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Join Jim Hill and co-hosts Len Testa, Dustin Fuhs, Drew Taylor, Aaron Adams, Michelle C. Valladolid, Dan Zehr and Brian Gaughan as they talk about the multi-faceted Walt Disney Company - including Pixar, Lucasfilm and Disney Studios - as well as Universal Studios and the world of collectibles.

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    • 4.7 • 1.4K Ratings

Join Jim Hill and co-hosts Len Testa, Dustin Fuhs, Drew Taylor, Aaron Adams, Michelle C. Valladolid, Dan Zehr and Brian Gaughan as they talk about the multi-faceted Walt Disney Company - including Pixar, Lucasfilm and Disney Studios - as well as Universal Studios and the world of collectibles.

    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
    Pink Monorail Manufacturing the Magic Ep 4: France throws down the gauntlet

    Pink Monorail Manufacturing the Magic Ep 4: France throws down the gauntlet

     In the fourth installment of this new educational series, Noe & Shelly Valladolid look at even more early World’s Fairs. With the focus this time around being on French advances in themed entertainment.
    In this episode, listeners will learn about:
    • Why the Exposition Universelle de Paris of 1899 dwarfed all others
    • How the temporary Eiffel Tower led to the discovery of gamma rays 
    • The problem with “human zoos”
    • Why the Tower’s most vehement critic dined there every day
    • Which themed international buildings served as a precursor for EPCOT’s World Showcase
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    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
    i want That Too with Lauren Hersey Ep 8: When Disney almost made a sci-fi version of “Snow White”

    i want That Too with Lauren Hersey Ep 8: When Disney almost made a sci-fi version of “Snow White”

     Lauren Hersey & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the teaser trailer for “Moana 2.”
    They also closely examine which Disney Princess moves the most merchandise.
    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Why did the Magic Kingdom eventually remove the Disney Princess float from its “Share a Dream Come True” parade

    What were the three robots in Universal Pictures’ “Silent Running” called

    Which “Will & Grace” star read the role of the Snow Queen in one of the earliest table reads done for Disney’s “Frozen”

    What happened inside of the Magic Kingdom on the morning of 9/11

    When did the delayed version of WDW’s “100 Years of Magic” celebration finally get underway


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    • 51 min
    Epic Universal with Eric Hersey Ep 56-9: How soon will the Simpsons decamp for Disney World

    Epic Universal with Eric Hersey Ep 56-9: How soon will the Simpsons decamp for Disney World

    Eric Hersey & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing Universal Orlando’s new Premium Scream offering.
    They also continue their look back at how USH kept trying to build a successful show around the Universal Classic Monsters
    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Where can one find that new Butterbeer Cart souvenir candy bucket at the Universal Orlando Resort

    How long after “The Simpsons Ride” opened in 2008 did Springfield Fast Food Boulevard come online

    Who designed the 20-foot-tall animatronic serpent in USH’s “Conan: A Sword & Sorcery Spectacular” show

    What is the technical name for that space which scareactors hide in before jumping out & frightening event attendees at Halloween Horror Nights

    When Disney World started holding its “Night of Joy” after-hours hard ticket events


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    • 58 min
    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 441: How did Pixar decide which movies to make early on

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 441: How did Pixar decide which movies to make early on

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing how “The Garfield Movie” has been doing at the domestic box office. They also share some fond memories of Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman
    In this episode, listeners will learn about: 
    Which animated feature – released to theaters a year ago this week – sold $120 million worth of tickets over its opening weekend in North America

    What part of the score for “Pooh’s Hunny Hunt” (i.e., the first trackless ride at a Disney theme park) did Richard M. Sherman personally direct

    What limitation of early CG convinced Pixar’s original brain trust that they needed to make movies like “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” & “Wall-E”

    According to early box office projections, how much is “Inside Out 2” expected to earn over its first weekend in domestic release

    In the future, what will the new release pattern be for the animated features released by Pixar Animation Studios

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

starfrenzy ,

Best of the Best if you love Disney, Marvel, Universal, or Star Wars!

Jim Hill puts on entertaining, informative, and good-natured shows on so many of the topics I love. He has the best co-hosts. They are always prepared and well-versed in the topics of discussion. Disney Dish is my favorite. Jim Hill and Len Testa make up such a perfect pair. I enjoy the news updates and bits of history that are shared every week with a realistic, lighthearted view that takes into account where we’ve been as well as where we are now as a society and Disney-loving community. Marvel Us Disney with Aaron Adams is also fabulous. Jim, I hope you never retire because I would truly miss these weekly talks.

NP7506 ,

Uhhhhhh

I want to love this but there are more ‘uhhhs’ in one episode than I could ever count

Hatter3247 ,

I love them all!

Jim and his other hosts are all wonderful. I look forward each week to get my news, and listen to stories of what is happening in Disney, animation, Marvel and Star Wars!

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