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  • 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. ...
  • PODCASTS

    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast Episode 52: The Continued History of Christmas at Disneyland

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    Len: Welcome back to another addition of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish With Jim Hill. I'm Len Testa, your host and today Jim and I are going to be finishing up our conversation on the history of Christmas at Disney Theme Parks. As you can recall, the last episode we ended up with just after Walt had passed away in the mid-Sixties and the company was sort of trying to figure out what to do for Christmas at Walt- at Disneyland and Walt Disney World... The company was trying to figure out what...
  • Press Releases

    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...
  • 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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    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...
  • Press Releases

    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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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....
  • Jim Hill

    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?...
  • Jim Hill

    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....
  • 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."...
  • 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...
  • Press Releases

    Disney Releases First Look at Live-action "Cinderella" Coming to Theaters March 2015

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    A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella" brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. The story of "Cinderella" follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters...
  • 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...
  • Press Releases

    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...
  • Press Releases

    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...
  • 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. ...
  • Press Releases

    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...
  • 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....
  • Press Releases

    Toothless and the cast of 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' stop traffic on the Croisette at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

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    The Cannes crowd got up close and personal with Toothless in Cannes Photo by Nick Wall How to Train Your Dragon 2 Copyright 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Nick Wall How to Train Your Dragon 2 Copyright 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. (L-R) America Ferrara (Astrid), Djimon Hounsou (Drago Bludvist), Toothless, Jay Baruchel (Hiccup) Photo by Nick Wall How to Train Your Dragon 2 Copyright 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. From DreamWorks...
  • Press Releases

    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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    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts invites Disney D23 Expo attendees to hop aboard the "Carousel of Projects"

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    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Take Fans Through the "Carousel of Projects" at Disney's D23 Expo, August 19-21, 2011 BURBANK, Calif. (July 18, 2011) - Fans attending Disney's D23 Expo August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center will have the chance to experience "a great big beautiful tomorrow" as they immerse themselves in the future of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, which is currently in the biggest period of global expansion in its history. Drawing inspiration from...
  • 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....
  • Jim Hill

    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....
  • 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....
  • Press Releases

    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 –...
  • 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...
  • Press Releases

    "All My Children"'s Susan Lucci Talks About the Show's Cancellation with NBC's Jay Leno

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    BURBANK, Calif. – April 29, 2011 – "All My Children" star and Emmy Award winner Susan Lucci took a seat on the couch of NBC’s "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Friday, April 29 (11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET). This was the soap icon’s first television interview since the news broke last month that the popular daytime drama was canceled. Lucci has reigned over daytime television for over four decades. Her portrayal of Erica Kane has earned her numerous Emmy...
  • Press Releases

    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...
  • Press Releases

    Universal Orlando Resort News: Hot Dog Hall of Fame Now Open at Universal CityWalk

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    HOT DOG HALL OF FAME NOW OPEN AT UNIVERSAL CITYWALK New Venue Debuts as Part of the Historic Expansion to the Entertainment Complex ORLANDO, Fla. (July 3, 2014) - Hot Dog Hall of Fame officially opened today at Universal Orlando's CityWalk, becoming the latest venue to debut as part of this year's historic expansion to the entertainment complex. Hot Dog Hall of Fame , located across from Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, features stadium-style seating and iconic hot dog creations from across...
  • Rick Gutierrez

    To Scare or not to Scare: Part III

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    JHM contributor Rick Gutierrez rounds his scarifying series of Halloween tricks & treats by talking about his 10 favorite horror films. ...
  • Press Releases

    ABC Television Star Tim Allen talks comedy, sobriety & family with AARP

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    As a comedian best known for playing the everyman, Tim Allen is surprisingly introspective. In an exclusive interview with AARP The Magazine , the Golden Globe® winner discusses his fresh outlook on marriage and family, as well as his career successes. Allen also touches on his sobriety, losing his father at a young age, and other personal struggles from which his accessible brand of comedy was born. Allen is currently headlining a stand-up act at The Venetian in Las Vegas through the beginning...
  • Press Releases

    Internationally Acclaimed Screenwriter, Director & Producer M. Night Shyamalan Visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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    Photo: Sheri Lowen, Universal Orlando Resort © 2011 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. The internationally acclaimed screenwriter, film director and producer M. Night Shyamalan was hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and experienced the most spectacularly themed environment ever created – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Best known for films such as “The Sixth Sense,” “The Village” and “Signs,” Shyamalan enjoyed browsing the unique merchandise...
  • Jim Hill

    Cleaning out the old JHM Mailbag

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    Jim Hill shares some of the intriguing announcements that have popped up in his in-box over the last week or so....
  • Jim Hill

    Get ready for VES 2004!

