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  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - Simple Pleasures in a Dark Room

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    Sometimes, it pays to go to the movies with no expectations, other than the prospect of having a good time. Roger's back, having done just that for another edition of Ruminations....
  • Jeff Lange

    A tree-mendous WDW photo safari

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    Jeff Lange takes JHM readers on a whirlwind tour of Disney World, as he shows off all of the major Christmas trees found on property this year...
  • Press Releases

    Wanna get gabby with the Grinch? Watch him answer your questions live today on Facebook from 2PM-2:30PM ET

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    © 2011 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. The Grinch will be STREAMING LIVE on Universal Orlando's official Facebook page on this afternoon (12/1) at 2pm ET. You can submit questions for the Grinch in advance by sending them your name and question to socialmedia@universalorlando.com (fans will also be able to post questions for the Grinch real time via the Ustream tab during the chat). Then, tune into the Ustream tab on Universal Orlando's Facebook page ( www.facebook.com...
  • Jim Hill

    Further thoughts on the Glen Keane / Andreas Deja debate

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    As you might expect, there's more to this story than meets the eye. Jim Hill shares what he's learned over the past couple of days....
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    British Company Lo-q Wins Award for Theme Park Virtual Queuing System

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    Lo-Q wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise Recognition of overseas success for UK Company Lo-Q plc , founded and headquartered in the UK, has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade. Lo-Q develops and sells virtual queuing systems for theme parks and has seen its overseas sales more than double in the last three years representing an increase of 120% and a total export revenue of £35million during this period. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise...
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    LEGOLAND California Resort Announces Successful 2010 Plus Four New Guest Experiences

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    Beth Chee 760.918.5379 Download images Download images Download images Download images Download images Download images LEGOLAND ® California Resort Announces Successful 2010 Plus Four New Guest Experiences STAR WARS™ Miniland Area Planned for March Opening! CARLSBAD, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2011) – The Force was strong at LEGOLAND ® California Resort today when General Manager Peter Ronchetti announced that a new STAR WARS ™ Miniland area will be opening at the family theme park...
  • Jim Hill

    Can Coney make a comeback?

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    Borrowing a page from the successful revitalization of NYC's 42nd Street & Times Square area, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is actively looking for ways to turn around this historic seaside amusement district. But will a minor league baseball stadium be enough to bring back this blighted area in Brooklyn? ...
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    Universal Pictures' Upcoming Thriller "The Thing" to Become Haunted House Experience at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

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    UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ UPCOMING THRILLER “THE THING” TO BECOME HAUNTED HOUSE EXPERIENCE AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS Guests Will Experience the Fear of the Film at the “Country’s Best Halloween Event” Before “The Thing” Hits Theatres ORLANDO, Fla. (July 19, 2011) — An abandoned scientific research facility in the midst of a vast and frozen Antarctica will set the stage for “The Thing,” an all-new haunted house...
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    Berkeley Breathed is featured guest at Cartoon Art Museum's WonderCon event

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    IDW Presents A fundraiser for The Cartoon Art Museum and the Hero Initiative Celebrating From Bloom County to Mars: The Imagination of Berkeley Breathed with Special Guest Berkeley Breathed Cartoon Art Museum Event: Saturday, April 2, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm Ticketed Event: Sliding scale from $10 to $100 SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum and The Hero Initiative proudly present the museum’s Annual WonderCon Weekend Party and Silent Auction , which will be held on Saturday, April 2, from...
  • Press Releases

    "The Help" and Feeding America Campaign Together To Feed Americans in Need this Holiday Season

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    Chicago, IL - December 1, 2011 - FEEDING AMERICA , the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, and the DreamWorks Pictures movie THE HELP , are joining forces this holiday season to help feed Americans facing hunger. Coinciding with the DVD/Blu-ray release of THE HELP on December 6, a national donation campaign will run from December 1 to December 11 to generate food and funds to help feed the 1 in 6 people in the United States who do not have enough to eat. "The economic downturn...
  • Press Releases

    Dream Store and Silent Auction Return to D23 Expo 2013

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    D23 EXPO DREAM STORE AND SILENT AUCTION RETURN TO THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT ONE-OF-A-KIND ITEMS AND UNIQUE COLLECTIBLES Special logo apparel, product debuts, artist signings, and a new silent auction will highlight the Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and Families August 9-11 BURBANK and ANAHEIM , Calif. - May 30, 2013 - Bursting with D23 Expo-themed official merchandise and other specialty items from Disney Theme Park Merchandise, the D23 Expo Dream Store returns with something magical for Disney...
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    “Muppets Most Wanted” Soundtrack to Make Mayhem March 18

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    Walt Disney Records' Release to Feature Vocals by Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Constantine, Celine Dion and More BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2014) - The Muppets are back on the big screen with the all-new caper "Muppets Most Wanted," creating the musical mayhem that's made them fan favorites for almost four decades. With songs by Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar® for the original song "Man or Muppet" in 2011's "The...
  • Richard Mercer

    The Steve Jobs Factor

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    New guest writer Richard Mercer offers up insight on the gentleman who will decide Pixar's fate next year (and perhaps Michael Eisner's fate as well): Pixar and Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs....
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    Get Dreamworks Animation's "Rise of the Guardians" Downloads and Activities​

