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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!

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Podcast: Book of the Mouse Club

Twitter: @Courtney_Guth

Instagram: @greatguthsby

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223: The Attraction Vehicles of Magic Kingdom

Come with us to a magical land where you can ride a pirate ship, an elephant, a rocket, and a double-decker omnibus, all on the same day! On this week’s episode, special guest Jonathan Harvill joins us for an in-depth look at every attraction vehicle in Magic Kingdom, from its theming to its comfort to its ornate details and beyond.

Also on show 223: we play a round of Mad Chatter Jeopardy, share our picks for the good, bad, and ugly doors at Walt Disney World, and more. Come join us!

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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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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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218: Mad Q Party

It’s our 20th Mad Q Party! Join us and guest Brandon Hawkins for the 20th edition of our favorite hypothetical questionnaire. This week’s questions have us creating challenges for a Walt Disney World edition of “The Amazing Race,” discussing the theme park characters we think should have meet and greets, dreaming up the perfect spot in the parks to have a movie night after park closing, and much more!

Also on this week’s show, we spout off some 11-Second Rants and share some stories from the parks that made us ask, “Did that just happen?” Plus, we share our thoughts on Tim Burton’s Dumbo, review Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, discuss the latest WDW news, and more!

Be sure to find Brandon on Twitter and Instagram (@brandonahawkins) 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!

Be sure to find Jeff on Twitter or Instagram (@jeffsoubirous) and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on the show!

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