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Disney Legend Marty Sklar Dead at 83

7/28/2017 7:17 AM PDT

Marty Sklar, legendary Imagineer and designer of Disney parks, died Thursday at his home in the Hollywood Hills.

Sklar was one of the company's last remaining links to Walt Disney. He started with Disney in 1955 and helped Walt market Disney World and Epcot Center. He went on to become the Mouse House's top Imagineer -- supervising the design of its parks in Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai.

He officially retired in 2009 as an Imagineering ambassador and, officially ... a Disney Legend.

Sklar was 83.

Ex-Kermit the Frog Puppeteer Disney Fired Me Over the Phone!!! (But That's None of Our Business)

7/13/2017 12:27 PM PDT

Someone break out the Kermit tea meme -- the puppeteer who was behind Kermit the Frog's voice for 27 years is saying Disney actually fired him ... over the phone.

Steve Whitmire -- who started at age 19 back in 1990 -- wrote a blog post explaining his side of the story after news broke earlier this week that he was being replaced. He said he was told the role would be recast back in October but had hoped the sides could work things out, but to no avail.

Whitmire said, "I have offered multiple remedies to their two stated issues which had never been mentioned to me prior to that phone call. I wish that we could have sat down, looked each other in the eye, and discussed what was on their minds before they took such a drastic action.”

Whitmire's successor will become only the third person to play Kermit since Jim Henson created the frog back in 1955.

Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna Mickey Gets 'Em Together ... For Father's Day

6/18/2017 5:51 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Remember Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna had a kid together? We almost forgot too ... until we saw they'd all resurfaced at Disneyland for Father's Day.

Rob and BC worked out their differences to come together Sunday with their 7-month-old daughter, Dream, for a day at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Eyewitnesses spotted them getting on and off It's a Small World -- with Chyna and Dream both rockin' Mouse ears ... and Rob opting for his go-to outfit, of course.

As we reported ... Rob and Chyna have had some bumps in the road ever since Dream was born back in November. And yet, time and time again they reunite for sweet moments like this

From the looks of their stroller couple action, you'd never guess anything was amiss. Happy Dad Day, Rob!

Daniel Cormier I'll Fight Jon Jones at Disneyland

6/8/2017 3:24 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Daniel Cormier says the "Happiest Place on Earth" could be hell for Jon Jones -- telling TMZ Sports if JJ crashes his Disneyland date, he'll fight him right on the damn Matterhorn. 

DC says he's already got his victory celebration planned after he beats Jones at UFC 214 in July -- and it's a family fun day at the Magic Kingdom.

And if Jones tries to spoil the fun, Cormier says he'll go all Jack Sparrow on his ass.

Cormier also has a message for Jones -- STAY CLEAN AND SHOW UP!

Kim & Kanye All Smiles at 'Happiest Place on Earth'

5/23/2017 9:06 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West put down their drama and picked up some massive smiles ... proving EVERYONE is a kid at heart at Disneyland.

Kimye and their kiddos, along with Kourtney's, were down in Anaheim Monday, and it's the first time we've seen them really let go and put all the hardships since Paris behind them. We're told they were there to celebrate a family friend's birthday.

Y'know they were cutting loose because they rode Dumbo AND the Teacups. Of course, Kim had to chow down on the Disneyland-must-have ... a churro!

You're welcome.

Kim and Kanye Together Again At Disneyland!!!

5/22/2017 2:10 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were out and about together for the first time since Easter -- at least the first time we've seen them -- and the venue was the Mouse House.

Kanye, Kim and North hit up Disneyland Monday to celebrate a family friend's birthday. They also brought Kourtney's kids, Penelope and Mason. Kanye bundled up like he was still on a Wyoming mountaintop, despite the 75 degree weather.

'Ye's been busy working on his album after returning to L.A. He was in the studio Sunday, presumably recording what he wrote at the Wyoming resort earlier this month.

Zack Snyder It's Too Late for 'Pirates' ... But There IS a Way to Stop Hackers

5/17/2017 7:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Blockbuster director Zack Snyder has an idea for Hollywood to avoid another film getting hacked -- like the new 'Pirates of the Caribbean' flick -- but it's gonna require embracing LOW tech. 

We got Zack -- who's currently working on "Justice League" -- at LAX Tuesday right after hackers said they'd release 'Pirates 5' on the Internet if Disney didn't pay an enormous ransom ... in Bitcoin, no less. 

