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Disney Dish - Looking back at Independence Lake

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this episode with a run-down of the past week’s news, including Universal Orlando’s announcement of their Epic Universe project. Jim then shines a spotlight on Walt Disney Productions’ second attempt to build a ski resort up in Northern California


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

 The challenges that Beatrix (i.e., “your neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse, and grab-and-market”) will face once it opens for business on the West Side of Disney Springs

 How Bob Iger himself admitted that Disney Parks & Resorts may have mismanaged its messaging when it came to the opening of the Anaheim version of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”

 What’s different (from a classic theme park design point-of-view) about the project that Universal Parks & Resorts is building right across the way from the Orange County Convention

 How WDW’s Star Wars hotel is going to use cutting-edge technology to create an out-of-this-world storytelling experience for resort Guests

 Why Michael Eisner – when he wanted to revive the idea of Disney owning & operating its own ski area – asked the Imagineers to scout out locations up in New England, rather than out on the
West Coast


released August 12, 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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