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    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....
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    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....
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    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? ...
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    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"...
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    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 ......
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    "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...
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    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....
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    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. ...
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    Jay's Balance

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    Andrea Monti gives his view of the changing of the guard this week. ...
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    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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    $485 Million doesn't count?!

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    Jim Hill tries to make sense of the controversy surrounding "Toy Story III," a film that Disney really wants Pixar to make ... sort of....
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    What Bugs Me

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    Jim Hill wonders why so many Disneyana fans feel that they have to attack "Flik's Fun Fair," DCA's soon-to-be-opened expansion area....
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    My, What Big Ears You Have

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    Disney CEO Michael Eisner insists that he's now listening to what the Walt Disney Company's critics have to say. Jim Hill really wants to believe him ... but has trouble overlooking Mickey's past hearing problems. ...
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    Toad you so!

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    As rumors continue to circulate about the pending closure of WDW's "Carousel of Progress" attraction, Jim Hill asks: Would it kill the Mouse to at least give this tired old Tomorrowland attraction a half decent send-off?...
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    Why For?

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    Jim provides even more long winded answers to your questions about the Walt Disney Company. ...
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    La Twilight Zone Tour De Toons?

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    The story of the French version of the Tower of Terror could very well be featured in its very own episode of Rod Sterling's "The Twilight Zone", since it features so many surprises, dark corners and 11th hour twists that even folks in those Paris offices don't know exactly what happened......
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    Why For?

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    In his patented long winded style, Jim Hill answers your questions about the Walt Disney Company....
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    When Good Attractions Happen to Bad Movies

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    Dinosaurs stomping down Main Street U.S.A.?! Giant mechanical sea monsters menacing guests in Tomorrowland's submarine lagoon?! Jim Hill reveals some of the great Disney theme park shows that we could have gotten ... If only the films that they were based on had made a few more bucks. ...
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    Vhat Vood Vault Do?

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    "Vault Disney" closes its doors on September 9th! Disneyana TV fans moan and gnash their teeth! Jim Hill finds the whole thing kind of bizarre. ...
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    Boags, Bears and Mooses (Meeses?)

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    Pretty much picking up where we left off yesterday, Jim fills you in on what's NOT going to happen at this site as well as what Disney Feature Animation is NOT calling its "Bears" project. ...
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    So how are we doing so far?

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    In honor of the one month anniversary of the launch of JimHillMedia.com, Jim revisits a few recent stories, then solicits suggestions as to what we can do to make this site more entertaining for our regular readers. ...
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    Just a moment ...

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    On the first anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, Jim stops with the senseless Disney-related yammering for a few minutes ... and asks you to reflect (albeit briefly) on last year's tragic events....
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    Jim Hill explores the origins of this much beloved Disney- MGM attraction.

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    Jim Hill explores the origins of this much beloved Disney- MGM attraction....
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    Discoveryland U.S.A. -- Part 1

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    Never mind Disneyland's late, lamented "Tomorrowland 2055" (the coolest proposed retheming of a Disney theme park land to never make it off the drawing board at WDI). Jim Hill now offers up photographic proof of the snazzy New Tomorrowland that Walt Disney World almost got. ...
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    Discoveryland U.S.A. -- Part 2

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    So how come this cool version of the future never made it over to Orlando? Jim Hill explains how too many hotels in France eventually resulted in Disney World getting a downsized Tomorrowland....
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    Universal Domination?

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    With media mogul Barry Diller reportedly waiting in the wings to take control of Universal Entertainment, things could get really interesting down in Orlando really soon....
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    "Pirates" already under attack? "Mansion" to be closed before it even opens?

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    In the wake of the disastrous box office performance of "The Country Bears" movie, the word out of Hollywood is that the Mouse may be having second thoughts about making more movies based on popular Disneyland attractions. ...
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    "Finally, a site that won't fire him." (I hope)

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    In his first official story for the website that bears his name, Jim Hill is not exactly thrilled to find himself back in the spotlight....
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    Can Coney make a comeback?

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    Borrowing a page from the successful revitalization of NYC's 42nd Street & Times Square area, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is actively looking for ways to turn around this historic seaside amusement district. But will a minor league baseball stadium be enough to bring back this blighted area in Brooklyn? ...
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    M - I - C in NYC

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    In another classic from the archive, Jim Hill exposes many of the myths and stories that have arisen over the years about Walt Disney Productions' involvement in the 1964 - 1965 World's Fair. ...
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    Texan with Big Dreams + Big Apple = Big Trouble

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    Learn how Six Flags theme park legend Angus Wynne Jr. bet big and lost big at the 1964 / 1965 NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR. Jim Hill explores the myths and legends that surround the story of the ill-fated Texas Pavilions.

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    Better In Japan : Tokyo Disneyland gets one honey of a ride

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    Why WDI's best rides and shows aren't going into Disney's stateside theme parks.

