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  • Cast Member Corner

    Cast Member Corner: Life after Disney

    JHM guest writer Shawn Cleaves returns with another entertaining column. This time around, Shawn talks about what how weird it can sometimes feel to be a former Disney cast member....
  • Alice Hill

    "Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls" coming to America

    If you've been watching Disney XD lately OR If you've been in a Target , a Walmart , a Hot Topic OR anywhere that sells video games ... Heck, if you've been around a group of kids lately, chances are you've heard of Yo-Kai Watch . Initially released in Japan by Level-5 in 2013, just last year the first of Yo-Kai Watch games were translated and brought over for American audiences. In Japan, the game was a huge, bombastic hit. And why not? The creatures within the game were based on...

    Picking Las Vegas' best magic show can sometimes get a bit tricky

    When you think of it in fairytale terms, a trip to Las Vegas can really like something straight out of "A Thousand and One Arabian Nights." I mean, think about it: You do cross the burning sands (Especially if you're driving in from LA. Which means that you're taking I-15 straight across Death Valley.) And then - in the middle of the desert - you can find this fabled city which is filled with castles & turrets & magic. And when I say "magic," I'm not talking...

    Disney Cruise Line Charts a New Course for Norway in 2015

    Adventure Awaits During the Northern Europe Summer Season with First-Ever Cruises to Norwegian Fjords, Iceland and the Faroe Islands CELEBRATION, Fla. (March 25, 2014) - In summer 2015, Disney Cruise Line is charting a magical new course for northern Europe - exploring for the first time the Norwegian fjords, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Plus, Disney Cruise Line is returning to the Baltic for all-new itineraries, including sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark to St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruises to...
  • Adam Berger

    Mything in Action: Down the Rabbit Hole

    Every now and then, I come across one of those lists of “the most important inventions in history.” Have you seen them? At the top, you’ll usually find such items as “air conditioning,” “flush toilets,” “the Internet,” and “antibiotics.” It’s hard to argue with any of those entries. But my own personal list would also include “movies on discs” (DVDs and now Blu-ray). Why? Because I love having the ability to re-watch...

    New Castaway Cay Challenge Added To 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 14, 2014) - Runners taking part in the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend can add the ultimate finish to their experience - the new Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, a joint venture by run Disney and Disney Cruise Line. After competing in the 5K, 10K, half marathon and/or full marathon during the Disney Marathon Weekend (January 7-11), runners can compete Jan. 14 in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, a special 5K race on Disney Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line's...
  • Brad Aldridge

    Going gallery-by-gallery through the Walt Disney Family Museum: Part II

    JHM guest writer Brad Aldridge continues his tour of this $110 million addition at San Francisco's historic Presidio...
  • Roger Colton

    Check out Mattel's new "Cars" collectors series

    Roger Colton shows off his latest acquisition: All 22 of the vehicles that are currently featured in this new toy line which is based on characters from Pixar's newest release...

    September's the very best time to sea ... er .. see SeaWorld Orlando

    Eric M. Davis of Orlando Fun Tickets is back to share his thoughts on this 200-acre marine park. Particularly how -- now that the crowds are gone -- you can really appreciate how innovative this Worlds of Discovery park truly is...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs the music of Disney's animated shorts live

    On Saturday, June 13th, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presented a program of music celebrating Walt Disney Animation Studios, with treasures of animation once thought lost forever brought back to life with fresh new scores and new interpretations of some old favorites. The audience lines up outside of the Theatre at Ace Hotel prior to the start of the concert. Photo by Jamie Pham The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles started out as a United Artists theater, founded by artists including...
  • Alice Hill

    Do you like treasure hunting and/or cooking soup? Then Pokemon Quest is the game for you

    Immediately after the Pokemon press conference on May 29th, the mobile-switch cross platform game Pokemon Quest was available to download on the Nintendo eShop (with the mobile device version debuting later this month). Curious about the 'Free-to-Start' game, I snagged a download and started playing. Copyright 2018 Nintendo. All rights reserved Pokemon Quest is a game that feels best letting itself auto-run. You check in several times a day to see what Pokemon have appeared at your camp ...
  • Alice Hill

