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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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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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237: 2020 Coming Attractions – What’s Ahead for Disney

On our first show of the new decade, we look ahead to what The Walt Disney Company has in store for 2020. From upcoming films like Mulan, Black Widow, and Onward, to exciting attractions and experiences debuting at the parks such as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Regal Eagle Smokehouse, to the original content premiering on Disney+, we do a deep dive into the many exciting things coming from Disney in the coming year. Plus, we share our spoiler-filled thoughts on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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236: The Sixth Annual Chatties

It’s time to pop the bubbly and roll out the red carpet as we honor 2019’s biggest moments: the highs and lows, the hits and misses, the surprises, the changes, and much more! Join us for the sixth annual Chatties, our special awards show that celebrates (and bemoans) the moments that most defined 2019. Special guest Marshal Knight helps us bestow honors on the Best Addition to Walt Disney World, the Biggest Surprise, the Weirdest Moment, and more. Help us ring in the new year with our 2019 wrap-up!

Also on this week’s show, we put together a Mad Chatters Playlist featuring our favorite songs and anthems that either debuted during the past year or in some way sum it up. Plus, we look ahead to 2020 by sharing some New Year’s resolutions we hope The Walt Disney Company will make for itself in the coming months.

Thanks for making this another fantastic year of podcasting for us. We are so grateful for every single one of our listeners—for your support, your encouragement, your willingness to laugh with us, and your shared love of all things Disney. We don’t take the love for granted, and we’re so excited to bring you more content in 2020.

Be sure to find Marshal on Twitter (@Marshal_Knight) and Instagram (@marshalknight) and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on the show! And if you want more Marshal material, check out his recaps of Disney+ series and more on laughingplace.com.

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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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234: Mad Q Party

Our favorite Disney questionnaire is BACK! In our latest round of 10 ask-and-answer questions, we brainstorm themes for a new miniature golf course at Walt Disney World, share the items we wish were banned from the parks, discuss the live-action movies we’d like to see head to Broadway, and much more!

In another Mad Chatter game, we try to guess which of two Disney Twitter accounts has more followers. Plus, we chat about what we’ve been streaming on Disney+. Tune in!

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231: The Magic of Disney Streetmosphere

From a barbershop quartet to a crew of drumming janitors to a pair of Stormtroopers on patrol, characters and performers help bring magic to the streets and lands that make up Walt Disney World. On this week’s show we take a closer look at Disney “Streetmosphere,” discuss why it’s essential to the parks, and talk about our favorite acts on property.

In a special round of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, we look back at five years of The Mad Chatters Podcast and share our picks for our favorite moments as well as our lowest lows. Plus, we share stories from the Disney Skyliner, give our thoughts on Epcot Forever, and more!

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230: The Sounds of Walt Disney World

The screams! The explosions! The whistles! The sounds of Steven Tyler! On this week’s show we talk about some of the most notable noises and sound effects at Walt Disney World. Special guest Aaron Wallace joins us as we go park by park to discuss the sounds you’d be left with if you stripped away the background music and the attraction soundtracks at the Disney parks.

To kick off the show, we do a deep dive into Walt Disney World’s newest land: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Hear our first reactions and overall thoughts on the newest addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Plus, we each pick three songs to add to a new Mad Chatters Playlist that celebrates Hollywood Studios and its past 30 years. Come join us!

Be sure to find Aaron online and check out the awesome projects he’s part of:

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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220: World of Emotion: The Fear, Disgust, Laughter, Sadness, and Joy We Experience at Walt Disney World

Anyone who has visited Walt Disney World knows that a trip to a Disney park can take you on a roller coaster of emotions. On this week’s show, special guest Vincent from Vincent Vision joins us as we each share the moments, attractions, and places that, for us, spark joy, sadness, fear, laughter, and disgust. From the highest highs to the lowest lows, we discuss the elements of the parks that stir up our emotions the most.

Also on show 220, we share our picks for the good, bad, and ugly gift shops at the Walt Disney World Resort. Plus, we put together a playlist of our favorite covers of Disney songs. Come join the fun now!

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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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