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  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: The story of Epcot's Innoventions Fountain

    "In a ceremony signifying international understanding and cooperation, representatives of the performing groups gathered around the Fountain of World Friendship in CommuniCore Plaza and added water from their own countries into the fountain." ---EYES AND EARS (a Walt Disney World cast newspaper) reporting...
  • Blog Post: Out of the parks and "On the Record"

    copyright Walt Disney Company 2005 If we were comparing Disney broadway musicals to Disney theme parks, "Beauty and the Beast" would be Disneyland (charming and heart-warming), "Aida" would be Epcot (more intellectual and not as kid-friendly), and "The Lion King" would be...
  • Blog Post: "Dead Men Tell No Tales ..."

    Say you're the Walt Disney Company. And you're still looking for ways to cash in on your 2003 hit film, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." The studio side of the Mouse House already has two sequels to this Gore Verbinski movie in pre-production (Over 7,000 would-be extras turned...
  • Blog Post: Farewell to the Land

    "You've probably heard people talk about conservation. Well, conservation isn't just the business of a few people. It's a matter that concerns all of us. It's a science whose principles are written in the oldest code in the world, the laws of nature. The natural resources of our vast continent are not...
  • Blog Post: Will DCA's new "Monsters, Inc." ride be "Buzz" worthy?

    Well, there's good news (sort of) coming out of Glendale these days. A budget has finally been approved for the redo of DCA's "Superstar Limo" attraction. Which is why -- in early 2005 -- the Imagineers will begin gutting that show building in that the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area to make way for...
  • Blog Post: The Pruning of Cypress Gardens

    Cypress Gardens celebrated its "Grand Reopening" on December 19. I was there a few days earlier and the park was nowhere near ready. Nonetheless, what we lovingly call "the mainstream media," greeted the event with fawning coverage. What were they smoking? The sad fact of the matter is that Cypress Gardens...
  • Blog Post: Davy Crockett & Georgie Russell rate a window at Disneyland? What a crock!

    Let's review the week (to date) here at JHM, shall we? On Monday, I infuriated SaveDisney.com fans by daring to suggest that Roy Disney -- during the time that he was Chairman of Walt Disney Feature Animation -- could have done more to help save hand-drawn animation at Walt Disney Studios. On Tuesday...
  • Blog Post: Making a Splash in Frontierland

    Making a Splash in Frontierland As the weeks pass since the good news that Disneyland Resort Paris has been saved from immediate financial ruin, a more detailed plan for the resort's future has been emerging. Jeff Speed, Euro Disney's head of finance, recently announced that, should all go according...
  • Blog Post: You call this a "Parade"?

    While waiting on Jo-Ann, Teddy and Gel to work their magic packing Christmas ornaments for the flight home, I stepped outside in front of the Disney Showcase. Talk about timing, because there was an announcement being made about a parade that was about to begin here. Well, at least that's what I thought...
  • Blog Post: Beware the Placeholder

    Jeff Lange just returned from Walt Disney World. Where he got some killer shots of the work that's being done at the Magic Kingdom in the area where "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" used to be located. Photo by Jeff Lange As you can see from this photo, there's virtually nothing left of the "20K" show...
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