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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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172: Talking Broadway and Festival of the Arts With Jenn Gambatese

This week we’re joined by special guest and Broadway star Jenn Gambatese, who just wrapped up a weekend of performances at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as part of its “Disney on Broadway” concert series. We spoke to Jenn about her extensive Broadway career, her favorite roles (including Jane in Disney’s Tarzan), and what it was like filling in last minute at the Epcot festival.

Also on this week’s show, we take a closer look at the new restaurants that opened last week at Disney Springs, including Pizza Ponte and The Edison, and we take you inside the first weekend of the Festival of the Arts. Plus, in another Mad Chatter game, we play “Disney by the Numbers.” Come join the fun on episode 172!

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If you want to add more Jenn Gambatese goodness to your life, be sure to check out her album Cockeyed Optimist: Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and follow her on Instagram (@jenngambatese) and Twitter (@jenngambatese).

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170: 18 Things to Expect From Disney in 2018

Toy Story Land! Avengers: Infinity War! Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary! Surprise announcements?

On this week’s episode we highlight 18 things the Disney universe will bring us in 2018, from new restaurants to blockbuster films to exciting updates on the many construction projects happening at the parks. Join us as we look ahead to an exciting year for Disney fans.

Also on show 170, we create a playlist of our favorite inspirational Disney songs to help you get motivated for a new year and a new you. Plus, we discuss the Disney gifts we bought for ourselves and others this Christmas, chat about the latest hot topics in the Disney realm, and much more. Tune in now!

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164: Making Music for Mickey – An Interview With Composer Christopher Willis

Walt famously said, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.” On this week’s show, that mouse takes center stage as we celebrate Mickey‘s 89th birthday!

We are thrilled to welcome to the show special guest Christopher Willis, who provides the music for Mickey Mouse, the series of cartoon shorts that airs on The Disney Channel. On this episode Chris takes us through the process of scoring a Mickey cartoon and gives us an inside look at the upcoming attraction Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, for which he is providing the soundtrack.

In this week’s edition of The Windows of Main Street, U.S.A., we put the spotlight on Ub Iwerks, who played a large role in the creation of Mickey Mouse. Plus, we bring back the wacky segment Take Five, in which we use just five words to express our feelings on various categories. Episode 164 includes all of that, Disney news, and much more. Tune in now!

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163: The Art of the Queue

Two things for which Walt Disney World is known worldwide are (A) long lines and (B) excellent storytelling. On this week’s show we highlight the one area in which these two elements come together: themed queues. Even while you’re waiting in line at Disney theme parks, you are seeing a story unfold. On this episode we list the qualities that we think all of the best queues share, from immersiveness to simply looking sharp.

In another round of Disney debates, we go head-to-head in heated discussions about opening-day attractions, Disney stars of the 90s, and the best World Showcase pavilion. Plus, we discuss the latest Disney news and reveal some Disney confessions. Tune in now!

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162: Christmastime at Walt Disney World

Goodbye, Halloween, Hello, Christmas! Whether you’re ready for it or not, the holiday season is about to be in full swing at Walt Disney World. On this week’s show, we give a preview of the holiday offerings you can expect to find at the four parks so you can be sure not to miss a thing if you happen to be planning a trip in November or December.

In a holiday edition of Armchair Imagineering, we provide ideas for holiday overlays we think should come to Walt Disney World attractions. Plus, we play some Disney trivia and discuss the latest news coming out of the Disney parks. Tune in now!

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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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147: D23 Expo’s Biggest Disney Announcements

An official name for Star Wars Land! A Mickey Mouse attraction! A restaurant set in space! We wanted big news, and the D23 Expo delivered! On this week’s show we break down the biggest announcements that were made at the 2017 D23 Expo in Anaheim, including big changes for Epcot, a TRON coaster in Magic Kingdom, and much more.

In another round of Chatter Jeopardy, we put a Disney spin on the classic game show by responding to off-the-wall answers in the form of questions. Plus, Matt and Derek review their recent dinner at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen in Disney Springs. Come join the conversation now!

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