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    $10 off (and a free gift) at the Disney Catalog Outlet stores?!

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    Why no "Why For" today? Because Jim Hill wants to pass along a special holiday treat for JHM readers that dropped in his lap earlier this week....
  • Roger Colton

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...

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    Roger Colton returns with some special holiday memories to share....
  • Jim Hill

    Disney's "Little Big Book of Pooh" is big fun

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    Jim Hill checks in from the backwoods of Georgia with a new brand book review. He says: "Don't let the diminutive size of the new 'Pooh' book throw you. There's lot of interesting adult-type info found inside its kiddie-sized covers."...
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    A brief non-Disney interlude: A do-it-yourself "White Christmas"

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    Shifting the spotlight away from the Mouse for just a few moments, Jim Hill shares a recent experience that he had while attending a movie screening that benefited the Greater Boston Food Bank. Which just goes to show you: the magic doesn't actually have to end because the film broke.

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  • Andrea Monti

    A Stroll Down Disney Memory Lane

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    As a special holiday treat, Andrea Monti returns to offer up some of his favorite memories of the Walt Disney Company, then asks: Do you JHM readers have any stories that you'd like to add to the pile? ...
  • Roger Colton

    Building "Character"

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    Ever wonder what it might be like to play a walk-around character at the Disney parks? Roger Colton fills you in on what it's actually walk to walk a mile in those fur covered boots....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Hill gives you an update on what's going on with Mickey and the Muppets, reveals why "The Search for Mickey" is off (at least for now), talks about the various versions of the "Gaston" song, then asks for your help in tracking down Part 4 of his "California Misadventure" series....
  • Jim Hill

    "What Would Walt Do" reveals the hidden history of WDW construction

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    Jim Hill returns with another book review for JHM readers. This time around, Jim reviews D.M. Miller's thin but fun behind-the-scenes history of the building of the Walt Disney World Resort....
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    Walt Disney hated McDonald's?! What a Kroc ... er ... crock.

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    Knowing that this story is sure to offend a few Disney purists out there, Jim Hill still spills the beans about the Walt Disney Company's real relation with the McDonald's Corporation. First off, he talks about the early years - for both Disneyland as well as the fast food chain....
  • Jim Hill

    "Destination Disney" is a lot closer than you think

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    Well, whaddaya now? The future really IS now. Jim Hill's back with even more info about this new guest experience enchancing program which will start making its Disney World debut in early 2003....
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    Why For?

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    This week, in an extra special edition of JimHillMedia's Q & A column, Jim Hill deals with a single mountainous question. As in: What's the deal with these proposed WDW additions: the Matterhorn, Mount Fuji / Fire Mountain and Forbidden Mountain? Then - just before he slides into a coma - Jim takes a moment to thank everyone who was nice enough to kick in a few bucks last week....
  • Roger Colton

    The price of freedom is ... ?

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    Roger Colton returns with a cautionary tale about how important it is to always keep your wits about you. Even when you're hanging with Mom at the "Happiest Place on Earth."...
  • Jim Hill

    Reinventing the WDW vacation experience with "Destination Disney"

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    If you're planning a trip to Disney World over the next year or so, please keep your eyes and ears open, okay? Why for? Well, Jim Hill reports on how the Mouse may soon begin field testing a brand new program that could effectively change forever how we vacation at WDW....
  • Jim Hill

    Mickey (finally!) plays it smart

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    Tired of writing about how the Mouse is always screwing up, Jim Hill tells a tale about how the corporation's recent clever business dealings with KirchMedia may actually give the Walt Disney Company the inside edge when it comes to acquiring the Jim Henson Company....
  • Jim Hill

    "What we have here is a failure to communicate ..."

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    In revisiting the "Lilo & Stitch" 2-disc DVD debacle mentioned in last Friday's "Why For" column, Jim Hill exposes an even bigger problem at the Mouse House. Which is: Has the Disney corporation finally grown so large that the company's different divisions can no longer effectively communicate with one another? Read and learn ... ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill -- the man who just doesn't understand how "to make a long story short" -- returns with even more long-winded answers to your Disney related questions. This week, Jim jabbers on and on about Sean Connery and Chris Farley, shares some disturbing news about the 2-disc deluxe edition of the "Lilo & Stitch" DVD as well as some happy info about Disney's "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" movie ... then makes a blatant bid for your bucks! ...
  • Roger Colton

    Hail the Tiki!