    "Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion" game coming this summer

    "C'mon on, grab your friends ... " A new Adventure Time game is coming out across multiple platforms. Copyright Cartoon Network / Outright Games Ltd. All rights reserved In this open world game, Finn and Jake will be sailing on a raft (Named Jeff) through the flooded land of Ooo to solve the mystery of why water engulfed their home and to help others & get in hijinks along the way. With a ragtag gang of friends (From a vampire, to an Ice King, to a little robot) Finn and Jake will...

    Ghoulish nights or magical delights? It's your call when vacationing in Vegas around Halloween

    Let's be honest here. Every night in Las Vegas is kind of like Halloween. Don't believe me? Then take a stroll up the Strip some evening. And I guarantee you that you'll encounter some interesting-looking characters who are then dressed in some pretty far-out-looking outfits. But if you're headed to Vegas over the next week or so, you'll undoubtedly be looking for a little Las Vegas Halloween fun. The only question then is ... Well, how ghoulish do you want to go? Anthony Crivello...
  • Alice Hill

    “Pokemon -- Let’s Go, Pikachu !” & “Pokemon -- Let’s Go, Eevee !” to come to the Nintendo Switch this year

    During a conference in Japan earlier this week, the Pokemon Company revealed three new games : A mobile and Nintendo Switch cross platform game, "Pokemon Quest," with graphics similar to Crossy Road and some absolutely adorable furniture in a "free to start" format; and for the Nintendo Switch, "Pokemon -- Let's Go, Pikachu !" and "Pokemon -- Let's Go, Eevee !" Taking inspiration from gameplay styles from the popular "Pokemon Go" for mobile...
  • Alice Hill

    "Yo-Kai Wib Wob" mobile game initially charming, but quickly gets repetitive

    "Yo-Kai Watch" is a series that I worried would never catch on in America. The series rocked Japan, with over 1.33 million units of the first game sold over there, over ten games (including apps and spin-offs), and Yo-Kai tokens featuring characters from the series that had people lining up for hours to get. The character designs in this adorable, fun, ghost-driven game were irresistible, adorable, and sometimes completely repulsive in the most fantastic way. But luckily enough, "Yo...

    Getting A-head at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    As you walk through Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom these days and encounter all of those construction fences for the Fantasyland expansion project it's kind of hard to imagine what this part of the theme park will look like in just a few years. But me? I can't help but look at the attractions that Fantasyland already has and wonder what this place would have been like if the Imagineers had been allowed to build the dark rides that they had originally designed for this section of the...
  • Jim Korkis

    Walt Disney and the Communist Threat

    If you're a Disney history buff, you've probably seen this story referred to -- albeit briefly -- in various authorized Walt Disney biographies. But Jim Korkis now delivers a full-blown account of the events leading up to Walt's controversial October 1497 appearance in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities....

    Disney Cruise Line Returning to Hawaii, West Coast and Galveston in 2015

    Popular destinations and home ports return for limited-time engagements CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 19, 2014) – In the fall of 2015, Disney Cruise Line is returning to popular destinations and home ports for limited-time engagements. Two Hawaii cruises, a return to the West Coast with departures from San Diego and a Galveston, Texas homecoming make up a season of special sailings. Bookings open to the public on May 21, 2014. More details on 2015 itineraries can be found on the Itineraries and Ports...

