Show Notes 65-74

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Episode 70: Hidden Gems at Walt Disney World
Episode 68: Do This, Not That (Animal Kingdom)
Episode 67: Looking Ahead to 2016
Episode 66: The 2015 Chatties
Episode 65: Mad Q Party

Episode 70: Hidden Gems at WDW

Attraction Vehicles: The Good

Matt: Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest Train

Derek: Peter Pan’s Flight


Jeremy: Kilimanjaro Safaris

 Kilimanjaro Safaris Jeep

Attraction Vehicles: The Bad

Matt: Pirates of the Caribbean


Jeremy: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh


Derek: Haunted Mansion

Doom Buggies

Attraction Vehicles: The Ugly

Derek: Pirates of the Caribbean

Matt: TriceraTop Spin

TriceraTop Spin

Jeremy: Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

We mentioned lots of our favorite hidden gems and Easter eggs at Walt Disney World. Here are snapshots of just a few of the details we mentioned.

Themed Trash Cans

The main walkway. I’d love to do a photo essay on Disney trash cans.

Nods to Former Attractions

Mr Toad in Winnie the Pooh

Fiber Optic Sidewalks in Epcot

Fiber Optic Lights in the Sidewalks of Future World at Epcot

Fiber Optic Lights in the Sidewalks of Future World at Epcot (photo by Todd Hurley)

Forced Perspective

Canada Pavilion

What Used to Be Roger Rabbit’s Outline

Roger Rabbit Window Before

Roger Rabbit Window After

References to the Fake Land of Anandapur


Episode 68: Do This, Not That (Animal Kingdom)

Do This:

Discovery Island

Discovery Island Trails: Get close-up looks at the carvings in the Tree of Life

Flame Tree Barbecue

It’s Tough to Be a Bug


Kilimanjaro Safaris

Festival of the Lion King (say Derek and Jeremy)

Harambe Market


Kali River Rapids (says Matthew)

Expedition Everest

Maharajah Jungle Trek

Dinoland U.S.A.


Primeval Whirl and the street entertainment in Chester and Hester’s

Finding Nemo – The Musical


Explore the trails

Take in and appreciate the details/theming around the park

Take advantage of the unique character experiences

Don’t Do This:

Discovery Island

Wilderness Explorers

It’s Tough to Be a Bug FastPasses



Festival of the Lion King (says Matt)

Wildlife Express to Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Do everything! (Says Jeremy)


Kali River Rapids (says Jeremy)

Yak & Yeti Restaurant (says Matt)

Flights of Wonder

Dinoland U.S.A.

The Boneyard

Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama (says Matthew)

Churros at Dino-Bite Snacks


Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Rainforest Cafe

The nature trail in Dinoland, U.S.A.

Episode 67: Looking Ahead to 2016

It’s the Small Things, After All

Jeremy: The two guys at the controls on Space Mountain

Matt: The lighting below the palm trees across WDW

Derek: The Adventureland bridge (when coming from the hub)


Coming Attractions


The Finest Hours (January 29)

Zootopia (March 4)

The Jungle Book (April 15)

Captain America: Civil War (May 6)

Alice Through the Looking Glass (Ma7 27)

Finding Dory (June 17)

The BFG (July 1)

Pete’s Dragon (August 12)

Doctor Strange (November 4)

Moana (November 23)

Rogue One (December 16)


Ceramic figurines of Big Al, Figment, and more

Ceramic Figures of Monstro and a Hippo Ceramic Figures of Alligator, Figment, and Big Al

Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Battleship

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Disney Park trash can ornaments


Rivers of Light and Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)

Expected to open spring 2016, "Rivers of Light" will be an innovative experience unlike anything ever seen in a Disney park, combining live performances, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. "Rivers of Light" will come to life as a pair of mystical hosts comes to Discovery River bearing gifts of light. During the show, the hosts set out from the shore on elaborate lantern vessels for a dance of water and light to summon the animal spirits. (Disney Parks)

Tiffins (restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom)


Soarin’ Around the World (Epcot)

Frozen Ever After and Royal Sommerhaus (Epcot)

Pizza Planet refurbishment (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

Club Villain (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

Shanghai Disneyland (June 16)

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters (Disney California Adventure)

Frozen – A Musical (Disney California Adventure)

Episode 66: The 2015 Chatties

Best Addition to WDW

Harambe Market (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)

New restaurants in Disney Springs

Hub expansion (Magic Kingdom)


Worst Addition to WDW

Club Disney (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

“We Love Disney” behind-the-scenes preview (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

