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The Disney Dish with Jim Hill

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Take a walk through Walt Disney World with The Unofficial Guide's Len Testa and Jim Hill from Jim Hill Media as they talk about upcoming projects and rumored happenings from around the "World"

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 37:Disney carves out its release date calendar

May 14, 2019 2447

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by sharing their concerns about the December 2019 release date that Disney selected for Blue Sky Studios’ “Spies in Disguise.” They also use the upcoming 10th anniversary of the release of Pixar’s “Up” as an excuse to look back at this Pete Docter movie




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Disney Dish Episode 218: Why the Disney Parks build so few original attractions these days

May 13, 2019 1948

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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 memoir (which will hit store shelves on September 10th)

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Marvel Us Disney Episode 35: Mysterio’s a hero in “Far From Home” ?!

May 10, 2019 2469

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Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about why Disney is taking a low-key approach to celebrating the fact that “Avengers: Endgame” has just overtaken “Titanic” (at least when it comes to all-time box office champs). Aaron also points out some of the more intriguing ripple effects that this Russo Brothers movie is causing within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.




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Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 18: Why Spielberg & Lucas lightened things up with “Last Crusade”

May 8, 2019 2563

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Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how the Imagineers have handed the Anaheim version of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” off to Disneyland Ops teams. They then talk about how the negative reaction that “Temple of Doom” received back in 1984 led to “Indy III” deliberately revisiting the style & tone of “Raiders”




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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 36: Why Figment keeps popping up in Pixar movies

May 7, 2019 2740

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how fan reaction to the “Sonic the Hedgehog” teaser trailer forced Paramount Animation to rework the look of that film’s title character. Then Drew shares an interview that he did with “Toy Story 4” director Josh Cooley, who reveals why Pixar decided to go big with the fourth film in this acclaimed series




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Marvel Us Disney Episode 34: A spoileriffic discussion of “Avengers: Endgame”

May 3, 2019 3727

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Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by going over the menu at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Marvel Mania restaurant. They then discuss what they enjoyed about the Russo Brothers’ final film for Marvel Studios




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Universal Joint Episode 18: Universal Orlando's dragon coaster was quite a challenge

May 1, 2019 2853

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Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing how Universal Creative is now in the process of buttoning up “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.” They then talk at length about Dueling Dragons, the thrill ride that previously occupied this corner of the Lost Continent at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 35: How a Mel Gibson movie became a Will Smith film

Apr 30, 2019 1973

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Drew Taylor starts off this week’s episode by sharing his thoughts on Warner Bros. “Pokémon Detective Pikachu.” Jim Hill then does a deep dive on “Gemini Man,” the long-in-development production that originally started off life as a project at Disney’s Secret Lab







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Disney Dish Episode 217: Disneyland’s Batuu battle plan

Apr 29, 2019 2611

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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 Disneyland series by pointing out how Bob Iger’s approach to that Anaheim Resort differed from Michael Eisner’s.




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Marvel Us Disney Episode 33: Russo Brothers reveal how they made “Avengers: Endgame”

Apr 26, 2019 2912

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Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is now supposed to be the final film in the Infinity Saga. They then share audio that Drew Taylor gathered at the global media junket that Marvel Studios held earlier this month for “Avengers: Endgame”

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Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 17: Star Wars Celebration in Chicago

Apr 24, 2019 2091

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about the parallels between “Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin” opening at Disneyland Park in January of 1994 and “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios getting its opening pushed back ‘til the Spring of next year. They also discuss what’s going on with “Frozen II” just seven months out from the theatrical release of this eagerly anticipated Walt Disney Animation Studios production

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 34: Looking back at Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Apr 23, 2019 2527

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about the parallels between “Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin” opening at Disneyland Park in January of 1994 and “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios getting its opening pushed back ‘til the Spring of next year. They also discuss what’s going on with “Frozen II” just seven months out from the theatrical release of this eagerly anticipated Walt Disney Animation Studios production




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Disney Dish Episode 216: Not-so Great Moments with creepy Mr. Lincoln

Apr 22, 2019 2116

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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 embrace an attraction that features binaural sound. 




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I Want That: Episode 04: Do you remember Disney Bunnies?

Apr 20, 2019 2620

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 In a special Easter-themed episode, Michelle Valladolid & Jim Hill discussed how the Tokyo Disney Resort has turned this holiday into a two park, multi-week event. Jim then reviews the history of the Disney Bunnies, which is when DCP tried to build a brand around Thumper the Rabbit from “Bambi”




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Marvel Us Disney Episode 32: Get ready for some Marvel Us movie math

Apr 19, 2019 2536

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Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about how the limited series that Marvel Studios is producing for Disney’s soon-to-launch subscription streaming service will be different from “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” & “Agent Carter.” Jim then does a deep dive on Disney’s August 2009 acquisition of Marvel Entertainment and reveals that – given the weird way that Hollywood does its books – it’s entirely possible that the Mouse has yet to recover the full $4.2 billion that it spent to buy that comic book company.






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Universal Joint Episode 17:: How does Disney’s acquisition of Fox effect Universal’s “Simpsons Ride” ?

Apr 17, 2019 2953

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Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about the operational & safety challenges that Universal Studios Hollywood is now facing, thanks to all of those show drones this theme park is using to create that patronus effect in its new “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” projection show. Jim also reveals the “Treehouse of Horror” -inspired storyline that “The Simpsons Ride” almost had




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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 33: Are you ready for Bo Peep, action hero?

Apr 16, 2019 2406

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing Rich Moore’s decision to leave Walt Disney Animation Studios for Sony Pictures Animation. Drew also shares what he learned about “Toy Story 4” while taking part in the press day for this upcoming Pixar Animation Studios’ release




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Disney Dish Episode 215: Why is “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” running behind schedule?

Apr 15, 2019 1858

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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 Company has recently filed which  Mouse House managers hope will get Guests to look up from the screens on their iPhones.

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Marvel Us Disney Episode 31: When will the X-Men be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Apr 12, 2019 2410

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Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing how “Avengers: Endgame” ‘s three-hour-plus run-time may prevent this Russo Bros. movie from topping “Infinity Wars” record-breaking opening weekend box office take. They also talk about how the positive reaction that “Dark Phoenix” got at WonderCon last month really helped turn the toxic reputation that this X-Men movie had acquired around.






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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 32: How Disney blew it with Don Bluth

Apr 9, 2019 2459

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill look back at when Don Bluth resigned from Walt Disney Animation Studios in September of 1979 and then took 15% of that studio’s artists & animators with him. Drew then shares the interview that he did with Chris Butler, the director of “Missing Link” (i.e., Laika’s latest stop motion movie) 

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Disney Dish Episode 214: WDI debates how to update Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Apr 8, 2019 2458

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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 & Resorts survey which offers some clues about what sorts of rides, shows & attractions are possibly in the mix for Universal Orlando’s Fantastic Worlds theme park




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Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 16: Get ready for Star Wars Celebration

Apr 6, 2019 3306

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Dan Zehr reports back on his recent trip to Chicago, where he scoped out McCormick Place (i.e., the massive convention center where Star Wars Celebration is being held this year). Jim Hill then shares some behind-the-scene stories about George Lucas’ involvement in the production of “Captain EO”







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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 31: Looking back at Disneytoon Studios

Apr 2, 2019 2624

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill kick off this week’s show by talking about “Steven Universe” ‘s win at the GLAAD Media Awards. Drew then shares an interview he did with Danny Devito at the press junket for Disney’s live-action “Dumbo”




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Disney Dish Episode 213: The Atlantean Encounter that Disneyland Park almost got

Apr 1, 2019 2262

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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 September of 2000 and never re-opened




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Marvel Us Disney Episode 30: Will “The Eternals” launch the cosmic age of Marvel movies?

Mar 29, 2019 2290

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Aaron Adams & Jim Hill talk about how James Gunn’s offensive Tweets problem forced Kevin Feige to change up Marvel Studios’ batting order. They also wonder whether – after “The Infinity Saga” wraps – moviegoers will continue to turn out in record number for new Marvel Cinematic Universe releases or whether Marvel film fatigue will set in




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Universal Joint Episode 16:: Looking ahead to “Jurassic World: The Ride”

Mar 28, 2019 2236

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Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill share what they’ve learned about the work that’s been going on down on the Lower Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood. They also talk about why – when it came time to turn “Jurassic Park” into the jumping-up off point for a theme park attraction – Universal Creative opted to build a boat ride rather than a jeep-based experience







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I Want That: Episode 03: What’s in store for the Disney Store

Mar 27, 2019 2305

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 Michelle Valladolid & Jim Hill discuss how Disney hopes lightning will strike twice in 2019. First by following up 2017’s Rose Gold craze with its new Briar Rose Gold line. And then by sequelizing 2018’s wildly successful Mickey Memories merch with its Disney Wisdom collection






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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 30: Tim Burton’s early days at Disney Studios

Mar 26, 2019 3169

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by trying to sort out where exactly Disney & ABC now stand in regards to all those animated “Peanuts” specials. Then Drew shares the interviews that he did with Danny Elfman & Rick Heinrichs at the “Dumbo” media event. 

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Disney Dish Episode 212: The very model of a modern major theme park

Mar 25, 2019 2836

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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 for Theme Park No. 4 (i.e., Universal’s Fantastic Worlds) 




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Marvel Us Disney Episode 29: James Gunn reinstated as “Vol 3” director

Mar 22, 2019 2847

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Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s episodes by talking about how Disney & Universal actually came together to plus Stan Lee’s cameo appearance in “Captain Marvel.” They then discuss the role that Disney’s acquisition of Fox & ABC’s firing of Roseanne played in the “Guardians” director debacle




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Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 15: How “Star Wars Resistance” grew to be irresistible

Mar 20, 2019 2571

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Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the factors involved with The Walt Disney Company’s decision to move up the opening of Disneyland Park’s Black Spire Outpost to May 31st. They then take an in-depth look at “Star Wars Resistance” and offer conjecture on where this Lucasfilm Animation production might be headed when Season 2 starts up on the Disney Channel later this Fall





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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 29: How MGM erased “Tom & Jerry” ‘s more racist moments

Mar 19, 2019 2078

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by revealing which character Walt Disney Animation Studios favorite Alan Tudyk will be voicing in the live-action version of “Aladdin.” They then get into the convoluted history of Mammy Two Shoes, the seldom-seen-from-the-knees-up supporting character in the “Tom & Jerry” series that underwent an intriguing makeover in the 1960s & 1980s







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Disney Dish Episode 211: “Edge” gets moved up, “Resistance” gets pushed back

Mar 18, 2019 2760

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 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 recently revealing that “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” would open in Anaheim on May 31st and in Orlando on August 29th
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Marvel Us Disney Episode 28: “Captain Marvel” dominates at the box office

Mar 14, 2019 2365

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Aaron Adams & Jim Hill discuss “Captain Marvel” and how this Anna Boden / Ryan Fleck film often defied audience expectations (but in a good way). They then go on debate when exactly Kevin Feige decided to make Carol Danvers an Avengers / fold this character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe




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Universal Joint Episode 14:: Remembering Sid Sheinberg (1935 – 2019)

Mar 13, 2019 2484

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Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the history of projection mapping at Universal Parks & Resorts. They then pay tribute to the longtime president & CEO of MCA who hung tough when The Walt Disney Company tried to stop Universal from entering the Central Florida tourism market in the mid-1980s




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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 28: Rob Marshall talks about Disney’s live-action “Little Mermaid”

Mar 12, 2019 2150

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill talks about which films from the Disney Vault will actually be streamable when Disney+ goes live later this year. Drew also shares audio from the interview that he did just last week with the director of “Mary Poppins Returns” about the challenges Rob Marshall is now facing as he preps his next project for Walt Disney Pictures





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Disney Dish Episode 210: What the future holds for Epcot’s Future World

Mar 11, 2019 2164

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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 Montana-inspired visions of the future eventually translated into Tomorrowland having decorative displays of kumquats & kale.

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Marvel Us Disney Episode 27: Going bananas for Captain Marvel & Nick Fury

Mar 8, 2019 2293

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Out ahead of “Captain Marvel” ‘s opening weekend, Jim Hill & Aaron Adams talk about how Rotten Tomatoes dealt with the online trolls who were trying to artificially drive down the audience score for this Marvel Cinematic Universe film. They then take about how Disney’s attempt to take advantage of certain tax laws is impacting what’s been going on down on the construction site for Disney California Adventure’s new Spider-Man ride. 

