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    Has SaveDisney.com really lost its way?

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    With ill-conceived photo essays & lame readers polls, Jim Hill wonders: Is the "Save Disney" website -- what with all of its mixed messages -- actually doing Roy Disney & Stanley Gold's "Oust Eisner" effort more harm than good?...
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    Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix to perform at Disney's D23 Expo August 19th

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    It's a Musical "Jolly Holiday" as Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix Bring Harmony and Melodic Fun to First Night of Disney's D23 Expo, August 19-21, 2011 BURBANK, Calif. (July 29, 2011) - Disney fans attending the first day of Disney's D23 Expo, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center, will be able to end their day with an unforgettable evening of harmony provided by Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix. The popular vocal quartet...
  • Jim Hill

    Want to get an advance peek at a magical movie that Disney may be making soon? Go pick up a copy of Clive Barker's "Abarat"

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    Jim Hill gives you the skinny on the exciting new series of stories that renown horrormeister Barker has just churned out. A wildly imaginative quartet of children's books that the Mouse is hoping it can successfully translate into a trilogy of films, a variety of theme park rides, interactive computer games and more....
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    New Disney "The Muppets" one sheet - Muppet Domination Nov. 23rd

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    ‘Like’ THE MUPPETS on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/Muppets THE MUPPETS opens in theaters everywhere on November 23rd!
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    Bill Campbell, Rick Baker & more join Kevin Smith for D23’S The Rocketeer 20th Anniversary Celebration at the El Capitan Theatre

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    STAR BILL CAMPBELL, ACCLAIMED MAKEUP ARTIST RICK BAKER, SCREENWRITERS DANNY BILSON & PAUL DE MEO AND MORE JOIN NOTED FILM DIRECTOR & PRODUCER KEVIN SMITH FOR D23'S THE ROCKETEER 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT HISTORIC EL CAPITAN THEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD JUNE 21, 2011 Members of Disney's official fan club may purchase advance tickets now! Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, May 23, 2011. BURBANK, CA, May 19, 2011 - In 1991 when The Rocketeer hit theaters, actor Bill Campbell...
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    New Year's Eve Celebration -Bret Michaels - Universal Orlando Citywalk - Tickets Still Available

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    THERE’S STILL TIME TO GET TICKETS TO ORLANDO’S MOST ELECTRIFYING NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO CITYWALK Best-Priced Tickets Available Until Dec. 27 to All-Inclusive New Year’s Eve Celebration Featuring Rock Star Bret Michaels WHAT: Universal Orlando CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve celebration is Orlando’s hottest and most electrifying place to ring in 2011, and the best ticket offer to this exclusive event is still available for a limited time...
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    Joke for One

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    Though Jim's out in Southern California doing divorced daddy duty, he still managed to churn out an entertaining article for the site. This piece details some of the subtler -- and sometimes obscene -- gags that the Imagineers slip into their shows that feature AA figures....
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    Cast of Newsies to appear on CBS Thanksgiving Day parade

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    THE CAST OF NEWSIES TO APPEAR ON THE CBS THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Tuesday, November 20, 2012) - The cast of Newsies , the Tony ® Award winning new American musical, will appear on the 2012 CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade, with a performance of "King of New York." For the first time ever, television audiences will have the opportunity to see a number performed on the stage of the Nederlander Theatre, where Newsies plays to sold-out crowds. The...
  • Jeff Lange

    Hellish behavior mars an evening of heavenly music at the Magic Kingdom

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    Let me be blunt here: Jeff Lange did NOT have a joyful experience at this past Saturday's "Night of Joy." He explains why in the photo essay that you'll find below. ...
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    Emmy Award®-Winning Actor Jon Cryer Leads The Way in Disneytoon Studios' “Planes”

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    TAKING TO THE SKIES Jon Cryer voice of Dusty. PLANES will available on Blu-ray/DVD Spring 2013. © 2011 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved. AN ALL-NEW, CG-ANIMATED FEATURE FILM FROM DISNEYTOON STUDIOS BURBANK, Calif. – August 20, 2011 – Dusty, the small-town crop-duster from DisneyToon Studios‟ upcoming feature “Planes,” has found his voice: Emmy Award®-winning actor Jon Cryer, lands the role of the daring dreamer who takes on the most notoriously grueling air race...
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    New video clip from Disney/Pixar's 3D animated short, "Hawaiian Vacation"

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    Copyright 2011 Disney/Pixar All rights reserved. Disney/Pixar's "Hawaiian Vacation" Takes "Toy Story" Characters on Brand-New Adventure Appearing Exclusively with "Cars 2" Theatrical Release, New Short Film Features Buzz, Woody and Favorites from "Toy Story 3" BURBANK, Calif. (February 28, 2011) -- In celebration of their recent Oscar® win for Best Animated Feature, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the "Toy Story 3" gang head to the big screen...
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    The Magic of "Tangled" Shines Onstage in Brand-New "Tangled: The Musical" Stage Show Aboard Disney Cruise

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    Original music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken headlines new stage show adaptation of Disney animated film In November 2015, “Tangled: The Musical” will premiere aboard the Disney Magic, marking the first time the beloved animated film “Tangled” has been adapted for the stage. (Disney) CELEBRATION, Fla. (April 2, 2015) - In November 2015, the endearing characters and captivating music of the animated film "Tangled" will enchant audiences once again...
  • Jim Hill

    "Pirates" already under attack? "Mansion" to be closed before it even opens?

