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    The Walt Disney Company and UTH Russia to launch Free-To-Air Disney Channel in Russia

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    MOSCOW and BURBANK, Calif., October 27, 2011 - The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and UTH Russia, one of the country's fastest growing media companies, announced today that the two companies will launch an ad-supported free-to-air Disney Channel in Russia early next year. The broadly-distributed channel will appeal to families throughout Russia by featuring Disney's popular signature programming, as well as original Russian content. Under the terms of the agreement, Disney, through one of...
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    New stage musical version of Disney's "Aladdin" to premiere this summer at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre

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    The 5th Avenue Theatre Presents the Premiere of Disney’s Aladdin, a New Stage Musical Stage Version of Disney Film to Close 2010-11 Season SEATTLE, WA –The 5th Avenue Theatre is proud to announce that it will produce the premiere of Aladdin, a new stage musical adapted from Disney’s 1992 animated feature film. Aladdin , featuring the Academy Award®-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, previews on July 7 and runs until July 31, 2011. The show replaces Oklahoma...
  • Guest Writer

    2015 Philadelphia Flower Show pays tribute to Disney and Pixar films

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    Lights, Cameras, Bloom! The curtain has gone up on the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show , with this year's theme "Celebrate the Movies." The glitz and glamor of Hollywood has transformed the Pennsylvania Convention Center into a studio backlot now through March 8th. Acres of gardens pay tribute to films inspired by Disney and Disney-Pixar. Make no mistake about this presentation of flowers, gardens and shrubs, oh my, it is in no way sponsored by The Walt Disney Company but rather only...
  • Jim Hill

    Can a few WDFA die-hards really make a difference?

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    Jim Hill reports that there are still a few folks within Disney's traditional animation department who are refusing to work on the company's upcoming CG films. Will they really be enough to make a difference?...
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    Disney's Winnie the Pooh - Pooh finds a note & looses his stuffing in this latest clip from Walt Disney Animation Studios' latest feature

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    Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with "Winnie the Pooh." Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original short films, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical "bear of very little brain" and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo-and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. "Ever have one of those days where you just can't win, Eeyore?" asks Pooh. Owl sends the whole gang...
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    DreamWorks FRIGHT NIGHT - First Images from this August 19th Release

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    FRIGHT NIGHT Copyright 2011 DreamWorks Studios All rights reserved. Genre: Horror Rating: TBD U.S. Release date: August 19, 2011 Running Time: Cast: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots and Toni Collette Director: Craig Gillespie Producers: Michael De Luca, Alison Rosenzweig Executive Producers: Ray Angelic, Josh Bratman, Michael Gaeta, Lloyd Ivan Miller Screenplay by: Marti Noxon Story by: Tom Holland Based on the film "Fright Night" written...
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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,...
  • 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....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: E-ville: More than just a hobby

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    Ever wonder what happens after hours in Emeryville? When the people from Pixar Animation Studios have put down their pencils, packed away their pixels and headed out the door? Roger Colton found out that some of them are heading to E-ville, where things can get rather graphic ......
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    In a slight inversion of the usual formula, Jim uses today's column to provide a lengthy answer to a single question. As in: How you can see a rather lengthy scene that was cut from "Monsters, Inc." Also where you can go this weekend to meet a veteran Disney artist....
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    D23's Disney Geek Video Update Spills the Beans on the Next Disney Dream Portrait Star

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    This week on the show: - Johnny Depp stars in the newest Disney Dream Portraits - An exclusive interview with… Goofy! - Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii celebrates a major milestone - Some royal cars roll out for "Cars 2" - Disneynature's "African Cats" success and the lovable "Chimpanzee" - An opening date for Goofy's Sky School… and more!
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    Remembering "Captain EO"

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    JHM columnist Joseph L. Kleiman looks back fondly on a Disney park attraction. One that -- thanks to Michael Jackson's upcoming trial -- will probably never see the light of day again. ...
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    Oz The Great and Powerful Featurette: Costume and Make-Up

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    When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizard—and just maybe into a better man as well . OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL releases in theaters on March 8, 2013! Visit the website: http:// www.disney.com/ozthegreat “Like” OZ THE GREAT & POWERFUL on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ozthegreatandpowerful "Follow" OZ THE GREAT...
  • Jeff Lange

    The Art of Club 33

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    Jeff Lange completes his photo essay of this oh-so-exclusive Disneyland eatery. This time around, Jeff talks about Club 33's intriguing collection of paintings, photographs and furnishings. ...
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    Jeffrey Katzenberg and the Future of Cinema

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    JHM columnist Joseph L. Kleiman listens in as the co-founder of DreamWorks' Studios talks at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - More Panavue Slides

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    It's the first week of the new year, and another edition all set to shared!...
  • 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....
  • 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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    Why For?

