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Where to go to get dinner and a show while vacationing in Orlando



For nearly 40 years now, it's been a key component of a Central Florida vacation. That –
for one night – you take a break from the theme parks and then head indoors
to enjoy a bit of dinner theater.

Of course, the real pioneer of this Orlando entertainment
tradition is the Hoop Dee Doo Revue. Which has been entertaining WDW Guests
(appropriately enough) in Pioneer Hall at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort &
Campground since the Summer of 1974.

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For the longest time, Hoop Dee Doo was really the only game
in town. Disney pretty much had a lock on the Central Florida dinner theater market
until British entrepreneur Robert Earl came to Orlando in the early 1980s.

Mind you, this was before Earl had made his fortune founding
the Planet Hollywood and Earl of Sandwich restaurant chains. Back then, Robert
was just a guy who was looking to take a concept that had proven to be highly
lucrative for him in London (i.e. "Shakespeare's Tavern," an
entertainment-based restaurant where performers playing comic versions of great
characters from English literature regularly wandered through a highly-themed
dining hall and then entertained the patrons with bawdy songs & ribald
stories) and then bring it to the world. Disney World, to be precise.

Please note the never-built theater complex towards the back of this
piece of concept art. This is where Robert Earl hoped to stage his
family-friendly version of "Shakespeare's Tavern" at Epcot's UK
pavilion. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved

In the early 1980s, Earl met Disney World executives about
possibly adding a more family-friendly version of "Shakespeare's Tavern" to
Epcot's UK Pavilion. So that WDW Guests would then have something new to
experience as they wandered around World Showcase.

Unfortunately, Disney's then-management team (this was prior
to Michael Eisner coming on board as the Mouse House's Big Cheese in September
of 1984) said "Thanks but no thanks." That Walt Disney World already had a dinner
theater experience and it was the Hoop Dee Doo Revue. More to the point, that
if Mickey was going to develop any shows for the WDW Resort, that they'd then do
so in-house via the Imagineers.

Gone but not forgotten

But Robert Earl was not to be deterred. Having received the
brush-off from Mouse House management, he just found financing elsewhere and
then went off & built his dinner theater experiences outside of Disney
World property. By the late 1980s, Earl had three of these businesses up and
running in & around Orlando: Fort Liberty along 192 and King Henry's Feast
& Mardi Gras out on I-Drive.

And given how successful these three dinner theaters were,
dozens of other restauranteurs then tried to replicate what Robert & Disney
were doing. Often with little or no lasting success. How many of you remember
unique dining / entertainment experiences like the American Gladiators Live! Or
the Fortune Feast Game Show and Dinner?

Another favorite that faded fast

Yeah, Central
Florida can be kind of a tough market for dinner theater. Just ask the
folks who financed Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show. That $28
million complex opened with great fanfare in 
June 2003 only to then quickly & quietly close its doors in  January 2008. Reportedly done in by a
tough-for-tourists-to-reach location over by the Orlando Premium Outlets Mall.

These days, the dinner theater shows that continue to thrive
in and around Orlando … Well, they do so not just because these entertainment
enterprises are all easy-to-get-to locations. But also because – year in &
year out – these dinner theater shows give Central Florida visitors great value
for their tourism dollar. Delivering fine food and a fun family-entertainment
experience at a very affordable price.

A castle in Kissimmee. Photo by Jim Hill

First up is the Medieval Times Dinner
Tournament. Which has been entertaining tourists at this highly themed location
in Kissimmee since 1983. Once you cross the moat, you'll find yourself back in
the 11th century. Where you'll then enjoy a four-course meal as you
watch knights do battle inside of an immense area. Where – while dressed in
authentic suits of armor – they'll joust at full tilt while riding beautiful
Andalusian horses.

Now please keep in mind that the story that Medieval Times
Dinner Tournament is telling is set in a time before the invention of utensils.
Which means that you'll be eating your herb-roasted chicken and/or barbeque
spare ribs with your hands. But given how tasty the food is at this particular
dinner theater, I don't imagine that you'll mind licking your fingers in order
to clean them off.

