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SATURDAY SIX: Six Ways To Get Your Disney Fix Outside of the Theme Parks

by on January 10, 2015

This week’s  SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Ways To Get Your Disney Fix Outside of the Theme Parks. No one loves the Disney theme parks more than us, but sometimes you just can’t get to them no matter how much you want to be there. So today we are going to look at various ways you can get a taste of WDW, without paying the $90-$95 ticket cost to enter the turnstiles. Be forewarned, the more you quench your Disney thirst, the more you are going to want to book your next trip into the parks.

We are going to start off taking the 30,000 foot view (© Jim Hill) and look at things that anyone can enjoy anywhere in the world, while eventually making our way down to things available closer to the actual theme parks in Florida. With that out of the way, let’s being our countdown, starting with…

# 6 – Disney Related Books

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Selection of theme park books. (photo by Tim Grassey)

If you haven’t started already, now is the time to build your Disney library. Reading about Walt Disney World (as well as Disneyland and the Disney Cruise Line) is a great way to stay connected with the theme parks, no matter where you are. Anyone reading the SATURDAY SIX should be well versed on travel planning books, such as the Unofficial Guide to WDW 2015, but that theme park bible is just the tip of the iceberg. There are books on finding Hidden Mickeys, books on Disney Imagineers, and books on Disney attractions. I personally love the Imagineering Field Guides (such as the ones for Animal Kingdom and Epcot) because of their small size, allowing me to take them with me on the go without a hassle.

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SATURDAY SIX: Six of Disney’s (Not So) Secret Plans for the Next 5 Years

by on August 16, 2014

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six of Disney’s (Not So) Secret Plans for the Next 5 Years. This past week The Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish with Jim Hill podcast went over a lot of exciting possibilities for Walt Disney World’s near future.  The show was the talk of the theme park world, and while it was loaded with a metric ton of information, scintillating rumors, and insider scoops, we’re going to count down the six biggest takeaways of this audio starting with…

# 6 – The Sorcerer’s Hat ain’t going anywhere…

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Haters gonna hate. (photo by Matt Cleary and Brandon Glover)

 

The era of nightmares doesn’t seem to be coming to an end anytime soon over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Jim Hill says that despite the fact that many guests see the giant Sorcerer’s hat sitting in the middle of the park as the biggest eyesore since Cinderella Castle was turned into a giant pink birthday cake, it serves an important purpose to the park. More to the point, the stage below the ugly hat plays a vital roll in allowing DHS to hold various live shows and draw the crowds away from popular attractions such as Tower of Terror and Toy Story Midway Mania.

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New York Disney Walk-and-Talk Events with Jim Hill Announced

by on March 27, 2014

You live somewhere up north. You listen to our Unofficial Guide Disney Dish podcast with Jim Hill during your daily commute. And sometimes while you’re listening, on the subway, the bus, or all alone in your car, you find yourself talking back to Jim, as if he were there, while everyone around slowly inches away from you. Who hasn’t done that?

Now’s your chance to talk back in person, because our friend Jim Hill is doing two small-group, walk-and-talk events in and around New York City starting next month.

On Saturday, April 26, Jim will be talking about Disney at the 1964 World’s Fair. You’ll head out to Flushing Meadows the site of the fair, and hear Jim recount how Disney conceived, built, and delivered 4 attractions to the fair, including prototypes of “it’s a small world,” Hall of Presidents, Carousel of Progress, and the PeopleMover, among other topics. Start time is 11:30 AM, and the rain date is Sunday, April 27.

On Saturday, May 17, Jim takes to Manhattan to recount the history of Disney on Broadway and Disney in Times Square. The event starts in Times Square and ends at the Disney Store for some shopping, where Jim will also be talking about the store’s creation and design. Start time is still TBD, but will most likely be around 11:30 AM. Rain date is May 18.

The folks at ETC Custom Events are running these programs. Cost is around $50 per person for one, $95 for both. That covers subway transportation, specially-designed snacks, a small souvenir, and all-out access to Jim. So everyone has enough time to talk to Jim, tour space is extremely limited. Email ETC Custom Events for more information.

 
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New Disney Dish Podcast: Hogwarts Express Details

by on March 14, 2014

t_logo_fbEarlier this week, Jim Hill got a sneak peek at the film that’ll play when guests board Universal’s Hogwarts Express later this year, and other exclusive details on the train’s construction..

Listen to Jim talk about the film, the effects, and how much detail is going into building the train and King’s Cross station.

Download: MP3 / iTunes (coming soon)

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 25 – How Profitable Are Disney Princesses?

by on March 4, 2014

In this episode of Ask Jim Hill, Len and Jim talk about Disney Princesses. Which one is the most profitable? Can the Princess franchise get any bigger?

New episodes are posted every Tuesday, so be sure to subscribe on YouTube!

If you have a question about Disney or Universal history, you can submit it to AskJimHill@TouringPlans.com, and he may answer it on the air!

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 24 – Who Besides Eisner Could Have Become Disney CEO In 1984?

by on February 11, 2014

Michael Eisner became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 1984, but who else was in the running for the position? Find out some of the other names in this week’s Ask Jim Hill.

New episodes are posted every Tuesday, so be sure to subscribe on YouTube!

If you have a question about Disney or Universal history, you can submit it to AskJimHill@TouringPlans.com, and he may answer it on the air!

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 23 – How Does Disney Measure An Attraction’s Popularity?

by on January 28, 2014

In this episode of Ask Jim Hill, Len Testa and Jim Hill answer a viewer question about how Disney measures the popularity of attractions in its parks.

New episodes are posted every Tuesday, so be sure to subscribe on YouTube!

If you have a question about Disney or Universal history, you can submit it to AskJimHill@TouringPlans.com, and he may answer it on the air!

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 22 – Jim Speculates About A Few Long-term WDW Plans

by on January 21, 2014

On this episode of Ask Jim Hill, Len Testa and Jim Hill go in to detail about some long-term Walt Disney World plans, such as the future of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and upcoming Disney Vacation Club resorts.

New episodes are posted every Tuesday, so be sure to subscribe on YouTube!

If you have a question about Disney or Universal history, you can submit it to AskJimHill@TouringPlans.com, and he may answer it on the air!

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 21 – Magic Kingdom’s Rivers Of America Rumors

by on January 14, 2014

In this week’s Ask Jim Hill, Len Testa and Jim Hill discuss rumors about Rivers of America in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Will it stay around or will its huge size be used for expansion? Find out in this week’s episode.

New episodes are posted every Tuesday, so be sure to subscribe on YouTube!

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 20 – Latest On Star Wars and Marvel In Disney Parks

by on January 7, 2014

In this episode of Ask Jim Hill, Len Testa and Jim Hill talk about the latest information about Star Wars and Marvel characters appearing in Disney theme parks.

New episodes are posted every Tuesday, so be sure to subscribe on YouTube!

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