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  • Cindy Russell

    Disney Charms: The Return of a Favorite

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    JHM contributor Cindy Russell returns with a story about some new collectibles that are sure to give your wrist some character....
  • Floyd Norman

    Animation Lockdown

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    JHM reader favorite Floyd Norman asks: If animation studios are really in the business of making fun cartoons, then why do they need security systems that rival the Pentagon?...
  • Jim Hill

    Next Stop: Tatooine?

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    Could a new CEO at the Walt Disney Company mean that "Star Tours" is finally going to get a new ride film? Jim Hill fills you on on the rumors that have been flying around WDI & ILM....
  • Jim Hill

    A Rather Taxing Why For?

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    Before he races off to the post office to mail in his tax return, Jim Hill talks about why a fifth WDW theme park really isn't in the cards (at least for the next couple of years or so), whether there's a Disneyland 50th anniversary TV special in the works, what's next for the Universal Studios theme parks and why Frank Oz doesn't perform with the Muppets anymore....
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    Beyond Sound and Color

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    Big news could be breaking in the 3D / digital projection world this coming weekend out in Vegas. Joseph L. Kleiman fills you in on all the particulars. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: Your "One" Disney Favorite

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    Roger's back today with an interesting twist on an old question. But there's a great reward waiting if you can come up with an interesting response! If you're as devoted to Disney as he is, you're facing a tough answer in this edition of......
  • Jim Hill

    New domain names offer peek into Disney's future

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    Wanna know what the Mouse will be up to 3 months, 6 months, even a year from now? Then Jim Hill suggests you keep tabs on the domain names that the Walt Disney Company registers for future use....
  • Jim Hill

    Mouse House department heads take issue with "Disney" Magazine's sudden closure

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    "Not so fast!," say various Disney VPs. Jim Hill reports how in-house complaints could possibly lead to a reprieve for this venerable publication. ...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: King Kong versus ... Mickey Mouse?!

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    Wade Sampson returns with a fun new column which reveals how the history of the big ape and the little mouse were often intertwined....
  • Andrew Franks

    Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

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    It's Big! It's Huge! It's the biggest "Don't Toy With Me" this side of Alderaan(or what's left of it)....
  • Dale Ward

    Travel Mascots: Part Deux

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    JHM guest columnist Dale Ward follows up on last week's effort, as he explains the do's & don'ts of fun vacationing with your very own small plastic pal....
  • Jim Hill

    Stop the presses! "Disney" Magazine is no more!

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    After more than a 40 year run, "Disney" Magazine suddenly ceased publication last week. Jim Hill talks with a veteran staffer about what happened. More importantly, what happens next. ...
  • Jim Hill

    What goes on at the Magic Kingdom after midnight?

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    Ever wonder what it would be like to be inside Disneyland after the gates are locked and all the guests have gone home for the night? Jim Hill shares a story -- as well as some pretty unique photographs -- from the night he spent following the third shift staff around that theme park....
  • Jim Hill

    Coming soon to your local IMAX theater: A new 3D version of your favorite traditionally animated Disney film?!

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    Never mind all those CG projects that Disney Feature Animation currently has in the works. Jim Hill reveals how the Mouse is giving some semi-serious thought to taking some of the studio's traditionally animated classics and -- through a new film conversion process -- turning them into 3D releases....
  • Seth Kubersky

    More Big Changes at WDW

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    With just weeks 'til Disney World officially unveils its latest additions, JHM columnist Seth Kubersky heads over to EPCOT to check out the new rides, shows & exhibits there. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, he reveals the name of Frollo's horse, talks about ASIFA-Hollywood's upcoming "Aladdin" reunion as well as promoting this month's screenings of "Dream On Silly Dreamer." In addition to talking up Disney-MGM's proposed drive-in project & tonight's "Kim Possible" finale....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: Mickey Meow?

