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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 9

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    Before you hit the trail, check out a few more stories about the greatest attraction that never was ! A NOTE TO READERS: You know, you'd think - after eight long, drawn out chapters - you people would have had enough of "Western River Expedition." (I know *I* have.) But - judging by all the notes that keep turning up in my mailbox - you folks still have a lot of questions about this proposed WDW attraction. So - before we officially say "adios" to Thunder Mesa - I'm going to try to tie up a few loose...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 10

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    I spend weeks writing articles about Disney theme parks that haven't opened yet. Months researching attractions that never made it off the drawing board. A lifetime collecting never-before-revealed stories about Disney animated features. None of that matters anymore. After the ton of mail I received last week from you folks, I now know what turns on DIG readers. Grabs your attention. Sends chills racing up your spines. Not stories about corner cutting or staff in-fighting. Not items about soon-to...
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    An Elephant's Tale

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    They say "an elephant never forgets." Well, neither does Jim Hill. In this classic from the archive, he fills you in on the bizarre fate of Big Red, that enormous fake pachyderm who used to play such a crucial part in the "Kilimanjaro Safaris" ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. ...
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    Tale of a Dragon

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    As Jim recovers from the inagural run of the JimHillMedia Walt Disney World tours, we dip into the deep fires of hell ... okay, the archives ... for this classic piece. Did the discovery of photos of nasty looking knights really give Disneyana fans a true sneak peek of Animal Kingdom's future? Or did it just reveal a forgotten piece of the park's past? Jim Hill peels back the armor to give us the real inside scoop. ...
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    Remembering "Light Magic" -- Part 1

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    In the first installment of this series, Jim Hill exposes Disneyland management's genuinely odd attitude when it comes to discussing this ill-fated streetacular. He also reveals some of the other ideas that Disneyland's Entertainment staff supposedly toyed with as possible replacements for the "Main Street Electrical Parade." ...
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    Remembering "Light Magic" -- Part 2

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    In the second installment of this series, Jim Hill talks about the weird role that Tinker Bell & a miniature helicopter played in the development of "Light Magic." He also discusses how Michael Eisner's interest in "Riverdance" may have accidentally helped nudge this troubled MSEP replacement project even further off track....
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    Remembering "Light Magic" -- Part 3

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    As Jim Hill continues his "Light Magic" saga, he takes a moment to explain the Disneyland Entertainment Office's side of the story. Why they did what they did. How "Tinker Bell's Light Magic"'s somewhat strange storyline ended up the way that it did....
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    Remembering "Light Magic" -- Part 4

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    As Jim Hill rolls out Chapter 4 of this continuing series, he gets to the real meat of the matter: How technical snafus and mis-leading PR pretty much tripped up this "streetacular" before "Light Magic" even had its world premiere....
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    Remembering "Light Magic" -- Part 5

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    Before Jim Hill gets started on the story of the "Light Magic" ill-fated annual passholders party, he reveals which well intentioned divisions of the Disneyland Resort, while trying to be supportive of the "streetacular", actually sent the show to its doom. ...
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    Remembering "Light Magic" -- Part 6

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    Jim Hill finally gets around to discussing what actually happened during the "Light Magic" ill-fated annual passholders premiere party. He also reveals certain elements that Disneyland's Entertainment staff dropped from the "streetacular" at the last minute. Weird little things that might actually have saved the show....
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    Remembering "Light Magic" -- Part 7

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    It's crunch time for "Light Magic"'s production team. Jim Hill walks you through the "streetacular"'s final week of previews and rehearsals as the bad news begins to spread about Disneyland's new street show....
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    California Misadventure -- Introduction

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    Find out all about Disney's California Adventure's origins, the wheeling and dealing it took to get the park off the ground, the struggles, the setbacks... as well as the problems that potentially lie ahead for the project in this article series classic from Jim Hill....
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    California Misadventure -- Part 1

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    Find out all about Disney's California Adventure's origins, the wheeling and dealing it took to get the park off the ground, the struggles, the setbacks... as well as the problems that potentially lie ahead for the project in this article series classic from Jim Hill....
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    California Misadventure -- Part 2

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    In Part 2 of this fan favorite from the JimHillMedia.com archives, learn how the Walt Disney Company pitted the cities of Long Beach and Anaheim against one another in the race to see which community would serve as home to the corporation's next Southern Californian theme park....
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    California Misadventure -- Part 3

