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  • Floyd Norman

    The Color of Animation

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    Since the end of Black History Month is just days away, JHM Guest Columnist Floyd Norman thinks that it's high time that JimHillMedia.com examine animation's attitude on race. And who are we to disagree? Enjoy!...
  • Jim Hill

    Just how well did "Chicken Little" really do this past weekend?

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    It was the No. 1 film in the country this past weekend. So why isn't Jim Hill celebrating "Chicken Little" 's success? Because -- when you really break down the numbers -- this film's box office performance was solid but not exactly spectacular. ...
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    Walt Disney Studios teases "Brave" with the courageous Merida in the mysterious highlands of Scotland

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    Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In "Brave," a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida...
  • 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...
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    First teaser trailer for Walt Disney Pictures' JOHN CARTER

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    From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars...
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    KNOTT’S MERRY FARM INVITES EVERYONE TO “A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS”

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    BUENA PARK, Calif. (November 2010) – Knott’s Berry Farm will be filled with the magic of the season this year as it transform into Knott’s Merry Farm and celebrates “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with seasonal entertainment, spectacular decorations including a 65 foot tall Christmas tree, and a colorful Christmas parade starting Thanksgiving day and running through December 30, 2010. “A Peanuts’ Holiday Parade” offers seven elaborately themed floats featuring...
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    Disney's Winnie the Pooh - Pooh finds a note & looses his stuffing in this latest clip from Walt Disney Animation Studios' latest feature

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    Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with "Winnie the Pooh." Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original short films, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical "bear of very little brain" and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo-and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. "Ever have one of those days where you just can't win, Eeyore?" asks Pooh. Owl sends the whole gang...
  • 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. ...
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    MARVEL Studios Unveils Phase 3 of Marvel Cinematic Universe

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    Copyright 2014 Getty Images. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez This morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts. . Copyright 2014 Getty Images. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1,...
  • Dan Weckerly

    Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels V

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    JHM guest columnist Dan Weckerly continues his multi-part series on the various film series that Walt Disney Studios has produced over the years....
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    Disney Studios: Limited-time Coupon Offer on "Disney Secret of the Wings" on Blu-ray or DVD

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    Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Attn: Consumer Relations 120 N. Commercial Street Neenah, WI 54956 © 2012 Disney
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    A new commercial featuring Disney’s WRECK-IT RALPH : The Fix-it Felix Hammer

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    Tired of things going wrong? Get the Fix-It Felix Hammer "Like" WRECK-IT RALPH on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WreckItRalph "Follow" WRECK-IT Ralph on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wreckitralph Visit the official site: www.disney.com/wreckitralph Wreck-It Ralph smashes into theaters in 3D on November 2 nd !!
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    Were Disney's lawyers at odds with "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz"?

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    The early word on this new TV movie isn't all that hot. But Jim Hill wonders: Would "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" have been that much better if Disney's attorneys hadn't insisted on its script being rewritten just days before the start of filming? Plus a story of how the "Oz" scene in Disney-MGM's "Great Movie Ride" also got loused up by lawyers....
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    Disney's "Haunted Mansion" DVD is worth it for the extras

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    Okay. So admittedly this Eddie Murphy movie was a bit of a botch. But Jim Hill still thinks that Buena Vista Home Entertainment's latest release is still worth owning ... if only for the extras. ...
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    Get Your Pirate Name and Join Captain Jack Sparrow's Crew

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    Get your Pirate Name at Yahoo! Movies and join Captain Jack Sparrow in his search for the Fountain of Youth.

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  • 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....
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    Disney Legends & Luminaries Celebrate Theme Park Favorites of Yesteryear at D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind

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    FROM AMERICA SINGS AND IF YOU HAD WINGS TO DISNEY'S GROUNDBREAKING PARTICIPATION IN THE 1964-65 WORLD'S FAIR, GUESTS WILL ENJOY PRESENTATIONS, SCREENINGS, UNIQUE SHOPPING, AND MUCH MORE, NOVEMBER 22 AND 23 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT BURBANK, Calif. - March 26, 2014 - Walt Disney once said, "We keep moving forward-opening up new doors and doing new things-because we're curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." It's in that spirit that guests this fall will...
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    D23's Disney Geek Video Update Spills the Beans on the Next Disney Dream Portrait Star

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    This week on the show: - Johnny Depp stars in the newest Disney Dream Portraits - An exclusive interview with… Goofy! - Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii celebrates a major milestone - Some royal cars roll out for "Cars 2" - Disneynature's "African Cats" success and the lovable "Chimpanzee" - An opening date for Goofy's Sky School… and more!
  • Roger Colton

    The price of freedom is ... ?