Photo by Jim Hill

Next up is Arabian Nights,
which initially arrived on the scene in Central Florida back in March of
1998. This dinner show is an equestrian extravaganza with over 50 talented
horses prancing around inside of a 90,000 square foot stadium. As you dine on prime rib or
lasagna, you'll be treated to a 22-act production. Where Arabians, Andalusian,
Lipizans, Palominos, Quarter Horses, Belgians and Percherons go through their
paces. Doing tricks and stunts that are sure to dazzle everyone seated in this
1001-seat venue. (1001? Arabian Nights? Get it?)

Anyway … If you and/or any of your family members are real
horse fans, then you ought to yourself to come by Arabian Nights an hour or so
prior to showtime. That way, you'll then get the chance to enter the Great Hall
early and do a meet-n-greet with some of the four-legged stars of this popular
dinner theater experience.

Photo by Jim Hill

Of course, if you prefer swordplay to horseplay, then you
need to set sail for the Pirate's
Dinner Adventure. Now this particular Orlando area dinner theater opened
back in May of 1996, long before Disney began making its super-popular "Pirates
of the Caribbean" movies. So while you won't find anyone like Captain Jack
Sparrow out here on I-Drive, you're sure to enjoy a full evening of
family-friendly fun, food and interactive entertainment.

And when I say "interactive," I mean interactive. The climax
of the Pirate's Dinner Adventure show comes with the younger members of the
audience are recruited to come battle these buccaneers. So be sure and have
your cameras ready when these new members of the British Navy make their
appearance and get ready to storm the ship.

Photo by Jim Hill

What's that you say? Real pirates weren't family-friendly.
These rogues drank rum while they hung out with loose women  and then told ribald stories & sang bawdy
songs (Hmmn. That sounds familiar for some reason). Recognizing that there
might be some visitors to Orlando who'd then be in the market for a more risqué
dinner theater experience, the folks behind Pirate's Dinner Adventure just
opened an adults-only, after-hours establishment known as the Treasure

You get the idea that this dinner show is not intended for
kids when – as you walk through the door – you're immediately handed a flagon
of Treasure
Tavern's signature drink. Which is rum punch. Then Gretta (i.e. the
tavern's outrageous barmaid) serves as your host for a two-hour long
experience. Which will feature live music, all kinds of comedy plus daring
acrobatic acts.

Photo by Jim Hill

And did I mention the food? We're talking a fresh garden salad,
slow roasted prime rib, opera cake, and a full liquor bar. Which will hopefully
make it that much easier to get in the true pirate spirit for an hour or two.

If you prefer thinking to drinking … Then there's another
International Drive establishment that you have to check out. And that's Sleuths
Mystery Dinner Show. This is (after Hoop Dee Doo Revue, of course) the
Orlando area's oldest dinner theater experience. Since 1980, both locals and
tourists have been trying to solve these hilarious who-dun-its. Which – given
that you actually witness the murder and then get to interrogate all of the
suspects – sort of redefines the idea of "interactive."

Photo by Jim Hill

Mind you, the menu always stays the same at Sleuths Mystery
Dinner Show (i.e. succulent Cornish game hen, thick slabs of prime rib and/or a
vegetarian option). But the mysteries keep changing. There are currently 13
different crime-laden comic scenarios that this talented cast of performers plays
out. So depending on which night you come through the door, you could find
yourself in the middle of a wedding that goes horribly wrong, a celebrity roast
which takes a homicidal turn, even a high society pre-fox-hunt banquet where
it's the hunters who suddenly become the prey.

There are – of course – other dinner theater experiences to
be found around the Orlando area. But as the Walt Disney World Resort gets
ready to celebrate its 40th anniversary, I thought that it might be fun
to take a look at some of Central Florida's other long-running shows. Which
(obviously) include Medieval
Times Dinner Tournament, Arabian Nights, Pirate's
Dinner Adventure and Sleuths
Mystery Show.

