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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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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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193: Mulan, 20 Years Later – An Interview With Directors Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Mulan was first released in theaters? To celebrate this milestone, we’ve asked the film’s directors, Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, to take us behind the scenes of the making of the film and talk to us about the legacy the movie has built over the last two decades. Tune in to hear Tony and Barry share stories of working at the animation studio that used to be part of Disney-MGM Studios, and get an inside scoop on the film’s hidden Easter eggs, how the final film differed slightly from their original vision, and more!

Also on this week’s show, we give our take on Solo: A Star Wars Story and the latest trailer for Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. Plus, we play another wacky round of Mad Chatter Jeopardy. Tune in now!

If you want to follow along with Tony and Barry’s other projects, you can find Tony on Twitter (pumbaaguy1) and Instagram (@pumbaaguy). And be sure to check out Barry’s new short film, Blinker: https://youtu.be/VVf9GHIBNjs

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179: Dining at Disney’s BoardWalk and Yacht and Beach Club

This week our series on the table service restaurants at Walt Disney World takes us to the BoardWalk area, where we visit nine dining locations at three different Disney resort hotels, including Beaches & Cream, Flying Fish, Yachtsman Steakhouse, and the new Ale & Compass. Join us for another culinary tour as we read these menus and give our own takes.

In another Mad Chatter game, we try to guess the Disney movie based on the film’s dialogue at the 30-minute mark. Plus, we host another zany round of Chatter Jeopardy, in which we provide ridiculous questions to off-the-wall answers. Come join the fun!

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174: Pixar at the Parks

From 1995’s Toy Story to Pixar’s most recent release, Coco, we’re diving deep into Pixar’s catalog. On this week’s episode, we look more closely at the Pixar films by discussing the ways in which each one is represented at Walt Disney World. Join us as we scour the parks for signs of our favorite Pixar movies and characters, from rides to musicals to meet and greets and beyond, and give our take on what works and what doesn’t.

In the new segment “This Week in Disney History,” we look back at the theatrical release of The Three Caballeros by reading the original New York Times review that was published this week in 1945. Plus, we play another round of Chatter Jeopardy. Come join the fun!

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159: Do This, Not That – WDW’s Best and Worst Bathrooms

When you gotta go, you gotta go. That’s true. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be educated about WHERE to go when you gotta go! Enter Episode 159…

On this week’s show we go park by park in order to highlight our favorite restrooms to use in Walt Disney World, based on criteria including size, design, crowds, space, and more. We also pick out a few restrooms we recommend avoiding if you can help it.

In our latest edition of Eating Around the World, we provide quick reviews of three restaurants we recently dined at: Kona Cafe, Les Chefs de France, and Nine Dragons. Plus, we play another round of Mad Chatter Jeopardy, in which we provide ridiculous questions to even more ridiculous answers. Come join the fun!

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152: FastPass+, MyMagic+, and Other WDW Tips

If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World and you haven’t been in the last five years, your vacation experience will look a lot different now that Disney has rolled out MyMagic+. On this week’s show we highlight the main features of the My Disney Experience app and give our personal tips for how to make the most of FastPass+, Mobile Ordering, and other MyMagic+ features during your Disney vacation.

In Disney news, we discuss more changes at Hollywood Studios, a stand-alone Star Wars film, and more. Plus, we play another round of Chatter Jeopardy and provide our own ideas for the upcoming Star Wars resort. All that and much more awaits you on Episode 152!

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