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209: Magic in the Air: Celebrating the Holidays at Walt Disney World

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — to be at Walt Disney World! (Or at least we think it is.) Last week we packed in as many of WDW’s Christmas offerings as we could in four days, including Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, the gorgeous decorations at the deluxe resorts, and much more! On this week’s show, guest Teri Deel helps us break down all of the limited-time experiences the parks and resorts have to offer this time of year, from the so-so to the cant-misses. Tune in for this on-the-scene report of what it’s like to celebrate the holidays at Walt Disney World! Warning: Not suitable for those averse to Christmas cheer.

Also on show 209, we do some Armchair Imagineering by coming up with our own ideas for limited-time holiday overlays, new floats for the Christmas parade, and more. Plus, we play a festive holiday edition of Mad Chatter Jeopardy. Come join the fun now!

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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!

Be sure to find our guests online and let them know how much you enjoyed hearing them on the show!

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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204: Voicing Disney Attractions: An Interview With Mike Brassell

If this week’s guest sounds familiar, it might be because you’ve ridden one or both of the Walt Disney World attractions he currently narrates! Joining us is voice actor Mike Brassell, who lends his voice to both the PeopleMover in the Magic Kingdom and Living With the Land in Epcot. We spoke to Mike about the events that led to these roles, what it’s like hearing his own voice when riding these attractions, and the other Disney projects he’s been part of.

Also on episode 204, we’re joined once again by Mad Chatter Matt! Our OG cohost joins us for a deep dive into the many news items coming out of The Walt Disney Company. Plus, we share our own ideas for what kind of show should replace IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, and in another Mad Chatter game, we listen to one-star Yelp reviews and then try to guess the attraction, hotel, or restaurant for which each review was given. Come play along!

Be sure to find Mike online and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on the show: https://twitter.com/mikebrassell

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188: Let’s Talk About Marvel

Last week marked the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which kicked off with the release of Iron Man in 2008. With Avengers: Infinity War currently smashing records at the box office, and with Disney constantly adding more Marvel offerings to both the big screen and the parks, we thought it was the perfect time to do a deep dive into this huge fictional world. We’ve brought on special guest and friend of the show Teri Deel to talk all things Marvel with us, from its history with Disney, to our favorite moments in the movies, to the attractions we’re looking forward to at the parks. Come nerd out with us!

Also on this week’s show, we provide our own ideas for how Disney can bring Marvel to Walt Disney World in a big way. Plus, we chat about the cast recording of Frozen: The Broadway Musical, give a few Magic Kingdom updates, and much more!

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183: That’s So 90s

Sup! Welcome to our totally fly celebration of all the Disney things we loved in the 90s! Join us on episode 183 as we look back at the Disney movies, attractions, TV specials, and merchandise we associate with the 1990s, including VHS releases, McDonald’s sponsorships, and more. It’s our phattest episode yet!

If you think we’re limiting the 90s to our main segment . . . AS IF! In a round of Armchair Imagineering, we present our ideas for how to bring back something from the 90s and make it relevant and fun for today’s audience.

Plus, we create another Mad Chatters Playlist, this time putting together nine of our favorite Deep Cuts from the Disney music library. All that and more goes down on episode 183. Tune in now!

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181: Flops and Failures – 8 WDW Attractions That Underwhelmed

Not every idea is gold. On this week’s show we look back at eight specific ideas implemented at Walt Disney World that had less-than-stellar results. From attractions guests loathed to audio-animatronics that didn’t quite live up to what Disney promised, we discuss Walt Disney World’s biggest flops and bombs over the last four decades.

In a round of Armchair Imagineering, we present our ideas for what Disney might be planning in the former location of River Country, where some construction seems to be taking place. Plus, we introduce a new Disney hashtag (#DisneyfyAMovie) and discuss the latest price increases for WDW Resort hotel guests. Come join the conversation!

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176: Disney Storytelling – 9 Walt Disney World Attractions and Their Fictional Backstories

Did you know Big Thunder Mountain is located in the town of Tumbleweed and sits on Native American burial ground? Or that the steam train you board before riding Expedition Everest once transported tea for the Royal Anandapur Tea Company? Disney is all about storytelling. Sometimes understanding the story is easy, but other times it requires a bit of digging. Enter our latest episode…

On show 176 we highlight nine Walt Disney World attractions and share the fictional stories you become part of whenever you ride them. Rides discussed include Kali River Rapids, the Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, and more!

Plus, we play a round of “Where in WDW Am I?” and we do some Armchair Imagineering by giving Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster a brand new overlay. Come join the fun!

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