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    In the wake of the disastrous box office performance of "The Country Bears" movie, the word out of Hollywood is that the Mouse may be having second thoughts about making more movies based on popular Disneyland attractions. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Hidden (loco)motive

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    How can one early morning event at Disneyland service two very different agendas? Jim Hill reveals how the Mouse recently honored a Disney Legend as well as pleased a major power player at Pixar....
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    New Year's Tweets Pave the Road to Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful"

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    FANS JOURNEY TO DISNEY'S "OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL" BY ENTERING A NEW YEAR'S SWEEPSTAKES FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (THE EMERALD CITY) BURBANK, CALIF. (December 31, 2012) - Disney announced today that they are launching a New Year's Sweepstakes and an Instant Win game on December 31st in support of their upcoming, Sam Raimi-helmed film "Oz The Great and Powerful," which opens in U.S. theaters on March 8, 2013. The promotion runs through January...
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    Knott’s Berry Farm Introduces MyPark App to Help Guests Navigate their Theme Park

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    BUENA PARK, Calif. (May, 2011) - The Old West is going high tech as Knott's Berry Farm introduces the MyPark App. The MyPark App designed for iphones, ipads, and droids will help you plan and navigate you way through Ghost Town and beyond. The MyPark App is loaded with valuable information including: Admission ticket and season pass prices. Operating hours and directions to the park. Information on Knott's world-class rides and attractions. Dining options Locations of restrooms, atms, and...
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    D23 EXPO 2013 Announces Special Theatrical Performance "Broadway and Beyond" August 9th

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    DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS TO PRESENT " BROADWAY AND BEYOND" A MUSICAL JOURNEY INTO DISNEY'S HISTORY ON BROADWAY AND BEYOND BURBANK , Calif. - June 11, 2013 - D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is thrilled to announce a special theatrical performance, Broadway and Beyond . Thomas Schumacher , president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions will host a musical journey into Disney's history on Broadway and beyond at the D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event . The performance...
  • Jim Hill

    Knott's 'Special Ops: Infected' proves that wide open spaces can be just as scary as dark twisty mazes

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    It sounds like an interesting challenge. Staging an authentic-looking zombie apocalypse while -- at the same time -- not scratching up any of Grizzly Creek Lodge's nice new furniture. But that's exactly what Jon Cooke has spent the past five-and-a-half weeks doing. Taking Knott's Berry Farm 's recently refurbished Camp Snoopy and -- using the 45 minutes between when this Buena Park theme park closes for the day and when Halloween Haunt officially opens for the night -- then transforming...
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    Sophia Loren Joins Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 2” Global Adventure

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    It’s absolute amore when Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 2” races into a charming village near Porto Corsa, Italy, this summer: Lightning McQueen (center) is warmly welcomed by Luigi’s favorite uncle, Uncle Topolino (left), and his aunt, masterful cook Mama Topolino (right)—who’s voiced by Academy Award®-winning actress Sophia Loren in 21 countries worldwide, including Italy, China, Russia, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, France and Japan, all of which will feature...
  • Jim Hill

    Looking back on "Beauty & the Beast" -- Part IV

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    In honor of next Monday's "Lion King" 10th anniversary event, Jim Hill looks back fondly at another great ASIFA-Hollywood panel. Back when the Disney animators who worked on "Beauty & the Beast" got together in 2002 to reminisce. This time around, Jim talks about brawling animators and crashing computers. ...
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    WRECK-IT RALPH's Clark Spencer "Wreck-ognized" at Producers Guild Awards

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    SPENCER WRECK-OGNIZED AT PGA -- Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Clark Spencer (“Winnie the Pooh,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”) was named outstanding producer of animated theatrical motion pictures for his work on 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph” at the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. “Wreck-It Ralph” takes moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in which Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly)—tired...
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    Famed Actor and Musician John Stamos Prepares for Battle with TRANSFORME​RS at Universal Orlando Resort

