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Disney Dish Episode 197: Live From Animation Courtyard- What happens to “Star Wars Launch Bay” after “Galaxy​’​s Edge” opens

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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As Len Testa & Jim Hill continue their walk-thru of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in November of 2018, they turn their attention to the Animation Courtyard area. In particular how the Imagineers have tried to balance this theme park’s celebration of Old Hollywood with WDW Guests desire to find brand-new rides, shows & attractions to experience whenever they visit DHS.


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

How the Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant has tried to keep the original thesis of this theme park (i.e., “The Hollywood that never was -- and always will be”) alive

How Disney’s Hollywood Studios is using Disney Junior’s new hot animated series, “Vamperina,” to boost guest traffic in that theme park’s Animation Courtyard area

Launch Bay’s dual purpose (Increase DHS’ capacity by turning the now-empty “Magic of Disney Animation” show building into a new attraction AND familiarize WDW Guests with the characters & the stories they’ll be experiencing in “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” when that new “land” opens in late 2019)

How “Star Wars Launch Bay” is expected to remain open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at least through the early portion of WDW’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2021

How the live-action reimagining of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” that the Studio is now readying for production could prolong the run of DHS’ “Voyage of the Little Mermaid” show


released January 7, 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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