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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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    "Mary Poppins" musical to tour? "Green Hornet" movie on the way?

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    Jim Hill reveals even more of the domain names that the Walt Disney Company has registered over the past 60 days. Which offers a unique look at various projects that the Mouse House may have in the works....
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    WDW full-timers take back seat to Polk County bus riders

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    A veteran WDW cast member grouses about how the resort's full-time employees are now being forced to adjust their working schedules in order to accommodate new hires that the Mouse has been forced to bus in from Polk County....
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    Bippity Boppity Bombshell

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    Jim Hill talks about what really happened yesterday at DisneyToon Studios' Sydney production facility. No, Disney isn't actually getting out of the traditional animation business. But nearly 300 people will soon be losing their jobs at this Australia studio....
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    "Quintessential Disney" should make a fun addition to your Disneyana book collection

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    Jim Hill reviews Robert Tieman's new pop-up book, which recreates memorable moments from classic Disney animated films in three dimensions. ...
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    Disney showcases upcoming animated films at SIGGRAPH 2005

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    The Mouse is coming on strong at the LA Convention Center this week, using this annual CG fest as a vehicle to promote upcoming pictures as well as recruit new animators to come to work for Walt Disney Feature Animation....
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    When it comes to Pixar, the Mouse is sending very mixed messages

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    When it comes to whether or not Disney's really looking to renew its deal with Pixar, Jim doesn't think that Mickey is sending very clear signals. Also, Hill provides info on WDS's new Summer Associate Technology Program....
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    The Skinny on Circle Seven

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    Since JHM fans seem so interested on Disney's newest animation studio, Jim Hill has done some digging and come up with additional info about the outfit that will supposedly be producing sequels to "Toy Story" & "Monsters, Inc."...
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    "Rapunzel Unbraided" aims to be " ... a film of astonishing beauty."

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    After watching Glen Keane speak at SIGGRAPH 2005 last week, Jim Hill now has a different take on this master animator's career with Walt Disney Feature Animation. Hill also has somewhat higher hopes for Keane's next project....
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    ... or were they?

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    Jim Hill has a real problem with Warner Brothers' decision to retool "Loonatics" before this KidsWB show actually got on the air....
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    McDonalds wants to continue its promotional deal with Disney, BUT ...

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    Jim Hill explains why the fast food giant is now looking for some flexibility, should it chose to renew its multi-year cross-promotional arrangement with the Mouse. ...
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    Four we won't forget

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    Jim Hill takes a moment to honor animation industry vets Marie Johnston, Henry Corden, Howie Morris and Thurl Ravenscroft....
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    Why For?

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    At the risk of offending even more JHM readers, Jim Hill now answers your questions about the "Ward Kimball" steam engine & Disneyland's "Alice in Wonderland" dark ride, talks about which attractions were actually open at that theme park on July 17, 1955, reveals WDI's capacity concerns about "Expedition Everest" as well as looking back at the "Country Bear Jamboree" 's beginnings. ...
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    Hidden (loco)motive

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    How can one early morning event at Disneyland service two very different agendas? Jim Hill reveals how the Mouse recently honored a Disney Legend as well as pleased a major power player at Pixar....
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    Ticket to Ride

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    Ever wonder who Disneyland's first paying customer was? Jim Hill introduces you to Dave MacPherson, the 22-year-old college student who got on line at 2 a.m. just so he could be the first person to buy a ticket to the Anaheim theme park....
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    Is FastPass going to become a "Pay for Play" perk?

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    WDW visitors may soon be able to book a day's worth of FastPasses before they head out for the theme parks. The only catch is ... In order to do this, you'll have to stay on property in a Disney-owned hotel. Jim Hill explains the particulars....
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    Were Disney's lawyers at odds with "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz"?

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    The early word on this new TV movie isn't all that hot. But Jim Hill wonders: Would "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" have been that much better if Disney's attorneys hadn't insisted on its script being rewritten just days before the start of filming? Plus a story of how the "Oz" scene in Disney-MGM's "Great Movie Ride" also got loused up by lawyers....
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    UPDATE: "Pay for Play" is ALREADY here!

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    Never mind about how the Walt Disney Company may possibly phase in a new version of its virtual queue over the next few years. A sharp-eyed JHM reader reveals how a test of this new "Pay for Play" system is already up for bid over on eBay....
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    How "Star Tours" became a reality

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    In honor of the six and final installment of the "Star Wars" series rolling in theaters today, Jim Hill digs out an old Disneyland press release and shares the story of how "Star Tours" actually came to be....
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