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  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - More Panavue Slides

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    It's the first week of the new year, and another edition all set to shared!...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about why Walt Disney World isn't hurrying to re-open "River Country," describes what "Baby Herman's Runaway Buggy Ride" would have been like, discusses future plans for this website as well as revealing the winners of this week's trivia contest....
  • Guest Writer

    Out of the parks and "On the Record"

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    copyright Walt Disney Company 2005 If we were comparing Disney broadway musicals to Disney theme parks, "Beauty and the Beast" would be Disneyland (charming and heart-warming), "Aida" would be Epcot (more intellectual and not as kid-friendly), and "The Lion King" would be the Magic Kingdom (large, grandious, and a BIG money maker). "On the Record" falls somewhere in between California Adventure and Walt Disney Studios Paris. The show's got hints of magic...
  • Jim Hill

    "Dead Men Tell No Tales ..."

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    But people who work with Walt Disney Imagineering do. Which is how JHM first learned about the "Pirates of the Caribbean Water Adventure" park that WDI supposedly has in development....
  • Jim Hill

    "Magical Express" a dream for tourists, potential nightmare for Orlando area workers

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    WDW's soon-to-be-operating airport bus system may be pleasing some Florida-bound tourists. But Jim Hill wonders: Does all this convenience come at much too high a cost?...
  • Wade Sampson

    Winter Draws On: Disney's Gremlins and the Walt Kelly Myth

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    We're starting a new tradition here at JHM today: "Wednesdays with Wade." And what better way is there to get this tradition started than with a brand new Sampson story. This one is about a legendary aborted project at Walt Disney Studios....
  • Noe Valladolid

    Is Walt Disney Studios about to get a toon-up?

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    JHM contributor Peter Bell returns with another great column about this troubled Parisian theme park. This time around, Bell reveals the Goofy plans the Imagineers supposedly have in store for WDS....
  • Jim Hill

    What was supposed to be built at Disney World during the "Disney Decade"?

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    Want another peek at what might have been? Jim Hill provides a complete listing of all the rides, shows, resorts & attractions that were supposed to built in Orlando during the "Disney Decade." Most of which never made it off the drawing board....
  • Jim Hill

    2005's first Monday Mélange

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    Did you miss "Coming Home" 's big debut? Not to worry. JimHillMedia.com starts your new year off right with photos & a transcript of the teaser ad that serves as the kick-off of Disney's 18-month long "Happiest Celebration on Earth." Plus don't miss this week's trivia contest featuring great prizes from Just Plain Joe Coffee....
  • Wade Sampson

    Farewell to the Land

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    In recognition of today's closure of this Future World pavilion, Wade Sampson looks at the various events that lead to the creation of The Land. Plus Wade explains the significance of this Epcot attraction's decor. ...
  • Wade Sampson

    Disney goes to the Rose Parade

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    Just in time for tomorrow's Tournament of Roses Parade, Wade Sampson looks back on the Walt Disney Company's participation in this Pasadena tradition. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    The events of the past week have had a very sobering effect on many people and Roger is among them....
  • Patrick Hurd

    DoomBuggy Productions presents: More "Haunted Mansion Holiday" crafts projects

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    With 2005 less than 48 hours away, Patrick Hurd starts to wrap up this year's series of holiday-related crafts projects....
  • Jim Hill

    Remembering Jerry Orbach 1935 - 2004

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    Jim Hill offers up a tribute to the late great Broadway vet who so memorably performed in several Disney projects. ...
  • Sara Allen

    Gargoyles: Stone by Day, DVD Review

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    Gargoyles is the first Disney animated show to arrive in a season-by-season boxed set. This has many fans hoping other great animated shows will recieve a similar treatment. But will Gargoyles pass Disney's boxed set litmus test? Will it even pass Sara Allen's test?...
  • Wade Sampson

    The Original Story of Dumbo

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    Disney storyteller extraordinaire Wade Sampson returns to JimHillMedia.com with a tale that looks back at the original source material for this 1941 animated feature.

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  • Jim Hill

    Will DCA's new "Monsters, Inc." ride be "Buzz" worthy?

