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167: Glimmering, Shimmering, Carouselling – 46 Years of Magic Kingdom Parades

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – The Mad Chatters proudly present our spectacular(ish) deep dive into Magic Kingdom’s many festival pageants of magic and imagination over the last 46 years. On this week’s show, special guest Aaron Wallace of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod joins us for a detailed look at the parades, street parties, and cavalcades that have traveled down Main Street, U.S.A. since Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, from the grand opening parade to the most current spectacle, Festival of Fantasy. Come with us on a trip down memory lane as we discuss our favorite parade moments, floats, and soundtracks of the last 4-plus decades.

Also on episode 167, we share our picks for the good, bad, and ugly attraction loading areas at Walt Disney World. Plus, we each share one of our favorite hidden gems in the segment “It’s the Small Things, After All.” Tune in now!

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149: Disney’s Skyways and Highways in the Sky

Please stand clear of the doors – The Mad Chatters Podcast will depart momentarily. On this week’s show we’re highlighting three modes of transportation that have strong ties to Disney parks: the skyway, the monorail, and the peoplemover. Not only do all three of these transportation methods offer an above-ground alternative to cars and boats, but they also were all very new to the U.S. when The Walt Disney Company brought them to the parks. On our latest show we look back at the history of these transports, how they revolutionized the Disney parks, and why they mean so much to Disney fans today.

In our latest edition of “The Windows of Main Street,” we honor the life of Disney Legend Marty Sklar, who sadly passed away last week. Plus, we share some of our favorite WDW hidden gems in the segment “It’s the Small Things, After All.” Come join the conversation! (For the comfort of others, no smoking please.)

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139: 5 WDW Add-Ons: Worth It or Not?

While planning for a WDW vacation is exciting and magical, it also can be stressful and burdensome, especially for first-timers who aren’t sure which added expenses are worth the cost and which are unnecessary. While there is no “right” answer when it comes to money and Disney, on this week’s episode we discuss five optional add-ons and give our two cents on whether or not they are worth the cost:

  • Park Hopper
  • Disney Resorts
  • Food (Dining plan, table service, etc.)
  • Dessert Parties and Dining Packages
  • Memory Maker

Also on this week’s show, we share some of our favorite hidden gems in the segment “It’s the Small Things, After All.” Plus, we have some friendly debates on topics such as sweet treats, theming at quick service restaurants, and WDW’s best mountains. Come join the fun!

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103: The Music of Magic Kingdom

It’s a small world filled with grim, grinning ghosts. But hey, there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, so put on your Sunday clothes, queue up The Mad Chatters Podcast, and drink up, me ‘earties. Yo ho!

This week we take a musical tour of Magic Kingdom to discover the background loops that play in the park’s six themed lands, as well as the many original songs written for Disney attractions. We discuss our favorite tunes, dig into their backgrounds and authors, and talk about why music is such an integral part of Walt Disney World.

In “It’s the Small Things, After All,” we each share a hidden gem or often under-appreciated aspect of the Disney universe that we love. Plus, we introduce the hashtag #MisheardDisneyLyrics. Come join the fun now!

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91: 10 Ways to Enjoy a WDW Vacation Outside the Parks

Did you know you can parasail in Walt Disney World? Or golf? Or sing along with Chip and Dale around a campfire? On this week’s show, we list ten ways you can enjoy Walt Disney World without even stepping foot in a theme park or water park. Our list takes us from the gorgeous resorts to the miniature golf courses and beyond.

Plus, in “The Disney Fix,” we chat about the Duck Tales soundtrack, a new partnership between Netflix and Disney, and Disney Channel Original Movies. Then, we share some of our favorite hidden gems in Walt Disney World.

If you want to connect with us online, check out our Twitter (@MadChatters), Facebook (/madchatterspodcast), and Instagram pages (@madchatters). Send emails to comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening!

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77: Quick-Service Restaurants at Epcot

Come with us on a culinary tour of the quick-service dining options in Future World and World Showcase. On this week’s episode, we share the menu highlights of every casual dining location in Epcot and give our own thoughts about what’s worth trying and what should be avoided.

In “Take 5” we use just five words to share our feelings on topics like the new tiered ticketing system, FastPass+, and autograph books, and in “It’s the Small Things, After All” we dish on some of our favorite under-appreciated gems. Plus, latest news items include purple MagicBands, the online March Magic tournament, a new finale in It’s A Small World, and more. Come for the food and stay for the fun on the latest episode of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

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67: Coming Attractions – Looking Ahead to 2016

When and where will Star Wars Land construction begin? What kind of magic will Disney’s Animal Kingdom have to offer when it’s open after sunset? Just how long will people have to wait in line to ride Frozen Ever After in Epcot? On this week’s episode we look to the year ahead and discuss what’s in store for Disney fans, including films, merchandise, and big changes at the Disney parks.

In “It’s the Small Things, After All,” we describe a few more of our favorite hidden gems at Walt Disney World. Plus, in “Take 5,” we use just five words (or, in Jeremy’s case, six) to express our feelings on topics like the parks’ new metal detectors, the Chewbacca meet and greet, and the current state of Future World. Come ring in the new year with us on another episode of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

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