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Danny Jacob — The Disney Blog Interview

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Danny Jacob is the man behind the music of Disney Channel’s hit show Phineas and Ferb, and now you love him already. I’m sure he gets that a lot.

Jacob has performed on a number of award-winning projects (we’re talking Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy!) and is a three-time Emmy nominee as a composer. Some of his popular television works include the main title songs for shows Lilo and Stitch, The Emperor’s New School, and Jackie Chan’s Adventures.

Mom, Danny Jacob is performing the song for a title sequence.

Sorry about that.

I recently spoke with Danny Jacob over a pretty poor phone connection (curse you, spotty cell phone coverage!) and discussed the music of Phineas and Ferb as well as his own influences… Hey, where’s the interview?
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Interview With Steven M. Barrett, Author of Hidden Mickeys

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Steven M. Barrett, Author and Mouse Hunter

If you’ve been to the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, or even on a Disney Cruise, chances are you’ve seen people walking around with a bright yellow book and a tendency to periodically stop and stare at rather obscure signs, windows, and random bits of architecture. Those folks are hunting Hidden Mickeys. Be very, very quiet.

The book in question is by Steven M. Barrett, and is part of his popular series titled Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to (insert Disney location here)’s Best Kept Secrets. There’s also an app for that!

Each book offers a number of Hidden Mickeys for Disney guests to search for on their visit. What is a Hidden Mickey? “A partial or complete image of Mickey Mouse that has been hidden by Disney’s Imagineers and artists in the designs of Disney attractions, hotels, restaurants, and other areas. These images are designed to blend into their surroundings. Sharp-eyed visitors have the fun of finding them.” — from Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Disneyland Resort’s Best Kept Secrets, Chapter 1 “Hidden Mickey Mania”

Barrett has been canvasing Disney parks (and ships) to track the elusive Hidden Mickeys for over 20 years. He’s found a few.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Barrett via Skype about his books, the website that they have spawned (HiddenMickeyGuy.com), and life as America’s most-celebrated Hidden Mickey hunter.  Read More »Interview With Steven M. Barrett, Author of Hidden Mickeys

John Lasseter Interview on Charlie Rose

The recent interview with John Lasseter by Charlie Rose is now up for viewing on the web. Among the wide ranging discussion they covered the history of Pixar, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, animation, and the latest movie ‘Brave’. As usual, Rose is interested in getting… Read More »John Lasseter Interview on Charlie Rose

Disney World Author and Podcast Host Lou Mongello on his Success

Blogworld Expo 2011 was held in Los Angeles earlier this month. In attendance from the online Disney fan community was Disney World trivia author, podcast host, and all around nice guy, Lou Mongello. Lou was interviewed in the WebProNews booth and discussed his path to… Read More »Disney World Author and Podcast Host Lou Mongello on his Success

Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, Both Started With A Mouse

I was honored to be interviewed by local news channel WESH today. They asked me to put some perspective on how the death and legacy of Steve Jobs parallels that of Walt Disney. Both were great innovators. Among other things, Disney invented the animation desk,… Read More »Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, Both Started With A Mouse

Interview with Directors of The Lion King reflect on 3-D update, origin of film

I recently had the pleasure of sitting in on a virtual roundtable interview with directors, Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff from Disney’s animated feature The Lion King. In the talk they discussed the recent conversion to 3-D, how it impacted the film, it’s successful return to the box office, along with general questions about the making of the film. The Lion King 3-D’s theatrical run has been extended at least one more weekend and the Blu-Ray/DVD/Limited Edition 3-D Combo pack hits shelves on October 4th.

The full interview is below the jump:

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Jim Cummings’ first encounter with Winnie the Pooh

Jim Cummings is the type of voice actor who turns up everywhere. Seriously. Check out his IMDB record and tell me you’re not surprised as some of his roles. Collider has an extensive interview with Cummings as he helps promote the new Winnie The Pooh… Read More »Jim Cummings’ first encounter with Winnie the Pooh

Disney’s Contemporary Resort adding Health and Wellness Floor

Beginning November 2011 Disney’s Contemporary Resort will give guests yet another option to customize their dream vacations with Walt Disney World’s first health and wellness suites, combining the magic and fun of Disney theme parks with healthy and relaxing amenities at the deluxe resort.

This seems like the perfect fit for the Contemporary and will fit in well with the already modern room designs and amenities available to patrons. They will be replacing just the 14th floor, so it’s not a huge portion of the hotel given over to this concept, but it could be expanded later if it becomes popular.

Check below the jump for an interesting interview with a Disney representative who provides many more details about the new concept:

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