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September 17, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by speculating about how MGM’s “Addams Family” may do over its opening weekend. They then continue their “Where are they now” feature by discussing the post-Disney careers of Andreas Deja & Glen KeaneLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 16, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about why it’s crucial that WDW’s new Skyliner transportation system has a trouble-free debut. Jim then reveals how WDI used fossil fuels as an excuse to recycle one of the more popular aspects of the Ford Wonder Rotunda at the 1964 – 1965 New York World’s FairLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 13, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by sharing what Disneyland Cast Members were told about DCA’s Avengers campus area. They then talk about how “Hawkeye” & “Wandavision” (i.e., those two limited series that Marvel Studios is producing for Disney+) are shaping upLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 12, 2019
Dan Zehr starts off this week’s show with a recap of his experience at this year’s Official Disney Fan Club event at the Anaheim Convention. Jim Hill then looks back at those two “Ewok” TV movies that George Lucas produced for ABC back in the early 1980sLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 10, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how much they enjoyed “Steven Universe: The Movie.” They then reflect on the challenges of covering some animators’ post-Disney careers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 9, 2019
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by describing what the Disney’s Hollywood Studios version of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” was like on opening day. He then describes what it was like to go straight from Batuu to the Epcot International Food & Wine FestivalLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 4, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing several of the television animation-related panels at this year’s D23 Expo. Jim then looks back at what happened with the “Disney Afternoon” during the waning years of this syndicated animation programming block.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 2, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episodes by talking about the “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” Coca-Cola “thermal detonator” controversy. Then special guest Christina Testa-Harrison offers her take on the 2019 edition of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at WDW’s Magic KingdomLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 1, 2019
Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this episode by talking about the bozos who put a damper on Universal Orlando's most recent passholder appreciation night. Jim also details the sort of theme park that Universal originally wanted to build in Florida when they first revealed their plans for this project back in July of 1981Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 30, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start things off by explaining how Marvel Studios wound up helping Columbia Pictures with its “Spider-Man” reboot back in 2015. They then shine a spotlight on a number of the Marvel-related rides, shows & attractions that were announced at the most recent D23 ExpoLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 27, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about why “Angry Birds 2” failed to take flight. Then Drew shares what he learned this past weekend about Pixar’s “Onward” & “Soul” as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ November 2020 release, “Raya and the Last Dragon”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 26, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Pass & Mid-Day Magic ticket that the WDW Resort recently began offering. Jim then shines a spotlight on how – back in the mid-1970s – the Imagineers turned Disneyland’s “Mine Train thru Nature’s Wonderland” attraction into the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 25, 2019
Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about “Indiana Jones V” (which is supposed to begin shooting in London next April). Then Dan & Jim look back at “Tucker, The Man and his Dream” and how George Lucas made this 1988 Francis Ford Coppola film possibleLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 22, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how “Angry Birds 2” garnered better reviews & sold more tickets over its opening weekend than the original “Angry Birds” movie did back in 2016. Drew & Jim then go on to discuss how both Disney & Comcast are struggling to carve out distinctive identities for all of the animation studios these two media giants currently control. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 19, 2019
Jim Hill and guest host Dan Zehr talk about how Halloween is celebrated at Disney theme parks around the globe. Dan then looks back at the three different experiences he had while participating in WDW’s College ProgramLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 16, 2019
n honor of “Avengers: Endgame” being released on Blu-ray & DVD, Aaron Adams & Jim Hill discuss some of the lesser-known aspects of this Russo Brothers movie. Jim then reads an excerpt from J. Michael Straczynski’s terrific memoir, “Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 15, 2019
Shelly Valladolid & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about the 50th-anniversary celebration of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Shelly then unboxes a Pulp Hero Snap Bot from Far Out Toys’ Marvel-inspired lineLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 15, 2019
Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the Velocicoaster, the new thrill ride that’s now in the works for the Jurassic Park section of Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Jim then talks about why there’s typically a huge difference between a finished theme park and the first piece of concept art that’s released for that project.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 14, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill talk about some of the Disney theme park-related projects that animation master Eric Goldberg created new footage for. They also look back at how Walt Disney Animation Studios struggled in the late 1930s / early 1940s to create a full-length animated feature to follow the hugely successful “Snow White”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 12, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this episode with a run-down of the past week’s news, including Universal Orlando’s announcement of their Epic Universe project. Jim then shines a spotlight on Walt Disney Productions’ second attempt to build a ski resort up in Northern CaliforniaLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 9, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill discuss how Professor Hulk was originally supposed to make his cinematic debut in “Avengers: Infinity War” rather than in “Endgame.” Aaron then goes on to explain how Marvel Comics’ “House of X” & “Power of X” could impact Phase V of the MCULearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 6, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by paying tribute to the late Disney Legend who voiced Minnie Mouse for more than three decades. Drew then shares what he learned at the press junket for Skydance Media’s soon-to-be-released FX tour-de-force, “Gemini Man”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 5, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about some of the new holiday-themed offerings that will be debuting at Disney World this November. Jim then shares some excerpts from “Magic Journey,” longtime Imagineer Kevin Rafferty’s soon-to-be-published memoirLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 1, 2019
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 1979Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 29, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start things off by talking about what The Walt Disney Company is expected to unveil/announce at this year’s D23 Expo. Len then shares a rumor that he recently heard about an Osborne Lights-like experience that’s supposedly in the works for World ShowcaseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 26, 2019
On the heels of Kevin Feige’s epic Hall H presentation at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Aaron Adams & Jim Hill break down what Marvel Studios will be releasing theatrically over the two+ years and which Marvel-produced limited series will be popping up on Disney+ (i.e., the Company’s soon-to-launch subscription streaming service. Which will officially debut on November 12th of this year).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 25, 2019
Drew Taylor starts off this week’s episode by sharing what he learned at the junket for DreamWorks Animation’s “Abominable” (which arrives in theaters on September 27th). He then shares a sit-down that he did with Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer, who then talks about what it was like to work on both the 1994 animated version of Disney’s “The Lion King” as well as that studio’s photo-real remake of that filmLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 24, 2019
Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about the exhibit of stormtrooper armor that Lucasfilm will be displaying at this year’s Comic-Con. Jim then talks about the messaging that The Walt Disney Company may have inadvertently put out about “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” that then resulted in the lighter-than-normal crowds at Disneyland Park this Summer.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 22, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill talk about WDW’s plans to link the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to the Magic Kingdom via the walk-around-the-world (and what this potentially means for the Electrical Water Pageant). Jim then looks back at what it was like to be at Disneyland’s “Invitational Press Preview” as well as on the very first day that this family fun park was open to the public. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 17, 2019
Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the operational issues that the Universal Orlando Resort is continuing to have with “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.” Jim then looks at Universal Parks & Resorts’ $2.2 billion misadventure in the Middle EastLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 16, 2019
Drew Taylor starts off this week’s episode by talking about what it was like to attend the world premiere of Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King” at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Drew & Jim then discuss the very best strategies to employ if you’re traveling down to San Diego later this week to experience Comic-Con InternationalLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 15, 2019
Len Testa starts off this week’s episode by talking about his recent visit to Takumi-Tei (i.e., the signature restaurant that just opened at Epcot’s Japan pavilion) and the extraordinary experience he had while dining there. Jim Hill then looks back at the history of WDW’s convention facilities.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 12, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about how ticket sales for “Spider-Man: Far from Home” compare to those for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” back in July of 2017. They also do a deeper dive on some of the more intriguing aspects of these Jon Watts moviesLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 9, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about some of the casting decisions that Walt Disney Studios has been making on its live-action reimagining of “The Little Mermaid.” They then look back at those two traditional animation / CG hybrid projects that Disney Studios almost produced in the early 1980s, “Where the Wild Things Are” & “The Brave Little Toaster”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 8, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing which aspects of Future World’s old Communicore / Innoventions area are due to shuttered soon as Epcot gets a facelift out ahead of WDW’s 50th-anniversary celebration. Jim then talks about Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences & Products Bob Chapek’s reported frustration with the cost & speed with which WDI develops immersive lands for the Company’s theme parksLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 5, 2019
