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  • Wade Sampson

    Walt Disney Christmas Stories

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    Wade Sampson returns with a real holiday treat: a series of Christmas-related tales that feature the old Mousetro himself, Walt Disney as well as Walt Disney Studio's resident genius, Ward Kimball. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    In a marathon-length response to a single question, Jim Hill reveals the real reason that Disneyland and Walt Disney World got a "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" ride instead of a "Pooh's Hunny Hunt." (CAUTION: This column will be really depressing reading for hardcore Disneyana fans. So get that Kleenex ready now.)...
  • Angela Ragno

    Are you a Pixie Planner?

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    JHM contributor Angela Ragno certainly is. As in: She's one of those Central Florida residents who always goes out of her way to make sure that friends & family have a really great time on their Disney World vacations. Read all about what Angela just did in order to make her Gram's recent WDW trip that much more memorable. ...
  • Rick Gutierrez

    The Mummy Unwrapped - Part II

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    With just days 'til Universal Studios Hollywood's "Curse of the Mummy" attraction opens, JHM contributor Rick Guitterez talks about the development of this new thrill ride....
  • TRAVEL TALK

    Disney Cruise Line Returning to Hawaii, West Coast and Galveston in 2015

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    Popular destinations and home ports return for limited-time engagements CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 19, 2014) – In the fall of 2015, Disney Cruise Line is returning to popular destinations and home ports for limited-time engagements. Two Hawaii cruises, a return to the West Coast with departures from San Diego and a Galveston, Texas homecoming make up a season of special sailings. Bookings open to the public on May 21, 2014. More details on 2015 itineraries can be found on the Itineraries and Ports...
  • Press Releases

    Disney Pixar Cars 2: Meet Raoul ÇaRoule

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    Raoul ÇaRoule Known as the “World’s Greatest Rally Car,” #6 Raoul ÇaRoule was born in Alsace, France. A restless soul, Raoul joined the famous ‘Cirque du Voiture’ French circus where he learned Gymkhana – a graceful, drift-filled motorsport that taught him pinpoint timing and an unparalleled ability to navigate tricky courses with ease. He’s the first car to ever win nine consecutive rallies. Raoul is confident he can use his rally experience...
  • Press Releases

    SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium Delays Opening of Octopus Garden

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    CARLSBAD, Calif (April 14, 2011) – What could be more unpredictable than a cephalopod – they have been known to change colors in the blink of an eye, squeeze themselves through the tiniest opening and squirt ink when they get upset … so it should really be no surprise that the cephalopods at SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium are refusing to move in to Octopus Garden in time for tomorrow’s scheduled opening. Cephalopods are finicky creatures and are very sensitive to water...
  • Chris Geraci

    Common sense tips may lead to an uncommonly successful Disneyland vacation

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    JHM guest columnist Chris Geraci offers up some suggestions that could make your next trip to the Magic Kingdom even more magical. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Imagineers go "Boo" (and "Hoo") over the surprise cancellation of DCA's "Monsters, Inc." project

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    As WDI tries to regroup from Friday's startling announcement, Jim Hill sifts through the clues and tries to figure out what comes next for the "Superstar Limo" redo. PLUS an update on the inaugural run of JimHillMedia.com's WDW tours....
  • Jim Hill

    Fifth WDW theme park not coming forth anytime soon

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    Jim Hill's been investigating that rumor that was flying around the web last month, about how a new theme park was supposedly already in the works for the Walt Disney World Resort. Sadly, this story didn't really pan out...
  • 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....
  • Floyd Norman

    Jim Henson, Walt Disney, and What Could Have Been

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    JHM contributor Floyd Norman returns with a snazzy new column about Jim Henson. A creative genius that Floyd feels was worthy of Walt's crown, a man who could have brought vision and imagination back to Disney. Alas, it was not to be....
  • Jim Hill