    Disney stars, Celine Dion turn the Colosseum at Caesars Palace into Vegas' new hot ticket

    There were plenty of stars to be found onstage at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace earlier this week, as Walt Disney Studios took over this venerable Las Vegas venue on Tuesday night to talk up their 2011 & 2012 slates. What kind of stars are we talking about? Well, Amy Adams from Disney's "Enchanted" and "How I Met Your Mother" 's Jason Segal ... Amy Adams and Jason Segal onstage at the Coliseum. Photo by Eric Charbonneau / WireImage. Copyright Disney Enterprises,...
  • Alice Hill

    Kingdom Hearts to be re-released as HD Bundle

    Kingdom Hearts is the lovechild between Square Enix and Disney , with lots and lots of hair gel. It follows the adventures of a teen named Sora, and those who are impacted by him. Sora, the wielder of a special sword named a 'Keyblade,' travels from world to world to fight evil and right wrongs while finding his friends he was separated from. These worlds often house Disney characters, each world acting as universe for a film. For instance, an Alice in Wonderland world has all the characters...
  • Alice Hill

    Pokemon Stream used to reveal several new projects that Nintendo now has in the works

    Earlier this week, at 7 am Pacific, Nintendo held an abnormally short Nintendo Direct- a typically bi or tri-annual stream used to reveal new projects and updates on projects to fans. This direct was focused on Pokemon, and had plenty of anticipation building around it despite the announced run time of eight minutes. With leaks from information datamined (gained from hacking into the files for) the Pokemon Sun and Moon games, a 'Pokemon Stars' game was anticipated, some even speculating that...
  • Roger Colton

    It's not just funny animals ...

    Roger Colton returns with a column that explores another side of fandom: those folks who really appreciate the anthropomorphic aspect of animation....
  • Alice Hill

    Donut-themed "Scramble" event adds a hole ... er ... whole lot of fun to "Yokai Watch: Wibble Wobble"

    If you have a child that watches cartoons, or you enjoy watching cartoons yourself, you're probably pretty aware of Yokai Watch . In fact, if you have any interest in entertainment in Japan, you probably have, at least, a vague idea of what Yokai Watch is- I've already covered the series multiple times, and have written about the game I'm about to cover, but here's the brief version of it: There are collectible monsters you have to use a watch to find. There are hundreds of the adorable...
  • Greg White

    All I want for Christmas is a book that collects those Disney holiday comic strips

    JHM guest writer Greg White puts in a request with the folks at Disney Editions as well as sharing some rare collectibles from his Disneyana collection...
  • Alice Hill

    Virtual Magic Kingdom fans attempt to rebuild the Magic

    Four years ago today (On May 21 st , 2008, to be exact) Virtual Magic Kingdom was shut down. One of Disney's more popular tries at an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. Think World of Warcraft .), the closing of VMK was met with petitions, and a not-so-successful protest at the park. VMK was ultimately closed, and fans to this day still lurk the unofficial VMK forums, reminiscing about their old game. VMK was ultimately meant only to really promote other Disney products,...
  • Adam Berger

    Mything in Action: How to Explain Your Dragon

    As Halloween 2010 draws near, it's normal to expect to hear the sound of leathery wings flapping ominously in the night. But this year, those wings might belong to a dragon rather than a bat. Perhaps a Monstrous Nightmare...or maybe a Hideous Zippleback...or possibly the intelligent and incredibly stealthy Night Fury. At least that's the hope of the honchos at DreamWorks Animation , who would like you to purchase a copy of How to Train Your Dragon following its October 15 release on DVD and...

    Give your Father the gift of entertainment this year by taking him to see a Las Vegas show

    Here in the States, it's kind of a tradition that - whenever Father's Day rolls around - we invariably gift Dad with a tie. Which - as far as Father's Day presents go - is nice & safe & boring. This year, why don't you try giving Dad a different sort of tie? Not the fabric kind, mind you. But the sort of tie where things are just too close to call. Where it'll then be difficult for your Father to make his final choice. And if you're looking for a city which offers...

    Disney's tweaks mean that this year's edition of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has far more treats than tricks

    You wouldn't think that - given that Walt Disney World has been staging Halloween events at the Magic Kingdom for nearly 40 years now - that Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party would be still a work-in-progress. But given that Disney World's most popular theme park is right now in the middle of its biggest expansion in three decades (Look for Phase One of the Fantasyland Forest project to come online in the last Spring / early summer of 2012), the Mouse has taken this opportunity to...