First Jim Hill talks about how unhappy he is with the news that the “Marvel Zombies” comic book line is being revived. Then Aaron Adams talks about why he’s so pleased with the way that Mysterio was portrayed in “Spider-Man: Far from Home” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 3, 2019
Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about Kathleen Kennedy’s decision to promote Michelle Rejwan to SVP of Lucasfilm’s live-action development & production. They then discuss George Lucas’ efforts to get King Features to sell him the film rights to the “Flash Gordon” comic stripLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 2, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing whether this summer’s pattern of sequels under-performing at the box office impacted “Toy Story 4.” They also discuss the animated feature Taika Watiti may tackle soon after turning his back on “Bubbles”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 1, 2019
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by talking about his visit to the newly opened Surfside Inn & Suites, which is Phase One of Universal Orlando’s Endless Summer Resort. Jim Hill then looks back at Skyleidscope, Epcot’s initial attempt at staging a daytime extravaganza out on World Showcase Lagoon.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 28, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about what Disney’s doing this weekend to ensure that “Avengers: Endgame” is finally going to be able to beat “Avatar” ‘s all-time / lifetime take at the worldwide box office. Aaron & Jim then use Tom Holland’s recent appearance on “The Graham Norton Show” as an excuse to discuss the very best way to handle movie spoilers.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 26, 2019
Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how Universal Orlando handled Volcano Bay’s electrical issues. They then talk about some of the menu items that Universal Studios Hollywood plans on serving at Jurassic Café & Isla Nu-Bar.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 24, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the troubled history of “Primeval Whirl.” Jim then looks back on when greenmailers Saul Steinberg & Irwin Jacobs were making runs at Walt Disney Productions and threatening to sell off underperforming divisions of the Company to the highest biddersLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 21, 2019
Aaron Adams starts off this week’s episode with his review of “X-Men Dark Phoenix.” He then follows that up with his take on the third & final (for now, we hope) season of Netflix’s “Jessica Jones”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 18, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about “It’s A Wonderful Sponge” and the new CG series that Nick is spinning off of this May 2020 release. Drew & Jim discuss how underwhelming ticket sales for “The Secret Life of Pets 2” may impact Universal’s plans to turn this Illumination Entertainment series into a theme park franchiseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 17, 2019
Len & Jim start off this week’s podcast by discussing how Disney’s Hollywood Studios plans on dealing with the crowds once that theme park’s version of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” opens. Jim then talks about the various ideas that the Imagineers have considered as they’ve looked for ways to expand the U.K. pavilion at Epcot.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 12, 2019
In an extra-special edition of “Looking at Lucasfilm,” Dan Zehr walks listeners through what it was like to take part in “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” media event. Dan goes into great detail about what it was like to be in front of the Millennium Falcon as George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Bob Iger made their appearances at the grand opening of this new 14-acre land at Disneyland ParkLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 12, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about the teaser trailer for Pixar’s “Onward.” Then it’s a discussion of why it took Alan Menken four different tries before he finally found the perfect power ballad for Princess Jasmine to sing in Disney’s “Aladdin”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 8, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by reviewing all of the rumors that are making the rounds about which movies Marvel Studios will be making next. Aaron & Jim then discusses the various different versions of “Dark Phoenix” Marvel Entertainment has produced over the past 15 yearsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 3, 2019
While waiting for Len Testa to return from Batuu, Jim Hill shares a story about the thrill ride that the Magic Kingdom almost got back in the early 2000s. One that took its inspiration from “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” and would have sent Guests through an erupted volcano aboard a transforming coaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode with an update on the Stan Lee elder abuse case. Then Aaron serves up an enthusiastic review of the new Amazon Video limited series which is based on Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s 1990 comic novelLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2019
Dustin Fuhs and Jim Hill start off this podcast with an update on Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Jurassic World” ride. They also talk about how the merch and food program that Universal Parks & Resorts developed for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the late 2000s influenced the choices that Disney made with its “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” projectLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this podcast by talking about how Paramount’s decision to push the release date of “Sonic the Hedgehog” back to February 2020 may have actually made it harder for this live-action / CG film to succeed at the box office. Drew then shares an interview he recently did with Alan Menken, where that Academy Award-winner talks about the development of the original animated “Aladdin” back in the late 1980s / early 1990s.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2019