And if you're looking for tickets for any of these
long-running dinner theater experiences ( or the recently opened Treasure
Tavern Show) … Well, I think I know some folks who can help you out there.

Your thoughts?

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The Evolution and History of Mickey’s ToonTown



Disneyland in Anaheim, California, holds a special place in the hearts of Disney fans worldwide, I mean heck, it’s where the magic began after all.  Over the years it’s become a place that people visit in search of memorable experiences. One fan favorite area of the park is Mickey’s Toontown, a unique land that lets guests step right into the colorful, “Toony” world of Disney animation. With the recent reimagining of the land and the introduction of Micky and Minnies Runaway Railway, have you ever wondered how this land came to be?

There is a fascinating backstory of how Mickey’s Toontown came into existence. It’s a tale of strategic vision, the influence of Disney executives, and a commitment to meeting the needs of Disney’s valued guests.

The Beginning: Mickey’s Birthdayland

The story of Mickey’s Toontown starts with Mickey’s Birthdayland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Opened in 1988 to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 60th birthday, this temporary attraction was met with such overwhelming popularity that it inspired Disney executives to think bigger. The idea was to create a permanent, immersive land where guests could step into the animated world of Mickey Mouse and his friends.

In the early ’90s, Disneyland was in need of a refresh. Michael Eisner, the visionary leader of The Walt Disney Company at the time, had an audacious idea: create a brand-new land in Disneyland that would celebrate Disney characters in a whole new way. This was the birth of Mickey’s Toontown.

Initially, Disney’s creative minds toyed with various concepts, including the idea of crafting a 100-Acre Woods or a land inspired by the Muppets. However, the turning point came when they considered the success of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” This film’s popularity and the desire to capitalize on contemporary trends set the stage for Toontown’s creation.

From Concept to Reality: The Birth of Toontown

In 1993, Mickey’s Toontown opened its gates at Disneyland, marking the first time in Disney Park history where guests could experience a fully realized, three-dimensional world of animation. This new land was not just a collection of attractions but a living, breathing community where Disney characters “lived,” worked, and played.

Building Challenges: Innovative Solutions

The design of Mickey’s Toontown broke new ground in theme park aesthetics. Imagineers were tasked with bringing the two-dimensional world of cartoons into a three-dimensional space. This led to the creation of over 2000 custom-built props and structures that embodied the ‘squash and stretch’ principle of animation, giving Toontown its distinctiveness.

And then there was also the challenge of hiding the Team Disney Anaheim building, which bore a striking resemblance to a giant hotdog. The Imagineers had to think creatively, using balloon tests and imaginative landscaping to seamlessly integrate Toontown into the larger park.

Key Attractions: Bringing Animation to Life

Mickey’s Toontown featured several groundbreaking attractions. “Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin,” inspired by the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” became a staple of Toontown, offering an innovative ride experience. Gadget’s Go-Coaster, though initially conceived as a Rescue Rangers-themed ride, became a hit with younger visitors, proving that innovative design could create memorable experiences for all ages.

Another crown jewel of Toontown is Mickey’s House, a walkthrough attraction that allowed guests to explore the home of Mickey Mouse himself. This attraction was more than just a house; it was a carefully crafted piece of Disney lore. The house was designed in the American Craftsman style, reflecting the era when Mickey would have theoretically purchased his first home in Hollywood. The attention to detail was meticulous, with over 2000 hand-crafted, custom-built props, ensuring that every corner of the house was brimming with character and charm. Interestingly, the design of Mickey’s House was inspired by a real home in Wichita Falls, making it a unique blend of real-world inspiration and Disney magic.

Mickey’s House also showcased Disney’s commitment to creating interactive and engaging experiences. Guests could make themselves at home, sitting in Mickey’s chair, listening to the radio, and exploring the many mementos and references to Mickey’s animated adventures throughout the years. This approach to attraction design – where storytelling and interactivity merged seamlessly – was a defining characteristic of ToonTown’s success.