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Looking At Lucasfilm Episode 14: Think you’ve already heard it all about “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”? Think again

Mar 6, 2019 2606

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 Dan Zehr and Jim Hill wade through the tidal wave of news that just broke about “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” Some of the factoids that they unearth in the process include that the color palette used for Florida’s version of this new “land” will be different than the one out in Southern California. Also the blue milk will be berry-melon flavored while the green milk will have more of a citrus taste






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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 27: Is Epcot’s “Journey into Imagination” pavilion about to get Docter-ed?

Mar 5, 2019 2177

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this episode by wondering if John Lasseter’s luck is starting to run out at Skydance Animation. Largely because of that open letter Emma Thompson sent to the Los Angeles Times last week (in which Emma explained why exactly she was exiting Alessandro Carloni’s “Luck”). Drew & Jim then go on talk about how animated series like Netflix’s “Race to the Edge” & the Disney Channel’s “Hotel Transylvania: The Series” now factor into studios’ decisions to greenlight sequels like “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and “Hotel Transylvania 4.”






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Disney Dish Episode 209: What part will Epcot’s new Play Pavilion play in WDW’s 50th anniversary celebration

Mar 4, 2019 1773

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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 theme park fan who claims that “Universal Creative only builds screen-based attractions.” 

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Disney Dish Episode 208: What the press preview of Anaheim’s Black Spire Outpost revealed *Special Edition*

Mar 1, 2019 3944

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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

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Marvel Us Disney Episode 26: DCL’s “Marvel Day at Sea” is a must-see for Marvel fans

Mar 1, 2019 2615

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Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how “Black Panther” & “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” did at the 91st Academy Awards. They then explain why – thanks to international waters -- the Disney Cruise Line is able to do things with the Marvel characters that the stateside Disney Parks & Resorts can only dream about.

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I Want That: Episode 02: Pocket Princesses get ready for the big time

Feb 28, 2019 2121

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Shelley Valladolid & Jim Hill start off this episode by talking about Disney D-Lish and the food-themed merch that this short-lived pop-up store sold at WDW’s Disney Springs this past weekend. They then talk about Disney Comics artist Amy Mebberson and the fun new Disney Princess items that Amy & the team at Hasbros are now collaborating on.

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Universal Joint Episode 13: Will Hiccup & Toothless follow Hagrid into the Universal Parks?

Feb 27, 2019 2783

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Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by sharing everything that they’ve heard about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. They also talk about “Dragon Gliders,” the “How to Train Your Dragons” -based storytelling coaster that DreamWorks Animation licensed to be built at Motiongate Dubai







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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 26: Who Anna and Elsa are searching for in that “Frozen 2” teaser trailer

Feb 26, 2019 2555

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Drew Taylor and Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about things they 
probably shouldn’t (EX: The name of that motorcycle-riding character from “Toy Story 4”). They then 
sequin into sharing some audio from the recent media event that was held for “Spider-Man: Into the 
Spider-Verse” out ahead of this Oscar-winning animated feature’s release on Blu-ray & 4K HD.

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Disney Dish Episode 207: Making a better (Disney) world, one damp towel at a time

Feb 25, 2019 2470

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 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 mitigating the impact that climate change will potentially have on Florida tourism.






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Marvel Us Disney Episode 25: Say Good-bye to “The Defenders” on Netflix, Hello to “The Offenders” on Hulu

Feb 23, 2019 2815

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Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this episode by discussing why President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has chosen this exact moment to fold the character of Captain Marvel into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jim then talks about the role Universal Studios Hollywood’s Marvel Mania restaurant may have played in The Walt Disney Company still not being able to use the name “Marvel” in association with either of its West Coast theme parks




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Looking At Lucasfilm Episode 13: The Star Wars-themed coaster that Disney wanted to build in the 1980s

Feb 20, 2019 2170

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Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about how (based on what happened with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) “Episode IX” really was wrapped production. They then talk about Ron Miller’s role in persuading George Lucas to let the Imagineers develop some rides, shows & attractions based on Lucasfilm productions for the Disney Parks





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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 25: When Disney wanted Michael Jackson to co-star in its “Mary Poppins” sequel

Feb 19, 2019 2566

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Drew Taylor starts off this week’s podcast by talking about “Hidden World” director Dean DeBlois shared with him about the development of DreamWorks Animation’s third “How to Train Your Dragon” movie. Then Jim Hill shares the history of Epcot’s “Journey into Imagination” attraction and the role that Pixar may play in the future of this Future World pavilion 

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Disney Dish Episode 206: When Disney World almost lost its Hall of Presidents

Feb 18, 2019 2070

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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 motion-based simulator attraction to be built in the Liberty Square section of WDW’s Magic Kingdom

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Disney Dish Episode 205: What’s going on around the edges of DHS’ “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”

Feb 15, 2019 543

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 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 “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.” 




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I Want That: Episode 01: The premiere episode of “I Want That”

Feb 14, 2019 1924

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Jim Hill & Michelle Valladolid kick off a brand-new podcast about Disney-related merch by discussing that annual-passholder-exclusive Steamboat Willie-themed popcorn bucket that was recently available for purchase at the Disneyland Resort. They then look back at the life & career of Ron Miller, the former CEO of Walt Disney Productions who recently passed away at the age of 85.






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Universal Joint Episode 13: Will T2 3D be reborn as a Jason Bourne-based attraction?

Feb 13, 2019 2568

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Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing some of the foods that will be served up in USF’s French Quarter Courtyard during this year’s Mardi Gras celebration. They then offer up some theories as to what Universal Creative currently has in the works as a replacement for “Terminator 2: 3D -- Battle Across Time.”





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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 24: Animation News, SparkShort and Robin Williams was supposed to voice who?

Feb 12, 2019 2603

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 Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by recapping the 46th annual Annie Awards. They then debate the pros & cons of “Purl,” Pixar’s inaugural SparkShort, before then talking about how “Ralph Breaks the Internet almost started with the funeral of a famous video game character. 





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Disney Dish Episode 204: Why the Seven Dwarfs drove Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty out of Fantasyland Forest

Feb 11, 2019 2457

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 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 the design of & the attraction line-up at New Fantasyland at WDW’s Magic Kingdom.








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Marvel Us Disney Episode 24: Where Chris Evans may end up after “Endgame”

Feb 8, 2019 2391

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Aaron Adams & Jim Hill dissect the “Avengers: Endgame” trailer that aired this past Sunday on Super Bowl LIII. With a particular emphasis on how the Russo Brothers, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeely have deliberately placed specific story elements in Captain America’s overall thru-line in the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past 8 years which will soon pay off in “Endgame.”





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Disney Dish Episode 203: How WDI have been Tinkertoying with DHS’ Toy Story Land

Feb 7, 2019 563

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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 WDW’s third gate.






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Looking At Lucasfilm Episode 12: Indiana Jones and the Super Bowl of Peril

Feb 6, 2019 2159

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 Dan Zehr start off this week’s show by talking about how – thanks to the polar vortex – his limited edition Columbia parka (which was inspired by the coat that the cast & crew of “Star Wars – Episode IV” wore while they were working in Finse, Norway) came in very handy this past week. Jim Hill then looks back at how Disney Parks & Resorts turned the halftime show at Super Bowl XXIX into one long commercial for the “Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye.”

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 23: Why it took Disney 18 years to produce its animated “Peter Pan”

Feb 5, 2019 2409

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing Pixar veteran Darla Anderson’s decision to sign a multi-year deal with Netflix. They then discuss why it took Disney Studios nearly two decades to produce a full length animated version of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan”  

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;Disney Dish Episode 202:: Where would you want to go on WDW’s first customizable tour?

Feb 4, 2019 2198

Description:

 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, included what it actually took to tear down Disneyland’s House of the Future back in December of 1967





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Marvel Us Disney Episode 23: Marvel News, the Perils of Plus, and Fancasting

Feb 1, 2019 2956

Description:

Aaron Adams & Jim Hill kick things off by discussing the Season Six trailer for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” They then share what they’ve heard about what Kevin Feige reportedly has planned for the Marvel Cinematic Universe after “Avengers: Endgame.” Aaron closes out the show by fancasting who he’d like to direct the “Fantastic Four” reboot




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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 22: An animated discussion about this year’s Oscar nominations

Jan 29, 2019 2043

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill talk about 2019’s nominees for Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short Film. They also talk about how “Zootopia” being the highest grossing animated film in Chinese cinematic history eventually led to Shanghai Disneyland getting a new land built around these characters





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Disney Dish Episode 201: How character greetings will be done differently at Black Spire Outpost

Jan 28, 2019 2399

Description:

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 the opening of the Disneyland Park version of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”




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Marvel Us Disney Episode 22: “Black Panther” goes for the Gold: Our special Oscar nomination edition of Marvel US Disney

Jan 25, 2019 3646

Description:

 In honor of “Black Panther” being nominated for Best Picture, Jim Hill looks back over the past 40 years of Academy Awards history and how superhero movies typically do at the Oscars. Aaron Adams then talks about the genuinely clever way music is used to enhance the emotion / clarify the storytelling in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.





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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 21: “Spy Jam,” “Race Jam,” & “Skate Jam”: Warners’ 20+ years effort to get a “Space Jam” sequel made

Jan 25, 2019 2353

Description:

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by comparing Lee Unkrich’s graceful exit from Pixar with John Lasseter’s awkward arrival at Skydance. They then do a deep dive on Warners’ “Space Jam,” tracing the origin of that live-action / animated feature back to Nike’s “Hare Jordan” & “Aerospace Jordan” commercials




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Universal Joint Episode 12: Why it’s time to stop bashing Universal for its screen-based rides

Jan 24, 2019 2030

Description:

Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill talk about the Upper Lot at Universal Studios Hollywood is being transformed for that theme park’s Lunar New Year Celebration. Then Jim wonders why – when it comes to the rides, shows & attractions that Universal Creative creates for the parks – theme park fans tend to look past all of the dimensional sets, custom-built props & animatronics and only talk about the screens.






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Disney Dish Episode 200: Are you ready to take the controls on “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” ?

Jan 21, 2019 1728

Description:

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 Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” ‘s marquee attractions




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Marvel Us Disney Episode 21: Is “Deadpool 3” dead in the water?

Jan 20, 2019 2367

Description:

 Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start this week’s show off by sharing info about the official Stan Lee tribute (which will be held the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on January 30th).  They then discuss whether Ryan Reynolds will be able to persuade Hugh Jackman to strap on his Adamantium claws one last time for a Deadpool / Wolverine team-up film.





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Looking At Lucasfilm Episode 11: The many challenges that Lucasfilm faced in 2018

Jan 17, 2019 2988

Description:

Dan Zehr & Jim Hill discuss everything from “Solo” ‘s under-performance at the box office to the online trolls who went after Kelli Marie Tran. They also talk about some of the happier things that happened in the Star Wars sphere over the past year, including the resurrection of the “Clone Wars” animated series and the promise of “The Mandalorian” over at Disney +





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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 20: Controversy engulfs Lasseter’s arrival at Skydance

Jan 15, 2019 2621

Description:

 Drew Taylor & Jim Hill discuss what’s sure to be one of the biggest animation stories of 2019: David Ellison hiring John Lasseter to be the new head of Skydance Animation. Drew & Jim also look back at Lasseter’s last year or so at Disney & Pixar and muse over whether “Cars 3” ‘s under-performance at the box office & the cancellation of “Gigantic” contributed to John’s downfall





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Disney Dish Episode 199: Why the original version of Disney California Adventure Park missed the mark

Jan 15, 2019 2132

Description:

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 currently going on in Epcot’s parking lot in regards to Uber & Lyft could impact the layout of parking lots at Disney’s other theme parks. Len & Jim then continued their Chronological Disneyland series with the initial construction of DCA.




