universal Studios. All rights reserved You gotta give the folks at Universal Studio Hollywood credit. For -- when it came to the kick-off of this year's Grinchmas Wholidays celebration -- they not only broke out their presents, their ribbons, their wrappings, Universal even sprang for some snoof and some fuzzle, some tringlers and trappings. They even...
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    Mad Men's Christina Hendricks Makes Her Neverland Debut in Disney's "The Pirate Fairy" on Blu-ray April 1, 2014

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    From the world of "Peter Pan" comes "The Pirate Fairy," a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who's captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina's wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic...
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    Huffington Post -- How Josh Gad almost missed out on the chance to voice Olaf the snowman for Disney "Frozen"

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    To be asked to participate in the first reading of a brand-new Disney animated feature was like a dream come true for Josh Gad. "You have to understand that -- when I was growing up -- I was absolutely obsessed with the animated films of Disney's Second Golden Age," Gad explained during a recent phone interview. "I mean, I recall going to see ' The Little Mermaid ' in theaters no less than 20 times. My poor mother had to send me with various aunts and uncles and nephews...
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    Disney Theatrical: THE LION KING Becomes 4th Longest Running Show on Broadway

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    BECOMES FOURTH LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW IN BROADWAY HISTORY Monday, December 2, 2013- Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING , played its 6,681 st performance on Saturday evening, November 30 th , surpassing the original Broadway production of Les Misérables (6,680 performances) to become the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history. Having recently celebrated its 16 th anniversary on Broadway last month, THE LION KING finds itself in a position unprecedented in the history...
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    D23 Celebrates “23 DAYS OF DISNEY CHRISTMAS” with the Ultimate Festive Online Art Exhibit and Sweepstakes

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    The Official Disney Fan Club Brings Together Celebrated Artists From Around The Walt Disney Company to Show Their Holiday Spirit-And D23 Members Have a Chance to Win Spectacular Artwork BURBANK, Calif. - December 3, 2013 - Just in time to celebrate the season, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has brought back "23 Days of Disney Christmas," a gorgeous collection of work contributed by artists from nearly every corner of The Walt Disney Company, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar...
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    There were lots of tiny tots with their eyes all a-glow at Sesame Place's "A Very Furry Christmas"

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    SuperGrover22 wrote in yesterday with a Why For question: Copyright Ballantine Books. All rights reserved I just finished reading your review of Brian Jay Jones ' " Jim Henson: The Biography ." Can you please explain why Michael Eisner seemed so eager to get his hands on the Sesame Street Muppets? Disney had all of its own characters plus it was about to acquire all of the classic Muppets. Wasn't that enough? Why For did Eisner keep trying to persuade Henson to hand over the Sesame...
  • Jim Hill

    What role did Great Wolf Lodge play in the development of MagicBands for Walt Disney World?

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    Pauline S. dropped me a note the other day to ask: I've read lots of stories lately about all the testing that's being done at Disney World for MagicBands . And while there's been a lot written online about how everyone's WDW vacation experience will supposedly be changed forever once the entire resort is wired into this system, I have yet to hear anything about where the idea behind MagicBands actually came from. Do you know why Disney decided to implement this system in Orlando...
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    Huffington Post -- This "Little Mermaid" has legs: Disney Legend Jodi Benson looks back on 25 years of voicing the character of Ariel

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    It's often been said that good things come to those who wait. But no one knows that axiom better than voice actor Jodi Benson . Who had to wait a full year after handing in her " Little Mermaid " audition tape before Jodi then learned that she had won the role of a lifetime. The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on the Fall of 1986 "Back in the Fall of 1986, I was appearing in ' Smile ,' a Broadway musical that Howard Ashman had written with Marvin Hamlisch . Given that Howard and...
  • Andrea Monti

    Katy Harris talks about all the hard work that went into creating Disneyland Paris' new holiday offerings