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    Roger Colton returns with a cautionary tale about how important it is to always keep your wits about you. Even when you're hanging with Mom at the "Happiest Place on Earth."...
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    Broadway Cast of Aladdin Pays Tribute to Robin Williams with a Sing-a-long of Friend Like Me

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    Last night (Tuesday, August 12), the Broadway cast of Aladdin – led by Genie James Monroe Iglehart – led the whole audience in a very moving sing-along of ‘Friend Like Me’ after the performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre. This is a short video cut together from cell phone cameras.
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    Meet Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Drax & Peter Quill : The Guardians of the Galaxy

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    Marvel’s “ Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe. MEET THE GUARDIANS Rocket Raccoon Groot Gamora Peter Quill
  • 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...
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    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....
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    Jim's feeling sorry for Michael Eisner?! Why For?

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

    It's time for Mouse FACTory 3.0

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    Dale Ward returns with even more trivial tales about Disney's magical kingdom. In this week's installment, you can learn more about the Muppets, Goofy's origins as well as Davy Crockett's big screen debut....
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    Godzilla Destroys Pittsburgh Toonseum in New "Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters" Comic

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    Godzilla Meets the ToonSeum ToonSeum, Pittsburgh, April 1, 2011: Godzilla, the legendary film monster, has destroyed the ToonSeum. With a single, crushing blow of his powerful, clawed foot, the ToonSeum came tumbling down. The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s only cartoon and comic art museum, seemed to be singled out in the attack. The destruction may have been a reaction to Executive Director Joe Wos’ recent statement that Godzilla’s nephew, Godzooky, is what caused the animated "Godzilla...
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    Monsters University's Monstrously Large Class of Multi-colored Many-eyed Monsters

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    Mike Wazowski’s (voice of Billy Crystal) lifelong dreams of becoming a Scarer are derailed during his first semester at Monsters University when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), and their out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. “Like” MONSTERS UNIVERSITY on Facebook: http://facebook.com/PixarMonstersUniversity "Follow" Disney/Pixar on Twitter...
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    More Disney Talent Announced for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind November 22 & 23 at Walt Disney World Resort

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    Disney Legends Charlie Ridgway, Ron Logan, Bill Sullivan, and a host of Walt Disney Imagineers join previously announced guest such as Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis for the salute to beloved Disney attractions and entertainment of yesteryear. BURBANK, Calif. - May 27, 2014 - The roster of talent continues to grow for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus . The event will take place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will...
  • Josh Edwards

    Live Dangerously

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    JHM guest writer Josh Edwards returns with an intriguing article that uses the Disney Company's past to illustrate just what Mickey's modern masters are doing wrong. ...
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    ABC Announces Exclusive Q&As and Autograph Sessions At D23 Expo 2015

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    THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK SPOTLIGHTS THE CREATIVE FORCES AND STARS FROM SOME OF ITS MOST EXCITING SHOWS AT D23 EXPO 2015, WITH EXCLUSIVE Q&As AND AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS "Once Upon a Time" Panel Features Series Creators/Executive Producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, as well as Stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Lana Parrilla, Who Will Talk About Their Hit ABC Series Find Out What It's Like to Work with the Muppets in a Special Panel Featuring the Talented Performers Working on the New...
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    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...
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    Tom Felton Visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

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    © 2010 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved Photo Credit: Kevin Kolczynski, Universal Orlando Resort Tom Felton, who portrays Draco Malfoy in the blockbuster Harry Potter film series, visited with the Beauxbatons at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter during his recent visit to Universal Orlando Resort on December 28. After enjoying Butterbeer with his friends and visiting Hogwarts castle, Felton spent the rest of his Universal Orlando vacation enjoying the rides and attractions at...
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    The "Star Tours" saga continues: Wheeling & dealing

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    In the latest installment of his series about the creation of this popular Disney theme park attraction, Jim Hill talks about how Michael Eisner first tried to talk George Lucas into building a "Star Tours" -themed roller coaster. That is until Disney's new CEO found out how much roller coasters really cost to build....
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    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...
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    Disney•Pixar Celebrated USA Swimming with a Special Screening of Finding Nemo 3D

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    On Thursday, July 12 th , Disney●Pixar held a private screening of FINDING NEMO 3D for the U.S Olympic Swim Team in Knoxville, TN. The Olympians and their families were one of the first audiences to "Sea" the film in breathtaking digital 3D before heading off to London. Left - Chloe Sutton, Scott Weltz, Jessica Hardy with Insider Kid Correspondent Lauren Kaplan Right - Chloe Sutton, Scott Weltz, Jessica Hardy, Missy Franklin, Nick Thoman, Micah Lawrence Additionally, Dory, Marlin and a...
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    THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS director Peter Lord nominated for a Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award

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    PETER LORD REACTION: "This is amazing! We tried to do something a little different with THE PIRATES, in terms of tone and comedy, and it’s just brilliant that the Academy has responded to it in such a wonderful way."
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    DreamWorks Live The Dream Fly Away Sweepstakes - Win One Of Three Grand Prize Trips

