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  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Little Disney mysteries solved

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    With today's column, Wade Sampson shines a spotlight on a lot of odd little tidbits that relate to Disney Company history. Take -- for example -- which character from "Fantasia" was supposed to appear in his own series of animated shorts? ...
  • Jim Hill

    O Gnomeo, Gnomeo. Wherefore art thou, Gnomeo?

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    Did Disney Feature Animation shut down production of yet another promising project last month? Jim Hill provides the depressing details....
  • Dan Weckerly

    Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels IV

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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....
  • Jim Hill

    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. ...
  • Jim Hill

    "Adventures by Disney" to offer one-of-a-kind trips to Hawaii & Yellowstone

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    JHM gives you a detailed look at the pilot program that the Mouse has put together to test two non-theme-park-based vacation packages that the company will begin offering to the general public later this summer....
  • Richard Mercer

    The Steve Jobs Factor

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    New guest writer Richard Mercer offers up insight on the gentleman who will decide Pixar's fate next year (and perhaps Michael Eisner's fate as well): Pixar and Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs....
  • Jim Hill

    From "Planes" to "Show Boat," "Fernwood 2 Tonight" to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Fred Willard looks back on his storied career

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    Ol' Man River, he just keeps rollin' along ... As does Fred Willard . You'd think -- given that this veteran actor / comedian turned 75 back in September -- that Willard would finally begin to slow down at this point. Well, think again. For this Fall has been full of firsts for Fred. Take -- for example -- last month, when Willard made his daytime drama debut on " The Bold and the Beautiful ." Fred appeared in four episodes of this long-running CBS soap opera back in October...
  • Press Releases

    Get Scared Shrekless at Gaylord Hotels During Select Dates in October

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    Get Scared Shrekless During select dates in October Dress up your little ghouls and goblins in their favorite costumes and come to a Gaylord Hotels resort for an early Halloween celebration with Shrek & Friends! Package Includes: One night room accommodations Trick or Treat Bag welcome amenity Costumed trick-or-treating around the resort atriums, with candy passed out at each stop by favorite DreamWorks characters from movies such as Shrek , Puss In Boots , Madagascar 3 'Europe's Most...
  • Press Releases

    See inside D23's 2015 Member Gift - Disneyland Pitch Portfolio (Video)

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    As D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced at the end of last year, the 2015 D23 Member Gift is a reproduction of a "pitch portfolio" used by the Disney team to help make Walt's dream of Disneyland become a reality. When showcasing the soon-to-be-completed theme park to prospective licensees on the East Coast, the Disney team brought portfolios like this one, which features more than 20 pages of colorful concept artwork. With the gift starting to ship this week, Disney Legend Dave...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Walt's People, Volume II

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    Want to start off the new year by reading a great new Disney-related book? Then Wade Sampson suggests that you pick up a copy of this new paperback which features 16 interviews with notable Disney artists ...
  • Cara Goldsbury

    Where to find the very best at Universal Orlando

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    JHM got such a nice response to Tuesday's article from Cara Goldsbury -- the author of "The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World: How to Get the Most Out of the Best Disney Has to Offer" -- that we thought we'd share what Cara had to say about Orlando's other theme parks....
  • Jim Hill

    Don't like the way your cartoon is turning out? Hit "rewind" & recast.

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    So what do you do when that big name performer that you hired isn't quite in tune with the toon that you're trying to make? Jim Hill talks about one of the lesser known aspects of feature length cartoon production: celebrity recasting. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with ... well, an apology, then some info on the upcoming "Alien Encounter" change-out, a Glen Keane quote, why certain pavilions in Epcot's World Showcase got rides and others didn't as well as an update on the next set of JHM Disneyland tours. Also ... a somewhat embarrassing plea for contributions....
  • Press Releases

