The Disney Dish with Jim Hill

The Disney Dish with Jim Hill

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Take a walk through Walt Disney World with TouringPlans’s Len Testa and Jim Hill from JimHillMedia.com as they talk about upcoming projects and rumored happenings from all around the “World”.


Disney Dish Episode 292: Which Presidents visited what Disney Parks?
Oct 19 • 68 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin’s decision to switch over from WDW’s bus system to Mears. Then they welcome their special guest, Smithsonian museum specialist Bethanee Bemis, who talks…
Disney Dish Episode 291: Why doesn’t Shanghai Disneyland have any indoor roller coasters?
Oct 12 • 43 min
Len Testa starts out this week’s show with an enthusiastic review of Foxx Nolte’s “Boundless Realm” book, which takes its readers behind-the-scenes at the Haunted Mansion. Then Jim Hill concludes his Disney Princesses in the Parks series by talking about…
Disney Dish Episode 290: What would WDW’s Pixie Hollow mini-land have been like
Oct 5 • 40 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about the recent round of layoffs at Disney Parks & Resorts. Jim then explains how Tom Staggs swapping jobs with Jay Rasulo impacted WDI’s original expansion plans for Fantasyland at WDW’s…
Disney Dish Episode 289: The latest on WDW’s “Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser” hotel
Sep 28 • 50 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show with an update on the walkway being constructed between Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and WDW’s Magic Kingdom. Jim Hill then talks about why the Imagineer were initially reluctant to embrace the Disney…
Disney Dish Episode 288: What was Disneyland like 6 weeks prior to its opening?
Sep 21 • 45 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by answering a listener question about those “Oseola Class” sidewheelers that used to cruise around Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. They then discuss the role draining the Rivers of America back in the Fall…
Disney Dish Episode 287: Why it took Ariel 7 years to find a home in Anaheim
Sep 14 • 48 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how COVID-19 is forcing The Walt Disney World Resort to deck its halls a little differently in 2020. They then discuss why it took WDAS 30 years after “Sleeping Beauty” was first released to…
Disney Dish Episode 286: How was Disneyland Park different in the 1960s?
Sep 7 • 64 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the significance of WDW’s decision to shutter the Polynesian Village Resort until the Spring of 2021. They then check out a selection of 50-year-old slides that a Disney Dish listener was kind…
Disney Dish Episode 285: How Eisner’s cost containment efforts changed Kali River Rapids
Aug 31 • 50 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by sharing some cost savings tips when it comes to staying on WDW property. Then they offer up the long-awaited conclusion to a feature piece about the construction of Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal…
Disney Dish Episode 284: WDW Cast Members assemble a DIY “Great Movie Ride”
Aug 24 • 42 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about changes The Walt Disney World has recently made to accommodate more annual passholders at its theme parks. Then Jim wraps up his tale of why “Rivers of Light” went up the creek. Learn…
Disney Dish Episode 283: Are Disney World & Universal Orlando heading for not-such-a-great Fall?
Aug 17 • 52 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill share what they’ve learned from a round of surveys that Central Florida’s biggest resorts recently sent out. Then Jim talks about how Disney’s Animal Kingdom tried to solve its everyone-leaves-this-theme-park-by-1-p.m. problem Learn…
Disney Dish Episode 282: Introducing the Carousel-of-Progress detective
Aug 10 • 49 min
Using his keen deductive skills, Len Testa reveals what year the first scene of “Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress” is actually set in. Then Jim Hill looks back at the circumstances that forced Walt Disney Productions to go from being a privately owned…
Disney Dish Episode 281: Disney World refines its reopening plans
Aug 3 • 42 min
Len Testa recounts his recent walk-throughs of The Magic Kingdom & Disney’s Hollywood Studios as the WDW Resort continues to tweak its coronavirus-related procedures. Then Jim Hill talks about how Paul Comstock found all of the full-sized trees he needed…
Disney Dish Episode 280: The significance of WDW’s deeply discounted 2-day tickets
Jul 27 • 64 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by talking about how The Walt Disney Company is still struggling when it comes to the proper way to compensate annual passholders & DVC members for coronavirus-related disruptions-in-service. Then Jim Hill looks…
Disney Dish Episode 279: What’s fine at Epcot’s new Food & Wine
Jul 20 • 78 min
Len Testa talks about what’s changed at the recently re-opened Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios & Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Then Jim Hill shares how the Disneyland Resort got ready for DCA’s grand opening in January of 2001 Learn more about your ad…
Disney Dish Episode 278: What Disney did to get WDW’s Magic Kingdom ready to re-open
Jul 13 • 73 min
Len Testa describes what was done to this theme park — post-COVID-19 outbreak — to get it ready for the return of Guests. Jim Hill then looks at Disney’s America and some of the innovative rides, shows & attractions that were planned for this proposed…
Disney Dish Episode 277: How Redd plowed the road for a Princess Tiana ride
Jul 6 • 54 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about how the Walt Disney World Resort is getting ready for the NBA. Jim then reveals how the recent redo of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean Ride” opened the door for retheming “Splash…
Disney Dish Episode 276: What you’ll see at the Seven Seas’ DVCs
Jun 29 • 58 min
Len Testa recounts his visit to the recently re-opened Disney Vacation Club properties that are located around WDW’s Seven Seas Lagoon. Then Jim Hill looks back at the history of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons program Learn more about your ad…
Disney Dish Minisode # 3: Disney Park Pass reservation system
Jun 22 • 14 min
Len Testa starts off this episode by talking about some of the hiccups WDW’s new Park Pass reservation system experienced during its first morning of operation. Jim Hill talks about ESPN’s report — keying off of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in…
Disney Dish Episode 275: When Disneyland’s Aunt Jemima was sent packing
Jun 22 • 41 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by talking about his first visit to Universal Studios Florida since that theme park began practicing social distancing. Then Jim Hill looks back at when a successful Frontierland restaurant resulted in Quaker Oats…
Disney Dish Minisode # 2: WDW gets ready to reopen
Jun 19 • 17 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill share late-breaking news coming out of Orlando. Including how Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been canceled for all of 2020 and how Epcot is getting a super-sized version of its International Food & Wine Festival this year.…
Disney Dish Episode 274: Which WDW revenue streams have now gone dry
Jun 15 • 51 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by drilling down into a new annual passholder survey, as Disney World tries to get a handle on what Guests expectations are out ahead of next month’s re-opening of that Resort. Then Jim Hill talks about…
Disney Dish Episode 273: When the Love Boat steamed around the Rivers of America
Jun 8 • 42 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing a survey that the Disneyland Resort recently sent out seeking input regarding when it seemed right to re-open the Company’s theme parks in Southern California. Then Jim shines a spotlight on…
Disney Dish Episode 272: Why was that Mickey arm built next to Spaceship Earth?
