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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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    A work-in-progress version of Why For finally finished!

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    Jim Hill answers even more of your Disney-related questions. This time around, he talks about George Lucas' original idea for "Alien Encounter," the "Young Indiana Jones and the Adventure Spectacular" stunt show, offers up some interesting behind-the-scenes info on "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" and well as revealing what Andreas Deja was going to do with Yzma....
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    Why For

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, he sets the record straight on "Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow," reveals where else in the world the Imagineers wanted to build some new theme parks, talks up what else is in the works for Disneyland's Tomorrowland ...in addition to answering other queries....
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    DCA backlot to be beautified, Crush to soon set up shop inside "Magic of Disney Animation" (UPDATED. WITH PICS.)

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    As Jim Hill gets ready to head out to Anaheim to cover this week's press event, he shares a few quick stories about what's coming next at California Adventure....
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    Remembering Joe Grant (1908-2005)

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    Jim Hill looks back on the life of a true Disney pioneer, who passed away this past Friday afternoon with a charcoal pencil in his hand. ...
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    Could car crashes soon be a part of Tomorrowland's past?

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    Jim Hill points to a patent application that the Walt Disney Company recently filed, which suggests that the Mouse be looking into ways to make their "Autopia / Speedway" attractions safer and more enjoyable to theme park guests....
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    "Disneyland: Then, Now And Forever" & "Around the World with Disney" are must-haves for any serious Disney theme park fan

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    Jim Hill talks about two new volumes from Disney Editions which are almost as much fun as visiting a Disney theme park is. Almost....
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    Disney to mount actual expedition to Everest

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    Mickey's headed for the Himalayas! Jim Hill reveals that -- as part of the promotion for next year's opening of DAK's "Expedition Everest" attraction -- the Walt Disney Company is planning on sending a team of scientists & explorers to Mount Everest so that they can then search for ... Well ... you-know-what....
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about Disneyland's guest list for July 17th, why "If I Never Knew You" got cut out of "Pocahontas," when Epcot might get a new nighttime fireworks show, as well as your very last chance to get on the official notification list for that JHM Disneyland history CD. ...
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    Could we all be wrong about Hong Kong?

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    Disneyana fans dearly love to bash this soon-to-be-opening theme park. Insisting that it's too small & under-funded. But Jim Hill takes a hard look at what Disneyland originally had to offer back on July 17, 1955, then wonders: Are we all being somewhat hypocritical when it comes to HKDL? ...
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    It's "Hail Mary" time for "Save Disney"

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    Roy Disney & Stanley Gold file a lawsuit as part of their last ditch effort to return to power at the Walt Disney Company. Jim Hill explains how that this legal manuever might wind up costing Walt's nephew big time....
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    Don't like the way your cartoon is turning out? Hit "rewind" & recast.

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    So what do you do when that big name performer that you hired isn't quite in tune with the toon that you're trying to make? Jim Hill talks about one of the lesser known aspects of feature length cartoon production: celebrity recasting. ...
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    Le Plug: The Snowbound Edition

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    Let the media binge-ing begin! Snowed in on a Saturday, Jim Hill begins plowing through all of the books, DVDs, CDs, games and magazines that people have sent him over the past few weeks to review....
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