    Mouseketrips - WDW April – June 2013 Florida Resident Discounts

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    Travel Dates : April 6 - June 3, 2013 Walt Disney World has released special room only discounts for Florida Residents. You must check in during the travel dates listed above, however, you can extend your stay past June 3, 2013. Only the nights included in the travel dates listed above will be discounted. You cannot check in before April 6, 2013 and receive a discount. Availability is limited, and not all resorts and room types are available. Some nights may not be discounted, and weekend prices...
  • Press Releases

    "The Help" and Feeding America Campaign Together To Feed Americans in Need this Holiday Season

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    Chicago, IL - December 1, 2011 - FEEDING AMERICA , the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, and the DreamWorks Pictures movie THE HELP , are joining forces this holiday season to help feed Americans facing hunger. Coinciding with the DVD/Blu-ray release of THE HELP on December 6, a national donation campaign will run from December 1 to December 11 to generate food and funds to help feed the 1 in 6 people in the United States who do not have enough to eat. "The economic downturn...
  • Press Releases

    Disney Announces Worry-Free Winter Ticket Exchange Policy for Lion King & Mary Poppins

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    DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES “WORRY-FREE WINTER 2011,” AN UNPRECEDENTED TICKET EXCHANGE POLICY FOR BROADWAY’S THE LION KING and MARY POPPINS Revolutionary Pilot Program Allows Disney on Broadway Customers to Exchange Previously Purchased Tickets for Other Performance Dates FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (November 19, 2010) - DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS (Thomas Schumacher, producer and president) today announced the launch of a revolutionary pilot ticket exchange program for...
  • Press Releases

    Disney Movie Trailer: Oz the Great and Poweful - "Argument Over Oz" Clip Released

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    Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Offers Free Admission to Military Personnel

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    Buena Park, CA (MAY 2 014) - Knott's Berry Farm and Knott's Soak City water park are pleased to announce that they will be offering FREE admission to active and retired United States Military personnel Satur A tribute to the Knott's Berry Farm Armed Forces Program all active Military, Retired Military, Department of Defense personnel are eligible for free admission . A valid military ID must be presented to receive free admission.day through Monday of Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26)...
  • Press Releases

    Disney D23 Expo: The UItimate Disney Fan Event Arena schedule announced

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    ARENA SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR THE D23 EXPO: THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT AUGUST 19 – 21 AT THE ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER Star-Studded Presentations Include Regis Philbin, the Cast of Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up,” Disney Princesses and Countless Surprise Appearances ANAHEIM, Calif. – July 7, 2011 – The D23 Expo 2011 is proud to announce the Arena schedule for The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. From August 19 – 21, Expo guests will have exclusive access to presentations...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    This time around, it isn't Jim who's providing the in-depth answers to your Disney related questions. Saddle up as JHM readers themselves pony up all of the extra cool inside info....
  • Press Releases

    Walt Disney Studios: New "Wreck-it Ralph" Clip Released

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    Watch it on your iPad or iPod Wreck-It Ralph smashes into theaters everywhere on November 2 nd !! "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
  • Press Releases

    Disney Retells Frozen Through Emoji (Video)

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    Disney just combined two of the most popular things in the universe right now - Frozen and emoji! In the all new Frozen As Told By Emoji video , fans can watch as Anna, Elsa, Olaf and the entire Frozen cast tell their tale using the mechanics of a mobile phone: text threads, lock screens, photo galleries and more. What does all that mean? It will all become ice crystal clear when you watch the video below! The video is the first installment of Disney As Told By Emoji, a new collection of videos that...
  • Jim Hill

    Trying to tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys

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    At the end of a pretty amazing week of Disney-related news, Jim Hill shares the latest Roy/Stanley/Michael/Pixar/Comcast theories ... then wonders why he's suddenly feeling sorry for Disney's embattled CEO....
  • Wade Sampson

    Looking back at December 1966 & Walt Disney's passing

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    Wade Sampson returns with a thoughtful new column which looks back at Walt Disney's death in real time. This piece includes Roy Disney's seldom seen tribute to his late brother....
  • Jim Korkis

