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Ep 152: History of Indiana Jones (and Star Wars) in Disney theme parks, Part 2

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In news, Len talks about what he's seeing in the parks over Spring Break.

Jim continues the story of how George Lucas and Steven Spielberg ended up doing rides in Disney's theme parks. By this point in the 1980's Disney's films were doing so bad that two test audiences watching the same exact movie were rating the one that said "Disney presents" worse than the other one.

Fortunately, Lucas and Spielberg had just made a couple of high-dollar mistakes, and they're on the outs with some of Hollywood's movie studios. That's when the come up with the idea of a character named Indiana Jones, and they need a studio to make the first Indiana Jones film. That studio? Paramount, headed by one Michael Eisner, who does the boys a favor.


Here's the Wikipedia entry for Disney's awful Midnight Madness movie:


released March 19, 2018
Produced by Aaron Adams.


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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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