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    How "I have a dream" actually led to "Golden Dreams"

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    Jim Hill reveals how Martin Luther King's memorable words indirectly inspired Randy Bright to write the theme song for Epcot's "American Adventure." ...
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    Take a look under the hood at Disney's "Love Bug" remake

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    Thanks to D. Grimmitt's great on-set photographs, JHM can now give you an advance look at Walt Disney Pictures' June 2005 release, Herbie: Fully Loaded." ...
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    Even more Pixar-based attractions headed for the Disneyland Resort? Don't "Toy" with me, son. That's really "Incredible" news!

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    Jim Hill gets it straight from the horse (I.E. Bullseye)'s mouth. Frontierland's getting two new attractions themed around Woody while DCA's due to get its own "Incredibles" themed E-Ticket....
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    What a concept. A "Why For" that's loaded with concept art

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    Jim Hill looks back at some very early plans for Disney's Animal Kingdom, California Adventure as well as the "Happiest Place on Earth." Enjoy!...
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    Another great what-might-have-been: Disney's American Celebration

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    Jim Hill reveals WDI's plans for a revisioned version of that theme park that the Walt Disney Company had wanted to build in Virginia back in the mid-1990s....
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    A Manhattan-based Monday Mélange

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    Last weekend, several JHM staffers returned to NYC's "World of Disney" and found that -- just three months after its grand re-opening -- the Mouse is already fine-tuning its 5th Avenue operation. Plus the latest JHM readers contest!...
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    A special "Cease & Desist" edition of Monday Mélange

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    These days, they say that there's no such thing as bad publicity. Well, if that's really the case, then Jim Hill hopes that -- by airing a little bit of JHM's dirty laundry -- that even more animation fans will be compelled to check out "Dream On Silly Dreamer."...
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    Could park-wide plumbing problems be sending DAK's expansion plans down the tubes?

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    As WDW insiders buzz about the big-budget repairs that have to be made to Animal Kingdom's drainage system, Jim Hill reveals how this expensive ($67 million!?) pipe replacement project could actually prevent new rides & shows from being adding to DAK for the next few years....
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    You're KNOTT going to believe where "Disney's America" almost got built

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    Jim Hill reveals a BERRY interesting story about where the Imagineers were thinking about resurrecting that history theme park that the Walt Disney Company originally had wanted to build in Virginia. (What's that? You say you don't like puns? Well, FARM be it from me to keep on torturing you, then. Here's the article ...)...
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    A watered down version of "Why For"

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    Jim Hill tries to describe what Disney's Long Beach theme park would have been like, reveals the schedule for this year's tours of Disneyland & Walt Disney World as well as telling LA-based JHM readers where they can go to try & score their very own copy of "Mr. 3000."...
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    A Very "Mary" Monday Mélange

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    As sort of a tease for next week's "From Page to Stage" series, Jim Hill serves up several "Mary Poppins" -related stories, including *** Van ***'s ability to see into the future, who almost played Admiral Boom in the movie as well as where to look to find a "Hidden Mary" in one of the "Poppins" books. Plus this week's JHM readers' trivia contest....
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    What there would have been to see at Long Beach's DisneySea theme park

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    Jim Hill takes another look at the aborted "Port Disney" project. In particular the rides, shows and attractions that were to have been presented in the resort's ocean-themed theme park....
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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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    What Epcot's "Space" pavilion was almost like

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    Jim Hill reveals detailed information about Disney's earlier, much more ambitious plans for this Future World addition. Prepare to be dazzled ... as well as depressed....
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    "Dream On Silly Dreamer" wows crowds in Minneapolis

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    Before he heads over to the convention center this morning to cover Disney's annual shareholders meeting, Jim Hill files a quick report about what he did last night. Which is attend an extremely well-recieved public screening of Tony West & Dan Lund's new movie about the demise of traditional animation at Walt Disney Studios....
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    Are Disney's "Pirates" sequels about to set sail without Keith Richards?

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    It's less than two weeks 'til production is actually due to begin on those two high-anticipated follow-ups to "The Curse of the Black Pearl." But -- based on what Jim Hill has been hearing lately -- this Rolling Stone vet may have already passed on the opportunity to play Capt. Jack Sparrow's pop. Plus other "Pirates" -related news....
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    "Song of the South" to go on sale in '06

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    Jim Hill shares what he just heard from his sources deep inside Buena Vista Home Entertainment. That a DVD of this long supressed Disney classic will finally hit store shelves in the Fall of 2006....
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    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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    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."...
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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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    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 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....
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    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....
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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....
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    Why For returns!

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    After a slight summer siesta, JHM's most popular column returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim answers your queries about LA's Storybook architecture, "A Few Good Ghosts," what's going on with WDW's Treehouse Villas, as well as sharing some info about the "Tinker Bell" movie....
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    Are you ready for this? "Disney Princess Cereal" !?

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    Jim Hill does everything he can think of to put off having to eat a bowl full of pink & purple hearts (Not to mention the marshmallow magic wands, crowns, castles and roses). But then ... ...
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    Remembering Joe Ranft (1960 - 2005)

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    Jim Hill pays tribute to one of the best storymen who ever worked in the animation industry (not to mention being a really sweet guy), who was tragically killed in a car accident in Mendocino County Tuesday afternoon...
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    As "Cars" zooms toward completion, Disney & Pixar inch toward a new agreement

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    Could the Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios really be getting ready to kiss & make up? Jim Hill points out all the encouraging signs ... plus offering up some very cool new details about John Lasseter's next movie....
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    The "Star Tours" saga continues: One attraction, two tracks

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    Jim Hill delivers Part II of this new series. This time around, Hill talks about the interactive "Star Wars" themed roller coaster that the Imagineers once wanted to build. ...
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    Wanna help David Koenig do something Amazon.com... er ... amazing?