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    It's a tail... Well, no. It isn't, actually. Roger's back with an interesting feline story with a (Mickey) mousey perspective. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Eisner's Orphans

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    With Robert Iger now reportedly calling the shots at the Mouse House, Jim Hill wonders: How many of out-going CEO Michael Eisner's pet projects will survive the changing-of-the-guard?...
  • Jim Hill

    "Adventures by Disney" to offer one-of-a-kind trips to Hawaii & Yellowstone

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    JHM gives you a detailed look at the pilot program that the Mouse has put together to test two non-theme-park-based vacation packages that the company will begin offering to the general public later this summer....
  • Wade Sampson

    Walt in his own words

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    JHM favorite Wade Sampson returns with a transcript of Disney's last public speeches. When Walt accepted the "Showman of the World" award at the National Association of Theater Owners in October of 1966....
  • Jim Hill

    "Muppets' Wizard of Oz" windows bring whimsical fun to Macy's Flower Show

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    JHM readers Irene Kautto & Joe Smith share the pictures they took during recent trips to NYC, which reveal how Disney turned the windows of the Herald Square store into a promotional vehicle for the upcoming ABC movie....
  • Jon Nadelberg

    San Francisco Carousels

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    JHM co-founder (and occasional guest columnist) Jon Nadelberg returns with a great new story about Baghdad-by-the-Bay's better carousels...
  • Dale Ward

    Travel Mascots

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    JHM guest columnist Dale Ward takes a look at that intriguing phenomenon: gnome-napping. ...
  • Jim Hill

    A monstrous Monday Mélange

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    Rodan! You've just laid waste to downtown Tokyo. What are you going to do now?" Jim Hill reveals the not-so-startling response... as well as sharing some other Godzilla / Disney-related stories....
  • Jim Hill

    An Electrifying Why For

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    Jim Hill offers up a detailed look at Edison Square, another never-built "land" at Disneyland ... as well as announcing that JHM has officially begun taking names of those readers who wish to recieve an audio version of his now-defunct Disneyland history tour....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - "Play Ball!"

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    It's here at last! Spring training is almost over and baseball season is about to start. But if you've had a long wait like Roger, here's a glimpse into the world of baseball movies now out on DVD. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Does "Motors" arrival mean that Indy's now on his way out?

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    What impact (if any) will the studio theme park's new stunt show have on the "Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular?" Jim Hill suggests that it may be a bit premature to count out Dr. Jones just yet....
  • Wade Sampson

    The lost (but laughable) history of WDW's Pleasure Island: Part II

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    Wade Sampson finishes up his special two-part series that reveals the improbable history of Disney World's original night-time entertainment district as well as PI's fictional former owner, Merriweather Adam Pleasure....
  • Wade Sampson

    The lost (but laughable) history of WDW's Pleasure Island: Part I

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    Wade Sampson returns with a special two-part series that reveals the improbable history of Disney World's original night-time entertainment district as well as PI's fictional former owner, Merriweather Adam Pleasure....
  • Seth Kubersky

    Big changes at WDW's "Small World," "Noodle Station" adds a nice new nosh

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    Is "Motors" worth a special trip? Is the Magic Kingdom's new castle show really cause for "Cinderellabration"? JHM columnist Seth Kubersky is back with a detailed look at Disney World's newest shows & attractions ...
  • Jim Hill

    Darth Disney versus Obi Wan Jimnobi

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    Jim Hill fills you in on what actually happened last weekend at Disneyland as well as what he's been up to these past couple of days. Also: A fond farewell to JHM's webmaster, Tony Moore. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - A Dining Update -- Around the Disneyland Resort

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    The folks at Disney always seem to have great things to tempt appetites of all ages. Roger enjoyed a few during his recent visit and shares them....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations Extra - A "Mouse-cellaneous" Update

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    One thing is certain about a visit to Disneyland. There is always something to see, out and about the Resort. Roger found more than a few goodies and he's sharing them with you....
  • Wade Sampson

    Great Women in Disney History

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    Given that March is Women's History Month, Wade Sampson takes a moment to pay tribute to all the lovely ladies who helped to make the "Magical World of Disney" that much more magical. ...
  • Jim Hill

    The tour takes a detour ... Which (in the end) wasn't necessarily a bad thing

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    JHM guest writer Uncle Skippy recounts what it was to be a member of that infamous tour group. Which started out as having Jim Hill as its host ... only to wind up taking the " A Walk in Walt's Footsteps" tour instead. ...
  • Jim Hill

    You wanna go where every birdie knows your name...