Jun 1 • 42 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing Disney World’s recently-announced plans to re-open its theme parks in July. Jim then goes on to reveal the hidden history of Epcot’s Millennium Icon Tower AKA the Mickey arm Learn more about…
Disney Dish- Minisode #1 - Walt Disney World Re-opening Update
May 29 • 9 min
In a special Disney Dish minisode Len Testa & Jim Hill discuss WDW’s decision to cancel all FastPasses dining reservations & dining plans out ahead of the Resort’s mid-June re-opening Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Disney Dish Episode 271: Remembering Disneyland’s “Blast to the Past”
May 25 • 43 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by sharing some listener suggestions when it comes to keeping costs down when vacationing at the WDW Resort. Then Jim Hill looks back at some of the seasonal events that Disneyland staged back in the mid-to-late 1980s…
Disney Dish Episode 270: NextGen droids at WDW’s “Starcruiser” resort
May 18 • 45 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by sharing some patents that are sure to impact Guests’ experiences at WDW’s still-under-construction “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” resort. Then Jim Hill looks back at all of the shows that have been presented…
Disney Dish Episode 269: Insights from Disney’s earnings call
May 11 • 47 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing how the phased re-opening of Shanghai Disneyland might impact the Company’s stateside parks. Jim then reveals how Mr. Toad — a character that Walt didn’t much like — got his own ride at…
Disney Dish Episode 268: Queuing up in the social distancing era
May 4 • 51 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill answer listener questions about the challenges that the WDW Resort faces as execs there search for ways to safely reopen those theme parks. They then look back at how “The Wind in the Willows” (a book that Walt himself said was “……
Disney Dish Episode 267: How the Disney Princesses came to rule Restaurant Akershus
Apr 27 • 50 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by reviewing some of the safety policies & procedures that Disney & Universal may employ as they begin to re-open their theme parks. They then look back at the Summer of 2002. Which is when EPCOT’s Norway…
Disney Dish Episode 266: It’s not an elevator. It’s a vertical vehicle conveyance
Apr 20 • 44 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week by talking about which of the Bobs is really in charge of the Mouse House these days. Then they discuss how DCA’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror got transformed into “Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT !”…
Disney Dish Episode 265: Bob Chapek didn’t invent relying too heavily on Disney’s IPs
Apr 13 • 40 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by sharing a survey that was recently sent out to Disney Vacation Club members. Then Jim Hill looks back at the Fall of 1997 and the role that the “Jurassic Park” franchise played in Disney’s decision to change out…
Disney Dish Episode 264: How Flower & Garden really got started at Epcot ‘94
Apr 6 • 33 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the 26.3 acres of land that Disney just bought to the west of WDW’s Magic Kingdom. They then go on to discuss how the construction of Innoventions impacted Future World Learn more about your ad…
Disney Dish Episode 263: How Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress almost went back to Anaheim
Mar 30 • 32 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by offering an update on the impact COVID-19 has had on Disney Parks & Resorts. Jim then shares a story about the “Carousel of Progress / Horizons” hybrid that the Imagineers once pitched to General…
Disney Dish Episode 262: Why isn’t there more Muppet stuff in the Disney theme parks
Mar 23 • 46 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by sharing what they’ve learned about COVID-19’s impact on the themed entertainment industry. Then Jim talks about how Kermit & Co. continue to be crowded out by other Disney-owned properties like Pixar,…
Disney Dish Episode 261: How is the coronavirus is impacting the Walt Disney Company
Mar 16 • 45 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill talk about the impact that COVID19 has been having on the Disney Parks (Editor’s note: This was before Disney Parks announced on the evening of March 12th that they’d be closing all of their theme parks in the United States & France).…
Disney Dish Episode 260: The road to “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway”
Mar 9 • 46 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by reviewing some of the food offerings found at this year’s International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot. Then Jim Hill talks about how Disney’s earlier trackless attractions influenced the design of “Mickey &…
Disney Dish Episode 259: How long will Spaceship Earth be closed?
Mar 2 • 50 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by reviewing many of the menu offerings at the Regal Eagle Smokehouse, which recently opened at Epcot’s American Adventure pavilion. Then Jim Hill looks back at the career of Disney CEO Bob Iger. More importantly, how…
Disney Dish Episode 258: Making sense of Epcot’s construction fences
Feb 24 • 44 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by talking about how all of the construction that’s been going on towards the front of Future World has been negatively impacting Epcot’s “The Seas with Nemo & Friends” pavilion. Then Jim Hill does a deep dive on the…
Disney Dish Episode 257: How Epcot’s festivals continue to change this theme park
Feb 17 • 33 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by talking about the very best way to plan out your FastPasses while visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Jim Hill then talks about why Epcot’s Liberty Inn was recently transformed into the Regal Eagle Smokehouse…
Disney Dish Episode 256: What became of the Disney Institute?
Feb 10 • 43 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by reviewing some of the patents that The Walt Disney Company has recently filed (Including one or two that soon may be in use as part of the Avenger Campus). Then Jim talks about Michael Eisner’s…
Disney Dish Episode 255: Was Superstar Limo the worst Disney ride ever?
Feb 3 • 50 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about how the Imagineers are using survey results to help them determine how scary Epcot’s “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind” ride should be. They then review some of the more short-lived…
Disney Dish Episode 254: Does Disney’s Riveria Resort have a hidden room
Jan 27 • 60 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by talking about the FastPass-related changes that will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting on February 19th. Then Jim Hill looks back at the history of what was once considered the gateway to Future…
Disney Dish Episode 253: Rating Epcot’s newest films
Jan 20 • 50 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by sharing his thoughts about “Awesome Planet,” “Canada: Far and Wide” as well as the “Beauty & the Beast Sing-along.” Jim Hill then talks about the carousel theater show that was originally supposed to be the…
Disney Dish Episode 252: Imagineering Epcot’s Space pavilion
Jan 13 • 45 min
Len Testa starts out this week’s show by revealing how Disney World is using an upcoming Free Dining promotion to deliberately steer people away from visiting that Resort over the long Fourth of July Weekend. Then Jim Hill talks about the Imagineers kept…
Disney Dish Episode 251: New restaurants under consideration for WDW’s Magic Kingdom
Jan 6 • 64 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by sharing some surveys that Disney Dish listeners have recently received. Then Jim Hill looks ahead to the coming year and talks about what 2020 will bring to the Disney Parks & Resorts Learn more about your ad…
Disney Dish Episode 250: Remembering WDW’s “Glory and Pageantry of Christmas” show
Dec 30, 2019 • 28 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by revealing how TouringPlans actually cracked Priceline’s code when it came to unnamed WDW resorts. Then Jim Hill talks about the living nativity that used to be a holiday highpoint at the Lake Buena Vista…
Disney Dish Episode 249: Reviewing WDW’s Riviera Resort
Dec 23, 2019 • 58 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by sharing his impressions of the latest Disney Vacation Club property to open at Walt Disney World. Then Jim Hill shares the history of the hotel that shares this space with WDW’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Caribbean…
Disney Dish Episode 248: From CircleVision to “Soarin’ “
Dec 16, 2019 • 44 min
Len Testa starts off this show by talking about the challenges that WDW Guests still face if they want to experience DHS’ “Star Wars: The Rise of the Resistance” attraction in the coming weeks. Then Jim Hill does a deep dive on the history of CircleVision…
Disney Dish Episode 247: “Rise” is great. It’s also not ready
Dec 9, 2019 • 32 min
Len Testa shares his experiences from both the press event for “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” as well as opening day for this new Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction. He then offers his advice on how to increase your chances of actually getting to…
Disney Dish Episode 246: Snow White is a problematic Disney Princess. Discuss.
