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    Sophia Loren Joins Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 2” Global Adventure

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    It’s absolute amore when Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 2” races into a charming village near Porto Corsa, Italy, this summer: Lightning McQueen (center) is warmly welcomed by Luigi’s favorite uncle, Uncle Topolino (left), and his aunt, masterful cook Mama Topolino (right)—who’s voiced by Academy Award®-winning actress Sophia Loren in 21 countries worldwide, including Italy, China, Russia, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, France and Japan, all of which will feature...
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    Get the Lowdown and Hottest On-set Secrets about "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure"

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    5 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT SHARPAY'S FABULOUS ADVENTURE Pssst! Want to know the hottest on-set secrets about the fab new movie, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure ? We catch up with Ashley Tisdale and the rest of the crazy cast to bring you the lowdown... © Disney. All Rights Reserved. SHARPAY SECRET #1 ASHLEY TISDALE HAD A LOT OF INPUT INTO THE LOOK OF SHARPAY! "Ever since Day One of the first High School Musical , I always had loads of ideas for Sharpay," admits Ashley Tisdale...
  • Jim Hill

    "Pirates" already under attack? "Mansion" to be closed before it even opens?

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    In the wake of the disastrous box office performance of "The Country Bears" movie, the word out of Hollywood is that the Mouse may be having second thoughts about making more movies based on popular Disneyland attractions. ...
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    Muppet stamps take Manhattan

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    The U.S. Postal System, the Museum of Television & Radio and Jim Henson's family teamed up to pay tribute to this colorful group of characters and their creator yesterday. JHM takes you there. ...
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    Famed Actor and Musician John Stamos Prepares for Battle with TRANSFORME​RS at Universal Orlando Resort

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    Famed actor and musician John Stamos "rolled out" to Universal Orlando Resort yesterday, May 13, 2013, where he was recruited as a NEST agent by the larger-than-life Autobots, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. The Autobots are preparing for battle against the Decepticons before the highly-anticipated, mega-attraction, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride - 3D, grand opens on June 20. Hosted by Universal Orlando, Stamos is best known for starring on hit TV shows, "Full House" and "ER,"...
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    The Magic of "Tangled" Shines Onstage in Brand-New "Tangled: The Musical" Stage Show Aboard Disney Cruise

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    Original music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken headlines new stage show adaptation of Disney animated film In November 2015, “Tangled: The Musical” will premiere aboard the Disney Magic, marking the first time the beloved animated film “Tangled” has been adapted for the stage. (Disney) CELEBRATION, Fla. (April 2, 2015) - In November 2015, the endearing characters and captivating music of the animated film "Tangled" will enchant audiences once again...
  • Jim Hill

    A tentative take on "Trick or Treat"

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    Jim Hill rather reluctantly reviews Jeff Lange's Halloween DVD ... But still finds that he enjoys the disc. Sort of....
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    Knott's 'Special Ops: Infected' proves that wide open spaces can be just as scary as dark twisty mazes

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    It sounds like an interesting challenge. Staging an authentic-looking zombie apocalypse while -- at the same time -- not scratching up any of Grizzly Creek Lodge's nice new furniture. But that's exactly what Jon Cooke has spent the past five-and-a-half weeks doing. Taking Knott's Berry Farm 's recently refurbished Camp Snoopy and -- using the 45 minutes between when this Buena Park theme park closes for the day and when Halloween Haunt officially opens for the night -- then transforming...
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    Disney Pixar Cars 2: Meet Nigel Gearsley and Sir Miles Axlerod Voiced By Eddie Izzard

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    Nigel Gearsley Nigel Gearsley from Warwickshire, England, is an Aston Martin DB9R racer bearing #9. He got his start racing the Speed Hill Climb—a unique, completely uphill race through the Aston Hill Mountain Area that his family has run for generations. Nigel’s racing career has been anything but an uphill challenge, as he’s won nearly every start in the past few years on the Grand Touring Sports Car circuit, including a string of podiums at Nurburgring and Le Mans. His cool British...
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    Despicable Me Minions Take Over Universal Orlando Resort

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    Universal Orlando Resort’s brand new ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem grand opens on July 2, but the mayhem has already begun! The minions are taking over, and we wanted to share the following video with you.
  • Jeff Lange

