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Disney Dish Episode 196: Aulani may just be the ultimate Disney Resort

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about why the menu at Tiffins has been mutating over these past few months. They also discuss the DVC Resorts that Disney execs ultimately decided not to build, including the Times Square Villas.


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

How – even before the very first Disney Vacation Club Resort (which is now known as Disney’s Old Key West Resort) opened at Walt Disney World in December of 1991 – The Walt Disney Company already had plans to build a DVC resort in Hawaii

How one’s perception of Be Our Guest changes depending on whether you’re dining at this Magic Kingdom eatery on your own dime or taking advantage of the Disney Dining Plan

How Japan’s continuing love affair with Hawaii influenced Disney’s decision to proceed with the Aulani project

How the events of 9/11 resulted in The Walt Disney Company cancelling its plans for the Eagle Pines DVC (an on-property Disney Vacation Club for the WDW Resort which had been officially announced the week previous)

How Imagineer Joe Rohde worked to make Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa an authentic celebration of Hawaiian culture


released January 6, 2019
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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