Executive Decisions: Shaping ToonTown’s Unique Attractions

The development of Mickey’s Toontown wasn’t just about creative imagination; it was significantly influenced by strategic decisions from Disney executives. One notable input came from Jeffrey Katzenberg, who suggested incorporating a Rescue Rangers-themed ride. This idea was a reflection of the broader Disney strategy to integrate popular contemporary characters and themes into the park, ensuring that the attractions remained relevant and engaging for visitors.

In addition to Katzenberg’s influence, Frank Wells, the then-President of The Walt Disney Company, played a key role in the strategic launch of Toontown’s attractions. His decision to delay the opening of “Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin” until a year after Toontown’s debut was a calculated move. It was designed to maintain public interest in the park by offering new experiences over time, thereby giving guests more reasons to return to Disneyland.

These executive decisions highlight the careful planning and foresight that went into making Toontown a dynamic and continuously appealing part of Disneyland. By integrating current trends and strategically planning the rollout of attractions, Disney executives ensured that Toontown would not only capture the hearts of visitors upon its opening but would continue to draw them back for new experiences in the years to follow.

Global Influence: Toontown’s Worldwide Appeal

The concept of Mickey’s Toontown resonated so strongly that it was replicated at Tokyo Disneyland and influenced elements in Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. Each park’s version of Toontown maintained the core essence of the original while adapting to its cultural and logistical environment.

Evolution and Reimagining: Toontown Today

As we approach the present day, Mickey’s Toontown has recently undergone a significant reimagining to welcome “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” in 2023. This refurbishment aimed to enhance the land’s interactivity and appeal to a new generation of Disney fans, all while retaining the charm that has made ToonTown a beloved destination for nearly three decades.

Dive Deeper into ToonTown’s Story

Want to know more about Mickey’s Toontown and hear some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, then check out the latest episode of Disney Unpacked on Patreon @JimHillMedia. In this episode, the main Imagineer who worked on the Toontown project shares lots of interesting stories and details that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s full of great information and fun facts, so be sure to give it a listen!

Jim Hill

Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Unpacking the History of the Pixar Place Hotel



Pixar Place Hotel, the newly unveiled 15-story tower at the Disneyland Resort, has been making waves in the Disney community. With its unique Pixar-themed design, it promises to be a favorite among visitors.

However, before we delve into this exciting addition to the Disneyland Resort, let’s take a look at the fascinating history of this remarkable hotel.

The Emergence of the Disneyland Hotel

To truly appreciate the story of the Pixar Place Hotel, we must turn back the clock to the early days of Disneyland. While Walt Disney had the visionary ideas and funding to create the iconic theme park, he faced a challenge when it came to providing accommodations for the park’s visitors. This is where his friend Jack Wrather enters the picture.

Jack Wrather, a fellow pioneer in the television industry, stepped in to assist Walt Disney in realizing his dream. Thanks to the success of the “Lassie” TV show produced by Wrather’s company, he had the financial means to build a hotel right across from Disneyland.

The result was the Disneyland Hotel, which opened its doors in October 1955. Interestingly, the early incarnation of this hotel had more of a motel feel than a hotel, with two-story buildings reminiscent of the roadside motels popular during the 1950s. The initial Disneyland Hotel consisted of modest structures that catered to visitors looking for affordable lodging close to the park. While the rooms were basic, it marked the beginning of something extraordinary.

The Evolution: From Emerald of Anaheim to Paradise Pier

As Disneyland’s popularity continued to soar, so did the demand for expansion and improved accommodations. In 1962, the addition of an 11-story tower transformed the Disneyland Hotel, marking a significant transition from a motel to a full-fledged hotel.

The addition of the 11-story tower elevated the Disneyland Hotel into a more prominent presence on the Anaheim skyline. At the time, it was the tallest structure in all of Orange County. The hotel’s prime location across from Disneyland made it an ideal choice for visitors. With the introduction of the monorail linking the park and the hotel, accessibility became even more convenient. Unique features like the Japanese-themed reflecting pools added to the hotel’s charm, reflecting a cultural influence that extended beyond Disney’s borders.