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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 1

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    On Saturday May 20th, 1,400 Disneyland fans will gather in New Orleans Square to take part in the special ticketed "Celebrating the Pirates of the Caribbean" event. These folks will have paid $85 apiece for the privilege of paying tribute to what many call the greatest theme park ride ever created. As part of the evening's festivities, these guests can attend a panel discussion featuring many of the folks who helped create this legendary attraction. These Imagineers are sure to reveal many never...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 2

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    OUR STORY SO FAR: Master Imagineer Marc Davis was hoping to build on the lessons WED had learned while creating Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean." But - for a while there in 1967 - it looked like the Imagineers wouldn't get the chance to build any new attractions, as Roy O. Disney toyed with the idea of selling the company off to the Westinghouse Corporation. Eventually, Roy came to his senses and declared that Walt Disney Productions was not for sale. He also announced that the company *WOULD...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 4

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    OUR STORY SO FAR: In 1969, Master Imagineer Marc Davis convinced Roy Disney and WED head Richard Irvine to take on the most ambitious theme park attraction Walt Disney Productions would ever attempt to produce. "Western River Expedition" - a comical journey through the old West - would have made use of every trick Imagineering had in its book. The ride would feature dozens of audio animatronic figures as well as eye-popping special effects. To top it all off, "WRE" would be housed in the largest...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 5

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    OUR STORY SO FAR: Roy Disney personally okayed development of "Western River Expedition (WRE)," a massive new attraction for WDW's Magic Kingdom. Marc Davis - the Imagineer who dreamed up the original concept for the ride - wanted "WRE" to be the most ambitious theme park ride Walt Disney Productions had ever built. Those lucky enough to have seen Marc's concept drawings and / or view the model of the show say that this water based audio- animatronic extravaganza would have truly set the standard...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 6

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    OUR STORY SO FAR: If you've read Parts 1 through 6, you've already have a pretty good understanding of the history of "Western River Expedition." At least from the Marc Davis point of view. So there's no need for me to do yet another recap. But please be aware that Imagineering is a highly collaborative place. People of all ages - from all walks of life - work there. And these folks don't always get along. Imagineers often have disagreements about how certain theme park attractions should be constructed...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 7

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    OUR STORY SO FAR: 75 years of films, TV shows and videos have taught us that all Disney stories end happily, right? Well, not this time, kiddies. After five years of hard work and planning, Marc Davis watched as his dream project - "Western River Expedition," an audio animatronic extravaganza that could have been the best thing WED ever did - slowly fell from favor. But what could Marc do? Times had changed. Where once Disney theme park guests had gone gaga over elaborately themed attractions like...
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    Superstar Limo: What Went Wrong?

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    Given that it's been over two years since this DCA attraction was last open to the public, many people have forgotten how horrible Superstar Limo was. More importantly, why this Hollywood Pictures Backlot ride wound up being so bad. In a revamped version of a July 2001 LaughingPlace.com series, Jim reveals all the embarrassing details....
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 8

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    OUR STORY SO FAR: Marc Davis was tired. Tired of the excuses he kept getting as to why "Western River Expedition" (WRE) wasn't getting built. Tired of having his other new attraction ideas never make it off the drawing board. Most of all, Marc was tired of repeating himself. So - when Davis was asked to do yet another version of Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction for Tokyo Disneyland - Marc decided it was time to pack it in. So Davis retired from Walt Disney Productions in 1978, preferring...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 9

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    Before you hit the trail, check out a few more stories about the greatest attraction that never was ! A NOTE TO READERS: You know, you'd think - after eight long, drawn out chapters - you people would have had enough of "Western River Expedition." (I know *I* have.) But - judging by all the notes that keep turning up in my mailbox - you folks still have a lot of questions about this proposed WDW attraction. So - before we officially say "adios" to Thunder Mesa - I'm going to try to tie up a few loose...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 10

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    I spend weeks writing articles about Disney theme parks that haven't opened yet. Months researching attractions that never made it off the drawing board. A lifetime collecting never-before-revealed stories about Disney animated features. None of that matters anymore. After the ton of mail I received last week from you folks, I now know what turns on DIG readers. Grabs your attention. Sends chills racing up your spines. Not stories about corner cutting or staff in-fighting. Not items about soon-to...
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    An Elephant's Tale

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    They say "an elephant never forgets." Well, neither does Jim Hill. In this classic from the archive, he fills you in on the bizarre fate of Big Red, that enormous fake pachyderm who used to play such a crucial part in the "Kilimanjaro Safaris" ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. ...
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    Tale of a Dragon

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    As Jim recovers from the inagural run of the JimHillMedia Walt Disney World tours, we dip into the deep fires of hell ... okay, the archives ... for this classic piece. Did the discovery of photos of nasty looking knights really give Disneyana fans a true sneak peek of Animal Kingdom's future? Or did it just reveal a forgotten piece of the park's past? Jim Hill peels back the armor to give us the real inside scoop. ...
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    Remembering "Light Magic" -- Part 1

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    In the first installment of this series, Jim Hill exposes Disneyland management's genuinely odd attitude when it comes to discussing this ill-fated streetacular. He also reveals some of the other ideas that Disneyland's Entertainment staff supposedly toyed with as possible replacements for the "Main Street Electrical Parade." ...
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    Remembering "Light Magic" -- Part 2

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    In the second installment of this series, Jim Hill talks about the weird role that Tinker Bell & a miniature helicopter played in the development of "Light Magic." He also discusses how Michael Eisner's interest in "Riverdance" may have accidentally helped nudge this troubled MSEP replacement project even further off track....
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    Remembering "Light Magic" -- Part 3

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    As Jim Hill continues his "Light Magic" saga, he takes a moment to explain the Disneyland Entertainment Office's side of the story. Why they did what they did. How "Tinker Bell's Light Magic"'s somewhat strange storyline ended up the way that it did....
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    Remembering "Light Magic" -- Part 4

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    As Jim Hill rolls out Chapter 4 of this continuing series, he gets to the real meat of the matter: How technical snafus and mis-leading PR pretty much tripped up this "streetacular" before "Light Magic" even had its world premiere....
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    Remembering "Light Magic" -- Part 5

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    Before Jim Hill gets started on the story of the "Light Magic" ill-fated annual passholders party, he reveals which well intentioned divisions of the Disneyland Resort, while trying to be supportive of the "streetacular", actually sent the show to its doom. ...
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