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246: Splash Mountain – The Good, the Bad, and the Satisfactual

For a certain log flume attraction in Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, it’s time to be movin’ along. Help us say goodbye to Brer Rabbit and his briar patch as we look back at 31 years of Splash Mountain, its earliest conception, its controversial source material, its status as a Disney icon, and its future as a Princess and the Frog ride.

Also on this week’s episode, Jeremy shares about his experience with the new procedures and practices at Walt Disney World during his visit to Animal Kingdom on its Cast Member Preview day. Plus, in a game called “Disney Springs or Dis-Not Sprung” we try to determine if various stores can or cannot be found at Disney Springs.

Our guest this week is historian and author Andrew Kiste. Check out his books on Amazon or follow him online: @HistTourWdw on Twitter.

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245: Two Disney Parks That Never Were: Riverfront Square and Disney’s America

This week we look back at two fully-realized theme park projects that ultimately never came to be: one developed by Walt and his Imagineers around the time of the 1964 World’s Fair, just before Walt Disney World began construction in Florida, and the other dreamed up by Michael Eisner and company during the Disney Renaissance of the early 1990s. Join us and guest Courtney Guth as we talk about the Riverfront Square project in St. Louis and Disney’s America theme park in Washington, D.C., the attractions and experiences that were to be included at these locations, and why they ultimately failed.

Plus, we travel back to the summer of 2010 to talk about what guests might have experienced during the Summer Nightastic limited-time celebration. We also go “Behind the Magic” of the Norway Pavilion in Epcot by talking about our favorite details and things to see at this World Showcase nation on its 32 anniversary. Buckle up, history nerds. This time-hopping episode is for you!

Be sure to find Courtney online and let her know you enjoyed hearing her on the show: Podcast: Book of the Mouse Club | Twitter: @Courtney_Guth | Instagram: @greatguthsby

If you’d like to see concept art for Disney’s America, you can find a high-resolution brochure HERE.

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244: Every Disney Song in 18 Categories

On May 18, Justin McElroy (@j_mcelroy) created a stir on Twitter when he described what he deemed to be the 18 types of songs that make up the Disney songbook. According to him, every song in the history of Disney animated movies fits one of these types. On this episode, we’re joined by Blake Taylor as we dissect the 18 categories Justin came up with, share our thoughts, and have a general discussion about the Disney songs we believe are the most successful and/or impactful. If you’d like to follow along, you can see the original thread here or read the list below:

  1. This Is the Movie
  2. I Want
  3. I’m the Villain
  4. We Should Bone
  5. Cheer Up, Kid
  6. Here’s My Deal
  7. Here’s Our Deal
  8. Here’s Their Deal
  9. Things Will Be Okay
  10. It’s Dancing Time!
  11. Montage
  12. Package Movie Shorts
  13. We Won!
  14. It’s Nature Time
  15. Here’s a One-Note Character
  16. The Drug Song
  17. Life Lesson Time
  18. Problematic

PLUS – In keeping with the music theme, we each share three ideas for Disney songs we’d like to hear covered and which popular artists we’d like to hear cover them. We also play a round of “Where in Walt Disney World Am I?” Come join the fun now!

Be sure to find Blake online and follow his Disney projects!

Rotoscopers Articles: rotoscopers.com/author/blake-taylor | Disney Instagram: @disney_blake | Twitter: @blake_242

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243: 10 Muppetational Moments at Walt Disney World + A Chat With ‘Jim Henson’ Biographer Brian Jay Jones

It’s time to play the music, light the lights, and raise the curtain on our most celebrational, Muppetational episode ever! Join us and guest Jeff DePaoli as we look back at ten big moments the Muppets have had at Walt Disney World, from extinct attractions to long-lived shows to restaurants and more. And here’s a special bonus: This episode is one half of the very first Mad Chatters/Dizney Coast to Coast crossover event! Currently on Jeff’s podcast you can hear Jeff and Jeremy discuss in depth the TV special “The Muppets at Walt Disney World,” which aired on NBC on May 6, 1990, and which kicks off our list of 10 Muppetational Moments.

The Muppet fun doesn’t stop there. Also joining us on this week’s show is biographer Brian Jay Jones, who shares highlights from his book “Jim Henson: The Biography” and talks to us about what it was like researching Jim’s life, reading his journals, and speaking to his family and friends. As we honor the 30th anniversary of Jim’s passing and celebrate the 65th birthday of Kermit the Frog, come soak in all the Muppety goodness now!