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    It's that time of year again, folks. Jim's beating the drum for the Visual Effects Society's annual "Festival of Visual Effects" event. Which -- this time around -- is being held in San Rafael, CA....
  • Alice Hill

    When it comes to creating Aquabats merch for SDCC, Toddland always goes "with the most fun & crazy idea"

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    If you're a regular reader of JHM, then you might already be familiar with The Aquabats . A band of five spandex-wearing middle-aged men who live out of a van and travel the land to fight crime, sing songs & stuff. And, if you're an Adventure Time , Yo Gabba Gabba , or just a cute-and-cool-things-in-general fan, then you're most likely already familiar with Toddland Started in 2009 by " ... a few friends that liked rad stuff, and wanted to make rad stuff to give to our friends...
  • Jim Hill

    $485 Million doesn't count?!

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    Jim Hill tries to make sense of the controversy surrounding "Toy Story III," a film that Disney really wants Pixar to make ... sort of....
  • Press Releases

    Disney / Pixar's MONSTERS, INC. 3D / New Trailer Released

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    MONSTERS, INC. is returning to U.S. theatres for the first time in 3D on December 19 th ! Like MONSTERS, INC. 3D on Facebook ( facebook.com/PixarMonstersInc ) and visit the official site ( Disney.com/MonstersInc3D )!
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    Fall issue of DISNEY TWENTY-THREE Magazine hits stands Aug 2

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    Commemorating 40 Years of Walt Disney World DISNEY TWENTY-THREE MAGAZINE FALL ISSUE HITS STANDS AUGUST 2 Special Issue Includes The Story of How Walt's Dream Destination Became a Reality A Rare Glimpse into the Magic Kingdom's Underground Labyrinth A Peek Back at Early Attractions Plus an Exhilarating Hint of the Park's Future BURBANK, Calif. - July 26, 2011 - The special fall issue of Disney twenty-three magazine, on stands August 2, is dedicated entirely to the 40th anniversary of Walt...
  • Press Releases

    Disney·Pixar's "Cars 2" Rolls Into Target Stores Nationwide

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    Disney·Pixar's "Cars 2" Rolls Into Target Stores Nationwide New and exclusive merchandise inspired by the animated film is now available at Target MINNEAPOLIS (June 16, 2011) — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced its collection of merchandise inspired by Disney·Pixar's "Cars 2," arriving in theaters on June 24. The "Cars 2" collection at Target features products in categories throughout the store, including several exclusive items...
  • 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....
  • Cast Member Corner

    Cast Member Corner: "It's Time to Light the Lights ..."

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    JHM Guest writer Shawn Cleaves returns with an article that muses at the possible impact the Mouse buying the Muppets may have on the Walt Disney Company....
  • 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....
  • Press Releases

    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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    Whoopi Goldberg Gets Her Wish to Meet Disney Aladdin's Genie James Monroe Iglehart

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    Photo by Getty Images Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award® winner Whoopi Goldberg attended last night's performance of Broadway's new smash musical comedy Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Following the performance, Ms. Goldberg went backstage to visit with Tony nominee James Monroe Iglehart (Genie), who was near tears at meeting one of his idols, and the cast. She lavished praise on his performance, calling it, "the meaning of 'sensational!'" Photo by Getty Images...
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    Attention Students! The final [exam] trailer for MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is here

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    Like MONSTERS UNIVERSITY on Facebook: http://facebook.com/PixarMonstersUniversity Follow Monsters University on Twitter : http://twitter.com/monstersu Tweet the official hashtag: #MonstersU Visit the website: http://www.Disney.com/MonstersU
  • Jim Hill

    Why For returns ... again

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    Jim Hill's back with answers to many of your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim reveals why the changes that are being made to Epcot's "The Land" pavilion are actually a good thing. Rather than the trashing of a classic that some Disneyana fans might be trying to convince you that they are. Plus Hill takes a moment to praise the JHM staff. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Building "Character"

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    Ever wonder what it might be like to play a walk-around character at the Disney parks? Roger Colton fills you in on what it's actually walk to walk a mile in those fur covered boots....
  • Press Releases

    Wanna get gabby with the Grinch? Watch him answer your questions live today on Facebook from 2PM-2:30PM ET

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    © 2011 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. The Grinch will be STREAMING LIVE on Universal Orlando's official Facebook page on this afternoon (12/1) at 2pm ET. You can submit questions for the Grinch in advance by sending them your name and question to socialmedia@universalorlando.com (fans will also be able to post questions for the Grinch real time via the Ustream tab during the chat). Then, tune into the Ustream tab on Universal Orlando's Facebook page ( www.facebook.com...
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    Sissy Spacek star of Dreamworks' "The Help" honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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