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  • Blog Post: Toon Thursday: Dissecting Disney’s newest villain

    You know what they say in Hollywood. That your movie is only as good as your villain. Well, one of the main reasons that Disney’s “ The Princess and the Frog ” was so highly praised (Richard Corliss of “Time” Magazine flat-out called Disney’s return to hand-drawn animation “… the best film of the year...
  • Blog Post: Tube Tuesday: ABC’s “All My Children” celebrates its 40th anniversary today

    If you're a pop culture fan, you were fixated on “ Doctor Who ” this past weekend as David Tennant regenerated and then exited this long-running BBC science fiction program . Copyright 2010 BBC. All Rights Reserved While I myself have enjoyed Tennant’s take on the good Doctor, David’s four-series-stint...
  • Blog Post: Stan “The Man” Lee to become Disney's front man for Marvel

    Well, it’s official. Provided – of course – that the Securities and Exchange Commission actually signs off on this merger, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is now a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company . Marvel shareholders voted last Thursday to approve this $4.24 billion acquisition, which...
  • Blog Post: Last call (and I mean the VERY last call) at WDW’s Adventurers Club

    Feeling pretty smug (or – at the very least – hung over) because you spent last night at some hoity toity New Year’s Eve party? Well, take a gander at these shots. Which were taken on the very last night that members of the general public were allowed into WDW's Adventurers Club. Photo by Jeff Lange...
  • Blog Post: A Time of Change for Orlando Theme Parks

    With just hours to spare ‘til 2009 gives way to 2010, I thought that it might be interesting to review the year from the Orlando Fun Tickets point-of-view. 2009 got off to a pretty fast start with tens of thousands of runners pouring into the area January 8 – 11th to take part in the Walt Disney World...
  • Blog Post: Mary Blair concept art showcased in “Walt Disney’s Peter Pan”

    It’s always been one of the great what-ifs of Disney history. What if … All of the Studio’s overseas markets hadn’t been cut off by the start of World War II? It’s well known that – as of the late 1930s -- Walt was well into development of full-length animated versions of “ Alice in Wonderland ,” “ Peter...
  • Blog Post: Will the Virtual Porthole give Disney Cruise Line the inside track when it comes to booking inside staterooms?

    In my last article for JHM , we talked about the origins of the cruise ship and all of the changes that the cruise industry underwent as sea travel moved from a mode of transportation to a vacation experience. One of the most significant changes the industry has experienced has been the explosion in...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : 2010 to be a time of transition at Walt Disney Studios

    The last four months of 2009 saw plenty of upheaval on the Studio side of things at The Walt Disney Company. With many senior staffers in Marketing being let go . Not to mention Disney Channel president Rich Ross replacing Dick Cook , a 38-year Mouse House vet, as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios...
  • Blog Post: Did you spot all of the in-jokes & Disney references in “Prep and Landing”?

    Okay. I know. JHM has already done a number of stories on “ Disney Prep and Landing ,” that new holiday special that Walt Disney Animation Studios produced exclusively for ABC (which – FYI – wound up being the highest rated Christmas special of the 2009 – 2010 season ). Copyright 2009 Disney Enterprises...
  • Blog Post: How it came to snow on Main Street USA

    During the 11 years she spent at The Walt Disney Company, Cynthia Harriss worked on an amazing array of projects. She helped grow The Disney Store chain from just 140 stores in North America to over 400. She also guided the Disneyland Resort through its $1.4 billion transformation, when this Southern...
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