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February, 2015

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Jim's musings on the history of and rumors about movies, TV shows, books and theme parks including Disneyland, Walt Disney World. Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.
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    New animated series based on "DuckTales" will launch on Disney XD in 2017

    After a winter full of record snowfalls & bitter cold, here's a weather report that's sure to please all of you Disney Afternoon fans out there: Life is about to get "like a hurricane" again in Duckburg. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Yep. An all-new "DuckTales," an animated comedy series based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, has been ordered for launch in 2017 on Disney XD channels around the world. Set...
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    When Woody met Mickey: The day Universal's walk-around characters almost stormed WDW's Magic Kingdom

    Picture -- if you will -- a WDW Security Officer in her vehicle, frantically waving her arm and honking her horn, trying to stop a caravan of Universal characters as they sped past the toll booths on World Drive and then made their way to the Ticket and Transportation Center. That sounds like something out of a bad sitcom, right? Well, this unlikely event actually happened back on May 21, 1987. Back when the folks at MCA Inc. were looking to send Mickey a message that Disney's then-recently announced...
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    Potter fans of all ages have a wand-erful time at Universal Orlando's "Celebration of Harry Potter"

    I want you to take a close look at the photo below. These are three young men in their late teens / early twenties. Do you notice anything different about them? Photo by Jim Hill Each of them is carrying a wand box. When I snapped this photo of these guys on Sunday, February 1st, they were hurrying through Universal Orlando 's entrance complex because these three didn't want to miss the last day of 2015's "Celebration of Harry Potter." That's what honestly surprised me about...
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    When it comes to Disney's "101 Dalmatians," the de Vil is in the details

    Here's a fun factoid for all you film fans out: Given that Disney's " Sleeping Beauty " was released on January 29, 1959 and " 101 Dalmatians " bowed in theaters on January 25, 1961, that means that this animated classic was cranked out in less than two years. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Which is pretty impressive unto itself. But then when you factor in that -- in the wake of "Sleeping Beauty" under-performing at the box office --...
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    As construction continues on WDW's Downtown Disney redo, the Imagineers stitch together a backstory for Disney Springs

    As you've probably already heard, Disney Springs' first two shops -- APEX, which sells high-end sunglass brands like Maui Jim, Oakley and Ray-Ban ... Photo by Jim Hill ... and Chapel Hats ... Photo by Jim Hill ... which features a fun assortment of hats and funky headwear -- ... Photo by Jim Hill ... both recently opened in The Landing Section of this radically reimagined version of Downtown Disney, WDW's retail, entertainment and dining district (FYI: March 22nd of this year marks the...
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