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    D23's Disney Geek : Ariel Prepares to Move into Her Undersea Adventure

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    This week on the show: - Breaking ground on the spectacular Shanghai Disney Resort - Exclusive interview with "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure" star Ashley Tisdale - Disney Legend Bill Farmer talks about the importance of "Mickey Mouse Club House" - "Ugly Betty" star Alec Mapa recalls his favorite Disney moment—it's Gurr-iffic! - Grad Nite celebrates its 50th year at Disneyland - Incredible video of Ariel as she prepares to move into her Undersea Adventure...
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    Can Coney make a comeback?

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    Borrowing a page from the successful revitalization of NYC's 42nd Street & Times Square area, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is actively looking for ways to turn around this historic seaside amusement district. But will a minor league baseball stadium be enough to bring back this blighted area in Brooklyn? ...
  • Roger Colton

    Building "Character"

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    Ever wonder what it might be like to play a walk-around character at the Disney parks? Roger Colton fills you in on what it's actually walk to walk a mile in those fur covered boots....
  • Matthew Springer

    The Essential Geek #32: "Good-bye, Chunky Rice"

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    No, this isn't something that you get as a side dish with General Gao's Chicken. Matt Springer clues you in on the undiscovered beauty of Craig Thompson's elegant graphic novel....
  • Jeff Lange

    DisneyHand Ride-A-Thon mixes fun with fund-raising

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    Over 5000 people visited the Magic Kingdom this past Friday night to repeatedly ride Fantasyland's attractions as they raised money for the Greater Orlando Children's Miracle Network. Jeff Lange takes you to this after-hours event....
  • 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....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: Short but Sweet

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    Things at the new and improved JHM seem to be going well after our re-launch. We hope you're enjoying the new format and content coming along. Look for more goodies in the next few weeks....
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    Six Lucky Kids Will be the First Junior Concierges at New LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND California Resort

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    Six Lucky Kids Will be the First Junior Concierges at New LEGOLAND ® Hotel at LEGOLAND ® California Resort The Nations First LEGO ® Themed Hotel Is Searching for Kids to Assist Guests Download images CARLSBAD, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2013) – LEGOLAND ® California Resort is searching for a few great kids to become the first Junior Concierges at North America’s first LEGOLAND ® Hotel, opening April 5, 2013. The national Junior Concierge contest is aimed at children ages 8 –...
  • Jim Korkis

    Good Mousekeeping -- Part I

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    Jim Korkis returns with another fun multi-part tale for JHM readers. This time around, Korkis tells the tale of "Good Housekeeping"'s Disney Pages....
  • 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 the backside of Expedition Everest, Pixar's possible impact on DCA, Pleasure Island's old "Forbidden Disney" show, how Buzz Lightyear got his voice and the DVD debut of "Dream On Silly Dreamer"...
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    Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Hiring For Hotel’s Second Phase

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    Loews Hotels hosting grand hire event April 25 - 26 to fill more than 400 positions WHAT: Loews Hotels is seeking motivated and enthusiastic hotel and hospitality candidates to join the team at the newest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, as well as its three deluxe hotels - Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Positions include: food and beverage, culinary, rooms, front office, housekeeping, recreation and more...
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    Fall issue of DISNEY TWENTY-THREE Magazine hits stands Aug 2

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    Commemorating 40 Years of Walt Disney World DISNEY TWENTY-THREE MAGAZINE FALL ISSUE HITS STANDS AUGUST 2 Special Issue Includes The Story of How Walt's Dream Destination Became a Reality A Rare Glimpse into the Magic Kingdom's Underground Labyrinth A Peek Back at Early Attractions Plus an Exhilarating Hint of the Park's Future BURBANK, Calif. - July 26, 2011 - The special fall issue of Disney twenty-three magazine, on stands August 2, is dedicated entirely to the 40th anniversary of Walt...
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    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts invites Disney D23 Expo attendees to hop aboard the "Carousel of Projects"

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    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Take Fans Through the "Carousel of Projects" at Disney's D23 Expo, August 19-21, 2011 BURBANK, Calif. (July 18, 2011) - Fans attending Disney's D23 Expo August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center will have the chance to experience "a great big beautiful tomorrow" as they immerse themselves in the future of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, which is currently in the biggest period of global expansion in its history. Drawing inspiration from...
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    Coming soon to your local IMAX theater: A new 3D version of your favorite traditionally animated Disney film?!

