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  • Jim Hill

    Eisner's Orphans

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    With Robert Iger now reportedly calling the shots at the Mouse House, Jim Hill wonders: How many of out-going CEO Michael Eisner's pet projects will survive the changing-of-the-guard?...
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    "Adventures by Disney" to offer one-of-a-kind trips to Hawaii & Yellowstone

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    JHM gives you a detailed look at the pilot program that the Mouse has put together to test two non-theme-park-based vacation packages that the company will begin offering to the general public later this summer....
  • Wade Sampson

    Walt in his own words

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    JHM favorite Wade Sampson returns with a transcript of Disney's last public speeches. When Walt accepted the "Showman of the World" award at the National Association of Theater Owners in October of 1966....
  • Jon Nadelberg

    San Francisco Carousels

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    JHM co-founder (and occasional guest columnist) Jon Nadelberg returns with a great new story about Baghdad-by-the-Bay's better carousels...
  • Jim Hill

    "Muppets' Wizard of Oz" windows bring whimsical fun to Macy's Flower Show

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    JHM readers Irene Kautto & Joe Smith share the pictures they took during recent trips to NYC, which reveal how Disney turned the windows of the Herald Square store into a promotional vehicle for the upcoming ABC movie....
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    A monstrous Monday Mélange

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    Rodan! You've just laid waste to downtown Tokyo. What are you going to do now?" Jim Hill reveals the not-so-startling response... as well as sharing some other Godzilla / Disney-related stories....
  • Dale Ward

    Travel Mascots

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    JHM guest columnist Dale Ward takes a look at that intriguing phenomenon: gnome-napping. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - "Play Ball!"

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    It's here at last! Spring training is almost over and baseball season is about to start. But if you've had a long wait like Roger, here's a glimpse into the world of baseball movies now out on DVD. ...
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    An Electrifying Why For

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    Jim Hill offers up a detailed look at Edison Square, another never-built "land" at Disneyland ... as well as announcing that JHM has officially begun taking names of those readers who wish to recieve an audio version of his now-defunct Disneyland history tour....
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    Does "Motors" arrival mean that Indy's now on his way out?

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    What impact (if any) will the studio theme park's new stunt show have on the "Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular?" Jim Hill suggests that it may be a bit premature to count out Dr. Jones just yet....
  • Wade Sampson

    The lost (but laughable) history of WDW's Pleasure Island: Part II

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    Wade Sampson finishes up his special two-part series that reveals the improbable history of Disney World's original night-time entertainment district as well as PI's fictional former owner, Merriweather Adam Pleasure....
  • Wade Sampson

    The lost (but laughable) history of WDW's Pleasure Island: Part I

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    Wade Sampson returns with a special two-part series that reveals the improbable history of Disney World's original night-time entertainment district as well as PI's fictional former owner, Merriweather Adam Pleasure....
  • Seth Kubersky

    Big changes at WDW's "Small World," "Noodle Station" adds a nice new nosh

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    Is "Motors" worth a special trip? Is the Magic Kingdom's new castle show really cause for "Cinderellabration"? JHM columnist Seth Kubersky is back with a detailed look at Disney World's newest shows & attractions ...
  • Jim Hill

    Darth Disney versus Obi Wan Jimnobi

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    Jim Hill fills you in on what actually happened last weekend at Disneyland as well as what he's been up to these past couple of days. Also: A fond farewell to JHM's webmaster, Tony Moore. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - A Dining Update -- Around the Disneyland Resort

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    The folks at Disney always seem to have great things to tempt appetites of all ages. Roger enjoyed a few during his recent visit and shares them....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations Extra - A "Mouse-cellaneous" Update

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    One thing is certain about a visit to Disneyland. There is always something to see, out and about the Resort. Roger found more than a few goodies and he's sharing them with you....
  • Wade Sampson

    Great Women in Disney History

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    Given that March is Women's History Month, Wade Sampson takes a moment to pay tribute to all the lovely ladies who helped to make the "Magical World of Disney" that much more magical. ...
  • Jim Hill

    The tour takes a detour ... Which (in the end) wasn't necessarily a bad thing

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    JHM guest writer Uncle Skippy recounts what it was to be a member of that infamous tour group. Which started out as having Jim Hill as its host ... only to wind up taking the " A Walk in Walt's Footsteps" tour instead. ...
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    You wanna go where every birdie knows your name...

