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  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - What's Your Favorite Disney Meal?

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    The big question today - What is your favorite Disney dining location? Roger wants to know in today's edition of Ruminations....
  • Jim Hill

    Domain names offer unique peek at Disney's future

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    A Disneyland Martial Arts Festival? Or -- better yet -- an official Best Kept Disney Secrets website? Jim Hill shares some of the more intriguing domain names that the Walt Disney Company has registered over the past two months...
  • 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....
  • Jim Hill

    A bad news edition of Why For

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    Jim Hill delivers somewhat depressing answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim reveals why "The Morning Report" wound up on the Special Edition "Lion King" DVD, why Innoventions has become so bland, what happens to all those articles on "Save Disney" as well as what's supposedly holding up the Disney Cruise Line's third ship...
  • Press Releases

    Universal Orlando Resort Launching Official Mobile Application June 22nd 2011

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    UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT LAUNCHES OFFICIAL MOBILE APPLICATION ON JUNE 22 Universal Orlando’s Mobile Phone App Version 1.0 Provides Interactive Maps, GPS Location, Attraction Information and More App is Available as a Free Download for Apple and Android Mobile Devices WHAT: For the first time ever, Universal Orlando Resort is launching an official mobile application, designed to help guests effortlessly navigate its two theme parks and entertainment complex. Available as a free download for...
  • Press Releases

    STAR WARS™ Returns to Marvel With Three Blockbuster New Comic Series

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    STAR WARS, DARTH VADER and PRINCESS LEIA Head to Marvel in 2015 New York, NY - July 28 th , 2014 - Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in January 2015, prepare for STAR WARS by writer Jason Aaron ( Thor , Original Sin), artist John Cassaday ( Astonishing X-Men ) and colorist Laura Martin, DARTH VADER...
  • 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

    BOOM! Studios presents two classic Uncle Scrooge stories by Carl Barks and Don Rosa

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    THIS MAY BOOM! STUDIOS PRESENTS TWO CLASSIC UNCLE SCROOGE STORIES BY CARL BARKS & DON ROSA TWO DISNEY COMICS LEGENDS WITH UNCLE SCROOGE: THE MYSTERIOUS STONE RAY & CASH FLOW February 18, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA – This May BOOM! Studios brings you two legendary Duck artists for two classic Duck stories never before collected together: UNCLE SCROOGE: THE MYSTERIOUS STONE RAY & CASH FLOW! Join in the fun as BOOM! Studios presents two timeless UNCLE SCROOGE adventures by renowned Disney...
  • Press Releases

    ToonSeum Picks the Looniest Looney Tunes Saturday January 7th

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    Help the ToonSeum bid farewell to Overture: Behind the Scenes of Looney Tunes with a special screening of our favorite Looney Tunes cartoons, The Ten Looniest, Saturday, January 7th at 5pm. Warner Brothers' timeless Looney Tunes cartoons have left an indelible mark on popular culture and the art of animation, entertaining audiences for over 75 years. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig have become international cultural icons, as have their brilliant creators Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson, Bob...
  • Jim Hill

    "The 'E' Ticket" continues to impress, while "Tales from the Laughing Place" is still finding its way

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    Over the Memorial Day weekend, Jim Hill caught up on his light reading. He found Jack Janzen's fanzine to still be a delight, while some articles in LaughingPlace's spin-off magazine were sort of a snooze....
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • Press Releases

    Dreamworks Animation: The Latest News on Rise of the Guardians, Madagascar 3 and Dragons Riders of Berk

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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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    D23 Will Bring Disney Magic to Fans Across the Country in 2015

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    The Official Disney Fan Club Will Hold Events for Members in San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and other Cities BURBANK, Calif. - February 9, 2015 - In 2015, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring back many of its beloved events while adding a selection of new experiences for members. CINDERELLA LIGHTS UP THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS: On March 12 members will be treated to a screening of Walt Disney Studios' upcoming release Cinderella, followed by a reception...
  • Jim Hill

    Remembering a truly colorful character: John Hench (1908-2004)

