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The Disney Dish with Jim Hill Ep 437: How the “Magical World of Barbie” show wound up at Epcot

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about the new DreamWorks-themed land that was just announced for Universal Studios Florida. They then take a look at the Lightning-Lane-to-Stand-By ratio which TouringPlans just noted for WDW’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Show Notes:


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

How much is the “American Heartland” theme-park-and-resort complex that was just announced for Oklahoma supposed to cost

Which James Cameron film was supposed to have heavily influenced Barbie’s appearance in the original “Toy Story” movie

What announcement in September of 1972 forced WDW to reveal that it had an East Coast version of “Pirates of the Caribbean” plus Space Mountain plus the Golf Resort in the works

Which early Disney-produced TV show was Mattel’s first successful mass-produced toy based on

What can Disney Dish listeners do to help out Jim Korkis, noted animation & theme park historian


released July 24, 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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