Dec 2, 2019 • 38 min
First Len Testa previews some of the cutting-edge tech that will possibly power Guest interactions at WDW’s “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” resort. Then Jim Hill talks about how the Imagineers have tweaked the “Snow White and her Adventures” attraction…
Disney Dish Episode 245: Make way for DAK’s Merry Menagerie
Nov 25, 2019 • 47 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing how a patent Disney Parks & Resorts recently filed may eventually impact classic attractions like Space Mountain. Then Jim talks about some of the newer holiday offerings he enjoyed during a…
Disney Dish Episode 244: Why Hyperion Wharf Didn’t Happen
Nov 18, 2019 • 39 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how Leslie Iwerks’ “Imagineering” documentary series on Disney+ is a must-see for theme park fans. They then discuss why the construction of Hyperion Wharf (i.e., the Downtown Disney renewal…
Disney Dish Episode 243: The long road to Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Nov 11, 2019 • 45 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing how Disney & Las Vegas’ never-ending battle for your tourism dollars would up impacting Epcot’s “Space 220” restaurant. Then Jim walks listeners through WDI’s 66-year-old long struggle to…
Disney Dish Episode 242: Shining a spotlight on the Osborne Lights
Nov 4, 2019 • 43 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing why Disney Parks & Resorts is exploring the idea of a subscription-based service and/or a loyalty program out ahead of WDW’s 50th anniversary celebration. Then Len & Jim look back at that…
Disney Dish Episode 241: Testa and Scopa! Together again!
Oct 28, 2019 • 57 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about Disney’s recent test of easier-to-understand names for the menu items served at “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” Then Len reunites with his old “WDW Today” co-host Mike Scopa as these two discuss…
Disney Dish Episode 240: 364 days of staying in WDW hotel rooms
Oct 21, 2019 • 58 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about the changes that have been made to the menus found inside of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” Then Len shares an interview that he recently did with Robert & Alyssa Simmons, a couple who are…
Disney Dish Episode 239: Inside the Skyliner malfunction
Oct 14, 2019 • 39 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by sharing a first-person account about what it was like to be stranded on WDW’s Skyliner back on Saturday, October 5th. Jim Hill then talks about the changes that have recently been made to the Hoop-Dee-Doo…
Disney Dish Episode 238: An Illuminating look at “Epcot Forever”
Oct 7, 2019 • 39 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by talking about some of the operational issues WDW’s Skyliner has had. Len & Jim then talk about “Epcot Forever,” the new nighttime show which debuted out on/over World Showcase Lagoon this past week. Learn more…
Disney Dish Episode 237: : Skyliner is an entertaining addition to WDW’s resort-wide transportation system
Sep 30, 2019 • 61 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by sharing his experience at a Cast Member Only preview of WDW’s new Skyliner system. Then Jim Hill looks back at “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth,” the millennium-themed nighttime show that was originally only…
Disney Dish Episode 236: Baby New Year can fly? Only at Disneyland
Sep 23, 2019 • 42 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by talking about some rare home movies that he’s recently seen from the early days of Disneyland Park. Jim Hill then talks about how the roles that castles play at the Disney Parks have evolved over the past 64 years.…
Disney Dish Episode 235: How Future World got its animatronic dinosaurs
Sep 16, 2019 • 46 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about why it’s crucial that WDW’s new Skyliner transportation system has a trouble-free debut. Jim then reveals how WDI used fossil fuels as an excuse to recycle one of the more popular aspects…
Disney Dish Episode 234: 2019 Food & Wine – Part One
Sep 9, 2019 • 48 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by describing what the Disney’s Hollywood Studios version of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” was like on opening day. He then describes what it was like to go straight from Batuu to the Epcot International Food & Wine…
Disney Dish Episode 233: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tips
Sep 2, 2019 • 46 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episodes by talking about the “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” Coca-Cola “thermal detonator” controversy. Then special guest Christina Testa-Harrison offers her take on the 2019 edition of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary…
Disney Dish Episode 232: How Big Thunder got on track
Aug 26, 2019 • 43 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Pass & Mid-Day Magic ticket that the WDW Resort recently began offering. Jim then shines a spotlight on how – back in the mid-1970s – the…
Disney Dish Episode 231: Should I Try WDW’s College Program
Aug 19, 2019 • 59 min
Jim Hill and guest host Dan Zehr talk about how Halloween is celebrated at Disney theme parks around the globe. Dan then looks back at the three different experiences he had while participating in WDW’s College Program Learn more about your ad choices.…
Disney Dish Episode 230: Looking back at Independence Lake
Aug 12, 2019 • 46 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this episode with a run-down of the past week’s news, including Universal Orlando’s announcement of their Epic Universe project. Jim then shines a spotlight on Walt Disney Productions’ second attempt to build a ski resort up…
Disney Dish Episode 229: Mickey rides that were never built
Aug 5, 2019 • 39 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about some of the new holiday-themed offerings that will be debuting at Disney World this November. Jim then shares some excerpts from “Magic Journey,” longtime Imagineer Kevin Rafferty’s…
Disney Dish Episode 228: Epcot to light up for the holidays?
Jul 29, 2019 • 35 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start things off by talking about what The Walt Disney Company is expected to unveil/announce at this year’s D23 Expo. Len then shares a rumor that he recently heard about an Osborne Lights-like experience that’s supposedly in the…
Disney Dish Episode 227: Backstage at Disneyland in July of 1955
Jul 22, 2019 • 41 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill talk about WDW’s plans to link the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to the Magic Kingdom via the walk-around-the-world (and what this potentially means for the Electrical Water Pageant). Jim then looks back at what it was like to be at…
Disney Dish Episode 226:Does the Grand Destino Tower measure up?
Jul 15, 2019 • 53 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by talking about his recent visit to Takumi-Tei (i.e., the signature restaurant that just opened at Epcot’s Japan pavilion) and the extraordinary experience he had while dining there. Jim Hill then looks back at…
Disney Dish Episode 225: Does WDI need to streamline its design process?
Jul 8, 2019 • 39 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing which aspects of Future World’s old Communicore / Innoventions area are due to shuttered soon as Epcot gets a facelift out ahead of WDW’s 50th-anniversary celebration. Jim then talks about…
Disney Dish Episode 224: Will WDW’s 50th feature pin trading 2.0?