Japanese Tourism and Its Impact

During the 1960s and 1970s, Disneyland was attracting visitors from all corners of the world, including Japan. A significant number of Japanese tourists flocked to Anaheim to experience Walt Disney’s creation. To cater to this growing market, it wasn’t just the Disneyland Hotel that aimed to capture the attention of Japanese tourists. The Japanese Village in Buena Park, inspired by a similar attraction in Nara, Japan, was another significant spot.

These attractions sought to provide a taste of Japanese culture and hospitality, showcasing elements like tea ceremonies and beautiful ponds with rare carp and black swans. However, the Japanese Village closed its doors in 1975, likely due to the highly competitive nature of the Southern California tourist market.

The Emergence of the Emerald of Anaheim

With the surge in Japanese tourism, an opportunity arose—the construction of the Emerald of Anaheim, later known as the Disneyland Pacific Hotel. In May 1984, this 15-story hotel opened its doors.

What made the Emerald unique was its ownership. It was built not by The Walt Disney Company or the Oriental Land Company (which operated Tokyo Disneyland) but by the Tokyu Group. This group of Japanese businessmen already had a pair of hotels in Hawaii and saw potential in Anaheim’s proximity to Disneyland. Thus, they decided to embark on this new venture, specifically designed to cater to Japanese tourists looking to experience Southern California.

Financial Challenges and a Changing Landscape

The late 1980s brought about two significant financial crises in Japan—the crash of the NIKKEI stock market and the collapse of the Japanese real estate market. These crises had far-reaching effects, causing Japanese tourists to postpone or cancel their trips to the United States. As a result, reservations at the Emerald of Anaheim dwindled.

To adapt to these challenging times, the Tokyu Group merged the Emerald brand with its Pacific hotel chain, attempting to weather the storm. However, the financial turmoil took its toll on the Emerald, and changes were imminent.

The Transition to the Disneyland Pacific Hotel

In 1995, The Walt Disney Company took a significant step by purchasing the hotel formerly known as the Emerald of Anaheim for $35 million. This acquisition marked a change in the hotel’s fortunes. With Disney now in control, the hotel underwent a name change, becoming the Disneyland Pacific Hotel.

Transformation to Paradise Pier

The next phase of transformation occurred when Disney decided to rebrand the hotel as Paradise Pier Hotel. This decision aligned with Disney’s broader vision for the Disneyland Resort.

While the structural changes were limited, the hotel underwent a significant cosmetic makeover. Its exterior was painted to complement the color scheme of Paradise Pier, and wave-shaped crenellations adorned the rooftop, creating an illusion of seaside charm. This transformation was Disney’s attempt to seamlessly integrate the hotel into the Paradise Pier theme of Disney’s California Adventure Park.

Looking Beyond Paradise Pier: The Shift to Pixar Place

In 2018, Disneyland Resort rebranded Paradise Pier as Pixar Pier, a thematic area dedicated to celebrating the beloved characters and stories from Pixar Animation Studios. As a part of this transition, it became evident that the hotel formally known as the Disneyland Pacific Hotel could no longer maintain its Paradise Pier theme.

With Pixar Pier in full swing and two successful Pixar-themed hotels (Toy Story Hotels in Shanghai Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland), Disney decided to embark on a new venture—a hotel that would celebrate the vast world of Pixar. The result is Pixar Place Hotel, a 15-story tower that embraces the characters and stories from multiple Pixar movies and shorts. This fully Pixar-themed hotel is a first of its kind in the United States.

The Future of Pixar Place and Disneyland Resort

As we look ahead to the future, the Disneyland Resort continues to evolve. The recent news of a proposed $1.9 billion expansion as part of the Disneyland Forward project indicates that the area surrounding Pixar Place is expected to see further changes. Disneyland’s rich history and innovative spirit continue to shape its destiny.

In conclusion, the history of the Pixar Place Hotel is a testament to the ever-changing landscape of Disneyland Resort. From its humble beginnings as the Disneyland Hotel to its transformation into the fully Pixar-themed Pixar Place Hotel, this establishment has undergone several iterations. As Disneyland Resort continues to grow and adapt, we can only imagine what exciting developments lie ahead for this iconic destination.