The Mouse House says it won't pony up, but Zack's already thinking about how to keep his huge movies safe. And if that plan doesn't work, he says it's up to fans to do what's right.

'American Idol' Auditions Will Go Down at Disney World!!!

5/9/2017 12:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

ABC ... you just snagged "American Idol." So, where you goin' for auditions? We're goin' to Disney World!!!

Yep, TMZ has learned the show will shoot audition weeks at Walt Disney World in Orlando. We're told there are 2 reasons:

-- It promotes a huge brand within the Disney company -- amusement parks.

-- It's way more cost-effective than travelling the show to various cities.

A source familiar with the deal tells us there's also talk of doing some of the auditions at Disneyland on the West Coast.

It would also give the show a cross-section of America and beyond, without having to hit the road.

Money is definitely an issue. The show got too expensive to produce, which is why it went off the air a year ago, and this will save a considerable sum.

Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon Drop Fortune on Twins' 6th Bday

5/1/2017 3:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mariah CareyNick Cannon and their twins, Morocco and Monroe, looked like one happy family celebrating their 6th birthdays at the Happiest Place On Earth on Sunday, but it didn't come cheap.

We're told Nick and Mariah pulled out all the stops for the twins' big day, dropping 5 figures. Sounds expensive but they had a huge group of friends join them.

The twins got 2 cakes ... one Minnie and one Mickey. Gifts included kid-sized whips, computer stuff and a bunch of jewelry.

Not surprising they celebrated at Disneyland. The place is special to Mariah and Nick ... it's where they renewed their vows.

Good news ... it seems the twins are finally big enough for some of the faster rides at Disney, like the Matterhorn and Splash Mountain.

'Miracle' Star Michael Mantenuto Fought ISIS During Final Army Mission ... 'Something Happened Over There'

4/29/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE


Michael Mantenuto
 jumped from playing an American hero in a movie to being one in real life -- fighting ISIS with the Green Berets during his final year in the Army.

Michael played Jack O'Callahan in Disney's "Miracle" before leaving Hollywood to join the Army in 2010. We did some digging and found out he was deployed last year for Operation Inherent Resolve ... which took on ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

As we reported ... 35-year-old Michael committed suicide earlier this week. The coroner in Des Moines, WA says he shot himself while sitting in his car.

Sources close to Michael tell us he was different when he returned from action -- "Something happened over there. He saw something."

The actor-turned-soldier excelled in the military. He was a Communications Sergeant with the elite 1st Special Forces Group -- the Green Berets -- and earned several commendations including the Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The Army is running its own investigation into Sgt. Mantenuto's death.

'Miracle' Star Michael Mantenuto Commits Suicide at 35

4/27/2017 8:38 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Michael Mantenuto -- who played Jack O'Callahan in Disney's "Miracle" -- killed himself Monday in Washington State.

The actor, a former University of Maine hockey player, was found dead in his car by police in Des Moines, WA. The coroner tells TMZ ... Michael committed suicide by shooting himself. 

As a budding actor with hockey skills, Michael landed the role in the Disney flick about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. He only acted in 2 other movies, and went on to enlist in the army ... and joined the Special Forces.

Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, commander of Mantenuto's army unit, announced his death.

He was 35.

Johnny Depp Commandeers Pirates of The Caribbean at Disneyland

4/27/2017 7:08 AM PDT

Johnny Depp gave Disneyland fans a HUGE surprise when he showed up on the sidelines of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow.

It went down Wednesday in Anaheim. When the boats cruised into a grotto, Depp was there among the animatronics ... in full character.

You hear the people on the ride totally lose it.

The new 'Pirates' flick drops at the end of May, so it's a pretty clever promo. No word if he'll be making more surprise appearances, but yo ho, Johnny, yo ho!

Kourtney Kardashian Throws 38th Bday Party At the Mouse House

4/19/2017 7:34 AM PDT

Kourtney Kardashian is scoring some serious best mom eveeeer points with her kids by taking them to the Happiest Place on Earth on HER birthday.

Kourt turned 38 Tuesday and got the VIP treatment at Disneyland. Scott was there too, to help control the gang, which included cuz North West.

Kourtney is a ride or die chick, literally ... in the front row for all the Disney rides. We're guessing they didn't hit up Space Mountain because the kids aren't tall enough. 

HBD!

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