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  • Jim Hill

    Splashy End to Jim's WDW Road Trip

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    With just one more day 'til Mr. Hill finally gets back to New Hampshire (and starts cranking out lots of new stories for JHM), here's another favorite from the archives: the REAL reason that "Splash Mountain" ended up being built at the Disney theme parks....
  • Jim Hill

    "Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast" is a blast for theme park fans

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    Want to ride the hippest, funniest theme park ride that Jim Hill has been on in years? Then forget about heading to Disney and instead make plans now to visit Universal Studios Florida and check out this recently revamped attraction ......
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    If you're not a regular on the Jim Hill Media message boards, you missed this fine tale of something we all take very much for granted -- sugar, and where it comes from. So thanks to Instidude, with additional comments from Roger Colton, here we go......
  • Andrea Monti

    Announcing Excitement!

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    Or "the secret of how to save WDW summer season with one simple announcement." Yes, Andrea Monti - AKA MickeyFantasmic - returns to entertain JHM readers (in his imitable writing style) with a look at the recent announcements of what's opening down in Orlando......
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    In today's column, Roger Colton turns the dial and looks back at some classic radio....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Jim explains the math behind Disney's decision to axe "Lizzie McGuire" after only 65 episodes as well as debunks rumors about the Walt Disney Company building a theme park in Texas. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Reiner's "Anecdotal Life" and new Ron Howard bio are both fun reads

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    Okay. So the books that Jim's reviewing today aren't exactly Disney-related. But "My Anecdotal Life: A Memoir" and "Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon ... and Beyond" are still worth a look-see....
  • Jim Hill

    Three to get ready ...

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    As Jim Hill prepares for his next attempt to drive down to Central Florida, he offers up three short stories: Why he's still up in New Hampshire, what's the deal with the aggressive new sales tactics at the Disney Store, and how David Stainton better learn from Bob Weis' mistakes....
  • Jim Hill

    More Tales of the Visual Effects Society: Partying at Pixar

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    Jim Hill wraps up yesterday's story, which details what happened when "VES 2002" attendees got the chance to explore Pixar's new headquarters, including the tale of the hacksaw blade as well as revealing what's in Pixar's trophy case....
  • Jim Hill

    Tales of the Visual Effects Society: Partying at Pixar

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    In this first installment of a new series for JHM -- which details unique experiences that Jim Hill has had while attending various Visual Effects Society events -- Jim recreates a highlight from "VES 2002," which was when festival attendees got to spend a night noshing and nosing around Pixar Animation's new Emeryville digs....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    In today's column, Roger Colton goes all over the proverbial map and returns with ... CRANKY PANTS!...
  • Jim Hill

    Go find a copy of "The Art of Finding Nemo" NOW!

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    Jim Hill reviews Mark Cotta Vaz's great new book, which features hundreds of amazing images from Pixar Animation Studio's upcoming release. ...
  • Jim Hill

    JHM Exclusive: Further stories from the set of Disney's "Haunted Mansion" movie

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    A.K. returns with even more info about this upcoming Walt Disney Pictures' release ... including where to look in the film to find the Hidden Mickey!...
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    JHM Exclusive: Further stories from the set of Disney's "Haunted Mansion" movie

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    A.K. returns with even more info about this upcoming Walt Disney Pictures' release ... including where to look in the film to find the Hidden Mickey!...
  • AliKzam

    JHM Exclusive: "I was an extra on Disney's 'Haunted Mansion' movie" set report

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    Don't you wish that you could dress up in a period costume and appear in the ballroom sequence of Disney's forthcoming "Haunted Mansion" movie? Well, one of our readers got that chance and here's the scoop from the set ......
  • Michael Howe

    The Making of Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" -- Part 5

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    In the (perhaps) final installment of his excellent series of Hayao Miyazaki's animated masterpiece, JHM guest columnist Michael Howe details how "Spirited Away" became the upset winner for this year's Academy Award for Best Animated Feature....
  • Jim Hill