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    Famed actor and musician John Stamos "rolled out" to Universal Orlando Resort yesterday, May 13, 2013, where he was recruited as a NEST agent by the larger-than-life Autobots, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. The Autobots are preparing for battle against the Decepticons before the highly-anticipated, mega-attraction, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride - 3D, grand opens on June 20. Hosted by Universal Orlando, Stamos is best known for starring on hit TV shows, "Full House" and "ER,"...
  • Jim Hill

    "SAW" maze at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights will help promote "Jigsaw," the eighth film in this Lionsgate series

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    When it comes to successfully marketing your motion picture, it helps to know where your target audience actually is / will be. Which is why - when Warner Bros. wanted to get comic book fans excited about " Wonder Woman " earlier this year - it worked with over 2,000 comic retailers, bookstores, and libraries around the world to spread the word about this Patty Jenkins film. Likewise when Marvel Studios wanted to make sure that " Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 " would become a...
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    Get the Lowdown and Hottest On-set Secrets about "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure"

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    5 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT SHARPAY'S FABULOUS ADVENTURE Pssst! Want to know the hottest on-set secrets about the fab new movie, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure ? We catch up with Ashley Tisdale and the rest of the crazy cast to bring you the lowdown... © Disney. All Rights Reserved. SHARPAY SECRET #1 ASHLEY TISDALE HAD A LOT OF INPUT INTO THE LOOK OF SHARPAY! "Ever since Day One of the first High School Musical , I always had loads of ideas for Sharpay," admits Ashley Tisdale...
  • Jean de Lutèce

    An American Street in Paris

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    JHM guest writer Jean de Lutèce returns with another great in-depth look at Disneyland Paris. This time around, Jean reveals some of the more intriguing stories about the creation of that theme park's Main Street U.S.A. area....
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    Why For?

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    As Jim Hill wings his way out to Southern California, he still finds the time to answer some of your more obscure Disney-related questions....
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    "Big Hero 6" - 54th Feature Film From Walt Disney Animation Studios - Makes Its Online Debut

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    With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo,...
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    Disney Pixar Cars 2: Meet Nigel Gearsley and Sir Miles Axlerod Voiced By Eddie Izzard

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    Nigel Gearsley Nigel Gearsley from Warwickshire, England, is an Aston Martin DB9R racer bearing #9. He got his start racing the Speed Hill Climb—a unique, completely uphill race through the Aston Hill Mountain Area that his family has run for generations. Nigel’s racing career has been anything but an uphill challenge, as he’s won nearly every start in the past few years on the Grand Touring Sports Car circuit, including a string of podiums at Nurburgring and Le Mans. His cool British...
  • Andrew Crim

    Checks & Balances: What Price Pixar?

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    JHM introduces a new columnist today, Andrew Crim. In his debut column, Andrew explains why -- in the long run -- it probably makes better business sense if the Walt Disney Company doesn't actually extend its current deal with Pixar Animation Studios....
  • 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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    How a production delay helped make all of those eye-popping FX sequences in Marvel's "Doctor Strange" possible

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    Stef Ceretti is a master of movie magic. And I'm not just saying that because Stef has been the visual effects supervisor on Academy Award-winning films like "The Matrix." Or because of his ground-breaking work on FX-filled extravaganzas like "Batman Begins," "X-men: First Class," & Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." No, I'm called Ceretti a master of movie magic because - to date - he's worked on three different motion pictures where magic...
  • Todd James Pierce

    "Disneyland Hotel" takes a detailed look at the history of this Anaheim resort

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    JHM guest writer Todd James Pierce checks out Don Ballard's book on the Disneyland Hotel and finds much that he likes about this new Ape Pen publication....
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    Blackbeard, zombies and mermaids oh my! Check out "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" new video featurettes

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    Despicable Me Minions Take Over Universal Orlando Resort

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    Universal Orlando Resort’s brand new ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem grand opens on July 2, but the mayhem has already begun! The minions are taking over, and we wanted to share the following video with you.
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    Nintendo Partners with Universal Parks & Resorts

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    ;; TO CREATE WORLD'S FIRST-EVER THEME PARK ATTRACTIONS BASED ON NINTENDO'S BELOVED GAMES AND CHARACTERS KYOTO, Japan and ORLANDO, Florida (May 7, 2015) - Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts today announced plans to bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks - creating spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo's wildly popular games, characters and worlds. The agreement brings two icons of entertainment together and represents a significant partnership...
  • Jim Hill

    Pixar's "Road to the Races" tour allows event attendees to get an up-close look at how "Cars 3" characters were designed

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    This past weekend, thousands of " Cars " fans made their way to Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park in Somerville, MA. Eager to get a peek at Pixar Animation Studios ' upcoming release as the "Road to the Races" tour made its one & only pit stop in the New England area. And it wasn't just getting the chance to have their picture taken with a life-size look-alike of Lighting McQueen that brought out the crowds to Assembly Row. People also wanted to check the two new characters...
  • Jim Hill

    What does Kenny Ortega enjoy more: Making TV movies like "Descendants 2" or the positive messages that these Disney Channel Originals put across?