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    Not all that thrilled with Disneyland's newly-spruced-up but still-stuck-in-the-60s "Enchanted Tiki Room"? Count your blessings, folks. For Jim Hill now reveals the long-since-aborted plan that the Imagineers hatched 'way back in the 1980s. Which called for this Adventureland attraction to be invaded by feathered versions of your favorite movie & sitcom stars...
  • Jim Hill

    Arrrrr you kidding me? An extra's eye-view of "Pirates of the Caribbean II"?!

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    Avast, me hearties! Freelance journalist Diane B. Rooney drops anchor at JHM to bring us an on-the-set report from Universal Studios Hollywood, where "Dead Man's Chest" is currently in production. ...
  • Jim Hill

    The gag's on me

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    Did Disneyland Security actually shut down yesterday's JHM tour because Jim Hill was supposedly telling inappropriate tales about the "Happiest Place on Earth"? Read the sad, sad story here. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim reveals who "Captain EO" 's original Supreme Leader was supposed to be, talks about why Disney's animated "Robin Hood" is a bit of a train wreck as well as sharing what he knows about that "Simpsons" simulator ride that Universal Studios once wanted to add to its theme parks....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations -- Around the Disneyland Resort

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    Things are happening in Anaheim as Disneyland's 50th approaches. Roger has just returned from a visit and has some tidbits to share....
  • Jim Hill

    Idle hands ... make a really funny musical

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    In honor of "Spamalot" opening on Broadway tonight, Jim Hill looks back on Eric Idle's association with the Walt Disney Company ... as well as revealing a really great scene that wound up getting cut out of the original screenplay for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays With Wade: Walt Disney meets the King of the Leprechauns

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    Though St. Patrick's Day is still a day away, Wade Sampson shares a bit of blarney about the time the old Mousetro supposedly sat down to chat with King Brian of Knocknasheega....
  • Andrew Franks

    Don't Toy With Me: Marvel Legends Wave 9-The Galactus Wave

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    The 9th wave of Toy Biz's Ultra-Articulated Marvel superhero figures is just starting to hit US retailers - and this time, they've brought a GIGANTIC surprise!...
  • Angela Ragno

    WDW Shopping Sleuth: Is it really smart to shop at Mickey Mart?

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    "Cheap! Cheap!" Is that the first robin of spring? Nope. That's how Angela Ragno describes all of the merchandise that she found for sale at this new Downtown Disney shopping location. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Let's take a stroll down Liberty Street

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    As a teaser for his upcoming tours of Disneyland, Jim Hill talks about a proposed addition to the Anaheim theme park that never quite made it off the drawing board: Liberty Street, a new "land" that was to have celebrated colonial America....
  • Jim Hill

    Monday (Morning Quarterback) Mélange

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    Questions continue to roll in about Iger's rapid ascension at the Walt Disney Company. Like: Why the rush? Wasn't the search for the Mouse House's CEO supposed to continue on into June? Jim Hill tries to get to the bottom of this still evolving story....
  • Jim Hill

    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....
  • Jim Hill

    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....
  • Jim Hill

    For Why?

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    We're doing things a little bass ackwards today, folks. Instead of having Jim Hill answer your Disney-related questions ... This time around, it's JHM readers who are actually going to provide intriguing new information about various stories that have run on this site over the past week or so....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - You Ain't Never Had A Feast Like This!

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    Back with more Disneyland restaurant goodies this week! Roger recalls a very busy day at the Park to start off 1995 in this week's......
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