    Monday Mouse Watch: Waiting on John

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    Jim Hill shares the latest scuttlebutt coming out of Walt Disney Imagineering. Where the guys at WDI figure that it will at least be another six months before John Lasseter can take a more hands-on approach toward creatively overseeing that part of the company...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    From 30,000 feet up, Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about the history of Epcot's "Wonders of Life" pavilion, why Disney isn't shooting any TV shows at Disney-MGM, whether Latin America is going to get its very own Magic Kingdom anytime soon, an update on last week's "Rhine River" questions, what's the deal with Disneyland's Astro-Orbiter as well as Disney's Platinum Edition DVD release schedule....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about the stuff that you almost saw in "Fantasia 2006," why Michael Eisner is supposedly obsessed with the Muppets and why some Disneyana fans need to give "Lion King 1½" another chance....
  • Jim Hill

    Introducing JHM's Virtual Flea Market

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    Jim talks up this website's new online store. Where you can pre-order his unauthorized Disneyland History CD as well as purchase some other cool JHM-related products....
  • Press Releases

    Disney Turns Up the Heat in "Planes: Fire & Rescue" New Trailer

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    "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous...
  • Press Releases

    Casey Nicholaw and ALADDIN Cast Members in Vanity Fair on Stands Nationwide March 18

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    BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO OF MAX ABADIAN SHOOT RELEASED Casey Nicholaw , the Tony Award® winning director and choreographer of Disney's Aladdin , a new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, is featured in the April issue of Vanity Fair . Renowned photographer Max Abadian shot Nicholaw along with Aladdin ’s beautiful ladies Tia Altinay , Daisy Hobbs , Nikki Long , Rhea Patterson , Khori Michelle Petinaud , Ariel Reid , and Marisha Wallace . Click on the...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: What's on your iPod, Disneyland?

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    Roger Colton checks in this week with some interesting musical updates from the Disneyland Resort...
  • Jim Hill

    "Walt Disney World Trivia Book" is full of fun facts

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    Okay. So Louis Mongello's new book isn't exactly "War and Peace." That said, Disney dweebs are still sure to have plenty of burrowing through this trivia-packed volume....
  • Jim Hill

    Twas Brillig and the Flying Clothes ...

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    Jim Hill returns with yet another article about WDW cast member-only films. This time around, Jim got to see a lot more of the title character of Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" film than he ever thought possible. Which wasn't necessarily a good thing....
  • Press Releases

    Josh Duhamel returns to All My Children on ABC Daytime

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    ALL MY CHILDREN Josh Duhamel will make an appearance on "All My Children" to once again play Pine Valley's favorite con artist, Leo du Pres, who allegedly died in 2003. Leo was paired with Rebecca Budig's Greenlee in 2000 and the two characters quickly became a soap super couple. Duhamel's August return promises storyline twists and turns that "All My Children" fans have grown to know and love. Duhamel's scenes will air August 4, 2011 on ABC Daytime's "All...
  • Jim Hill

    Meanwhile, Back at the Mouse House ...

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    Jim Hill tries to bring us all up to speed about what's gone on over the past week of so with the whole Roy / Stanley / Michael situation. As you might expect, things have gotten even more confusing and convoluted ......
  • 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

    Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 4

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    As Jim Hill continues his revamped version of "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....
  • Press Releases

    Stunning concept art from the new Disney Fantasy cruise ship in this week's D23's Disney Geek

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    This week on the show: - Star Tours: The Adventures Continue blasts off at Disney's Hollywood Studios with Bob Iger, George Lucas and… Darth Vader! - Stunning concept art from the new Disney Fantasy cruise ship including the European-themed nightclub area - "Pirates" makes a lotta loot! - It's Donald Duck's birthday and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" is celebrating - The first poster for the new Muppet movie - Luminaries announced for D23's Rocketeer 20th Anniversary...
  • John Lockamy

    In the Cards

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    Wanna read some fun Disney satire? Then -- courtesy of John Lockamy -- take a look at these Chuck Lorre vanity cards. ...
  • Chris Barry

    The time I spent among the Muppets

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    JHM's newest guest columnist Chris Barry begins a three part series today, during which Chris will be looking back on those months in 1990 where he worked as an intern at the Jim Henson Company. ...
  • Press Releases

    BOOM! Celebrates 70 Years of Walt Disney's Comics

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    Classics are back at BOOM! Celebrating 70 years of Walt Disney’s Comics, this oversized anniversary issue proudly presents some of the greatest Disney stories ever told! Join Donald, Mickey and the gang for the unforgettable adventure “70th Heaven!” by Daan Jippes in its American publishing debut. Check out the previously untitled Li'l Bad Wolf/Donald Duck tale by Gill Turner in its first appearance since 1950! See Ruud Straatman & Don Rosa's Daisy Duck story “Forget...
  • Press Releases

