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    Did you spot the Sasquash in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2?

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    Did you know this elusive creature makes dozens of glimpse-and-you'll-miss them appearances in the Sony Pictures Animation comedy hit? From a building window in San Franjose to driving a boat or walking in the background of Sardine Circle. See if you can find him in the images below then find out more about the mysterious Sasquash in this video .
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    Huffington Post -- Mickey, meet Moe: How the Three Stooges influenced Disney's new Emmy Award-winning series of Mickey Mouse shorts

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    For decades now, Mickey Mouse has been the corporate symbol of The Walt Disney Company. Nice, safe and bland. But there are those at the Mouse House who remember when Disney's corporate symbol used to be really funny. To be specific, Eric Coleman -- the senior vice president of Original Series at Disney Television Animation -- and Mike Moon -- who's a creative vice president for that same arm of The Walt Disney Company. And as Eric & Mike looked at those old Mickey Mouse shorts which...
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    Countdown to Disney "Frozen" : How one simple suggestion broke the ice on the "Snow Queen" 's decades-long story problems

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    So how long has Walt Disney Animation Studios been trying to bring " The Snow Queen " to the big screen? Would you believe 70 years? Concept painting for the aborted Hans Christian Andersen bio pic that Walt Disney and Samuel Goldwyn once considered collaborating on. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Yep. As far back as 1943 (Which was when Walt was in discussions with Samuel Goldwyn about their two studios possibly collaborating on a feature-length biography of Hans...
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    "Toy Story of TERROR!" brings the fun & the wit of this acclaimed Pixar film trilogy to the small screen

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    Given that -- back when John Lasseter first began toying with the idea of building a movie around the secret life of toys in the late 1980s / early 1990s -- Buzz & Woody's very first adventure was supposed to have been a holiday special , it's kind of fitting that Pixar has finally circled back around to this idea with " Toy Story of TERROR! " (which airs tonight on ABC from 8 - 8:30 p.m. ET / PT). Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved So how does this Halloween-themed...
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    Do you see what icy? New "Frozen" trailer

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    Disney Consumer Products Unwraps its #DisneyDozen Gift List for the 2013 Holiday Season

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    Receiving more awards and accolades than ever before, this holiday toy list showcases imaginative products for all ages and budgets featuring Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paint & Play app by Disney Publishing Worldwide Glendale, Calif. (October 15, 2013) - It's the holiday season and Disney Consumer Products has magical gifts for all ages and budgets in its #DisneyDozen gift list inspired by favorite Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters and stories. This...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: Why that AVATAR concept art got unveiled in Japan rather than stateside. And what's in the works for the Disneyland Resort in regards to "Star Wars"

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    It's been a busy couple of days, Disney news-wise. With all sorts of official announcements being made and weird rumors bubbling up. So as a special Columbus Day treat, I thought that it might be fun to dig down into this pile and then offer some additional information about some of the stories that have been swirling around out there. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved First of all, let's talk about that concept art for James Cameron's World of AVATAR that was showcased...
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    From making her primetime debut on ABC's "Once Upon a Time" to Ms. Bell's brand-new hardcover history, teeny Tink is having a very big week

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    For those of you who are keeping tabs on which classic Disney characters have been popping up on ABC 's " Once Upon A Time ," this Sunday's episode really is a must-see. Why For? Well, since Emma & the crew from Storybrooke are wandering all over Neverland searching for Henry, who should they turn to for help in their effort to find Peter Pan's camp but Tinker Bell? Rose Mciver plays Tinker Bell in Sunday night's episode of ABC's "Once Upon a Time." Photo...
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    Countdown to Disney "Frozen" : The flaky design idea behind the look of Elsa's ice palace

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    For 84 years now, Walt Disney Animation Studios has been in the castle-building business. Whether it's that golden castle-in-the-clouds that we glimpse at the very end of " Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs " ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... or that shiny undersea abode that King Triton resides in ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... the artists & designers at WDAS certainly have a knack for creating memorable domiciles for royals...
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    Huffington Post -- How Alfonso Cuarón sculpted authentic-sounding audio for "Gravity" 's silence-filled space

