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It's going to take more than just magic to pull off all of WDW's "Magical Gatherings" program
Okay. Quick show of hands. Who here watched the "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" on ABC last Thursday morning? (God, look who I'm asking. You're a Disney dweeb, right? So of course you watched this program ...) Well, I -- like you -- sat and watched this year's special. And just marveled at this...
28 Dec 2003
A Waste of "Space"
As you might expect, I got a lot of e-mail yesterday, keying off of the fact that WKMG-TV in Orlando had used as me as a source for their "Mission: Space" story. This was the news report where Mike DeForest revealed that Disney -- having finally faced the fact that this Future World attraction's "protein...
16 Dec 2003
The Disneyland Paris Hotels that Never Were
When I first read Disneyland Paris - From Sketch from Reality, I was especially fascinated by four pages in the book. Two are about the original Space Mountain concepts (I will explore those in a later article). Two are about the hotel concepts that were never built. One of those is an aircraft carrier...
11 Dec 2003
Welcome to the Jungle: The Secrets of Disneyland Paris' Adventureland
I reread a few days ago the chapter about Adventureland in what is clearly considered today as "the bible" about Disneyland Paris, the art-book "From Sketch to Reality." While doing so, I realised that the stories about the Middle-East section, the African area as well as Adventure Isle were extremely...
12 Nov 2003
A JHM Reader Challenge: The Epcot English Lesson
Last Friday night -- after a long, tortuously slow commute in and out of the city (We had to go into Logan Airport to pick up Michelle and Alice for my parent's 50th anniversary party) -- Nancy and I decided that we all needed a break. Which is why (later that same evening) we all found ourselves at...
9 Nov 2003
Seven Tips for Getting the Most out of this weekend's "ABC Super Soap" event at Disney-MGM
For football fans, it's the Super Bowl. For guys who collect comic books, it's San Diego's Comic-Con. And -- for Disney dweebs -- it's the National Fantasy Fan Club (THE club for Disneyana enthusiasts) 's annual convention. But -- if you're a serious ABC soap opera fan -- there's only one place that...
6 Nov 2003
Paying Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain: Taking WDW's Backstage Magic Tour
Hi. My name's Paul and I'm a tour junkie. (Hi, Paul!) Sad but true, folks. Some people have insatiable addictions to alcohol, drugs, or Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. My insatiable addiction is for taking guided tours. Given the money and the opportunity, I'll happily take any guided tour of a Disney theme park -...
2 Nov 2003
The True Characters of Thunder Mesa
We met with the Ravenswood, we talked about Lavinia Rose and her father Jedediah, we mentioned in passing the eccentric owner of the shop Eureka Mining Supplies and Assay Office. Are there any other characters worth talking about in the town of Thunder Mesa? Quite a few to be honest. Like the undertaker...
30 Oct 2003
Around the World in Eighty Bites
October is my favorite time of year to live in Orlando. During the blistering summer heat, when hordes of tourists swarm like locusts, I curse this town. In the spring, when the daily 4 p.m. monsoons come through, turning I-4 into a flooded parking lot, I wonder how soon I can move back to Jersey. But...
26 Oct 2003
A Heapin' Helpin' of Horror
Pop quiz: What is the #1 haunted attraction in America? Wrong! According to Haunt World Magazine (2002), the answer is Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida. At least, that's what the advertising that has been blanketing Central Florida claims; I can't find back issues of Haunt World,...
21 Oct 2003
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