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    The weekend's almost here. So why not settle back with a Mai Tai and let Roger Colton walk through the colorful history of the Tiki Lounge?...
  • Jim Hill

    Walt Disney's Missouri: The Roots of a Creative Genius

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    Don't be thrown off by this book's seemingly narrow subject matter. Burnes, Butler and Viets' book about Walt's days in the "Show Me" state will really show you a good time....
  • Paul Schnebelen

    One Day Out of the Year: A Visit to the Magical Holiday Faire

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    Have you always wondered what it might be like to visit the Disney lot in Burbank? Well, now you can find out -- thanks to this excellent article by JHM guest columnist Paul Schnebelen....
  • Jim Hill

    Did Disney make a mammoth mistake?

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    Is "Ice Age" the big one that got away? Jim Hill reveals how Mouse House executives actually had a chance to acquire this year's top grossing feature length animated film (to date), but blew it because they didn't think that this Fox flick was up to WDFA's incredibly high standards. (Say what?)...
  • Roger Colton

    Cranky Pants and you!

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    Not exactly in the holiday spirit yet? Then maybe it's because you're still wearing your ... Cranky Pants!...
  • Jim Hill

    "Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality" misses greatness by mere inches

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    In the debut of JimHillMedia.com's new book review section, Jim weighs in on Alain Littaye and Didier Ghez's profusely illustrated volume on the Parisian Disney Park. Mind you, Hill loves all the illustrations. He just wishes that the text that accompanied the pictures was a little heftier. ...
  • Rhett Wickham

    Setting Sail with Walt in Mind: Treasure Planet

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    A Film Review and Commentary by Rhett Wickham ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with an extra special edition of this site's Q & A column. This week -- in one marathon-length response to a single question -- Jim reveals why a WDW clone of Disneyland's popular "Indiana Jones Adventure" attraction hasn't been built yet, what happened to that faux-wooden roller coaster that was supposed to have part of DAK's Dinoland U.S.A., as well as the bizarre chain of events that lead Hill to find out some of the info that was used in today's column. ...
  • Jim Hill

    I just flew in from Orlando (And - Boy! - are my arms tired)

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    Jim Hill (that lazy slob) finally gets back to work, filling you in on what he's got in the works for the next six weeks at the site. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Not the usual suspects...

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    Guest Columnist Roger Colton reflects on his recent travels to Southern California....
  • Floyd Norman

    The Clone Wars: Traditional Animation and the Digital Revolution

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    JHM is proud as a peacock to present the debut column from our newest guest writer, Floyd Norman. A long-time industry insider, he shares with all of us his unique insights about what's actually going on with feature animation today....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    The King of the Run-on Sentence returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim goes on (and on and on ...) about Disneyland's Chinatown, why "Aladdin" won't be going Platinum next year, and why it's Lenny (and not Benny) the Cab. Also: Cast your vote for the series that you want Jim to finish next ......
  • Jim Hill

    A two hour long commercial?! What a "Beast"-ly thing to do!

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    Why on earth would the Walt Disney Company be showing "Beauty and the Beast" - a film that the Mouse only put up for sale in the DVD format four weeks ago - for free on ABC this coming Sunday night? Jim Hill reveals the method to Mickey's marketing madness....
  • Andrea Monti

    It's a Small World. And Getting Smaller ...

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    This time around, Andrea uses the recent arrival of ESPN on European cable systems to talk about what Disney is planning to do to expand its brand internationally. More importantly, he identifies some of Mickey's top players in the European arena. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Well, whaddaya know? Michelle actually got one right?!