    Hellish behavior mars an evening of heavenly music at the Magic Kingdom

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    Let me be blunt here: Jeff Lange did NOT have a joyful experience at this past Saturday's "Night of Joy." He explains why in the photo essay that you'll find below. ...
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    Blackbeard, zombies and mermaids oh my! Check out "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" new video featurettes

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    Universal Orlando Resort and Give Kids the World Create Volunteer Vacation Experience

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    UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT AND GIVE KIDS THE WORLD PARTNER TO CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE VACATION AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations to Donate $100 to Give Kids The World for Every Package Booked ORLANDO, Fla. (April 17, 2013) - Universal Orlando Resort today unveiled a one-of-a-kind vacation package allowing guests to spend cherished family time in its theme parks and then to create unforgettable memories for children at Give Kids The World Village. Give Kids The World Village...
  • Andrew Crim

    Checks & Balances: What Price Pixar?

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    JHM introduces a new columnist today, Andrew Crim. In his debut column, Andrew explains why -- in the long run -- it probably makes better business sense if the Walt Disney Company doesn't actually extend its current deal with Pixar Animation Studios....
  • Jim Hill

    Looking back on "Beauty & the Beast" -- Part IV

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    In honor of next Monday's "Lion King" 10th anniversary event, Jim Hill looks back fondly at another great ASIFA-Hollywood panel. Back when the Disney animators who worked on "Beauty & the Beast" got together in 2002 to reminisce. This time around, Jim talks about brawling animators and crashing computers. ...
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    WRECK-IT RALPH's Clark Spencer "Wreck-ognized" at Producers Guild Awards

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    SPENCER WRECK-OGNIZED AT PGA -- Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Clark Spencer (“Winnie the Pooh,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”) was named outstanding producer of animated theatrical motion pictures for his work on 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph” at the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. “Wreck-It Ralph” takes moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in which Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly)—tired...
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    Disney Store Times Square Digital Sign Unveiled

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    (New York, NY – October 21, 2010) Mickey Mouse unveils Disney Store’s new state-of-the-art digital billboard in the heart of New York City’s Times Square, as the countdown begins to the highly anticipated grand store opening celebration on November 9. The 2-story store will be Disney’s largest in North America and will feature exclusive merchandise plus N.Y.-themed products, and will boast Disney’s new concept design bringing the magic of Disney to Manhattan filled with...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    As Jim Hill wings his way out to Southern California, he still finds the time to answer some of your more obscure Disney-related questions....
  • 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....
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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,...
  • Jim Hill

    Getting "Zootopia" just right really challenged Disney screenwriters Jared Bush and Phil Johnston

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    Given that " Zootopia " is set in a mammals-only city, it's entirely appropriate that this Walt Disney Animation Studios production took home the lion's share of the prizes at this year's Annie Awards . This Byron Howard / Rich Moore movie wound up claiming six of the top trophies at Saturday night's ceremony at UCLA's Royce Hall . Among them Best Animated Feature, Best Directing, Best Storyboarding, Best Character Design and Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature...
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    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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    Disneyland Paris' new "Roars of the Lion King" seems to be winning over audiences.

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    JHM guest writer Nick Stevens chimes in with a review of DLP's new stage show, which is reportedly drawing huge crowds at the Videopolis theatre....
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    Disney•Pixar's MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Teaser Trailer Released

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    Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Screaming with laughter and fun, “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”) and produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”). The...
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    How a production delay helped make all of those eye-popping FX sequences in Marvel's "Doctor Strange" possible

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    Stef Ceretti is a master of movie magic. And I'm not just saying that because Stef has been the visual effects supervisor on Academy Award-winning films like "The Matrix." Or because of his ground-breaking work on FX-filled extravaganzas like "Batman Begins," "X-men: First Class," & Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." No, I'm called Ceretti a master of movie magic because - to date - he's worked on three different motion pictures where magic...
  • Michael Howe

    An Early Peek at "The Polar Express"

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    JHM guest columnist Michael Howe returns with a column that talks about Robert Zemeckis' recent appearance at the Chicago Film festival as well as offering up some info about this much anticipated holiday film....
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    Fourth Season of"Good Luck Charlie" Premieres with a Special Performance by the Muppets, Sunday, April 28 on Disney Channel

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    FOURTH SEASON OF "GOOD LUCK CHARLIE" PREMIERES WITH A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY THE MUPPETS, SUNDAY, APRIL 28 ON DISNEY CHANNEL Season four of Disney Channel's hit family comedy "Good Luck Charlie," premieres SUNDAY, APRIL 28 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT) with a special performance by Disney's The Muppets. Guest stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Animal join series stars Bridgit Mendler and Leigh-Allyn Baker to perform a show-stopping, Muppet-ational original song...
  • Larry Pontius

    Do you remember Epcot Center?

