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Disney Dish Episode 301: Why Disney supposedly passed on the chance to make “E​.​T​.​”

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by talking about why WDW’s Coronado Springs Resort may have changed the name of its Pepper Market food court. Then Jim Hill talks about how Southern Californians seeming to lose interest in Disneyland’s “Bear Country” area led to the creation of “The Country Bear Christmas Special”


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

• Which other holidays did the Imagineers plan on having the cast of the “Country Bear Jamboree” celebrate

• Why sailing aboard one of the small boats that carry the “Electrical Water Pageant” as it travels from Seven Seas Lagoon to Bay Lake and back again may be the scariest thrill ride in all of WDW

• How many Disney-produced projects did Darren McGavin -- star of “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” -- appear in

• Why the prop on Jimmy’s bed in the 1940s scene of “Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress” will have special significance to “A Christmas Story” fans

• Which recent patent suggests that Disney Parks & Resorts may soon be taking interactive attractions to a whole new level


released December 21, 2020
Hosts: Len Testa and Jim Hill
Fabulously edited by 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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