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    World Premiere Celebration for Disney's THE LONE RANGER to Benefit the American Indian College Fund

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    WORLD PREMIERE CELEBRATION FOR DISNEY'S "THE LONE RANGER" TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND STAR-STUDDED EVENT TO BE HELD AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK ON JUNE 22 BURBANK, Calif. (May 29, 2013) - Walt Disney Studios Chairman, Alan Horn, announced today that ticket sales from the highly anticipated World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "The Lone Ranger" will benefit the American Indian College Fund. The event will take place on Saturday, June...
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    Disneyland Donates to the Tune of $13 Million

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    Giving is our Way at Disneyland To the tune of “Winter Wonderland” Community called, we were listenin', At the ready, our smiles a glistenin' Bringing holiday cheer, And donating all year, Giving is our way at Disneyland. We gave away - record donations, To charities, and foundations $13 million was contributed, in So Cal it was distributed, Giving is our way at Disneyland. For the kids cast members held a toy drive, Led by the one and only Mickey Mouse He said: Are you giving...
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    Global Superstar Mariah Carey Records "Almost Home" for Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful"

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    BURBANK, CALIF. (February 6, 2013) -Disney announced today that multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning superstar Mariah Carey has recorded the song, "Almost Home," for "Oz The Great and Powerful," the studio's highly anticipated fantastical adventure, directed by Sam Raimi, releasing in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013. "Almost Home" will be released as a single by Carey's label, Island Def Jam, on February 19, 2013. Award-winning photographer/director David...
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    Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Exciting Entertainment and Interactive Experiences at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

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    Guests Will Enjoy New Entertainment and Shows in Diagon Alley, Featuring Puppetry from Emmy Award-Winning Designer Michael Curry, and Other Interactive Experiences ORLANDO, Fla. (June 4, 2014) - Imagine wandering up the cobbled street of Diagon Alley, turning into nearby CarkittMarket, and enjoying a live performance by one of the wizarding world's most popular singing sensations or seeing stories from The Tales of Beedle the Bard come to life right before your eyes. Today, Universal Orlando...
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    Stage version of "Mary Poppins" has big expectations, even bigger budget

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    Why are Mouse House accountants reportedly calling Disney Theatrical's next big production "Scary Poppins"? Because it's reportedly costing Mickey a lot more than "Tuppence a Bag" to mount this new musical in London. ...
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    Universal Orlando Resort creates special moments for guests on the one-year anniversary of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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    UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT CELEBRATES THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER Universal Creates Special Moment for Guests in Hogsmeade Plus, All-New "Share Your Story" Facebook Tab Allows Guests to Share their Favorite Memories and Get a Chance to Win a Trip to Universal Orlando Resort ORLANDO, Fla. (June 20, 2011) - On Saturday, June 18, Universal Orlando Resort celebrated the one-year anniversary of the most spectacularly themed entertainment environment - The Wizarding...
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    Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast at Universal Studios Florida to close on April 1st

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    On April 1, Universal Orlando Resort will close the Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast attraction at Universal Studios Florida and immediately begin work on an all-new experience based on an amazing concept. The new attraction will be a natural fit for Universal Orlando and is just one of many exciting things planned for the next couple of years. We can’t wait to share more details with you in the future. Meanwhile, Boy Genius fans will be excited to know that the attraction will re-open...
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    By George! The "Star Tours" Saga: Episode Three

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    Jim Hill talks more about how Card Walker's caution actually held Walt Disney Productions back in the 1970s as well as Harrison Ellenshaw's ambition & artistry. Which helped make George Lucas's dream of a space-based adventure film a reality....
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Ward Kimball -- The First Escapader?

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    Wade Sampson really dug down deep through his pile of vintage press clippings in order to unearth this classic interview with a Disney Legend ...
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    D23 Announces Events For Disney Fans In Orlando

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    SPECIAL SCREENINGS, A MEMBER-EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING OPPORTUNITY WITH MICKEY'S OF GLENDALE , AND A NEW SIP AND STROLL ADD TO THE OFFICIAL DISNEY FAN CLUB'S ROSTER OF COAST-TO-COAST EVENTS BURBANK, Calif. - MARCH 26, 2015 - Today, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced additional special member events in the Orlando area, adding even more exclusive experiences for fans in Central Florida. On the heels of a D23 Member-exclusive screening of Walt Disney Studios' live-action Cinderella ,...
  • Jeff Lange

    NYC's "World of Disney" store really gets into the spirit of the season

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    You'll find all sorts of Disney-themed ghosts, witches and ghouls up for sale at the 5th Avenue store as the Mouse's Manhattan operation begins its annual Halloween push...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: The Epcot we never got

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    JHM favorite Wade Sampson looks back at some of the Imagineers' original concepts for rides & shows for EPCOT Center....
  • Jim Hill

    Debunking Big Thunder Rumors

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    Jim Hill and Chuck Oberleitner team up today to bring you the second in our occasional series articles about Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain tragedy -- an article you'll want to read, particularly if you've been hearing some sensational stories about the alleged real cause of this awful accident....
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    Are proposed cuts already hobbling DAK's "Forbidden Mountain?"

