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Why For the Muppets didn't make it into Tokyo DisneySea
Hirota K. of Yokohoma writes in to say Dear Mr. Hill -- I have been greatly enjoying your recent articles about Disney theme park attractions that were never built. Could you please share some stories about rides that were proposed but never built for my favorite theme park, Tokyo DisneySea ? Thank you...
13 Sep 2007
Another Kingdom That Never Came: Disneyland expansion plans circa 1976
Mike P. wrote in yesterday to say: I loved last week's "Why For " about all the pavilions and attractions that were planned for Epcot and Disney World but ultimately never built. But what about Disneyland ? Do you have any information about rides, shows and attractions that were proposed for the Disney...
6 Sep 2007
A special "What's in a name" edition of Why For
First up, Michael R. writes in to ask: I was wondering if there was any specific reason why there has not been a release of the " Disney-MGM Studios " version of (the " Imagineering Field Guide ") series? They've released books for the other three parks and I understand now they're working on the CA...
9 Aug 2007
Why For $1.2 billion may not be enough to cover the retheming of Disney's California Adventure
Oliver from Stuttgart writes in say ... This is Oliver from Germany. I am writing you today because I wonder whether you know new details about the retheming of DCA ? As far as I know a new Pixar parade and a new lagoon show have been approved already. But what about the general make-over of the themed...
26 Jul 2007
Why For Zac Efron doesn't have more fans in Mouse House management?
Mindy T. writes in to say: I'm a big Beyoncé fan. So last week's story about how Disney was after her to star in the movie version of "Aida" really excited me. Is there any other new on this project? Dear Mindy T. Talk between Ms. Knowles and the Mouse are continuing. And though Beyoncé has yet to officially...
12 Jul 2007
As "Tarzan" swings off Broadway, is Beyoncé getting ready to play Aida in Disney's next big movie musical?
First up, Kevin writes in to say: I was just wondering, how do Disney executives feel about the Wiggles joining up with Six Flags for the " Wiggles World " theme areas in their parks? Is this a sign that the Wiggles and Disney may be parting company soon? Kevin Dear Kevin -- Nope. You have to understand...
5 Jul 2007
Why (For) did Walt Disney actually have Disneyland's Submarine Voyage built ?
Julie L. writes in to say: All of the other Disney sites have been running stories this week about Disneyland 's " Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage ". So what's your take on this classic Tomorrowland attraction coming back to life after being shut down for almost nine years now ? Dear Julie -- To be honest...
7 Jun 2007
Why (For) Disney doesn't feel all that bad about missing out on the theme park rights to "Harry Potter" ?
As you might expect, I got an awful lot of e-mail yesterday concerning that "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" project that Universal Studios just announced. That $500 million re-theming of the "Lost Continent" section of Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park . First up, Kurt G. wrote in to say...
31 May 2007
Why For did Michael Eisner try and shut down production of "The Curse of the Black Pearl" back in 2002 ?
Christian P. writes in today to say: I'm a huge Pirates of the Caribbean fan and I'm literally counting down the hours now until the third movie opens next week. Do you have any new stories that you can tell about these great great movies that might distract me for a while? Prevent me from spending so...
17 May 2007
Why For would Walt Disney Productions ever want to build a "Vacation Kingdom" right in the middle of the swamps of Central Florida ?
Matt H. writes in to say: I just finished reading Charlie Ridgway 's " Spinning Disney's World: Memories of a Magic Kingdom Press Agent ." And my favorite part of that book has to be all of his stories about WDW's pre-opening phase, where Ridgway kept having to take reporters through the half-finished...
12 Apr 2007
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