    Do you ever wonder what became of Splendid China Florida?

    As Disneyana fans get ready to mourn Pleasure Island's passing, Eric M. Davis of Orlando Fun Tickets looks back on another Orlando area attraction which closed in December of 2003 ...
  • Michael Howe

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

    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....
  • Alice Hill

    Mysterious world of "Tomorrowland" recreated in gorgeous Minecraft map

    You have to give the folks at Walt Disney Pictures credit. Because when it came to getting word out about " Tomorrowland ," they certainly didn't go by the standard summer blockbuster promotional playbook. If you think back to February of 2013 when photos of that mysterious "1952" box first popped up online ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... or that alternate reality game, "The Optimist," which Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney...

    New hi-def graphics and 3D sound make IOA's Spider-Man ride even more amazing

    There's an old saying that you don't fix what ain't broke. And in the case of "The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man," this Islands of Adventure attraction had received consistently high marks with Universal Orlando Guests since it first opened back in May of 1999. With some folks calling this ambitious 3D / simulator hybrid the best theme park ride that had ever been built. Which should have made Thierry Coup, the Vice President of Development at Universal Creative, happy. After...

    Trip the light fantastic with Walt Disney World’s new “Summer Nightastic!” program

    Dawn Bachers of Orlando Fun Tickets walks you through all of the exciting after-dark offerings that the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot will be serving up now through August 14th...

    Between that huge fireworks display and those exclusive nightclub parties, New Year's Eve in Las Vegas is sure to be a blast

    So have you made any special plans for New Year's Eve yet? Oh, I suppose you could go the traditional route. Schlep on down to New York City and then crowd into Times Square. Be one of the half million people who go there every year, stand in the cold and watch the ball drop. Or - if you want to do something different this year - you can ditch the crowds & the cold and head for Las Vegas. Where Sin City officials are planning on ending 2011 with a bang. Literally. In the 8-minutes and 36...
  • Roger Colton

    Another form of animation: Now at the Walt Disney Family Museum

    It's no secret that animation played a big role in the life of Walt Disney and the company that bears his name. A visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum offers guests the opportunity to learn about it. And usually, the process of two-dimensional, such as hand-drawn animation, is how the story unfolds. That is, until this new exhibit at the WDFM. " Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation " offers museum visitors a bit of a look into the process. Now oddly enough, stop...
  • Roger Colton

    Fruit Cocktail, Minor League Baseball and Mai Tais?

    Hope you're ready to join in the fun when Walt's Sierra Adventures when it departs for Reno on Saturday, March 17th. Yes, that is St Patrick's Day but it isn't a wee joke of the little folks that has this trip starting in Emeryville that morning. No, that fault lies a bit to the south. The San Andreas Fault to be precise. Before October 17th, 1989. Amtrak trains heading out of the Bay Area stopped at a station in Oakland. In a neighborhood whose prime had passed a long time back....
  • Jim Hill

    Monday Mouse Watch: There'd better be some treasure in that "Dead Man's Chest." Otherwise some Disney studio execs may soon find themselves "At World's End"

    Jim Hill explains why it's going to be a rather nervous Fourth of July for Dick Cook and Nina Jacobson. As these two Mouse House honchos hope & pray that their $450 million (and counting) investment in back-to-back "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels eventually pays off. PLUS Jim announces a brand-new JHM readers contest!...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: Speedway to Movie Theater for 30,000!

    Roger Colton checks in from Charlotte, North Carolina with a preview of the “Cars” premiere event....
  • Alice Hill

    Kingdom Hearts fans rejoice as Tetsuya Nomura hints that a return to home console games could be in the works

    2012 is a big year for all us Kingdom Hearts fans, given that it was 10 years ago this year that this hugely popular Disney-inspired game first came on the scene (with the Japanese version for PlayStation 2 dropping on March 28, 2002 while the North American version debuted on September 17th of that same year). Copyright Disney / SQUARE ENIX. All rights reserved But for those of us who love the Playstation version of Kingdom Hearts, our hearts have been aching for a number of years now. Given that...

