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249: Encore! A Tour of Stage Shows Past and Present at the Disney Parks

On this week’s episode we are joined by David Alpert, host of E-Ticket to Broadway, as we take a closer look at seven live musical productions that have at one time or another graced a stage at a Disney theme park. Join us for this virtual tour of seven different live venues in Disneyland and Walt Disney World and the musical productions that once performed (or still perform) there. For this episode we have chosen one show from each theater to highlight, review, share our memories of, marvel at, and, in some cases, laugh at. The seven featured shows include:

  1. Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross
  2. Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage
  3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame: A Musical Adventure
  4. Animazement – A Musical
  5. Tarzan Rocks
  6. Storytelling at Royal Theatre: Tangled
  7. Frozen – Live at the Hyperion

In keeping with the theme of musical theater, we also host a miniature Broadway-themed Mad Q Party, in which we talk about the Broadway shows we’d like to see Disney bring to the big screen, the entertainment roles we’d like to have in the parks, and more. Plus, we bring back our Disney Hashtags segment with the hashtag #BroadwayButMakeItDisney. Come join the fun now!

Be sure to check out David’s podcast E-Ticket to Broadway, on which he interviews Broadway stars about their love of the Disney theme parks. You also can find him on Instagram or on his website, where you can let him know how much you enjoyed hearing him on The Mad Chatters!

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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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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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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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235: Disney and the 2010s – From A to Z

Blockbuster franchises, immersive theme park expansions, revolutionary nighttime spectaculars, an all-access magic bracelet — the 2010s gave us all of these and more. On this week’s episode, special guest Courtney Guth helps us look back at the biggest moments, themes, and cultural shifts that defined The Walt Disney Company over the past ten years. As we close out another decade, join us for this nostalgic journey through the most iconic news items of the 2010s!

In another edition of The Disney Fix, we chat about Bob Iger’s new book, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and a noteworthy souvenir from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Plus, we have some festive fun with the hashtag #DisneyChristmasMashups. Tune in today!

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

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226: Space Travel and The Walt Disney Company

50 years ago a manned space shuttle touched down on the moon for the first time. But 15 years before that giant leap for mankind, Walt Disney was already working with scientists and engineers in order to communicate to the general public that space travel was not just science fiction; it was a possible reality. On this week’s episode we trace The Walt Disney Company’s connections with space travel, beginning with three documentary shorts produced by the company in the 50s, and ending with a closer look at the many space-themed attractions that have made their way to the Disney parks over the years. Plus, in a round of Armchair Imagineering we share our own ideas for how space can play a role at the parks moving forward.

In another edition of The Windows of Main Street, U.S.A., we look at the contributions of John Hench, who designed a lot of opening-day Tomorrowland at Disneyland. We also share a few bizarre stories from our adventures in WDW in the segment “Did That Just Happen?” Tune in now!

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225: 25 Years of The Lion King

We can’t guarantee no worries for the rest of your days, but our latest episode delivers plenty of “Lion King” chatter and will have you feeling the love tonight for the classic Disney film. Join us and guest Courtney Guth as we look back on 25 years of The Lion King, including its huge response at the box office, the Broadway show it spawned, the ways it has shown up at the parks, and the lasting legacy it has created.

Also on show 225, we discuss some of the latest happenings at Walt Disney World and play a round of “Where in WDW Am I?” Come join the fun!

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

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222: The Disney Dark Ride

From Snow White’s Scary Adventures to Frozen Ever After, this week we’re discussing a type of ride that has had deep roots with the Disney Parks ever since Disneyland opened in 1955: the DARK RIDE. Join us for a discussion about the history of dark rides, the evolution of dark rides at the Disney Parks, and the reason dark rides have become such an essential element of theme parks today. Plus, we do some Armchair Imagineering by sharing our own ideas for the Disney films that would make good dark rides.

In another Mad Chatter game, we bring back a fan favorite, “You Get a Star,” in which we try to guess the Walt Disney World experience based on its Yelp reviews. That, our thoughts on the new Aladdin, and so much more. Tune in now!

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221: On the Scene! Reports From Disneyland and Moonlight Magic at Epcot

This week guest Aaron Wallace joins the show to help us break down some of the Disney-Parks fun we’ve been able to experience over the last two weeks. First, he and Jeremy discuss the after-hours event Moonlight Magic, which they had the chance to attend at Epcot. Then, he and Derek report on the new attractions they experienced and the big changes they noted during their weeklong trip to Disneyland, including Galaxy’s Edge construction, Pixar Pier, a new space for Mickey’s PhilharMagic, and much more.

Also on show 221, we discuss some of the biggest news that has come from the Disney universe recently, including a new Disney Villains After Hours event, new fireworks for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary, and more. Plus, we test our knowledge of Disney villains in a new game. Come play along now!

Be sure to find Aaron on Twitter (@aaronwallace) and Instagram (@awallnotawol) and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on the show! Plus, check out his website to find out where you can get his awesome books about Walt Disney World and more.

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