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The Disney Dish with Jim Hill EP 405: How the Emerald of Anaheim became a Disneyland Resort hotel

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the new “Villain Con: Minion Blast” attraction that just got officially announced for Universal Studios Florida. They also take a look back at the mid-1980s when The Walt Disney Company decided to start acquiring hotels in Orange County, CA

Show Notes:


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

When did the Imagineers finally extend Disneyland’s monorail line from Tomorrowland all the way over to the Disneyland Hotel

What film from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” franchise is “Villain Con: Minion Blast” based on

How do the Caribbean Beach Resort’s new “Little Mermaid” -themed rooms differ from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” rooms WDW Guests used to find at this very same resort

Which athletic event inspired the Tokyu Group to build a hotel in Southern California in the early 1980s

Why is WDW’s Entertainment team taking a hard look at all of the elements that go into the nightly presentation of “Enchantment” over at Magic Kingdom Park


released December 12, 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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