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    Jim Hill looks back on the life and times of a real Disney legend: John Hench, who passed away early yesterday morning at the age of 95....
  • Press Releases

    New IRON MAN 3 Images Released

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    Visit the website: http://marvel.com/ironman3 “Like” IRON MAN 3 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ironman “Follow” IRON MAN 3 on Twitter: @Iron_Man IRON MAN 3 releases in theaters on May 3, 2013
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    Disney Launches Official TRON Pop-Up Shop At Royal/T In Los Angeles

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    GLENDALE, CALIF. (November 3, 2010) — Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is giving fans the ultimate TRON experience by hosting the official, one and only TRON: Legacy Pop-Up Shop with displays and merchandise inspired by the high-tech 3D adventure, TRON: Legacy , releasing in U.S. theaters Dec. 17, 2010 in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D. Just in time for the holiday shopping season, this six week-long retail destination for men and women of all ages will offer one-of-a-kind, limited...
  • Press Releases

    D23's Disney Geek vlog takes a look at Fantasyland expansion project

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    A brand new episode of “D23’s Disney Geek” (#26) is now online. This week on the show: - A visit to the Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure, with new exhibits, an enchanted map and an Imagineer reveals a little secret! - The Studios debuts flashy new racers from “Cars 2” - “The Magic, The Memories and You!” illuminates Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World and “it’s a small world” at Disneyland nightly—and “Johnny...
  • Jim Hill

    Get ready for the Disneyland Marathon!

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    Jim Hill shares some of the domain names that the Walt Disney Company has registered over the past two months. Several of which hint broadly at a huge new athletic event which will reportedly be held at the Anaheim resort in the autumn of 2006. ...
  • 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....
  • Wade Sampson

    Remembering Harry Holt (1911-2004)

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    JHM columnist Wade Sampson pays tribute to a great artist and animator, Harry Holt. Who many WDW visitors may remember as the kind old gentleman who did drawing of Disney characters inside the Magic Kingdom's Main Street U.S.A. Exposition Hall....
  • Press Releases

    Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment to release Diamond Edition of "Bambi" on March 1st

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    DISNEY ADDS A NEW GEM TO THE BLU-RAY™ DIAMOND COLLECTION Walt Disney’s BAMBI Diamond Edition Releases From The Disney Vault on March 1, 2011 Burbank, Calif. , December, 2010 – The Walt Disney Studios proudly announces the addition of BAMBI to its coveted, cutting-edge Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection line-up of Disney’s greatest animated-classics. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, BAMBI Diamond Edition features the loveable and adorable wide-eyed fawn...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Press Releases

    Super Villains Come to Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)

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    Today, Disney Interactive officially announced that a trio of popular Super Villains will be entering the world of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) - Green Goblin from Spider-Man, Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy and the infamous Loki, God of Mischief from The Avengers. Whether it's flexing their unstoppable powers for all things evil in their respective Play Sets, the updated Toy Box 2.0, or the newly added structured Toy Box Games, these Super Villains are forces...
  • Press Releases

    Disney-Pixar Cars 2: "Spy Cars Like Us" Featurette Now Available

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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...
  • Press Releases

    Check Out this Clip from "Time Travel Mater" & See it in its Entirety on ABC June 16th

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    Tune into ABC for “Cars” on June 16 from 8-11 p.m./7-10 p.m. Central to see “Time Travel Mater” in its entirety. You’ll also be treated to a special tour of Cars Land by Larry the Cable Guy throughout the film. “Time Travel Mater” will debut at the Disneyland Resort in Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure park beginning June 15 .
  • 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. ...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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

    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...
  • TRAVEL TALK

    New Castaway Cay Challenge Added To 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 14, 2014) - Runners taking part in the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend can add the ultimate finish to their experience - the new Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, a joint venture by run Disney and Disney Cruise Line. After competing in the 5K, 10K, half marathon and/or full marathon during the Disney Marathon Weekend (January 7-11), runners can compete Jan. 14 in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, a special 5K race on Disney Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line's...
  • Press Releases

    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

    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....
  • 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....
  • Press Releases

    "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...
  • Press Releases

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

    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

    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....
  • 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....
  • 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...
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