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    Rise of the Guardians © 2012 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy . Terms Of Use .
  • Jim Hill

    Coming to one little girl's rescue inside WDW's "Alien Encounter"

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    Jim Hill shares yet another story from a Disney World vet. Who goes to explain that -- in spite of all the looming thunderheads and those infamous Brazilian tour groups -- there are also these little moments that make the job all worthwhile....
  • Jim Hill

    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....
  • Jim Hill

    "DVD Confidential" reveals the secret hiding spots of Easter Eggs on recent Disney DVDs

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    Jim Hill returns with a review of Marc Saltzman's latest book, which tells the reader how to access the hidden features on over 160 DVD releases....
  • Cara Goldsbury

    Where to find the very best at Universal Orlando

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    JHM got such a nice response to Tuesday's article from Cara Goldsbury -- the author of "The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World: How to Get the Most Out of the Best Disney Has to Offer" -- that we thought we'd share what Cara had to say about Orlando's other theme parks....
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Disneylanders look back at the birth of their park

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    JHM favorite Wade Sampson has a real winner this week, folks. He's got members of "Club 55" talking about what it was like to work at Disneyland in the Summer of '55. ...
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    Dispatch from the CES

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    JHM contributor Joseph L. Kleiman just got back from the 2005 International Consumer Electronics Show and fills us in on all the latest gadgets & gossip. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Jim Hill

    "Screenplay by Disney" features great behind-the-scenes stories, offers solid writing tips

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    Jim Hill says that Jason Surrell's new book on screenwriting is a fun read (even for those who don't want to write) because of the colorful examples Surrell cites. ...
  • Press Releases

    New Disney Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides video POD with Jerry Bruckheimer

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    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES sails into theatres May 20 th , 2011 in Disney Digital 3D™ “Like” PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN on Facebook at: http://www.Facebook.com/PiratesoftheCaribbean .
  • Jim Hill

    Future World's future doesn't look all that bright

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    With "Spaceship Earth" 's new sponsor declining to fund an ambitious new redo of this Epcot icon, plus the half-completed "Living Seas" pavilion as well as the coming closure of the "Wonders of Life," Jim Hill wonders if there's ever going to be any good news to report about this WDW theme park ...
  • Press Releases

    Disneynatures's "African Cats" Posts $1.7 Million in Advance Sales Saving 9,500+ Savanna Acres

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    N ARRATED BY SAMUEL L. JACKSON SEE “ AFRICAN CATS, ” SAVE THE SAVANNA “ AFRICAN CATS ” POSTS STRONG ADVANCE SALES IN SUPPORT OF AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION INITIATIVE With more than $1.7 Million in Advance Sales, Disneynature Already Set to Save More Than 9,500 Acres… and Still Counting “African Cats” Motion Picture Opens on Earth Day, April 22, 2011 BURBANK, Calif. (April 11, 2011) – “African Cats” is still more than two weeks from opening...
  • Jim Hill

    10th anniversary "Toy Story" DVD offers sneak peek at "Cars"

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    Jim Hill checks out the new 2-disc set for this landmark Pixar Animation film, but can't help "Oohing" and "Aahing" over the preview for John Lasseter's next picture....
  • Press Releases

    The Stars of Disney's "Maleficent" Cast a Spell on Hollywood Last Night at the Movie's Blue Carpet Premiere

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    "Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown...
  • Press Releases

    "Glee" complete second season out on Blu-ray and DVD September 13

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    THE #1 TV ON DVD & BLU-RAY…IS BACK! THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY & DVD SEPTEMBER 13 FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN BONUS FOOTAGE AND THE POPULAR “GLEE MUSIC JUKEBOX” GLEE: Season 2, Volume 2 Also Available on DVD LOS ANGELES, CA (June 30, 2011) – TV's musical sensation, “GLEE” THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON comes to Blu-ray and DVD September 13th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment packed with all 22 episodes and never-before-seen...
  • Dan Weckerly

    Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels IV

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    JHM guest columnist Dan Weckerly continues his multi-part series on the various film series that Walt Disney Studios has produced over the years....
  • Press Releases

    Disney Legends & Luminaries Celebrate Theme Park Favorites of Yesteryear at D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind

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    FROM AMERICA SINGS AND IF YOU HAD WINGS TO DISNEY'S GROUNDBREAKING PARTICIPATION IN THE 1964-65 WORLD'S FAIR, GUESTS WILL ENJOY PRESENTATIONS, SCREENINGS, UNIQUE SHOPPING, AND MUCH MORE, NOVEMBER 22 AND 23 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT BURBANK, Calif. - March 26, 2014 - Walt Disney once said, "We keep moving forward-opening up new doors and doing new things-because we're curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." It's in that spirit that guests this fall will...
  • 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. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Remembering Vance Gerry (1930 - 2005)

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    Jim Hill tries to find a proper way to tell the life story of one of WDFA's very best story men, Vance Gerry....
  • Press Releases

    Lightning McQueen & Mater head overseas in Disney / Pixar's "Cars 2" Trailer #3

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    Movie Synopsis: Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: What really happened to Freddy Moore

