Episodes

June 09, 2020

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

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 cof...

June 03, 2020

Disney Dish Episode 89: The Fantasyland that Never Was

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. ...

June 02, 2020

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

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 S...

June 01, 2020

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

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 st...

June 01, 2020

Disney Dish Episode 92: The Save Mr. Toad Protests

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-va...

May 25, 2020

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

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

May 24, 2020

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

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 ...

May 24, 2020

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

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 hist...

May 24, 2020

Disney Dish Ep. 101 - Kali River Rapids' History

' 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 t...

May 24, 2020

Disney Dish Ep. 100 - The history of FastPass

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

May 24, 2020

Disney Dish Ep. 99 - Seaworld

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

May 24, 2020

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

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...

May 24, 2020

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

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-...

May 24, 2020

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

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 th...

May 24, 2020

Disney Dish Ep. 95 - History of Disneyland continued

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

April 01, 2020

Jim and Len Live in Epcot 12/19/2011

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 an...

October 11, 2011

Disney Dish Episode 2 - Magic Kingdom Resorts Tour

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 Gr...