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Disney Dish - Why was that Mickey arm built next to Spaceship Earth?

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing Disney World’s recently-announced plans to re-open its theme parks in July. Jim then goes on to reveal the hidden history of Epcot’s Millennium Icon Tower AKA the Mickey arm


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

Which structures at WDW’s Magic Kingdom may be repurposed as “relaxation zones” for Guests who temporarily need to remove their masks while visiting that theme park

Which hurricane seemed poised to flatten Epcot’s Mickey Arm just before that theme park’s 15-month-long millennium celebration was about to get underway

What role did the Millennium Icon Tower play in the Sorcerer’s Hat being built at Disney-MGM Studios theme park just ahead of the start of WDW’s “100 Years of Magic” celebration in the Fall of 2001

How likely is it that WDW’s theme parks will soft open ahead of July 11th & 15th

Why are Universal Orlando’s three theme parks able to open in early June while Disney is holding off opening its Florida parks ‘til mid-July


released June 1, 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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