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Disney Dish Episode 198: Live From Grand Avenue - Disney’s grand plans for DHS’ Grand Park area

Jan 14, 2019 725

Description:

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 past year to ready DHS for the opening of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”

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Marvel Us Disney Episode 20: Marvel’s highs & lows for 2018

Jan 12, 2019 2659

Description:

Aaron Adams & Jim Hill take a look back at the past year in the Marvel-Us-Disney sphere. They discuss which movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had the biggest impact on the entertainment industry & pop culture. Aaron & Jim also talk about what projects they’re most looking forward to in 2019.





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Universal Joint Episode 11: Looking back at Universal Parks & Resorts in 2018

Jan 11, 2019 4613

Description:

 Jim Hill & Dustin Fuhs put together a super-sized edition of their “Universal Joint” podcast to review the past year of changes & challenges that Parks & Resorts faced. Among the topics that they’ll be discussing is Universal Orlando’s decision to revamp USF’s operational calendar (i.e., shifting Rock the Universe from September to February, cancelling the 2019 edition of A Celebration of Harry Potter outright) so that that theme park could then expand the number of days it presents USF’s wildly popular Halloween Horror Nights. 





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Disney Dish Episode 197: Live From the Animation Courtyard - What happens to “Star Wars Launch Bay” after “Galaxy’s Edge” opens

Jan 8, 2019 568

Description:

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 Hollywood with WDW Guests desire to find brand-new rides, shows & attractions to experience whenever they visit DHS.  





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Disney Dish Episode 196:Aulani may just be the ult imate Disney Resort

Jan 7, 2019 2437

Description:

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.









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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 19: The Year in Review for Animation 2018

Jan 2, 2019 1559

Description:

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill look back at this year’s high points & low points when it comes to film and television animation. They also talk about projects that they’re really looking forward to in 2019 like Sergio Pablos’ “Klaus” 

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Disney Dish Episode 195: Live From the Studios - Tinsel Town really piles on the tinsel for DHS’ holiday celebration

Jan 1, 2019 746

Description:

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 Stage!” with a new “Tangled” -themed show out ahead of the Resort’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2021.






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Disney Dish Episode 194:What’s behind Be Our Guest’s recent drop in readers satisfaction ratings?

Dec 31, 2018 2497

Description:

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 significantly slow down the load / unload time for “Smugglers Run.” Len then talks some of his recent dining experiences around the WDW Resort

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Marvel Us Disney Episode 19: “Avengers: Endgame” is only the beginning for Marvel Studios in 2019

Dec 28, 2018 1859

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As 2018 winds down, Aaron Adams & Jim Hill look ahead to whatever surprises the Marvel Cinematic Universe has in store for next year. They discuss whether a German press release may have prematurely tipped Marvel’s hand when it comes to the end of “Avengers: Endgame” as well as Could a Marvel comic that will go on sale in March offer some clues about what the storyline of “Spider-Man: Far from Home” will be?

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Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 10: How gaming influenced the design of “Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run”

Dec 25, 2018 1981

Description:

Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this episode by sharing what they know about the much-anticipated teaser trailer for “Star Wars: Episode IX.” They then discuss the “Rogue One” -inspired TV series that is now being readied for Disney’s new subscription service (which bows in 2019). Finally, Dan & Jim share the latest news coming out of Disney Parks & Resorts about “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”







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Disney Dish Episode 193: Live From Tomorrowland-Is a “Slaughter Race” -based attraction headed to Disney World?

Dec 24, 2018 612

Description:

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 Lightcycle Power Run Coaster as well as what WDI possibly has in the works to replace “Stitch’s Great Escape.”




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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 18:Which animated films will come out on top for the 2018 holiday season?

Dec 24, 2018 2198

Description:

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s podcast by discussing – given all of the stellar reviews that “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has received to date – why this Sony Pictures Animation film only earned $35.4 million over its opening weekend in domestic release. Drew & Jim also look ahead to “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” & “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” which are both being released in February of 2019




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Universal Joint Episode 10: Which characters & IPs are reportedly headed to Universal’s Fantastic Worlds theme park

Dec 19, 2018 2791

Description:

Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about how 
Illumination’s new animated “Grinch” stacks up against the live-action version of this Dr. Seuss story 
that Universal Pictures released back in November of 2000. Dustin & Jim also review recent filings that 
Universal Parks & Resort has made with Orange County officials, which could reveal what’s coming next 
to CityWalk and/or what’s in the works for Universal Orlando’s next theme park.

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Disney Dish Episode 192: Live from Frontierland -21st century politics & flume rides don’t mix in Frontierland

Dec 17, 2018 613

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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 Corporate’s patience one too many times. Len & Jim also talk about how recent changes to the props used to decorate the queue space with “Splash Mountain” illustrate the Company’s continuing efforts to stay PC.

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Disney Dish Episode 191: Live from Fantasyland-New Fantasyland to be spruced up ahead of WDW’s 50th anniversary celebration

Dec 10, 2018 833

Description:

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 Tower. Len & Jim also discuss why Disney World’s Safety team ordered that changes be made to the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak water play area.

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Marvel Us Disney Episode 18: A Tribute to Stan Lee, and not so Marvelous News for Daredevil

Dec 7, 2018 2870

Description:

The Man without Fear is now a Man without a Network, as Netflix cancels Daredevil. Also, Jim and Aaron spend the second half of the show remembering Stan Lee and the mark his works left on us and the world.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Marvel Us Disney Episode 18: A Tribute to Stan Lee, and not so Marvelous News for Daredevil

Dec 7, 2018 2870

Description:

The Man without Fear is now a Man without a Network, as Netflix cancels Daredevil.  Also, Jim and Aaron spend the second half of the show remembering Stan Lee and the mark his works left on us and the world.

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 17: Who actually did the animation for “Mary Poppins Returns” ?

Dec 4, 2018 1779

Description:

Drew Taylor and Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about why the late Stan Lee’s cameo in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a real standout in that Sony Pictures Animation film. These two then talk about the possible impact that John Lasseter’s slow-motion exit from Disney and Pixar may have had on “The Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 17: Who actually did the animation for “Mary Poppins Returns” ?

Dec 4, 2018 1779

Description:

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about why the late Stan Lee’s cameo in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a real standout in that Sony Pictures Animation film. These two then talk about the possible impact that John Lasseter’s slow-motion exit from Disney & Pixar may have had on “The Incredibles 2” & “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.”



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Disney Dish Episode 190: Details on Grand Destino, “Epcot Forever,” and Star Wars Hotel

Dec 4, 2018 2334

Description:

Len Testa and 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 Adventura Hotel. They also look ahead to the construction challenges that WDW’s Entertainment team will be facing as they ready World Showcase Lagoon for Epcot’s new nighttime extravaganza (which is slated to open in 2020).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Disney Dish Episode 190: Details on Grand Destino, “Epcot Forever,” & Star Wars Hotel

Dec 4, 2018 2334

Description:

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 Adventura Hotel. They also look ahead to the construction challenges that WDW’s Entertainment team will be facing as they ready World Showcase Lagoon for Epcot’s new nighttime extravaganza (which is slated to open in 2020).

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Disney Dish Episode 189: Scene One and Done in Liberty Square

Dec 3, 2018 551

Description:

Len Testa and 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 and Jim talk about the stylized open sewer that the Imagineers inserted in this land. They also talk about why the Haunted Mansion’s interactive queue has had trouble connected with international visitors to this Resort.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Disney Dish Episode 189: Scene One & Done in Liberty Square

Dec 3, 2018 551

Description:

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. They also talk about why the Haunted Mansion’s interactive queue has had trouble  connected with international visitors to this Resort.

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 16: Fine Tooning Q and A, recorded live at WDW

Nov 27, 2018 2037

Description:

Immediately after they finished doing a live recording of their "Fine Tooning" podcast at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort earlier this month, Drew Taylor and Jim Hill began taking questions from listeners who attended that event. The topics that got touched on in this off-the-cuff session include how "Winnie-the-Pooh" 's July 2011 release date helped kill off 2-D animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 16: Fine Tooning Q & A, recorded live at WDW

Nov 27, 2018 2037

Description:

Immediately after they finished doing a live recording of their "Fine Tooning" podcast at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort earlier this month, Drew Taylor & Jim Hill began taking questions from listeners who attended that event. The topics that got touched on in this off-the-cuff session include how "Winnie-the-Pooh" 's July 2011 release date helped kill off 2-D animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios.



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Disney Dish Episode 188: Mapping out WDI’s plans to redo Adventureland at WDW’s Magic Kingdom

Nov 26, 2018 1007

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Len Testa and 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 Adventureland. They then discuss how the Jungle Skipper Cantina Restaurant has been a real challenge for WDW’s Food and Beverage team. Len and Jim close things out by pointing out how “A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas” is similar to the Magic Kingdom’s “Dumbo the Flying Elephant” spinner ride.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Disney Dish Episode 188: Mapping out WDI’s plans to redo Adventureland at WDW’s Magic Kingdom

Nov 26, 2018 1007

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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 Adventureland. They then discuss how the Jungle Skipper Cantina Restaurant has been a real challenge for WDW’s Food & Beverage team. Len & Jim close things out by pointing out how “A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas” is similar to the Magic Kingdom’s “Dumbo the Flying Elephant” spinner ride.







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Disney Dish Episode 187: Live from Main street

Nov 19, 2018 756

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Disney Dish Episode 187: Live from Main street-Walking down Main Street, U​.​S​.​A. during the 2018 holiday season

Nov 19, 2018 756

Description:

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 & Jim then discuss how the redo of this theme park's Central Plaza didn't go quite as the Imagineers had hoped.

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 15: Live from Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Nov 13, 2018 2048

Description:

Drew Taylor and Jim Hill start off this podcast (which was recorded in front of a live audience) by recapping their "Pixar in the Park" event. They then discuss all of the Disney talent that's now making new animated projects for Netflix. Finally Drew discusses "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2" and what Disney-related gags got cut out of this Rich Moore/Phil Johnston film. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 15: Live from Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Nov 13, 2018 2048

Description:

Drew Taylor and Jim Hill start off this podcast (which was recorded in front of a live audience) by recapping their "Pixar in the Park" event. They then discuss all of the Disney talent that's now making new animated projects for Netflix. Finally Drew discusses "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2" and what Disney-related gags got cut out of this Rich Moore/Phil Johnston film. 

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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 2624

Description:

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 Parks and Anaheim. They also contrast Disneyland Park's plan to handle the crowds for "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" with the way Disney's Hollywood Studios is thinking about having Guests queue up for this 14-acre land.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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 2624

Description:

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 Parks & Anaheim. They also contrast Disneyland Park's plan to handle the crowds for "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" with the way Disney's Hollywood Studios is thinking about having Guests queue up for this 14-acre land.

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Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 9: A look inside Rancho Obi-Wan. What George Lucas originally wanted "Star Tours 2.0" to be like

Oct 31, 2018 2617

Description:

Dan Zehr and Jim Hill start off this episode by discussing the latest news coming off of the set of "The Mandalorian." These two then answer a piece of listener mail regarding when the Anaheim version of "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" will be open to the public. Finally, Dan talks about his experience at this year's Gala at Rancho Obi-Wan.

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 14: As Guillermo del Toro readies his long-in-the-works "Pinocchio," Ed Catmull gets ready to retire

Oct 30, 2018 2692

Description:

Drew Taylor and Jim Hill start off these week's podcast off by discussing the stop motion version of "Pinocchio" that Guillermo del Toro is now prepping for Netflix. Then it's how Hollywood is commemorating the 20th and 25th anniversaries of DreamWorks Animation's "The Prince of Egypt" and "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas." Finally, Drew and Jim talk about why Ed Catmull's legacy -- when it comes to animation -- is complicated, to say the least.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 14: As Guillermo del Toro readies his long-in-the-works "Pinocchio," Ed Catmull gets ready to retire

Oct 30, 2018 2692

Description:

Drew Taylor and Jim Hill start off these week's podcast off by discussing the stop motion version of "Pinocchio" that Guillermo del Toro is now prepping for Netflix. Then it's how Hollywood is commemorating the 20th and 25th anniversaries of DreamWorks Animation's "The Prince of Egypt" and "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas." Finally, Drew and Jim talk about why Ed Catmull's legacy -- when it comes to animation -- is complicated, to say the least.