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    There's a heated debate going on right now among cinéastes about the proper way to see " Gravity ." Some say that the very best way to experience Alfonso Cuarón 's incredibly intense space epic is by catching the 3D version. While still others insist that -- in order to feel the full effect of (SPOILERS AHEAD) being stranded 375 miles above Earth -- you really need to see the IMAX 3D version of this movie. Well, according to sound editor Skip Lievsay , if you want...
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    Disney sets up shop In J.C. Penney

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    Retailer J.C. Penney is hoping some of Tinker Bell 's pixie dust will attract parents and their children into its recently launched Disney shops inside some 565 stores nationwide. Penney's had been selling select Disney merchandise on its website since early September and now has cut the ribbon on Disney shops as part of its redesigned children's department. Photo by Paul Perrello There is no mistaking the Disney footprint. At the J.C. Penney store at the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia...
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    DreamWorks Animation screens "Dragon 2" and "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" footage for NATO members in Washington DC

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    Greetings from Washington D.C. Where -- while the U.S. Government may not be working -- DreamWorks Animation certainly is. T he Kennedy Center reflected in the placid Potomac. Photo by Jim Hill Last night just across the street from Georgetown Waterfront Park, Fox & DWA officials treated roughly 100 members of the National Association of Theatre Owners (who were in town for their annual general membership and board meeting) to a quick preview of their upcoming slate. After the audience had been...
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    Join Disneyland's CHOC "Walk in the Park" to Support Pediatric Healthcare & Get a Peek Behind the Magic

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    2013 CHOC "WALK IN THE PARK," THE LARGEST, SINGLE PEDIATRIC WALK IN THE U.S., GETS READY TO HIT THE PAVEMENT AT DISNEYLAND RESORT ON OCTOBER 13 The event is the biggest annual fundraising effort for CHOC Children's, devoted to meeting the medical needs of children throughout Southern California and beyond ORANGE, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2013) - - Before the sun rises on Sunday, October 13, Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, will be filled with thousands of people...
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    A respectful retheming & fast service make the Market House Starbucks a welcome addition to Disneyland's Main Street U.S.A.

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    Late last week, I was out west for a Disney "Frozen" media event (Don't worry. JHM will be posting a bunch of stories about this new Walt Disney Animation Studios production in the coming weeks). And before I flew back home to New Hampshire on Saturday night, I made a quick side trip to Disneyland Park to go check out this year's Halloween Time decorations. Photo by Jim Hill I have to admit that I enjoyed how Disneyland Entertainment Creative Development works with this theme park's...
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    Huffington Post -- Celebrate the start of The Simpsons' 25th season on television by touring Universal Studios Florida's Springfield, U.S.A.

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    Tonight The Simpsons officially kicks off its 25th season on Fox . Normally on an auspicious occasion like this, you're supposed to raise a glass. But since we're looking to pay tribute to the longest running prime time series in US television history , shouldn't that glass be filled with Duff Beer? Or -- at the very least -- Buzz Cola? Well, if you'd like to toast Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart & Maggie with an authentic Simpsons-inspired beverage, then there's really only one...
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    Princess Fairytale Hall is a welcome addition to the New Fantasyland at WDW's Magic Kingdom

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    “Hear Ye! Hear Ye! By royal proclamation, the Princess Fairytale Hall at Walt Disney World ’s New Fantasyland is now open.” Photo by Paul Perrello With a bit of pomp and circumstance only fitting for royalty, guests can now pay a visit to the fairest princesses in all the land at the recently opened Fairytale Hall located in the Castle Courtyard in the center of an expanded Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom . Here you will be able to meet and greet some of your favorite...
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    Huffington Post -- "Remember Roy E. Disney" shines a spotlight on Walt's nephew, who saved The Walt Disney Company not once but twice

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    So it was Walt who dreamed up the Disney Company. And it was his older brother Roy O. who repeatedly found the funds necessary to turn Walt's dreams into reality. And it was Michael Eisner who took Disney when it was dead last in Hollywood (Out of the eight studios in town that were making movies at that time, Disney was eighth) and then turned into a multi-media powerhouse. And it's Bob Iger who -- through the canny acquisition of Pixar , Marvel and Lucasfilm (not to mention the Company's...
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    The Once and Future Keane: Glen Keane looks back on animating Ariel, announces his own production company

