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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.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 918 Ratings

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 479: What became of that “Typhoon Lagoon” movie Disney was going to make

    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 479: What became of that “Typhoon Lagoon” movie Disney was going to make

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start this week’s show by talking about what happens next with Disneyland Forward now that the Anaheim City Council has officially approved this project. They also discuss what Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed at the Company’s most recent earnings call.
    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    How long will the WDW version of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad be down for rehab

    What’s interesting about Disney’s decision to extend the permit it had with the South Florida Water Management District for the area between Fort Wilderness & Wilderness Lodge for another 5 years

    Which moderate resort at WDW will be having its guest room refurbished now through November

    What did Michael Eisner want to originally call the water thrill park that the Company first announced for Florida back in December of 1985

    Who did Disney initially hire to write the screenplay for that Studio’s “Typhoon Lagoon” movie

    Show Notes
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    • 56 min
    DD Ep 478: What went wrong with “Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration”

    DD Ep 478: What went wrong with “Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration”

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing the latest news coming out about the Epic Universe project. They also talk about why Bay Lake Tower is undergoing a year-long refurbishment in the not-so-distant future
    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Which crime figure from the 1930s inspired Ma Beagle & the Beagle Boys

    How is Fort Wilderness’ remote location reportedly impacting DVC sales for the cabins there

    How many animated series featuring  Disney’s “Stitch” character have been produced to date

    How could the Beyond Big Thunder project potentially impact the Rivers of America at WDW’s Magic Kingdom

    Which two living character initiative shows plowed the road for “Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration”

    Show Notes
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    • 45 min
    DD Ep 477: Why WDW’s “Fire Mountain” project flamed out

    DD Ep 477: Why WDW’s “Fire Mountain” project flamed out

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by congratulating Israel Perez & the team at WDW’s Victoria & Albert’s for the Michelin star they were just awarded.
    They then welcome back veteran Imagineer Jim Shull for a discussion of WDSP’s upcoming “Alice & the Red Queen: Back in Wonderland” show
    For this episode, listeners will learn about:
    Why – when WDW Cast Members finally get to preview “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure” – they may come at this revamped flume ride from backstage

    How far along is the “Disneyland Forward” project when it comes to Anaheim’s approval process

    What’s interesting about that construction permit that just got pulled for Epcot’s “Journey into Imagination” pavilion


    The “Frozen” star recently got the opportunity to try his hand at conducting on the Disneyland Railroad



    Why – when it comes to updating and/or making significant changes to the African side of Disney’s Animal Kingdom – the Imagineers have very limited choices


    Show Notes
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    DD Ep 476: Tiana’s Bayou Adventure” gets ready for its grand opening

    DD Ep 476: Tiana’s Bayou Adventure” gets ready for its grand opening

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing the Stella Nova & Terra Luna Resorts at Universal Orlando. They then look back at Disney’s reaction to Mattel’s 1972 announcement of its Circus World theme park project
    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:
    How many times will Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights be presented this year

    What’s the name of the bay that the “World of Frozen” is built alongside at the theme park formerly known as Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris

    What price range is Universal reportedly considering when it comes to admission to its new kid-friendly park currently under construction in Bliss, TX

    Why are the popcorn buckets sold at the Disney Parks in Anaheim & Tokyo so much nicer than the ones that are sold at the WDW Resort

    How were the elephants dressed at the groundbreaking ceremony for Circus World back in April of 1973

    Show Notes
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    • 52 min
    DD Ep 475: Re-opened 1900 Park Fare serves up a superior character meal

    DD Ep 475: Re-opened 1900 Park Fare serves up a superior character meal

     Len Testa & Jim Hill start this week’s show by deep-diving into the changes the Disney Parks are about to make to their DAS policy.
    They also continue their look back at WDW’s Tomorrowland
    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    How many episodes of “Law & Order: SVU” has Ice-T appeared in to date

    What were Disney Legend John Hench’s concerns about the version of World Showcase that was almost built next to WDW’s TTC

    How long did it take the team at WDW’s Food Labs to create that translucent fruit that was served aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser”

    When was Phase One of “Project Florida” originally supposed to end construction

    How tall was Thunder Mesa (i.e., the table-top mountain that was supposed to house WDW’s “Western River Expedition” ride) supposed to be


    Show Notes
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    • 55 min
    DD Ep 474: Why Disney World’s Asian Resort never got built

    DD Ep 474: Why Disney World’s Asian Resort never got built

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing how the Shooting Gallery at WDW’s Magic Kingdom will soon close to become a DVC lounge. They also take a look back at Tomorrowland in this same theme park circa late 1971 / early 1972.
    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Which then-husband & wife team were originally supposed to play the leads in Disney’s never-produced “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” sequel



    When does it appear that the Magic Kingdom will be opening its version of “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure”



    Which “Avatar” film is the new experience that Bob Iger recently revealed was in the works for Disneyland in Anaheim supposed to be based on



    What significant eco-friendly change is supposedly in the works for Florida’s version of Autopia



    According to John Hench, which proposed WDW resorts were deliberately designed in such a way that they could then be seen from inside of the Magic


    Show Notes
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
918 Ratings

918 Ratings

Maggien29 ,

A weekly must!!

I HAVE to listen weekly!! Love you both !!

SPG Ryan ,

Hurts my ears

These two do not have voices for podcasts. Jim Hill in particular sounds like a bad preschool teacher. Very clickbait episode titles too. They might talk about the “main topic” for two minutes of a 45 minute episode.

Salf777 ,

Great podcast

This is one of the most informative and fun Disney podcasts I have ever heard. I look forward to a new episode every week. I wish these guys would write a book about all of the stories and back stories of the parks and attractions that they talk about. So informative.

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