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Disney Dish Episode 185: Teeny trains at Epcot. Big changes coming to "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster" in Paris

Oct 29, 2018 2122

Description:

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 and Resorts. Len then shares a bunch of patents that The Walt Disney Company recently filed and speculates on how all of this cutting-edge technology may be employed as part of "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge."Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Disney Dish Episode 185: Teeny trains at Epcot. Big changes coming to "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster" in Paris

Oct 29, 2018 2122

Description:

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 & Resorts. Len then shares a bunch of patents that The Walt Disney Company recently filed and speculates on how all of this cutting-edge technology may be employed as part of "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge."

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Universal Joint Episode 9:: 20 million Butterbeers equals big bucks for Universal Parks and Resorts

Oct 26, 2018 2355

Description:

Dustin Fuhs and Jim Hill starts off this episode by pointing out that Universal Orlando Resort has been following Walt Disney World's lead when it comes to repeatedly the price to park at their theme parks. After that, Dustin and Jim discuss the huge boost that the sale of Butterbeer has given Universal Parks and Resorts' bottom line. Fuhs and Hill then close out this week's podcast by looking back at the time that MCA Universal was able to swipe the theme parks to Rocky and Bullwinkle right out from under The Walt Disney Company.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Universal Joint Episode 9: 20 million Butterbeers equals big bucks for Universal Parks & Resorts

Oct 26, 2018 2355

Description:

Dustin Fuhs and Jim Hill starts off this episode by pointing out that Universal Orlando Resort has been following Walt Disney World's lead when it comes to repeatedly the price to park at their theme parks. After that, Dustin and Jim discuss the huge boost that the sale of Butterbeer has given Universal Parks and Resorts' bottom line. The co-hosts then close out this week's podcast by looking back at the time that MCA Universal was able to swipe the rights to Rocky and Bullwinkle right out from under The Walt Disney Company.

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Disney Dish Episode 184: An in-depth look at Disney World's new date-based ticket pricing system

Oct 22, 2018 1880

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Len Testa and 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 date-based ticket pricing system (which debuted on October 16th). They then share new information about the Marvel superhero-themed land that's being built at Disney California Adventure Park. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Disney Dish Episode 184: An in-depth look at Disney World's new date-based ticket pricing system

Oct 22, 2018 1880

Description:

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 date-based ticket pricing system (which debuted on October 16th). They then share new information about the Marvel superhero-themed land that's being built at Disney California Adventure Park. 

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Marvel Us Disney Episode 17: Is "Venom" a complete fumble? Or a dumb-but-fun flick?

Oct 19, 2018 2403

Description:

Aaron Adams and Jim Hill start off this episode by discussing Warner Bros' recent decision to hire James Gunn to direct "Suicide Squad 2." After that, Aaron and Jim turn then attention to what Chris Evans tweeted out from the set of "Avengers 4" as reshoots of that eagerly awaited Marvel Cinematic Universe movie wrapped. Then it's time to debate "Venom," that Columbia Pictures releases that's been burning up the box office but dividing Marvel film fansWell here is a shocker, Jim and Aaron have different opinions on the Venom movie. The safe bet is the Spider-Man fan had some issues, it's ok, we expected that. But are there still bright spots in the movie? Certainly. But is it with your 8 bucks? That is a more challenging question.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Marvel Us Disney Episode 17: Is "Venom" a complete fumble? Or a dumb-but-fun flick?

Oct 19, 2018 2403

Description:

Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this episode by discussing Warner Bros' recent decision to hire James Gunn to direct "Suicide Squad 2." After that, Aaron & Jim turn then attention to what Chris Evans tweeted out from the set of "Avengers 4" as reshoots of that eagerly awaited Marvel Cinematic Universe movie wrapped. Then it's time to debate "Venom," that Columbia Pictures releases that's been burning up the box office but dividing Marvel film fans

Well here is a shocker, Jim and Aaron have different opinions on the Venom movie.  The safe bet is the Spider-Man fan had some issues, it's ok, we expected that.  But are there still bright spots in the movie?  Certainly.  But is it with your 8 bucks?  That is a more challenging question.

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Universal Joint Episode 8: More magic coming to Hogsmeade in 2019. Universal Orlando just doesn't want to be specific about when

Oct 16, 2018 2574

Description:

Dustin Fuhs and Jim Hill start off this week's show by talking about how the November 9th release of Illumination Entertainment's "The Grinch" may be impacting Universal Parks and Resorts' holiday plans. Jim then talks about the movie version of "Wicked" that Universal Pictures is readying and the possible impact that this IP could have on the Parks. Fuhs and Hill then close out this podcast by talking about all of the hard lessons that the Universal Orlando Resort learned back in 2009 from the delayed opening of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Universal Joint Episode 8: More magic coming to Hogsmeade in 2019. Universal Orlando just doesn't want to be specific about when

Oct 16, 2018 2574

Description:

Dustin Fuhs and Jim Hill start off this week's show by talking about how the November 9th release of Illumination Entertainment's "The Grinch" may be impacting Universal Parks & Resorts' holiday plans.  Jim then talks about the movie version of "Wicked" that Universal Pictures is readying and the possible impact that this IP could have on the Parks. Fuhs and Hill then close out this podcast by talking about all of the hard lessons that the Universal Orlando Resort learned back in 2009 from the delayed opening of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 13: "Cycles" breaks new ground for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Live-action "Lilo and Stitch" now in development

Oct 16, 2018 2381

Description:

Drew Taylor and Jim Hill start off this week's podcast by sharing their impressions of the recently released teaser trailer for Disney's live-action reimagining of "Aladdin." Drew and Jim then discuss how the huge popularity of "Lilo and Stitch" overseas undoubtedly factored into the Studio's decision to put a live-action / CG hybrid reboot of this 2002 WDAS hand-drawn film into development. Finally Taylor talks about what it's like to experience "Cycles," Walt Disney Animation Studios' first-ever virtual-reality shortLearn more about your ad choices. Visit

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 13: "Cycles" breaks new ground for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Live-action "Lilo & Stitch" now in development

Oct 16, 2018 2381

Description:

Drew Taylor and Jim Hill start off this week's podcast by sharing their impressions of the recently released teaser trailer for Disney's live-action reimagining of "Aladdin." Drew and Jim then discuss how the huge popularity of "Lilo and Stitch" overseas undoubtedly factored into the Studio's decision to put a live-action / CG hybrid reboot of this 2002 WDAS hand-drawn film into development. Finally Taylor talks about what it's like to experience "Cycles," Walt Disney Animation Studios' first-ever virtual-reality short

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Disney Dish Episode 183: A Disney Lakeside Lodge to be WDW's next DVC. How Starbucks came to be part of Disney Parks and Resorts

Oct 15, 2018 3097

Description:

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 and Resorts will charge for early morning access to "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge." Finally, Jim reveals how the placement of the banks and camera stores at WDW's Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Park influenced where Walt Disney Imagineering placed the in-park Starbucks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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 3097

Description:

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 and Resorts will charge for early morning access to "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge." Finally, Jim reveals how the placement of the banks & camera stores at WDW's Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Park influenced where Walt Disney Imagineering placed the in-park Starbucks 

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Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 8: "The Mandalorian" heads to Disney Play. Disneyland preps "Star Wars 101" study guide

Oct 10, 2018 2217

Description:

Dan Zehr and Jim Hill start off this podcast by sharing what they've learned about that live-action series which Jon Favreau has been prepping for Disney's subscription streaming service. Dan and Jim then discuss Bob Iger's decision to extend Kathleen Kennedy's deal to run Lucasfilm through 2021. After that, they share what the Disneyland Resort Line has been revealing about "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" to cast members. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 8: "The Mandalorian" heads to Disney Play. Disneyland preps "Star Wars 101" study guide

Oct 10, 2018 2217

Description:

Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this podcast by sharing what they've learned about that live-action series which Jon Favreau has been prepping for Disney's subscription streaming service. Dan & Jim then discuss Bob Iger's decision to extend Kathleen Kennedy's deal to run Lucasfilm through 2021. After that, they share what the Disneyland Resort Line has been revealing about "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" to cast members. 

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 12: Brad Bird's next project and Disney's aborted Mickey Mouse "Christopher Columbus" featurette

Oct 9, 2018 2237

Description:

Drew Taylor and Jim Hill first discuss all of the animation-related news coming out of this year's New York Comic-Con. They then puzzle over the live action / cg project that Brad Bird is supposedly working on as his follow-up to "The Incredibles 2." Finally Jim talks about the animated featurette that was supposed to serve as the follow-up to 1990's "The Prince and the Pauper," "Christopher Columbus" starring Mickey Mouse

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 12: Brad Bird's next project and Disney's aborted Mickey Mouse "Christopher Columbus" featurette

Oct 9, 2018 2237

Description:

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill first discuss all of the animation-related news coming out of this year's New York Comic-Con. They then puzzle over the live action / cg project that Brad Bird is supposedly working on as his follow-up to "The Incredibles 2." Finally Jim talks about the animated featurette that was supposed to serve as the follow-up to 1990's "The Prince and the Pauper," "Christopher Columbus" starring Mickey Mouse

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Disney Dish Episode 182: Listener questions about WDW's Skyliner, "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," and flexible ticket pricing

Oct 8, 2018 2271

Description:

Len Testa and 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 in the late Spring / early Summer of 2019. Finally Len and Jim weigh in on the new tool that's about to come online for Disney World's flexible ticket pricing.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Disney Dish Episode 182: Listener questions about WDW's Skyliner, "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," and flexible ticket pricing

Oct 8, 2018 2271

Description:

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 in the late Spring / early Summer of 2019. Finally Len & Jim weigh in on the new tool that's about to come online for Disney World's flexible ticket pricing.

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Marvel Us Disney Episode 16: Captain Marvel Trailer, Avengers 4 Title and Is Loki Really Dead

Oct 5, 2018 2369

Description:

Jim and Aaron discuss their initial reactions to Captain Marvels first Teaser Trailer. Also, Jim gets Aaron hip to Chewie the cat and discuss how Disney is using that "Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors" TV movie to help get this franchise's younger fans ready for Marvel Studios' March 2019 release. They also have their own theories about the theory that's making the rounds online about how the God of Mischief could have survived his run-in with Thanos.. And last but not least we cover what may (or may not be) the final word on James Gunn, and how Spider-Man spins another tangled web on the PS4.

Marvel Us Disney Episode 16: Captain Marvel Trailer, Avengers 4 Title and Is Loki Really Dead

Oct 5, 2018 2369

Description:

Jim and Aaron discuss their initial reactions to Captain Marvels first Teaser Trailer.  Also, Jim gets Aaron hip to Chewie the cat and discuss how Disney is using that "Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors" TV movie to help get this franchise's younger fans ready for Marvel Studios' March 2019 release. They also have their own theories about the theory that's making the rounds online about how the God of Mischief could have survived his run-in with Thanos.. And last but not least we cover what may (or may not be) the final word on James Gunn, and how Spider-Man spins another tangled web on the PS4.

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 11: Why does Disney princess Tiana look different in "Ralph Breaks the Internet"?

Oct 2, 2018 2134

Description:

Drew Taylor and Jim Hill start things off by talking bout the key role master animator Mark Henn played in translating Disney's hand-drawn princesses into CG characters. Next Drew and Jim discuss the "Harvey Birdman, Attorney General" special that will be airing on Adult Swim later this month. Then Taylor and Hill look back at Disney Legend Woolie Reitherman and the role that recycled / repurposed animation had to do with the adoption of xerography at Walt Disney Animation Studios in the early 1960s.

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 11: Why does Disney princess Tiana look different in "Ralph Breaks the Internet"?

Oct 2, 2018 2134

Description:

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start things off by talking bout the key role master animator Mark Henn played in translating Disney's hand-drawn princesses into CG characters. Next Drew & Jim discuss the "Harvey Birdman, Attorney General" special that will be airing on Adult Swim later this month. Then Taylor & Hill look back at Disney Legend Woolie Reitherman and the role that recycled / repurposed animation had to do with the adoption of xerography at Walt Disney Animation Studios in the early 1960s.

