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  • Press Releases

    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...
  • Jim Hill

    Theme parks around the US use food-based events to drive up their seasonal attendance levels

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    Theme park food is a really big deal these days (And when I say "big," I'm not just talking about those ginormous turkey legs that the Mouse sells at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Which - according to what Zachary Levi told Conan O'Brien this past Thursday [one hopes, in jest] -- might actually be emu legs. Anyway ...). Ever since WDW managers first learned 20+ years that they could boost Epcot attendance levels every Fall by staging a food & wine festival around World Showcase...
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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...
  • 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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    First Lady Michelle Obama to Host "Doc McStuffins​" Screening for Military Families at The White House

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    A SPECIAL VETERANS DAY "DOC McSTUFFINS" STORY REFLECTING THE NEEDS AND CONCERNS OF MILITARY FAMILIES WILL BE PRESENTED TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 ON DISNEY CHANNEL -- First Lady Michelle Obama to Host Special Joining Forces Screening for Military Families at The White House -- A special "Doc McStuffins" episode continues Disney's legacy of support for military families through a storyline that gently reflects common emotions young children face but find difficult to express when...
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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

    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....
  • Press Releases

    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...
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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...
  • Guest Writer

    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....
  • 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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    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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    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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    “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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    '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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    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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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....
  • 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 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....
  • Jim Hill

    Be Careful What You Wish For

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    In this April 2000 piece from the archives, Jim Hill exposes what really happened with comic genius Robin Williams and the Walt Disney Company's handling of the film "Aladdin" and looks at the tense relationship since. ...
  • Jim Hill

    A JimHillMedia.com exclusive: Your first look at the storyline for Disney / Pixar's "Finding Nemo"

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    Just can't wait 'til May 30th to find out what "Finding Nemo" is actually all about? Jim Hill brings you a detailed breakdown of the storyline for Pixar Animation Studio's next sure-to-be smash....
  • 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.)...
  • Jim Korkis

    The Story Behind the Toonville Murders: Part One

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    Jim Korkis gives JHM readers a peek at another fun what-might-have-been project. This time around, it's a trip through the seedier side of Hollywood's cartoon underworld. ...
  • 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....
  • Seth Kubersky

    A Chilly Season on the Great White Way

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    Seth Kubersky returns from a recent trip to the Great White Way and shares his thoughts about two poorly reviewed musicals: "The Boy from Oz" and "Taboo."...
  • Dale Ward

    May we please have another ... Dale Ward's Mouse FACTory?

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    JHM got so much mail about Dale's first trivia column that we just had to invite Ward back to share even more interesting factoids from the Mouse FACTory. ...
  • Press Releases

    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...
  • Jim Hill

    "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 ... ...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - Your Favorites from Chef Mickey

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    Food evokes memories in ways nothing else can. Roger has a few classic Disney recipes (with more than a bit of Ohana!) to share in today's edition of ......
  • 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. ...
  • Press Releases

    D23's Disney geek #44 : Lone Ranger & Oz: The Great and Powerful news plus Disney park updates

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    This week on the show: - Honorees—including Regis Philbin and Jim Henson—announced for the 2011 Disney Legends Ceremony at the D23 Expo! - "The Lone Ranger" starring Johnny Depp and "Oz: The Great and Powerful" starring James Franco set to begin production - New art from the Disney•Pixar short "La Luna" - More talent announced for D23's Rocketeer 20th Anniversary Celebration—plus exclusive collectible merchandise items revealed - "Wreck...
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    From creative genius Tim Burton comes "Frankenweenie"

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    Presented by Walt Disney Pictures, “Frankenweenie” opens nationwide in 3D on October 5, 2012. Film Frame © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie,” Sparky, a playful and curious bull terrier, is enthusiastically devoted to his young owner, Victor. . Film Frame © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Surrounded by equipment in his attic lab, Young Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) attempts to bring his beloved dog...
  • Matthew Springer

    The Essential Geek #23: Elvis Costello

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    JHM contributor Matt Springer returns with a tribute to a singer who really makes you think while he's making you feel: Elvis Costello. ...
  • Jim Hill

    By George! The "Star Tours" Saga: Episode Two

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    It's a race for space as Disney Productions executives dither over whether their studio should actually put "Space Probe One"into production, while George Lucas basically wills his "Journal of the Whills" project into existence. ...
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    Watch the NEW trailer for Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue

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    Trailer 1 - Courage - Planes: Fire & Rescue on Disney Video
  • Andrea Monti

    Oh no! Could Disneyland Paris be out of dough?