    Marvel Makes Inaugural Appearance at D23 Expo

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    MARVEL MAKES INAUGURAL APPEARANCE AT DISNEY’S D23 EXPO! NEW YORK , NY –August 11, 2011 – Marvel is coming to Anaheim this year to make its historic debut at D23, the ultimate Disney fan event, and we’re pulling out all the stops! On Sunday, August 21, at 10:15 a.m. in the Arena, join us for Marvel: The House of Ideas, an exclusive and unprecedented experience that will take you through the evolution of Marvel from its first comic book in 1939 to its current position as one...
  • Jim Hill

    "Walt's People" offers unique perspective on the Old Mousetro

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    Jim Hill talks up Volume One of a new series of books, which will collect interviews with Disney Legends that talk about what it was actually like to work with Walt....
  • Jim Hill

    A JHM Exclusive: In-depth coverage of David Stainton's meeting yesterday with the WDFA-F crew

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    Only JimHillMedia.com can actually put you inside the room as artists and technicians confront the President of Disney Feature Animation as he tries to defend the corporation's decision to close the Central Florida studio....
  • Press Releases

    Disney & Pixar Team Up with NASCAR Driver Casey Mears & Chicagoland Speedway to Bring the Cars "Take Flight" Experience to Race Fans

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    Joliet, IL - September 14, 2012 - Today Disney•Pixar Cars fans teamed up with NASCAR driver Casey Mears to wave the green flag and kick off the Cars "Take Flight" experience during Chase weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 14-16. In celebration of the world television premieres of the Cars Toons short films "Air Mater" and "Moon Mater" this fall on Disney Channel, and the launch of a new Cars "Take Flight" product collection, Disney has created a fun...
  • Press Releases

    Disney & HP executives joined sports celebrities & ESPN personalities to dedicate the "HP Field House" at ESPN Wide World of Sports

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    PLAY BALL!: Disney and HP executives were joined by sports celebrities and ESPN personalities March 3, 2011 at ESPN Wide World of Sports for the dedication ceremony for the newly named "HP Field House." Joining in the ceremony: (L-R): Gary Elliott, vice president of Brand Marketing for HP, U.S. Women's Soccer legend Mia Hamm, Mickey Mouse, Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises, and Jason Witten, NFL All-Pro tight end for the Dallas Cowboys. The HP Field House...
  • Jim Hill

    "The Da Vinci Code" twists with some weird Disney ties

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    Jim Hill finally gets around to reading Dan Brown's best seller and wonders what all the fuss was about. "The Da Vinci Code" is a fairly standard thriller with a somewhat controversial stance on church history thrown in. Not to mention some very odd ideas about the significance of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty."...
  • Chris Barry

    A chat with Jim Henson

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    Continuing his series from last week, former Jim Henson Company intern Chris Barry talks about his one-on-one session with the Muppet master....
  • Seth Kubersky

    A JHM Exclusive: Your first look at Universal Orlando's "Revenge of the Mummy" thrill ride

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    JHM columnist Seth Kubersky returns with a detailed description of this brand new yet-to-be-officially-opened indoor roller coaster....
  • Wade Sampson

    In praise of Ron Miller

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    Wade Sampson returns with an article that asks us to take another look at Disney's former CEO & all he accomplished before Eisner gave him the boot....
  • Press Releases

    Disney's The Lion King North American Tour Wins Denver Post Ovation Award

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    NILES FITCH HONORED AS "BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR" New York, NY - The North American tour of Disney's THE LION KING was honored with a Denver Post Ovation Award, which recognizes the best in Colorado theatre. Niles Fitch, one of the actors currently playing "Young Simba", was named "Best Supporting Actor." The Denver return engagement of the landmark musical also received a nomination for "Best Touring Production" and Syndee Winters was nominated in the "Best...
  • Press Releases

