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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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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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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!

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

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!

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

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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Bonus Episode: Let’s Play “Disney Outburst”

This week we’re passing the time by inviting friends of the show to play some Mad Chatter games. For this bonus episode we hosted a round of Disney Outburst featuring guests Jeff Birou, Marshal Knight, and Matt Parrish. Play along as our contestants try to list as many answers as they can that fall under a given Disney topic.

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

Jeff Birou: Instagram: @jeffsoubirous | Twitter: @jeffsoubirous

Marshal Knight: Instagram: @marshalknight | Twitter: @Marshal_Knight

Matt Parrish: Podcasts: The Thirty20Eight and WEDway Radio | Twitter: Thirty20Eight

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240: Disney Boat Rides – Then and Now

Ahoy, mateys! Welcome to the happiest podcast that ever sailed, where everything is satisfactual and all the elephants have their trunks on. On this week’s show, guest Guy Selga helps us look back at 65 years of Disney boat rides, from the most classic of Disney rides to short-lived attractions that are all but forgotten. Join us as we discuss the history of these rides and discuss what makes or made each one unique.

Also on show 240, we bring back Mad Chatter Jeopardy, our own wacky version of the classic game show where we provide the answers AND the questions.

Be sure to find Guy on Twitter (@guyselga) and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on the show! Also, check out The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland for your Disneyland travel needs.

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239: Director Ron Clements Chats ‘Mermaid’ Memories, ‘Treasure Planet’ Woes, and More

We’re joined by seven-time director Ron Clements as he shares stories from his time at Walt Disney Animation Studios creating films like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Moana, and more. Tune in to hear Ron recount the highs and lows of working at the studios in the 80s and 90s, the pressures of creating the first African-American Disney Princess, the joys of working with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and much more!

Also on this week’s show, we discuss Disney’s CEO shakeup and take a closer look at one of the names etched on a Main Street window: Donn Tatum, the first Disney CEO who was not part of the Disney family. Plus, we go “Behind the Magic” by chatting all things Jungle Cruise. Lots of fun awaits. Tune in now!

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