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    JHM columnist Andrea Monti reminds readers that not all of the Disney-related news these days is coming out of Burbank and Philadelphia. Prepare for a pretty grim report about what's going on with DLP....
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    Disney's D23 Disney Geek Video #62 Now Available - Muppets, Holiday news and believe it or not, Star Wars

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    This week on the show: - The Muppets board the Disney Fantasy, and Kermit visits with the First Lady - "25 Days of Christmas" delivers holiday tidings-and Disney favorites-to your home - A great geek gift guide for the Disney fan in your life (even, if that fan is you!) - Candlelight lights up Disneyland with Gary Sinise - Secrets behind Disneyland's spectacular Christmas tree - Ghirardelli to bring sweet sensations to Disney California Adventure - Star Wars Weekends launches this May...
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    Disney D23 Expo 2013 Early Bird Discount Prices End December 31

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    Do your Blog, Twitter and Facebook Friends know that this is their LAST CHANCE to purchase 2013 tickets at 2011 Prices? D23 Members can save as much as $204 on Expo tickets before December 31st!* Purchase Your D23 Expo 2013 Tickets Today! The highly anticipated D23 Expo 2013: The Ultimate Fan Event returns to the Anaheim Convention Center from August 9 - 11, 2013, once again bringing the entire world of Disney under one roof, and offering attendees unprecedented access to Disney films, television...
  • 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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    Sister Act : A Divine Musical Comedy Features Original Score by Alan Menken

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    Based on the smash-hit film. SISTER ACT features an original score by 8-time Oscar® and 10-time Grammy Award® winner ALAN MENKEN (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Enchanted) and direction by 4-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks (La Cage aux Folles, A Funny Thing..., Guys and Dolls.) Disco diva Deloris Van Cartier (Olivier Award nominee PATINA MILLER) has dreams of hitting the big time. But when she walks in on a "hit" of a different kind, the cops hide her in the...
  • Jean de Lutèce

    Fantasyland's Whimsical Craftsmen

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    JHM contributor Jean de Lutèce returns with another great column loaded with little-known stories about the Disneyland Paris resort. This time around, Jean talks about the individual craftsmen who helped create DLP's magical Fantasyland....
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    The Borg Invade ... But Leave a Lot to Be Desired

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    Joseph L Kleiman makes his JimHillMedia.com debut with a review about Las Vegas' latest attraction, the "Borg Invasion 4D" at the Las Vegas Hilton....
  • Jim Hill

    "Welcome, Foolish Mortals" takes a look back at the life of Paul Frees

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    Jim Hill reviews Ben Ohmart's new book, which is a fun & formative biography of the man who did the voice of Boris Badenov, Ludwig von Drake, the Pillsbury Doughboy as well as thousands of other characters: Paul Frees....
  • Press Releases

    "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,...
  • Jeff Lange

    One last look back at this year's Halloween festivities at Walt Disney World

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    Jeff Lange's just back from Orlando where he spent the weekend getting pictures of all of WDW's festive decor. Take a peek at all his colorful pics....
  • Jim Hill

    Universal's Volcano Bay is where fiery spirits play & glow worms light the way

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    People who have previously visited Central Florida already know that it can sometimes get a trifle warm in this section of the Sunshine State. Well, come May 25th, Orlando's about to get a whole lot hotter. That's when Volcano Bay - Universal Orlando 's water theme park - officially opens for business. More to the point, that's when Vol - the trickster fire spirit - begins interacting with visitors to Krakatua. Which is the 200 foot-tall water and fire volcano that stands at the very...
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    Disney Cruise Line Introduces New Family-Friendly Port Adventures for 2013 Mediterranean Sailings

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    Distinctly Disney Experiences Bring One-of-a-Kind Excursions to Life CELEBRATION, Fla. - Disney Cruise Line invites families to explore the culturally rich and exotic locales of Europe with one-of-a-kind Port Adventures featuring exclusive Disney touches during its 2013 Mediterranean sailings. In preparation for the three-month season of European cruises, Disney Cruise Line worked with local tour operators to create excursions on the various Mediterranean sailings that offer families authentic cultural...
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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...
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    IMAX 12:01 Program Giving Away Limited Edition "Frankenweenie" Posters to Midnight Movie Goers

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    Exclusively for IMAX fans as part of IMAX's 12:01 program - those attending the FRANKENWEENIE midnight shows in the first hours of October 5 will receive a limited edition FRANKENWEENIE print using an original sketch by Tim Burton. Check for list of participating theatres on imax.com ; while supplies last. Imax FRANKENWEENIE page: http://www.imax.com/movies/m/frankenween
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