232: Let’s Talk About Disney Springs

The restaurants, the live entertainment, the immersive experiences, the nightlife, the pretty atmosphere — Disney Springs is much more than a glorified outlet mall. On this week’s show we take a closer look at what this unique complex at Walt Disney World has to offer, from our favorite dining spots to our top reasons to spend a few hours there. Plus, we look back at the many former iterations of Disney Springs/Downtown Disney, share our must-do’s, and more!

In another edition of Behind the Magic, we shine a spotlight on the many gingerbread constructions on Walt Disney World property. Plus, we pen some Love Letters to Disney.

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191: Quick-Service Dining at Disney Springs

In this week’s culinary tour of Walt Disney World we turn our attention to the counter service restaurants in Disney Springs. We browse the menus at places like The Daily Poutine and Earl of Sandwich, and we share our own thoughts on the offerings at D-Luxe Burger, Cookes of Dublin, and much more!

In another round of “Where in WDW Am I?” we are given 20 questions to help us find where our fellow chatters are “hiding” in Walt Disney World. Plus, we discuss the cast member positions we’d most like to have for a day. Come join the discussion!

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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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168: The Mad Chatters Visit Walt Disney World!

After 3+ years of podcasting, the three of us finally visited a Disney park TOGETHER! On this week’s show we give a full report of the things we saw, ate, and experienced on our trip to Walt Disney World, including the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail, two different viewings of Candlelight Processional, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, and much more! Come join us as we reminisce, swap stories, and laugh about our favorite moments of the past week.

Also on episode 168, we discuss the latest Disney news, including the buyout of 21st Century Fox, the end of Flights of Wonder, and The Last Jedi’s big box-office haul. Tune in now!

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165: Dining in Disney Springs – The Landing and Town Center

For our latest episode, come hungry and come often. This week we’re eating our way through The Landing and Town Center, two of the newest areas at Disney Springs. Join us as we read the menus and provide short reviews of new restaurants such as STK, The BOATHOUSE, and Frontera Cocina, as well as classics like Raglan Road.

Also on this week’s show, we play “Once Upon a Line,” in which we try to guess the film based on its opening line of dialogue. Plus, we pen a few Love Letters to Disney, discuss the latest Star Wars news, and more!

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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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125: Meeting Characters 101

You can hardly take ten steps in a Disney park without coming across a costumed character (or at least a queue of people waiting to meet one). For some, meeting characters is as much a part of a Walt Disney World vacation as seeing Cinderella Castle for the first time or riding It’s a Small World. So, what’s all the fuss about? And what do you need to know before you dive into the world of character meet and greets?

We’ve got you covered on this week’s episode, as we list the pros and cons of meeting characters, discuss our picks for the best and worst meet and greets in Walt Disney World, and even share a few of our favorite personal experiences meeting characters.

In the news, Disney has announced several opening dates of upcoming experiences. We share our thoughts on coming attractions such as Rivers of Light, Pandora, and the brand new nighttime spectacular “Happily Ever After.” Plus, Matt and Derek review two Disney Springs restaurants (Paddlefish and Boathouse), and in a Mad Chatter game, we test our knowledge of voice actors in Disney animated films. Come play along now!

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