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April, 2015

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    Universal Orlando's Lora Wallace is always at least one holiday ahead

    You know the old saying -- "April showers bring May flowers" -- right? Well, that's not how Lora Wallace -- who works as a show director for Universal Orlando Resort -- looks at her calendar. Copyright Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved "You have to understand that -- here at Universal Orlando -- we prep for Halloween Horror Nights year 'round," Wallace explained. "We had our first meeting for the 2015 edition of Horror Nights three weeks before the 2014...
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    It takes more than movie magic to pull off "Disney Night" on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"

    So how long does it take to add some Disney magic to " Dancing with the Stars " ? Would you believe 9 months? "That's actually how long we've been having meetings about 'Disney Night,' which is the theme of this week's show," explained Rob Wade , the executive producer of this long-running ABC series. "But you have to understand that -- when you're building an episode of ' Dancing with the Stars' around Disney -- you've got this huge assortment...
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    Kermit & Co. spontaneously converse with small kids on Disney Junior's new "Muppet Moments" shorts

    To hear Nancy Kanter tell the story, it was her favorite part of working on " Sesame Street ." Being able to walk down to the stage while scenes with the Muppets were being shot and then listening in as the younger members of that show's cast interacted with those much-beloved characters. "Those pieces when -- whether it was Kermit or Grover -- you saw a kid interact with the Muppets, they've always been one of my favorites because they are so genuine," Kanter recalled...
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    "Frozen" fun spreading to three of Walt Disney World's theme parks

    Given that Anna & Elsa moved from their super-popular Epcot meet-n-greet over to the Magic Kingdom 's Princess Fairytale Hall back on Easter Sunday 2014 ... I thought that, just ahead of Easter 2015, it might now be time to give JHM readers the " Frozen " forecast. Give you an update on all of the rides, shows and attractions that are tied to this Academy Award-winning Walt Disney Animation Studios production that are now in the works for the Walt Disney World Resort . Work continues...
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