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TPU Review: Mickey and the Magical Map: Story vs. Premise

Ron reviews Disneyland’s new stage show and finds untapped magic in the Magical Map.

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A Dreamfinder’s Guide to Imagineering Your Life II

Welcome back, class. Today’s topic: Practical advice on nurturing a dream. You’ve got a vision of where you’d like to wind up… at WDI in Glendale or an executive suite at Google or a tenured position at Carnegie Mellon… and you’re ready to start taking practical steps toward that destiny. For me, the practical path

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TPU Review: Disneyland’s Faire Plays

From time to time I plan to review specific live shows, applying the 5 elements of themed entertainment I wrote about in From Dreamer to Dreamfinder: 1) Deliver What You Promise, 2) Don’t Waste My Time, 3) Make Me Laugh, 4) Surprise Me, and 5) Move Me. I’m doing this, not to criticize what’s been

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Let the Characters Tell the Tale…

In a recent MiceAge.com article by George H. Taylor, Jeff Heimbuch shared some interesting details of Disneyland’s City Hall. It’s a collection of books – classics of fantasy and adventure that fill a shelf in the reception area. The titles would be familiar to any Disney fan – but where you would expect to see

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TPU Interview: The Hackmeister 2000

Dear Reader – I always look forward to any new theme park show, eternally hopeful that I will be thrilled, amused or moved by what the park’s creative forces have in store. Certain shows have exceeded my expectations, but there’ve always been disappointments as well. Right now, I’d say the industry is running about 50/50

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On Imagination’s 30th: A Re-Birthday Wish

If Walt Disney ever actually said, “Disneyland will never be completed as long as there is imagination left in the world,” I’ve never met anyone who heard him say it. On the other hand, there were hundreds at last year’s IAPPA symposium who heard Tony Baxter say: “I don’t think the Imagination pavilion works anymore.”

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Disneyland’s ‘Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue’

“’A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue’ is a Hit with Disneyland Guests”! That was the Youtube post from the company after the debut of Disneyland’s first ‘Limited Time Magic’ offering. And, judging by the gushing guests featured in the video, such was the case: “Fun, all-around show… Lively and entertaining.” “High-energy… western dancing… can-can

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