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  • Blog Post: "Behind the Magic" exhibit to open next Friday at the Henry Ford Museum

    Some people claim that the first theme park was created by Henry Ford. There is no doubt that Ford's Greenfield Village near the massive Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan was a major influence on Walt Disney's design of Disneyland . '; dc.write(''); dc.write(' '); //--> Advertisement That is one...
  • 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: "Disneyland Hotel" takes a detailed look at the history of this Anaheim resort

    After the war, when Walt Disney Studios was once again making money, Walt returned to his cherished idea of building a theme park. Initially he pictured his theme park across the street from his Burbank studio as a neatly developed 7-acre park. Its name back then was Mickey Mouse Park. The attractions...
  • 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...
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