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214: EPCOT Center ’82-86 and the Lost Art of Original Songs

Feel the flow, spread your golden wings, and just make believe you’re a tiny little seed, because we’re taking a look back at the original songs that debuted throughout Epcot when the park first opened in 1982. On episode 214, guest Guy Selga joins us for a discussion about songs like “Universe of Energy” and “Listen to the Land,” why these songs are so fondly remembered by fans today, and why the practice of giving attractions original songs seems to have become a lost art. Come along on our musical tour!

Also on this week’s show, we host another wacky edition of Mad Chatter Jeopardy. Plus, we break down some of the new-to-us experiences we tried at Walt Disney World last week, including the Behind the Seeds tour at Epcot and Trivia Night at Port Orleans – Riverside.

Be sure to find Guy on Twitter (@guyselga) and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on the show! Also, check out The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland for your Disneyland travel needs.

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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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!

Are you 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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178: Makin’ Melodies – 11 Times the Sherman Brothers Made Disney Magic

It’s A Small World (After All), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Winnie the Pooh — Besides being some of the most iconic and recognizable Disney songs of all time, these tunes have something else in common: They were penned by the Sherman brothers! On this week’s episode we take a closer look at Robert and Richard Sherman, their rich history with The Walt Disney Company, and the most memorable songs that were produced by this incredible partnership. Join us for an extensive discussion about these Disney legends and the songs from their catalog that we love the most.

Also on episode 178, we read a few funny stories and respond to some questions we received from listeners. Tune in now!

Are you 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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166: The Music of Epcot

Join us for a musical tour of Epcot! On this week’s show we take a virtual walk-through of Future World and World Showcase, stopping along the way to discuss the background music and original songs you’ll hear in each area. From the classically Epcot loops at The Land Pavilion and Innoventions to the soaring patriotic anthems “Golden Dream” and “Canada (You’re a Lifetime Journey),” we highlight the sounds that make Epcot the park it is.

Also in the category of music, it’s time for another Mad Chatters Playlist. In this week’s edition, we each provide three Disney-related songs we like to listen to at Christmas, including tunes from The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Plus, we review Coco, chat about the latest Pixar scandal, and much more. Tune in now!

Are you 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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123: Dining at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios + A Chat With Broadway Star Kerry Butler

Continuing our series on table service restaurants throughout Walt Disney World, this week our culinary tour takes us to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where we read the menus and give our reviews of eateries such as Yak & Yeti, Tiffins, 50’s Prime Time Cafe, and more.

Over in Epcot, Broadway star Kerry Butler is currently performing at the inaugural Festival of the Arts, and on this week’s show she joins us to talk about the festival, her past Broadway roles – including Belle (Beauty and the Beast) and Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors) – and her love of all things Disney.

Plus, in another edition of The Mad Chatters Playlist, we each share three picks for Disney tunes that fit the category “Feel-Good Songs.” It all goes down on the latest episode of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

If you’ll be in Walt Disney World February 3-6, be sure to check out Kerry and actor Kevin Massey at Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts. Or, follow along with Kerry from wherever you are on Twitter (@KerryButlerNyc) and Instagram (@kerrybutler1).

To connect with us online, reach out on Twitter (@MadChatters), Facebook (/madchatterspodcast), or Instagram (@madchatters) or via email: comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening!

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121: Putting the “Magic” in Magic Kingdom

What makes Magic Kingdom worthy of its name? Is it the rides? The smells? The Cast Members? The music? Is it a mixture of all of the above? Or is it different for every person?

On this week’s show we open up (read: gush) about what makes Magic Kingdom so “magical” to us. From single moments to breathtaking views to the smallest of details, we talk about what puts the “magic” in our favorite park.

In the latest news, we discuss the opening weekend of Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts, two new hard-ticket Star Wars events, and the brand new MaxPass at Disneyland. Plus, we put on our creative hats for another round of Armchair Imagineering, and we try to stump each other in the game “Where in WDW Am I?” All that and so much more awaits on this week’s episode!

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111: Top 5 Immersive Environments at WDW + A Chat With Voctave’s Jamey Ray

“It’s the spirit of the season. Can you feel it in the air?” Or rather, can you HEAR it? If you’re the kind of person who cranks up the Christmas tunes as soon as November rolls around, have we got a treat for you! On this week’s episode we sit down with Jamey Ray, musical arranger of the a cappella group Voctave, to chat about the group’s new Christmas album “Spirit of the Season,” their collaborations with Kirstin Maldonado and Jody McBrayer, and more. Plus, Jamey takes us inside the American Pavilion at Epcot for a closer look at Voices of Liberty and what it’s like performing at Walt Disney World.

In another Mad Chatter Top 5, we count down our favorite themed, immersive environments at Walt Disney World. Tune in now to see if your favorite spots and lands made our lists!

We’d love for you to connect with us online. Come find us on Instagram (@madchatters), Twitter (@MadChatters), and Facebook (@madchatterspodcast). Or you can email us at comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening!

Be sure to check out Voctave’s website, their YouTube channel, and their Christmas album, out now!

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