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    Never mind all those CG projects that Disney Feature Animation currently has in the works. Jim Hill reveals how the Mouse is giving some semi-serious thought to taking some of the studio's traditionally animated classics and -- through a new film conversion process -- turning them into 3D releases....
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    Adam Shell & Nicholas Kraft traveled from Disneyland to Detroit "Pursuing Happiness"

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    Pursuing happiness. that's a universal quest for people around the United States and around the world. Who doesn't want to live a meaningful, happy life? But what exactly is happiness? Documentary filmmaker Adam Shell and producer Nicholas Kraft decided to investigate the subject a short time after Shell completed an earlier documentary, "Finding Kraftland," that featured Nicolas Kraft and his father, Richard Kraft , a major globetrotting Disney collector, music fan and pop culture...
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    Disney Pixar Cars 2 - Meet Max Schnell and Miguel Camino

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    Max Schnell Max Schnell started as a humble production sedan from Stuttgart, Germany. An avid amateur racer, Max would practice alone in the back roads of the dense Black Forest—a trek that eventually caught the eye of a racing team owner. Soon Max was on a professional circuit, bearing the #4, and as his horsepower increased, he converted himself to carbon fiber, dropping his weight and getting into prime racing shape. He’s won more races at Motorheimring than any other World Torque...
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    Internationally Acclaimed Screenwriter, Director & Producer M. Night Shyamalan Visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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    Photo: Sheri Lowen, Universal Orlando Resort © 2011 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. The internationally acclaimed screenwriter, film director and producer M. Night Shyamalan was hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and experienced the most spectacularly themed environment ever created – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Best known for films such as “The Sixth Sense,” “The Village” and “Signs,” Shyamalan enjoyed browsing the unique merchandise...
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    New Character Images from Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie"

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    EDGAR “E” GORE (voiced by Atticus Shaffer) Edgar “E” Gore is a needy misfit who doesn’t have friends but is desperate to be Victor’s partner for the science fair. In his attempts to be accepted ‘E’ tends to mess things up and often fails to think before he speaks. Even though ‘E’ promises not to tell Victor’s secret, he accidentally spills the beans MR. RZYKRUSKI (voiced by Martin Landau) Mr. Rzykruski is the new science teacher at...
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    Official "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" Synopsis Released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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    Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. " Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, this upcoming Walt Disney Pictures release (which hits theaters on May 20, 2011) captures the fun, adventure and humor that...
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    "Glee" complete second season out on Blu-ray and DVD September 13

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    THE #1 TV ON DVD & BLU-RAY…IS BACK! THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY & DVD SEPTEMBER 13 FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN BONUS FOOTAGE AND THE POPULAR “GLEE MUSIC JUKEBOX” GLEE: Season 2, Volume 2 Also Available on DVD LOS ANGELES, CA (June 30, 2011) – TV's musical sensation, “GLEE” THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON comes to Blu-ray and DVD September 13th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment packed with all 22 episodes and never-before-seen...
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    SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort Welcomes Octopus Home

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    Cephalopods Find Home Under the Sea in an Octopus' Garden SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium Welcomes Creatures to new Exhibit CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 20, 2011) – Today SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium’s newest residents were introduced to “Octopus Garden,” an interactive exhibit opening on Friday. “It’s an exciting time for us here at SEA LIFE as the creatures move into their new homes,” Bob Burhans, Curator for SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium. “Cephalopod’s...
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    Does the arrival of the "X Games Xperience" signal the start of DCA's turnaround?

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    Back to work after a long road trip, Jim Hill offers up his thoughts about recent events at Disney's California Adventure. Can it be that this beleaguered theme park has finally turned a corner and is now on its way to winning over the public?...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Disney without Walt

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    Wade Sampson is back with a transcript of an interview with Walt Disney from 1966, where the old Mousetro talks about what he thinks will happen to Walt Disney Productions after his death. Plus another plug for next Saturday's JHM Christmas Party...
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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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    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...
  • Jim Hill

    Get ready for VES 2004!

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    It's that time of year again, folks. Jim's beating the drum for the Visual Effects Society's annual "Festival of Visual Effects" event. Which -- this time around -- is being held in San Rafael, CA....
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    Be A Holiday Hero And Bring A Family Member To LEGOLAND® For Free

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    760.918.5346 faq@LEGOLAND.com Become a Member today! Visit www.LEGOLAND.com/membership for complete details. Extended Hours at LEGOLAND Water Park! We've added more days of fun at LEGOLAND Water Park! December Saturday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. www.LEGOLANDWaterPark.com BE A HOLIDAY HERO 4 days left to bring a family member to LEGOLAND ® for free! This is your big chance to be a HERO! Get out of the house and get to LEGOLAND with an extra friend or family member for FREE! Don't...
  • Floyd Norman

    Hollywood name-dropping, Disney style

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    You can't work at the Mouse Factory without rubbing elbows with a few celebrities. Floyd Norman tells tales about those that he's encountered during his time in Tinsel Town...
  • Floyd Norman

    Precious Commodity

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    Floyd Norman returns with a somewhat cautionary tale about what can happen to a corporation when it ties up far too much of its future with just a few individuals...
  • Jim Hill

    Disney Store cast members are told about the pending sale of retail chain ...

