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209: Magic in the Air: Celebrating the Holidays at Walt Disney World

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — to be at Walt Disney World! (Or at least we think it is.) Last week we packed in as many of WDW’s Christmas offerings as we could in four days, including Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, the gorgeous decorations at the deluxe resorts, and much more! On this week’s show, guest Teri Deel helps us break down all of the limited-time experiences the parks and resorts have to offer this time of year, from the so-so to the cant-misses. Tune in for this on-the-scene report of what it’s like to celebrate the holidays at Walt Disney World! Warning: Not suitable for those averse to Christmas cheer.

Also on show 209, we do some Armchair Imagineering by coming up with our own ideas for limited-time holiday overlays, new floats for the Christmas parade, and more. Plus, we play a festive holiday edition of Mad Chatter Jeopardy. Come join the fun now!

If you want to interact with us online, we’d love for you to connect with us on Facebook (/madchatterspodcast), Instagram (@madchatters), and Twitter (@MadChatters). Or, send your emails to comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening!

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205: Disney Storytelling: Our Favorite Stories Created for WDW Experiences

Did you know Albert Falls, the founder of the famous Schweitzer Falls featured in Jungle Cruise, had a granddaughter who turned his home into a restaurant for hungry travelers, and that the restaurant is the very Skipper Canteen that’s located in the Magic Kingdom? Or were you aware that the Tree of Life was planted by an ant who wished for a tree that would provide shelter for his animal friends?

Disney Imagineers are known for crafting detailed stories around almost everything they create for the Disney parks, and on this week’s show we take a closer look at some of those stories, from the real identity of Mama Melrose to the mysterious Society of Explorers and Adventurers and beyond!

Also on episode 205, guest Jonathan Harvill joins us for a round of Mad Chatter Jeopardy, in which we provide silly questions for even sillier answers. Plus, we play “Cast That Celebrity” by assigning random actors and actresses to Disney roles. Come join the conversation now!

If you want to interact with us online, we’d love for you to connect with us on Facebook (/madchatterspodcast), Instagram (@madchatters), and Twitter (@MadChatters). Or, send your emails to comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening!

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200: Walt Disney World Superlatives

If Walt Disney World had a yearbook, which attractions, characters, hotels, etc. would appear on the Superlatives page? Allow us to suggest some nominees! On this week’s show we present our picks for Walt Disney World’s Best Dressed, Biggest Overachiever, Class Clown, Most Likely to Succeed, and much more!

Plus, special guests Steve and Lisa Griswold of MouseChat join us for a round of Disney Password. Play along as we try to guess Disney-related answers based on one-word clues. And be sure to check out the MouseChat website to learn more about our guests!

And to celebrate 200 episodes, we reflect on our first five shows and chat about how far we’ve come and what some of our favorite memories are.

To all of you who have followed along, whether you’ve heard one episode or all 200, we can’t thank you enough for your support. If you’re on social media, we’d love for you to connect with us on Facebook (/madchatterspodcast), Instagram (@madchatters), and Twitter (@MadChatters). Or, send your emails to comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening!

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193: Mulan, 20 Years Later – An Interview With Directors Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Mulan was first released in theaters? To celebrate this milestone, we’ve asked the film’s directors, Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, to take us behind the scenes of the making of the film and talk to us about the legacy the movie has built over the last two decades. Tune in to hear Tony and Barry share stories of working at the animation studio that used to be part of Disney-MGM Studios, and get an inside scoop on the film’s hidden Easter eggs, how the final film differed slightly from their original vision, and more!

Also on this week’s show, we give our take on Solo: A Star Wars Story and the latest trailer for Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. Plus, we play another wacky round of Mad Chatter Jeopardy. Tune in now!

If you want to follow along with Tony and Barry’s other projects, you can find Tony on Twitter (pumbaaguy1) and Instagram (@pumbaaguy). And be sure to check out Barry’s new short film, Blinker: https://youtu.be/VVf9GHIBNjs

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192: The Walt Disney World That Never Was – 12 Projects Disney Abandoned

Oh, what could have been! This week we dig through Imagineering history to discover more details about 12 projects that were discussed for Walt Disney World but ultimately were never built. We mourn the loss of Beastly Kingdom, chat about what a thrill Western River Expedition would have been, and look more closely at the other fascinating concepts Disney abandoned.

In another edition of The Windows of Main Street, U.S.A., we highlight the life and achievements of Frank Wells, former COO of The Walt Disney Company. Plus, we create another Mad Chatter Playlist featuring our favorite film scores and instrumentals. Come join the madness!

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189: Fun Facts and Easter Eggs at Walt Disney World

“Did you know?” Those three words, when overheard at Walt Disney World, always pull us in. We either want to learn something new, or we want to be able to debunk whatever kind of nonsense we’re about to hear. While many Disney fans have heard just about every “fun fact” there is to know about the Vacation Kingdom of the World, some facts and hidden Easter eggs really are “fun,” especially when you discover them for the first time. For this week’s show, we’ve each compiled a list of our favorite facts and tidbits we’ve heard over the years about Walt Disney World, including details to look for, backstories of attractions, and much more.

In the segment “Behind the Magic,” we put the spotlight on the Rivers of America and Tom Sawyer Island. Plus, Derek reviews his dinner at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante in Disney Springs, we discuss some tough losses for WDW fans, and much more. Tune in!

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183: That’s So 90s

Sup! Welcome to our totally fly celebration of all the Disney things we loved in the 90s! Join us on episode 183 as we look back at the Disney movies, attractions, TV specials, and merchandise we associate with the 1990s, including VHS releases, McDonald’s sponsorships, and more. It’s our phattest episode yet!

If you think we’re limiting the 90s to our main segment . . . AS IF! In a round of Armchair Imagineering, we present our ideas for how to bring back something from the 90s and make it relevant and fun for today’s audience.

Plus, we create another Mad Chatters Playlist, this time putting together nine of our favorite Deep Cuts from the Disney music library. All that and more goes down on episode 183. Tune in now!

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