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Disney Dish Episode 181: Skymosphere in Epcot's replacement of "Illuminations" and Thunder in Paradise

Oct 1, 2018 1789

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Len Testa and Jim Hill discuss the impact that swapping out Epcot's nighttime show will have on all the restaurants around World Showcase. Then Len and Jim look back at "Thunder in Paradise," the short-lived syndicated series from the producers of "Bay Watch" that was shot around the Walt Disney World Resort in the early 1990s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Disney Dish Episode 181: Skymosphere in Epcot's replacement of "Illuminations" and Thunder in Paradise

Oct 1, 2018 1849

Description:

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" that was 
shot around the Walt Disney World Resort in the early 1990s.






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Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 7: Lucasfilm looks for new ways to expand the franchise's appeal

Sep 26, 2018 2530

Description:

Dan Zehr and Jim Hill start off this week's "Looking at Lucasfilm" by discussing Disney Parks and Resorts' somewhat controversial decision to sell alcohol to Guests visiting Black Spire Outpost. Dan and Jim next speculate about which characters from the "Star Wars" movies and TV shows will pop up on "Resistance." Then Zehr and Hill talk about all of the great Lucasfilm-related stories that are shared on that Netflix Original series, "The Toys That Made Us."

Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 7: Lucasfilm looks for new ways to expand the franchise's appeal

Sep 26, 2018 2530

Description:

Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this week's "Looking at Lucasfilm" by discussing Disney Parks & Resorts' somewhat controversial decision to sell alcohol to Guests visiting Black Spire Outpost. Dan & Jim next speculate about which characters from the "Star Wars" movies & TV shows will pop up on "Resistance." Then Zehr & Hill talk about all of the great Lucasfilm-related stories that are shared on that Netflix Original series, "The Toys That Made Us."











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Universal Joint Episode 7: Is Universal Orlando shifting the date of its Christian music fest so Halloween Horror Nights can start earlier in September?

Sep 25, 2018 3671

Description:

First Jim Hill reports in on "The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad" 's final day of performances at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Then Dustin Fuhs weighs in on whether or not he thinks the Universal Orlando Resort will soon expand its HHN offerings to include a Zombie Run 5K. Finally Jim walks UJ listeners through all 10 houses and 5 scare zones that Universal Creative has brought to life (or should I say life-after-death?) for Halloween Horror Nights 28.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Universal Joint Episode 7: Universal Orlando's shifting event schedule

Sep 25, 2018 3671

Description:

First Jim Hill reports in on "The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad" 's final day of performances at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Then Dustin Fuhs weighs in on whether or not he thinks the Universal Orlando Resort will soon expand its HHN offerings to include a Zombie Run 5K. Finally Jim walks UJ listeners through all 10 houses & 5 scare zones that Universal Creative has brought to life (or should I say life-after-death?) for Halloween Horror Nights 28.





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Disney Dish Episode 180: Could Free Dining be on its way out at Disney World?

Sep 25, 2018 1680

Description:

Len Testa starts off this episode by discussing what changes are in the works for Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort and Mickey's Backyard BBQ at the Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. Next Jim Hill talks up Evermore Park, that immersive theatrical experience which is about to throw open its doors in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Then Len and Jim discuss how Port Canaveral is getting ready for the next three ships that are about to be added to the Disney Cruise Line's fleet.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Disney Dish Episode 180: Could Free Dining be on its way out at Disney World?

Sep 25, 2018 1680

Description:

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 immersive theatrical experience which is about to throw open its doors in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Then Len & Jim discuss how Port Canaveral is getting ready for the next three ships that are about to be added to the Disney Cruise Line's fleet.







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Marvel Us Disney Episode 15: Marvel Panels at NYCC, Iron Fist Review

Sep 21, 2018 2394

Description:

Aaron Adams and Jim Hill first discuss the roles that the Skrulls will soon play in Marvel's Cinematic Universe. They then reveal which villains from the original "Guardians of the Galaxy" film will also be appearing in "Captain Marvel." Finally Aaron offers his take on Season Two of "Iron Fist."

Marvel Us Disney Episode 15: Marvel Panels at NYCC, Iron Fist Review

Sep 21, 2018 2394

Description:

Aaron Adams & Jim Hill first discuss the roles that the Skrulls will soon play in Marvel's Cinematic Universe. They then reveal which villains from the original "Guardians of the Galaxy" film will also be appearing in "Captain Marvel." Finally Aaron offers his take on Season Two of "Iron Fist."

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 10: Return of the Last Airbender, Mary Poppins Returns trailer, Bojack Horseman and The Venture Brothers

Sep 19, 2018 2129

Description:

Drew Taylor starts off this week's "Fine Tooning" by focusing a spotlight on the first-ever official collaboration between Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios. Then Jim Hill talks about Frank Thomas' struggles when it came to animating those dancing penguins in the original "Mary Poppins" movie. Then Drew and Jim talk about some of the more innovative things that are going on in television animation -- including how Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media moved at warp speed to cash in on Disney Junior's latest star.

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 10: Return of the Last Airbender, Mqry Poppins Returns, Bojack Horseman

Sep 19, 2018 2129

Description:

Drew Taylor starts off this week's "Fine Tooning" by focusing a spotlight on the first-ever official collaboration between Walt Disney Animation Studios & Pixar Animation Studios. Then Jim Hill talks about Frank Thomas' struggles when it came to animating those dancing penguins in the original "Mary Poppins" movie. Then Drew & Jim talk about some of the more innovative things that are going on in television animation -- including how Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media moved at warp speed to cash in on Disney Junior's latest star.

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Disney Dish Episode 179: Is it time for a two part Food and Wine? Why are the Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim brawling?

Sep 17, 2018 2160

Description:

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 and Wine Festival could be improved (i.e., Ice Cream 'round the World). Then Jim uses the closure of "A Bug's Land" at Disney California Adventure Park as an excuse to look back at the closing of "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" at WDW's Magic Kingdom as well as offering a construction update on the TRON Lightcycle coaster.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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 2160

Description:

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 Cream 'round the World). Then Jim uses the closure of "A Bug's Land" at Disney California Adventure Park as an excuse to look back at the closing of "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" at WDW's Magic Kingdom as well as offering a construction update on the TRON Lightcycle coaster.

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Universal Joint Episode 6: Everything's expanding - WWOHP, HHN and RTU (Running Through Universal)

Sep 14, 2018 3089

Description:

It's that time of year - late August - so of course Jim and Dustin are talking about Halloween in the theme parks. They also discuss Universal Orlando's future expansion and possible running events. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Universal Joint Episode 6: Everything's expanding - WWOHP, HHN and RTU (Running Through Universal)

Sep 14, 2018 3089

Description:

It's that time of year - late August - so of course Jim and Dustin are talking about Halloween in the theme parks. They also discuss Universal Orlando's future expansion and possible running events. 

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 9: Say farewell to Adventure Time. Look ahead to "Roger Rabbit" making-of book

Sep 11, 2018 3298

Description:

Drew Taylor pays tribute to his best friend from middle school, Penn Ward (i.e., the creator of "Adventure Time"). Then Jim and Drew discuss the history of Warner Feature Animation's efforts -- post-"Space Jam" and "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" -- to build a new feature film around various characters from the Looney Tunes stable.They also make a big announcement about an upcoming Fine Tooning Live event from Disney World, with Storybook Destinations.To join us for a very special Fine Tooning Live event from Disney World, November 9th through the 12th, go to storybook destinations.com for a complete schedule and booking info.

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 9: Say farewell to Adventure Time. Look ahead to "Roger Rabbit" making-of book

Sep 11, 2018 3298

Description:

Drew Taylor pays tribute to his best friend from middle school, Penn Ward (i.e., the creator of "Adventure Time"). Then Jim & Drew discuss the history of Warner Feature Animation's efforts -- post-"Space Jam" & "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" -- to build a new feature film around various characters from the Looney Tunes stable.
They also make a big announcement about an upcoming Fine Tooning Live event from Disney World, with Storybook Destinations.

To join us for a very special Fine Tooning Live event from Disney World, November 9th through the 12th, go to storybook destinations.com for a complete schedule and booking info.

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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 2054

Description:

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 Imagineering for Disneyland's 10th anniversary. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0768379/And to prove that the use of technology in and around the parks is advancing by leaps and bounds, Jim and Len discuss the possible application of a novel floor system for a person walking in a VR environment in both The Void Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire (video below) and Galaxy's Edge.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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 2054

Description:

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 Imagineering for Disneyland's 10th anniversary. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0768379/

And to prove that the use of technology in and around the parks is advancing by leaps and bounds, Jim and Len discuss the possible application of a novel floor system for a person walking in a VR environment in both The Void Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire (video below) and Galaxy's Edge.

https://youtu.be/Oad_t6k3w5c


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Disney Dish Episode 177: Update - Disney's Skyliner and Universal Orlando's Aventura Hotel

Sep 3, 2018 2984

Description:

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.)

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Episode 177: Skyliner and Aventura

Sep 3, 2018 2984

Description:

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 your ad choices. Visit

Marvel Us Disney Episode 14: Live from Indy Disney Meet

Aug 31, 2018 2426

Description:

Jim and Aaron talk about post Infinity Wars gossip, the firing of "the Gunn" and whatever else pops up during a live chat with the audience.  Look out or a listener question asking about if a certain Fox movie Queen can ever become a Disney Princess.

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Marvel Us Disney Episode 14: Live from Indy Disney Meet

Aug 31, 2018 2426

Description:

Jim and Aaron talk about post Infinity Wars gossip, the firing of "the Gunn" and whatever else pops up during a live chat with the audience. Look out or a listener question asking about if a certain Fox movie Queen can ever become a Disney Princess.

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 8: Smallfoot Rugrats Duck Tales Disenchantment

Aug 29, 2018 2465

Description:

Jim Hill & Drew Taylor report in from Burbank. Where Drew -- after catching an early press screening of "Smallfoot" at Warner Bros -- praises Alex Hirsch's new "Gravity Falls: Lost Legends" book. Meanwhile Jim discusses the development of the Disney Channel's "DuckTales" reboot as well as revealing how he accidentally got a peek at Nickelodeon's plans to revive its "Rugrats" animated series.

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 8: Smallfoot Rugrats Duck Tales Disenchantment

Aug 29, 2018 2465

Description:

Jim Hill and Drew Taylor report in from Burbank. Where Drew -- after catching an early press screening of "Smallfoot" at Warner Bros -- praises Alex Hirsch's new "Gravity Falls: Lost Legends" book. Meanwhile Jim discusses the development of the Disney Channel's "DuckTales" reboot as well as revealing how he accidentally got a peek at Nickelodeon's plans to revive its "Rugrats" animated series.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Disney Dish Episode 176: Disney Transportation: Cruise ships, helicopters and the Millenium Falcon

Aug 27, 2018 1568

Description:

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 interactive part of the Millenium Falcon ride.

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Disney Dish Episode 176: Disney Transportation: Cruise ships, helicopters and the Millenium Falcon

Aug 27, 2018 1568

Description:

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 interactive part of the Millenium Falcon ride.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 6: What's going on with the stand-alone Obi-wan project

Aug 22, 2018 1835

Description:

As Summer 2018 draws to a close, Dan Zehr and Jim Hill take one last look at "Solo: A Star Wars Story" and compare how this Lucasfilm, Ltd. production did at the domestic box office to how other Hollywood blockbusters did over the past three months. Dan and Jim also answer a listener's question and opt to take a closer look at Ron Howard's "Willow."

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Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 6: What's going on with the stand-alone Obi-wan project

Aug 22, 2018 1835

Description:

As Summer 2018 draws to a close, Dan Zehr and Jim Hill take one last look at "Solo: A Star Wars Story" and compare how this Lucasfilm, Ltd. production did at the domestic box office to how other Hollywood blockbusters did over the past three months. Dan and Jim also answer a listener's question and opt to take a closer look at Ron Howard's "Willow."Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 175: UG readers reveal their favorite restaurants at Universal Orlando's parks and resorts

Aug 20, 2018 2073

Description:

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 Hall of Presidents as well as inside of Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando's water theme park).

