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Disney Dish Episode 206: When Disney World almost lost its Hall of Presidents

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Jim Hill goes it alone in a special Presidents Day edition of the Disney Dish podcast. He first talks about what’s been going on with Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts. Jim then shares how the “Disney’s America” project almost caused a motion-based simulator attraction to be built in the Liberty Square section of WDW’s Magic Kingdom


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

How the so-so ticket sales for “Mary Poppins Returns” have stalled out WDI’s plans to add an attraction based on that Rob Marshall movie to Epcot’s UK pavilion

Why “Johnny Tremain” ‘s disappointing performance at the box office back in 1957 convinced Roy not to give Walt the money he needed to build Liberty Street at Disneyland Park

How the Imagineers planned to turn WDW’s Hall of Presidents into a far more intimate, immersive experience when this Liberty Square attraction was transferred to Disney’s America

How the January 1994 closure of “American Journeys,” Tomorrowland’s long-running CircleVision 360 show effectively paved the way for WDW’s Hall of Presidents to become home to a similar sort of cinematic travelogue

How did President Trump suggest the script for his portion of WDW’s Hall of Presidents could be improved


released February 18, 2019
Host: Jim Hill
Editor: Aaron Z. Adams


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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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