    Booping with Betty -- Part I

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    Jim Korkis returns with a new three part series on the true first lady of animation, Betty Boop. In this first part, Korkis introduces us to the animated star who gained notoriety -- and popularity -- because of her connection with sex....
  • Vance Rest

    The Once and Future Kingdom -- Part I: The Meek Shall Inherit the Happiest Place on Earth

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    The first installment of an intriguing new series debuts at JimHillMedia.com today. This series -- written by a themed entertainment industry professional -- discusses what the Walt Disney Company could possibly do in order to turn around its somewhat toxic reputation....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, he reveals why "Aladdin"'s IMAX debut has been delayed, why "Home on the Range" is opening in April 2004, where to get a really snazzy t-shirt as well as finally announcing the winners of our "Epcot English Lesson" contest....
  • Jim Hill

    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....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Back again? Some people never learn! Well, Roger is not one to disappoint, so here we go with another of Roger's ruminations ......
  • Jim Hill

    The Fat Man Goes for a Stroll this coming Saturday...

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    ... But it's all for a good cause, folks. Jim's trying to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute by taking part in the 9th Annual Janet McDonald Memorial Walk Against Cancer....
  • Jim Hill

    An Extra Special Halloween Treat: The other "Haunted Mansion" movie

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    In conjunction with the nice folks over at DoomBuggies.com, JimHillMedia now tells the tale of the movie that might have been. The "Haunted Mansion" film that Walt Disney Studios almost produced (twice) back in the 1990s.

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  • Press Releases

    Universal Pictures' Upcoming Thriller "The Thing" to Become Haunted House Experience at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

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    UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ UPCOMING THRILLER “THE THING” TO BECOME HAUNTED HOUSE EXPERIENCE AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS Guests Will Experience the Fear of the Film at the “Country’s Best Halloween Event” Before “The Thing” Hits Theatres ORLANDO, Fla. (July 19, 2011) — An abandoned scientific research facility in the midst of a vast and frozen Antarctica will set the stage for “The Thing,” an all-new haunted house...
  • Jim Hill

    Reinventing the WDW vacation experience with "Destination Disney"

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    If you're planning a trip to Disney World over the next year or so, please keep your eyes and ears open, okay? Why for? Well, Jim Hill reports on how the Mouse may soon begin field testing a brand new program that could effectively change forever how we vacation at WDW....
  • 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....
  • Press Releases

    BOOM! Studios: Happiness is ... the very first "Peanuts" graphic novel

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    HAPPINESS IS...THE VERY FIRST “PEANUTS” GRAPHIC NOVEL! “HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN” HARDCOVER FROM “KABOOM!” TO BE RELEASED MARCH 2011 Adapted From The All-New Animated Special From Warner Home Video February 28, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA - This March, join Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and all your favorite PEANUTS characters as Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown , the very first PEANUTS graphic novel ever published, is released by newly-launched...
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    The 3D That Got Away: Part I

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    JHM guest writer Joseph L. Kleiman begins a trio of stories about 3D IMAX projects that never quite made it to the big screen. In his first article, Joseph talks about Paramount Pictures' misbegotten project, "Star Trek 3D."...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    A trio of temptations awaits this week! And all well worth the time it takes to investigate, so read on adventurers......
  • Press Releases

    New "The Muppets" movie trailer " Fuzzy Pack" released

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    1st Trailer
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    Get a Sneak Peek at Walt Disney Studios’ OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Super Bowl 2013 Commercial

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    Be sure to check out the witch and all her power as she takes over the Disney.com homepage immediately following the commercial on game day. Visit the website: http:// www.disney.com/ozthegreat “Like” OZ THE GREAT & POWERFUL on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ozthegreatandpowerful "Follow" OZ THE GREAT & POWERFUL on Twitter : https://twitter.com/disneyozmovie
  • Guest Writer

