Ken Pellman

I was a Disneyland Cast Member for 15 years. Currently a freelance writer.

Should Disney Use Pop-Up Stores?

We saw Disney Stores rise, expand rapidly, shrink, be sold off, and then reacquired by the Walt Disney Company, and recently it was announced that the stores would get a major overhaul. And bargain hunters have been happy to frequent “permanent” Disney discount outlet stores… Read More »Should Disney Use Pop-Up Stores?

Universal, Sea World, and Queen Mary

There’s a lot of news relating to NBC Universal lately. Soon, Vivendi can change (as in sell some or all) its 20% stake in NBC Universal; the rest is currently owned by General Electric. This is a big reason why Comcast is in talks to get involved.… Read More »Universal, Sea World, and Queen Mary

Time Warner?

Time Warner has been one of Disney’s largest rivals, which in today’s world of media and communications means they have both competed against each other and helped each other. Their films compete with each other at the box office, and their broadcast and cable television… Read More »Time Warner?

Warner/DC Counters Disney/Marvel

With Disney buying Marvel Entertainment, Time Warner is moving to make better use of Marvel rival DC Comics. Alex Dobuzinskis reports in this Reuters story. In its reorganization of DC Comics, Warner Bros changed the division’s name to DC Entertainment Inc and named movie executive… Read More »Warner/DC Counters Disney/Marvel

Travel Channel Up For Sale

I caught Joe Flint’s article in the Los Angeles Times saying that Cox Communications is looking to sell the Travel Channel for about $700 million. It is their only channel and they got it part of a deal involving Discovery. Among those interested in the… Read More »Travel Channel Up For Sale

Marty Sklar Gets His Disneyland Window

Disneyland Park turns 54 today.  Disney Legend Marty Sklar is retiring from his position as Executive Vice President and Imagineering Ambassador at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.  What better time for him to get the special Disney honor of his own window on Main Street, U.S.A. at the Disneyland Resort?  My report, complete with photos, is after the jump.

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Splash Mountain @ Disneyland Turns 20

Shameless plug time.  My latest column, a highly personal one, is up at LaughingPlace.com.  Disneyland celebrates its 54th Anniversary on Friday (more to come on that), and that also happens to be te 20th Anniversary of the original Splash Mountain.  I became obsessed with the… Read More »Splash Mountain @ Disneyland Turns 20

Is 3-D Cinema Failing Again?

The LATimes.com’s Ben Fritz reports “3-D Starting to Look Flat at the Box Office“. The ratio of grosses in theaters with 3-D screens to those that are 2-D only has declined significantly and fairly consistently since “My Bloody Valentine,” the first film this year to… Read More »Is 3-D Cinema Failing Again?