New Disney Dish Podcast w/ Jim Hill: Limited Time Magic and Disney’s Next Gen Project

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The funny thing about this episode is that we didn’t plan it.  I’d called Jim to record the Tokyo Disneyland show and we were just catching up on what we saw in WDW on our latest trips.  Luckily, I possess a Nixonian habit of recording everything Jim and I discuss.  You know, for posterity (read: “Grand Jury indictment.”  As David Lee Roth once said, “You know you’ve made it when you can spell ‘subpoena’ without a dictionary.” ).

We ended up talking for almost an hour about Limited Time Magic and Disney’s Next Gen project.  Hope you enjoy the show.

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Len Testa

Len Testa is the co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and has contributed to the Disneyland and Las Vegas Unofficial Guides. Most of his time is spent trying to keep up with the team. Len's email address is len@touringplans.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @lentesta.

5 thoughts on “New Disney Dish Podcast w/ Jim Hill: Limited Time Magic and Disney’s Next Gen Project

  • I’ve said this in a few places, but I think Phineas and Ferb should be the hosts of Epcot. They shouldn’t be a part of every ride at all, but around the park to give that it’s-cool-to-be-smart feel and a sense of enthusiasm for the future. But, their centerpiece would be a completely new and dynamic Energy Pavilion with the world’s coolest roller coaster (it was an episode of the show for those who don’t know). I’ll grant you that it isn’t in the spirit of the more sedate discussion of energy from the 80s, but let’s face it, there are plenty of places to feel sedate there. I’d also say that they should move Imagination to where Innoventions is because, to me, imagination is at the center of everything in the future and everything branches out from there. This would also be a great and more natural place to start Illuminations and kick it over to the showcase for the big show. Figment could remain a big draw and even grow.

    But I think this summarizes why I think they’d be great at Epcot: Imagine that you’ve had a great day at Epcot, you’re on your way out and the kids are babbling on about the different things they’ve done. You’re heading for the monorail when you look up and see the exit sign and it’s P&F among a crowd, but with the quote from Phin, “Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do tomorrow!” It’s the idea that Epcot is built on, it would be fantastic.


  • I’m just hazarding a guess here – but when you were talking about the “touchpoint” part of the My Magic + questionnaire: I imagined all Disney was asking was “which wrist will your band be on?”

    I love these podcasts. This episode was fun because Len got to talk a little.

  • Love these podcasts! This one doesn’t seem to show up on my ipad podcast app however.. Anyone else have that problem?

  • I find that I am quite alarmed by the news about legislative action backed by Disney (and supported by TicketMaster) which would change the legal definition of a ticket from a physical object purchased by a customer to a license agreement between the customer and the vendor. It may be a little amusing that TicketMaster has jumped on the bandwagon with Disney but what is not amusing in the least is that if this goes through, it invalidates the first sale doctrine which allows a customer to resell, gift, donate, or dispose of an object that has been purchased in any way desired. These property rights have already been stripped from e-books and computer software. Google is trying to (or perhaps succeeding) in selling their Google Glass (physical product) as a use license prohibiting the customer’s ability to give or resell the product. So, in terms of tickets–TicketMaster might be looking to get a cut of resales or they could criminalize resale of tickets entirely. This is alarming to me because retailers would love to be able to have this kind of control over resale of all sorts of products. Imagine a world where you could not legally resell or donate old appliances, cars, clothes, furniture etc. It boggles the mind. Think about it this way, the first sale rights are worth $$ so any product that does not come with first sale rights is significantly less valuable to the customer but because removing those rights from the product ownership creates a monopoly for the original seller, prices may well go up because consumers will not have less costly alternatives (resale market). things that make you go Hmmm. BTW, I do not buy e-books because they are overpriced in light of the very restricted terms of use (DRM and licensing restrictions).

  • REALLY love the podcasts. Keep them coming please!


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