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    How Disney's decision to delay "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3" has impacted the "Jungle Cruise" movie

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    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...
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    A look inside Rancho Obi-Wan. What George Lucas originally wanted "Star Tours 2.0" to be like

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    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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    Teeny trains at Epcot. Big changes coming to "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster" in Paris

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    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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    20 million Butterbeers equals big bucks for Universal Parks & Resorts

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    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...
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    An in-depth look at Disney World's new date-based ticket pricing system

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    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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    "Cycles" breaks new ground for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Live-action "Lilo & Stitch" now in development

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    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,"...
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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

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    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...
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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 & Resorts

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

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    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. What's striking about Bob Iger's decision...
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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

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

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

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    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...
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    Skymosphere in Epcot's replacement of "Illuminations" and Thunder in Paradise

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    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

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

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

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

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

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    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

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    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...
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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

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

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

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    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...
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    Disney Dish with Jim Hill Episode 170: Toy Story Land Opens!

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    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. In our main story, Jim tells us about an upcoming TV reality show about the Disney parks, cruises, and adventures! The Disney Dish with Jim Hill is available on iTunes , Google Podcast on Android, Google Play, Stitcher and Bandcamp .
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    The Disney Dish with Jim Hill Episode 169: New Disney Tech Surveys!

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    Disney recently sent out two different surveys around use of technology. Len reads each question and Jim tells us what Disney's trying to figure out with your answers. Jim also talks about how the appointment of Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter will add new attractions from Frozen, Inside Out, and Monsters Inc, to the theme parks. Click here or on the image above to listen to this episode on Bandcamp.com The Disney Dish with Jim Hill is part of the Jim Hill Media Podcast Network
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    Marvel Us Disney Episode 12: Movie News and Rumors with a Dollop of Television Recap

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    With this week's Marvel US Disney podcast, Aaron Adams & Jim Hill look toward the future of the Cinematic Universe with "Spider-Man: Far From Home" & "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3." Aaron also his opinions on Marvel Television's most recent productions, Freeform's "Cloak & Dagger," FX's "Legion," and Netflix's "Luke Cage." Click here or on the graphic above for a link to Marvel Us Disney Episode 12 on Bandcamp.com...
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