If you want to hear more stories about the History of the Pixar Place hotel, check our special edition of Disney Unpacked over on YouTube.

Stay tuned for more updates and developments as we continue to explore the fascinating world of Disney, one story at a time.

Jim Hill

Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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From Birthday Wishes to Toontown Dreams: How Toontown Came to Be



Mickey's Birthday Land

In the latest release of Episode 4 of Disney Unpacked, Len and I return, joined as always by Disney Imagineering legend, Jim Shull. This two-part episode covers all things Mickey’s Birthday Land and how it ultimately led to the inspiration behind Disneyland’s fan-favorite land, “Toontown”. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. It all starts in the early days at Disneyland.

Early Challenges in Meeting Mickey

Picture this: it’s the late 1970s and early 1980s, and you’re at Disneyland. You want to meet the one and only Mickey Mouse, but there’s no clear way to make it happen. You rely on Character Guides, those daily printed sheets that point you in Mickey’s general direction. But let’s be honest, it was like finding a needle in a haystack. Sometimes, you got lucky; other times, not so much.

Mickey’s Birthdayland: A Birthday Wish that Came True

Fast forward to the late 1980s. Disney World faced a big challenge. The Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park was under construction, with the company’s marketing machine in full swing, hyping up the opening of Walt Disney World’s third theme park, MGM Studios, in the Spring of 1989. This extensive marketing meant that many people were opting to postpone their family’s next trip to Walt Disney World until the following year. Walt Disney World needed something compelling to motivate guests to visit Florida in 1988, the year before Disney MGM Studios opened.

Enter stage left, Mickey’s Birthdayland. For the first time ever, an entire land was dedicated to a single character – and not just any character, but the mouse who started it all. Meeting Mickey was no longer a game of chance; it was practically guaranteed.

The Birth of Birthdayland: Creative Brilliance Meets Practicality

In this episode, we dissect the birth of Mickey’s Birthdayland, an initiative that went beyond celebrating a birthday. It was a calculated move, driven by guest feedback and a need to address issues dating back to 1971. Imagineers faced the monumental task of designing an experience that honored Mickey while efficiently managing the crowds. This required the perfect blend of creative flair and logistical prowess – a hallmark of Disney’s approach to theme park design.

Evolution: From Birthdayland to Toontown

The success of Mickey’s Birthdayland was a real game-changer, setting the stage for the birth of Toontown – an entire land that elevated character-centric areas to monumental new heights. Toontown wasn’t merely a spot to meet characters; it was an immersive experience that brought Disney animation to life. In the episode, we explore its innovative designs, playful architecture, and how every nook and cranny tells a story.

Impact on Disney Parks and Guests

Mickey’s Birthdayland and Toontown didn’t just reshape the physical landscape of Disney parks; they transformed the very essence of the guest experience. These lands introduced groundbreaking ways for visitors to connect with their beloved characters, making their Disney vacations even more unforgettable.

Beyond Attractions: A Cultural Influence

But the influence of these lands goes beyond mere attractions. Our episode delves into how Mickey’s Birthdayland and Toontown left an indelible mark on Disney’s culture, reflecting the company’s relentless dedication to innovation and guest satisfaction. It’s a journey into how a single idea can grow into a cherished cornerstone of the Disney Park experience.

Interested in learning about Jim Shull’s original idea for a Winnie the Pooh ride? Here’s concept art of the attraction proposed for the original Toontown in Disneyland. More on [Disney Unpacked].

Unwrapping the Full Story of Mickey’s Birthdayland

Our two-part episode of Disney Unpacked is available for your viewing pleasure on our Patreon page. And for those seeking a quicker Disney fix, we’ve got a condensed version waiting for you on our YouTube channel. Thank you for being a part of our Disney Unpacked community. Stay tuned for more episodes as we continue to “Unpack” the fascinating world of Disney, one story at a time.

Jim Hill

Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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