    JHM Exclusive: "I was an extra on Disney's 'Haunted Mansion' movie" set report

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    Don't you wish that you could dress up in a period costume and appear in the ballroom sequence of Disney's forthcoming "Haunted Mansion" movie? Well, one of our readers got that chance and here's the scoop from the set ......
  • Michael Howe

    The Making of Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" -- Part 4

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    Michael Howe's excellent series on the North American release of this Hayao Miyazaki animation classic continues. In today's installment, Michael details how Disney dropped the ball ... only to be nudged by one promiment film critic to do right by "Spirited Away."...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    In today's column, Roger Colton looks at a true San Francisco treasure who was always the one to remind us of the many pleasures and perils of living along the northern end of the San Andreas Fault......
  • Michael Howe

    The Making of Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" -- Part 3

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    Michael Howe's new series on this year's Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature continues. In today's installment, Michael details the distribution deal that Disney put in place for Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's films....
  • Michael Howe

    The Making of Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" -- Part 2

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    Michael Howe's new series on this year's Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature continues. In today's installment, Michael details the distribution deal that Disney put in place for Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's films....
  • Michael Howe

    The Making of Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" -- Part 1

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    To coincide with today's video and DVD release of this year's recipient of the Best Animated Feature Oscar, JHM proudly presents Michael Howe's new series on Miyazaki's Academy Award-winning masterpiece....
  • Jim Hill

    Imagineers go "Boo" (and "Hoo") over the surprise cancellation of DCA's "Monsters, Inc." project

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    As WDI tries to regroup from Friday's startling announcement, Jim Hill sifts through the clues and tries to figure out what comes next for the "Superstar Limo" redo. PLUS an update on the inaugural run of JimHillMedia.com's WDW tours....
  • Jim Hill

    "Hey, smack my big old rump if that ain't art ..."

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    Jim Hill says that Alan Menken's songs for "Home on the Range" features some of the funniest lyrics in a Disney film in years. All thanks to Alan's new lyricist, Glenn Slater....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Why For? Better late than never, Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Jim offers up an apology, brings us some sad news about "Miss Piggy's Superstar Limo," reveals Tinker Bell's X-rated past, then points you toward a great couple of articles over at FilmForce. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Roger Colton is lucky to have finished his column this week as his master is becoming more and more demanding of his time ......
  • Jim Hill

    "The Devil in the White City" skillfully mixes history, horror and Disney trivia

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    In a change of pace, Jim Hill reviews Erik Larson's latest non-fiction novel -- which reveals the incredible impact that the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 had on the United States of America ... as well as Walt Disney....
  • Jim Hill

    Make plans NOW to attend VES 2003

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    Jim Hill offers JHM readers a sneak preview of one of the film world's cooler events: VES 2003 - A Festival of Visual Effects....
  • Paul Schnebelen

    Is this Plastic Fantastic? A Close Look at the Disney Visa

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    JimHillMedia.com is pleased to welcome back guest columnist Paul Schnebelen who -- in today's piece -- weighs the pros and cons of signing up for Disney's new credit card....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Roger Colton looks at the business of Disney collectibles on the Internet....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, he reveals why Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle is probably going to remain closed, what's up for DAK after "Forbidden Mountain" opens, what's the deal with the calendar in Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" as well as what may happen at DCA once Disney finally acquires the Muppets....
  • Jim Hill

    "Walt Disney and the Quest for Community" dry but informative

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    Jim Hill reviews Steve Mannheim's book about the creation of Epcot, finding it to be well researched but a bit of a slow read....
  • Jim Hill

    Are proposed cuts already hobbling DAK's "Forbidden Mountain?"

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    Jim Hill returns with some pretty distressing news about Animal Kingdom's soon-to-be-announced thrill ride. Are WDI's sharp pencil boys already trying to cut crucial story elements before construction even begins on this ambitious new DAK attraction? ...
  • Andrea Monti

    What's the deal with Disneyland-Paris' new management team?

