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  • Blog Post: "Destination Disney" is a lot closer than you think

    I know, I know. What with the talking interactive plush and the hidden digital cameras, this all sounds like something out of Michael Crichton's "Westworld." But the fact of the matter is, kids, the "Destination Disney" program IS real. By that I mean, key components of this ambitious program are already...
  • Blog Post: Reinventing the WDW vacation experience with "Destination Disney"

    Okay. So the Walt Disney Company reinvented the theme park experience with its 1999 introduction of "Fast Pass," a virtual queuing system which basically allowed Disneyland and Walt Disney World guests to pre-book a ride time for their favorite attractions and shows. Unfortunately, the competition was...
  • Blog Post: Mickey (finally!) plays it smart

    Let me be honest here, kids: I'm really getting tired of writing stories about how the Walt Disney Company keeps screwing up. Last week (and yesterday), it was that article about how Buena Vista Home Entertainment dropped the ball with the release of the 2-disc collector's edition of the "Lilo &...
  • Blog Post: Well, whaddaya know? Michelle actually got one right?!

    Okay. Where were we? 1) Michelle was right. 2) Michelle was right. 3) Michelle was right. 4) Michelle was right. Oh, yeah. NOW I remember ... You may recall last week that our fearless editor, Michelle Smith, took JimHillMedia.com out on a very long limb last week by running this story which reported...
  • Blog Post: Why For?

    Earlier this week, EdwrdScssrhnds wrote to say: Jim - Really loved your articles this week about forthcoming projects from Disney Theatrical as well as that new Clive Barker book. Your story about how Disney closes the deal with Clive - by offering him his very own "Abarat Land" at Disneyland - got me...
  • Blog Post: "Tarzan" drives "The Little Mermaid" to the "Hoopz"?! Late breaking sports news? Nah. Just what's next from Disney Theatrical

    No doubt you heard the news last week. All those high profile stories about how Disney Theatrical and Broadway impresario Cameron Mackintosh (the producer of such long running hits as "Cats" and "Les Miserables") - after years of haggling - have finally come to terms. How these two theatrical giants...
  • Blog Post: Did Mickey Miss Out on the Muppets?

    By now, some of you have undoubtedly already heard about this story: Billionaire Haim Saban - the media mogul who made millions off of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - is reportedly negotiating to buy the Jim Henson Company. (For additional info on this story, please follow this link .) Soooo ... Is...
  • Blog Post: Jay's Balance

    Well, talk about a week that left all us Disney dweebs standing off guard! All this Pressler/ Rasulo mumbo jumbo kind of left all us Disney watchdogs with a bitter taste in our mouths!!! Why? Well my friends as someone once said, "talk about me well, talk about me bad...but PLEASE TALK ABOUT ME!!!" and...
  • Blog Post: Jay Leads The Way

    Hey, look! I actually got one right! Those of you who slogged through my "Fall Into the Gap" story back on Friday may recall that I predicted that the three top candidates for Paul Pressler's old job would be Disneyland President Cynthia Harriss, President of the Walt Disney World Resort Al Weiss and...
  • Blog Post: Fall into the Gap

    JimHillMedia.com is pleased to announce that John Troutman - the artist who created the above twisted toon - has joined our small family of regular contributors. For more John Troutman goodness, be sure to check out John's daily comic strip, "Basil Flint: Private Investigator" at www.basilflint.com ...
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