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Disney Dish - How Big Thunder got on track

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Pass & Mid-Day Magic ticket that the WDW Resort recently began offering. Jim then shines a spotlight on how – back in the mid-1970s – the Imagineers turned Disneyland’s “Mine Train thru Nature’s Wonderland” attraction into the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.


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

How Disney officials – even as they’re getting to open the Hollywood Studios version of “Galaxy’s Edge” – is trying to get a better understanding of the theme park-going public’s overall interest in all things Star Wars

How the construction of that walkway between the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa may spur development along the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon just beyond the Adventureland berm

Why the construction of Disneyland’s version of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad actually has a lot in common with that Disney Train and Station Set LEGO recently put on the market

Which was the very first Disneyland attraction to figure Audio-Animatronic figures

Which recent changes to classic Disneyland attractions will become components of WDW’s resort-wide 50th-anniversary celebration


released August 26, 2019
Hosts: Len Testa and Jim Hill
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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