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    After beginning her theatrical career dancing in London's West End and then traveling the world, Katy Harris found herself at what was then known as EuroDisney working as a dancer at that theme park's "Beauty and the Beast" stage show. From there, Harris quickly rose through the ranks and help produce Walt Disney Studios seasonal events such as Kids Carnival and DLP's 15th anniversary "Once Upon a Dream Parade." Over the past few years, Katy has worked hand-in-hand...
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    Huffington Post -- Theme entertainment professionals "Go Go" to Orlando for IAAPA's Attractions Expo

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    So how exactly do theme park attractions get created? Well, if you're talking about the rides & shows found at the Disney Parks , those are mostly the work of Walt's fabled Imagineers. Or if you're talking about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (which -- even as you read this -- is expanding beyond Islands of Adventure 's borders over into Universal Studios Florida ), that impressive project was shepherded by the small-but-mighty team at Universal Creative . But what about...
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    Remembering Diane Disney Miller (1933 - 2013)

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    If you're looking for someone to thank for two of Walt Disney's greatest triumphs -- Disneyland Park and " Mary Poppins " -- take a moment right now to think about the late Diane Disney Miller . Miller -- who passed away earlier today following complications from a fall -- played a key role in both of these projects. When quizzed about how the Happiest Place on Earth came into being, Walt was quick to share the story of how ... ... Disneyland really began when my two daughters were...
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    "Muppets Most Wanted" Trailer Reveals Fiendish Frog Look-alike

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    Huffington Post -- In honor of Mickey's 85th anniversary, check out this clip from Walt Disney Animation Studios newest short, "Get A Horse!"

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    Even though today is Mickey Mouse's 85th anniversary, this Disney icon looks like he hasn't aged a day. Especially if you watch this classic cartoon character capering in his newest ground-breaking theatrical short, " Get A Horse! " As you can see by the clip which accompanies today's article (which is a special anniversary present that Walt Disney Animation Studios is sharing with JHM & Huffington Post readers), the opening section of "Get A Horse!" deliberately...
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    Robert A. Iger, President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company on Diane Disney Miller's Passing

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    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Diane Disney Miller and our thoughts are with her family during his difficult time. As the beloved daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for creating Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of The Walt Disney Company and in the hearts of fans everywhere. She will be remembered for her grace and generosity and tireless work to preserve her father’s legacy, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
  • Jim Hill

    Jingle Cruise is a bungle in the jungle, thanks -- in large part -- to the way this new holiday overlay has been promoted

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    So where exactly -- in the great holiday scheme of things -- does Disneyland Park 's latest attempt at a seasonal overlay fall? Is the Jingle Cruise that Xmas gift which you've always dreamed of getting or more of an itchy sweater? Changing a single letter makes a really big difference at this Adventureland attraction. Photo by Jim Hill To be blunt, this holiday overlay is kind of a half-baked fruitcake. By that I mean: The creative concept behind the Jingle Cruise itself is sound. And the...
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    Tim Gunn is having a royal ball voicing Baileywick on Disney Junior's hit series, "Sofia the First"

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    Given that Disney Junior 's " Sofia the First " is supposedly set in this fantasy world filled with costumed balls & formal ceremonies, it only made sense that Enchancia's newest princess (who -- prior to her mother marrying King Roland -- had just been a regular kid, the daughter of the kingdom's shoemaker) would really need some help when it came to deciding which gown to wear for what occasion. "And since there was always going to be this aspect of 'Sofia the...
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    "Jim Henson: The Biography" takes you behind-the-scenes during Disney's first attempt to acquire the Muppets

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    So when Jim Henson finally signed the Muppets over to The Walt Disney Company, where exactly did the deal go down? New York City? London? LA? Nope. According to Brian Jay Jones , the author of " Jim Henson: The Biography " ( Ballantine Books , September 2013), this fateful meeting actually happened in Lake Buena Vista, FL. on August 24, 1989. Where ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... just after dark, Jim and the three Disney chiefs headed to the Portobello Yacht...
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