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    Then follow the instructions in the article below. Which will hopefully help turn the Golden anniversary edition of "Mouse Tales" into one of the top selling books over at Amazon.com. ...
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    The "Star Tours" saga continues: George, Michael, Ron and Steven

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    Continuing his multi-part series on how this popular Disney theme park attraction actually came into being, Jim now reveals all the behind-the-scenes political manuevering that ultimately led to Michael Eisner being able to invite George Lucas to come work on a new ride for the parks....
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    The "Star Tours" saga continues: Wheeling & dealing

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    In the latest installment of his series about the creation of this popular Disney theme park attraction, Jim Hill talks about how Michael Eisner first tried to talk George Lucas into building a "Star Tours" -themed roller coaster. That is until Disney's new CEO found out how much roller coasters really cost to build....
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    "Mouse Tales" Update

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    Never mind about making it into Amazon.com's top 1000. Would you believe that -- thanks to JHM readers and the nice folks over at the Extinct Attraction Club -- the golden anniversary edition of David Koenig's Disneyland book has already made it to 123 on that site's best sellers list? Jim Hill fills you in on all the pertinent details....
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    Today's the last day to take part in JHM's special "Mouse Tales" promotion

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    Jim Hill brings you up to speed on what's going on with his new "Star Tours" series as well as reminding all JHM readers that today is the very last day that David Koenig will be making his "30 Golden Goofs for the 50th" article available to anyone who orders the special golden anniversary edition of "Mouse Tales: A Behind the Ears Looks at Disneyland" via Amazon.com....
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    Getting Ready to Hit the "Reset" Button

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    Before Jim officially relaunches his "Star Tours" stories, Hill shares a few Disney-related stories that he came across while doing some research this week....
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    Remembering Paul Winchell (1922-2005)

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    Jim offers a somewhat different perspective on the life of this much beloved performer, in that Hill discusses some of the personal problems that Paul Winchell had to deal with over the course of his career. ...
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    Coming soon ... Killer coverage of this week's events out west

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    Jim Hill offers up some of Jeff Lange's photos as well as talking about various stories that JHM will be covering in the coming weeks. ...
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    Anaheim Update: Hangin' at the Hub (Now with pictures!)

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    Happy to finally find themselves inside "The Happiest Place on Earth" on Disneyland's big day, Jeff & Roy now stake out a spot for viewing this morning's ceremony at the castle...
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    Disney to release a 3D version of "Chicken Little" to theaters

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    You may want to bring a helmet along with you when you head out to the multiplex this fall. For -- thanks to the magic of Disney Digital 3D -- it's going to look like the sky really is falling inside your local theater. ...
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    Remembering John Fiedler (1925-2005)

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    Jim Hill remembers that great big talent who provided Piglet's very small voice: Character actor John Fiedler, who passed away this past Saturday at the age of 80....
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    Will "Movin' Out" actually being moving out to make room for Disney's "Tarzan"?

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    ... plus all sorts of other Disney Theatrical-related news, as Jim Hill shares the latest news about what the Mouse is about to do on Broadway....
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    By George! The "Star Tours" Saga: Episode Two

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    It's a race for space as Disney Productions executives dither over whether their studio should actually put "Space Probe One"into production, while George Lucas basically wills his "Journal of the Whills" project into existence. ...
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    By George! The "Star Tours" Saga: Episode Three

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    Jim Hill talks more about how Card Walker's caution actually held Walt Disney Productions back in the 1970s as well as Harrison Ellenshaw's ambition & artistry. Which helped make George Lucas's dream of a space-based adventure film a reality....
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    Westward ... No

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    Just a quick update about what's going on behind-the-scenes at JHM as well as who's headed west to cover the N.F.F.C. convention, Disneyland's 50th & Comic Con for the site....
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    Ploy Story

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    Jim Hill offers up some insights as to what actually went down last week in order for the Walt Disney Company and "Save Disney" to finally reach a cease-fire....
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    "Camp" offers intriguing Eisner insights

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    Would you like to have a better understanding of who Disney's outgoing CEO actually is, how this man operates? Then Jim Hill suggests that you pick up a copy of Michael Eisner's camp memoir. ...
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    Anaheim Update: Wide Awake next to "Golden Dreams" (Now with pictures!)

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    From deep inside DCA, Jeff Lange gives JHM readers a brief update about what's going on in the predawn hours just prior to the official kick-off of the Anaheim theme park's 50th anniversary celebration. ...
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    Anaheim Update: Climax at the Castle (Now with pictures!)

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    As Angela, Jeff & Roy look on, Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration reaches its apex with the park's rededication ceremony. ...
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    Get ready for the Disneyland Marathon!

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    Jim Hill shares some of the domain names that the Walt Disney Company has registered over the past two months. Several of which hint broadly at a huge new athletic event which will reportedly be held at the Anaheim resort in the autumn of 2006. ...
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