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    In his official debut piece for the site, new JHM columnist Larry Pontius looks back fondly at the design and creation phase of this WDW theme park. Back in the mid-1970s, when Disney executives didn't have a clue how to go about turning Walt's last dream into a reality....
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    Record-Breaking Wood Coaster Outlaw Run Barrel Rolls into Summer Travel Options

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    Silver Dollar City's New Coaster Creates International Stir (Branson, MO 5/30/2013) Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, a top vacation destination for families, launches its summer season with one of the world's top rides as its centerpiece. One of the hottest thrill rides among the new ride offerings worldwide is the park's new $10 million coaster Outlaw Run, a record-breaking wood coaster that has gathered national and international news coverage since its spring opening. The interest...
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    The MARY POPPINS North American Tour Opens in CHICAGO

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    OPENS SATURDAY, OCT. 15 AT THE CADILLAC PALACE THEATRE IN CHICAGO CHICAGO (October 13, 2011) - The Chicago return of MARY POPPINS opens this Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at 8 p.m. at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) for a limited engagement of four weeks through November 6, 2011. The tour launched in Chicago in March 2009 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre where it entertained over 300,000 patrons and grossed over $18.5 million at the box office during its 18-week engagement. With four productions...
  • 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's "Million Dollar Arm" Begins Production Shooting in India, Georgia and Los Angeles

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    Burbank, Calif. (May 30, 2013) Principal photography has begun on Walt Disney Pictures' "Million Dollar Arm," starring Jon Hamm. Directed by Craig Gillespie ("Lars and the Real Girl," "Fright Night"), the film is produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, through their Mayhem Pictures, and Joe Roth, under his Roth Films banner, with Palak Patel and Kevin Halloran serving as executive producers. Tom McCarthy ("Win Win," "The Visitor") wrote the screenplay...
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    'Modern Family's' Ariel Winter on Disney Junior's 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates'

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    Jake and the Never Land Pirates ARIEL WINTER ("MODERN FAMILY") GUEST STARS IN A NEW EPISODE OF DISNEY JUNIOR'S "JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES" THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24 ON DISNEY CHANNEL "Surfin' Turf" - Jake and his crew must travel to Rainbow Falls to retrieve their surfboard from Captain Hook. "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter guest stars as Marina the mermaid. "The Seahorse Roundup" - When Captain Hook rounds up all of the Never Land seahorses...
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    Nintendo Partners with Universal Parks & Resorts

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    ;; TO CREATE WORLD'S FIRST-EVER THEME PARK ATTRACTIONS BASED ON NINTENDO'S BELOVED GAMES AND CHARACTERS KYOTO, Japan and ORLANDO, Florida (May 7, 2015) - Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts today announced plans to bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks - creating spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo's wildly popular games, characters and worlds. The agreement brings two icons of entertainment together and represents a significant partnership...
  • 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.)...
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    "What we have here is a failure to communicate ..."

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    In revisiting the "Lilo & Stitch" 2-disc DVD debacle mentioned in last Friday's "Why For" column, Jim Hill exposes an even bigger problem at the Mouse House. Which is: Has the Disney corporation finally grown so large that the company's different divisions can no longer effectively communicate with one another? Read and learn ... ...
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    Inconceivable! 25 Years of "The Princess Bride" Debuts on Blu-ray October 2nd

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    As You Wish... Rob Reiner's Fan Favorite Fairy Tale Celebrates Silver Anniversary; the 25 th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition Debuts October 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Fans Will Have A Chance To Vote On The Blu-ray Box Art Beginning June 28 Scale the cliffs of insanity, battle rodents of unusual size, face torture in the pit of despair, and join Princess Buttercup and Westley on their spell-binding journey to find true love when The Princess Bride 25 th Anniversary Blu-ray debuts...
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    Disneyland Resort Donates California Zephyr to Western Pacific Railroad Museum

