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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
    • 4.8 • 939 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 489: How does WDW’s new “Country Bear” show stack up

    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 489: How does WDW’s new “Country Bear” show stack up

    Len Testa starts this week’s show by revealing which attractions will be open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Extended Evening Hours at that theme park later this year.

    And then Jim Hill wraps up his history of Epcot’s “Maelstrom” attraction.

    In this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Why was the original version of “Country Bear Jamboree” trimmed down back in October 2012

    What land does Hong Kong Disneyland that is traditionally found at other castle parks

    Why did the Imagineers dial back the North Sea scene in “Maelstrom” just before this World Showcase attraction officially opened in July of 1988

    Which animatronic figure from “The Hall of Presidents” can also be found as a eunuch along “Spaceship Earth” ‘s ride track

    When – according to the U.S. census – did the wide open spaces of the American West officially come to a close

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 488: Disney Cruise Line coming to Japan

    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 488: Disney Cruise Line coming to Japan

     Len Testa & Jim Hill welcome Disney author & historian Foxx Nolte. Who gives them a preview of his latest book, “Scoundrels, Villains, & Knaves: Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Popular Culture” 

    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    What are the differences between the VIP tours offered at WDW versus those made available to visitors at the Universal Orlando Resort

    Which train show staged back in the mid-1940s reportedly influenced the design of New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park

    What’s the rumored reason that character greetings are not being offered as part of Lightning Lane Multi-pass

    Which scene was originally designed for the Escher Staircase area for WDW’s version of the Haunted Mansion


    What’s kind of intriguing about the fact that the Themed Entertainment Association has yet to release its annual Theme Park Index (which lists theme park attendance numbers) has yet to be released for 2024



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    • 1 hr 2 min
    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

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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

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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

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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

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
939 Ratings

939 Ratings

AnchYou ,

Fell asleep during an ad

I’m sure it’s another good Disney podcast, but it kind of drones on and on in monotone and gets boring when you start thinking about stuff as they keep monologuing.

Miami Soul ,

Should be renamed Disney Dump

Two grumpy old men pontificate and complain about Disney (meanwhile Len uses the company to make his salary with Touring Plans). Other theme parks can do no wrong. As an example in a recent episode a survey done by Universal about the monster make-up dives into how much a customer would pay. They applaud the survey for its excellent questions. If Disney had sent the same one they would’ve have bashed it for trying milk every dime out of a customer. It’s really tired. Yes it’s expensive but so is every other theme park. Same episode Jim stammers his support for young families to take their kids to Legoland instead of Disney. I’m officially done with this podcast cause it’s clear what was once an easy and mindless listen has become an agenda for them.

Jess1874 ,

Shut up, Jim.

Half of this show is great. The other half is Jim Hill reading Wikipedia verbatim and trying to act like it’s info he has in his head. You can literally pull up Wikipedia whenever he starts pontificating as if he’s a scholar and follow along as he rips his info from the most dubious source on the internet. The man has no clue what he’s talking about most times, just good at line reading. Len is great though.

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