Brian Jay Jones Interview: 16:45

10 Muppetational Moments at WDW: 58:52

Be sure to find Jeff and Brian online and follow their projects:

Jeff DePaoli: Podcast: Dizney Coast to Coast | Attractions Magazine Column: DePaoli on DeParks | Twitter: @JeffDePaoli (personal) @DizneyCTC (podcast) | Instagram: @disneyctc

Brian Jay Jones: Twitter: @brianjayjones | Website: brianjayjones.com

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Bonus Episode: Let’s Play “How May I Yelp? – Disneyland Edition”

We’re back with another BONUS Mad Chatter game! On this episode, we bring back one of our favorite quizzes called “How May I Yelp?” in which players must guess the Disney attraction or restaurant that is being described in various one-star Yelp reviews. For this special Disneyland edition, we’re joined by guests Jeff, Dave, Kristen, and Julia from the Mousetalgia and the Mousetalgia Minute podcasts. Come play along!

Be sure to find our guests online and follow their Disney projects!

iTunes: Mousetalgia and Mousetalgia Minute

Website: mousetalgia.com

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242: 12 Quotes We Love About the Disney Parks

What makes the Disney Parks so special? What’s the reason so many of us are longing for the day when the parks can safely reopen? On this week’s show we set out to answer those questions, but instead of expressing ourselves using our own words, we take a look at 12 quotes we love from men and women throughout history who also appreciated the magic of the Disney Parks. Come get sappy with us as we read what Walt and others had to say about the most magical places on earth and then look at those words through the lens of 2020.

Also on this week’s show, we think about the animals that still call Walt Disney World home, and we share our picks for the good, bad, and ugly animal encounters. Plus, we bring back the segment “It’s the Small Things After All,” in which we each list the small details and experiences at WDW we’d LOVE to have in our lives right now. Tune in for one of our most sentimental episodes ever!

Be sure to find Jonathan online and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on the show! Twitter: @jonathanharvill

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241: ‘A Goofy Movie’ 25 Years Later – With Actor Jason Marsden and Director Kevin Lima

Warm up a bowl of “Hi, Dad” Soup and grab some CHEDDAR WHIZZY, because A Goofy Movie is turning 25 years old! To celebrate the anniversary of one of our favorite Disney films, we reunited actor Jason Marsden and Director Kevin Lima and asked them to share some memories from the making of the film and talk about why the movie still strikes a chord with fans young and old today. If you’re a fan of the movie, you’ll love this fun chat about how a little film about Goofy and his son became a cult classic.

In another edition of Armchair Imagineering, guest Aaron Wallace helps us come up with ideas for what The Walt Disney Company can do with A Goofy Movie today. Plus, we share our personal experiences with and memories of the film, and we play a Mad Chatter game related to numbers. Come join the fun!

Aaron Wallace: Website: aaronwallaceonline.com | Latest Book: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom 2020 | Twitter: @aaronwallace | Instagram: @aaronhwallace

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Bonus Episode: Let’s Play “WDW Soundbites”

This week we’re passing the time by inviting friends of the show to play some Mad Chatter games. On this bonus episode, guests Blake Taylor and Reuben Gutierrez join us for a game called “WDW Soundbites” in which players hear clips from Walt Disney World attractions and must finish the quote. Come play along!

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Blake Taylor  – Disney Instagram: @disney_blake | Twitter: @blake_242

Reuben Gutierrez – Instagram: @wibblywaffle | Lego Instagram: @wibblywobblylegowego

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Bonus Episode: Let’s Play “Where in Walt Disney World Am I?”

This week we’re passing the time by playing some Mad Chatter games. On this bonus episode, we bring back the 20 Questions-style game “Where in Walt Disney World Am I?” in which two Chatters have to ask yes-or-no questions in order to find out where in WDW the third Chatter is “hiding.”

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Bonus Episode: Let’s Play “How May I Yelp?”

This week we’re passing the time by inviting friends of the show to play some Mad Chatter games. On this bonus episode, guests Mark Willard and Tom Bricker take on Mad Chatters Matt and Jeremy in a game called “How May I Yelp?” in which players must guess which Walt Disney World attraction or restaurant is being described in various one-star Yelp reviews. Come play along!

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Mark Willard – @MarkWillard85 on Twitter @markwillardphotography on Instagram

Tom Bricker – Disney reviews and blog posts: Disney Tourist Blog / Twitter: @Tom_Bricker / Instagram: @tom_bricker / Travel blog (Disney and non-Disney): Travel Caffeine

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