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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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217: Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 30 Years, 30 Properties

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is turning 30! And if the new logo and the new parking signs are any indication, then characters from Frozen, Toy Story, and Star Wars are to be the official faces of the park, moving forward. But these are just the latest franchises to join the park’s deep well of past properties and characters, and on this week’s show we’re looking back at all of them! Join us and special guest Marshal Knight for a deep dive into 30 properties that have had a presence at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since the park first opened. Think of it as a DHS yearbook…

In another Mad Chatter game, we test our knowledge of which celebrities have handprints in front of the Chinese Theater, and which do not. Plus, Jeremy shares about a park scavenger hunt he hosted, and we discuss the latest Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge news.

Be sure to find Marshal on Twitter (@Marshal_Knight) and Instagram (@marshalknight) and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on the show!

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216: Heads Up: Our Favorite Overhead Details in Walt Disney World

Sometimes the best details and an entirely different perspective are awaiting you overhead, and all you have to do to see them is look up. On this week’s show, guest Jeff Birou joins us for a tour of Walt Disney World, in which we stop in each park to share our favorite architectural details, beautiful artwork, and other features that are above eye level.

In another edition of “The Windows of Main Street, U.S.A.” we pay homage to the late Ron Miller, Walt’s son-in-law who made great contributions to The Walt Disney Company in the 70s and 80s. Plus, we play another round of “Where in WDW Am I?” and we provide our own suggestions for which bands we think should appear at the Garden Rocks concert series in Epcot. Come join the fun!

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215: Top 15 Counter Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World

Not all theme park restaurants are created equal. One of the biggest mistakes first-time guests can make when visiting a Disney park is to stop and eat at the first place they see because they assume every restaurant will serve the same cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets. Walt Disney World actually has a large variety of counter-service options, and many of them are quite good. On this week’s show, we count down our 15 favorites across property.

In another edition of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, we share our picks for the most well designed attraction entrances, the most unattractive, and the ones that could use a bit of work. Plus, we have some fun with the hashtag #BadDisneySequels, and in another Mad Chatter game we try to guess how much certain Disney items sold on eBay. Come play along now!

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211: The Unsung Heroes of WDW: 15 Attractions and Experiences That Don’t Get the Attention They Deserve

Just about every attraction, restaurant, show, and snack at Walt Disney World has made a Top Ten list at some point, whether it’s the best rides to experience at night, the best ways to use a snack credit, the worst places to take your kids, or something else. But what about the experiences that don’t get talked about at all? What about the offerings that aren’t anyone’s favorite or least favorite but are still worth experiencing? Enter episode 211.

On this week’s show, guest Aaron Wallace joins us as we share 15 Walt Disney World experiences that are almost never talked about but are worth checking out if you take the time to notice them. Hear why offerings like Trivia Night at Port Orleans or Main Street Philharmonic just might give your Disney vacation the extra burst of magic it needs.

Also on show 211, we look ahead to what’s coming in 2019 around the Disney universe, including blockbuster films, new attractions, and more. Plus, we play the game “Which Came First?” in which we try to remember when certain WDW attractions opened. Come play along now!

Be sure to find Aaron on his website or on social media (Twitter: @aaronwallace | Instagram: @awallnotawol) and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on the show!

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207: Mickey Mouse Mad Q Party

A very special mouse is celebrating a very special birthday, and we’re getting in on the festivities! On this week’s show, guest Kristen Nowicki (cohost of the Disneyland podcast “Mousetalgia”) joins us for a special Mad Q Party centered on the mouse who started it all. This week’s all-Mickey edition of the Disney questionnaire includes discussions about Mickey merchandise we’d like to see, Mickey keepsakes we especially treasure, ideas for Mickey-themed restaurants at the parks, and much more!

Also on episode 207, guest Matt Parrish of The 3028 Podcast joins us for a closer look at the many iterations of costumed Mickeys that have appeared at Walt Disney World since the resort’s earliest days. Join us as we trace the mouse’s look from the weird-looking Ice Capades Mickey to the upcoming white-suited Mickey and Minnie that will debut in 2019. Plus, Matt and Derek go head to head in a game that tests their attention to detail regarding various aspects of Walt Disney World. Play along and join the Mickey celebrations on show 207 now!

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MATT – Podcast: The 3028 | Twitter: @Thirty20Eight

KRISTEN – Podcast: Mousetalgia | Twitter: @mousetalgiakris | Facebook: @mousetalgia

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