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"Walt Before Mickey" illuminates Disney's tough times in Hollywood, when Walt decided that he " ... was through with the cartoon business"
By now, you've no doubt seen the maquette of that statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse which is supposed to be prominently displayed on Buena Vista Street (i.e. Disney California Adventure 's entrance plaza. The Main Street, U.S.A. equivalent for this revamped theme park). Copyright Disney...
27 Dec 2011
The post-Christmas origin of character dining at Walt Disney World
It's one of those must-do aspects of a Walt Disney World vacation. Especially if you've got young kids. Character dining . That pricey breakfast, lunch or dinner which is periodically interrupted as Disney characters come by your table, pose for pictures and sign autographs. Copyright Disney...
26 Dec 2011
Ride the rails and hear some great Disney-related tales on Walt's Sierra Adventures
Since JHM seems to be on a run of Christmas movie and holiday-related stories lately, I thought that I'd ask how many of you are fans of the 1954 version of " White Christmas ." And you may recall from a December 2002 story that ran on this website, Nancy and her sister Kathy are huge fans...
6 Dec 2011
"Walt and the Promise of Progress City" covers an awful lot of Disney-related real estate
"You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen ..." Well, if you're a Disney history buff, then you must already know about Walt's land searches of the early 1950s. As Disney tried to find just the right spot in Southern California for his family fun park . Likewise if you're...
30 Nov 2011
"Jason's Disneyland Almanac" is a ridiculously detailed, highly entertaining & informative read
In the Stadler / Hill household, it's kind of a tradition that - as Thanksgiving rolls around - we reach for the latest edition of the Old Farmer's Almanac and then find out what sort of winter we're in for up here in New Hampshire. But this year, given that we're still four weeks out...
23 Nov 2011
Want to see where Walt Disney grew up & vacationed? D23 will take you there in 2012
You know what they say: the third time's the charm. As D23 mapped out its plans for 2012 ... well, Steven Clark knew that it was going to take more than just charm to make the third year of operation for the Official Disney Fan Club memorable. "Heading into Year No. 3, we felt that it was time...
16 Nov 2011
Did Disneyland inspire the Universal Studio Tour in Hollywood? Or was it actually the other way around?
What with James Cameron's tour of Disney's Animal Kingdom on October 17 th (which was then followed by this Academy Award-winner's visit to Universal's Island of Adventure on October 18 th ), the Web has once again been a-buzz with stories about how The World of Avatar is supposed to...
6 Nov 2011
Remember the good old days at Disney? They weren't quite as good as you remember
And how was your weekend? Nancy and mine was going great there for a while. On Saturday, we were getting ready to celebrate her ... er ... 29 th - yeah, that's it - 29 th birthday when a freak October Nor'Easter came through and dropped two feet of snow on us. We did okay through most of Saturday...
2 Nov 2011
Huffington Post: Jim Hill - "Disney Studios is still struggling with controversial cartoon characters from its past"
"Disney Studios is stiIl struggling with controversial cartoon characters from its past" A buck-toothed, squinty-eyed Chinese cook. A pickaninny centaurette who shines hooves. A tar baby. A red-faced Indian Chief who says "Ugh" and "How." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc...
25 Oct 2011
Kick Buttowski's Halloween episode features some great Disneyland gags
For a little while there, as I was watching the Halloween episode of " Kick Buttowski - Suburban Daredevil " (which premieres tonight on Disney XD between 7:30 - 8 p.m. ET/PT), I thought that I had stumbled upon this genuinely cool theme park history-related story. Mellowbrook at night. Please...
23 Oct 2011
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