    Universal Orlando's Highly-anticipated Halloween Horror Nights 22 is Now Open

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    ONCE YOU'RE INSIDE... THERE IS NO ESCAPE UNIVERSAL ORLANDO'S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 22 IS NOW OPEN The Country's Best Halloween Event Returns With Highly-Anticipated Haunted House Experiences Based on AMC's "The Walking Dead," Video Game Franchise "Silent Hill," Penn & Teller and More ORLANDO, Fla. (September 21, 2012) - Tonight, there will be no escape as Universal Orlando unleashes the horror of Halloween Horror Nights 22, featuring all...
  • Dan Weckerly

    Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels VI

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

    It's Premiere Week on ABC - Check the schedule for your old and new favorites

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    The Real Stewardesses of Pan Am Buckle up! Adventure calls. The Real Stewardesses of Pan Am is a new original web series on abc.com about the real women who lived this fascinating lifestyle. Hear firsthand stories about traveling the globe during the glamorous jet age! Watch now. And don’t forget to tune-in to Pan Am PREMIERES SUNDAY SEPT 25 10|9c Revenge PREMIERES WEDNESDAY SEPT 21 10|9c She has a fortune, she has a motive, she has a plan. When Emily Thorne was a little girl, her father died...
  • Floyd Norman

    Second rate treatment for a first class Mickey Mouse movie

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    JHM favorite Floyd Norman is back with another great column. This time around, Floyd talks about "The Three Musketeers," which Norman says really deserved better treatment then just being dumped on DVD....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Jim talks about why "Dinosaur" isn't usually considered WDFA's first CG feature, why he doubts that Sony's pending purchase of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. will have any impact on Disney-MGM's name, apologizes to the nice folks at wdwinfo.com, then closes the column out by talking about all the other rides that ALMOST got added to Epcot's World Showcase. ...
  • 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!...
  • Press Releases

    Knott’s Latin Music Festival Heats Up the Summer

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    BUENA PARK, Calif . - Knott's Berry Farm will be combining thrilling attractions with sizzling hot entertainment at this year's Latin Music Festival on Saturday, June 16. This annual event brings together some of the most exciting Latin performers for a day filled with great music and exciting rides for the whole family. Headlining this year's event will be Angel & Khriz , one of the most sought after Puerto Rican duos. Their song "Muevela" was featured in the "Fast...
  • Press Releases

    The ToonSeum Pittsburgh's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art presents Comics 4 Comics 4

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    Pittsburgh 04/03/2013-The Toonseum Pittsburgh's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art presents Comics 4 Comics 4! The 4th installment of this annual fundraiser brings headliner Michael Capozzola to Pittsburgh and onto to the stage at Little E's at 8pm on April 4th. Michael Capozzola is a San Francisco-based comedian and cartoonist. He's contributed to Mad Magazine, The New York Times and National Lampoon. Michael is the producer and host of the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum's annual...
  • Press Releases

    Disney Twenty-Three Magazine Summer Issue Goes Behind the Scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean

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    DISNEY TWENTY-THREE MAGAZINE SUMMER ISSUE HITS STANDS MAY 3 Behind the Scenes on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with Scoop from Director Rob Marshall, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane and Richard Griffiths; Exclusive Interview with George Lucas on Reimagining Star Tours And a Sit Down with Stan Lee on Marvel’s Move to Disney BURBANK, Calif. – April 20, 2011 – The summer issue of Disney twenty-three magazine hits stands May 3, filled with features that will take readers from...
  • Jeff Lange

    A Front Row Seat at Disneyland's Star Ceremony

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    Jeff Lange takes you to Tinsel Town, where -- last Thursday -- Hollywood's Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to "The Happiest Place on Earth" in recognition of the Anaheim theme park's 50th anniversary....
  • Press Releases

    Disney Begins Production on "The Lion Guard" an Animated Disney Junior TV Movie & Series Inspired by "The Lion King"

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    Disney Television Animation has begun production on "The Lion Guard," an animated television movie and series that continues the story introduced 20 years ago in the acclaimed Disney animated film "The Lion King." Geared towards kids aged 2-7 and their families, "The Lion Guard" television movie will premiere in fall 2015 and the subsequent series will debut in early 2016 on Disney Junior and Disney Channel. The wildlife education experts at Disney's Animal Kingdom...
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