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    In case you haven't already noticed, we're right in the middle of The Walt Disney Company's full-court promotional press for " The Little Mermaid " (which is available for the first time on Blu-ray combo pack and HD Digital starting next Tuesday, October 1st). So on the East Coast of the country this past Saturday, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment staged a special screening of this beloved animated classic at NYC's Walter Reade Theater where Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel...
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    There's just one week left to catch that whimsical march-of-the-ducks at the Peabody Orlando

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    There are lots of hotels along International Drive. Photo by Jim Hill But there's only one hotel in Orlando that has ducks etched in its front windows ... Photo by Jim Hill ... and a marble mallard inlaid right in the floor of its lobby. Photo by Jim Hill When you see this many ducks outside of WDW 's Magic Kingdom , there's really only one place that you can be. And that's the Peabody Orlando . Photo by Jim Hill he story of this I-Drive hotel doesn't actually start in Orlando...
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    Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23 is Now Open

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    EVIL HAS TAKEN ROOT.. UNIVERSAL ORLANDO'S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 23 IS NOW OPEN Nation's Best Halloween Event Features Horror's Most Recognizable Names - Including AMC's "The Walking Dead," Resident Evil, "The Cabin in the Woods" and More ORLANDO, Fla. (September 20, 2013) -Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23 is now open with eight, all-new, disturbingly real haunted houses, horrifying street experiences filled with hundreds of "scareactors"...
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    Huffington Post -- Disney hopes "Little Mermaid" fans will embrace the communal, interactive movie-going experience that "Second Screen Live" offers

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    It's become quite the hot-button issue in cinematic circles. What to do about people who bring their electronics along with them when they go out to the movies and then fire these devices up mid-film. Just late week at the Toronto International Film Festival , Alex Billington -- the blogger behind FirstShowing.net -- actually dialed 911 in the middle of a screening of " The Sacrament ." All because the film critic seated directly in front of Alex refused to stop using their cell phone...
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    What sort of ripple effect will Disney's decision to push back "The Good Dinosaur" 's release date have?

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    Do your remember that scene from the original " Jurassic Park " where -- as that off-screen T-Rex stomped around the paddock which he was about to escape from -- his footfalls were so heavy that they actually cause ripples in those water glasses which Tim & Lexy are drinking from? Copyright 1993 Universal Pictures. All rights reserved Well, Disney's decision to push back the release date of "The Good Dinosaur" from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015 is bound to cause some...
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    Disney Shares First Look Images from "The Pirate Fairy" Releasing on Blu-ray Combo Pack Spring 2014

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    Zarina (left) is voiced by Christina Hendricks and James (right) is voice by Tom Hiddleston.
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    Huffington Post -- Why Stephan Franck was drawn to use hand-drawn animation on "The Legend of Smurfy Hollow"

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    Has computer animation's omnipresence in today's entertainment left you ... Well, feeling a little blue? Well, don't fret. There are still folks in Hollywood who are huge fans of traditional animation. Witness Disney's announcement last week that its Touchstone Pictures division will be handling the North American distribution of Hayao Miyazaki 's latest hand-drawn masterwork, " The Wind Rises ." Or -- better yet -- what Sony Pictures Animation decided to do with its...
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    Broadway-bound version of Disney's "Aladdin," a new musical comedy, holds its first day of rehearsal in NYC

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    Hey! Clear the way in the old Bazaar Hey you! Let us through! It's a bright new star! Adam Jacobs -- who plays the title role in Disney's big new Broadway-bound production of "Aladdin" -- grabs a snack on the first day of rehearsal. Photo by Heidi Gutman. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Oh Come! Be the first on your block to meet his eye! Courtney Reed -- who will play Princess Jasmine in the all-new stage version of this Academy Award- winning film -- looks...
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    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Releases New Poster for "Frozen" in Theatres This Thanksgiving

