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Disney Dish - How Future World got its animatronic dinosaurs

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about why it’s crucial that WDW’s new Skyliner transportation system has a trouble-free debut. Jim then reveals how WDI used fossil fuels as an excuse to recycle one of the more popular aspects of the Ford Wonder Rotunda at the 1964 – 1965 New York World’s Fair


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

Why WDW managers aren’t exactly thrilled that the Skyliner system is being launched at that Resort just as hurricane season is getting underway

Which special effects that the Imagineers created specifically for the “Primeval World” diorama section of Epcot’s Universe of Energy pavilion actually turned out to be edible

How the problematic launch of Anaheim’s version of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” has been impacting the overall occupancy rate for the onsite hotels at the Disneyland Resort

Why it’s been difficult for Disney Parks & Resorts to do the same sorts of upgrades that it’s recently done at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at WDW’s other deluxe resorts

Where you can still go to see some of the animatronic dinosaurs that were originally designed for Future World (Here’s a hint: You’ll need to buy a plane ticket to Japan)


released September 16, 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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