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Episode 175: UG readers reveal their favorite restaurants at Universal Orlando's parks and resorts

Aug 20, 2018 2073

Description:

Len Testa and 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 Hall of Presidents as well as inside of Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando's water theme park).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Universal Joint Episode 5: Comcast's dream of acquiring Fox fades, Universal gears up to expand Fast and Furious franchise

Aug 18, 2018 2951

Description:

In their fifth "Universal Joint" podcast, Dustin Fuhs and Jim Hill discuss whether Comcast's pursuit of pay-TV giant Sky could possibly lead to the sunseting of Universal Parks & Resort's licensing deal with Marvel Entertainment. They also discuss how the continuing popularity of the "Fast & Furious" films not only led to Universal bringing this IP into their theme parks but also led to the Luke Hobbs & Deckard Shaw characters being spun off into their own series of movies.

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Universal Joint Episode 5: Comcast's dream of acquiring Fox fades, Universal gears up to expand Fast and Furious franchise

Aug 18, 2018 2951

Description:

In their fifth "Universal Joint" podcast, Dustin Fuhs and Jim Hill discuss whether Comcast's pursuit of pay-TV giant Sky could possibly lead to the sunseting of Universal Parks and Resort's licensing deal with Marvel Entertainment. They also discuss how the continuing popularity of the "Fast and Furious" films not only led to Universal bringing this IP into their theme parks but also led to the Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw characters being spun off into their own series of movies.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Disney Dish Episode 174: It's All About the Numbers

Aug 14, 2018 2640

Description:

What will, won't or may happen in Epcot and elsewhere in WDW could depend on the numbers.

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Disney Dish Episode 174: It's All About the Numbers

Aug 14, 2018 2640

Description:

What will, won't or may happen in Epcot and elsewhere in WDW could depend on the numbers.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 7: Box Office News, the Medusa Project and Fox Deal Effects

Aug 10, 2018 2211

Description:

In the seventh episode of this podcast series, Drew Taylor & Jim Hill talk about "Teen Titans Go to the Movies" and "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has been doing at the box office. They also discuss Lauren Faust's now-cancelled "Medusa" project as well as looking ahead to how The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of select film & television assets owned by 21st Century Fox is going to impact Blue Sky Studios.

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 7: Box Office News, the Medusa Project and Fox Deal Effects

Aug 10, 2018 2211

Description:

In the seventh episode of this podcast series, Drew Taylor and Jim Hill talk about "Teen Titans Go to the Movies" and "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has been doing at the box office. They also discuss Lauren Faust's now-cancelled "Medusa" project as well as looking ahead to how The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of select film and television assets owned by 21st Century Fox is going to impact Blue Sky Studios.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 5: Star Wars News from Comic Con, Black Spire Outpost News From a Novel

Aug 9, 2018 2456

Description:

In the fifth installment of this podcast series, Dan Zehr reveals what it was like to be in the room at San Diego Comic-Con when Lucasfilm Animation revealed that it would be resuming production of "Star Wars Clone Wars." Jim Hill then talks about "Thrawn: Alliances" and how Timothy Zahn's latest "Star Wars" novel gave its readers an advance preview of Black Spire Outpost.

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Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 5: Star Wars News from Comic Con, Black Spire Outpost News From a Novel

Aug 9, 2018 2456

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In the fifth installment of this podcast series, Dan Zehr reveals what it was like to be in the room at San Diego Comic-Con when Lucasfilm Animation revealed that it would be resuming production of "Star Wars Clone Wars." Jim Hill then talks about "Thrawn: Alliances" and how Timothy Zahn's latest "Star Wars" novel gave its readers an advance preview of Black Spire Outpost.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Disney Dish Episode 173: Restaurant News, Listener Questions and Restaurant Survey Results

Aug 6, 2018 3000

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Restaurant Surveys

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Disney Dish Episode 173: Restaurant News, Listener Questions and Restaurant Survey Results

Aug 6, 2018 3000

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Episode 172: DHS News and Superboy History

Jul 23, 2018 2501

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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. Then Len and Jim talk about "Superboy," the very first TV series to be produced at DHS.

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Episode 172: Superboy

Jul 23, 2018 2501

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 6: Pixar Pier, Pete Docter,Gravity Falls and Hotel Transylvania 3

Jul 23, 2018 2345

Description:

 Episode 6 of "Fine Tooning," Drew walks listeners through Disney California Adventure's latest addition, Pixar Pier. He and Jim then talk about the challenges that Pete Docter will be facing as he takes over as the new creative lead of that Emeryville-based animation studios. Drew also shares what he knows about the soon-to-be-released "Gravity Falls -- The Complete Series" Blu-ray  and DVD set.

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 6: Pixar Pier, Pete Docter,Gravity Falls and Hotel Transylvania 3

Jul 23, 2018 2345

Description:

 Episode 6 of "Fine Tooning," Drew walks listeners through Disney California Adventure's latest addition, Pixar Pier. He and Jim then talk about the challenges that Pete Docter will be facing as he takes over as the new creative lead of that Emeryville-based animation studios. Drew also shares what he knows about the soon-to-be-released "Gravity Falls -- The Complete Series" Blu-ray  and DVD set.

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 6: Pixar Pier, Pete Docter, Gravity Falls and Hotel Transylvania 3

Jul 23, 2018 2345

Description:

Episode 6 of "Fine Tooning," Drew walks listeners through Disney California Adventure's latest addition, Pixar Pier. He and Jim then talk about the challenges that Pete Docter will be facing as he takes over as the new creative lead of that Emeryville-based animation studios. Drew also shares what he knows about the soon-to-be-released "Gravity Falls -- The Complete Series" Blu-ray and DVD set.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Marvel Us Disney Episode 13: Ant Man and the Wasp and the passing of Steve Ditko

Jul 20, 2018 2826

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Jim and Aaron review Ant Man and the Wasp and discuss the passing and legacy of Steve Ditko.

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Marvel Us Disney Episode 13: Ant Man and the Wasp and the passing of Steve Ditko

Jul 20, 2018 2826

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Jim and Aaron review Ant Man and the Wasp and discuss the passing and legacy of Steve Ditko.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 171: More about Toy Story Land and possible Universal Plans revealed?

Jul 19, 2018 1587

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More about Toy Story Land and possible Universal Plans revealed?

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Episode 171: More about Toy Story Land and possible Universal Plans revealed?

Jul 19, 2018 1587

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More about Toy Story Land and possible Universal Plans revealed?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Disney Dish Episode 170: Toy Story Land Opens!

Jul 9, 2018 1777

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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.

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Disney Dish Episode 170: Toy Story Land Opens!

Jul 9, 2018 1777

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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

Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 4: "Solo: A Star Wars Story" Boxoffice Examination

Jul 7, 2018 1788

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In the fourth installment of the "Looking at Lucasfilm" podcast series, Dan Zehr and Jim Hill discuss Kelly Marie Tran of "Last Jedi" fame being chased off of social media by vicious trolls. They also talk about the box office performance of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" stacks up against other recent Disney releases like "John Carter," "Mars Needs Mom," "The Lone Ranger" and "A Wrinkle in Time."






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Universal Joint Episode 4: James Bond vs Kung Fu Panda

Jul 4, 2018 2781

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Dustin and Jim wonder whether Universal Pictures' recent deal to distribute Bond 25 internationally will eventually lead to a 007 attraction in the parks. They also discuss whether Universal Hollywood's new "Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor's Quest" will pop up someday at Universal Studios Florida.









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Episode 169: Galaxy's Edge Listener Questions and Around the Park News

Jul 2, 2018 33:05

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We also review new Disney survey questions on ride sharing and new technology.

Episode 169: Galaxy's Edge Listener Questions and Around the Park News

Jul 2, 2018 33:05

Description:

We also review new Disney survey questions on ride sharing and new technology.

Marvel Us Disney Episode 12: Movie News and Rumors with a Dollop of Television Recap

Jun 29, 2018 52:29

Description:

Jim and Aaron talk about "Spider-man: Far From Home" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" plus Marvel television.

Episode 168: Galaxy's Edge Listener Questions and Around the Park News

Jun 25, 2018 23:14

Description:

And Jim and Len go over a couple of corrections from previous shows.

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep. 5 - What's Incredible About Incredibles 2

Jun 25, 2018 46:58

Description:

Jim and Drew discuss how "Incredibles 2" has been doing at the box office and how Pixar's latest sequel stacks up against the original.

Episode 168: Galaxy's Edge Listener Questions and Around the Park News

Jun 25, 2018 23:14

Description:

And Jim and Len go over a couple of corrections from previous shows.

Episode 167: Animal Kingdom Visit + On-site Perks at Disney Springs Hotels

Jun 18, 2018 33:50

Description:

We also follow up with WDW hotel and DVC news.

Episode 167: New Harry Potter Coaster Details!

Jun 18, 2018 33:50

Description:

We also follow up with WDW hotel and DVC news.

Episode 166: Animal Kingdom Visit + On-site Perks at Disney Springs Hotels

Jun 11, 2018 1701

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Also Len visits Disney's Animal Kingdom for the new Up! bird show and Satuli Canteen.

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Episode 166: Animal Kingdom Visit + On-site Perks at Disney Springs Hotels

Jun 11, 2018 26:23

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And Len asks about the bathroom line situation in Pandora.

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 4: What's Old is New - Duck Tales, Thundercats, Wildthings, Toasters and Even Gravity Falls

May 30, 2018 40:41

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Sure to be controversial, Drew and Jim wonder why animation fans were so quick to embrace Disney's "DuckTales" reboot but then rejected Cartoon Network's new take on "Thundercats." These two also talk about John Lasseter's attempts to get Walt Disney Animation Studios to produce CG versions of "Where the Wild Things Are" and "The Brave Little Toaster" back in the early 1980s.

Episode 164: New Fort Wilderness DVC and Epcot Resorts?

May 30, 2018 1653

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In our main story we talk about changes to Disney's Photopass system using artificial intelligence to make better photos.

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Episode 165: New Evidence of Lightsabers in Galaxy's Edge and How Crowd Control Will Work

May 30, 2018 1963

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Jim also explains how crowd control is likely to work when Galaxy's Edge opens in Disneyland.

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Episode 165: New Evidence of Lightsabers in Galaxy's Edge and How Crowd Control Will Work

May 30, 2018 30:43

Description:

And Len reviews another patent that explains how Disney's going to sell you video of the adventure you just had.

Episode 164: New Fort Wilderness DVC and Epcot Resorts?

May 30, 2018 25:33

Description:

In our main story we talk about changes to Disney's Photopass system using artificial intelligence to make better photos.

Marvel Us Disney Episode 11: Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

May 29, 2018 44:24

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Aaron and Jim get into a lively discussion on the topic of "Deadpool 2", why Marvel Studios had suddenly gone mum when it comes to the fate of certain characters last seen in "Infinity War" and ABC's decision to schedule the final season of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for the Summer of 2019..

Universal Joint Episode 3: A Night of Joy, Horror and Raptors

May 25, 2018 27:04

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Dustin Fuhs and Jim Hill talk about hard ticket events that have been held at the Universal Parks and Resorts. These two also talk about USF's still-under-construction new nighttime lagoon show as well as the changes that are coming to USH's "Jurassic Park -- The Ride".

Episode 163: Unbuilt Epcot Thames River Ride and Maleficient Bursts Into Flames!

May 22, 2018 1726

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We also cover the Maleficient Dragon fire during the Festival of Fantasy parade.

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Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 3: Going Solo

May 22, 2018 36:43

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Dan Zehr talks about the out-of-this-world experience he had at the Hollywood premiere of "Solo: A Star Wars". More importantly, who he encountered on the red carpet. Jim Hill wonders where those two "Ewok" TV movies fit in the overall "Star Wars" chronology.

Episode 161: Epcot Visit and Galaxy's Edge Tech News

May 14, 2018 1622

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Len visits Epcot to see whether there's enough space at International Gateway for Skyliner traffic. Jim talks about the Guardians coaster, and more...

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Episode 163: Unbuilt Epcot Thames River Ride and Maleficient Bursts Into Flames!

May 14, 2018 26:47

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And the guys have a quick discussion about new details on the Mission: Space restaurant coming to Epcot.

Episode 162: Strategery! The Projects Disney and Universal Aren't Talking About

May 14, 2018 23:01

Description:

And the guys have a quick discussion about alcohol coming to more Magic Kingdom restaurants.

Episode 161: Epcot Visit and Galaxy's Edge Tech News

May 14, 2018 25:02

Description:

And Len and Jim talk about how Disney's using machine learning to teach computers how to speak and tell stories like Star Wars characters.