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    Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind "Tangled" and "Wreck-It Ralph," presents "Frozen," a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey-teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven-to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions...
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    Disney's "Into the Woods" Ventures Into Production Featuring New Song by Stephen Sondheim

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    DISNEY'S "INTO THE WOODS" VENTURES INTO PRODUCTION FEATURING AWARD-WINNING CAST & PRODUCTION TEAM Film to Feature Songs from the Award-Winning Stage Show, Plus Brand-New Song by Stephen Sondheim BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2013) - Disney's "Into the Woods" kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical "Chicago" and Disney's...
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    How Mark Renfrow brewed up "Unleashed the Villains" for Disney's Hollywood Studios

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    By now, you've no doubt heard about what happened at Disney's Hollywood Studios this past Friday night. How a New Year's Eve-sized crowd turned out for this " Limited Time Magic " event. Which led to some pretty interesting challenges for the very unlucky WDW cast members who were scheduled to work at this theme park on Friday the 13th. It was body-to-body along Hollywood Boulevard this past Friday night. Photo by Angela Ragno Now there are plenty of places that you go online...
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    Start of construction of Disney Springs parking garages means the end of the road for WDW's Pleasure Island nightclub complex

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    Last month when I was out at the D23 EXPO , longtime Imagineer Doug Hartwell was nice enough to give me a brief tour of the "Journey into Imagineering pavilion. Doug Hartwell and Jim Hill stand in front of the Disney Springs model. Photo by Nancy Stadler As part of that tour, we stopped in front of the model for the Disney Springs project. Which is this multi-year, five phase, umpteen million dollar reimaging of WDW 's Downtown Disney retail, dining and entertainment complex . Disney Springs...
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    Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company Joins Disney's El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard

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    Grand Opening of New Ghirardelli® Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop And all-new Disney Studio Store Set For Friday, November 15 HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -September 15, 2013 - Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, America's oldest operating chocolate manufacturer, is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newest soda fountain and chocolate shop on Friday, November 15th, joining The Walt Disney Studio's El Capitan Theatre and Disney Studio Store on Hollywood Boulevard. The shop-the first in Los...
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    Want to make some not-so-quick Silver? First you have to go buy some discounted Disney "Lone Ranger" merch ...

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    Here's a story for all you speculators out there. And you know who you are. I have this acquaintance -- let's call him Reggie -- who dabbles in a rather specialized area of Disneyana collecting. Reggie's a guy who likes to bet on flops that he thinks will eventually become hits. Case in point: When Disney's "The Rocketeer" came out in June of 1991 and quickly crashed & burned at the box office , Reggie was one of that handful of film fans (and I include myself in this...
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    Toon Tuesday -- Why you shouldn't believe all of the bad news that you've been hearing about Pixar's "Good Dinosaur"

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    So I'm guessing that you saw this Los Angeles Times ' headline last week ... Pixar Animation yanks director Bob Peterson off "The Good Dinosaur" ... and or the headline that Geeks of Doom used to report on this same story ... Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved Director Bob Peterson Pulled Off Of Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" ... or -- better yet -- the headline that I am Rogue used. Pixar Kicks Director Bob Peterson Off "The Good Dinosaur" Photo by...
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    The Big Apple celebrates the official launch of Disney Infinity in a big, big way

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    Seeing as Noe 's Disney Infinity review got such a nice reaction on Wednesday, I thought that I'd share some shots that I took while I was down in New York City last week. Mind you, I missed the official Disney Infinity launch event. Which was held in Times Square on Sunday, August 18th and was when thousands of gamers turned out ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... to try this new Disney Interactive product on for size as well as catch live performances by Disney...
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    Sheryl Crow at LEGOLAND Florida ahead of album debut

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    PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainm​ents Group, Chip Litherland​ WINTER HAVEN -- September 1, 2013 -- Sheryl Crow poses Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in front of LEGOLAND Florida’s World of Chima attraction in Winter Haven, Fla. ahead of the September 10 launch of her first-ever country music album, titled “ Feels Like Home .” The World of Chima is the only place in the world that immerses fans in the newly launched LEGO Legends of Chima storyline. At The Quest for Chi, guests...
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    Disney Legend Rolly Crump shares even "More Cute Stories" about Disneyland Park on his new audio CD

