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  • 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-Apple® today announced that the entire Harry Potter audiobook series is now available exclusively on the iTunes®...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: "In Your Face" honors the memory of Dan Lee

    If you're an animation fan who's heading to the Bay area sometime in the next few weeks, you really should plan on stopping by the Canvas Gallery . Where - now through September 25th - this restaurant / art gallery / performance space is presenting an exhibition of Dan Lee's work. Photo courtesy of Amber...
  • Blog Post: All I want for Christmas is ... a monorail

    Dear Santa: I have been a very good boy this year (Don't listen to what my wife, Flo, says. That woman doesn't know what she's talking about). I realize that there are still 106 days 'til Christmas. But even so, I thought that I'd get my wish list in early. Given that this gift that I'd like to get will...
  • Blog Post: When it comes to layoffs at WDI, the stealthy approach really pays off

    Listen. Do you hear that? The mounting public outrage about how Walt Disney Imagineering has -- over the past nine months -- systematically reduced its head count? Cutting veteran Imagineer after veteran Imagineer? While the VPs who actually masterminded this staff cut all remain safe & snug inside...
  • Blog Post: 10th anniversary "Toy Story" DVD offers sneak peek at "Cars"

    Look. I'll just say it straight out: If you're an animation fan, you've gotta go buy a copy of the 10th anniversary " Toy Story " DVD. "© Disney. All Rights Reserved." I know, I know. You probably already own a copy or two of this landmark Pixar Animation Studios film. Which is why you might (understandably...
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