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Disney Dish - Why the Disney Parks build so few original attractions these days

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa & Jim Hill start off Episode 218 by discussing the mysterious construction that’s going on at Disney’s Animal Kingdom out behind Pandora – The World of Avatar. Jim then talks about “The Ride of a Lifetime,” Bob Iger’s soon-to-be-released memoir (which will hit store shelves on September 10th)


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

How Bob Iger – a full six months ahead of when he officially became CEO of the Walt Disney Company in October of 2005 – discreetly reached out to Steve Jobs to see if the Pixar dead could be salvaged

Why the Imagineers want to wait ‘til the Late Winter / Early Spring of 2022 (i.e., after “Avatar 2” has been released to the theater in December 2021) before they then discuss how Disney’s Animal Kingdom should go about expanding Pandora – The World of Avatar

Why the more photogenic side of “Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge” will be orientated out towards Bay Lake, rather than facing into Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Why Michael Eisner ordered Pixar Animation Studios to put “Cars” in production in the early 2000s, rather than a sequel to 1999’s top-grossing “Toy Story 2”

How the November 1972 debut of HBO made Bob Iger comfortable with the concept that the only constant – at least as far as the media landscape is concerned – is change


released May 13, 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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