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    Jim Hill explains how "Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin" will be providing the template for this new California Adventure attraction. Which is really more of a "Superstar Limo" rehab than it is a brand new ride. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Twas the "Why For" Before Christmas

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    As the staff at JHM gets ready for Christmas Eve, Jim Hill answers a few of your Disney-related questions, reveals the winner of the "What Does a Yeti Smell Like?" contest as well as thanks the people who actually keep this website up & running....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - Bah! Humbug!

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    Yes, it's that time again. Another holiday column with Roger ready to share this week's Ruminations....
  • Jim Hill

    The "Save Disney" chess game continues ...

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    Are you wondering why Roy Disney has suddenly come out against Frank Wierenga's proposal? Jim Hill explains it all to you. ...
  • Jim Hill

    A Very "Mary" Christmas: Part II

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    In Part II of this four part series, Jim Hill talks about a "Poppins" follow-up project that was to have starred Julie Andrews and *** Van ***: "The Poet and the Nightingale." ...
  • Jim Hill

    A Very "Mary" Christmas: Part I

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    In the first installment of a four-part series, Jim Hill talks about the significant impact that author P.L. Travers had on the production of the "Mary Poppins" motion picture....
  • Kelly Monaghan

    The Pruning of Cypress Gardens

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    JHM guest columnist Kelly Monaghan recently visited Cypress Gardens Adventure Park. Sadly, Florida's first theme seems to have lost much of its original charm at the hands of its new owners....
  • Jim Hill

    Wandering around the Walt Disney Museum

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    One lucky JHM reader got a sneak peek at this work-in-progress at the Presidio last month. They filed this report about like it was like to attend the event as well as the Disney family's future plans for the facility. ...
  • Andrea Monti

    Practically Perfect (In Every Way)

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    How'd you like to be JHM writer Andrea Monti? The lucky guy who actually managed to score a ticket to the opening night of Disney Theatrical's latest extravaganza, "Mary Poppins"? Details on the opening night festivities and the show follow....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - You call that "Survival"?

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    Maybe it's just too much sand in his shorts from a tropical beach. Either that or a "Cranky Pants" moment as Roger puts down the fruity rum drink in this edition of Ruminations....
  • Josh Edwards

    Live Dangerously

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    JHM guest writer Josh Edwards returns with an intriguing article that uses the Disney Company's past to illustrate just what Mickey's modern masters are doing wrong. ...
  • Jim Hill

    What does a Yeti smell like?

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    Want to help a busy Disney executive during the holiday season? Then help Michael Eisner by taking part in this unique JHM contest. ...
  • Jim Hill

    "Turtle Talk with Crush" dazzles Disney theme park goers

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    Jim Hill raves about this charming new Epcot attraction -- thanks to cutting edge technology -- really puts the magic back into the Disney theme park experience. ...
  • Floyd Norman

    The Real Fat Albert

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    Animation industry vet (and JHM fan favorite) Floyd Norman returns with a fun new column that takes a behind-the-scenes look at Bill Cosby's first animated cartoon studio. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - The Spirit of the Season

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    It's a change of pace as Roger is back this week with the usual. Yes, it's another edition of Ruminations....
  • Jim Hill

    An "On-the-Fly" Why For.

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    Jim Hill's down in Orlando this week, knee-deep in MouseFest 2004. But even so, he still found time to chime in about the "Cars" / "Chicken Little" controversy....
  • Jim Hill

    Davy Crockett & Georgie Russell rate a window at Disneyland? What a crock!

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    In a column that's sure to offend "King of the Wild Frontier" fans, Jim Hill asks: How do two characters from a 1955 TV show rate a window at the Anaheim theme park, when there are so many flesh-and-blood people who actually worked on Disneyland who have yet to recognized? ...
  • Cindy Russell

    Big Fig Update Conclusion

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    Cindy Russell is back with more on the Disney Big Figures from the Disneyland Resort!...
  • Jim Hill

    Much Ado about Disney & the Muppets

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    Jim Hill returns with the latest stories and rumors that continue to swirl Disney's recent acquisition. Jim talks about why various department heads at Disney are reluctant to get in the Muppet business. He also reveals some long-forgotten images from the never-built "The Great Muppet Movie Ride." ...
  • Jim Hill

