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Take a walk through Walt Disney World with TouringPlans's Len Testa and Jim Hill from as they talk about upcoming projects and rumored happenings from all around the "World".
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Take a walk through Walt Disney World with TouringPlans's Len Testa and Jim Hill from as they talk about upcoming projects and rumored happenings from all around the "World".




Disney Dish Episode 183: Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge to be WDW's next DVC. How Starbucks came to be part of Disney Parks & Resorts

Len Testa and Jim Hill start off this week's podcast by talking about the name that Disney Vacation Club is considering for the new resort they're planning on building on top of River Country's old location. Len and Jim then speculate on what Disney Parks and Resorts will charge for early morning access to "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge." Finally, Jim reveals how the placement of the banks & camera stores at WDW's Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Park influenced where Walt Disney Imagineering placed...


Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 8: "The Mandalorian" heads to Disney Play. Disneyland preps "Star Wars 101" study guide

Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this podcast by sharing what they've learned about that live-action series which Jon Favreau has been prepping for Disney's subscription streaming service. Dan & Jim then discuss Bob Iger's decision to extend Kathleen Kennedy's deal to run Lucasfilm through 2021. After that, they share what the Disneyland Resort Line has been revealing about "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" to cast members. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 12: Brad Bird's next project and Disney's aborted Mickey Mouse "Christopher Columbus" featurette

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill first discuss all of the animation-related news coming out of this year's New York Comic-Con. They then puzzle over the live action / cg project that Brad Bird is supposedly working on as his follow-up to "The Incredibles 2." Finally Jim talks about the animated featurette that was supposed to serve as the follow-up to 1990's "The Prince and the Pauper," "Christopher Columbus" starring Mickey Mouse Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Disney Dish Episode 182: Listener questions about WDW's Skyliner, "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," and flexible ticket pricing

Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this listener question show by revisiting WDW's Skyliner system. They then encourage a Disney Dish listener to brave the crowds at Black Spire Outpost when "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" first opens in to the public in Anaheim in the late Spring / early Summer of 2019. Finally Len & Jim weigh in on the new tool that's about to come online for Disney World's flexible ticket pricing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Marvel Us Disney Episode 16: Captain Marvel Trailer, Avengers 4 Title and Is Loki Really Dead

Jim and Aaron discuss their initial reactions to Captain Marvels first Teaser Trailer. Also, Jim gets Aaron hip to Chewie the cat and discuss how Disney is using that "Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors" TV movie to help get this franchise's younger fans ready for Marvel Studios' March 2019 release. They also have their own theories about the theory that's making the rounds online about how the God of Mischief could have survived his run-in with Thanos.. And last but not least we cover what may...


Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 11: Why does Disney princess Tiana look different in "Ralph Breaks the Internet"?

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start things off by talking bout the key role master animator Mark Henn played in translating Disney's hand-drawn princesses into CG characters. Next Drew & Jim discuss the "Harvey Birdman, Attorney General" special that will be airing on Adult Swim later this month. Then Taylor & Hill look back at Disney Legend Woolie Reitherman and the role that recycled / repurposed animation had to do with the adoption of xerography at Walt Disney Animation Studios in the early...


Disney Dish Episode 181: Skymosphere in Epcot's replacement of "Illuminations" and Thunder in Paradise

Len Testa & Jim Hill discuss the impact that swapping out Epcot's nighttime show will have on all the restaurants around World Showcase. Then Len & Jim look back at "Thunder in Paradise," the short-lived syndicated series from the producers of "Bay Watch" that was shot around the Walt Disney World Resort in the early 1990s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Looking at Lucasfilm Episode 7: Lucasfilm looks for new ways to expand the franchise's appeal

Dan Zehr & Jim Hill start off this week's "Looking at Lucasfilm" by discussing Disney Parks & Resorts' somewhat controversial decision to sell alcohol to Guests visiting Black Spire Outpost. Dan & Jim next speculate about which characters from the "Star Wars" movies & TV shows will pop up on "Resistance." Then Zehr & Hill talk about all of the great Lucasfilm-related stories that are shared on that Netflix Original series, "The Toys That Made Us." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Universal Joint Episode 7: Universal Orlando's shifting event schedule

First Jim Hill reports in on "The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad" 's final day of performances at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Then Dustin Fuhs weighs in on whether or not he thinks the Universal Orlando Resort will soon expand its HHN offerings to include a Zombie Run 5K. Finally Jim walks UJ listeners through all 10 houses & 5 scare zones that Universal Creative has brought to life (or should I say life-after-death?) for Halloween Horror Nights 28. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Disney Dish Episode 180: Could Free Dining be on its way out at Disney World?