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    All good things come to an end. That's what they say, anyway. So last year, when I got to the end of " It's Kind of a Cute Story " ( Bamboo Forest Publishing , November 2102), I have to admit that I was somewhat depressed. Copyright Bamboo Forest Publishing. All rights reserved Don't get me wrong. It wasn't the book itself that depressed me. Rolly Crump's memoir was a thoroughly entertaining read. It's just that ... Well, just like Jeff Heimbuch (i.e., Crump's...
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    Horror Game Series Resident Evil Completes Lineup for Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23

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    HORROR VIDEO GAME SERIES RESIDENT EVIL COMPLETES INTENSELY TERRIFYING LINEUP FOR UNIVERSAL ORLANDO'S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 23 Nation's Best Halloween Event to Feature Eight All-New Haunted Houses, Outrageous Shows and Horrifying, New Street Experience ORLANDO, Fla. (August 29, 2013) - This fall, Universal Orlando Resort will transform reality into a surreal fight for survival as the critically-acclaimed survival horror video game series Resident Evil becomes a haunted house at Halloween...
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    News | Disney Interactiv​e and Harmonix Bring The Magic Of 'Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved' To PAX Prime 2013

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    Fans to Get Their Hands on Exclusive "Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved" Giveaways And Receive a Special Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of the Game at the ' Reimagining Fantasia' Panel BURBANK, Calif. - (August 26, 2013) - Disney Interactive and Harmonix are delivering music and magic to Seattle for PAX Prime 2013, with the award-winning "Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved." Disney Interactive and Harmonix will be on hand for a number of "Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved"...
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    Disneyland Resort Celebrates Congressio​nal Medal of Honor Recipient Jay R. Vargas

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    This past Monday, at the daily Flag Retreat Ceremony at Disneyland Park, the Disneyland Resort honored retired Marine Col. Jay R. Vargas, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Nixon for his actions during the Vietnam War. The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor a service member can receive and there are currently only 79 living recipients and 3,462 total recipients of the award. Jay R. Vargas was born in Winslow, Arizona, the son of immigrants, an Italian mother and...
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    Disney Infinity is a real game changer for the Mouse House, delivering top quality fun for gamers & non-gamers alike

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    The gamers at JimHillMedia.com -- Alice, Shelly and myself -- have spent the past few days exploring the world of Disney Infinity. This new Disney Interactive release game came out on August 18th. But the game is so robust that it deserved a few days to get an accurate sense of the entire experience. Alice, Shelly and myself had been interested in the title since John Lasseter gave the first public debut exclusively for D23 members in January. In fact we had spent time following the progress on the...
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    DAK's "World of AVATAR" is just one component of James Cameron & Fox Filmed Entertainment's plan to turn this film into a full-fledged franchise

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    Next month (September 20th, to be exact) will mark the two year anniversary of the announcement that " ... Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide is joining forces with visionary filmmaker James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the world of AVATAR to life at Disney parks." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved And just in case you're wondering: September 21, 2013 marks the 2nd anniversary of the very first comment by an irate Disney fan. Who was demanding...
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    "Water to Paper, Paper to Sky - The Art of Tyrus Wong" exhibit opens at the Walt Disney Family Museum

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    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 question never met Walt Disney. Yet his work at the Studio on a particular project has influenced generations of artists. And his time inside the gates was surprisingly short. Walt Disney Family Museum...
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    Disney's Mystery Adventure "Tomorrowland" is Coming to Life in Vancouver

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    DISNEY'S "TOMORROWLAND" BEGINS FILMING IN VANCOUVER STARRING ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER GEORGE CLOONEY, HUGH LAURIE, BRITT ROBERTSON, RAFFEY CASSIDY AND THOMAS ROBINSON Burbank, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2013) -Principal photography has begun on Disney's mystery adventure "Tomorrowla nd," starring two-time Academy Award winner George Clooney ("Michael Clayton," "Syriana"), Hugh Laurie ("Monsters vs. Aliens," "Arthur Christmas"), Britt Robertson...
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    Huffington Post -- John Landis remembers "An American Werewolf in London," which will soon be recreated as a maze at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23

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    Director John Landis clearly has a soft spot when it comes to theme parks. Want proof? Check out that "When in Hollywood, Visit Universal Studios (Ask for Babs)" card which Landis used to have tacked on to the end credits of his feature films back in the late 1970s / early 1980s. Or the fact that his 1994 film, " Beverly Hills Cop III " was actually set in and around a theme park. Or that John personally directed the "Disneyland 35th Anniversary Celebration" TV special...
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    1st beta test of MyMagic+ gets a somewhat mixed response from WDW Guests

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    So it's been a week now since the first big on-property beta test of MyMagic+ was held, where Guests staying at four different WDW resorts were given the opportunity to personalize their vacation experiences. Of course, when these people elected to be part of the MyMagic+ beta test, I don't think that they realized that " ... personalizing their vacation experiences" meant that these folks were going to get to know the Cast Members who worked at the Front Desk at their particular...
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    Huffington Post -- Will the third time be the charm for Disney's D23 EXPO?

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    Starting today, Disney fans from around the world will be pouring into the Anaheim Convention Center, eager to sample all of the wonders that the Mouse will be unveiling at this year's D23 EXPO, that trade show / Comic-Con clone that the Company presents biannually. Photo by Jim Hill "What sort of wonders?," you ask. These will range from relatively intimate, heartfelt affairs -- like that panel Disney author Dave Bossert will be hosting today at 1:30 p.m. which then pays tribute to...
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    Disneyland Resort celebrates the 50th anniversary of its cast member canoe races

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    Ever since the middle of June, they'd been coming to Disneyland Park in the dark. Photo by Jim Hill Teams of cast members representing virtually every division of The Walt Disney Company. Walt Disney Animation Studios. Disney Consumer Products. The Disney Store. ABC Television. And -- of course -- the good folks who work at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. The Animation Armada flexes its muscle in a team photo that was taken just prior to the start of Tuesday's competition...
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    Universal Orlando Resort & Warner Bros. to Host an Event in Celebration of Harry Potter in January 2014

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    "A Celebration of Harry Potter" will Feature Exciting Activities Across Both Universal Studios and Universal's Islands of Adventure from Jan. 24 - 26 Vacation Packages with Exclusive Benefits, Including Access to a Private Evening Reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Go on Sale Thursday, August 22 at Noon EST Orlando, Fla. (August 7, 2013) - Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. announced today that they will host "A Celebration of Harry Potter" - a special...
  • Jim Hill

    World premiere of Disney "Planes" turns Hollywood Boulevard into a celebrity-filled landing strip

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    If you were driving up Hollywood Boulevard trying to make it to the TCL Chinese Theatre yesterday afternoon, you probably found that your way was blocked by a ... Photo by Shelly Valladolid Wait a minute. Is that a giant inflatable jet? Photo by Shelly Valladolid Yep. There were all sorts of untraditional aircraft coming in for a landing in front of the El Capitan Theatre last night. Photo by Jim Hill Which only made sense. Given that this Hollywood movie palace was where Walt Disney Studios decided...
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    Everything old is new again with Disney Television Animation's Mickey Mouse shorts and "Get A Horse!"

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    Have you been watching these new Mickey Mouse shorts that the folks at Disney Television Animation recently began producing? The seventh in this series -- "GASP!" --- debuted on the Disney Channel this past Friday. And while I know that there are some animation experts & Disney purists who are still taking issue with these deliberately edgy cartoons, I have to say that I've really been enjoying these. I mean, these 3 1/2 minute-long toons are fast paced. They've got a great...
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    How did Brian Morrow sell SeaWorld executives on building "Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin" in Orlando? It started with some cardboard & glue

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    Do you remember how you used to do those projects in grade school? Where you'd sit at the kitchen table with a pair of safety scissors, a pile of cardboard, a bottle of Elmer's Glue and a shoebox? And then -- after an hour or so of cutting & gluing (and a little help from Mom) -- you'd wind up with a pretty crummy diorama of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Or a fairly lumpy relief map of South America. Well, Brian Morrow -- the Creative Director for SeaWorld Parks...
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