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  • Jeff Lange

    A holiday stroll around Burbank

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    During a recent trip to Southern California, Jeff Lange visited both the Disney lot as well as the Tam O'Shanter. Jeff now shares some photos he took while touring these two Burbank-area icons...
  • 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....
  • 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....
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    "Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension" Teaser Trailer

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    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...
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    Wanna a snapshot of Shamrock's strategy? Then perhaps you should take a peek at Polaroid's picture past

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    Jim Hill suggests that Shamrock Holdings' 1988 attempt to take over the Polaroid Corporation may hold some clues as to what Roy and Stanley's ultimate goal may be with the Walt Disney Company....
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    "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...
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    New "The Muppets" movie trailer " Fuzzy Pack" released

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    1st Trailer
  • 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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    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...
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    The 3D That Got Away: Part I

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    JHM guest writer Joseph L. Kleiman begins a trio of stories about 3D IMAX projects that never quite made it to the big screen. In his first article, Joseph talks about Paramount Pictures' misbegotten project, "Star Trek 3D."...
  • 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....
  • 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....
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    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...
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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...
  • Wade Sampson

    In his own words: Herb Sorrell and the Disney Strike

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    Given that June is the 54th anniversary of the infamous Disney Studios of 1941, Wade Sampson thought he might serve up a JHM column about one of the most colorful & controversial figures in that fracas: union leader Herb Sorrell. ...
  • 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...
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    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....
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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...
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    ABC Releases Trailer for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" Marvel's First Television Series

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    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and...
  • Jim Hill

    Could park-wide plumbing problems be sending DAK's expansion plans down the tubes?

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    As WDW insiders buzz about the big-budget repairs that have to be made to Animal Kingdom's drainage system, Jim Hill reveals how this expensive ($67 million!?) pipe replacement project could actually prevent new rides & shows from being adding to DAK for the next few years....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: Wanna go behind-the-scenes at Pixar?

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    Roger Colton brings news about a very timely opportunity. One that JHM readers in the Bay Area will probably want to take advantage of ...
  • Jeff Lange

    One last look back at this year's Halloween festivities at Walt Disney World

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    Jeff Lange's just back from Orlando where he spent the weekend getting pictures of all of WDW's festive decor. Take a peek at all his colorful pics....
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    Walt Disney Studios: New "Wreck-it Ralph" Clip Released

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    Watch it on your iPad or iPod Wreck-It Ralph smashes into theaters everywhere on November 2 nd !! "Like" WRECK-IT RALPH on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WreckItRalph "Follow" WRECK-IT Ralph on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wreckitralph Visit the official site: www.disney.com/wreckitralph
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    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...
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    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

    Even more concept art from the lobbies of the Disneyland Resort Hotel

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    You asked for it. You got it. Thanks to Nancy Stadler, here's another series of photos that highlights some of the great pieces of concept art that are used to decorate the public areas of the Disneyland Resort Hotel....
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    Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Hosts the World Premiere of DisneyToon Studios Animated Adventure of "The Pirate Fairy"

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    Burbank, Calif. - World Premiere of " The Pirate Fairy " with film talent (L to R) Angela Bartys, Pamela Adlon, Tinker Bell, Mae Whitman, Carlos Ponce and Christina Hendricks. March 22, 2014 Burbank, CA - Tinker Bell fluttered onto the red carpet at the World Premiere of Disney's "The Pirate Fairy " at the Walt Disney Studios Lot. She was joined by film talent Christina Hendricks (Zarina), Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell), Carlos Ponce (Bonito), Angela Bartys (Fawn), Pamela Adlon...
  • 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....
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    News from LEGOLAND California Resort - LEGO STAR WARS(TM) Miniland Now Open

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    760.918.5346 faq@LEGOLAND.com Calendar of Events Get all 3 with a RESORT Membership: *LEGOLAND California *LEGOLAND Water Park *SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium Bonus Admission to: *Madame Tussauds Hollywood *SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium Plus dining & retail discounts, parking and more ! Buy or renew your Membership today! STAR WARS™ Miniland Now Open! Take your family to a galaxy far, far away as you experience scenes from the six live-action STAR WARS™ movies and one from the animated series...
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    Disney's "The Lion King" Roars Into Retail to Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary

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    This summer, it's all about "Hakuna Matata" and the fiercely feisty lion cub, Simba! To celebrate the 20 th anniversary of "The Lion King", Wet Seal has launched a fashion-forward collection of apparel and accessories including tanks and tees, dresses and leggings, beanies and scarves to totes and cell phone cases that incorporate artwork pulled from the Disney archives. The price points span from $11.99-36.99 and will be available in Wet Seal stores and www.wetseal.com beginning...
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    New issue of DisneyTwenty-Three magazine goes behind the scenes at DCA