    2015 Philadelphia Flower Show pays tribute to Disney and Pixar films

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    Lights, Cameras, Bloom! The curtain has gone up on the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show , with this year's theme "Celebrate the Movies." The glitz and glamor of Hollywood has transformed the Pennsylvania Convention Center into a studio backlot now through March 8th. Acres of gardens pay tribute to films inspired by Disney and Disney-Pixar. Make no mistake about this presentation of flowers, gardens and shrubs, oh my, it is in no way sponsored by The Walt Disney Company but rather only...
  • Jim Hill

    The "Star Tours" Saga continues: Let George do it

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    Jim Hill continues his multi-part series on the creation of this poular Disney theme park attraction. This time around, Jim talks about how the "Star Wars" creator's very definite ideas helped to shape the story that this new Tomorrowland ride told....
  • Jim Hill

    How "I have a dream" actually led to "Golden Dreams"

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    Jim Hill reveals how Martin Luther King's memorable words indirectly inspired Randy Bright to write the theme song for Epcot's "American Adventure." ...
  • Jim Hill

    Wanna a snapshot of Shamrock's strategy? Then perhaps you should take a peek at Polaroid's picture past

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    Jim Hill suggests that Shamrock Holdings' 1988 attempt to take over the Polaroid Corporation may hold some clues as to what Roy and Stanley's ultimate goal may be with the Walt Disney Company....
  • Press Releases

    Disney Interactive Media Group's Playdom Launches Program to Help the People of Japan

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    Playdom community rallies support by donating to the American Red Cross MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Playdom today announced a program with the American Red Cross to support their efforts in helping those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. As part of the program, which will run for 10 days, Playdom has set up a website on which people can donate directly to the American Red Cross. As a way to thank the Playdom community and remind them of the program, Playdom...
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    ABC Releases Trailer for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" Marvel's First Television Series

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    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and...
  • Jim Hill

    Could park-wide plumbing problems be sending DAK's expansion plans down the tubes?

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    As WDW insiders buzz about the big-budget repairs that have to be made to Animal Kingdom's drainage system, Jim Hill reveals how this expensive ($67 million!?) pipe replacement project could actually prevent new rides & shows from being adding to DAK for the next few years....
  • Jim Hill

    Latest issue of "Tales from the Laughing Place" is fine ... except for the fine print

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    Jim Hill says that there are some great articles (as well as some teeny tiny type) to be found in the third issue of LaughingPlace.com's spin-off magazine....
  • Press Releases

    Star of Disney's Oz The Great And Powerful Actor James Franco Named Grand Marshal for 55th Annual Daytona 500

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2013 Actor James Franco Named Grand Marshal for 55 th Annual Daytona 500 Star of Disney's Upcoming 'Oz The Great and Powerful' to Deliver Starting Command for 'The Great American Race' DAYTONA BEACH, Fla . - James Franco, star of the Disney fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful," which is scheduled for release on March 8, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 55 th running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on...
  • Press Releases

    The Visual Effects Society is Looking for a Few Hundred VFX & Game Artists

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    The Visual Effects Society (VES) Hosts Nation's Largest Visual Effects and Gaming Career Fair Job Fairs in 3 Cities - Hundreds of Jobs Sought Los Angeles, June 14, 2012 -The Visual Effects Society ( VES ), the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners, will conduct Career Fairs in Los Angeles, New York and London on Saturday, June 16, 2012. This event allows VES to connect top Visual Effects and Gaming companies such as ILM ,...
  • Jim Hill

    As Shakespeare once said (sort of): What's in a domain name?

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    Quite a bit, actually. Jim Hill talks about how the various domain names that the Walt Disney Company has registered over the past eight months reveal quite a bit about what the Mouse currently has in the works. Not to mention all of the other subjects that Mickey doesn't want you talking about. ...
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