211: The Unsung Heroes of WDW: 15 Attractions and Experiences That Don’t Get the Attention They Deserve

Just about every attraction, restaurant, show, and snack at Walt Disney World has made a Top Ten list at some point, whether it’s the best rides to experience at night, the best ways to use a snack credit, the worst places to take your kids, or something else. But what about the experiences that don’t get talked about at all? What about the offerings that aren’t anyone’s favorite or least favorite but are still worth experiencing? Enter episode 211.

On this week’s show, guest Aaron Wallace joins us as we share 15 Walt Disney World experiences that are almost never talked about but are worth checking out if you take the time to notice them. Hear why offerings like Trivia Night at Port Orleans or Main Street Philharmonic just might give your Disney vacation the extra burst of magic it needs.

Also on show 211, we look ahead to what’s coming in 2019 around the Disney universe, including blockbuster films, new attractions, and more. Plus, we play the game “Which Came First?” in which we try to remember when certain WDW attractions opened. Come play along 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!

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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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195: Mad Q Party

Our favorite Disney questionnaire is BACK! For this week’s Mad Q Party, friend of the show Jonathan Harvill joins the discussion as we answer ten questions related to all things Disney. Some of this week’s questions include:

  • What’s a panel you’d like to see take place at next year’s D23 Expo?
  • Name something from a Disney movie that you wish were real so you could own it or use it.

And more!

Also on episode 195, Jeremy and Jonathan go head to head in the game “The Common Dis-nominator,” in which they must figure out what a list of clues have in common. Plus, we get a bit silly with the hashtag #BoringDisneyAttractions. Come join the madness!

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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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177: Political Incorrectness and The Walt Disney Company

Remember that time Disney came under attack for something it had produced that was considered culturally insensitive? In truth, Disney has had to address this issue many, MANY times over the last several decades. When you’ve been around for as long as The Walt Disney Company has, it’s almost inevitable that you will run into these kinds of problems as times change and people evolve.

On this week’s episode, we look back at the instances when Disney addressed issues of political incorrectness by changing or removing elements in their properties, including films like Song of the South and Fantasia, as well as attractions at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. We also discuss examples of scenes in Disney movies and rides that are still considered by many to be insensitive, even though they remain unchanged to this day.

In another round of The Disney Fix, we chat about Black Panther, Disney scents in your home, and a BuzzFeed article about outrageous moments that have happened in a Disney park. Plus, in the segment “The Windows of Main Street, U.S.A.,” we take a closer look at Walt’s dad Elias. All that and more on episode 177. Tune in now!

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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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167: Glimmering, Shimmering, Carouselling – 46 Years of Magic Kingdom Parades

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – The Mad Chatters proudly present our spectacular(ish) deep dive into Magic Kingdom’s many festival pageants of magic and imagination over the last 46 years. On this week’s show, special guest Aaron Wallace of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod joins us for a detailed look at the parades, street parties, and cavalcades that have traveled down Main Street, U.S.A. since Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, from the grand opening parade to the most current spectacle, Festival of Fantasy. Come with us on a trip down memory lane as we discuss our favorite parade moments, floats, and soundtracks of the last 4-plus decades.

Also on episode 167, we share our picks for the good, bad, and ugly attraction loading areas at Walt Disney World. Plus, we each share one of our favorite hidden gems in the segment “It’s the Small Things, After All.” Tune in now!

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