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

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

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

    Ruminations - San Pedro, Joshua Tree, Perris & Anaheim?

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    Four days in sunny Southern California? You bet and Roger has the full tale of an interesting long weekend. It's another edition!...
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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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    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...
  • Floyd Norman

    Second rate treatment for a first class Mickey Mouse movie

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    JHM favorite Floyd Norman is back with another great column. This time around, Floyd talks about "The Three Musketeers," which Norman says really deserved better treatment then just being dumped on DVD....
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    Knott’s Latin Music Festival Heats Up the Summer

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

    The Man in the Street: Emile Kuri

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    Wade Sampson returns with another great piece about Disney Company history. This time around, Wade talks about the man who brought a lot of style to the corporation's movies and theme park: Disney Legend Emile Kuri....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: Make that Disneyland music to go, please!

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    Something magical about your favorite Disneyland musical performance? Well then Roger has just the scoop for you....
  • Press Releases

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

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

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    "Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James...
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    Disney•Pixar’s Original Movie “ Inside Out” is a Major Emotion Picture (Video: Teaser)

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    Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new...
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    The ToonSeum Pittsburgh's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art presents Comics 4 Comics 4

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

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    Burbank, CA, September 15, 2011 . . . The Disney/ABC Television Group today announced that Carolina Lightcap, president, Disney Channels Worldwide, has decided to step down from her post effective immediately. In a separate release, Gary Marsh was named president and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. In commenting on the announcement, Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, said, “We’re sorry that Carolina has decided...
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    Meet 'Epic Mickey' Game Developer Warren Spector At The Walt Disney Family Museum

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    The Walt Disney Family Museum March 2011 Events Calendar Join us for Mary Poppins -themed screenings, activities and fun! And get a behind the scenes look at the history and making of “Epic Mickey” with Video Game Developer Warren Spector SCREENINGS + DISCUSSIONS FILM OF THE MONTH – March 2 – March 31 Mary Poppins (1964) 1:00pm and 4:00pm daily, Theater (except Tuesdays and March 5, 13 + 20) Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org Mary Poppins is a magical nanny who...
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    How Wilmer Valderrama helped make 'From Dusk Till Dawn' a featured attraction at this year's Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

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    If you're one of the tens of thousands of people who've already screamed your way through the "From Dusk Till Dawn" maze at this year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and the Universal Orlando Resort ... Well, you have Wilmer Valderrama to thank for those scares. And -- no -- that's not because Wilmer plays a key role in this hit TV series on the El Rey Network . But rather because Valderrama has been a longtime Halloween Horror Nights fan. "Seriously...
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill -- the man who just doesn't understand how "to make a long story short" -- returns with even more long-winded answers to your Disney related questions. This week, Jim jabbers on and on about Sean Connery and Chris Farley, shares some disturbing news about the 2-disc deluxe edition of the "Lilo & Stitch" DVD as well as some happy info about Disney's "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" movie ... then makes a blatant bid for your bucks! ...
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    "Disney During World War II" and "Hope: Entertainer of the Century" showcase two Hollywood legends who did everything they could for the troops

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    As a former servicemember, I have to admit that I'm always intrigued by how various entertainment entities observe Veterans Day. Take -- for example -- PBS . Their way of acknowledging that today is November 11th (i.e., the date that our nation honors all those who have served in both wartime and peacetime) is by airing a two hour-long documentary on the Navy Seals . Meanwhile over at Disney Junior , they're showing a special episode of " Doc McStuffins " called "Training Army...
  • Matthew Springer

    The Essential Geek #32: "Good-bye, Chunky Rice"

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    No, this isn't something that you get as a side dish with General Gao's Chicken. Matt Springer clues you in on the undiscovered beauty of Craig Thompson's elegant graphic novel....
  • Jeff Lange

    A tree-mendous WDW photo safari

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    Jeff Lange takes JHM readers on a whirlwind tour of Disney World, as he shows off all of the major Christmas trees found on property this year...
  • Jim Hill

    Is DCA really going to get its own very version of "Western River Expedition"? Or are web-savvy Disneyana fans just taking a trip through Echo Canyon?

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    As rumors continue to bounce around the Internet about what might get built next at DCA, Jim Hill advises caution. After all, just because a story appears on the Internet doesn't actually mean that it's true. ...
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    Jim's feeling sorry for Michael Eisner?! Why For?

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    I know, I know. You were looking for a "Why For." Which (I promise) will be back up on the site next Friday. But today, Hill (before he heads off to Mousefest) explains why he's kind of feeling sorry for Disney's CEO....
  • Press Releases

    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...
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    Is Steve Jobs really the right man for the job?

