This episode is filled with amazing stories; ranging from the Universal versus Disney rivalry to the thematic elements of the Disney Animal Kingdom. We also put the question to you, what would you do if you were king of Disneyland?
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What you’ll hear this week:
Why Walt Disney finally closed the Carolwood Pacific Railroad
The crazy story behind the tree in the hippo section of the Jungle Cruise
How Michael Eisner started the feud between Universal and Disney
What each thematic element of the Animal Kingdom represents
The reason Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Simpsons turned out so well
What happens when Disney lays off one of their top theme park executives
On board the Disneyland Jungle Cruise look for the large Banyan tree in the angry hippo section of the attraction. This tree was purchased from a home in Beverly Hills in early 1955.
Harper Goff, the designer of the Jungle Cruise, and Bill Evans, the chief landscaper for Disneyland, were looking for a tree to fill the hippo scene background. Goff and Evans used to cruise the streets of Beverly Hills looking for trees for the parks. One day they discovered the perfect tree in the front yard of a Beverly Hills house. They knocked on the door hoping to strike a deal with the homeowner. The owner hated the tree and said that they could have the tree if they removed the Banyan tree and planted something new.
The Disneyland team took the tree and planted it in the Jungle Cruise attraction and it is still beautifully growing in the parks today.