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E.325 Green Screen Pants and the making of Disney Movies



Disney uses a lot of effects when making movies and the journey to the modern Green Screen was a long time comin’ we talk about all of that today on the Obscure Disney Podcast

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E.322 Trader Sam from the Jungle Cruise



Trader Sam appears at the very end of the Jungle Cruise attraction, holding a shrunken head aloft in his hand. A “Head Salesman”, the Skipper comments that he’s offering a special deal: “Two of his heads for one of yours”. During the ’80s and ’90s, the Trader Sam figure wore a colorful tribal mask, though this was removed in 2005 during the refresh of the attraction.

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E.320 Epcot Deconstructed



Disney has announced a $900 million Construction decrease in budget and Epcot looks to be the hardest hit. Changes that we promised have been postponed or reimagined completely. Find out what changes are planned for 2020.

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E.318 Mulan Coming to Disney Plus at a Price



In another major blow to movie theaters, Disney announced “Mulan” will forgo its planned theatrical release. Instead, the live-action remake is premiering on Disney Plus on Sept. 4 for a premium rental price.

The company believes that the release of the action epic will help drive subscribers while serving as a valuable test case to determine how much of their hard-earned cash customers are willing to part with in order to watch a movie that was originally intended to debut exclusively in cinemas.

Unlike the rest of the content available on Disney Plus, “Mulan” won’t be available directly to subscribers. Consumers in the U.S. and other territories will have to pay $29.99 to rent the movie on top of the streaming service’s monthly subscription fee of $6.99. In markets where Disney Plus isn’t available, “Mulan” will play in cinemas.

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E.317 Making One Billion Disney Dollars



Disney had their Quarter 3 earnings call this week and the numbers are better than most spectated, we are talking about how they were able to still make a profit in today’s environment.

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E.311 Disneyland’s 65th Anniversary



The Happiest Place on Earth remains temporarily closed, but fans can connect with the Anaheim theme park’s 65th anniversary from home on July 17, in several whimsical ways.

Whether you’re more of a music maven, or you’re keen to know the history of the attraction-filled destination, you can find lively links shared by the resort.

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E.310 Tony Baxter Disney Legend



Born in Los Angeles on February 1, 1947, Tony Baxter grew up in Orange County, California. It was the perfect time and place for this future Imagineer—he not only witnessed the birth of the theme park industry, but he also grew up alongside his beloved Disneyland. A Disney fan from an early age, Tony especially enjoyed his weekly visits with Walt courtesy of the Disneyland television program. The show whetted his appetite for Walt’s new wonderland rising from the Anaheim citrus groves. In his spare time he could be found building models and mocking up rides in his backyard.

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E.308 Disney’s Aulani Hawaiian Resort



Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is a beachside resort hotel at the Ko Olina Resort in Kapolei, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Affiliated with the Disney Vacation Club, Aulani was the third Disney “stand-alone” hotel that is located in an area without any adjacent theme park. The others are Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

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E.306 Splash Mountain: New Adventures with Princess Tiana Coming to Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park



Today we are thrilled to share a first glimpse of a project Imagineers have been working on since last year. Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined. The theme is inspired by an all-time favorite animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog.” We pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.

Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. In 1966, Walt himself opened New Orleans Square when it became the first new “land” added to Disneyland park, so it feels natural to link the story and the incredible music of “The Princess and the Frog” to our parks.

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