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New Video Series with Imagineer Jim Shull: Disney Unpacked

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Ten years ago, Jim Hill and I started our journey together in the podcasting world with the Disney Dish. Over the years, we’ve explored hidden corners of Disney history, taken deep dives into the secrets of the parks, and shared countless stories. Today, the Disney Dish is one of the most popular travel podcasts available. It’s been an incredible ride, and I couldn’t be prouder. But today, I’m excited to share something new and special with you – the launch of “Disney Unpacked.”

Unpacking the Magic: The Debut of “Disney Unpacked”

“Disney Unpacked” isn’t just another video podcast. We’ll be uncovering the history of how some of your favorite Disney theme park rides, shows, and attractions came into existence. Let me tell you, it’s truly a journey back in time.

Part of what’s going to make this so special is the addition of a brilliant mind to our team: Jim Shull. In case you’ve never heard that name, Jim is a retired Disney Imagineer of 33 years. So we’ve got Jim Hill’s encyclopedic knowledge of Disney history. We’ve got my obsession with data and planning. And we’ve got Jim Shull’s behind-the-scenes insights. I’m sure you can see how “Disney Unpacked” is poised to take you on an unforgettable trip through Disney’s past and present.

Disney Imagineer Jim Shull draws at his desk
Disney Imagineer Jim Shull drawing up Slinky Dog Dash

What to Expect from “Disney Unpacked”

So, what can you expect from “Disney Unpacked”? Here’s a glimpse of this exciting new journey.

Exclusive Stories

We’ll be unlocking the secrets of Disney history, sharing stories that have never seen the light of day. From the creation of beloved attractions to the inside scoop on iconic moments, “Disney Unpacked” will be your backstage pass to the magic.

Behind-the-Scenes Insights

Jim Shull, our resident Imagineer, will take you behind the curtain of Disney’s creative process. You’ll get a firsthand look at how these incredible experiences come to life.

Never-Before-Seen Photos

Our treasure trove of exclusive photos will transport you to a time when these attractions were just dreams taking shape. Get ready to see Disney in a whole new light.

Surprises Galore

We don’t want to give away all our secrets yet, but let’s just say there might be a few surprises along the way. After all, what’s Disney without some pixie dust?

Your Questions Answered!

We want you to be a part of this journey too! Send in your burning questions about Disney history, and we’ll do our best to answer them on the show.

Why “Disney Unpacked” Matters

You might be wondering why “Disney Unpacked” matters in the grand scheme of things. After all, it’s just a video podcast, right? Well, to us, it’s much more than that. It’s a way to pay homage to the incredible minds behind Disney’s magic, the Imagineers who brought our favorite stories to life. And it’s also a way to honor the fans who have made Disney a part of their lives.

Disney is more than just a company to us. It’s a place where stories come to life, where a mouse can capture our hearts, and where every attraction has a story. With “Disney Unpacked,” we aim to celebrate this world and share it with you in a way that’s never been done before.

Join Us on Patreon

As we start this new adventure, I want to express my deepest gratitude to all of you who have joined our Disney podcasting journey so far. Your enthusiasm, questions, and love for Disney have been our driving force. And now, as we step into this new chapter, we can’t wait to share even more stories about Disney with you.

And, as we move forward, I want to extend an invitation. “Disney Unpacked” is a labor of love, but it’s also a significant effort that has been 2 years in the making. To support the show and access exclusive content, consider joining us on Patreon. Your assistance will help us continue to bring you the magic of Disney, one story at a time.

The New Chapter Begins …

Stay tuned for our first episode, where we’ll dive into the story of how “Aladdin” made its way from the silver screen to Disney parks worldwide. It’s a tale filled with twists, turns, and, of course, a whole new world of magic.

Our first video episode describes how Jim Shull designed the Aladdin rides for Disney's parks.
Our first video episode describes how Jim Shull designed the Aladdin rides for Disney’s parks.

Thank you for joining us. Together, we’ll continue to celebrate the wonder of Disney … one unpacked story at a time.

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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.

4 thoughts on “New Video Series with Imagineer Jim Shull: Disney Unpacked

  • So if I already support Disney Dish on Bandcamp for the exclusives, that’s going away and I should consider similarly supporting Disney unpacked via Patreon?

    • Hey Mike! Yes, we’re moving off of Bandcamp permanently as of January 1, 2024. Switch to Patreon, please, and we’ll have lots of new stuff for you there. Thank you!

  • When will the Disney Dish stop appearing on Bandcamp?

    • Hey Bob! We’ll make that switch on January 1, 2024. There’ll be plenty of notice on the show, too – we’ll tell you when it’s going to happen. Thanks for listening!


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