Episode 162: Strategery! The Projects Disney and Universal Aren't Talking About

May 13, 2018 1501

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Len and Jim talk about the new WDW one-day tickets that come with pre-selected FASTPASS options.

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Fine Tooning With Drew Taylor Episode 3: CinemaCon and Tribeca

May 7, 2018 41:10

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Jim Hill and Drew Taylor talk about all of the animation-related news that came out of CinemaCon and Tribeca this year. Among the topics they touch on are Don Hahn's new documentary about Howard Ashman, the murderous matriarch that "How to Train Your Dragon 2" almost had, and the "Black Cauldron" -inspired ride that the Imagineers wanted to build at Disneyland Park.

Marvel Us Disney Episode 10: Spoiler Heavy Look at "Avengers: Infinity War"

May 4, 2018 36:26

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After chatting about Feld Entertainment's "Marvel Live ! Age of Heroes" arena show, Jim Hill and Aaron Adams launch into a spoiler-heavy discussion of "Avengers: Infinity Wars."

Marvel Us Disney Episode 10: Spoiler Heavy Look at "Avengers: Infinity War"

May 3, 2018 2307

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In news, Aaron and Jim talk about Feld Entertainment's "Marvel Live ! Age of Heroes" arena show, then launch into a spoiler-heavy discussion of "Avengers: Infinity Wars.".  SPOILERS- Plus Jim and Aaron review which now-dead characters are obviously going to be resurrected. 

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Episode 160: New Epcot Concept Surfaces at Auction

May 2, 2018 1518

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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.

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Episode 160: New Epcot Concept Surfaces at Auction

May 2, 2018 23:18

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Len and Jim find previously unseen concept art from Epcot. In news, the boys talk about the new summer schedule at Animal Kingdom and DHS.

Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 2: Recon on Solo and Does Recasting Always Work?

Apr 30, 2018 37:05

Description:

In the second installment of their new series, Dan Zehr and Jim Hill cast an eye on the tricky topic of recasting. Zehr also talks about his recent trip to LA, where Dennys execs revealed what was in the cards for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Universal Joint Podcast Episode 2: Hooray for (Universal Studios) Hollywood

Apr 28, 2018 24:13

Description:

I t's a "Hooray for (Universal Studios) Hollywood" edition of this new podcast. Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill talk about next month's Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Celebration as well as how this theme park's Upper Lot has been transformed over the past years. Join these two as they explore Unive r sal Plaza, the Animation Studio Store as well as the soon-to-open DreamWorks Theatre.

Episode 159: More Skyliner and Park News, Plus DCA Wrap-Up

Apr 28, 2018 47:57

Description:

And Jim finishes up the history of Disney's California Adventure.

Episode 159: More Skyliner and Park News, Plus DCA Wrap-Up

Apr 27, 2018 2997

Description:

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.

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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 2: Incredibles 2 and Brad Bird's 1906

Apr 27, 2018 40:41

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Drew Taylor returns from Emeryville and shares what he's just learned about Pixar's Incredibles II. Drew and Jim then look back over Brad Bird's career. In particular, 1906, the film that was supposed have been his live-action debut which would have had Warner Bros. and Disney joining forces to recreate the Great San Francisco Earthquake.

Episode 158: "Oh God - We Never Thought of This!" - Disney Skyliner Edition

Apr 23, 2018 1090

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In other news, Disney announced a new app called "Play Disney Parks", with features Len and Jim hinted about last November.

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Episode 158: "Oh God - We Never Thought of This!" - Disney Skyliner Edition

Apr 23, 2018 16:09

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And Len and Jim tell the story about being at a bar when a mysterious man whispered news about Universal Orlando's third theme park.

Marvel Us Disney Episode 9: "Avengers: Infinity War" Looks Like a Smash Hit. Why Hulk No Smash?

Apr 22, 2018 45:52

Description:

Jim Hill and Aaron Adams talk about all of the fan events Walt Disney Studios has been staging around the world to help raise awareness of Avengers: Infinity War. Aaron and Jim also discuss the Stan Lee situation and wrap up their making-of-the-Hulk-movies series.

Universal Joint Podcast Episode 1: A Look Back at What Was and Forward at What Will Be

Apr 20, 2018 28:20

Description:

In the debut episode of this brand-new podcast series, Jim Hill and Dustin Fuhs discuss Universal Orlando's Endless Summer Resort as well as look back at when the Bates Motel was the only structure you could see out on the Universal Studios Florida construction site.

Episode 157: WDW Property Developments and Disney Raises the Titanic

Apr 17, 2018 1668

Description:

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.

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Episode 157: WDW Property Developments and Disney Raises the Titanic

Apr 17, 2018 25:48

Description:

Developments around WDW property and the story of how Disney really wanted to find the wreck of the Titanic steamship.

Episode 156: Len's Menu Rants, Galaxy's Edge Technology, and DCA

Apr 15, 2018 1619

Description:

Len eats at Jiko and Enzo's Hideaway and wonders when menus became incomprehensible. Jim begins telling the history of Disney California Adventure.

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Episode 156: Len's Menu Rants, Galaxy's Edge Technology, and DCA

Apr 15, 2018 24:58

Description:

And Jim and Len talk about the Millenium Falcon preview that NVIDIA previewed at its own conference recently.

Looking at Lucasfilm Podcast Episde 1: The Saga Begins (Audio)

Apr 14, 2018 47:21

Description:

In the introductory episode of this new podcast series, Dan Zehr of "Coffee with Kenobi" and Jim Hill talk about the latest news out of the land of Lucas, including Frank Oz's terrific interview with Mark Hamill at the 92nd Street Y

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Eprisode 1: Three Animated Disney Movies That Never Got Made

Apr 6, 2018 35:10

Description:

In the first installment of this new podcast series, Drew Taylor & Jim Hill use John Musker's recent retirement from Walt Disney Animation Studios as an excuse to discuss 'Fraidy Cat'.

Episode 155: Do Disney's Summer Hotel Discounts Signal a Strategy Shift?

Apr 5, 2018 931

Description:

Len finds some interesting pricing trends in Disney's latest hotel discounts, and Jim explains the strategy Disney's using.

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Episode 155: Do Disney's Summer Hotel Discounts Signal a Strategy Shift?

Apr 5, 2018 13:31

Description:

Len finds some interesting pricing trends in Disney's latest hotel discounts, and Jim explains the strategy Disney's using. Also, Len and Jim take a listener question about Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar at Disney Springs.

Episode 154: Pirates of the Scare-ibbean(?) and Potential Galaxy's Edge Opening Dates

Apr 2, 2018 1206

Description:

Jim tells a story Len's never heard before about how Pirates of the Caribbean almost got a holiday overlay.

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Episode 154: Pirates of the Scare-ibbean(?) and Potential Galaxy's Edge Opening Dates

Apr 2, 2018 18:06

Description:

And Jim speculates on how the late date of D23 this year might mean earlier preview dates for Galaxy's Edge.

Episode 153: Indiana Jones and Star Wars in Disney's Parks, Part 3

Apr 1, 2018 2025

Description:

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.

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Episode 153: Indiana Jones and Star Wars in Disney's Parks, Part 3

Apr 1, 2018 31:43

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For more fun, check out our shows on Bandcamp at DisneyDish.bandcamp.com

Episode 152: Indiana Jones and Star Wars in Disney's Parks, Part 2

Mar 19, 2018 35:24

Description:

For more fun, check out our shows on Bandcamp at DisneyDish.bandcamp.com

Episode 151: Indiana Jones and Star Wars in Disney's Parks

Mar 14, 2018 26:53

Description:

For more fun, check out our shows on Bandcamp at DisneyDish.bandcamp.com

Marvel Us Disney Episode 8: Marvel News Round-up for 2018

Mar 13, 2018 43:08

Description:

Jim Hill and Aaron Adams discuss the latest Marvel Entertainment-related headlines, as well as when we may be seeing a "Black Panther" sequel released to theaters.

Marvel Us Disney Episode 8: Marvel News Round-up for 2018

Mar 13, 2018 2633

Description:

The latest Marvel Entertainment-related headlines, when James Gunn will be shooting the live-action footage for EPCOT's new "Guardians of the Galaxy" indoor coaster, when we may be seeing a "Black Panther" sequel released to theaters. 

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Episode 149: Marvel in Disneyland Paris and What it Means for Us

Mar 7, 2018 53:28

Description:

In this week's Legal Fun with Jim segment, we review what Disney is required to do by 2030 based on their original EuroDisney Paris contract.

Marvel Us Disney Episode 7: Why "Black Panther" Matters

Mar 5, 2018 52:44

Description:

Aaron & Jim discuss Marvel-related headlines like the 100th episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." & the upcoming expansion of the Walt Disney Studios Paris theme park.

Episode 148: Who Thought 'Minnie Mouse Madonna' Was a Good Idea?

Feb 15, 2018 35:52

Description:

Critics were merciless, calling it 'excruciating' and that 'it would need work to even qualify as a disaster.' Jim tells the story of how this all happened, and why.

Marvel Us Disney Episode 6: Hulk History Part 2

Feb 14, 2018 44:02

Description:

Jim and Aaron return with a look at the latest news from the Marvel universe including the Facebook group that was planning to tank "Black Panther" 's audience rating over at Rotten To matoes. ..(read more)

Episode 147: Chronological Disneyland and Is This the Dumb New Name for Hollywood Studios?

Feb 4, 2018 29:11

Description:

In our Chronological Disneyland story, Jim recounts when Disney was looking for $3 billion to build WestCot and discovered how fast they could raise ticket prices.

Episode 146: The Be Our Guest Restaurant

Feb 1, 2018 48:55

Description:

Jim talks about the history of the Be Our Guest Restaurant, in anticipation of rumors of it possibly changing to a Signature Dining Experience late this year.

Episode 145: The Finale of SpectroMagic's History / Len's Trip to Disneyland

Jan 17, 2018 36:24

Description:

Jim also talks about what's likely to happen with Marvel at Disneyland.

Marvel Us Disney Podcast Episode 5: Hulk History and Disney Pixel Blocking

Jan 16, 2018 52:25

Description:

In the fifth installment of the "Marvel Us Disney" podcast series, Jim Hill takes an in-depth look at the Incredible Hulk's origins.

Episode 144: 2017 In Review

Jan 4, 2018 1:03:48

Description:

Len's choice for biggest development of the year includes the resort refurbs at Coronado and Caribbean Beach, and all the new transportation options.

Marvel Us Disney Podcast Episode 4: A Marvelous Year in Review

Dec 28, 2017 52:23

Description:

Aaron Adams & Jim Hill look back at 2017 and all of the Marvel-related projects that Disney Studios, ABC Television and Disney Parks & Resorts tackled during that period. They also look ahead at what lies in store for 2018.

Episode 143: Part 2 of the History of the SpectroMagic Parade

Dec 21, 2017 42:11

Description:

Jim also reviews the details of the now-official Disney/Fox merger, including what it means for the film franchises and theme parks.

Episode 142: History of the SpectroMagic Parade, part 1

Dec 15, 2017 28:24

Description:

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.

Marvel Us Disney Podcast Episode 3: News Roundup - Infinity Wars Trailer & TV Reviews

Dec 9, 2017 44:03

Description:

It's a news round-up show:Jim Hill & Aaron Adams take a close look at the Avengers: "Infinity Wars" teaser trailer and "Thor: Ragnarok"'s box office totals

(Updated) Episode 141: How Disney's Theme Park Music Affects You (with Gregory Camp)

Dec 1, 2017 36:55

Description:

This is a walk through the Magic Kingdom, with a side detour to Disney's Hollywood Studios. We'll do the other parks in a future episode.

(Updated) Episode 141: How Disney's Theme Park Music Affects You (with Gregory Camp)

Dec 1, 2017 36:55

Description:

This is a walk through the Magic Kingdom, with a side detour to Disney's Hollywood Studios. We'll do the other parks in a future episode.

Episode 140: DisneyDish Live Event! "What's This? with Jim Hill"

Nov 21, 2017 1:20:12

Description:

Thanks very much to StorybookDestinations.com for hosting this event!

