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5 golden rings, 4 calling birds, 3 Disney podcasts ...

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Ben wrote in a while ago to ask:

"What happened to those Unofficial Guide Disney Dish podcasts that you were doing with Len Testa? I really enjoyed the first two recordings and thought that there were supposed to be more shows in this iTunes series. Didn't you also record walk-thrus of Disney's Animal Kingdom and Epcot with Len earlier this Fall? If so, when are those podcasts supposed to be released?"

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Patience, Grasshopper. It took poor Mike Newell quite a while to take those in-park recordings that Len and I made back in late September / early October and turn them into something coherent. But good things (Well, kind-of good things) come to those who wait. And the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish with Jim Hill shows for DAK & Epcot went live on iTunes earlier this week. If you want to give them a listen, click here.

More to the point, if you'd like to see Len and I continue this series (We have yet to do either of the theme parks at the Disneyland Resort. Plus it'd be fun to do a podcast about the hidden history of Downtown Disney and/or the Disney Water Parks. Not to mention Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure), be sure and say so in the "Customer Review" section at iTunes. Just so Mr. Testa and I can then get a sense of what topics you'd like us to talk about first.

And speaking of podcasts ... I would be remiss here if I didn't also mention Magical Definition, that online Disney news show which I record weekly (some might say very weakly) with Nathan Rose. On our most recent podcast, Nathan and I discussed many of the changes that Walt Disney World has made / now has in the works in an effort to make this Resort seem that much appealing to the high end crowd.

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And speaking of money ... If you've enjoyed what you've read and/or heard here at JHM over the past year, feel free to throw a little something in the site's new tip jar. Tis the season and all that.

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  • Yes! More Len & Jim... Disneyland, Disney world, Universal... Yes All of it! I love you guys.

  • Do you have these podcasts available in files other than iTunes?  Many of us are now rejecting the iTunes format due to its poor technical quality and huge file size.  MP3 or MP4 is the way to go.  Thank you.

  • I never got (and have no plans to get) an ITunes account.  So, I, too, am interested in obtaining these podcasts in MP3 Format, and not via ITunes.

  • Bob & Jim from East PA --

    According to Len, all four podcasts are now available here: feeds2.feedburner.com/TouringPlansBlog

    Please let me know if that works for you guys, okay?


  • HI Jim. Did you ever finish the Disneyland audio tour that you were doing for the 50th all those years ago? Never did get a copy of that.

  • Chris --

    Nancy and I were just talking about this. Given that JHM will be reaching a pretty significant milestone during the 1st quarter of 2012 (i.e. I'll be writing my 2000th story for this site) ... Well, we wanted to celebrate this by finally getting the CD done and released.

    The only problem is -- given how much audio technology & its many delivery systems have changed so much since we initially started work on this project -- Nancy and I have been trying to sort out what's the absolute best way to get all of these stories out there. iTunes? MP3s / MP4s? Which is the best format / delivery system.

    Mind you, we're still going to have to do a CD version. That's what I initially promised, after all. But the irony here is that the CD may wind up being the Reader's Digest version of my Disneyland Tour. Especially since all of the other recording formats available will then allow me to be that much more expansive with all this material.

    That's the thing of the Disneyland story, Chris. It goes on for miles. Hell, I could do an hour just about all of the lands & attractions that proposed but never built for the piece of land between Main Street U.S.A. and Tomorrowland between 1956 & 1991. There's really that much material available.

    But at this point, given how long overdue this recording is, I guess the only way to make people happy at this point is to over-deliver. Given them more stories than they ever hoped to hear about The Happiest Place on Earth.

    So hang in there, Chris. Sometime in the next three / four months, I'll finally deliver the goods.

  • Love the podcasts!  No need to be self-deprecating, Jim.  It's fun to hear you present your stuff, instead of just reading it for ourselves.  Don't ever stop the podcasts, ok?

    Glad to hear there's still hope for the prodigal recording!  Yup, we're still waiting.  Let us know where to find it.

  • Awesome, I love these podcasts and hope you can continue them. I would think you could update each park maybe annually as I am sure there are plenty of stories that don't fit into each podcast, plus any new additions and features that come on line.

    And PLEASE do Universal, those two parks are really good and deserve the full Len and Jim treatment. Do you have any stories about SeaWorld?

  • Jim, I took you up on your request and donated FIVE DOLLARS to your tip jar.  Please don't spend it all in one place.  I will have my accountant issue a Form 1099 forthwith.

    As to the podcasts, I would sell them as an album for a buck or two each over itunes.  A purchaser could back them up to a CD if needed.

    Please enjoy your holidays,


  • Good job on the UG and the MDP  podcasts - it's always fun to hear your latest take on what's going on at Disney and the hidden history at the parks.  By all means, keep those walk-through tours coming. Looking forward to hearing the Disneyland audio tour, whatever format it ends up being released in.

  • It's really great listening to those Disney Dish podcasts with all of the park audio in the background. It's a great format and the quality is wonderfully high as well. If you happen to be listening with headphones on, it's like your own personal guided tour of the parks. Great work as always Jim. And props to Len as well for being both a genius data cruncher and Disney fanatic.

  • Jim and Len,

    I love the pod casts both the MDP and WDW today. I would like to see the CA parks and DHS. This is also something that I feel can be updated about once a year. Love listing to you at work

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