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Disney Dish - Why is “Mickey & Minnie​’​s Runaway Railway” running behind schedule?

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa & Jim Hill start off episode 215 by talking about how “Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy” will use promotion to try & overcome its unfortunate, out-of-the-way positioning at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They also talk about a patent that The Walt Disney Company has recently filed which Mouse House managers hope will get Guests to look up from the screens on their iPhones.


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

When “Illuminations” will last be presented out on World Showcase Lagoon and when theme park fans will have their very first chance to see the new “Epcot Forever” nighttime show

The scheduling challenge that Disneyland Park managers are now facing in regards to completing construction of Black Spire Outpost while – at the same time – making sure that Anaheim’s Cast Members have sufficient training time inside of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” before this brand-new land then finally opens to the public.

Why placing the drive-around character version of Mater from “Cars” at the top of Sunset Boulevard (with the hope that this would then make WDW visitors aware that “Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy” is now open for business at the other end of this boulevard) isn’t really an option

The three, very specific different ways that you get to encounter characters while visiting Disney Parks & Resorts

The parallels that the public sees between “The Simpsons” brand and the overall Disney brand


released April 15, 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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