Episodes

Disney Dish Episode 88: Other designs for Main Street in Shanghai Disneyland

June 9, 2020

Jim reviews the concepts that *didn't* get built for Shanghai's Main Street, including "Enchanted Forest" made entirely of trees; one with literal architecture (a giant hat for the hat store, coffee shop in the shape of a coffee cup, etc.), and Hollywood-meets-China. --- Send in a voice message: …

Disney Dish Episode 89: The Fantasyland that Never Was

June 3, 2020

In the late '70s/early '80s, Disneyland considered a couple of different designs for a Fantasyland update. We all know what got built, but Jim brings concept art and background to show two other designs that might have been. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/message Support…

Disney Dish Episode 90: New Club Villain and Construction Plans at Hollywood Studios

June 2, 2020

Jim's got some news on the new Club Villain event at DHS for 2016, plus some speculation on the latest DHS plans Disney has filed with the state of Florida. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/support

Disney Dish Episode 91: The History of Disneyland: 1983 and 1984

June 1, 2020

The years 1983-1984 were big turning points in the history of the Disney company. They were the target of several takeover attempts, resulting in a complete change of management and the hiring of Michael Eisner. How did it start? Would you believe it was Roy? --- Send in a voice message: https://…

Disney Dish Episode 92: The Save Mr. Toad Protests

June 1, 2020

The rise of the Internet in the mid-1990s led to the first notable fan protest of a WDW ride closure, for Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Hear the history of how it all went down. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/support

Disney Dish Ep 93 - Chronological Disneyland: Early 1980's: Call George Lucas

May 25, 2020

Jim and Len go back to Disneyland in the early 1980s. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/support

Disney Dish Episode 1 - A Live Walk Through the Magic Kingdom

May 24, 2020

Back in 2011, Jim and Len walked through every land in Disney's Magic Kingdom. During this almost 2-hour adventure, they discussed what was then happening behind the scenes at attractions, restaurants, and shopping, and what guests were likely to see in 2012 and beyond. Besides that, Jim talks a li…

Disney Dish Ep. 102 - Splash Mountain's History Finale

May 24, 2020

Did you know that Walt and Ray Kroc (the guy who popularized the McDonald's restaurants) were in the same ambulance unit in World War I? There's a Disneyland tie-in there, and you can hear about it when Jim concludes the history of Splash Mountain. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/j…

Disney Dish Ep. 101 - Kali River Rapids' History

May 24, 2020

' Jim goes through the history of Animal Kingdom's Kali River Rapids ride. The combination of animals and raft rides dates back to Walt's days, and the evolution of whitewater-style rides in the 1980's brought the idea back to Disney. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/messa…

Disney Dish Ep. 100 - The history of FastPass

May 24, 2020

April 2016 - Jim Hill and Len Testa discuss the history of FastPass in the Disney theme parks. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/support

Disney Dish Ep. 99 - Seaworld

May 24, 2020

March 2016 - Len and Jim discuss the state of Seaworld after the release of the film "Blackfish". --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/support

Disney Dish Ep.98 - Chronological Disneyland : The history of Splash Mountain Part 2

May 24, 2020

March 2016 - Jim Hill and Len Testa continue their Chronological Disneyland: The history of Splash Mountain. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/support

Disney Dish Ep. 97 - Special Episode - Harry Potter in Universal Hollywood

May 24, 2020

February 2016: Jim gets a walk-through pre-opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Hollywood. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/support

Disney Dish Ep. 96 - Chronological Disneyland: The history of Splash Mountain Part 1

May 24, 2020

Disney Dish hosts Jim Hill and Len Testa continue their "Chronological Disneyland" discussion this time focusing on the history of Splash Mountain, --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/support

Disney Dish Ep. 95 - History of Disneyland continued

May 24, 2020

Jim and Len talk about BB-Q, horses, reindeer, and recycling in Disneyland --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/support

Jim and Len Live in Epcot 12/19/2011

April 1, 2020

In this episode, Jim and Len walk through Epcot's World Showcase in 2011. Along the way, they discuss what's happening behind the scenes at attractions, restaurants, and shopping, and what guests are likely to see in 2012 and beyond. It's interesting from a historical point of view. --- Send in …

Disney Dish Episode 2 - Magic Kingdom Resorts Tour

Oct. 11, 2011

n the second episode of this series, Jim and Len walk through the Magic Kingdom Resorts and discuss the past, present, and future of each resort. Visits include Disney's Contemporary Resort, Bay Lake Tower, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jhm-vault/…