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  • Blog Post: "Walt's People -- Volume 5" is an entertaining addition to this ongoing Disney history series

    If you've been reading JHM for a while now, you already know that I'm a very big fan of Didier Ghez 's "Walt's People" books . So -- that said -- is it really all that big a surprise that I enjoyed reading " Volume 5 " of this ongoing series. Mind you, at 443 pages in length, this paperback is the heftiest...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : Wanna peek at Bob Iger's vision for the future of the Walt Disney Company? And is "Ratatouille" really starting to fade in the Hollywood rat race?

    You want to be able to look into the future? Particularly the Walt Disney Company's future? Okay, then. What you need to start doing then is staying home on Saturday nights and watching ABC 's " The Wonderful World of Disney " movie anthology series. During which you should pay particularly close attention...
  • Blog Post: David Koenig's "Realityland" is a very entertaining Disney World exposé

    You all know about Epcot, right? That futuristic city that Walt Disney hoped to build? Copyright Bonaventure Press That's the real reason that Walt bought all of that swampland in Central Florida in the early 1960s, you know. Not because the Old Mousetro really felt the need to build Disneyland East...
  • Blog Post: "Field Guide to Disney's Animal Kingdom" reveals how the Imagineers built WDW's wildest park yet

    What can you say about the "Imagineering Field Guide" series? It started out strong with the " Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World " guide back in 2005 and then got better last year with the " Epcot at Walt Disney World " guide. And now? " The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt...
  • Blog Post: Why For do the Imagineers keep adding new characters to Disney's classic theme park attractions?

    Earlier this week, Perry T. sent me the following e-mail : Jim, Are you as sick as I am about how the Imagineers keep forcing characters into older attractions at the Disney theme parks? Just in the past six months, we've had that new " Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor " show replace the Magic Kingdom 's old...
  • Blog Post: Testing ... One ... Two ... Three ... A JHM Podcast ?!

    Mike C. writes in to say: Jim ... I have been reading your articles for over a year and enjoying the information that your provide. I have recently listened to your appearances on the Magical Definition podcast with Nathan Rose and Tim Devine. I must admit you are the best part of that podcast. Have...
  • Blog Post: Disney's long, long journey to Oz

    It was 50 years ago tonight that the 1939 version of " The Wizard of Oz " was first shown on television. Copyright 2005 Warner Home Video The first-ever telecast of this Victor Fleming film was a rating smash. Over 44 million people tuned in to catch this broadcast (Which was hosted by the...
  • Blog Post: Why For: The Seas-and-desist edition

    Will L. writes in to say: Have you seen the concept art for Epcot's new "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" attraction yet? Copyright Disney Enterprises LLC Originally I was very excited when I saw all of this stuff. Copyright Disney Enterprises LLC But then I got to see some of the concept...
  • Blog Post: The Disney 9/11 stories continue ...

    You know, when people usually talk about what happened on 9/11, the focus (for obvious reasons) is on New York, Washington D.C. and that field just outside of Shanksville, PA. But -- as was proven by this past Wednesday's story on JHM -- the impact of these tragic events was felt the world 'round...
  • Blog Post: 9/11 at Walt Disney World: First Person Accounts

    Be careful what you ask for. Last Thursday, as part of my " Disney theme park emergency plan is simple as A, B, C " article, I asked that JHM readers who were actually at Walt Disney World when 9/11 happened to come forward & share their stories. And -- boy -- did you guys respond. I literally...
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