Episodes

Disney Dish Episode 321: Meet the crew of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

May 10, 2021

Len Testa & Jim Hill continue their look back at Fess Parker’s time at Walt Disney Studios.

Disney Dish Episode 320: Who’s this other family in my Memory Maker account

May 3, 2021

Len Testa & Jim Hill discuss the huge part that Davy Crockett played in the first year or so of Disneyland Park’s operation

Disney Dish Episode 319: The day 'Soarin' ' first took flight over Future World"

April 26, 2021

Len Testa & Jim Hill look back at how the Farmers Market at EPCOT Center’s The Land paved the way for food courts at WDW Resorts.

Disney Dish Episode 318: How the 50s Prime Time Café paved the road for the Sci-Fi Drive-In Theater Restaurant

April 20, 2021

So what happens when Len Testa & Jim Hill each record their contributions to a Disney Dish episode separately? You’re about to find. Special thanks to editor extraordinaire Aaron Adams who stitched this show together.

Disney Dish Episode 317: Looking for a great Disney theme park history book

April 12, 2021

Len Testa & Jim Hill discuss why the Imagineers opted to transform the Papeete Bay Verandah at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort into ‘Ohana

Disney Dish Episode 316: Do you remember “Mickey’s Audition”?

April 5, 2021

Len Testa starts off this week’s show by talking about how the “HarmonioUS” barges haven’t exactly improved the view WDW visitors have as they look out on World Showcase Lagoon. Jim Hill then completes his five-part history of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Learn more about your ad choices. Visi…

Disney Dish Episode 315: Remember when Mel Brooks worked for the Mouse

March 29, 2021

Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about how the Disneyland Resort is actively getting ready to re-open its theme parks. They also talk about how facial recognition technology may play a role in the next generation of rides, shows & attractions that WDI is developing for …

Disney Dish Episode 314: When Sunset Boulevard got downsized

March 22, 2021

Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about Disneyland’s announced April 30th re-opening. Jim then continues his series on the development of the Tower of Terror attraction. Show notes for this episode are here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Disney Dish: Epcot’s “American Adventure ‘78” now available to ALL Disney Dish listeners

March 17, 2021

As of today, this formerly-Bandcamp-Exclusive show can now be heard by everyone. Check out what the Imagineers were originally thinking of as they tried to create an Audio Animatronic extravaganza that could then be presented inside of Epcot’s United States pavilion. Cast Listing: Narrator … Barry …

Disney Dish Episode 313: The hidden grotto that Disneyland Paris almost got

March 15, 2021

Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing the challenges the Disneyland Resort faces as it readies for re-opening. They then talk about why the Imagineers couldn’t decide where to build a Freefall-inspired attraction at Euro Disneyland. This episode's Show Notes are here. Lea…

Disney Dish Episode 312: How Geyser Mountain almost got built at Disneyland Paris

March 8, 2021

Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by sharing a survey that shows that the WDW Resort may be rethinking how it handles attraction photos. They then discuss how a thrill ride at Magic Mountain inspired the Imagineers to develop an ambitious addition for EDL’s Frontierland area. This …

Disney Dish Episode 311: Turning the Disney Dream & Fantasy into realities

March 1, 2021

Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about when the Walt Disney College Program should resume operations. They also look back at when the Disney Cruise Line first began to expand its fleet. This episode's show notes are here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.f…

Disney Dish Episode 310: Looking back at WDW’s “Legend of the Lion King” show

Feb. 22, 2021

Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing the new mobile checkout feature at Epcot’s Mouse Gear store. They then talk about how the “Voyage of the Little Mermaid” puppet-based show led to the Magic Kingdom’s “Legend of the Lion King.” This episode's show notes are here. Learn…

Disney Dish Episode 309: WDW’s Best Outdoor dining

Feb. 15, 2021

Len Testa & Jim Hill talk about Epcot’s revamped & repositioned “Leave a Legacy” display and then complete their look at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Disney Dish Episode 308: Survey sez … WDW’s still concerned about COVID-19

Feb. 8, 2021

Jim continues his history of Disney’s Vero Beach Resort by talking about Fantasy Island, Frontier Village and the Magic Kingdom Suites hotel.

Disney Dish Episode 307: How Disneyland may replace its annual pass program

Feb. 1, 2021

News, listener questions, and in our main segment, we have a special guest: Seth Kubersky, author of the Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando is here to talk about what we can expect with Universal this year, how to make the most of your visit, and what it’s like to write a travel guide in a pande…

Disney Dish Episode 306: Why Disney World really built River Country

Jan. 25, 2021

In our main segment, Jim talks about the history of Disney’s Vero Beach resort.

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Disney Dish Episode 305: Are you ready for “Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure”?

Jan. 18, 2021

Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about WDW’s decision to shut down the Magical Express as well as “Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.” Jim then reveals Disney’s long-range plans for Epcot’s “Person of the Century” poll