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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 is Disney already doing damage control on "The Princess and the Frog" ?
First up, Jacob L. writes in to ask: Did you see that story earlier this week about how Disney's PR department was reaching out to all these websites, telling them that much of the information that's now posted on the Web about " The Princess and the Frog " is wrong ? I don't recall...
10 May 2007
Why For did WDW's Asian, Venetian and Persian resorts never get built?
Terri P. writes in to say: I really enjoyed last week's Why For and was wondering if you had any more info about those three resort hotels that were never built. Ah, you mean the Asian, the Venetian and the Persian. Turning again to my handy-dandy copy of the "Preview Edition" of the "Walt Disney World...
19 Apr 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
A special behind-the-scenes version of Why For
Karen M. writes in to ask a special favor: Dear Jim -- I just want to send you a quick e-mail to thank you for writing about Charlie Ridgway 's new book, " Spinning Disney's World ." On your recommendation , I picked up a copy and found that Mr. Ridgway's biography was just as you said it would be: Loaded...
29 Mar 2007
"Make the movie you want to make. Tell your story."
I think that Ken K. speaks for a lot of JHM readers when he says: Now this is more like it. I thought that the JimHillMedia that I first fell in love with was gone for good. That I was never going to enjoy another epic-length theme park history story because you were too busy lecturing us about how the...
1 Mar 2007
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