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  • Blog Post: Is "Haunted Mansion Holiday" going on holiday after 2006?

    "You gotta be kidding me." That was honestly my reaction, folks, when this e-mail first appeared in my in-box a few days ago: "Tell your readers to enjoy 'Haunted Mansion Holiday' while they can. There's a rumor flying around TDA that Tim Burton wants Disney to pull the plug on " The Nightmare Before...
  • Blog Post: A partial total from Eisner's scorecard

    Well, it's obvious that JHM readers have a great range of opinions when it comes to Michael Eisner. Some praise Disney's soon-to-be-ex-CEO for all the work that he did in the early 1980s. Talking about how Eisner turned Walt Disney Productions from a Hollywood also-ran into one of the top studios in...
  • Blog Post: Collectors journey to Epcot for the "Happiest Pin Celebration on Earth"

    In spite of what my wife, Flo, tells me, I have never thought of myself as a pinhead. At least not until just recently. "What changed your mind, Jeff?," you ask. Well, I just spent this past weekend attending WDW's " Happiest Pin Celebration on Earth ." And given all the fun that I had at this sold-out...
  • Blog Post: "Corpse Bride" may be no "Nightmare," but it's still a fun film

    I'll start by answering the most obvious question: Is Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" as good as his previous stop motion opus, " The Nightmare Before Christmas "? Almost . Copyright Warner Brothers Pictures Don't get me wrong. Due to its amazing art direction as well as its state-of-the-art stop motion...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: Harry Potter and the Treasure of Silicon Valley

    Big news for fans of the tales of this young student of the magical arts. Perhaps none bigger than an introduction from a certain Cupertino based company. "SAN FRANCISCO-September 7, 2005-AppleĀ® today announced that the entire Harry Potter audiobook series is now available exclusively on the iTunesĀ®...
  • Blog Post: Hellish behavior mars an evening of heavenly music at the Magic Kingdom

    Okay. Now I get it. For years now, I have been hearing about how there are WDW cast members who will happily work at virtually every after-hours event that is held at the Magic Kingdom. Be it a private corporate party, " Grad Nite ," or even one of those holidays where that theme park gets super-crowded...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: 25 years of "Disney on Ice"

    It's hard not to do so but when you hear the phrase " Disney On Ice ," you probably think of the urban legend of Walt being cryogenically frozen (or the project done by several CalArts students who created "Waltsickles"). It is the same for an entire generation that hears "The William Tell Overture"...
  • Blog Post: It's not easy being (ever) green

    This auditions announcement has almost become a Rorschach Test among Muppet enthusiasts. Copyright Muppet Holding Company LLC The fine print in this casting notice reads: Seeking experienced puppeteers with improvisitional and vocal skills. Relocation is not required, however you must be available to...
  • Blog Post: Totting up the Eisner scorecard

    How many of you caught that interview that Michael Eisner gave to the Associated Press last week? The one where Disney's outgoing CEO talked about how ... " ... 'turbulence' at the Walt Disney Co. during his reign as chief executive was just part of trying to do things better at one of the world's biggest...
  • Blog Post: "Night of Joy" participants get advance look at Disney's new "Narnia" movie

    This past Friday and Saturday night, tens of thousands of Christian music fans made their way to the Magic Kingdom to attend the " Night of Joy " ... Photo by Jeff Lange ... Which is an annual event at the Walt Disney World Resort where the very best performers in Christian Pop, Rock and Gospel music...
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