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    New gallery planned to showcase historic train Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 9, 2011 - The Disneyland Resort donated the California Zephyr train previously located in Disney California Adventure park to Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, Calif. Plans for a gallery dedicated to sharing the legacy of the California Zephyr are underway. The train and related artifacts, which were part of the entrance to the theme park, arrived at their new home August 6 and will become part of the museum's Zephyr...
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    Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 Badge Resale Drawing Open Now - 48 Hours Only

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    Comic-Con International is pleased to announce that because of returned/cancelled badges we will once again be able to offer those badges for resale. This year we have also reduced the allotment of reserved badges for certain departments. Comic-Con has decided to add these badges to the resale for our attendees. We currently have several thousand single day badges available for resale, only 3,100 of which are Saturday badges. 4-Day badges are sold out. Due to the very limited number of badges available...
  • Jim Hill

    Hidden (loco)motive

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    How can one early morning event at Disneyland service two very different agendas? Jim Hill reveals how the Mouse recently honored a Disney Legend as well as pleased a major power player at Pixar....
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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...
  • Seth Kubersky

    Around the World in Eighty Bites

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    Tums in hand, JHM columnist Seth Kubersky makes a trek around Epcot's World Showcase lagoon to sample all of the killer cuisine offered at this year's Food and Wine Festival. As well as giving us an update on the status of "Mission: Space."...
  • Jim Hill

    Will Disney Digital 3D help make "Chicken Little" a hit big?

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    As the box office expectations for WDFA's first fully CG feature continue to slip, Disney insiders are now pinning their hopes on this new 3D projection process to really help boost "Chicken Little" 's box office numbers....
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    “Transformers: The Ride – 3D” Coming to Universal Orlando Resort in Summer 2013

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    THE BATTLE CONTINUES...IN ORLANDO JUST ANNOUNCED: BLOCKBUSTER MEGA-ATTRACTION "TRANSFORMERS: THE RIDE - 3D" COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT IN SUMMER 2013 Hugely-Successful Attraction Will Now Be Featured at Three Universal Parks Worldwide Guests Will Be Fully-Immersed in a TRANSFORMERS Adventure with Their Favorite Characters and Nemeses from the Popular Film Series ORLANDO, Fla. (November 2, 2012 ) - Orlando - it's time to prepare for battle... Universal Orlando Resort announced...
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    Steffanie Leigh to assume title role in "Mary Poppins" North American tour

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    NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WELCOMES STEFFANIE LEIGH AS THE NEW "MARY" FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR BOSTON ENGAGEMENT BEGINNING PERFORMANCES ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 th AT THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE BOSTON, MA - Producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh are pleased to announce that Steffanie Leigh will star as "Mary Poppins" in the North American tour of MARY POPPINS . Leigh, who previously understudied the title role in the touring production, replaces...
  • Dale Ward

    Introducing ... Dale Ward's Mouse FACTory

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    Wondering what went on this week in Disney-related history? Let JHM's newest contributor fill you in on some of the more significant dates as well as the intriguing bits of trivia. ...
  • Jim Korkis

    Son of Jim Korkis' "Animation Anecdotes"

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    Jim Korkis returns with even more of his great seldom-heard stories from the animation industry. This time around, Jim talks about a proposed-but-never-produced animated episode of "Quantum Leap," how Howard Stern's producer ended up being called "Baba Booey" and what "Bullwinkle"'s Bill Scott once did to torture Paul Frees....
  • Todd James Pierce

    "Disneyland Hotel" takes a detailed look at the history of this Anaheim resort

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    JHM guest writer Todd James Pierce checks out Don Ballard's book on the Disneyland Hotel and finds much that he likes about this new Ape Pen publication....
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    Mouseketrips - Disneyland Spring Disney VISA Cardholder Discounts

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    Disneyland Spring Disney VISA Cardholder Discounts Posted: 10 Jan 2012 10:46 AM PST Travel Dates : March 1 - April 14, 2012 Disneyland Resort has released a new room only discount, currently for Disney VISA cardholders only. This deal will become available for the general public to book on January 17, 2012 . A Disney VISA card is required at this point to book this deal. Disneyland guests can save up to 25% on their Disneyland Resort stay. Sample Savings : Disney's Grand Californian: 20% off...
  • 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....
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