Jul 1, 2019 • 39 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by talking about his visit to the newly opened Surfside Inn & Suites, which is Phase One of Universal Orlando’s Endless Summer Resort. Jim Hill then looks back at Skyleidscope, Epcot’s initial attempt at staging a…
Disney Dish Episode 223: How Epcot’s cost over-runs almost cost The Walt Disney Company everything
Jun 24, 2019 • 39 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the troubled history of “Primeval Whirl.” Jim then looks back on when greenmailers Saul Steinberg & Irwin Jacobs were making runs at Walt Disney Productions and threatening to sell off…
Disney Dish Episode 222: Get ready for fewer FastPasses at DHS
Jun 17, 2019 • 38 min
Len & Jim start off this week’s podcast by discussing how Disney’s Hollywood Studios plans on dealing with the crowds once that theme park’s version of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” opens. Jim then talks about the various ideas that the Imagineers have…
Disney Dish Episode 221: Why WDW’s “Fire Mountain” project flamed out
Jun 3, 2019 • 31 min
While waiting for Len Testa to return from Batuu, Jim Hill shares a story about the thrill ride that the Magic Kingdom almost got back in the early 2000s. One that took its inspiration from “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” and would have sent Guests through an…
Disney Dish Episode 220: When Godzilla (almost) came to Tokyo Disney
May 27, 2019 • 42 min
While Len’s getting ready for the opening of Anaheim’s “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” Jim Hill shares an interview that he did with former Imagineer Terri Hardin. She then reveals the role that she played in the creation of a proposed attraction for…
Disney Dish Episode 219: The end of the Chronological Disneyland series (for now)
May 20, 2019 • 43 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill talk about the significance of a number of surveys that The Walt Disney World Resort has sent out to Guests recently. Jim then discusses how Bob Chapek’s decision to focus in on the Company’s billion-dollar IPs is changing Disney…
Disney Dish Episode 218: Why the Disney Parks build so few original attractions these days
May 13, 2019 • 32 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the mysterious construction that’s going on at Disney’s Animal Kingdom out behind Pandora – The World of Avatar. Jim then talks about “The Ride of a Lifetime,” Bob Iger’s soon-to-be-released…
Disney Dish Episode 217: Disneyland’s Batuu battle plan
Apr 29, 2019 • 43 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off of this week’s episode by discussing why WDW management opted to push off the opening of “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios ‘til the Spring of 2020. Jim then continues his Chronological…
Disney Dish Episode 216: Not-so Great Moments with creepy Mr. Lincoln
Apr 22, 2019 • 35 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing what’s significant about that new Disney Cruise Line survey which is currently making the rounds. Jim then talks about how the Imagineers keep trying to get the theme park-going public to…
Disney Dish Episode 215: Why is “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” running behind schedule?
Apr 15, 2019 • 30 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off by talking about how “Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy” will use promotion to try & overcome its unfortunate, out-of-the-way positioning at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They also talk about a patent that The Walt Disney…
Disney Dish Episode 214: WDI debates how to update Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
Apr 8, 2019 • 40 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about Disney Villains After Hours, that new hard ticket for WDW’s Magic Kingdom which will be offered on select nights in June, July & August. They also do a deeper dive on that Universal Parks…
Disney Dish Episode 213: The Atlantean Encounter that Disneyland Park almost got
Apr 1, 2019 • 37 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing how The Walt Disney Company is still struggling with “Song of the South.” Jim then continues his Chronological Disneyland series by revealing why the Rockets Rods went down for rehab in…
Disney Dish Episode 212: The very model of a modern major theme park
Mar 25, 2019 • 47 min
Len Testa starts off this episode with an enthusiastic review of Disney Spring’s latest addition, Jaleo by José Andrés. Len & Jim then share a survey that Universal Parks & Resorts is using to zero in on just the right mix of rides, shows & attractions…
Disney Dish Episode 211: “Edge” gets moved up, “Resistance” gets pushed back
Mar 18, 2019 • 46 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by dissecting Disney World’s latest round of ticket price increases and what that will mean for Resort Guests in the coming months. Jim Hill then talks about the behind-the-scenes decisions that led to the Company…
Disney Dish Episode 210: What the future holds for Epcot’s Future World
Mar 11, 2019 • 36 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how the Imagineers plan on reconfiguring the front half of WDW’s science & discovery park. They also continue their Chronological Disneyland series by discussing how Michael Eisner’s…
Disney Dish Episode 209: What part will Epcot’s new Play Pavilion play in WDW’s 50th anniversary celebration
Mar 4, 2019 • 29 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the progress that’s been made to date with WDW’s Skyliner system. They also point out that Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is obviously supposed to serve as a rebuttal to any…
Disney Dish Episode 208: What the press preview of Anaheim’s Black Spire Outpost revealed *Special Edition*
Mar 1, 2019 • 65 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill talk with Carlye Wisel of “Travel & Leisure” magazine. Ms. Wisel shares what she learned about “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” while participating in that three day-long media event that Disney Parks & Resorts held this past weekend Learn…
Disney Dish Episode 207: Making a better (Disney) world, one damp towel at a time
Feb 25, 2019 • 41 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by sharing some of the promotional slogans that the WDW Resort are reportedly considering adopting in the near future. He & Jim then talk about The Walt Disney Company’s forward-thinking approach when it comes to…
Disney Dish Episode 206: When Disney World almost lost its Hall of Presidents
Feb 18, 2019 • 34 min
Jim Hill goes it alone in a special Presidents Day edition of the Disney Dish podcast. He first talks about what’s been going on with Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts. Jim then shares how the “Disney’s America” project almost caused a…
Disney Dish Episode 205: What’s going on around the edges of DHS’ “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”
Feb 15, 2019 • 8 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill complete their November 2018 walk-thru of Disney’s Hollywood Studios with a stroll around Echo Lake. En route, Len & Jim discuss what WDI has planned for the near-term when it comes to “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” and the…
Disney Dish Episode 204: Why the Seven Dwarfs drove Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty out of Fantasyland Forest
Feb 11, 2019 • 41 min
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by sharing some of Touring Plans’ more recent discoveries about Disney World’s transportation system. Jim Hill then talks about how the Disney Princess & Disney Fairies franchises originally heavily influenced both…
Disney Dish Episode 203: How WDI have been Tinkertoying with DHS’ Toy Story Land
Feb 7, 2019 • 8 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill continue their November 2018 walk-through of Disney’s Hollywood Studios with a visit to that theme park’s newest “land”. They discuss how the June 2018 opening of Toy Story Land has fundamentally changed the way Guests experience…
Disney Dish Episode 202:: Where would you want to go on WDW’s first customizable tour?