Len Testa starts off this episode by discussing what changes are in the works for Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort & Mickey's Backyard BBQ at the Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. Next Jim Hill talks up Evermore Park, that immersive theatrical experience which is about to throw open its doors in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Then Len & Jim discuss how Port Canaveral is getting ready for the next three ships that are about to be added to the Disney Cruise Line's...


Marvel Us Disney Episode 15: Marvel Panels at NYCC, Iron Fist Review

Aaron Adams & Jim Hill first discuss the roles that the Skrulls will soon play in Marvel's Cinematic Universe. They then reveal which villains from the original "Guardians of the Galaxy" film will also be appearing in "Captain Marvel." Finally Aaron offers his take on Season Two of "Iron Fist." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Marvel Us Disney Episode 15: Iron Fist Review and Marvelous News

Jim gives us the New York Comic Con Schedule for all the Marvel TV stuff headed our way, as well as the Marvelous News Recap, and Aaron is once again forced to eat his vegetables, I mean, watch Iron Fist Season 2. At least it wasn't Brussel Sprouts! Also, if you want to know who Alice Eve plays in this season of IF2, you'll have to watch the show, because we don't want to ruin one of the highlights of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 10: Return of the Last Airbender, Mqry Poppins Returns, Bojack Horseman

Drew Taylor starts off this week's "Fine Tooning" by focusing a spotlight on the first-ever official collaboration between Walt Disney Animation Studios & Pixar Animation Studios. Then Jim Hill talks about Frank Thomas' struggles when it came to animating those dancing penguins in the original "Mary Poppins" movie. Then Drew & Jim talk about some of the more innovative things that are going on in television animation -- including how Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media moved at...


Disney Dish Episode 179: Is it time for a two part Food & Wine ? Why are the Disneyland Resort & the City of Anaheim brawling?

Len starts this week's podcast off with his impressions of Disney Springs' newest eateries, Chicken Guy! and Terralina Crafted Italian. Mr. Testa then shares his thoughts about how Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival could be improved (i.e., Ice Cream 'round the World). Then Jim uses the closure of "A Bug's Land" at Disney California Adventure Park as an excuse to look back at the closing of "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" at WDW's Magic Kingdom as well as offering a construction update on the...


Universal Joint Episode 6: Everything's expanding - WWOHP, HHN and RTU (Running Through Universal)

It's that time of year - late August - so of course Jim and Dustin are talking about Halloween in the theme parks. They also discuss Universal Orlando's future expansion and possible running events. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 9: Say farewell to Adventure Time. Look ahead to "Roger Rabbit" making-of book

Drew Taylor pays tribute to his best friend from middle school, Penn Ward (i.e., the creator of "Adventure Time"). Then Jim & Drew discuss the history of Warner Feature Animation's efforts -- post-"Space Jam" & "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" -- to build a new feature film around various characters from the Looney Tunes stable. They also make a big announcement about an upcoming Fine Tooning Live event from Disney World, with Storybook Destinations. To join us for a very special Fine...


Disney Dish Episode 178: You might just get stuck in the muck in the next version of The Void Star Wars VR Experience

Len braves the Florida heat to get the latest news from Toy Story Land and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. He also can't resist talking about this episode of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color in which Walt takes Ambassador Julie on a tour of Imagineering for Disneyland's 10th anniversary. And to prove that the use of technology in and around the parks is advancing by leaps and bounds, Jim and Len discuss the possible application of a novel...


Disney Dish Episode 177: Update - Disney's Skyliner and Universal Orlando's Aventura Hotel

Jim and Len update us on new info about the Skyliner that changes everything we thought we knew. And also get fidgety when talking about taking a spin around the new Aventura Hotel. (That will make sense after you hear the show, promise.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Marvel Us Disney Episode 14: Live from Indy Disney Meet

Jim and Aaron talk about post Infinity Wars gossip, the firing of "the Gunn" and whatever else pops up during a live chat with the audience. Look out or a listener question asking about if a certain Fox movie Queen can ever become a Disney Princess. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 8: Smallfoot Rugrats Duck Tales Disenchantment

Jim Hill & Drew Taylor report in from Burbank. Where Drew -- after catching an early press screening of "Smallfoot" at Warner Bros -- praises Alex Hirsch's new "Gravity Falls: Lost Legends" book. Meanwhile Jim discusses the development of the Disney Channel's "DuckTales" reboot as well as revealing how he accidentally got a peek at Nickelodeon's plans to revive its "Rugrats" animated series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit