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The Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 390: Why WDW​’​s “20​,​000 Leagues” supposedly closed temporarily & then never re​-​opened

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Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by musing on when performances of “Fantasmic!” may begin at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They then look back at the Fall of 1995. This is when Magic Kingdom
managers snookered Michael Ovitz, the then-President of The Walt Disney Company

Show notes: docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTnUgw0ac8MFJnOL7o2jGeX7G5KxyaZl29E6KZxs2IJqReqimYGsb4x4LP0Li0VjuEOrRDJFVfvLPaZ/pub

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

At what phase of its pre-opening testing is the Magic Kingdom’s next big attraction, “TRON Lightcycle Run”

What sort of idea is The Walt Disney Company reportedly exploring when it comes to possible new revenue streams (Here’s a hint: Think Amazon Prime)

Which room at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge supposedly gives Guests staying at that hotel the worst possible view

How were Disney employees working at the Magic Kingdom kept abreast of events that were happening just at that theme park

What happened at the stateside Disney Parks on the heels of the reorganization of Euro Disney’s crushing debt load in the Late Winter / Early Spring of 1994

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released September 5, 2022
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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