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Universal Joint - Looking back at USH​’​s “Battle of Galactica”

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode with a news round-up related to Universal’s four (soon-to-be-five) stateside theme parks. Jim then does a deep dive on an addition to the Universal Studios Hollywood’s tram tour from the Summer of 1979


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

What the new dinosaurs walking around Universal Hollywood’s Lower Lot have in common with the fish puppets appearing in DAK’s “Finding Nemo – The Musical”

How Disney-MGM’s “The Great Movie Ride” was originally supposed to have a “Ghostbusters” scene (until Universal Studios sniped the theme park rights to that Ivan Reitman film)

Why the huge box office totals that “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” racked up back in 1977 really bother senior management at Universal Pictures

Which animatronic theft predated Buzzy’s backstage disappearance at Epcot’s “Wonders of Life” pavilion

What’s kind of cruelly ironic about “Battle of Galactica” not being able to open at Universal Studios Hollywood ‘til June 9, 1979


released August 1, 2019
Hosts: Dustin Fuhs and Jim Hill
Editor: Nancy Stadler


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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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