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Disney Dish - Baby New Year can fly? Only at Disneyland

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa starts off this week’s show by talking about some rare home movies that he’s recently seen from the early days of Disneyland Park. Jim Hill then talks about how the roles that castles play at the Disney Parks have evolved over the past 64 years.


Over the course of this episode, listeners will learn about:

Why the New Year’s Eve celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will include everything that you can find at the celebrations which are being held at WDW’s other three theme parks EXCEPT fireworks

Why Paul Castle (i.e., the “Ice Capades” veteran that Walt personally selected to play Mickey at the Disney theme parks) was known as “The Mighty Mite”

How the 2011 debut of “The Magic, the Memories and You” at WDW’s Magic Kingdom eventually impacted the design of Storybook Castle for Shanghai Disneyland

Why the quick construction of Disneyland’s Tomorrowland back in 1955 has made life difficult for the Cast Members who have to operate & maintain this portion of that Anaheim theme park

Why – after Disney’s “The Black Cauldron” proved to be a bust at the box office – did Oriental Land Company executives insist that TDL’s “Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour” end with a scene featuring the Horned King


released September 23, 2019
Hosts: Len Testa and Jim Hill
Editor: Aaron Z. Adams


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The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

Jim Hill is a writer, blogger, and theme park historian, and he'll be the first to tell you all of the back-room deals and corporate gossip that happens inside the Walt Disney Company.

Len Testa co-authors the Unofficial Guide series of travel books, focusing on theme parks.
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