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  • 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......
  • Jim Hill

    Beware the Placeholder

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    As news continues to leak about the "Winnie the Pooh" -themed meet-n-greet area that may soon occupy the spot where Captain Nemo's subs once sailed, Jim Hill reminds us that supposedly temporary shows have this awful habit of becoming permanent attractions. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Could Disney's PR department inadvertently be setting "Chicken Little" up for a big fall?

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    Jim Hill reveals animators' fears that the Mouse's marketing staff -- in an effort to prove that Disney Feature Animation can actually compete with Pixar -- may be over-selling this Summer 2005 release. ...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Is a shiny new future in store for DLP's Discoveryland?

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    JHM guest writer Peter Bell returns with a brand new column that shines a spotlight on what may be in store for this side of Disneyland Paris. Which is good news for all you Buzz Lightyear fans, but bad news for you "Timekeeper" fans....
  • Jim Hill

    Well, whaddya know? Another Why For!

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    Jim Hill answers only one JHM reader's question this week. But what a question! This time around, Jim talk about Steve Jobs' plans for Pixar, what the Walt Disney Company has just started to do with the Muppets, a one-of-a-kind Henson event that's being held this weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as his upcoming Disney World tours. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - San Pedro, Joshua Tree, Perris & Anaheim?

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    Four days in sunny Southern California? You bet and Roger has the full tale of an interesting long weekend. It's another edition!...
  • Josh Edwards

    Will "Chicken Little" be Disney's next big hit? Or a swing & a miss?

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    JHM guest writer Josh Edwards used baseball as a metaphor for where Disney Feature Animation finds itself right now. Where WDFA struggles to make its upcoming CG projects stand out on an increasingly cluttered playing field? ...
  • Patrick Hurd

    DoomBuggy Productions presents: Custom Haunted Mansion Mini-Gravestones

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    Patrick Hurd returns with a spooky new "At Home Imagineering" project for JHM readers. Something that will certainly make a ghoulish Thanksgiving centerpiece....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations Extra - A Fortuitous Moment

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    Roger's back from the Southland and has a quick preview of his weekly effort with a Ruminations. Including a trip to Disneyland and a brief encounter with Matt Ouimet....
  • Matthew Springer

    The Essential Geek #34: "The Iron Giant"

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    Matt Springer talks about Brad Bird's other movie.That traditionally animated feature that couldn't find an audience when it was initially released to theaters back in August of 1999, but is now acknowledged to be a true classic. ...
  • Sara Allen

    Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy

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    Well blow me down! Sara Allen says that Popeye's first venture into 3-D animation isn't half bad....
  • Jim Hill

    A look back at Disneyland's future (circa 1985)

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    Jim Hill unearths a transcript of a video press kit that was released to the media back in July of 1985, just in time for Disneyland's 30th anniversary. This transcript talks about yet another version of "The Happiest Place on Earth" that never quite happened. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Another Monday Mélange

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    Jim Hill starts the week off with some Disney related news, including what Pixar may be looking for in order to extend its current deal with the Mouse House, a brief desciption of "Cars" 's plot, an update on Hong Kong Disneyland's "Autopia" as well as revealing what sort of stage show cruisers can expect to see when the "Disney Magic" makes its inaugural West Coast voyage next summer....
  • Noe Valladolid

    A detailed look at Disneyland Paris' Space Mountain: Mission 2

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    JHM guest writer Peter Bell returns with an intriguing column about the revamping of this popular Discoveryland attraction. Is DLP's Mission 2 a sign of better things to come, or a last gasp for this financially troubled resort?...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - If it's Friday, this must be Long Beach?

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    A short but sweet interlude today with Roger in the skies high above the Golden State....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about the Times Square hotel that the Walt Disney Company almost built, where to look to find Frank & Ollie in "The Incredibles" as well as announcing his next set of Disney World tours. Enjoy!...
  • Jim Hill

    JHM remembers Admiral Joe Fowler

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    In honor of Veterans' Day, JHM pays tribute to a navy vet (as well as a Disney Legend) whose "Can Do" attitude had a huge impact on both Disneyland & Walt Disney World. ...
  • Jim Hill

    How much did it actually cost to build "The Happiest Place on Earth"?

