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"Everything by Design" offers a detailed look at the development of Disney World's never-built Mediterranean Village Resort
Jody R. tossed me a note over this past weekend, praising last Tuesday's "Building Tall" story , saying that ... ... it's articles like this that keep me coming back to Jim Hill Media, that keep me listening to that podcast you do with Len Testa . Your ability to continually uncover...
10 Jun 2013
What aspect of xPass / FASTPASS+ will Disney field test next?
Okay. The first field test of xPass / FASTPASS+ officially wrapped yesterday. And while Disney correlates all of that data which they collected from those 4200 individuals, groups and families who agreed to take part in this pilot program at the Magic Kingdom , the Company's already reaching out...
15 May 2012
How the Imagineers came to create the "Country Bear Christmas Special" show
Back when I lived in Central Florida in the early-to-mid 1990s, one of my favorite things to do this time of year was to go into Frontierland at WDW 's Magic Kingdom and then catch a performance of "Country Bear Christmas Special." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved...
18 Dec 2011
Remembering Disney theme park conceptual artist Collin Campbell
How many times have you looked at a piece of Disney theme park concept art and thought: "Oooh, I wanna go there right now." Collin Campbell's painting of the Fort Wilderness Railroad Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Collin Campbell was an absolute master when it came...
11 Apr 2011
Imagineering Field Guide goes in for a close-up on Disney's Hollywood Studios
It's the Disney's Hollywood Studios icon that makes fan boys foam at the mouth. That 122-foot-tall Sorcerer Mickey Hat which stands of Hollywood Boulevard, blocking the view of the Chinese Theater. So if this icon is so controversial, why then did Alex Wright opt to put the Sorcerer Mickey Hat...
11 Aug 2010
New book takes a behind-the-dreams look at the way Walt Disney Imagineering really works today
Okay. Last week, JHM reviewed a new hardcover that would be the perfect graduation present for any artists and animators that are on your gift list. This time around, I'd like to talk up a book that would be a great selection for any would-be Imagineers you may have in your extended family. And that...
9 Jun 2010
Walt Disney Imagineering is very serious when it comes to play testing
Did you hear about the play test that WDI ran at The Magic Kingdom last month? Where the Imagineers used Guests who were waiting in line for a character meet-n-greet right outside of Pooh’s Playful Spot to try out a new entertainment-based queuing system? Though the Imagineers are being pretty close...
19 Jan 2010
"The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World" will give you a renewed appreciation of the WDW Resort
30 years ago this month, I made my very first trip to Walt Disney World . And for 25 years now, I’ve been writing about Central Florida’s Vacation Kingdom. I offer this info up not because I want to impress JHM readers with my advanced age. But – rather – to give you some idea of how long I’ve actually...
10 Jun 2009
"The Art of the Walt Disney World Resort" is worth going out of your way for
Over the years, I have heard a lot of stories from Disney insiders that I’ve been lucky enough to interview. Like how Alice Davis once told me that she knew that Mary Blair must be dealing with some horrific personal problems. Given that – in the early 1970s – this Disney Legend’s acclaimed sense of...
27 May 2009
WDW's Galaxy Palace Theater to be replaced with ... Cast Member parking ?!
"Don't it always seem to go, That you don't know what you've got Till it's gone They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." -- Joni Mitchell , " Big Yellow Taxi " I doubt that anyone -- not the choirs or the cheerleaders or all of the Cast Members that have performed here over the years -- would ever...
28 Oct 2008
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