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    For decades now, stories have swirled around about how this Disney Legend supposedly died. Wade Sampson now debunks the urban legends and reveals the sad truth about Mr. Moore's unfortunate passing....
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Disney without Walt

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    Wade Sampson is back with a transcript of an interview with Walt Disney from 1966, where the old Mousetro talks about what he thinks will happen to Walt Disney Productions after his death. Plus another plug for next Saturday's JHM Christmas Party...
  • Press Releases

    Oscar® nominee James Franco returns to General Hospital on September 20th

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    GENERAL HOSPITAL Just as Jason Morgan and Samantha McCall are about to become husband and wife, psychotic artist Franco (Oscar® nominee James Franco) returns to Port Charles on Tuesday, September 20th. What plans does he have in store for the super couple when he wasn't even invited to the nuptials? All questions will be answered and more as the week progresses on ABC's daytime drama GENERAL HOSPITAL . © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved Disney | ABC...
  • Jim Hill

    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....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    In a slight inversion of the usual formula, Jim uses today's column to provide a lengthy answer to a single question. As in: How you can see a rather lengthy scene that was cut from "Monsters, Inc." Also where you can go this weekend to meet a veteran Disney artist....
  • Press Releases

    Disney D23 Expo: The UItimate Disney Fan Event Arena schedule announced

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    ARENA SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR THE D23 EXPO: THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT AUGUST 19 – 21 AT THE ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER Star-Studded Presentations Include Regis Philbin, the Cast of Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up,” Disney Princesses and Countless Surprise Appearances ANAHEIM, Calif. – July 7, 2011 – The D23 Expo 2011 is proud to announce the Arena schedule for The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. From August 19 – 21, Expo guests will have exclusive access to presentations...
  • Press Releases

    Mike and Sulley Pull Pranks, Join a Frat and Lose a Pig in New Clips from MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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    "First Contact" Clip - Get a glimpse of Mike & Sulley’s first morning as members of the Oozma Kappa brotherhood. "ROR Material" Clip - Sulley's capture of the Archie, the rival school's mascot, just might be enough to make him worthy of joining the leading fraternity on campus: Roar Omega Roar. "OK Initiation" Clip - Oozma Kappa's sacred initiation ritual gets an unexpected interruption as the members try to welcome Mike & Sulley to their brotherhood...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: The Epcot we never got

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    JHM favorite Wade Sampson looks back at some of the Imagineers' original concepts for rides & shows for EPCOT Center....
  • Press Releases

    "Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension" Teaser Trailer

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    Universal Orlando Resort creates special moments for guests on the one-year anniversary of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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    UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT CELEBRATES THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER Universal Creates Special Moment for Guests in Hogsmeade Plus, All-New "Share Your Story" Facebook Tab Allows Guests to Share their Favorite Memories and Get a Chance to Win a Trip to Universal Orlando Resort ORLANDO, Fla. (June 20, 2011) - On Saturday, June 18, Universal Orlando Resort celebrated the one-year anniversary of the most spectacularly themed entertainment environment - The Wizarding...
  • Press Releases

    The Cartoon Art Museum’s Latest Exhibition Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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    San Francisco, CA - The Cartoon Art Museum's latest exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles . This retrospective will be on display at the museum from May 3 through September 14, 2014, and will feature the original artwork from the entire first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , published by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in 1984. The Cartoon Art Museum will host a reception celebrating TMNT on June 14, 2014 . This reception will feature the...
  • Press Releases

    Get Scared Shrekless at Gaylord Hotels During Select Dates in October

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    Get Scared Shrekless During select dates in October Dress up your little ghouls and goblins in their favorite costumes and come to a Gaylord Hotels resort for an early Halloween celebration with Shrek & Friends! Package Includes: One night room accommodations Trick or Treat Bag welcome amenity Costumed trick-or-treating around the resort atriums, with candy passed out at each stop by favorite DreamWorks characters from movies such as Shrek , Puss In Boots , Madagascar 3 'Europe's Most...
  • Jeff Lange

    DisneyHand Ride-A-Thon mixes fun with fund-raising

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    Over 5000 people visited the Magic Kingdom this past Friday night to repeatedly ride Fantasyland's attractions as they raised money for the Greater Orlando Children's Miracle Network. Jeff Lange takes you to this after-hours event....
  • Jim Korkis

    Booping with Betty -- Part I

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    Jim Korkis returns with a new three part series on the true first lady of animation, Betty Boop. In this first part, Korkis introduces us to the animated star who gained notoriety -- and popularity -- because of her connection with sex....
  • Press Releases

    New "The Muppets" movie trailer " Fuzzy Pack" released

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    1st Trailer
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Once again, Jim Hill provides answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim provides an update on DCA's "Superstar Limo" attraction, what's been going on this week with the Disney/Muppet deal as well as offering a defense for some recent controversial JHM articles....
  • Jim Hill

    O Gnomeo, Gnomeo. Wherefore art thou, Gnomeo?

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    Did Disney Feature Animation shut down production of yet another promising project last month? Jim Hill provides the depressing details....
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