Feb 4, 2019 • 36 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show with an update on WDW’s Skyliner system as well as offering some additional info on that resort’s pricey new “World of Dreams” tour. Len also shares some stories from the Monsanto corporate archives,…
Disney Dish Episode 201: How character greetings will be done differently at Black Spire Outpost
Jan 28, 2019 • 40 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about Disney’s Riveria Resort (which recently began accepting reservations for stays beginning on December 16th). They also discuss Anaheim’s “Project Stardust,” which is being done out ahead of…
Disney Dish Episode 200: Are you ready to take the controls on “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” ?
Jan 21, 2019 • 29 min
In honor of the 200th episode of Disney Dish, Len Testa & Jim Hill give a shout-out to the very first folks to subscribe to this podcast. They then share what they’ve learned about what Disney Parks & Resorts is doing to school Cast Members about “Star…
Disney Dish Episode 199: Why the original version of Disney California Adventure Park missed the mark
Jan 14, 2019 • 35 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill discuss what new shows & attractions the Imagineers hope to have up & running at Disney’s Hollywood Studios by May 2019 (just in time for this theme park’s 30th anniversary celebration). They also talk about how the tests that are…
Disney Dish Episode 198: Live From Grand Avenue - Disney’s grand plans for DHS’ Grand Park area
Jan 14, 2019 • 11 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill continue their November 2018 walking tour of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As they explore the part of this theme park that was formerly known as the Muppets Courtyard, Len & Jim discuss everything that the Imagineers have done in the…
Disney Dish Episode 197: Live From the Animation Courtyard - What happens to “Star Wars Launch Bay” after “Galaxy’s Edge” opens
Jan 8, 2019 • 8 min
As Len Testa & Jim Hill continue their walk-thru of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in November of 2018, they turn their attention to the Animation Courtyard area. In particular how the Imagineers have tried to balance this theme park’s celebration of Old…
Disney Dish Episode 196: Aulani may just be the ultimate Disney Resort
Jan 7, 2019 • 40 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about why the menu at Tiffins has been mutating over these past few months. They also discuss the DVC Resorts that Disney execs ultimately decided not to build, including the Times Square Villas.…
Disney Dish Episode 195: Live From the Studios - Tinsel Town really piles on the tinsel for DHS’ holiday celebration
Jan 1, 2019 • 11 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off their November 2018 tour of Disney’s Hollywood Studios by checking out all of the holiday decorations along Hollywood & Sunset Boulevards. They also discuss WDW Entertainment’s plan to replace “Beauty and the Beast – Live on…
Disney Dish Episode 194:What’s behind Be Our Guest’s recent drop in readers satisfaction ratings?
Dec 31, 2018 • 41 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this episode by talking about one of Disney’s biggest concerns when it comes to “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” Which is that people’s need to get selfies of themselves in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon will then…
Disney Dish Episode 193: Live From Tomorrowland-Is a “Slaughter Race” -based attraction headed to Disney World?
Dec 24, 2018 • 9 min
As Len Testa & Jim Hill conclude their 2018 walk-thru of WDW’s Magic Kingdom, they discuss many of the changes that have been made to Tomorrowland over the past few years. The topics covered included the U.S. version of Shanghai Disneyland’s TRON…
Disney Dish Episode 192: 21st century politics & flume rides don’t mix in Frontierland
Dec 17, 2018 • 9 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill continue their audio tour of the 2018 version of WDW’s Magic Kingdom with a stroll along the Rivers of America. They discuss how a Guest who’d been an annual passholder for 24 years found out the hard way what happens when you test…
Disney Dish Episode 191: New Fantasyland to be spruced up ahead of WDW’s 50th anniversary celebration
Dec 10, 2018 • 13 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill continue their walking tour of WDW’s Magic Kingdom by strolling through Fantasyland. They talk about Guests’ increasing use of mobile devices forced the creation of in-park charging stations like the ones found around the Rapunzel…
Disney Dish Episode 190: Details on Grand Destino, “Epcot Forever,” & Star Wars Hotel
Dec 3, 2018 • 39 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by reflecting on what millenniums now expect to find in their hotel rooms heavily influenced the design of “Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge,” “The Cove,” and Universal’s Aventura Hotel. They also…
Disney Dish Episode 189: Scene One & Done in Liberty Square
Dec 3, 2018 • 8 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill continue their walk-thru of WDW’s Magic Kingdom by exploring the colonial corner of this theme park. As they head towards the Hall of Presidents, Len & Jim talk about the stylized open sewer that the Imagineers inserted in this land.…
Disney Dish Episode 188: Mapping out WDI’s plans to redo Adventureland at WDW’s Magic Kingdom
Nov 26, 2018 • 16 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill kick off this week’s show by talking about Walt Disney Studios’ decision to push back the release of “The Jungle Cruise” movie from October 2019 to July 2020 is new impacting the Imagineers’ long-in-development plans to overhaul…
Disney Dish Episode 187: Live From Main Street- Walking down Main Street, U.S.A. during the 2018 holiday season
Nov 19, 2018 • 11 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill kick off a brand-new walk-thru of WDW’s Magic Kingdom by exploring Main Street, U.S.A. This tour starts off with an update on that theater project which Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek first revealed at 2017’s D23 Expo. Len…
Disney Dish Episode 186: How Disney’s decision to delay “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3” has impacted the “Jungle Cruise” movie
Nov 5, 2018 • 43 min
Len Testa and Jim Hill kick off this week’s show talking about how EPCOT will be expanding its International Festival of the Arts to seven days a week in 2019. They then discuss those “Rehire James Gunn” billboards that have been erected outside of the…
Disney Dish Episode 185: Teeny trains at Epcot. Big changes coming to “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster” in Paris
Oct 29, 2018 • 35 min
It’s a special listener mail edition of the Disney Dish podcast. Len Testa and Jim Hill start things off by discussing the history of Epcot’s Garden Railway. They then reveal Joffrey’s wound up at the specialty coffee and tea provider for Disney Parks &…
Disney Dish Episode 184: An in-depth look at Disney World’s new date-based ticket pricing system
Oct 22, 2018 • 31 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill starts off this episode by talking about how Disney World finally officially announcing that long-rumored DVC which will be built where Fort Wilderness’ River Country was once located. After that, Len and Jim discuss WDW’s new…
Disney Dish Episode 183: Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge to be WDW’s next DVC. How Starbucks came to be part of Disney Parks & Resorts
Oct 15, 2018 • 51 min
Len Testa and Jim Hill start off this week’s podcast by talking about the name that Disney Vacation Club is considering for the new resort they’re planning on building on top of River Country’s old location. Len and Jim then speculate on what Disney Parks…
Disney Dish Episode 182: Listener questions about WDW’s Skyliner, “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” and flexible ticket pricing
Oct 8, 2018 • 38 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this listener question show by revisiting WDW’s Skyliner system. They then encourage a Disney Dish listener to brave the crowds at Black Spire Outpost when “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” first opens in to the public in Anaheim…
Disney Dish Episode 181: Skymosphere in Epcot’s replacement of “Illuminations” and Thunder in Paradise
Sep 30, 2018 • 31 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill discuss the impact that swapping out Epcot’s nighttime show will have on all the restaurants around World Showcase. Then Len & Jim look back at “Thunder in Paradise,” the short-lived syndicated series from the producers of “Bay Watch”…
Disney Dish Episode 180: Could Free Dining be on its way out at Disney World?
