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Disney isn't horsing around when it comes to Sofia the First toys
Pam dropped me a note on Wednesday to ask: I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not Disney will start producing Minimus the flying horse from Sophia The First in a figure form for the public to be able to purchase? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved You're talking -- of...
1 Mar 2013
A close-up look at what makes Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras celebration the biggest bash this side of the Bayou
This past Saturday night, I got to do something very fun. As part of the press event for the kick-off of this year's Mardi Gras celebration at the Universal Orlando Resort ... Copyright 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved I got to go backstage at Universal Studios Florida to see the...
11 Feb 2013
Knott's Berry Farm looks to enhance log ride while still preserving what makes Timber Mountain so popular with theme park visitors
Discovery Babe wrote in this weekend to ask: In Friday's Tony Baxter story , you touched on the Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm . Since this is my favorite non-Disney theme park attraction, I was wondering if you had any information about what is currently being done to this flume...
4 Feb 2013
How Universal Creative turned "Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast" into "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem"
sk anyone who's ever worked in themed entertainment about what the tougher job is: building a brand-new ride, show or attraction from the ground up OR finding a way to shoehorn a brand-new ride into a pre-existing show building. And to a man, they will tell you that the retrofit is always the tougher...
22 Jan 2013
Disneyland's Three Kings Day celebration offers Limited Time look at Southern California's Mexican culture
I know that it's usually not cool to peek at your Christmas presents. But given that Ephinany comes at the very tail end of the holiday season ... Well, I'm hoping that it'll be okay if I reveal what Disneyland Park has planned for this weekend's three day-long Three Kings' Day celebration...
4 Jan 2013
Over 70,000 New Yorkers visited Disney Theatrical's "Inside the Lion King" exhibit during its 16 day-long run
Kristin T. sent me an e-mail earlier this week offering her thoughts about Disney Parks ' new Limited Time Magic promotion. To be specific ... ... I can't help but think that this money could be better spent in other ways. Wouldn't it have made more sense in the long run if the Imagineers...
19 Dec 2012
"Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow" adds interactive, immersive pirate fun to Disney's Hollywood Studios
Shiver me timbers! The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow has set sail at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Batten down the hatches as the eight-minute immersive experience is a must-see for swashbuckler fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise , whether it...
18 Dec 2012
Why For do the WDW monorails not make a stop at Wilderness Lodge?
First up, Brandon S. writes in to say: Hi Jim, I love listening to the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcasts with you and Len Testa . Even when you guys are touring the resorts and not just the Theme Parks its really cool to here all the stories about how things came to be. One question I always...
13 Dec 2012
From the JHM Archives: How the Chefs at Universal Orlando made Butterbeer real
Just yesterday, Universal Orlando served up its five-millionth glass of Butterbeer. Which is quite an achievement. Given that -- prior to the June 2010 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure -- this beverage only existed between the pages of J.K. Rowling...
12 Dec 2012
WDW's "Be Our Guest" restaurant really is putting its servers to the test
When many Guests enter New Fantasyland at The Magic Kingdom and see the Beast's Castle looming in the distance, their initial thought is "Ooh! I wanna go on that ride." Which explains that trio of Cast Members that you'll typically find stationed along the bridge that leads up to this...
12 Dec 2012
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