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Magic Kingdom presents an abbreviated "Dream," Blue Man Group regroups
January used to be the start of the slow season at the stateside Disney Parks. How so? So slow that - immediately after New Year's Day -- Disneyland Park wouldn't even open on Mondays & Tuesdays. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Which -- as far as the maintenance crew...
23 Jan 2012
Is Disney's Hollywood Studios thinking of turning PI's "Comedy Warehouse" show into this theme park's seasonal safety valve?
I know, I know. It's the holidays. So hearing people go "Ho-Ho-Ho" this time of year isn't all that unusual. But that steady wave of laughter which has been rolling out of the ABC Sound Studio at Disney's Hollywood Studios since this past Sunday, that IS kind of unusual. Especially...
29 Dec 2011
Disney World officials still hope that the Flamingo Crossings project will eventually take flight
What with covering the opening of this year's International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot on Friday, attending Disney World 's 40 th anniversary celebration at The Magic Kingdom on Saturday as well as recording three brand-new "Unofficial Guide Disney Dish with Jim Hill" iTunes...
3 Oct 2011
Beat the heat this summer with a trip to one of Central Florida’s water parks
The Walt Disney Company has long been an innovator when it comes to its theme parks & resorts. But that being said, that doesn’t mean that the Mouse doesn’t still keep a close eye on the competition. And when one of the other Central Florida parks introduces a service that quickly proves to be popular...
4 Aug 2009
What gloom & doom? It's still "Happy Poly Days" over at Disney's Polynesian Resort
Alright. I know. It's been kind of a scary week for all you folks who live and work in Central Florida. What with all the stories that are making the rounds about Walt Disney World 's projected occupancy rate for the month of January as well as how miserable things have gotten for all those hotels &...
5 Dec 2008
"Dream Castle Lights" dazzle at night, disappear during the day
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to break out all of those Christmas lights and start decorating the exterior of your home. Mind you, Rob Hamberg got kind of a headstart on the rest of us. This Walt Disney World Entertainment show producer didn't wait 'til turkey time to start his holiday decorating...
2 Dec 2008
Short lines & seasonal fun to be found at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
"Tis the Season to be Jolly ... " Well, normally it would be. But given what's been going on with the economy this year, for a lot of folks holiday time 2008 is shaping up to be "Tis the Season to be Stingy ..." So with so many people cutting back on their holiday spending, why should you spring for...
28 Nov 2008
"When You Wish Upon a Wishbone" and other Turkey-related tales
Are you like me? And after you finish carving the turkey ... Well, it looks like that once-beautiful bird has just been through the blender? Let's face facts: Most of us haven't had enough knife time to properly carve a turkey. Which is why we make such a hash of things whenever the holidays roll around...
27 Nov 2008
Last call at the Adventurers Club
10 o'clock in the morning is very early. Particularly when you've just spent the previous night attending the Adventurers Club's next-to-last night of operation. Where many of the performers broke into tears during Friday night's Hoopla. Or -- at the very least -- broke character. I mean, It was genuinely...
29 Sep 2008
"We're rollin' on the Mickey's Birthdayland Express"
Today's lesson: Sometimes our Disney fan obsessions do pay off. When EPCOT Center opened in 1982, Steve Hansen was already an accomplished puppeteer and performer, working as the PuppetMan in World Showcase. Someone as talented & versatile as Steve was bound to go far in the Walt Disney world. In...
6 Mar 2008
"Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride ... Starring YOU!" debuts at Universal Studios Florida
For almost 18 years now, " Earthquake -- The Big One " had been entertaining guests at Universal Studios Florida . But as 2008 approached, the folks at Universal Creative felt that they needed to shake things up. Completely reimagine this still-popular-but-obviously-aging theme park attraction. So the...
17 Jan 2008
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