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    ... in an letter that Disney Store senior V.P. Kay Murfin sent out to all employees last week. In a JHM exclusive, read for yourself what Murfin told Disney Store staffers about the pending sale to The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc....
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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, Jim talks about the Times Square hotel that the Walt Disney Company almost built, where to look to find Frank & Ollie in "The Incredibles" as well as announcing his next set of Disney World tours. Enjoy!...
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    British Company Lo-q Wins Award for Theme Park Virtual Queuing System

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    Lo-Q wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise Recognition of overseas success for UK Company Lo-Q plc , founded and headquartered in the UK, has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade. Lo-Q develops and sells virtual queuing systems for theme parks and has seen its overseas sales more than double in the last three years representing an increase of 120% and a total export revenue of £35million during this period. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise...
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    Sissy Spacek star of Dreamworks' "The Help" honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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    Disneynature's AFRICAN CATS: Where You'll Find Cat Herding and Boxing Aardvarks

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    Watch the brand new 'Monsters University' Trailer

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    Walt Disney Studios: IRON MAN 3 / IMAX Poster Released

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    Visit the website: http://marvel.com/ironman3 “Like” IRON MAN 3 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ironman ” “Follow" IRON MAN 3 on Twitter: @Iron_Man Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle...
  • Jim Hill

    I just flew in from Orlando (And - Boy! - are my arms tired)

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    Jim Hill (that lazy slob) finally gets back to work, filling you in on what he's got in the works for the next six weeks at the site. ...
  • Rick Gutierrez

    To Scare or not to Scare: Part III

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    JHM contributor Rick Gutierrez rounds his scarifying series of Halloween tricks & treats by talking about his 10 favorite horror films. ...
  • Cast Member Corner

    Cast Member Corner: "It's Time to Light the Lights ..."

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    JHM Guest writer Shawn Cleaves returns with an article that muses at the possible impact the Mouse buying the Muppets may have on the Walt Disney Company....
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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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    THE LION KING Plays 7000th Broadway Performanc​e Wednesday September 3rd

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    PLAYS 7,000 th PERFORMANCE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 rd AT 7:00PM Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING , will play its 7,000 th Broadway performance at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 3 rd . Only three shows in Broadway history have reached this milestone. As it approaches its 17 th anniversary on Broadway, THE LION KING finds itself in a position unprecedented in the history of Broadway. Already the highest-grossing show in Broadway history, the show was the highest-grossing of 2013 and...
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    Disney / Pixar's MONSTERS, INC. 3D / New Trailer Released

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    MONSTERS, INC. is returning to U.S. theatres for the first time in 3D on December 19 th ! Like MONSTERS, INC. 3D on Facebook ( facebook.com/PixarMonstersInc ) and visit the official site ( Disney.com/MonstersInc3D )!
  • 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

    Why For?

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    Once again, Jim Hill provides answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim provides an update on DCA's "Superstar Limo" attraction, what's been going on this week with the Disney/Muppet deal as well as offering a defense for some recent controversial JHM articles....
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    Disneynatures's "African Cats" Posts $1.7 Million in Advance Sales Saving 9,500+ Savanna Acres

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    N ARRATED BY SAMUEL L. JACKSON SEE “ AFRICAN CATS, ” SAVE THE SAVANNA “ AFRICAN CATS ” POSTS STRONG ADVANCE SALES IN SUPPORT OF AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION INITIATIVE With more than $1.7 Million in Advance Sales, Disneynature Already Set to Save More Than 9,500 Acres… and Still Counting “African Cats” Motion Picture Opens on Earth Day, April 22, 2011 BURBANK, Calif. (April 11, 2011) – “African Cats” is still more than two weeks from opening...
  • Jim Korkis

    Good Mousekeeping -- Part II

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    Jim Korkis presents the second installment in this entertaining multi-part tale of "Good Housekeeping"'s Disney Pages....
  • Rick Gutierrez

    Mad About the Movies: Reel I

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    Try-out Tuesday continues as JHM guest writer Rick Gutierrez serves up a prototype for a brand new feature here at JimHillMedia.com: A weekly column made up of unique pieces of movie trivia. So whaddaya think? ...
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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...
  • Jim Hill

    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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    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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