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Disney Dish Episode 192: 21st century politics & flume rides don​’​t mix in Frontierland

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa & Jim Hill continue their audio tour of the 2018 version of WDW’s Magic Kingdom with a stroll along the Rivers of America. They discuss how a Guest who’d been an annual passholder for 24 years found out the hard way what happens when you test Disney Corporate’s patience one too many times. Len & Jim also talk about how recent changes to the props used to decorate the queue space with “Splash Mountain” illustrate the Company’s continuing efforts to stay PC.


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

How “The Lone Ranger” ‘s under-performance at the box office doesn’t necessarily mean that elements from this 2013 Walt Disney Pictures release won’t show up someday inside of a Disney theme park

The ways that the Walt Disney World Railroad may help the Resort celebration its 50th anniversary in 2021

How Planet Hollywood influenced the design of Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café

Why fans of Frontierland’s Rivers of America may want to heed the lesson of the Magic Kingdom’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Seas” ride

How the Imagineers have been revisiting rockwork from the past within the Disney theme parks (Not taking things for granite, if you will)


released December 17, 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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