Sep 24, 2018 • 28 min
Len Testa starts off this episode by discussing what changes are in the works for Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort & Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Next Jim Hill talks up Evermore Park, that…
Disney Dish Episode 179: Is it time for a two part Food & Wine ? Why are the Disneyland Resort & the City of Anaheim brawling?
Sep 17, 2018 • 36 min
Len starts this week’s podcast off with his impressions of Disney Springs’ newest eateries, Chicken Guy! and Terralina Crafted Italian. Mr. Testa then shares his thoughts about how Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival could be improved (i.e., Ice…
Disney Dish Episode 178: You might just get stuck in the muck in the next version of The Void Star Wars VR Experience
Sep 10, 2018 • 34 min
Len braves the Florida heat to get the latest news from Toy Story Land and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. He also can’t resist talking about this episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color in which Walt takes Ambassador Julie on a tour of…
Disney Dish Episode 177: Update - Disney’s Skyliner and Universal Orlando’s Aventura Hotel
Sep 2, 2018 • 49 min
Jim and Len update us on new info about the Skyliner that changes everything we thought we knew. And also get fidgety when talking about taking a spin around the new Aventura Hotel. (That will make sense after you hear the show, promise.) Learn more about…
Disney Dish Episode 176: Disney Transportation: Cruise ships, helicopters and the Millenium Falcon
Aug 26, 2018 • 26 min
This is a transportation themed Disney Dish. Instead of trains, planes and automobiles, Jim and Len talk about increasing cruise prices, the helicopters that you used to be able to take to Disneyland and how real do they really want to make the…
Episode 175: UG readers reveal their favorite restaurants at Universal Orlando’s parks and resorts
Aug 20, 2018 • 34 min
Len Testa & Jim Hill check out “TRON” coaster construction as well as the Magic Kingdom’s new Instagrammable beverages. They also reveal the unlikely places where you can get some of the very best eats in Orlando (EX: An outdoor grill right next to the…
Episode 174: It’s All About the Numbers
Aug 14, 2018 • 44 min
What will, won’t or may happen in Epcot and elsewhere in WDW could depend on the numbers. Check out a time-lapse video of the construction of the massive Guardians of the Galaxy ride in EPCOT - https://youtu.be/gOrxEam1X64 . Learn more about your ad…
Episode 173: Restaurant News, Listener Questions, Restaurant Survey Results
Aug 5, 2018 • 50 min
Jim and Len discuss what’s happening restaurant-wise in Disney Springs plus answer a few listener questions before getting into which restaurant ratings. Get ready for some surprises. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 172: DHS News and Superboy History
Jul 23, 2018 • 41 min
In this latest Disney Dish podcast, Len & Jim give listeners an update on Disney’s Hollywood Studios. To be specific, how construction of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” is proceeding and how “Toy Story Land” has fared over its first few weeks of operation.…
Episode 171: More about Toy Story Land and possible Universal Plans revealed
Jul 16, 2018 • 26 min
Len walks through Toy Story Land right before it floods. A listener sends in a survey question from Universal Orlando that hints at something big. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 170: Toy Story Land Opens!
Jul 9, 2018 • 29 min
Come walk through Toy Story Land and ride the rides with Len. Plus Jim tells us what else is coming up in the next year for the Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 169: Galaxy’s Edge Listener Questions and Around the Park News
Jul 1, 2018 • 35 min
We also review new Disney survey questions on ride sharing and new technology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 168: Galaxy’s Edge Listener Questions and Around the Park News
Jun 24, 2018 • 25 min
Jim also a listener question about how Annual Passholder park dates might change around Galaxy’s Edge opening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 167: New Harry Potter Coaster Details!
Jun 17, 2018 • 36 min
Len visits Donald’s Dino-Bash at the Animal Kingdom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 166: Animal Kingdom Visit + On-site Perks at Disney Springs Hotels
Jun 10, 2018 • 28 min
Also Len visits Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the new Up! bird show and Satuli Canteen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 165: New Evidence of Lightsabers in Galaxy’s Edge and How Crowd Control Will Work
May 29, 2018 • 32 min
Jim also explains how crowd control is likely to work when Galaxy’s Edge opens in Disneyland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 164: New Fort Wilderness DVC and Epcot Resorts?
May 29, 2018 • 27 min
In our main story we talk about changes to Disney’s Photopass system using artificial intelligence to make better photos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 163: Unbuilt Epcot Thames River Ride and Maleficient Bursts Into Flames!
May 22, 2018 • 29 min
We also cover the Maleficient Dragon fire during the Festival of Fantasy parade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 162: Strategery! The Projects Disney and Universal Aren’t Talking About
May 13, 2018 • 25 min
Len and Jim talk about the new WDW one-day tickets that come with pre-selected FASTPASS options. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 161: Epcot Visit and Galaxy’s Edge Tech News
May 13, 2018 • 27 min
Len visits Epcot to see whether there’s enough space at International Gateway for Skyliner traffic. Len also goes over hints about how gameplay at the Star Wars hotel might work, based on academic papers published by Disney. Jim talks about the Guardians…
Episode 160: New Epcot Concept Surfaces at Auction
May 1, 2018 • 25 min
In news, Len and Jim talk about Animal Kingdom’s extended morning EMH throughout early summer 2018. Len also talks DHS waits with Toy Story Land opens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Disney Dish Episode 159: More Skyliner and Park News, Plus DCA Wrap-Up
Apr 27, 2018 • 50 min
Len talks about new Disney patents for self-driving cars and virtual reality and a new update to the Agent P game in World Showcase. Jim hears more about Disney’s concerns for Epcot’s Skyliner station capacity, and how they might deal with it in the…
Episode 158: “Oh God - We Never Thought of This!” - Disney Skyliner Edition
Apr 22, 2018 • 16 min
In other news, Disney announced a new app called “Play Disney Parks”, with features Len and Jim hinted about last November. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 157: WDW Property Developments and Disney Raises the Titanic
Apr 16, 2018 • 26 min
Len notes that Disney has quiety announced new Flamingo Crossing apartment developments, and Jim points out how this ties in to the closing of Crossroads Plaza. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 156: Len’s Menu Rants, Galaxy’s Edge Technology, and DCA
Apr 14, 2018 • 25 min
Len eats at Jiko and Enzo’s Hideaway and wonders when menus became incomprehensible. Jim begins telling the history of Disney California Adventure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 155: Do Disney’s Summer Hotel Discounts Signal a Strategy Shift?