Metal detectors


Biggest Surprise

The addition of the Three Caballeros audio-animatronics to Gran Fiesta Tour

The addition of Skipper Canteen, a new table service restaurant in Magic Kingdom

The addition of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar to Disney Springs


The “Reached Its Expiration Date” Award

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth


In Memoriam

Sorcerer Mickey’s Hat

Tomorrowland Arcade

The Rose Garden

Innoventions West

“Match the Species” dung treats

Cheese sauce on condiment bars

The use of selfie sticks

Bill Cosby’s bust

The Magic of Disney Animation

Animation Academy

Mulch, Sweat, & Shears

Downtown Disney

Duffy meet and greet

Captain EO

The Canadian Lumberjacks

Star Wars Weekends


Best Announcement for the Future

Star Wars Land

Soarin’ Around the World (and a third theater)

Toy Story Land


Worst Announcement for the Future

The end of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The lack of news concerning Lights, Motors, Action!


Best Change at WDW

The return of Hollywood Boulevard to its original state (no hat)

The changes to The Great Movie Ride (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

The Polynesian Village Resort lobby refurbishment


Worst Change at WDW

The Polynesian Village Resort lobby refurbishment

The introduction of trendy songs to Voices of Liberty’s line-up

The ticket/annual pass price changes


Best “Foreign” Disney Moment

The addition of the Hatbox Ghost to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

The announcement and concept art of what’s coming to Shanghai Disneyland, specifically Roaring Rapids

Episode 65: Mad Q Party

If you could build a new deluxe resort, what would be its theme and name?

Matt: Sunshine Seasons Resort & Spa, highlighting all parts of Florida

Jeremy: Grand Peruvian Resort, celebrating the culture and food of Peru

Derek: Hollywood Grand Hotel, themed to 1950s Hollywood

What film that bombed do you wish was represented at Walt Disney World in some capacity?

Matt and Jeremy: The Lone Ranger

Derek: A Goofy Movie

If you could open a new restaurant in Walt Disney World themed to a Disney attraction, what would you do?

Matt and Jeremy: A restaurant themed to the Tower of Terror will be reminiscent of a 20s-style Hollywood big-band club.

Derek: The Great Movie Restaurant, themed to The Great Movie Ride, will have a different dining room for each film genre.

If you could create a hard-ticketed event at Walt Disney World with a Christmas theme, what would you do?

Matt: In Disney’s Animal Kingdom, offer traditional African Christmas foods and celebrations.

Jeremy: A Victorian Christmas celebration featuring the Voices of Liberty

Derek: A private Voices of Liberty concert, followed by refreshments and meet-and-greets with Christmas characters such as Scrooge McDuck and Jack Skellington

If you could add a specialized refreshment cart anywhere in Walt Disney World, where would you put it and what would you sell?

Matt: A dim sum cart in World Showcase

Jeremy: A Dippin’ Dots stand in Tomorrowland

Derek: Iced Coffee carts all over Magic Kingdom, including mini donuts

If someone asked for advice on the best make-out spot in Walt Disney World, where would you direct them?

Matt: The walkway between Storybook Circus and Tomorrowland

Jeremy: The descent in Spaceship Earth

Derek: The PeopleMover

If you could create live entertainment for any pavilion in World Showcase, what would it look like?

Matt: A lifelike reenactment of World War II, spreading across all countries involved

Jeremy: Gregorian-chanting monks in Italy

Derek: A pantomime-style show near the U.K. pavilion, featuring over-the-top retellings of classic stories, including audience participation

If you could transform your living room into a scene from a Walt Disney World attraction (or simply theme it to an attraction), what attraction would you choose?

Matt: Pirates of the Caribbean

Jeremy: Spaceship Earth (the moon landing scene)

Derek: It’s a Small World

If you could add a minimum age requirement to any part of Walt Disney World, where would it be?

Matt: World Showcase, a few nights a week from 9-11 p.m.

Jeremy: An entire park (a different one each day)

Derek: ‘Ohana at dinner

If you could wrap up anything at Walt Disney World and give it as a gift to your fellow Mad Chatters, what would you give each of them?

Matt: To Jeremy, a working Jose audio-animatronic from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room; to Derek, any snack of his choosing

Jeremy: A pass that is good for one free meal per day at any restaurant

Derek: To Matt, the swing near Polynesian Village Resort where he proposed to his wife, plus two tiki torches; to Jeremy, the concrete square from Hollywood Studios where Rue McClanahan placed her hands