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    Jim Hill returns with some pretty distressing news about Animal Kingdom's soon-to-be-announced thrill ride. Are WDI's sharp pencil boys already trying to cut crucial story elements before construction even begins on this ambitious new DAK attraction? ...
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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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    Berkeley Breathed is featured guest at Cartoon Art Museum's WonderCon event

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    IDW Presents A fundraiser for The Cartoon Art Museum and the Hero Initiative Celebrating From Bloom County to Mars: The Imagination of Berkeley Breathed with Special Guest Berkeley Breathed Cartoon Art Museum Event: Saturday, April 2, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm Ticketed Event: Sliding scale from $10 to $100 SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum and The Hero Initiative proudly present the museum’s Annual WonderCon Weekend Party and Silent Auction , which will be held on Saturday, April 2, from...
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    Nick makes bid to win over tween toon fans with "Danny Phantom"

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    Butch Hartman's new animated series may not be a "Oddparents"-sized hit right of the box. But -- that said -- this new animated series from Nickelodeon shows some real potential....
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    "Screenplay by Disney" features great behind-the-scenes stories, offers solid writing tips

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    Jim Hill says that Jason Surrell's new book on screenwriting is a fun read (even for those who don't want to write) because of the colorful examples Surrell cites. ...
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    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES -- "First Day of Filming" featurette now available

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    Dancing With The Stars Welcomes the Cast of NEWSIES Tuesday November 13

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    Corey Cott and Company to Perform "Seize the Day" on ABC's Blockbuster Competition Show FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Tuesday, November 6, 2012) - The cast of Newsies , The Tony® Award winning new American musical, led by Corey Cott as Jack Kelly, will perform the show-stopping number "Seize the Day" in-studio on the Tuesday, November 13 (8:00PM-9:00PM) episode of "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" on the ABC Television Network. Since bursting onto Broadway last spring...
  • 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

    Well, whaddya know? Another Why For!

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    Jim Hill answers only one JHM reader's question this week. But what a question! This time around, Jim talk about Steve Jobs' plans for Pixar, what the Walt Disney Company has just started to do with the Muppets, a one-of-a-kind Henson event that's being held this weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as his upcoming Disney World tours. ...
  • 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....
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    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...
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    Get a peek at the virtual drive-through of Cars Land in DCA in this weeks Disney Geek video

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    This week on the show: - Goofy's Sky School soars over Disney California Adventure - A virtual drive-through of Cars Land - "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" sails past $1 billion at the global box office - Two new eateries open on Paradise Pier - "Brave" poster artwork revealed - Weezer, Hayley Williams, OK Go and more contribute to the upcoming "Muppets: The Green Album" featuring favorite Muppet tunes - Disneyland Resort announces Halloween Time dates...
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    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...
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    LEGOLAND California Resort Announces Successful 2010 Plus Four New Guest Experiences

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    Beth Chee 760.918.5379 Download images Download images Download images Download images Download images Download images LEGOLAND ® California Resort Announces Successful 2010 Plus Four New Guest Experiences STAR WARS™ Miniland Area Planned for March Opening! CARLSBAD, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2011) – The Force was strong at LEGOLAND ® California Resort today when General Manager Peter Ronchetti announced that a new STAR WARS ™ Miniland area will be opening at the family theme park...
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    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. ...
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    Dispatch from the CES

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    JHM contributor Joseph L. Kleiman just got back from the 2005 International Consumer Electronics Show and fills us in on all the latest gadgets & gossip. ...
  • 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....
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    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....
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    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...
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    All the excitement of D23 Expo 2011 brought to you by the D23 Disney Geek

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    This week on D23's Disney Geek: All the excitement of the D23 Expo 2011! Disney Legends gather for a moving ceremony, and all the honored Disney Princesses sing together on stage A look at the stunning treasures of the Disney Archives exhibit Pixar announces two new moview - plus Jon Cryer to be the voice of the lead in "Planes" Dozens of stars turned out for the Expo - including the surprise guests! (And the Avengers!) Parks announced enhancements to Disneyland - and details on the...
  • 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....
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    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." ...
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    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....
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    Disney Movie Trailer: Oz the Great and Poweful - "Argument Over Oz" Clip Released

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    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....
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    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...
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    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
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    "My, people come and go so quickly here"

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    In a quick story for the site today, Jim Hill charts the recent comings and goings at the Walt Disney Company ...
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    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....
  • 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....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: Wanna go behind-the-scenes at Pixar?

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    Roger Colton brings news about a very timely opportunity. One that JHM readers in the Bay Area will probably want to take advantage of ...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Future Disney Legends

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    Wade Sampson offers up two past Disney employees as possible nominees for this most prestigious award....
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    "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...
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    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....
  • Noe Valladolid

    Is a head set-free version of Virtual Reality really just over the horizon?

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    The term "Virtual Reality" has been a buzzword in pop culture for decades but accessible VR technology has always been more science fiction than science fact. Fans of entertainment are finally entering a new era. In 2014 VR technology had actually come of age. Large companies, like Google and Sony, were showing audiences what their R&D groups had been busy working on. One of the first previews of the latest VR technology happened at the Game Developers Conference in March 2014. The...
  • 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....
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    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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