Apr 5, 2018 • 13 min
Len finds some interesting pricing trends in Disney’s latest hotel discounts, and Jim explains the strategy Disney’s using. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 154: Pirates of the Scare-ibbean(?) and Potential Galaxy’s Edge Opening Dates
Apr 2, 2018 • 18 min
Jim tells a story Len’s never heard before about how Pirates of the Caribbean almost got a holiday overlay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 153: Indiana Jones and Star Wars in Disney’s Parks, Part 3
Apr 1, 2018 • 32 min
In news, we talk about the Disney corporate re-organization and how it’ll affect the parks, a quick take on parking fees, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 152: Indiana Jones and Star Wars in Disney’s Parks, Part 2
Mar 19, 2018 • 32 min
In news, Len talks about how Disney World is handling spring break crowds, including whether older rides can reliably run at full capacity for days on end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 151: Indiana Jones and Star Wars in Disney’s Parks
Mar 14, 2018 • 24 min
In news, we talk about Disney’s latest price increases and what we can expect between now and when Galaxy’s Edge opens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 149: Marvel in Disneyland Paris and What it Means for Us
Mar 6, 2018 • 49 min
In news, we also talk about what Black Panther’s success means for Disney’s theme parks, the new changes at Be Our Guest, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 148: Who Thought ‘Minnie Mouse Madonna’ Was a Good Idea?
Feb 14, 2018 • 36 min
To do this, Disney make a TV movie called ‘Totally Minnie Mouse.’ Not only was it Minnie’s first solo starring role, it included TV personalities Suzanne Somers, Vanna White, and (somehow) Elton John. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Episode 147: Chronological Disneyland and Is This the Dumb New Name for Hollywood Studios?
Feb 3, 2018 • 29 min
Jim casually drops news that the new name for Hollywood Studuios is ‘Disney Cinemagine Park’, and goes through all the other name options considered. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 146: The Be Our Guest Restaurant
Jan 31, 2018 • 44 min
Also, Jim not being Norwegian, can’t pronounce ‘Akershus’. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 145: The Finale of SpectroMagic’s History / Len’s Trip to Disneyland
Jan 17, 2018 • 36 min
Len talks about his holiday trip to Disneyland and DCA, including his take on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, It’s a Small World Holiday, and Haunted Mansion Holiday, plus Galaxy’s Edge construction progress and rumors. Learn more about your ad…
Episode 144: 2017 In Review
Jan 4, 2018 • 56 min
Jim focuses on the D23 announcements, including new Star Wars details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 143: Part 2 of the History of the SpectroMagic Parade
Dec 21, 2017 • 42 min
Jim also reviews the details of the now-official Disney/Fox merger, including what it means for the film franchises and theme parks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 142: History of the SpectroMagic Parade, part 1
Dec 15, 2017 • 28 min
In other news, Jim previews what a Disney/Fox merger might look like, and we talk about Disney’s decision to retain the Shutters name for their new Caribbean Beach sit-down restaurant. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
(Updated) Episode 141: How Disney’s Theme Park Music Affects You (with Gregory Camp)
Dec 1, 2017 • 44 min
Dr. Camp is the author of “Mickey Mouse Muzak: Shaping Experience Musically at Walt Disney World” - a peer-reviewed paper that explores Disney theme park music. You can read the paper at…
Episode 140: DisneyDish Live Event! “What’s This? with Jim Hill”
Nov 21, 2017 • 81 min
Jim’s never seen these slides before, and has no idea what’s in the presentation. He’s doing all of this off the top of his head. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 139: Disney’s TV Influences in Theme Parks
Nov 8, 2017 • 33 min
We also go over news about Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs development, plus Universal’s news that they bought 110 more acres. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sneak Peek of Jim’s new podcast Marvel Us / Episode 1: Spidey’s Long Road Back Home
Oct 26, 2017 • 39 min
This is the first episode in Jim’s new series covering the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Let us know how it sounds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 138 - The Mineral King Project, Part 2
Oct 20, 2017 • 50 min
Learn more about our live event at http://storybookdestinations.com/disneydish/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 137 - Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland, Part 2
Sep 29, 2017 • 29 min
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Episode 136 - Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland
Sep 15, 2017 • 28 min
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Episode 135 - The History of Fantasmic, Part 3 of 3
Sep 1, 2017 • 32 min
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Episode 134 - Remembering Marty Sklar
Aug 15, 2017 • 44 min
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Episode 133 - The History of Fantasmic! Part 2
Aug 1, 2017 • 47 min
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Episode 132 - What DID and DID NOT Get Announced at D23
Jul 16, 2017 • 46 min
This is a bonus iTunes show. If you like this content, hear more at http://disneydish.bandcamp.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 131 - The History of Fantasmic!
Jul 16, 2017 • 20 min
With the impending re-opening of Disneyland’s Fantasmic!, Jim walks us through the history of the attraction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 130 - The History of Pixar in Disney’s Theme Parks
Jul 1, 2017 • 29 min
Jim walks through the history of Pixar’s involvement in Disney’s theme parks, from inspiring films, to parades, and rides. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 129 - History of Character Greetings plus NintendoLand and Star Wars Hotel News
Jun 17, 2017 • 38 min
Jim starts a history of character meet-and-greets in Walt Disney World, beginning with how they’re hired. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 128 - Is “Tapu Tapu” Samoan for “Opening Day Disaster?” and Guardians of the Galaxy opens at DCA.
Jun 1, 2017 • 29 min
Jim attends the opening day ceremonies at Universal’s Volcano Bay water park, then flies across the country for the debut of Guardians of the Galaxy at DCA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bonus Episode - Pandora Food and Merchandise, plus WDW News
May 26, 2017 • 36 min
We talk about the possibility that Volcano Bay is causing accidents on I-4, along with Pandora’s nighttime lighting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 127 - We review Pandora - The World of Avatar
May 16, 2017 • 55 min
This episode includes a walk around the Valley of Mo’ara, plus the Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage rides. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 126 - When Harrods Almost Came to Disney (Chronological Disney)
May 1, 2017 • 19 min
…it all gets intertwined with Disney wanting to build a mag-lev train from the airport to WDW, Disney buying a monorail manufacturer, and other strange twists and turns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 125 - The Master Plan for Disney Seas California (Disneyland’s Unbuilt Second Gate mini-series)
Apr 14, 2017 • 21 min
Len and Jim also discuss news about Universal’s permit filing for a new hotel, and the sorts of transportation challenges that Universal faces with these kinds of expansions on separate properties. We also talk about the “queue-less” Jimmy Fallon ride and…
Episode 124 - When Disneyland’s Second Gate was a Boat (Chronological Disneyland Series)
Apr 4, 2017 • 33 min
Len and Jim also discuss Pandora updates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 123 - Disney World stories we’ll tell in the 2018 Unofficial Guide
Mar 19, 2017 • 32 min
We start, of course, with Pandora, and then go across all four theme parks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 122 - The First Second Gate (Chronological Disneyland)
Mar 3, 2017 • 31 min
See the show photos and notes here https://www.flickr.com/photos/25733122@N03/albums/72157677565924463 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 121 - Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs News and Disney buys Disneyland Paris
Feb 20, 2017 • 35 min
Next episode we continue our Chronological Disneyland story! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 120 - Epcot’s Festival of the (mostly culinary) Arts, Caribbean Beach DVC, and other news
Feb 1, 2017 • 33 min
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Episode 119 - Rockettes and Restaurants
Jan 15, 2017 • 39 min
See disneydish.bandcamp.com for our Unbuilt Disney shows! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 118 - Jim Wraps Up the History of O Canada!
