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Studio Gibli: Howl’s Moving Caslte

For the life of me I can’t find where Miyazaki’s latest masterpiece will be playing here in Orlando. You’d think they would have it at Disney World. In the meantime there were two great pieces on him recently, one in the NYTimes and one at NPR (audio, of course, including an interview with the master… Read More »Studio Gibli: Howl’s Moving Caslte

My Life as Mary Poppins…

There’s a new blog I’ve been reading that provides supercalifragilistic insight into the world of a walk-around Disney character at Disney World. She calls herself Lauren and here’s an example of what happened one day when she played the part of Mary Poppins. I was Mary Poppins this morning at the Grand Floridian Resort breakfast… Read More »My Life as Mary Poppins…

1977 Interview with George Lucas

Her [Lucas’ wife] first idea was to have Threepio get shot, and I said impossible because I wanted to start and end the film with the robots, I wanted the film to really be about the robots and have the theme be framework for the rest of the movie. Talk continues in the comments over… Read More »1977 Interview with George Lucas

News Roundup

Don’t have much time to post recently, if you haven’t noticed. But I’m working on it. If you happened to visit the new OrlandoSentinel website this morning you would have seen these three stories in the news. The Weinstein Brothers are emptying the storage closet ahead of their departure from the Disney fold. A few… Read More »News Roundup


Just a little ‘mouse’keeping note: I’m in the process of moving The Disney Blog to its own domain and onto the MovableType blogging platform. I’m working with for the hosting and everyone there has been very helpful so far. So let’s hope things go smoothly. But if things do get a little rocky around here for the next few days, that’s why.

More on the switch below… 

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Disney World on $0.93 a day?

There is a small number of non-Disney hotels that Disney has allowed to operate on its property. Two were severely damaged by last years hurricanes, one is still closed for refurbishment, The Holiday Inn. It is preparing to reopen, however. So it has put special rates up on the internet. The only problem is the… Read More »Disney World on $0.93 a day?

Ward Kimball, behind the glasses

The classic Ward Kimball short TOOT WHISTLE PLUNK AND BOOM (1953) is put under the blogoscope at Ward-O-Matic (no relation!), the blog of Atlanta-based animation expert Ward Jenkins. Lots of wonderful images from the film and concept sketches too. While your clothes are on spin cycle at the Ward-O-Matic, be sure to pop on over… Read More »Ward Kimball, behind the glasses

Success at Disneyland already

If there is already one good thing to say about Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, scheduled to kick off on May 5th, it is that the music merchandise is out of this world awesome. First there is the incredible collection of albums being put out by Randy Thornton, who is interviewed in the 2nd issue of… Read More »Success at Disneyland already