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    This time around, Jim answers your Disney-related questions about Epcot's latest additions, the disappearance of the highly detailed queue as well as what could have been done with the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights this year....
  • Noe Valladolid

    Is a head set-free version of Virtual Reality really just over the horizon?

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    The term "Virtual Reality" has been a buzzword in pop culture for decades but accessible VR technology has always been more science fiction than science fact. Fans of entertainment are finally entering a new era. In 2014 VR technology had actually come of age. Large companies, like Google and Sony, were showing audiences what their R&D groups had been busy working on. One of the first previews of the latest VR technology happened at the Game Developers Conference in March 2014. The...
  • Dale Ward

    It's time for Mouse FACTory 3.0

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    Dale Ward returns with even more trivial tales about Disney's magical kingdom. In this week's installment, you can learn more about the Muppets, Goofy's origins as well as Davy Crockett's big screen debut....
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    D23 Announces Events For Disney Fans In Orlando

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    SPECIAL SCREENINGS, A MEMBER-EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING OPPORTUNITY WITH MICKEY'S OF GLENDALE , AND A NEW SIP AND STROLL ADD TO THE OFFICIAL DISNEY FAN CLUB'S ROSTER OF COAST-TO-COAST EVENTS BURBANK, Calif. - MARCH 26, 2015 - Today, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced additional special member events in the Orlando area, adding even more exclusive experiences for fans in Central Florida. On the heels of a D23 Member-exclusive screening of Walt Disney Studios' live-action Cinderella ,...
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    Walt Disney Studios releases new still of "Brave" Merida

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    Merida (voice by Kelly Macdonald) ©Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved. Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In "Brave," a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor...
  • Dan Weckerly

    Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels V

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    JHM guest columnist Dan Weckerly continues his multi-part series on the various film series that Walt Disney Studios has produced over the years....
  • 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's modern Christmas tale "Prep & Landing" arrives on DVD - November 22nd

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    An All-New, Modern Christmas Tale To Add To The Family Holiday Viewing Collection! Disney's PREP & LANDING Arrives on DVD - November 22, 2011 Featuring Two New Animated Shorts - "Tiny's Big Adventure" and "Operation Secret Santa" BURBANK, Calif., May 20, 2011 - This coming holiday, Disney invites audiences of all ages to make Prep & Landing (the all-new modern classic Christmas tale) part of their family's -must own‖ holiday-viewing collection! Arriving to...
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    Disney's D23 Expo: Walt Disney Studios to present sneak peeks & surprise guests from upcoming film slate Aug. 20th

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS TAKES FANS BEHIND THE SCENES AT DISNEY'S D23 EXPO, AUGUST 19-21 BURBANK, Calif. - August 9, 2011 - Exclusively at Disney's D23 Expo August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Disney film fans will go behind the scenes to explore the exciting roster of projects on the horizon at The Walt Disney Studios, with a variety of panel discussions, sneak peeks and exhibits. On Saturday, August 20, Rich Ross, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios; Sean Bailey...
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    Beyond Sound and Color

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    Big news could be breaking in the 3D / digital projection world this coming weekend out in Vegas. Joseph L. Kleiman fills you in on all the particulars. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Did you hear? Jim Hill is a con man!

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    Yep. Hill - and an estimated 80,000 of his close, personal friends - are all attending Comic Con. As he fights his way through the crowded aisles at the San Diego Convention Center, Hill reports in on who he's already seen at this year's show....
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    Mouseketrips - 2012 Fall Disney World Discount

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    Posted: 01 Sep 2012 10:53 AM PDT Travel dates : September 30 - December 24, 2012 Walt Disney World has released a special discount for the general public where guests can save up to 30% off of their room only reservation at select Walt Disney World resorts. Savings are based on resort; Sample Savings : Save up to 15% at Disney's Art of Animation Resort (Family Suite Rooms) Save up to 20% at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, Disney's All-Star Music Resort, Disney's Pop Century Resort...
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    Disney•Pixar Celebrated USA Swimming with a Special Screening of Finding Nemo 3D

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    On Thursday, July 12 th , Disney●Pixar held a private screening of FINDING NEMO 3D for the U.S Olympic Swim Team in Knoxville, TN. The Olympians and their families were one of the first audiences to "Sea" the film in breathtaking digital 3D before heading off to London. Left - Chloe Sutton, Scott Weltz, Jessica Hardy with Insider Kid Correspondent Lauren Kaplan Right - Chloe Sutton, Scott Weltz, Jessica Hardy, Missy Franklin, Nick Thoman, Micah Lawrence Additionally, Dory, Marlin and a...
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    1950s Peter Pan Live Action Reference photographs from Walt Disney Studio's Vault

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    Peter Pan will be available on Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy + Storybook App on Tuesday February 5th
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    First teaser trailer for Walt Disney Pictures' JOHN CARTER

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    From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars...
  • Rick Gutierrez

    The Mummy Unwrapped - Part I

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    In preparation for next week's grand opening of Universal Studios Hollywood's "Curse of the Mummy" attraction, JHM contributor Rick Guitterez offers up a brief history this film franchise....
  • Paul Schnebelen

    You're going to do WHAT!? Starting down the Road to the WDW Marathon

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    There's definitely "some walking involved" in writer Paul Schnebelen's latest story for JimHillMedia.com. So let's let Paul bring you up to speed about all the preparations that he's made for the 2005 WDW Marathon....
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    Donald Duck & Friends #363 In Stores February 2011 - Classics Are Back At BOOM!