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    Everybody's heard the stories about Disneyland's $17 million price tag. But only Jim Hill can tell you what actually cost what by recreating some Disneyland construction invoices that he recently unearthed....
  • Roger Colton

    A Ruminations Extra - Down by the Station?

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    "When the big news breaks, we'll be there to fix it!"...
  • Matthew Springer

    The Essential Geek #33: The Muppet Movie

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    JHM columnist Matt Springer returns with an extremely entertaining essay about the first (and -- arguably -- the best) of the films featuring Kermit & Co. : "The Muppet Movie." ...
  • Jim Hill

    Another WDW might-have-been: Fort Wilderness Junction

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    Looking back at yet another project that the Imagineers once wanted to build at Walt Disney World, Jim Hill offers up some info about the 600-room western-themed hotel that was supposed to built between Wilderness Lodge & the Fort Wilderness campground.

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  • Jim Hill

    Never mind the Pink Panther. Meet the Emerald Green Mickey.

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    Why would someone take a 14.55 carat emerald, then sculpt this precious gem 'til it looked just like Mickey Mouse? Jim Hill suspects that it may have something to do with the early, early days of WDW's World Showcase project. ...
  • Floyd Norman

    Ward Kimball: Animation's Renaissance Man

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    This time around, Floyd Norman talks about the Disney legend who could could do it all. Though colleagues grumbled when Walt called him a genius, Kimball was indeed just that. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - "Incredible"?

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    Another Friday and that means another column from Roger. This week a jumble of topics for another Ruminations....
  • Jim Hill

    A Special Weekend Edition of Why For?

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    Since he was without power for most of Friday, Jim Hill was unable to send along this column 'til just now. Which details what Disneyland would have been like if the "Disney Decade" plan had actually been followed as well as revealing which lucky JHM readers won the NYC "World of Disney" contest. ...
  • Jim Hill

    The Lowdown on Ms. Lohan

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    Jim Hill brings us up to speed on what's going on Lindsay Lohan, the star of Disney's upcoming "Herbie: Fully Loaded." ...
  • Jim Hill

    Snow Job

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    Jim Hill offers us a glimpse inside Marc Davis' ""Enchanted Snow Palace,"" then explains why the ""most beautiful thing that had ever been designed for a Disney theme park"" never got built....
  • Andrew Franks

    "Don't Toy With Me": Giant Incredibles Movie Merchandise blowout!

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    "The Incredibles" is set to hit theaters on Friday, and there's a ton of toys already on the shelves. With such a glut of product, how can you know what to buy? DTWM's taken a bullet for you this week, and sorted it out. PLUS!! Another JHM contest that could have you well supplied with "The Incredibles" toys....
  • Jim Hill

    I Wanna Window for Wood!

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    Did you know that the Walt Disney Company has yet to honor the man who found just the right spot to build Disneyland at, then went on supervise the construction of that theme park? Jim Hill needs your help if he's going to convince Mouse House officials to recognize C.V. Wood during Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration next year....
  • Jim Hill

    A Very Muppet-y Monday Mélange

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    Jim Hill's back with a lot of Muppet-related news, including the real origins of that sculpture in the Fifth Avenue "World of Disney" store as well as what's been going on with the "Muppets Wizard of Oz." All this -- plus a new JHM contest!...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Once again, Jim Hill answers your Mouse-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about NYC's Jekyll & Hyde Club, Epcot's proposed Russian pavilion, WDW's never-built Mediterranean Resort as well as revealing what became of former JHM columnist, Chuck Oberleitner. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - "I Ain't Afraid Of No Ghosts!"