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    DISNEY TWENTY-THREE TAKES READERS BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE SPECTACULAR DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE EXPANSION IN ITS ALL-NEW FALL ISSUE Disney Fans Also See the Making of D23's 'Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives,' Preview Tim Burton's Frankenweenie , and Get a Sneak Peek of Once Upon a Time 's New Season BURBANK, Calif. - July 27, 2012 - From the high-octane thrills of Cars Land to the immersive beauty of Buena Vista Street, the fall issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with ... well, an apology, then some info on the upcoming "Alien Encounter" change-out, a Glen Keane quote, why certain pavilions in Epcot's World Showcase got rides and others didn't as well as an update on the next set of JHM Disneyland tours. Also ... a somewhat embarrassing plea for contributions....
  • Jim Hill

    They may call it the "City of Brotherly Love," but it looks like a brawl is about to break out ...

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    From the front lines in Philly, Jim Hill files a brief report on the highlights of yesterday's "Save Disney" events at the Loews Hotel....
  • Jim Hill

    A JHM Exclusive: Your first peek at the new "Mary Poppins" stage musical

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    Thanks to the quick work of one loyal JHM reader (Who attended the very first preview of this new Disney Theatrical musical during its out-of-town try-out at the Bristol Hippodrome), here's a detailed review of what appears to be Disney's next big hit ...
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    Disney Movie Trailer: Oz the Great and Poweful - "Argument Over Oz" Clip Released

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  • 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....
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    BOOM! Studios: Happiness is ... the very first "Peanuts" graphic novel

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    HAPPINESS IS...THE VERY FIRST “PEANUTS” GRAPHIC NOVEL! “HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN” HARDCOVER FROM “KABOOM!” TO BE RELEASED MARCH 2011 Adapted From The All-New Animated Special From Warner Home Video February 28, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA - This March, join Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and all your favorite PEANUTS characters as Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown , the very first PEANUTS graphic novel ever published, is released by newly-launched...
  • Jim Hill

    The "Star Tours" Saga continues: Let George do it

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    Jim Hill continues his multi-part series on the creation of this poular Disney theme park attraction. This time around, Jim talks about how the "Star Wars" creator's very definite ideas helped to shape the story that this new Tomorrowland ride told....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    A trio of temptations awaits this week! And all well worth the time it takes to investigate, so read on adventurers......
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    Disney Announces Worry-Free Winter Ticket Exchange Policy for Lion King & Mary Poppins

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    DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES “WORRY-FREE WINTER 2011,” AN UNPRECEDENTED TICKET EXCHANGE POLICY FOR BROADWAY’S THE LION KING and MARY POPPINS Revolutionary Pilot Program Allows Disney on Broadway Customers to Exchange Previously Purchased Tickets for Other Performance Dates FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (November 19, 2010) - DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS (Thomas Schumacher, producer and president) today announced the launch of a revolutionary pilot ticket exchange program for...
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    Disney Interactive Media Group's Playdom Launches Program to Help the People of Japan

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    Playdom community rallies support by donating to the American Red Cross MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Playdom today announced a program with the American Red Cross to support their efforts in helping those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. As part of the program, which will run for 10 days, Playdom has set up a website on which people can donate directly to the American Red Cross. As a way to thank the Playdom community and remind them of the program, Playdom...
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    A special Halloween episode of Disney D23's Disney Geek

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    Mary Poppins Celebrates Six Years on Broadway

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    Mary Poppins Celebrates Six Soaring Years on Broadway Friday, November 16, 2012 2500 th Performance on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, November 16, 2012) MARY POPPINS, Broadway's perfectly magical musical, celebrates its sixth anniversary on Friday, November 16, 2012. It began previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42 nd Street) on October 14, 2006 before officially opening on November 16, 2006. Next week, on Tuesday, November 20 th , the production plays...
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    Disney Interactive releases second video in its behind-the-scenes "Creating Infinity" series: "The Toy Box"

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    Disney Infinity is an all-new video game initiative starring the beloved characters from Walt Disney and Pixar Studios' most popular franchises. Players can place real-world toy versions of their favorite Disney characters onto a device called the Infinity Base and transport them into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, the Incredibles, Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as into a giant Toy Box. For additional information on the Disney Infinity Toy Box mode, visit https:/...
  • 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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    Crayola ColorStudio HD iPad App now available on the App Store

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    Griffin and Crayola Announce Availability of Crayola ColorStudio HD for iPad Crayola ColorStudio HD App now available on the App Store; iMarker digital stylus now available at Apple Stores nationwide Nashville, TN / Easton, PA – July 6, 2011 – Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, and Crayola, whose products have inspired artistic creativity in children for more than 100 years, announce the availability of Crayola ColorStudio...
  • 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 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....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, he reveals why "Aladdin"'s IMAX debut has been delayed, why "Home on the Range" is opening in April 2004, where to get a really snazzy t-shirt as well as finally announcing the winners of our "Epcot English Lesson" contest....
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