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Disney Dish - Why WDW​’​s “Fire Mountain” project flamed out

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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While waiting for Len Testa to return from Batuu, Jim Hill shares a story about the thrill ride that the Magic Kingdom almost got back in the early 2000s. One that took its inspiration from “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” and would have sent Guests through an erupted volcano aboard a transforming coaster

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

• How the films of Ray Harryhausen inspired the sort of story that Don Hahn, Kirk Wise & Gary Trousdale wants to tell in their post- “Hunchback” picture

• The central design feature that the “Indiana Jones Adventure” at Disneyland Park and “Fire Mountain” at WDW’s Magic Kingdom were supposed to have shared

• The three other monsters that Milo Thatch & the Whitmore Expedition were supposed to have encountered far under the Earth’s surface as they made their way to Atlantis

• How the Imagineers were hoping that the construction of “Fire Mountain” would then finally bring a bit of balance to WDW’s Magic Kingdom

• How Universal’s Islands of Adventure played into Disney’s decision to develop a brand-new set of high profile thrill rides for the theme parks at the WDW Resort in the late 1990s

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released June 3, 2019
Host: Jim Hill
Rookie Editor: Nancy Stadler

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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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