    The story that "Save Disney" tried to hide

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    In case you missed it yesterday! Jim Hill points out how the oh-so-careful timing of "Save Disney" 's no-alternate-slate announcement this past Friday revealed Roy Disney & Stanley Gold's latest attempt to shield their "Oust Eisner" effort from yet another PR disaster. ...
  • Noe Valladolid

    It's a (Sea) Dog's Life

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    JHM guest writer Peter Bell reveals some intriguing rumors about the Adventure Isle section at Disneyland Paris. Could it be that Capt. Jack Sparrow is about to set down roots inside of the Swiss Family treehouse?...
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    The 3D That Got Away: Part III

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    JHM guest writer Joseph L. Kleiman concludes his three part series on 3D IMAX projects that never quite made it to the big screen. In his final article, Joseph talks about "Shrek 3D" as well as explaining why "The Polar Express" may not be playing at an IMAX theater near you....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - "Welcome Aboard The Disneyland Railroad!"

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    It's a Jim Hill Media exclusive today! Something you won't find anywhere else! And we are proud to share it with you. Make room on your bookshelves. Roger has a review of a title any Disneyland fan will want to have. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Around the World with Why For

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    Disney World, that is. In honor of next week's Mega-Mouse Meet at WDW, Jim Hill answers your questions about Central Florida's vacation kingdom. Revealing what the Costa Rica pavilion that was proposed for World Showcase was supposed to have been like as well as talking about all the problems that Disney had with constructing the Contemporary & Polynesian hotels. Plus the winner of this week's JHM readers contest! ...
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    The 3D That Got Away: Part II

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    JHM guest writer Joseph L. Kleiman continues about 3D IMAX projects that never quite made it to the big screen. In his second article, Joseph talks about various Disney animated features that -- for some reason or another -- didn't make it to IMAX. ...
  • Cindy Russell

    New for 2005 Walt Disney Classics - 1st Quarter Releases

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    JHM contributor Cindy Russell returns with a look at what Enesco has planned for the Disney Classics line of collectibles....
  • Sara Allen

    Working for "The Complete Peanuts"

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    Guest Writer Sara Allen takes us down memory lane with a new series of books, "The Complete Peanuts". Take a look at this new series of Charles Schulz's classic comic strip....
  • Jim Hill

    Movies That Never Got Made: Disney's "Einstein"

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    Jim Hill talks about the never-produced project that Disney Company execs once saw as the logical follow-up to "TRON," a big screen bio of the noted physicist that was to have used computer animation to help illustrate Einstein's theories. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Holy Moley! Another Monday Mélange

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    In his first post-Thanksgiving article, Jim Hill talks up an important new movie, previews an upcoming JHM article, plugs fabsboards.com as well as carouselchecks.com and ... Oh, yeah! Announces the next JHM contest. ...
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    The 3D That Got Away: Part I

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    JHM guest writer Joseph L. Kleiman begins a trio of stories about 3D IMAX projects that never quite made it to the big screen. In his first article, Joseph talks about Paramount Pictures' misbegotten project, "Star Trek 3D."...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Making a Splash in Frontierland

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    Could everyone's favorite flume ride finally be on its way to Disneyland Paris? JHM contributor Peter Bell shares some of the stories that he's heard about what may in the works for Disney's Parsian theme park....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - "Are We There Yet?"

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    It's the single most asked travel question. If you were on the road for the holiday, you either asked it or heard it. So?...
  • Cindy Russell

    Disney Big Figurines - More on the Way and the Checklist

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    Hello everyone! I'm back with more on these favorite collectibles! I want to thank you for the positive response to my (and it seems yours, too) Big Fig addiction. It is great to see that I am not alone in my love for these large Disney friends. Although they may take up a lot of space in our homes, they are just as big in our hearts. I think you will be pleased with the new ones coming along from the different Disney sources. I have listed them below along with a few pictures of some of them, and...
  • Roger Colton

    You call this a "Parade"?

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    Standing on the curb in Disneyland's Town Square, you never know what you will see. Roger got this little surprise to share......
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