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Disney Dish Episode 191: New Fantasyland to be spruced up ahead of WDW​’​s 50th anniversary celebration

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa & Jim Hill continue their walking tour of WDW’s Magic Kingdom by strolling through Fantasyland. They talk about Guests’ increasing use of mobile devices forced the creation of in-park charging stations like the ones found around the Rapunzel Tower. Len & Jim also discuss why Disney World’s Safety team ordered that changes be made to the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak water play area.


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

How the huge success of “Elena of Avalor” on Disney Junior changed the way the Company defines a Disney Princess

Why Gaston went from being a walk-around character to becoming one that has now has his own designated meet-n-greet area in New Fantasyland.

The real reason the Imagineers abandoned their plan to change Mickey’s Toontown Fair into an area that promoted the “Disney Fairies” franchise

Why The Walt Disney Company eventually decided to abandon the “Scene One” initiative at its theme parks

New songs & show scenes that are being considered for “Mickey’s PhilharMagic”


released December 9, 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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