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  • 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....
  • Press Releases

    Mouseketrips - One More Disney Day Discount

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    One More Disney Day Discount Posted: 09 Jan 2012 08:28 AM PST Travel Dates : February 26 - March 10, 2012 Available at both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort, guests can now book a minimum three night three day Disney stay and receive One More Disney Day and Night included for free. This is a short term discount in conjunction with Disney's One More Disney Day promotion, where the Disneyland theme park and the Magic Kingdom will be open 24 hours on leap day, 2012 (February 29 @ 6:00...
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    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...
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    Thaddeus Stevens and The Gang Three in New Clips from Steve Spielberg's "Lincoln"

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    Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Donald Duck's Other Daddy (PART ONE)

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    Wade Sampson begins a special two part series about Disney animation legend Jack Hannah...
  • Jim Hill

    "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" makes the jump from beloved holiday special to Broadway with next Monday's Actors Fund benefit

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    Here's a challenge for all of you Christmas trivia buffs out there: Name the first-ever animated holiday special produced especially for television. If you were thinking "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," you'd be wrong. That much-beloved Rankin-Bass production didn't debut on NBC until December 6, 1964. Likewise "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (That Peabody Award-winning program didn't premiere on CBS 'til December 9, 1965) and "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch...
  • 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.)...
  • Press Releases

    Mouseketri​ps - 2013 Winter Disney World Discount

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    Travel dates : January 2 - March 7, 2012 Walt Disney World has released a special discount for the general public where guests can save up to 35% off of their room only reservation at select Walt Disney World resorts. Savings are based on resort; Sample Savings : Save 35% at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Boardwalk Inn, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard and pool views only), Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Boardwalk Villas, Beach Club Villas, Animal Kingdom Villas...
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    "A Celebration of the Harry Potter Films" at Universal Orlando Resort to feature cast and filmmaker appearances

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    VACATION PACKAGES ON SALE SUNDAY, JULY 31 st FOR "A CELEBRATION OF THE HARRY POTTER FILMS" AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT Special Event Hosted by Warner Bros. to Feature Three Days of Cast Member and Filmmaker Appearances, Autograph Signings, Q&A Sessions and Film Screenings ORLANDO, Fla. (July 25, 2011) - Universal Orlando Resort announced today that special vacation packages will go on sale Sunday, July 31 st that will give guests the opportunity to attend "A Celebration of the...
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    BOOM! Studios' "Chip 'N' Dale Rescue Rangers" #3 in stores next week

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    These will be out next week! February 2nd, 2011. Celebrate 58 years of "Uncle Scrooge" with the milestone issue UNCLE SCROOGE #400. Also things heat up for Chip and the gang as they travel to the Arctic in CHIP 'N' DALE RESCUE RANGERS #3. And the less said about IRREDEEMABLE #22 the better...just read it! Enjoy!, Chip-not Dale CHIP 'N' DALE RESCUE RANGERS #3 (A) CHIP 'N' DALE RESCUE RANGERS #3 (B) It’s the return of your favorite furry flatfoots in an all-new...
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    Disney Pixars's Cars 2: Meet Professor Z and Tomber

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    Copyright 2011 Disney Pixar All rights reserved . Professor Z (voice of Thomas Kretschmann) Professor Z, aka "The Professor," is an internationally wanted weapons designer in a small, sophisticated German package. He is a brilliant, but mad monocle-wearing scientist who is plotting to sabotage the World Grand Prix. Though his true motive is unclear, Professor Z is willing to do whatever it takes to eliminate all obstacles and keep the "project" on schedule. Tomber (voice of Michel...
  • 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....
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    RETURN TO OZ in the all-new spring issue of DISNEY TWENTY-THREE on stands February 12

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    A Dazzling Behind-The-Scenes Look At Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful, The 15th Anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom, Never-Before-Seen Concept Art from Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen BURBANK, Calif. - January 30, 2013 - The spring issue of Disney twenty-three , the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, hits stands February 12, loaded with articles to delight both Disney fans and the general public. The cover story, "A Great and Powerful Odyssey,"...
  • 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....
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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...
  • 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....
  • 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. ...
  • 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

    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...
  • 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....
  • Matthew Springer

    The Essential Geek #5: The Star Wars Holiday Special

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    Matt Springer is back for the holidays with a not-so-fond look back on one of the more infamous things that George Lucas may have wished he never created. And we're not talking about Jar Jar Binks ......
  • 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. ...
  • 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

    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...
  • Jim Hill

    The "Star Tours" saga continues: One attraction, two tracks

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    Jim Hill delivers Part II of this new series. This time around, Hill talks about the interactive "Star Wars" themed roller coaster that the Imagineers once wanted to build. ...
  • 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

    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...
  • 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....
  • 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....
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    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...
  • 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."...
  • 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...
  • 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 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. ...
  • 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...
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    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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    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...
  • 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....
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    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...
  • 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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    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...
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    Share Your Favorite Universal Orlando Moments and Potentially Be Featured in a Future Universal Orlando Ad Campaign

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    Guests Can Tag Their Photos and Videos on Twitter, Instagram and Vine Using #UniversalMoments for a Chance to be Featured in a Future Ad Campaign Universal Orlando Resort has launched a new online campaign asking guests to share their favorite Universal Orlando moments and potentially be featured in a future Universal Orlando ad campaign. Guests can participate by sharing their favorite moments through photos and videos on Twitter, Vine and Instagram using #UniversalMoments. © 2014 Universal...
  • 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 ......
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    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...
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • 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....
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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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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....
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