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    As rumors continue to swirl about how the CEO of Pixar Animation Studios may soon be taking on a very significant role at the Walt Disney Company, Jim Hill wonders: Given that Steve Jobs actually spent years trying to get rid of Pixar's animation unit, is this really the guy you want deciding what happens next at the Mouse House?...
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    "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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    Dream Store and Silent Auction Return to D23 Expo 2013

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    D23 EXPO DREAM STORE AND SILENT AUCTION RETURN TO THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT ONE-OF-A-KIND ITEMS AND UNIQUE COLLECTIBLES Special logo apparel, product debuts, artist signings, and a new silent auction will highlight the Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and Families August 9-11 BURBANK and ANAHEIM , Calif. - May 30, 2013 - Bursting with D23 Expo-themed official merchandise and other specialty items from Disney Theme Park Merchandise, the D23 Expo Dream Store returns with something magical for Disney...
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    Tomorrowland: Do you want to go? (Teaser Trailer Video)

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    From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird's riveting, mystery adventure "Tomorrowland," starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland." What they...
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    Disney Interactive Media Group to Preview Upcoming Video Games at D23 Expo 2011

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    DISNEY INTERACTIVE MEDIA GROUP TO GIVE D23 EXPO ATTENDEES HANDS-ON FUN WITH THE LATEST INTERACTIVE GAMES AND ONLINE ART ACTIVITIES Guests to Preview Upcoming Video Games, Compete in Interactive Art Contests on Disney.com's Create and Meet Legendary Video Game Designer Warren Spector, Creator of Disney Epic Mickey BURBANK, CA -July 25, 2011 - Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG) invites Disney fans and families to step into its pavilion at the D23 Expo-The Ultimate Disney Fan Event-for hands...
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    Official "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" Synopsis Released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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    Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. " Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, this upcoming Walt Disney Pictures release (which hits theaters on May 20, 2011) captures the fun, adventure and humor that...
  • Jim Hill

    You wanna go where every birdie knows your name...

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    Not all that thrilled with Disneyland's newly-spruced-up but still-stuck-in-the-60s "Enchanted Tiki Room"? Count your blessings, folks. For Jim Hill now reveals the long-since-aborted plan that the Imagineers hatched 'way back in the 1980s. Which called for this Adventureland attraction to be invaded by feathered versions of your favorite movie & sitcom stars...
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    D23's Disney Geek : Ariel Prepares to Move into Her Undersea Adventure

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    This week on the show: - Breaking ground on the spectacular Shanghai Disney Resort - Exclusive interview with "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure" star Ashley Tisdale - Disney Legend Bill Farmer talks about the importance of "Mickey Mouse Club House" - "Ugly Betty" star Alec Mapa recalls his favorite Disney moment—it's Gurr-iffic! - Grad Nite celebrates its 50th year at Disneyland - Incredible video of Ariel as she prepares to move into her Undersea Adventure...
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    Coming to one little girl's rescue inside WDW's "Alien Encounter"

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    Jim Hill shares yet another story from a Disney World vet. Who goes to explain that -- in spite of all the looming thunderheads and those infamous Brazilian tour groups -- there are also these little moments that make the job all worthwhile....
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    From the Disney Cruise Line - A Revealing Look At The Disney Dream As It Sails Your Way

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    Disney Dream ™ is coming home. Over the next several weeks, we’re revealing even more magic as the new Disney Dream sails your way. Dear Hill Family, Great news! We’re preparing the ship of your dreams—the new, Disney Dream . And now, she’s sailing all the way from Papenburg, Germany, en route to Port Canaveral, Florida. Best of all, you can join us at disneycruise.com/dream . Your host, Cruise Director Rachel Quinn, will take you through all sorts of special interviews...
  • 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....
  • 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....
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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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    D23: Disney's Official Fan Club -- Spring 2011 Issue of Disney Twenty-Three Magazine

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    SPRING ISSUE OF DISNEY TWENTY-THREE SETS SAIL FEBRUARY 1 Features Awe-Inspiring Tour of New Disney Dream Cruise Ship; D23: Disney’s Official Fan Club Also Interviews Sir Elton John About His Upcoming Animated Film and Duet with Lady Gaga; and 25 Years of Musical Monsters with Tim Burton and Composer Danny Elfman BURBANK, Calif. – January 19, 2011 – The spring issue of Disney twenty-three magazine hits stands February 1, loaded with articles to delight both Disney fans and the general...
  • Jim Hill

    An "On-the-Fly" Why For.

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    Jim Hill's down in Orlando this week, knee-deep in MouseFest 2004. But even so, he still found time to chime in about the "Cars" / "Chicken Little" controversy....
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    Six Lucky Kids Will be the First Junior Concierges at New LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND California Resort

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    Six Lucky Kids Will be the First Junior Concierges at New LEGOLAND ® Hotel at LEGOLAND ® California Resort The Nations First LEGO ® Themed Hotel Is Searching for Kids to Assist Guests Download images CARLSBAD, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2013) – LEGOLAND ® California Resort is searching for a few great kids to become the first Junior Concierges at North America’s first LEGOLAND ® Hotel, opening April 5, 2013. The national Junior Concierge contest is aimed at children ages 8 –...
  • 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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