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    "You wanna see something really scary?" Ok, then how about today's column from Roger instead? It another Ruminations....
  • Rick Gutierrez

    To Scare or not to Scare: Part III

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    JHM contributor Rick Gutierrez rounds his scarifying series of Halloween tricks & treats by talking about his 10 favorite horror films. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Touring Disney's not-so-new New York City store

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    While you will find some very cool merchandise available for sale at NYC's "World of Disney" store, Jim Hill cautions that this 5th Avenue facility hasn't quite had the massive magical makeover that Disney's PR staff would like us to think it has....
  • Michael Howe

    An Early Peek at "The Polar Express"

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    JHM guest columnist Michael Howe returns with a column that talks about Robert Zemeckis' recent appearance at the Chicago Film festival as well as offering up some info about this much anticipated holiday film....
  • Matthew Springer

    The Essential Geek #32: "Good-bye, Chunky Rice"

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    No, this isn't something that you get as a side dish with General Gao's Chicken. Matt Springer clues you in on the undiscovered beauty of Craig Thompson's elegant graphic novel....
  • Jim Hill

    So what can you see at NYC's "World of Disney" store ? Muppets. Lots & lots of Muppets

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    Clearly the retail side of the Walt Disney Company thinks that "it's time to get things started." Which is why Kermit & Co. are now front and center at the recently renovated 5th Avenue flagship store. Jim Hill fills you in on all the details. ...
  • Jim Hill

    "Autopia" on the road to Hong Kong Disneyland?

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    The good news is: HKDL is supposedly getting another ride added to its line-up. The bad news is: Because this Tomorrowland favorite is being rushed into this overseas theme park, it's throwing off WDI's plans to create a "Cars" themed version of this classic attraction. ...
  • Jim Hill

    A Grizz-ly edition of Why For

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    Last week's "Why For" got such a strong response from WDWMagic.com readers that Jim Hill thought that he'd use this week's edition to answer some of their queries. Plus can you help us identify this duck?...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - The Return of the "Cranky Pants"

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    It's been a while, but they're back and Roger's wearing them. That's right, it's Ruminations....
  • Floyd Norman

    Frank Braxton, Animation's first black animator

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    Animation industry legend Floyd Norman returns to JHM with another great column. This time around, Floyd writes about the "Jackie Robinson" of animation. A man whose career ended far too soon. ...
  • Matthew Springer

    The Essential Geek #31: "The Bride of Frankenstein"

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    What was the spookiest & squirreliest sequel that Hollywood ever cranked out? Matt Springer thinks that it was James Whale's 1935 masterwork, "The Bride of Frankenstein."...
  • Jim Hill

    Remembering Dragon Rocks

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    Do you recall when there used to be a fire-breathing something-or-other hidden in a cave along Discovery River? Jim Hill looks back at this weird little piece of Disney's Animal Kingdom history: Dragon Rocks. ...
  • Jim Hill

    The next voice you hear ...

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    ... may not be the performer that Mickey originally wanted. Jim Hill talks about Disney animated films that didn't actually get their dream casts. ...
  • Rick Gutierrez

    To Scare or not to Scare: Part II

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    JHM contributor Rick Gutierrez continues his scarifying series about Southern California's best Halloween celebrations. This time around, he checks out that San Fernando favorite, Spooky House....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For returns ... again

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    Jim Hill's back with answers to many of your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim reveals why the changes that are being made to Epcot's "The Land" pavilion are actually a good thing. Rather than the trashing of a classic that some Disneyana fans might be trying to convince you that they are. Plus Hill takes a moment to praise the JHM staff. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - High on Waikiki

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    While looking through all of the columns Roger has written for your enjoyment here, he found one item from almost a year ago that was missing. So with a bit of electronic magic, it's been recalled from the mists of the Internet to reappear today, with a bit more of added content. ...
  • David Michael

    Kicking back at DCA's Cove Bar

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    JHM contributor David Michael shares a few stories (as well as several photos) about his favorite watering hole at California Adventure. Also David tells us about a single knocked down lamp post led to a string of problems for Paradise Pier....
  • Jim Hill

    "The Incredibles"? Already saw the movie as well as bought the book.

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    How'd Michael Howe do that? What can I tell you folks? Sometimes clean living pays off. Particularly if you're working for the right movie theater at the exact right time. ...
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