While Len’s getting ready for the opening of Anaheim’s “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” Jim Hill shares an interview that he did with former Imagineer Terri Hardin. She then reveals the role that she played in the creation of a proposed attraction for Disney-MGM Studios JapanLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill share e-mails from two listeners who actually got to see “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark” during its Broadway run. Then Aaron uses his audio expertise to demonstrate how Marvel Studios used the removal-of-sound as a way to add tension to the battle scenes in “Avengers: Endgame” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2019
Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start this podcast by paying tribute to the late Peter Mayhew. They then talk about the Abbott & Costello-inspired production that Universal Pictures had originally wanted George Lucas to direct as his follow-up to “American Graffiti”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2019
Drew Taylor and Jim Hill start this podcast off by singing the praises of the “DuckTales” production team for the artful & heartfelt way they folded Darkwing Duck into this animated series. Jim then shares some stories about how “Mulan” became Walt Disney Feature Animation – Florida’s first solo productionLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill talk about the significance of a number of surveys that The Walt Disney World Resort has sent out to Guests recently. Jim then discusses how Bob Chapek’s decision to focus in on the Company’s billion-dollar IPs is changing Disney Parks & ResortsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start things off by talking about Robert Downey Jr.’ s very impressive payday for “Avengers: Infinity War.” Then Jim digs into the troubled production history of Marvel’s very first Broadway musical. Which – when it finally closed in January of 2014 – posted a record-breaking $60 million loss.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2019
Michelle Valladolid & Jim Hill talk about how Disney has made Jasmine the main focus of its merchandise push for the Studio’s new live-action version of “Aladdin.” Jim then shares the history of “Tin Toy” and how this Academy Award-winning short led to the creation of Pixar’s “Toy Story.”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2019
Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about the latest addition to “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure” at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. They then discuss how the Universal Creative seems to be stepping away from producing rides, shows & attractions for the parks that make use of 3D glassesLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by sharing their concerns about the December 2019 release date that Disney selected for Blue Sky Studios’ “Spies in Disguise.” They also use the upcoming 10th anniversary of the release of Pixar’s “Up” as an excuse to look back at this Pete Docter movieLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the mysterious construction that’s going on at Disney’s Animal Kingdom out behind Pandora – The World of Avatar. Jim then talks about “The Ride of a Lifetime,” Bob Iger’s soon-to-be-released memoir (which will hit store shelves on September 10th)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about why Disney is taking a low-key approach to celebrating the fact that “Avengers: Endgame” has just overtaken “Titanic” (at least when it comes to all-time box office champs). Aaron also points out some of the more intriguing ripple effects that this Russo Brothers movie is causing within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 8, 2019
Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how the Imagineers have handed the Anaheim version of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” off to Disneyland Ops teams. They then talk about how the negative reaction that “Temple of Doom” received back in 1984 led to “Indy III” deliberately revisiting the style & tone of “Raiders”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 7, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how fan reaction to the “Sonic the Hedgehog” teaser trailer forced Paramount Animation to rework the look of that film’s title character. Then Drew shares an interview that he did with “Toy Story 4” director Josh Cooley, who reveals why Pixar decided to go big with the fourth film in this acclaimed seriesLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 3, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by going over the menu at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Marvel Mania restaurant. They then discuss what they enjoyed about the Russo Brothers’ final film for Marvel StudiosLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 1, 2019
Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing how Universal Creative is now in the process of buttoning up “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.” They then talk at length about Dueling Dragons, the thrill ride that previously occupied this corner of the Lost Continent at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parkLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 30, 2019
Drew Taylor starts off this week’s episode by sharing his thoughts on Warner Bros. “Pokémon Detective Pikachu.” Jim Hill then does a deep dive on “Gemini Man,” the long-in-development production that originally started off life as a project at Disney’s Secret LabLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 29, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off of this week’s episode by discussing why WDW management opted to push off the opening of “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios ‘til the Spring of 2020. Jim then continues his Chronological Disneyland series by pointing out how Bob Iger’s approach to that Anaheim Resort differed from Michael Eisner’s.