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Disney Dish - Remembering Disneyland​’​s “Blast to the Past”

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa starts off this week’s show by sharing some listener suggestions for keeping costs down when vacationing at the WDW Resort. Then Jim Hill looks back at some of the seasonal events that Disneyland staged back in the mid-to-late 1980s to get Southern Californians to visit that theme park during the slower times of the year.


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

Why bringing some purchased-in-advance gifts-from-Tinker-Bell along with you when you travel to Florida can take the sting out of souvenir shopping at Disney World

How many people turned out to take part in Disneyland’s attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest group to Hula-Hoop together

Why classical music fans weren’t all that enthusiastic about “Fantasia” when the digitally enhanced version of this animated feature was released to theaters back in 1982

Which themes did the Imagineers explore when they were originally searching for a new concept for Hong Kong Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. area

Why was Michael Eisner convinced that a 50’s themed seasonal event at Disneyland Park was going to be a huge success


released May 25, 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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