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    In Part 3 of this fan favorite from the JimHillMedia.com archives, learn about the greatest stateside theme park that the Walt Disney Company never built: Westcot. ...
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    California Misadventure -- Part 4

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    In Part 4 of this fan favorite from the JimHillMedia.com archives, learn what happened when Mickey's Orange County neighbors got hot under the collar about the Disneyland Resort's expansion plans....
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    California Misadventure -- Part 5

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    Here's another present to slip under the tree: the final installment of Jim's April 2000 MousePlanet classic. Read it for yourself and decide how many of Hill's predictions came true....
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    The Sad Tail ... I mean "Tale" ... of the stalled Roger Rabbit sequel

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    In this piece from the Jim Hill archives, learn why you shouldn't expect a return trip to ToonTown anytime soon......
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    The ExtraTERRORestrial Files -- Part 1

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    Jim Hill delves into the troubling story behind the creation of that controversial Tomorrowland attraction, "The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter."...
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    The ExtraTERRORestrial Files -- Part 2

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    Jim Hill delves into the troubling story behind the creation of that controversial Tomorrowland attraction, "The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter."...
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    The ExtraTERRORestrial Files -- Part 3

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    Jim Hill delves into the troubling story behind the creation of that controversial Tomorrowland attraction, "The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter."...
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    The ExtraTERRORestrial Files -- Part 4

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    Jim Hill delves into the troubling story behind the creation of that controversial Tomorrowland attraction, "The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter."...
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    The Deep Secrets of "Mission: Space"

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    It's time for another classic story from the Jim Hill archive. Epcot's "Mission: Space" pavilion promises to be an incredible new addition to Future World. But how much more exciting would the original version of this proposed Epcot attraction have been?...
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    What went right for "The Emperor's New Groove" ... ... what went wrong for "102 Dalmatians"

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    In this January 2001 piece from the archives, Jim Hill looks at two Disney films and why the Disney Corporation is a little surprised at how they did at the box office....
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    Guess who worked for Disney?

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    In this November 2000 piece from the archives, Jim Hill writes about noted animation legend Chuck Jones and his relationship with the Walt Disney Company ... and its founder....
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    "We all make mistakes..."

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    In a quickie from the archives, Jim answers the question that's sure to intrigue all you animation fans: What Walt Disney REALLY thought of "Fantasia" ......
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    The "Chanticleer" Saga -- Part 1

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    In this three part series from August 2000, Jim Hill looks at the long history of the Walt Disney Company's attempts to turn Edmund Rostand's satirical comedy, "Chantecler" into an animated motion picture....
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    The "Chanticleer" Saga -- Part 2

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    In this three part series from August 2000, Jim Hill looks at the long history of the Walt Disney Company's attempts to turn Edmund Rostand's satirical comedy, "Chantecler" into an animated motion picture....
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    The "Chanticleer" Saga -- Part 3

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    In this three part series from August 2000, Jim Hill looks at the long history of the Walt Disney Company's attempts to turn Edmund Rostand's satirical comedy, "Chantecler" into an animated motion picture....
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    Is DAK's Beastly Kingdom DOA? -- Part 1

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    In this three part series from early 2000, Jim Hill looks at Disney's Animal Kingdom and the unfortunate series of events that led up to the park -- and the company -- losing a land, many talented Imagineers, and worst of all: guests....
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    Is DAK's Beastly Kingdom DOA? -- Part 2

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    In this three part series from early 2000, Jim Hill looks at Disney's Animal Kingdom and the unfortunate series of events that led up to the park -- and the company -- losing a land, many talented Imagineers, and worst of all: guests....
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    Is DAK's Beastly Kingdom DOA? -- Part 3

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    In this three part series from early 2000, Jim Hill looks at Disney's Animal Kingdom and the unfortunate series of events that led up to the park -- and the company -- losing a land, many talented Imagineers, and worst of all: guests. ...
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    Be Careful What You Wish For

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    In this April 2000 piece from the archives, Jim Hill exposes what really happened with comic genius Robin Williams and the Walt Disney Company's handling of the film "Aladdin" and looks at the tense relationship since.

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    Getting just the right voices for "Hunchback"'s Gargoyles proved to be a pretty gruesome go

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    Yep. We're raiding the JHM archives again. This time around, it's a story from April 2000 that details all the trouble Disney Feature Animation had when it was casting Victor, Hugo, and Laverne ... or should I say Chaney, Laughton, and Quinn?...
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