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WDI's "Carousel of Projects" looks to put a new spin on the D23 EXPO's Parks & Resort pavilion
So what was the very best part of the original D23 EXPO ? To be honest, that depended on what aspect of the Walt Disney Company most excites you. For fans of Disney's live-action movies, it would be hard to top that moment from the Studio Showcase when the wreckage of a sailing ship slowly rotated...
16 Aug 2011
Disney "Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice" is that rare sequel that equals
Over the past 50 years, there have been a number of sequels to beloved holiday specials produced (EX: Rudolph's Shiny New Year in 1976, Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July in 1979 and Frosty Returns in 1992 come immediately to mind) ... Copyright Warner Home Video. All rights reserved ....
15 Aug 2011
Zendaya Coleman is hoping to really "Shake It Up" at this year's D23 EXPO
In the language of the Shona (i.e. the native people of Zimbabwe and southern Zambia ), the name "Zendaya" means "to give thanks." This name is entirely appropriate in Zendaya Coleman 's case. Given that you'd be hard-pressed to find a more thankful young lady than this talented...
14 Aug 2011
Yippies at Disneyland, Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, Phineas & Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension and yours truly at the D23 EXPO
MaxAndGoofy wrote in yesterday to ask about my whereabouts: Are you okay? I've been coming by your website since late Tuesday night. Other than that Roger Rabbit article that you pulled out of the archives, I haven't seen any new articles posted on JHM since then. Since you're usually good...
8 Aug 2011
D23 is actively working to increase capacity at its events, reaching out to Official Disney Fan Club members around the country
There's a joke from " Annie Hall " that I love: Two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort. And one of them says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." And then the other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." I bring this story up today...
21 Jun 2011
Disney World unveils its more boy-friendly plans for the Fantasyland expansion project
There's this story which dates back to the Fall of 1984. About how Michael Eisner - right after he'd been installed as the new head of Walt Disney Productions - brought his son, Breck along when Eisner did his very first walk-through of WED. And based on this then-14-year-old boy's enthusiastic...
18 Jan 2011
Between working with WDI and a new stage show, 2010 was loaded with "Great Moments" for John Tartaglia
What's the weirdest place you ever got a job offer? Because I bet John Tartaglia has you beat. Let me set the scene for you. It's September of 2009. And the star of " Johnny and the Sprites " - having a fun few days exploring & experiencing the inaugural D23 Expo - was over at Disneyland...
16 Dec 2010
Discounted admission tickets & VIP packages are now on sale for the 2011 D23 EXPO
It's a pretty common refrain among Disneyana fans. That - because they didn't know what the inaugural D23 EXPO was actually going to be like - these people opted out of being in the Anaheim area September 10 - 13, 2009. Which is how they missed out on seeing Johnny Depp making that surprise appearance...
19 Aug 2010
D23 staffers puts the finishing touches on Great Disney Scavenger Hunt, Destination D event
Steven Clark was a very busy man in July. When he wasn't down in Anaheim, helping Tony Baxter dispatch StarSpeeders full of D23 Members at last month's "Star Tours Final Flight" event ... (L to R) Steven Clark and Tony Baxter actually suited up in this July 26th members-only event,...
13 Aug 2010
Disney’s going Back to the Future with Winnie the Pooh
Do you hear that loud beep-beep-beep noise coming from Burbank? That’s The Walt Disney Company backing up. Rapidly retreating from its earlier attempts to make the Winnie the Pooh characters seem hip, fashionable and contemporary. “Coming off of ‘ My Friends Tigger and Pooh ,’ we did a lot of research...
3 Jun 2010
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