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Disney Dish Episode 190: Details on Grand Destino, “Epcot Forever​,​” & Star Wars Hotel

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by reflecting on what millenniums now expect to find in their hotel rooms heavily influenced the design of “Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge,” “The Cove,” and Universal’s Aventura Hotel. They also look ahead to the construction challenges that WDW’s Entertainment team will be facing as they ready World Showcase Lagoon for Epcot’s new nighttime extravaganza (which is slated to open in 2020).


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

Why artwork created by surrealist Salvador Dali will be prominently displayed in the newer portions of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

How Disney’s Hollywood Studios is changing from being a theme park that takes Guests behind-the-scenes to one that places them right in the middle of the action

The scheduling challenges that the Imagineers are now facing when it comes to updating Epcot’s Circle-Vision 360 film, “O Canada!,” out ahead of WDW’s 50th anniversary celebration.

How WDI will revisiting SeaBase Alpha’s old hydrolators when it comes to the launch pods that will be used to transport Guests to WDW’s Star Wars Hotel.

Why the architectural choices that were made with the expansion of Epcot’s France pavilion led to the Imagineers calling that theme park’s next family-friendly ride “Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.”


released December 4, 2018
Hosts: Jim Hill and Len Testa
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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