Jan 1, 2017 • 23 min
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Bonus Episode #2 - Discovery Bay, Hawaii
Dec 25, 2016 • 26 min
See disneydish.bandcamp.com for more Unbuilt Disney shows! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bonus Episode - Jim and Len review Rogue One **with spoilers**
Dec 16, 2016 • 20 min
How good is Rogue One? Jim and Len talk about the movie, the plot, and the reason behind all of the reshoots that took place Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 117 - Len gets to see Rivers of Light and the Disney Springs drone show!
Dec 15, 2016 • 31 min
Visit DisneyDish.Bandcamp.Com for the “director’s cut” version of this show, with an additional 17 minutes of content. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 116 - The Muppets Restaurant That Never Was
Dec 1, 2016 • 34 min
We also talk about Buzz Price’s take on these ideas - the memo we’re reading from has Buzz’s handwritten notes on it. He had very strong feelings about rats in restaurants. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 115 - Why For? The Headless Horseman, Part 2
Nov 23, 2016 • 36 min
Listen to Part 1 of the story here: https://disneydish.bandcamp.com/track/why-for-the-headless-horseman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Disney Dish Episode 114 - Jim talks about Disney’s 1980’s plans to develop Long Beach Harbor next to Disneyland
Nov 5, 2016 • 26 min
We continue our Chronological Disneyland series with some unbuilt Disney ideas in Long Beach. We also talk about new projection shows at the Magic Kingdom, fireworks at DHS, Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom Park, and more. Learn more about your ad…
Episode 113 - Previewing our upcoming Unbuilt Disney talk
Oct 31, 2016 • 17 min
Other things we’ll be covering on November 12 include Disney’s Australia Park, Westernworld, Mineral King, and the SS Disney. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Disney Dish Episode 112 - Disney Hurricane Aftermath, Len’s Recent Restaurant Reviews (Condensed version)
Oct 15, 2016 • 45 min
This version of the show is condensed to focus on just the story, with no side digressions. The longer episode, with 7 minutes (woo!) of side stories, is available to subscribers at DisneyDish.Bandcamp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Episode 111 - History of the O Canada! film, part 2 (Condensed version)
Oct 1, 2016 • 23 min
This version of the show is condensed to focus on just the story, with no side digressions. The longer episode, with 10 minutes (woo!) of side stories, is available to subscribers at DisneyDish.Bandcamp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Episode 110 - History of the O Canada! film, part 1 (Condensed version)
Sep 15, 2016 • 26 min
This version of the show is condensed to focus on just the story, with no side digressions. The longer episode, with 10 minutes (woo!) of side stories, is available to subscribers at DisneyDish.Bandcamp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Episode 109 - History of the Disneyland Hotel, part 2 (Condensed version)
Aug 31, 2016 • 25 min
We pick up the story after Disney has just sold out the Rather Corporation to corporate raiders, in exchange for the rights to the property around Los Angeles, including the Disneyland Hotel. But what is Disney going to do with all of these real estate…
Episode 108: Disney News: Earnings, Park Attendance, and Goodbye to Stitch? (Condensed version)
Aug 14, 2016 • 21 min
This version of the show is condensed to focus on just the news, with no side stories or digressions. The longer episode, with 18 minutes of side stories, is available at DisneyDish.Bandcamp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Episode 107: The Lost Episode of Chronological Disneyland
Jul 20, 2016 • 21 min
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Episode 106b: Disney’s Summer 2016 Media Preview (Full version with side stories)
Jul 18, 2016 • 34 min
This is the full version of the show, with about 14 extra minutes of side stories. A condensed version is also available, focusing on just the media event. Let us know which version you prefer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 106a: Disney’s Summer 2016 Media Preview (Condensed version without side stories)
Jul 17, 2016 • 19 min
This version of the show is condensed to focus on just the Media Preview event, with no side stories or digressions. The full episode, with side stories, is also available. Let us know which version you prefer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Episode 105: The history of Fort Wilderness
Jun 30, 2016 • 43 min
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Episode 104: Live from the Animal Kingdom with Tiffins, Nighttime Safari, and more
Jun 1, 2016 • 18 min
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Episode 103: Jim’s Why For?
May 15, 2016 • 22 min
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Episode 102: Splash Mountain’s History Finale
Apr 30, 2016 • 32 min
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Episode 101: Kali River Rapids’ History
Apr 14, 2016 • 33 min
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Episode 100: The guy that invented FastPass
Apr 1, 2016 • 39 min
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Earth Day Bonus Episode: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village Walk-Through!
May 22, 2015 • 37 min
To celebrate Earth Day, Jim and Len walk through Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village, talking about the construction, architecture, crafts, and animals that you see around the resort. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Episode 14: Urban Design with Sam Gennawey - Tomorrowland
Jun 20, 2012 • 17 min
In our last land with Sam Gennawey, we cover Tomorrowland in all its retro-future glory. Presented by AAA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 13: Urban Design with Sam Gennawey - Fantasyland
Jun 2, 2012 • 18 min
Urban designer Sam Gennawey goes over the the design ideas behind the latest Fantasyland construction plans. It’s all ground planes and edges. Len even name-drops the Golden Ratio. Presented by AAA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Episode 12: Urban Design with Sam Gennawey - Frontierland and Liberty Square
May 26, 2012 • 28 min
You know that archway between Pirates of the Caribbean and the Westward Ho fries cart? The one with “Frontierland” on one side and “Adventureland” on the other? That’s not really the border between those two lands. Where is the real border? Urban Designer…
Episode 11: Urban Design with Sam Gennawey - Adventureland
May 19, 2012 • 20 min
It’s on to Adventureland with Sam Gennawey, urban designer and author of the book “Walt and the Promise of Progress City.” Ever notice that set of small grey bricks coming from the fort at Pirates of the Caribbean? It’s supposed to represent sewage from…
Episode 10: Urban Design with Sam Gennawey - Main Street U.S.A.
May 12, 2012 • 25 min
Join Len and Sam Gennawey, urban designer and author of the new book “Walt and the Promise of Progress City” as they walk around Main Street U.S.A in the Magic Kingdom. Presented by AAA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices