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The Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 433: When Disney World fast tracked construction of its Speedway

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa and Jim Hill start off of this week’s episode by sharing some listener questions. They then talk about how Mr. Eisner’s trip to Indiana in May of 1985 led to an ambitious project being built in the parking lot for WDW’s Magic Kingdom.

Show Notes:


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

What sort of testing is already underway at Epcot’s “Journey of Water: Inspired by Moana”

Why are WDW officials trying to figure out whether Guests prefer the daytime version of “TRON: Lightcycle Run” over the nighttime version of this Tomorrowland attraction

Who got a bigger reaction out of the 500,000 people seated at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway than the Governor of Indiana & Mickey Mouse

How did the Goodyear Blimp’s fly-over coverage of the Indianapolis 500 factor in Disney’s decision about where best to place the WDW Speedway

Why was the Summer of 1995 thought to be one of the soggiest in Central Florida history


released June 26, 2023
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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