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    For Immediate Release: CLASSICS ARE BACK AT BOOM! WITH DONALD DUCK #363 COMING THIS FEBRUARY THE CELEBRATION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF WALT DISNEY COMICS CONTINUES! DONALD DUCK #363 FEATURES DISNEY MASTERS CARL BARKS, GEOFFREY BLUM, DAAN JIPPES, & CARLOS MOTA ALL IN ONE BOOK! DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #363 SHIPS WITH A NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN COVER BY DON ROSA & A SPECIAL 1-IN-10 COVER BY CARL BARKS! December 21, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA - Join BOOM! as we continue to celebrate the 70th anniversary...
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    Disney Studios: Limited-time Coupon Offer on "Disney Secret of the Wings" on Blu-ray or DVD

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    Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Attn: Consumer Relations 120 N. Commercial Street Neenah, WI 54956 © 2012 Disney
  • Floyd Norman

    False Fronts

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    Floyd Norman returns from a recent visit to the Burbank lot with some unique thoughts about what's been happening lately with the Walt Disney Company....
  • 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...
  • Guest Writer

    Animation insiders share their favorite Disneyland memories

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    "To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past -- and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America -- with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world." Walt Disney Disneyland Opening Day July 17, 1955 Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved In honor of Disneyland's...
  • Wade Sampson

    The "True" Story of Walt Disney

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    JHM favorite Wade Sampson returns with an intriguing story about a special issue of "True Comics" magazine. Which reportedly features a surprisingly straightforward account of Walt Disney's career....
  • Paul Schnebelen

    Paul's CD Bin

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    So how do you top a sneak peek at the "Finding Nemo" DVD? How about a new column from JHM contributor Paul Schnebelen which offers up his opinions about which CDs to pick up. PLUS an update on Paul's progress toward his WDW marathon run....
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    Disney Consumer Products to Take Fans on Journey at D23 EXPO 2013

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    DISNEY CONSUMER PRODUCTS TAKES FANS ON JOURNEY FROM SKETCH TO SHELF AT DISNEY'S D23 EXPO 2013 Disney's Ultimate Fans to Enjoy Access to Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Content and Merchandise Glendale, Calif. - July 9, 2013 - Disney Consumer Products (DCP) will give Disney's most loyal fans an up close look at an extensive collection of interactive experiences and merchandise that celebrate Disney, Marvel and Star Wars timeless characters during the bi-annual D23 Expo , the ultimate Disney...
  • 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....
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    Win a trip from Disney to Rapunzel's Royal Celebration in London

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    DISNEY GIVES FANS A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO RAPUNZEL’S ROYAL CELEBRATION AT KENSINGTON PALACE IN LONDON Fans Can Participate Through the “My Princess Moment – The Story Begins With You” Video Contest on Disney.com Glendale, Calif. – August 25, 2011 – As Rapunzel is welcomed into the Disney Princess royal court on Oct. 2 at Kensington Palace in London, England, Disney Princess fans can feel a part of the special occasion by participating in an online video contest...
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    Kermit the Frog Joins the First Lady in a Special Appearance at the National Tree Lighting

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    Photo by Sara Jaye Weiss The 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting took place on Thursday, December 1, 2011 on the Ellipse at President's Park in Washington, D.C. The ceremony ushers in the holiday season in our nation's capital and can be viewed on demand online at www.thenationaltree.org . The event can also be seen on public television throughout the month of December. Check local listings or visit www.thenationaltree.org for more information. The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony...
  • Josh Edwards

    Live Dangerously

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    JHM guest writer Josh Edwards returns with an intriguing article that uses the Disney Company's past to illustrate just what Mickey's modern masters are doing wrong. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Jay Leads The Way

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    With James (Jay) Rasulo quickly slipping into Paul Pressler's old position, Jim Hill predicts that this will be great news for Disney theme park fans who live outside of the U.S. As for the rest of us ... Well ... ...
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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

    Never mind Big Brother watching you. What about "My Pal Mickey?"

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    Sure, it's the hot new toy for WDW guests to buy. But what else is "My Pal Mickey" doing for the Mouse (besides fattening Disney's wallet, of course)? Maybe monitoring theme park guests movements? Strange but true, folks. Read and heed....
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