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Disney Dish - The Road to “Mickey & Minnie​’​s Runaway Railway”

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by reviewing some of the food offerings found at this year’s International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot. Then Jim Hill talks about how Disney’s earlier trackless attractions influenced the design of “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway”


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

How the Mexico pavilion’s La Hacienda may have simplified its menu. But -- thanks to the food quality & portion sizes that this table service restaurant at Epcot has -- it’s still a good value

Why the expanse between Epcot’s turnstiles and Spaceship Earth doesn’t feature a big topiary display this year

How Bob Chapek’s first week on the job as Disney’s new CEO turned into the corporate equivalent of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

Why Kevin Rafferty wanted to build “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” inside of the Great Movie Ride’s cavernous show building rather than inside Walt Disney Animation Studios’ old Florida facility

Why the Imagineers opted to increase the capacity of the vehicles that they used for Disney’s trackless attractions after the September 2000 opening of “Pooh’s Hunny Hunt” at Tokyo Disneyland


released March 9, 2020
Hosts: Len Testa and Jim Hill
Fabulously edited by Aaron 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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