Episodes

Aug. 9, 2021

Disney Dish Episode 334: The Spook House at Mickey Mouse Park

Len Testa & Jim Hill begin a new series on the development of Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction.
Aug. 2, 2021

Disney Dish Episode 333: Is it getting too costly to stay on WDW property?

Len Testa & Jim Hill talk about Disney World’s new policies regarding mask use at the Parks & look back at why the Imagineers spent 18 months & $25 million to dredge a channel at Castaway Cay
July 26, 2021

Disney Dish Episode 332: What not to miss at this year’s Food & Wine

Len Testa & Jim Hill welcome special guest Christina Harrison, who talks up where to find the very best eats -- and the strongest air conditioning -- at the 2021 edition of Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival
July 19, 2021

Disney Dish Episode 331: Why Disneyland steered clear of a Halloween celebration for decades

Len Testa & Jim Hill look back at October 31, 1994 and KIIS 102.7 FM’s infamous promotional event at Disneyland Park
July 12, 2021

Disney Dish Episode 330: How the Floral Mickey came to be

Len Testa & Jim Hill look back at the horticultural challenges that Disneyland Park faced less than 10 days from its grand opening back in July of 1955
July 5, 2021

Disney Dish Episode 329: runDisney events return to the WDW Resort this November

Len Testa & Jim Hill conclude their look at the history of “Toy Story Midway Mania!”
June 28, 2021

Disney Dish Dish Episode 328: What happens when Mickey enters the public domain

Len Testa & Jim Hill look back at many of the concepts for Mickey Mouse-based rides, shows & attractions that never quite made it off of WDI’s drawing board
June 21, 2021

Disney Dish Episode 327: When is DCA’s Quinjet attraction likely to take flight

Len Testa & Jim Hill talk about how the Rivers of America at Disneyland Park almost encircled a Mickey & Minnie Mouse-themed island, rather than Tom Sawyer Island
June 14, 2021

Disney Dish Episode 326: How DisneyQuest led to Toy Story Midway Mania

Len Testa & Jim Hill reveal when they each believe Disney World’s golden age occurred
June 7, 2021

Disney Dish Dish Episode 325: Which early Disneyland rides had the highest hourly capacity

Len Testa & Jim Hill talk about how Disneyland’s “Rocket to the Moon” ride became a “Mission to Mars”
May 31, 2021

Disney Dish Episode 324: Splash Mountain’s role in the creation of on-ride photography

Len Testa & Jim Hill share stories about how miserable service on Disney’s Magic Express has reportedly gotten
May 24, 2021

Disney Dish Dish Episode 323: How long before RunDisney begins staging events in Florida & California again

Len Testa & Jim Hill finish their look at Davy Crockett & Zorro in the Disney Parks
May 19, 2021

Wondery IMAGINED LIFE FAMILY : Take a journey and see the world through someone else’s eyes.

Sometimes, to find your own path to success, you just need to see the world through someone else’s eyes.
May 17, 2021

Disney Dish Dish Episode 322: Why ABC initially said “No” to “Zorro”

Len Testa and Jim Hill reveal why the founder of the American Broadcasting Company didn’t think that Roy & Walt were very good businessmen.
May 10, 2021

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

Len Testa & Jim Hill continue their look back at Fess Parker’s time at Walt Disney Studios.
May 3, 2021

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

Len Testa & Jim Hill discuss the huge part that Davy Crockett played in the first year or so of Disneyland Park’s operation
April 26, 2021

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

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.
April 20, 2021

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

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.
April 12, 2021

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

Len Testa & Jim Hill discuss why the Imagineers opted to transform the Papeete Bay Verandah at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort into ‘Ohana
April 5, 2021

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

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 …
March 29, 2021

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

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 th…
March 22, 2021

Disney Dish Episode 314: When Sunset Boulevard got downsized

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 episod…
March 17, 2021

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

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 presente…
March 15, 2021

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

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-insp…