Marvel Us Disney Podcast Episode 2: When We Almost Review Thor

Nov 16, 2017 46:19

Description:

In this Marvel Us Disney podcast, Jim Hill and Aaron Adams talk about how Marvel Studios -- at Chris Hemsworth's insistence -- turned their established formula for "Thor" franchise films on its head and thus wound up with one of the most entertaining Marvel Cinematic Universe movies ever.

Episode 139: Disney's TV Influences in Theme Parks

Nov 8, 2017 33:12

Description:

We talk quite a bit about what Universal is going to do with all of this land.

Sneak Peek of Jim's new podcast Marvel Us / Episode 1: Spidey's Long Road Back Home

Oct 26, 2017 39:38

Description:

This is the first episode in Jim's new series covering the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Let us know how it sounds.

Marvel Us Disney Podcast Episode 1: Spidey's Long Road Home

Oct 26, 2017 39:39

Description:

In the first installment of a brand-new series of podcasts, Jim Hill and Aaron Adams use "Spider-Man Homecoming" as an excuse to look back at the past 15 years worth of Spidey movies.

Episode 138 - The Mineral King Project, Part 2

Oct 20, 2017 29:02

Description:

Jim records this show from inside a tin can - sorry for the audio quality there. We start with news and a mini trip report from Len, including Food and Wine and the hot, hot experience of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Episode 137 - Mickey's Toontown in Disneyland, Part 2

Sep 29, 2017 29:02

Description:

We also talk about the 2018 Epcot Festival of the Arts schedule, plus Frozen's Broadway preparations, a slowdown in Epcot's long-term re-do plans, and more.

Episode 136 - Mickey's Toontown in Disneyland

Sep 15, 2017 27:54

Description:

Show notes for our discussion on Disney and living wages can be found here: http://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/a-spirited-15-rounds.930194/page-57#post-7875658

Episode 135 - The History of Fantasmic, Part 3 of 3

Sep 1, 2017 32:29

Description:

Jim also updates us on whether Stacy, the host of Disney's legendary "Walt Disney World Top 7 Must Sees" videos played on televisions across the resort, will be back to promote the new and upcoming attractions for 2017-2019. See more of Stacy at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB3IWMoYuR4

Episode 134 - Remembering Marty Sklar

Aug 15, 2017 43:51

Description:

Learn more about Marty through his books, available at https://www.amazon.com/Marty-Sklar

Episode 133 - The History of Fantasmic! Part 2

Aug 1, 2017 46:52

Description:

Also in this show: news updates on the closure of Dragon Challenge over at Universal, the opening of a new lounge at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and we share new details about our November live event in Walt Disney World.

Episode 132 - What DID and DID NOT Get Announced at D23

Jul 16, 2017 46:14

Description:

Jim also provides more details on the new Star Wars hotel, but don't saddle up your bantha just yet - it's still a few years away.

Episode 131 - The History of Fantasmic!

Jul 16, 2017 20:44

Description:

With the impending re-opening of Disneyland's Fantasmic!, Jim walks us through the history of the attraction.

Episode 130 - The History of Pixar in Disney's Theme Parks

Jul 1, 2017 29:26

Description:

Jim walks through the history of Pixar's involvement in Disney's theme parks, from inspiring films, to parades, and rides.

Episode 129 - History of Character Greetings plus NintendoLand and Star Wars Hotel News

Jun 17, 2017 38:22

Description:

Finally, Jim and Len also review blueprints for the new Nintendoland over at Universal Florida.

Episode 128 - Is "Tapu Tapu" Samoan for "Opening Day Disaster?" and Guardians of the Galaxy opens at DCA.

Jun 1, 2017 28:55

Description:

Jim also reviews the food offerings at Volcano Bay, plus the new drinks that are available.

Bonus Episode - Pandora Food and Merchandise, plus WDW News

May 26, 2017 54:50

Description:

A bonus iTunes episode talking about the food and merchandise of Pandora at the Animal Kingdom.

Episode 127 - We review Pandora - The World of Avatar

May 16, 2017 54:50

Description:

This episode focuses on the land and the rides. The next show will cover dining and merchandise.

Episode 126 - When Harrods Almost Came to Disney (Chronological Disney)

May 1, 2017 19:40

Description:

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Disney wanted to build malls as part of its Downtown Disney strategies. In order to get elite, anchor stores like Harrods into Florida, Disney supposedly offered them a two-for-one deal that involved Florida and ...

Episode 125 - The Master Plan for Disney Seas California (Disneyland's Unbuilt Second Gate mini-series)

Apr 14, 2017 20:51

Description:

The video that Jim references about Epcot is available on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jn8UhB3cms. Over at DisneyDish.bandcamp.com we've got a bunch of stories about unbuilt Disney rides from all over the world.

Episode 124 - When Disneyland's Second Gate was a Boat (Chronological Disneyland Series)

Apr 4, 2017 33:03

Description:

Over at DisneyDish.bandcamp.com we've got a bunch of stories about unbuilt Disney rides from all over the world.

Episode 123 - Disney World stories we'll tell in the 2018 Unofficial Guide

Mar 19, 2017 31:51

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Over at DisneyDish.bandcamp.com we've got a bunch of stories about unbuilt Disney rides from all over the world.

Episode 122 - The First Second Gate (Chronological Disneyland)

Mar 3, 2017 30:51

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Over at DisneyDish.bandcamp.com we've got the second half of the story of Disney's unbuilt Disneyland Australia theme park.

Episode 121 - Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs News and Disney buys Disneyland Paris

Feb 20, 2017 34:49

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Over at DisneyDish.bandcamp.com we've got the second half of the story of Disney's unbuilt Disneyland Australia theme park.

Episode 120 - Epcot's Festival of the (mostly culinary) Arts, Caribbean Beach DVC, and other news

Feb 1, 2017 33:39

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Over at DisneyDish.bandcamp.com we've got an upcoming episode on Disney's unbuilt Disneyland Australia theme park.

Episode 119 - Rockettes and Restaurants

Jan 15, 2017 38:45

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We start with news about Disney's new MaxPass (paid Fastpass) program at Disneyland, and where that might be headed next.

Episode 118 - Jim Wraps Up the History of O Canada!

Jan 1, 2017 23:23

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Jim concludes our O Canada! series by telling in part trois how the new Martin Short film got made.

Bonus Episode #2 - Discovery Bay, Hawaii

Dec 25, 2016 26:40

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In 1987, Disney looked at building a small theme park called Discovery Bay to draw people to a proposed 6,000-room resort on the island of Hawaii. This is the story of what Disney wanted to build, from faux-natural attractions, to a replica of the Disneyland Autopia.

Bonus Episode - Jim and Len review Rogue One **with spoilers**

Dec 16, 2016 19:53

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Spoiler alert - we talk about how the movie ends.

Episode 117 - Len gets to see Rivers of Light and the Disney Springs drone show!

Dec 15, 2016 31:23

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A glorious, butt-numbing performance with a visit to Tiffins to start!

Episode 116 - The Muppets Restaurant That Never Was

Dec 1, 2016 34:24

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Jim and Len talk about concepts for a Muppets-themed restaurant that never got built.

Episode 115 - Why For? The Headless Horseman, Part 2

Nov 23, 2016 26:34

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Jim concludes the history of Disney's involvement with the legend of the Headless Horseman.

Episode 114 - Jim talks about Disney's 1980's plans to develop Long Beach Harbor next to Disneyland

Nov 5, 2016 26:34

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It would have been a kind of Epcot-meets-Disney Springs, with attractions, retail, and restaurants, including two different versions of a sea-themed Spaceship Earth. Hear more on the show.

Episode 113 - Previewing our upcoming Unbuilt Disney talk

Oct 31, 2016 16:51

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Here's a preview of the kinds of things Jim and Len are going to talk about at their sold-out Unbuilt Disney show in NYC on November 12, 2016.

Episode 112 - Disney Hurricane Aftermath, Len's Recent Restaurant Reviews (Condensed version)

Oct 15, 2016 45:03

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We give an update on how Disney weathered the hurricane, a little bit about Rivers of Light, and Len visits a bunch of new restaurants.

Episode 111 - History of the O Canada! film, part 2 (Condensed version)

Oct 1, 2016 23:31

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We finish the story of how Disney created the O Canada! film at Epcot's Canada pavilion.

Episode 110 - History of the O Canada! film, part 1 (Condensed version)

Sep 15, 2016 26:32

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We start telling the story of how Disney created the O Canada! film at Epcot's Canada pavilion.

Episode 109 - History of the Disneyland Hotel, part 2 (Condensed version)

Sep 1, 2016 24:48

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Jim completes our look at the history of the Disneyland hotel, how it became Disney property, and all of the other odd things that Disney bought along with the hotel.

Episode 108: Disney News: Earnings, Park Attendance, and Goodbye to Stitch? (Condensed version)

Aug 15, 2016 21:23

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Jim and Len talk recent Disney news, including Disney's latest financial quarter, layoffs at Imagineering, and theme park attendance. We also talk about the rumor that Sugar Rush will replace Stitch's Great Escape at the Magic Kingdom.

Episode 107: The Lost Episode of Chronological Disneyland

Jul 20, 2016 20:51

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Jim talks about Disneyland's hotel plans, and more.

Episode 106a: Disney's Summer 2016 Media Preview (Condensed version without side stories)

Jul 18, 2016 19:08

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Jim talks about Disney's Summer 2016 Media Preview event, including Norway's Royal Sommerhus and Frozen Ever After rides.

Episode 106b: Disney's Summer 2016 Media Preview (Full version with side stories)

Jul 18, 2016 33:56

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Jim talks about Disney's Summer 2016 Media Preview event, including Norway's Royal Sommerhus and Frozen Ever After rides.

Episode 105: The history of Fort Wilderness

Jul 1, 2016 17:51

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Jim talks about the history of the Fort Wilderness campgrounds. There's an amazing story where, a year from opening, Disney hasn't even started designing the resort. Hear what happens next, on the show.

Episode 104: Live from the Animal Kingdom with Tiffins, Nighttime Safari, and more

Jun 1, 2016 17:51

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Len and Jim record live at night at Disney's Animal Kingdom, after a meal at Tiffins, a ride on the nighttime Kilimanjaro Safari, an Awakening show, and a quick peek at the interim Jungle Book show.

Episode 103: Jim's Why For?

May 15, 2016 21:29

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Len is on the road, so Jim does a solo Why For? episode on "Scruffy" - a live-action monkey movie that almost became a Disney animated feature in the 1970's.

Episode 102: Splash Mountain's History Finale

May 1, 2016 32:08

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We start the show talking about new RFID functionality at Disneyland Paris, and whether it means that FastPass+ is coming to that park.

Episode 101: Kali River Rapids' History

Apr 15, 2016 33:40

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News items include a delay to Rivers of Light and the new Tower of Terror bar.

Episode 100: The guy that invented FastPass

Apr 1, 2016 38:51

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To start the show, Jim and Len talk recent Disney park news, including a new morning EMH-like program at the parks.

Episode 14: Urban Design with Sam Gennawey - Tomorrowland

Jun 21, 2012 16:54

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In our last land with Sam Gennawey, we cover Tomorrowland in all its retro-future glory. More episodes with Jim Hill coming in early July. Presented by AAA.

Episode 13: Urban Design with Sam Gennawey - Fantasyland

Jun 3, 2012 18:09

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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.

Episode 12: Urban Design with Sam Gennawey - Frontierland and Liberty Square

May 27, 2012 28:12

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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 Sam Gennawey shows us where to look. Oh, and we get to see more faux sewage. Too bad we've not yet perfected Smell-o-Vision. Presented by AAA.

Episode 11: Urban Design with Sam Gennawey - Adventureland

May 20, 2012 19:53

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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 the fort's 18th century bathrooms. Disgust and impress your friends with this bit of Disney design. Presented by AAA.

Episode 10: Urban Design with Sam Gennawey - Main Street U.S.A.

May 13, 2012 24:56

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Join Len Testa 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. You'll learn why the pavement is red, what to look for in Disney fences, and lots more. Presented by AAA

Get older episodes at disneydish.bandcamp.com

Mar 15, 2012 0:25

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Older episodes of the Disney Dish podcast are available at disneydish.bandcamp.com