    Attractions that make it easy to slip some education into your next Orlando-area vacation

    As the school year draws to a close, kids all over the country are looking forward to shutting those textbooks for a while and just having some fun. But just because these students are now on vacation doesn't mean that they can't actually continue their education. The key to successfully pulling this off without your children squawking too much is to liberally mix the educational material in with something truly fun. Like - say, for example - folding a visit to the Kennedy Space Center into...

    Where to stay in Orlando Based on Customer Ratings: Disney Owned Hotels vs Non Disney Hotels

    This duo is immortalized in a small bronze statue in the center of the park, on the circle at the end of Main Street U.S.A. directly in front of Cinderella Castle. © Disney, All Rights Reserved, Disney Parks & Travel Are you trying to decide where to stay for your next Disney World vacation? As you probably already know you have a lot of different options, there are literally thousands of hotels, vacation homes, and timeshare resorts to choose from. I recently did a study on guest satisfaction...
  • Floyd Norman

    The female artists & animators who changed Disney Studio’s “boys will be boys” culture


    Disney Legend Floyd Norman take a look at the 1950s & 1960s. When – thanks to a few pioneering women -- the Animation Building stopped being a male-only domain

  • Floyd Norman

    Frank Braxton, Animation's first black animator

    Animation industry legend Floyd Norman returns to JHM with another great column. This time around, Floyd writes about the "Jackie Robinson" of animation. A man whose career ended far too soon. ...

    Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour & Fan Fest makes for one Thriller of a holiday season this year in Las Vegas

    Here's a fun factoid for all of you Michael Jackson fans out there: Following the success of "Captain EO," Michael Jackson and the Imagineers actually spent about six months in the late 1980s developing a follow-up attraction. One that would have reimagined the King of Pop as a three-armed outer-space impresario called P.T. Quantum. The "crash-landed" version of the retooled exterior of Carousel of Progress theater-go- round show building. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc...

    Chill out this summer by visiting Universal & Disney's winter-themed attractions

    It's the last week of July here in Central Florida. So - what a surprise - it's hot outside. If you're looking to beat the heat during your next Orlando vacation, might I suggest that you employ a little psychology? As in: It might seem cooler outside if you deliberately went to part of a theme park that at least looked like it should be cooler. Case in point: The snow-covered rooftops of Hogsmeade Village at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Copyright 2010 Universal Studios. All rights...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: Dr. Seuss Meets the iPod Generation

    Some favorite stories are back with a twist. Roger Colton has the scoop on a new series of audio books from the iTunes Music Store. ...
  • Marvel Us Disney Podcast

    Marvel Us Disney Episode 46: How Thor Wound Up in Oklahoma

    In honor of “Avengers: Endgame” being released on Blu-ray & DVD, Aaron Adams & Jim Hill discuss some of the lesser-known aspects of this Russo Brothers movie. Jim then reads an excerpt from J. Michael Straczynski’s terrific memoir, “Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood”
  • Greg White

    Memories of Mouse Club conventions past

    JHM guest columnist Greg White looks back at the Summer of 1983. When a side trip to the Jolly Roger Hotel suddenly led to a whole new career in comics & collectibles...
  • Courtney Mills

    Short lines & seasonal fun to be found at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

    Forget about all those sales at the mall on Black Friday. JHM guest columnist Courtney Mills points out what an entertainment bargain a ticket to WDW's MVMCP is ...

    Absinthe trades Las Vegas spectacle for intimate, interactive fun

    In a town where volcanoes explode hourly from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Mirage, where a full-sized pirate ship sinks four times nightly right outside of the Treasure Island Las Vegas, it would be awfully easy to overlook the 100-year-old wooden show tent that was recently erected in the Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace. Sure, that half-scale version of the Eiffel Tower in front of the Paris Las Vegas may be taller & grander. And the Fountains of Bellagio are ... Well, splashier. But as your mother always...
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