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Learn more about the latest doings at Disney with TouringPlan's Len Testa & Jim Hill of JimHillMedia.com as they talk about upcoming projects as well as look back at Mouse House history.

The Disney Dish with Jim Hill Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

    • Society & Culture

Learn more about the latest doings at Disney with TouringPlan's Len Testa & Jim Hill of JimHillMedia.com as they talk about upcoming projects as well as look back at Mouse House history.

    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 487: A look at LEGO’s lengthy relationship with Disney Parks & Experiences

    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 487: A look at LEGO’s lengthy relationship with Disney Parks & Experiences

     Len Testa & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing the different “lands” that Guests can explore once they board the Disney Adventure (which begins sailing out of Singapore in 2025).

    They also share a survey from Universal Orlando about this Resort’s version of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Which musical acts will be appearing at this year’s “Eat to the Beat” concert series as part of the 2024 edition of EPCOT’s International Food & Wine Festival

    When did Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith come back online at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    How many passengers is the Disney Adventure supposed to be able to accommodate on each sailing of this new DCL vessel (Bonus question: How many crew members will be on board to service these passengers)

    According to Greek mythology, which three very different things is the God Poseidon supposed to watch over / be in charge of

    What happened to attendance levels at EPCOT Center & Disney-MGM Studios theme park right after Disney’s Animal Kingdom first opened in April of 1998

    Show Notes

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    • 59 min
    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 486: How Lightning Lane Multi Pass is supposed to work

    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 486: How Lightning Lane Multi Pass is supposed to work

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing
    WDW’s Genie+ replacement.

    They then walk through exactly what happened backstage at
    Disneyland prior to the launch of that Park’s “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks

    Over the course of this episode, listeners will learn about:

     How far in advance will on-site Guests be able to book Multi Pass reservations
     When is this new ride reservation system supposed to officially come online at
    the Walt Disney World Resort
     What holiday-themed projection show is supposed to be updated as part of the
    2024 edition of “Jollywood Nights”
     Where did Disneyland used to store its fireworks back in the 1980s
     Why did Disneyland’s firemen go around backstage checking doors & windows
    an hour before “Fantasy in the Sky” launched

    Show Notes
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    • 53 min
    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 485: Is WDW getting ready to revamp the My Disney Experience app

    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 485: Is WDW getting ready to revamp the My Disney Experience app

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start this week’s show by looking at the “Dark Universe” concept art that the Universal Orlando Resort just revealed. Then they wrap up their history of fireworks displays at Disneyland
    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Who was Disney’s partner when it came to developing a compressed air-based launch system for its fireworks displays



    When is work supposed to get underway on the refurbishment of WDW’s version of Big Thunder Mountain



    Why do golf enthusiasts love the 18-hole putting green over at the Palm & Magnolia course



    Where had the Imagineers originally wanted to build an Ursula-themed spinner at Disney California Adventure



    What was the computer-controlled fireworks firing system that Harold “Mickey” Aronson designed for the Disney Parks called

    Show Notes
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    • 51 min
    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 484: How were Disneyland’s fireworks impacted by the Clean Air Act

    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 484: How were Disneyland’s fireworks impacted by the Clean Air Act

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about the operational issues that “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure” continues to have during its preview period.
    They also share listeners' theories about why WDW sit-down restaurants have seemed so empty lately
    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:
    What changes have been made to the on-board narration for Disneyland’s Mark Twain


    When will the revamped version of “Country Bear Jamboree” be opening at the Magic Kingdom in Florida



    Who personally supervised the fireworks display over Seven Seas Lagoon back on October 23, 1971


    What’s happening with WDW’s old “Pirates Leagues” facility

    Why were the fast food restaurants & motels built around Disneyland back in the Late 1950s / early 1960s all clustered around the corner of Harbor & Katella

    Show Notes

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    • 43 min
    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 483: What were Disneyland’s first fireworks show like

    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 483: What were Disneyland’s first fireworks show like

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing the technical issues “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure” has been facing during its Cast Member preview period.
    They also take a look at the room décor for WDW Island Tower (i.e., that new DVC which will be opening right next to WDW’s Polynesian Village Resort on December 17th)
    In this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Why would Owen & Dolly Pope always tour the corrals at Disneyland’s Circle D Ranch the mornings after fireworks had been shot off at Walt’s family fun park

    When will Jollywood Nights be returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this year

    How far back can the Disneyland tradition of a rope drop at the opening of the park be traced

    Where did Disneyland management turn when it needed to recruit additional security officers to help man that theme park

    Which Tomorrowland attraction back in the 1960s was able to handle 4000 Guests an hour

    Show Notes
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    • 46 min
    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 482: How “Date Nite at Disneyland” got started

    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 482: How “Date Nite at Disneyland” got started

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing the opening weekend of performances of “Disney Dreams That Soar.”
    They then look back at how fireworks got started at Disneyland Park in the late 1950s
    In this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Why Universal Orlando decided to change the name of Epic Universe’s racing coaster

    When will work begin on the retheming of Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    Which musical acts is Universal Creative reportedly considering using as the jumping-off point for a maze at a future Halloween Horror Night

    Why are dining reservations suddenly far easier to get at WDW’s sit-down restaurants

    Where will road improvements soon begin on Disney World property


    Show Notes
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    • 50 min

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