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    Not all that thrilled with Disneyland's newly-spruced-up but still-stuck-in-the-60s "Enchanted Tiki Room"? Count your blessings, folks. For Jim Hill now reveals the long-since-aborted plan that the Imagineers hatched 'way back in the 1980s. Which called for this Adventureland attraction to be invaded by feathered versions of your favorite movie & sitcom stars...
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    Arrrrr you kidding me? An extra's eye-view of "Pirates of the Caribbean II"?!

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    Avast, me hearties! Freelance journalist Diane B. Rooney drops anchor at JHM to bring us an on-the-set report from Universal Studios Hollywood, where "Dead Man's Chest" is currently in production. ...
  • Jim Hill

    The gag's on me

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    Did Disneyland Security actually shut down yesterday's JHM tour because Jim Hill was supposedly telling inappropriate tales about the "Happiest Place on Earth"? Read the sad, sad story here. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim reveals who "Captain EO" 's original Supreme Leader was supposed to be, talks about why Disney's animated "Robin Hood" is a bit of a train wreck as well as sharing what he knows about that "Simpsons" simulator ride that Universal Studios once wanted to add to its theme parks....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations -- Around the Disneyland Resort

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    Things are happening in Anaheim as Disneyland's 50th approaches. Roger has just returned from a visit and has some tidbits to share....
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    Idle hands ... make a really funny musical

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    In honor of "Spamalot" opening on Broadway tonight, Jim Hill looks back on Eric Idle's association with the Walt Disney Company ... as well as revealing a really great scene that wound up getting cut out of the original screenplay for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays With Wade: Walt Disney meets the King of the Leprechauns

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    Though St. Patrick's Day is still a day away, Wade Sampson shares a bit of blarney about the time the old Mousetro supposedly sat down to chat with King Brian of Knocknasheega....
  • Andrew Franks

    Don't Toy With Me: Marvel Legends Wave 9-The Galactus Wave

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    The 9th wave of Toy Biz's Ultra-Articulated Marvel superhero figures is just starting to hit US retailers - and this time, they've brought a GIGANTIC surprise!...
  • Angela Ragno

    WDW Shopping Sleuth: Is it really smart to shop at Mickey Mart?

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    "Cheap! Cheap!" Is that the first robin of spring? Nope. That's how Angela Ragno describes all of the merchandise that she found for sale at this new Downtown Disney shopping location. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Let's take a stroll down Liberty Street

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    As a teaser for his upcoming tours of Disneyland, Jim Hill talks about a proposed addition to the Anaheim theme park that never quite made it off the drawing board: Liberty Street, a new "land" that was to have celebrated colonial America....
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    Monday (Morning Quarterback) Mélange

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    Questions continue to roll in about Iger's rapid ascension at the Walt Disney Company. Like: Why the rush? Wasn't the search for the Mouse House's CEO supposed to continue on into June? Jim Hill tries to get to the bottom of this still evolving story....
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    Rewriting Uncle Remus

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    As Buena Vista Home Entertainment reportedly readies "Song of the South" for release on DVD in 2006, many film fans wonder if Disney will actually have the guts to release this somewhat controversial movie uncut. Should we be concerned? Jim Hill reveals the various ways that the Mouse has reworked published versions of the Uncle Remus stories over the past 40+ years....
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    Le Plug: The Snowbound Edition

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    Let the media binge-ing begin! Snowed in on a Saturday, Jim Hill begins plowing through all of the books, DVDs, CDs, games and magazines that people have sent him over the past few weeks to review....
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    For Why?

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    We're doing things a little bass ackwards today, folks. Instead of having Jim Hill answer your Disney-related questions ... This time around, it's JHM readers who are actually going to provide intriguing new information about various stories that have run on this site over the past week or so....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - You Ain't Never Had A Feast Like This!

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    Back with more Disneyland restaurant goodies this week! Roger recalls a very busy day at the Park to start off 1995 in this week's......
  • Jim Hill

    Don't like the way your cartoon is turning out? Hit "rewind" & recast.

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    So what do you do when that big name performer that you hired isn't quite in tune with the toon that you're trying to make? Jim Hill talks about one of the lesser known aspects of feature length cartoon production: celebrity recasting. ...
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    Remembering Vance Gerry (1930 - 2005)

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    Jim Hill tries to find a proper way to tell the life story of one of WDFA's very best story men, Vance Gerry....
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Disneyland's First Tinker Bells

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    Wade Sampson returns with a tale about the trio of ladies who were the first to leap off of the Matterhorn, gracefully fly over Sleeping Beauty Castle ... and then slam into a full-sized body-mitt at the off-stage end of that cable. ...
  • Angela Ragno

    WDW Shopping Sleuth: The Big Apple Comes to Orange County

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    Looking for a really interesting souvenir to take home from your next Disney World vacation? Then Angela Ragno suggests that you stop by the Character Premiere Shop at the Orlando Premium Outlet Mall. Where you'll find items that were once exclusive to NYC's "World of Disney" store now going for rock-bottom prices. ...
  • Jim Hill

    The short, short life of Disney World's STOLport

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    Jim Hill talks about a little-known aspect of the WDW resort: The history of its long-abandoned short take-off and landings airfield. ...
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    A rather Spacey Monday Mélange

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    Ever wonder what Ray Bradbury's original concept for Epcot's "Spaceship Earth" attraction would have been like? Jim Hill shares a few highlights from the author's own script for this Future World ride....
  • Floyd Norman

    Castaway, Disney Style

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    Floyd Norman looks back on the time when Walt Disney and *** Van *** tried doing their very own movie version of Robinson Crusoe. But somehow this film got marooned. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - Your Favorites from Chef Mickey

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    Food evokes memories in ways nothing else can. Roger has a few classic Disney recipes (with more than a bit of Ohana!) to share in today's edition of ......
  • Jim Hill

    Why For

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    Jim Hill answers even more of your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim offers up a Muppet update, talks about his next round of Disneyland tours, brings Scott Liljenquist in to speak about what DVC may be doing in sunny California, talks about where WDW's Matterhorn might have been built as well as revealing the winners of this week's JHM readers contest....
  • Jim Hill

    A casino at Walt Disney World?! Don't bet on it.

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    Jim Hill tries to defuse that rumor that's been bouncing around the web for the past month or so. You know, the one where the Mouse has reportedly been polling WDW guests about how they'd feel if Disney were to build a casino on property....
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: The Secret of Walt's Palm

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    Ever wonder why Walt Disney was able to accomplish so much in his life time? Wade Sampson has come across a rather interesting book which offers up a very intriguing theory about the Disney legacy. ...
  • Jim Hill

    When it comes to the Mouse, how much customer information is too much customer information?

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    Jim Hill talks about Disney's CRM program. Which -- in theory -- could use info that the Mouse has gathered over the years about your likes & dislikes, your spending habits, etc. in order to create the ultimate personalized vacation experience....
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    A Monday Mélange that tries to keep you abreast ...

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    ... of certain rumors that are bouncing around about "Herbie: Fully Loaded." Plus we have an update on "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" as well as a brand new JHM readers contest! ...
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    As Shakespeare once said (sort of): What's in a domain name?

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    Quite a bit, actually. Jim Hill talks about how the various domain names that the Walt Disney Company has registered over the past eight months reveal quite a bit about what the Mouse currently has in the works. Not to mention all of the other subjects that Mickey doesn't want you talking about. ...
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    Go Ahead. Make My "Why For"

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    In honor of Clint Eastwood's pair of Academy Award nominations, Jim Hill shares a seldom told tale about how that "Man with No Name" AA figure really wound up in Disney-MGM's "Great Movie Ride."...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - Disneyland Goodies - Simple Can Be Best!

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    Guess what goodies Roger found while getting a start on the Spring Cleaning? Would it surprise you that they are from one of his (and likely yours too!) favorite places? ...
  • Jim Hill

    Is Disney-MGM due for a name change?

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    The word is out that -- by June of this year -- the Walt Disney Company may be forced to remove any & all references to "MGM" at its WDW studio theme park. Jim Hill fills you in on the various twists & turns of this tale....
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