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216: Heads Up: Our Favorite Overhead Details in Walt Disney World

Sometimes the best details and an entirely different perspective are awaiting you overhead, and all you have to do to see them is look up. On this week’s show, guest Jeff Birou joins us for a tour of Walt Disney World, in which we stop in each park to share our favorite architectural details, beautiful artwork, and other features that are above eye level.

In another edition of “The Windows of Main Street, U.S.A.” we pay homage to the late Ron Miller, Walt’s son-in-law who made great contributions to The Walt Disney Company in the 70s and 80s. Plus, we play another round of “Where in WDW Am I?” and we provide our own suggestions for which bands we think should appear at the Garden Rocks concert series in Epcot. Come join the fun!

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215: Top 15 Counter Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World

Not all theme park restaurants are created equal. One of the biggest mistakes first-time guests can make when visiting a Disney park is to stop and eat at the first place they see because they assume every restaurant will serve the same cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets. Walt Disney World actually has a large variety of counter-service options, and many of them are quite good. On this week’s show, we count down our 15 favorites across property.

In another edition of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, we share our picks for the most well designed attraction entrances, the most unattractive, and the ones that could use a bit of work. Plus, we have some fun with the hashtag #BadDisneySequels, and in another Mad Chatter game we try to guess how much certain Disney items sold on eBay. Come play along now!

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210: The 5th Annual Chatties

A new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a flammable parade float, two Marvel box-office juggernauts, a handful of monorail mishaps — 2018 brought them all! On this week’s show we look back at the biggest, the best, and the worst things 2018 gave us. Tune in to find out which events and attractions are going home with Chatties for Best Addition to WDW, Worst Change at WDW, Weirdest Moment, and much more! Plus, hear our picks for a Disney playlist devoted to all things 2018.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has tuned in to The Mad Chatters Podcast during 2018. We love our listeners and cannot adequately express how much it means to us to have you along for the ride. Here’s to a magical 2019!

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206: The Art of the Disney Parks – Featuring Jerrod Maruyama and Greg Maletic

More than just thrilling attractions, delicious food, and magical experiences, the Disney Parks are home to some incredible works of art, many of them “hidden in plain view,” meaning they often go overlooked despite being an essential element of theming and atmosphere.

On this week’s show, we highlight some of our favorite artists and artistic elements that help bring the parks to life. In a chat with Greg Maletic, we discuss the many attraction posters he has designed for Disney parks throughout the world, and we talk about why these classic pieces of art are so beloved by fans.

Then, we sit down with Jerrod Maruyama to chat about Hipster Mickey as well as his other fantastic creations based on Disney rides and movies, including the brand new collection of Happiest Cruise vinyl figures he created in the style of It’s A Small World.

But that’s not all! Acting as cohost this week, Jennifer Lapsker helps us count down our Top 5 Works of Wall Art at Walt Disney World, from murals to mosaics to hand-painted ice cream carts. Plus, in a round of Armchair Imagineering we each share our own ideas for how our favorite artistic elements at the parks can be turned into merchandise for guests to take home and enjoy. It’s a jam-packed episode full of art and full of heart. Tune in now!

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Jennifer: @JLap64 on Twitter

Greg: @gregmaletic on Twitter | Blog: gregmaletic.wordpress.com

Jerrod: @jmaruyama on Twitter and Instagram | Portfolio: jmaruyama.com

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205: Disney Storytelling: Our Favorite Stories Created for WDW Experiences

Did you know Albert Falls, the founder of the famous Schweitzer Falls featured in Jungle Cruise, had a granddaughter who turned his home into a restaurant for hungry travelers, and that the restaurant is the very Skipper Canteen that’s located in the Magic Kingdom? Or were you aware that the Tree of Life was planted by an ant who wished for a tree that would provide shelter for his animal friends?

Disney Imagineers are known for crafting detailed stories around almost everything they create for the Disney parks, and on this week’s show we take a closer look at some of those stories, from the real identity of Mama Melrose to the mysterious Society of Explorers and Adventurers and beyond!

Also on episode 205, guest Jonathan Harvill joins us for a round of Mad Chatter Jeopardy, in which we provide silly questions for even sillier answers. Plus, we play “Cast That Celebrity” by assigning random actors and actresses to Disney roles. Come join the conversation now!

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202: Halloween Time at Walt Disney World

Your Hallowishes have come true: Fall has arrived at the Magic Kingdom! Whether you think Halloween in August is a trick or a treat, the fact is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties have begun, and on this week’s show Mad Chatter Derek, along with special guests Aaron Wallace and Courtney Guth, break down the very first party of the season. With three brand new attraction enhancements, an assortment of fall treats, and a ton of can’t-miss experiences, this year’s party gave us a lot to talk about. Hear our thoughts on episode 202! Plus, we dish on other current happenings at Walt Disney World, including Donald’s Dino-Bash and the brand new Chicken Guy!

In another Mad Chatter game, we test our knowledge of Disney actors and the other well-known characters they have played. And in a twist on the segment Disney Taglines, we assign classic quotes from The Office to various Disney films and attractions. Come join the fun now!

Are you on social media? Be sure to find Courtney and Aaron online and let them know you enjoyed having them on the show:

Instagram: @greatguthsby and @awallnotawol

Twitter: @Courtney_Guth and @aaronwallace

Aaron’s website: http://www.aaronwallaceonline.com/

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200: Walt Disney World Superlatives

If Walt Disney World had a yearbook, which attractions, characters, hotels, etc. would appear on the Superlatives page? Allow us to suggest some nominees! On this week’s show we present our picks for Walt Disney World’s Best Dressed, Biggest Overachiever, Class Clown, Most Likely to Succeed, and much more!

Plus, special guests Steve and Lisa Griswold of MouseChat join us for a round of Disney Password. Play along as we try to guess Disney-related answers based on one-word clues. And be sure to check out the MouseChat website to learn more about our guests!

And to celebrate 200 episodes, we reflect on our first five shows and chat about how far we’ve come and what some of our favorite memories are.

To all of you who have followed along, whether you’ve heard one episode or all 200, we can’t thank you enough for your support. If you’re on social media, we’d love for you to connect with us on Facebook (/madchatterspodcast), Instagram (@madchatters), and Twitter (@MadChatters). Or, send your emails to comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening!

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