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    Trip for 4 to New York City (Airfare for 4 and 3 days/2 nights hotel) VIP tickets to see MADAGASCAR LIVE at Radio City Music Hall A chance to meet Alex and friends backstage A goody bag full of fun MADAGASCAR merchandise Trip for 4 to Los Angeles (Airfare for 4 and 3 days/2 nights hotel) VIP tickets to see SHREK THE MUSICAL at the Pantages Theater A chance to meet Shrek and the fairy tale gang backstage A goody bag full of great SHREK prizes A tour of the DreamWorks Animation campus Trip for 4 to...
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    New Darkwing Duck and Mickey Mouse Comics Out this Week from BOOM! Studios

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    These will be out this week! April 20th, 2011. DARKWING DUCK #11 (A) DARKWING DUCK #11 (B) “Revenge” is a dish best served cold, but “Double-Cross” turns out to be a dish best served…with duck? In this epic installment of the Disney Afternoon juggernaut, nothing is as it seems…or is it? Tune in and find out as Part 3 of Darkwing Duck’s “F.O.W.L. Disposition” charges on! MICKEY MOUSE #307 The celebration of 70 years of Walt Disney’s Comics...
  • 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....
  • Jim Hill

    "Jim, You Ignorant ***!" returns

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    It's that time again. When Jim owns up to all the errors that have been made in JHM stories over the past few months. (Get comfy. This could take a while.)...
  • Seth Kubersky

    A Heapin' Helpin' of Horror

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    JHM columnist Seth Kubersky returns from Tampa with a review of Busch Garden's "Howl-O-Scream" festivities. Seth also gives us an update on Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. Have the scares suddenly become scarce at that Central Florida theme park? ...
  • Rick Gutierrez

    Gandalf Gets Beastly? Hobbits Take Over a Kingdom? DAK is getting interesting.

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    JHM contributor Rick Gutierrez is back with some intriguing news coming out of California. With Universal Orlando set to unleash a new coaster on unsuspecting tourists, are two megalithic companies really teaming up to make the magic and take down The Mummy?...
  • Jim Hill

    "Magic Quizdom" is NOT your typical Disney trivia book

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    Jim Hill is no fan of Disney trivia books, but he found lots to like about Kevin Yee and Jason Schulz's new Disneyland quiz book, which explores some of the more obscure aspects of that theme park's history....
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    Disney Fantasy Upper Decks a Splashing Delight for Kids and Comfortable Retreat for Adults

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    PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2011) – An array of wet and wonderful new surprises help guests cool off as they enjoy soaking up the sun aboard the Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship scheduled to set sail in March 2012. AquaLab Debuts on the Disney Fantasy On the Disney Fantasy, guests can splash and play in the AquaLab – a brand-new water play area on deck 12, near the entrance to the AquaDuck water coaster. Families can frolic among pop jets, geysers and bubblers...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: A Podcast Primer for Mouse Fans

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    Are you frantically searching for some new Disney-related stuff to load onto your iPod? Well, Roger Colton tells you where exactly to look ......
  • 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 why "Dinosaur" isn't usually considered WDFA's first CG feature, why he doubts that Sony's pending purchase of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. will have any impact on Disney-MGM's name, apologizes to the nice folks at wdwinfo.com, then closes the column out by talking about all the other rides that ALMOST got added to Epcot's World Showcase. ...
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    Even more concept art from the lobbies of the Disneyland Resort Hotel

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    You asked for it. You got it. Thanks to Nancy Stadler, here's another series of photos that highlights some of the great pieces of concept art that are used to decorate the public areas of the Disneyland Resort Hotel....
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    "When Hollywood Had a King" offers insight on Universal head Lew Wasserman

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    Jim Hill reviews Connie Bruck's latest biography, which reveals plenty about the colorful career of the late Lew Wasserman, the prolific former president of Universal/MCA....
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    Why did Mandy Moore decide to reprise Rapunzel for Disney's "Tangled: Before Ever After" & "Tangled: The Series"

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    Even though Mandy Moore has long been a fan of the Disney Princesses ("When I was a little girl growing up in Orlando, I remember that - after I first saw ' The Little Mermaid ' - I would walk around the house singing 'Part of Your World,' "Ms. Moore recalled during a recent phone call. "I'd then pester my parents, asking them 'Who sings that song better? Me or Ariel?"), she was still initially reluctant to reprise Rapunzel for a new series that Disney...
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    Dreamworks' Pictures "War Horse" London Premiere to Benefit the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry

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    BURBANK, CALIF. (December 22, 2011) -DreamWorks Pictures announced today that the premiere of its latest film "War Horse," directed by Steven Spielberg, on Sunday, January 8, 2012, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London, will benefit the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be in attendance. The Duke and Duchess will greet members of the cast and Director Steven Spielberg before watching the film. Six hundred serving and ex-serving military...
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