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    Do you recall that Thomas-Schumacher-has-been-fired rumor that we ran here last week? Well, how about how Jim Hill tried to do some damage control on that very same story late last Friday? Now - FINALLY - the whole story can be told ... ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with even more long winded answers to your questions about the Walt Disney Company. This week, we learn all about Tim Burton's dealings with the Mouse House, animated shorts that you didn't get to see, a suspenseful sub-plot that was cut out of "Mulan" as well as an apology....
  • Jim Hill

    Want to get an advance peek at a magical movie that Disney may be making soon? Go pick up a copy of Clive Barker's "Abarat"

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    Jim Hill gives you the skinny on the exciting new series of stories that renown horrormeister Barker has just churned out. A wildly imaginative quartet of children's books that the Mouse is hoping it can successfully translate into a trilogy of films, a variety of theme park rides, interactive computer games and more....
  • Jim Hill

    "Tarzan" drives "The Little Mermaid" to the "Hoopz"?! Late breaking sports news? Nah. Just what's next from Disney Theatrical

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    So it's going to be a few years 'til the stage version of "Mary Poppins" blows into town. Big deal. Jim Hill fills you in on what else the Mouse has currently in the works for Broadway. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill answers even more of your Disney related questions. This time around, it's three about the sea. As in: Where exactly is Walt Disney World's first wave machine located, what's the deal with that missing shark scene in "The Little Mermaid"and - finally - a follow-up on yesterday's controversial "Finding Nemo" story. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Is Disney trying to torpedo "Nemo"?

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    There's reportedly been a lot of bad buzz swirling around Hollywood concerning Pixar's next picture. But is all this negative news about "Finding Nemo" really legit? Jim Hill attempts to get to the bottom of this somewhat sea-dy story....
  • Jim Hill

    What's in a name? Plenty! (At least according to Mickey's lawyers)

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    Why is King Louie's brother (Larry) allowed to drop in at "House of Mouse," but not King Louie himself? Jim Hill exposed some of the pitfalls involved with suing the Walt Disney Company. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Set the "Way Back" machine...

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    There's nothing wrong with admitting you liked Disneyland the way it was once upon a time....
  • Jim Hill

    Sub Scam

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    After a big three day weekend of TV watching, Jim Hill reveals some of the more memorable ways that Disney World cast members have faked out resort guests - as well as senior Mouse House management - over the past few years.

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  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    In his patented long winded style, Jim Hill answers questions about Frank Wells, Quasi's bells, and Hell's former occupants....
  • Jim Hill

    Scenes that You DIDN'T Get to See: Like the prologue from "Beauty and the Beast"

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    Jim Hill takes you through a memorable moment from Disney's 1991 animated classic that ultimately DIDN'T make it into the final version of the film....
  • Jim Hill

    Did Mickey Miss Out on the Muppets?

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    As the marathon-length sale of the Jim Henson Company reportedly draws to a close, Jim Hill asks: Are the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers really going to snatch Kermit & Co. away from the Mouse? ...
  • Jim Hill

    Two Really Good Reasons Why You Ought to be Watching the Disney Channel

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    Jim Hill sings the praises on two Zoog Disney series that are primarily aimed at tweens (But are still pretty entertaining for the rest of us): "Kim Possible" and "The Proud Family"...
  • Roger Colton

    The Private Railroad Car Experience

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    Roger Colton reveals to all us Disney dweebs that there are other things in the world besides theme parks and feature length cartoons. And what better way is there to start exploring that great, big world than by taking a train trip? So come climb aboard ......
  • Jim Hill

    "Why For" returns!

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    Your questions about the Walt Disney Company (the obscurer the better) answered in that patented long-winded Jim Hill style...
  • Jim Hill

    Deutschland says "Treasure Planet" ist gut

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    JimHillMedia.com readers in Germany send along word that Disney's next big animated release ain't half bad....
  • Jim Hill

    Disney goes for the gold with "Treasure Planet"

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    Though it's still eight weeks 'til Disney's newest feature length cartoon pulls into port, Jim Hill gives you some inside poop(deck) about how the Mouse intends to promote its pirate picture. ...
  • Andrea Monti

    Jay's Balance

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    Andrea Monti gives his view of the changing of the guard this week. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Jay Leads The Way

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    With James (Jay) Rasulo quickly slipping into Paul Pressler's old position, Jim Hill predicts that this will be great news for Disney theme park fans who live outside of the U.S. As for the rest of us ... Well ... ...
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    Fall into the Gap

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    In the wake of Paul Pressler's decision to leave the Walt Disney Company, Jim Hill reminds those of you who are celebrating that your party may be premature. ...
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