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    Two years ago, just prior to when the original "Descendants" premiered on Disney Channel, director Kenny Ortega told me he wished this musical fantasy would do extremely well in the ratings. That way, he and the cast (not to mention the creative team behind this Disney Channel Original) might then get the chance to make a sequel to this particular TV production. "The Descendants world really is a wonderful place to play in. I think - were you to ask the cast and the crew - they'd...
  • Jim Hill

    Disney Junior reimagines "Muppet Babies" as a CG-animated series which will debut on that pre-school cable channel in early 2018

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    Someone better tell Nanny that she needs a new pair of green & blue knee socks. Because the Muppet Babies are headed back to the nursery. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Sometime in early 2018, a reimaging of this much-beloved TV show (which - back in the 1980s - was a four-time winner of the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program) will premiere on Disney Junior . A co-production of that cable channel, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media 's (DCPI)...
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    Will Disney Digital 3D help make "Chicken Little" a hit big?

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    As the box office expectations for WDFA's first fully CG feature continue to slip, Disney insiders are now pinning their hopes on this new 3D projection process to really help boost "Chicken Little" 's box office numbers....
  • Jim Korkis

    Good Mousekeeping -- Part II

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    Jim Korkis presents the second installment in this entertaining multi-part tale of "Good Housekeeping"'s Disney Pages....
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    Universal Orlando Resort and Give Kids the World Create Volunteer Vacation Experience

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    UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT AND GIVE KIDS THE WORLD PARTNER TO CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE VACATION AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations to Donate $100 to Give Kids The World for Every Package Booked ORLANDO, Fla. (April 17, 2013) - Universal Orlando Resort today unveiled a one-of-a-kind vacation package allowing guests to spend cherished family time in its theme parks and then to create unforgettable memories for children at Give Kids The World Village. Give Kids The World Village...
  • Jim Hill

    A JimHillMedia.com exclusive: Your first look at the storyline for Disney / Pixar's "Finding Nemo"

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    Just can't wait 'til May 30th to find out what "Finding Nemo" is actually all about? Jim Hill brings you a detailed breakdown of the storyline for Pixar Animation Studio's next sure-to-be smash....
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    Disney Store Times Square Digital Sign Unveiled

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    (New York, NY – October 21, 2010) Mickey Mouse unveils Disney Store’s new state-of-the-art digital billboard in the heart of New York City’s Times Square, as the countdown begins to the highly anticipated grand store opening celebration on November 9. The 2-story store will be Disney’s largest in North America and will feature exclusive merchandise plus N.Y.-themed products, and will boast Disney’s new concept design bringing the magic of Disney to Manhattan filled with...
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    Fourth Season of"Good Luck Charlie" Premieres with a Special Performance by the Muppets, Sunday, April 28 on Disney Channel

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    FOURTH SEASON OF "GOOD LUCK CHARLIE" PREMIERES WITH A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY THE MUPPETS, SUNDAY, APRIL 28 ON DISNEY CHANNEL Season four of Disney Channel's hit family comedy "Good Luck Charlie," premieres SUNDAY, APRIL 28 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT) with a special performance by Disney's The Muppets. Guest stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Animal join series stars Bridgit Mendler and Leigh-Allyn Baker to perform a show-stopping, Muppet-ational original song...
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    Disneyland Paris' new "Roars of the Lion King" seems to be winning over audiences.

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    JHM guest writer Nick Stevens chimes in with a review of DLP's new stage show, which is reportedly drawing huge crowds at the Videopolis theatre....
  • 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.)...
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    "What we have here is a failure to communicate ..."

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    In revisiting the "Lilo & Stitch" 2-disc DVD debacle mentioned in last Friday's "Why For" column, Jim Hill exposes an even bigger problem at the Mouse House. Which is: Has the Disney corporation finally grown so large that the company's different divisions can no longer effectively communicate with one another? Read and learn ... ...
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    Mouseketrips - Disneyland Spring Disney VISA Cardholder Discounts

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    Disneyland Spring Disney VISA Cardholder Discounts Posted: 10 Jan 2012 10:46 AM PST Travel Dates : March 1 - April 14, 2012 Disneyland Resort has released a new room only discount, currently for Disney VISA cardholders only. This deal will become available for the general public to book on January 17, 2012 . A Disney VISA card is required at this point to book this deal. Disneyland guests can save up to 25% on their Disneyland Resort stay. Sample Savings : Disney's Grand Californian: 20% off...
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    Disney•Pixar's MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Teaser Trailer Released

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    Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Screaming with laughter and fun, “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”) and produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”). The...
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    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...
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