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 26, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is now supposed to be the final film in the Infinity Saga. They then share audio that Drew Taylor gathered at the global media junket that Marvel Studios held earlier this month for “Avengers: Endgame”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 24, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about the parallels between “Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin” opening at Disneyland Park in January of 1994 and “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios getting its opening pushed back ‘til the Spring of next year. They also discuss what’s going on with “Frozen II” just seven months out from the theatrical release of this eagerly anticipated Walt Disney Animation Studios productionLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 23, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about the parallels between “Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin” opening at Disneyland Park in January of 1994 and “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios getting its opening pushed back ‘til the Spring of next year. They also discuss what’s going on with “Frozen II” just seven months out from the theatrical release of this eagerly anticipated Walt Disney Animation Studios productionLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 22, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by discussing what’s significant about that new Disney Cruise Line survey which is currently making the rounds. Jim then talks about how the Imagineers keep trying to get the theme park-going public to embrace an attraction that features binaural sound. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 20, 2019
In a special Easter-themed episode, Michelle Valladolid & Jim Hill discussed how the Tokyo Disney Resort has turned this holiday into a two park, multi-week event. Jim then reviews the history of the Disney Bunnies, which is when DCP tried to build a brand around Thumper the Rabbit from “Bambi”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 19, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about how the limited series that Marvel Studios is producing for Disney’s soon-to-launch subscription streaming service will be different from “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” & “Agent Carter.” Jim then does a deep dive on Disney’s August 2009 acquisition of Marvel Entertainment and reveals that – given the weird way that Hollywood does its books – it’s entirely possible that the Mouse has yet to recover the full $4.2 billion that it spent to buy that comic book company.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 17, 2019
Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about the operational & safety challenges that Universal Studios Hollywood is now facing, thanks to all of those show drones this theme park is using to create that patronus effect in its new “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” projection show. Jim also reveals the “Treehouse of Horror” -inspired storyline that “The Simpsons Ride” almost hadLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 16, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing Rich Moore’s decision to leave Walt Disney Animation Studios for Sony Pictures Animation. Drew also shares what he learned about “Toy Story 4” while taking part in the press day for this upcoming Pixar Animation Studios’ releaseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 15, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off by talking about how “Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy” will use promotion to try & overcome its unfortunate, out-of-the-way positioning at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They also talk about a patent that The Walt Disney Company has recently filed which Mouse House managers hope will get Guests to look up from the screens on their iPhones.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 12, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing how “Avengers: Endgame” ‘s three-hour-plus run-time may prevent this Russo Bros. movie from topping “Infinity Wars” record-breaking opening weekend box office take. They also talk about how the positive reaction that “Dark Phoenix” got at WonderCon last month really helped turn the toxic reputation that this X-Men movie had acquired around.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 9, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill look back at when Don Bluth resigned from Walt Disney Animation Studios in September of 1979 and then took 15% of that studio’s artists & animators with him. Drew then shares the interview that he did with Chris Butler, the director of “Missing Link” (i.e., Laika’s latest stop motion movie) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 8, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about Disney Villains After Hours, that new hard ticket for WDW’s Magic Kingdom which will be offered on select nights in June, July & August. They also do a deeper dive on that Universal Parks & Resorts survey which offers some clues about what sorts of rides, shows & attractions are possibly in the mix for Universal Orlando’s Fantastic Worlds theme parkLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 6, 2019
Dan Zehr reports back on his recent trip to Chicago, where he scoped out McCormick Place (i.e., the massive convention center where Star Wars Celebration is being held this year). Jim Hill then shares some behind-the-scene stories about George Lucas’ involvement in the production of “Captain EO”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 2, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill kick off this week’s show by talking about “Steven Universe” ‘s win at the GLAAD Media Awards. Drew then shares an interview he did with Danny Devito at the press junket for Disney’s live-action “Dumbo”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 1, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing how The Walt Disney Company is still struggling with “Song of the South.” Jim then continues his Chronological Disneyland series by revealing why the Rockets Rods went down for rehab in September of 2000 and never re-openedLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 29, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill talk about how James Gunn’s offensive Tweets problem forced Kevin Feige to change up Marvel Studios’ batting order. They also wonder whether – after “The Infinity Saga” wraps – moviegoers will continue to turn out in record number for new Marvel Cinematic Universe releases or whether Marvel film fatigue will set inLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 28, 2019
Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill share what they’ve learned about the work that’s been going on down on the Lower Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood. They also talk about why – when it came time to turn “Jurassic Park” into the jumping-up off point for a theme park attraction – Universal Creative opted to build a boat ride rather than a jeep-based experienceLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 27, 2019
Michelle Valladolid & Jim Hill discuss how Disney hopes lightning will strike twice in 2019. First by following up 2017’s Rose Gold craze with its new Briar Rose Gold line. And then by sequelizing 2018’s wildly successful Mickey Memories merch with its Disney Wisdom collectionLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 26, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by trying to sort out where exactly Disney & ABC now stand in regards to all those animated “Peanuts” specials. Then Drew shares the interviews that he did with Danny Elfman & Rick Heinrichs at the “Dumbo” media event. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 25, 2019
Len Testa starts off this episode with an enthusiastic review of Disney Spring’s latest addition, Jaleo by José Andrés. Len & Jim then share a survey that Universal Parks & Resorts is using to zero in on just the right mix of rides, shows & attractions for Theme Park No. 4 (i.e., Universal’s Fantastic Worlds) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 22, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week’s episodes by talking about how Disney & Universal actually came together to plus Stan Lee’s cameo appearance in “Captain Marvel.” They then discuss the role that Disney’s acquisition of Fox & ABC’s firing of Roseanne played in the “Guardians” director debacleLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 20, 2019
Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the factors involved with The Walt Disney Company’s decision to move up the opening of Disneyland Park’s Black Spire Outpost to May 31st. They then take an in-depth look at “Star Wars Resistance” and offer conjecture on where this Lucasfilm Animation production might be headed when Season 2 starts up on the Disney Channel later this FallLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 19, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by revealing which character Walt Disney Animation Studios favorite Alan Tudyk will be voicing in the live-action version of “Aladdin.” They then get into the convoluted history of Mammy Two Shoes, the seldom-seen-from-the-knees-up supporting character in the “Tom & Jerry” series that underwent an intriguing makeover in the 1960s & 1980sLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 18, 2019
Len Testa starts off this week’s show by dissecting Disney World’s latest round of ticket price increases and what that will mean for Resort Guests in the coming months. Jim Hill then talks about the behind-the-scenes decisions that led to the Company recently revealing that “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” would open in Anaheim on May 31st and in Orlando on August 29tha_edrLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 14, 2019
Aaron Adams & Jim Hill discuss “Captain Marvel” and how this Anna Boden / Ryan Fleck film often defied audience expectations (but in a good way). They then go on debate when exactly Kevin Feige decided to make Carol Danvers an Avengers / fold this character into the Marvel Cinematic UniverseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 13, 2019
Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the history of projection mapping at Universal Parks & Resorts. They then pay tribute to the longtime president & CEO of MCA who hung tough when The Walt Disney Company tried to stop Universal from entering the Central Florida tourism market in the mid-1980sLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 12, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill talks about which films from the Disney Vault will actually be streamable when Disney+ goes live later this year. Drew also shares audio from the interview that he did just last week with the director of “Mary Poppins Returns” about the challenges Rob Marshall is now facing as he preps his next project for Walt Disney PicturesLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 11, 2019
Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about how the Imagineers plan on reconfiguring the front half of WDW’s science & discovery park. They also continue their Chronological Disneyland series by discussing how Michael Eisner’s Montana-inspired visions of the future eventually translated into Tomorrowland having decorative displays of kumquats & kale.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 8, 2019
Out ahead of “Captain Marvel” ‘s opening weekend, Jim Hill & Aaron Adams talk about how Rotten Tomatoes dealt with the online trolls who were trying to artificially drive down the audience score for this Marvel Cinematic Universe film. They then take about how Disney’s attempt to take advantage of certain tax laws is impacting what’s been going on down on the construction site for Disney California Adventure’s new Spider-Man ride. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 6, 2019
Dan Zehr and Jim Hill wade through the tidal wave of news that just broke about “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” Some of the factoids that they unearth in the process include that the color palette used for Florida’s version of this new “land” will be different than the one out in Southern California. Also the blue milk will be berry-melon flavored while the green milk will have more of a citrus tasteLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 5, 2019
Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this episode by wondering if John Lasseter’s luck is starting to run out at Skydance Animation. Largely because of that open letter Emma Thompson sent to the Los Angeles Times last week (in which Emma explained why exactly she was exiting Alessandro Carloni’s “Luck”). Drew & Jim then go on talk about how animated series like Netflix’s “Race to the Edge” & the Disney Channel’s “Hotel Transylvania: The Series” now factor into studios’ decisions to greenlight sequels like “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and “Hotel Transylvania 4.”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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