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    Andrea Monti - AKA MickeyFantasmic - returns to give JHM readers the skinny on Andre Lacroix and Yann Calliere, the new chairman and COO of EuroDisney SCA....
  • Jim Hill

    A JimHillMedia.com exclusive: Your first look at the storyline for Disney / Pixar's "Finding Nemo"

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    Just can't wait 'til May 30th to find out what "Finding Nemo" is actually all about? Jim Hill brings you a detailed breakdown of the storyline for Pixar Animation Studio's next sure-to-be smash....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Roger Colton is back from Anaheim with a column featuring both a trip report and a Disney topic for a change!...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    For those of you not down in Southern California, enjoying the chance to visit with Jim Hill, Roger Colton returns with a whole slew of cool places you can visit ... right in front of your computer screen. ...
  • Jim Hill

    "Disneyland Resort: Magical Memories for a Lifetime" has too many pictures, not enough words

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    As Jim continues his Southern Californian sojourn, he picks up a copy of the new Disneyland Resort souvenir book and finds it ... well ... rather wanting....
  • Jim Hill

    Greetings from the Dancing Bear

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    Jim Hill checks in with a brief story today to pass along info about how you can help get "The Critic" released on DVD as well as correct some info from last week's "Why For?"...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    As Jim Hill wings his way out to Southern California, he still finds the time to answer some of your more obscure Disney-related questions....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Roger Colton returns with more from the Annual Private Car Excursion from Emeryville, CA to Reno, NV and back....
  • Jim Hill

    Emperor's New Groove Soundtrack

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    Expecting a book review, were you? Well, too bad. This time around, Jim suggests you pick up a copy of the "Groove" CD so you can hear what "Kingdom of the Sun" might have sounded like....
  • Jim Hill

    E.T. goes home today. "Shrek 4D" arrives shortly.

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    Shifting away from the Mouse for just a moment, Jim Hill shines a spotlight over on Universal Studios' theme parks today. Revealing what went on behind-the-scenes that led up to today's closure of USH's "E.T. Adventure" attraction ... as well as giving JHM readers an exciting, exclusive peek at Universal's soon-to-be-opening "Shrek 4D" show!...
  • Jim Hill

    Joke for One

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    Though Jim's out in Southern California doing divorced daddy duty, he still managed to churn out an entertaining article for the site. This piece details some of the subtler -- and sometimes obscene -- gags that the Imagineers slip into their shows that feature AA figures....
  • Jim Hill

    What was the original screenplay for Disney's "Haunted Mansion" movie like?

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    Thanks to loyal JHM reader, MrTheFrog, here's the first detailed description of Walt Disney Pictures' much anticipated November 2003 release. Just be warned, foolish mortals ... there be spoilers ahead!

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  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    In a marathon-length response to a single question, Jim Hill reveals the real reason that Disneyland and Walt Disney World got a "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" ride instead of a "Pooh's Hunny Hunt." (CAUTION: This column will be really depressing reading for hardcore Disneyana fans. So get that Kleenex ready now.)...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Roger Colton shares personal experiences from the Annual Private Car Excursion from Emeryville, CA to Reno, NV and back....
  • Jim Hill

    "Hidden Mickeys" reveals Disney World's secrets

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    Jim Hill reviews Steve Barrett's fun new book, which offers up hints as to where you can find even the most secretive of WDW's mice....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For did Aeosmith wind up as the hosts of Rock'n'Roller Coaster?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers for your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim goes on and on about how the Rolling Stones almost hosted Disney-MGM's "Rock'n'Roller Coaster," why DCA seems somewhat schizophrenic, reveals the origins for WDW's Port Orleans hotel ... then asks for your help in chasing down a making-of-DCA book as well as some dough.

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  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Roger Colton is back with a new column name. Oh, and with a new column relating the wonders of Nevada ... including Basque cuisine. Yummy!...
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