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  • Blog Post: DreamWorks Animation bets big on digital 3-D

    As I was reading through the most recent issue of " Tales from the Laughing Place " magazine (Which -- FYI -- features a spectacular selection of articles on Epcot & its history. If you aren't yet a subscriber of this high quality quarterly, this is one issue that you should probably go out of your...
  • Blog Post: "We're rollin' on the Mickey's Birthdayland Express"

    Today's lesson: Sometimes our Disney fan obsessions do pay off. When EPCOT Center opened in 1982, Steve Hansen was already an accomplished puppeteer and performer, working as the PuppetMan in World Showcase. Someone as talented & versatile as Steve was bound to go far in the Walt Disney world. In...
  • Blog Post: Get ready for Central Florida's coming coaster war

    As you enter SeaWorld Orlando , it's really hard to miss the thing. Photo by Robert Bish That enormous construction wall that's been erected around the front of this theme park. Photo by Robert Bish Not to mention the rumble of heavy equipment, as that behind-the-scenes construction team clears brush...
  • Blog Post: Small town preps big welcome for "Extreme Makeover" family

    Maynard may be the second smallest city in all of Massachusetts . But when it comes to the size of its heart, this tiny mill town is second to none. Which is why -- when Maynard residents learned about the plight of the Giunta family (The father -- Paul Giunta Jr. -- was injured back in March of 2006...
  • Blog Post: The toughest critter west of the Alamo: The one, the only, Wally Boag

    Jim Hill here. And it is now with the greatest of pleasure that I introduce you to JHM's newest columnist: Ron Schneider. For those of you who don't know already, Schneider is something of a celebrity in themed entertainment circles. His credits ... Well, they are literally too numerous to mention. So...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : How Pixar fixed "Finding Nemo"

    It's the story that won't go away. How back in 2001, Michael Eisner reportedly told Disney's board of directors that he'd be postponing any further contract talks with Pixar Animation Studios . "And why would the then-Chairman & CEO of the Walt Disney Company do that?," you ask. Because Eisner had...
  • Blog Post: Dorks save the day in Disney Channel's "Minutemen"

    Okay. Fess up. Who's been screwing with the space - time continuum? The reason I ask is … In the world where I live (Well, used to live), TV movies that were produced for airing on cable channels - particularly those cable channels that targeted the tween demographic - were always pretty horrible. These...
  • Blog Post: Do-it-yourself Epcot celebration leads to new fan-based business

    It wasn't what the Disneyana community wanted to hear last year. Copyright 1980 Walt Disney Productions. All Rights Reserved That -- in a January 27th interview with Deb Wills of AllEars.net -- Brad Rex , then-VP of Epcot , said that the Walt Disney World Resort had no plans to celebrate that theme park...
  • Blog Post: Oscar Watch '08: Miramax maxes out while the Mouse gets skunked

    "Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day ..." -- lyric from "The Man I Love" by George & Ira Gershwin Well, if you worked on the Miramax Films side of the Mouse House, Tuesday definitely was a "good news day." Disney's art house arm snagged Academy Award nominations for four of its most recent releases...
  • Blog Post: "Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride ... Starring YOU!" debuts at Universal Studios Florida

    For almost 18 years now, " Earthquake -- The Big One " had been entertaining guests at Universal Studios Florida . But as 2008 approached, the folks at Universal Creative felt that they needed to shake things up. Completely reimagine this still-popular-but-obviously-aging theme park attraction. So the...
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