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    The Disney-MGM Backstage Studio Tour that might have been

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    With this past week's closure of the Backlot Tram Tour at Disney' Hollywood Studios, I thought that it might be fun to take a look back at a time when the Imagineers had far larger plans for this attraction. Back when -- in addition to Catastrophe Canyon, Residential Street and the Boneyard -- WDI wanted to send WDW Guests on a "Journey to the Center of the Earth." Here's an excerpt from a January 2012 Why For column that will hopefully shed some light on what an enhanced version...
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    How Buzz & Woody came to the rescue at Walt Disney World during 9/11

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    One of the reasons that Nancy & I started JHM's monthly newsletter is that we wanted to be able to share some of the more special items that sometimes come our way. Take -- for example -- this e-mail from Wendy W. Who recently read that article I wrote a few years back about what it was like to be at Walt Disney World on September 11, 2001 and then decided ... ... to share a little something with you. My husband and I were there with our then-3 year-old son. We had arrived the day before...
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    Looking back at the early days of Universal Studios Florida and Disney-MGM Studios theme parks

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    Given that Disney's Hollywood Studios is now in the process of reinventing itself, I thought that it might be fun to take a look back at the very beginnings of WDW's third theme park. Of course, back then, Disney-MGM wasn't actually supposed to be a theme park. But rather ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... a full-scale motion picture and television studio, to be located at Walt Disney World in Florida. That's how this project was jointed announced by Michael...
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    Want to help JHM find the spots around Southern California where Disneyland was almost built?

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    Welcome to the JHM newsletter. This has been a passion project of Nancy and I for the past few months. A way for us to (hopefully) engage JimHillMedia's most dedicated fans and give them access to additional in-depth storytelling. So to help kick the JHM newsletter, I've really dug down deep in my files and unearthed a document that I'm sure will fascinate all of you theme park history buffs out there. It dates from 1953 and its title page reads: An Analysis of Location Factors for Disneyland...
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    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley - the Devil is in the Details Part 1

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    How does the "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts" ride experience stack up against "Forbidden Journey" ?

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    So how exactly does Diagon Alley 's marquee attraction -- " Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts " -- compare to Hogsmeade's signature ride, " Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey " ? Copyright NBC Universal. All rights reserved Well, before we get started here doing the compare-and-contrast thing ... I think it's important to acknowledge that "Forbidden Journey" could also be called "Harry Potter's Greatest Hits." Because -- as that...
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