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164: Making Music for Mickey – An Interview With Composer Christopher Willis

Walt famously said, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.” On this week’s show, that mouse takes center stage as we celebrate Mickey‘s 89th birthday!

We are thrilled to welcome to the show special guest Christopher Willis, who provides the music for Mickey Mouse, the series of cartoon shorts that airs on The Disney Channel. On this episode Chris takes us through the process of scoring a Mickey cartoon and gives us an inside look at the upcoming attraction Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, for which he is providing the soundtrack.

In this week’s edition of The Windows of Main Street, U.S.A., we put the spotlight on Ub Iwerks, who played a large role in the creation of Mickey Mouse. Plus, we bring back the wacky segment Take Five, in which we use just five words to express our feelings on various categories. Episode 164 includes all of that, Disney news, and much more. Tune in now!

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163: The Art of the Queue

Two things for which Walt Disney World is known worldwide are (A) long lines and (B) excellent storytelling. On this week’s show we highlight the one area in which these two elements come together: themed queues. Even while you’re waiting in line at Disney theme parks, you are seeing a story unfold. On this episode we list the qualities that we think all of the best queues share, from immersiveness to simply looking sharp.

In another round of Disney debates, we go head-to-head in heated discussions about opening-day attractions, Disney stars of the 90s, and the best World Showcase pavilion. Plus, we discuss the latest Disney news and reveal some Disney confessions. Tune in now!

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162: Christmastime at Walt Disney World

Goodbye, Halloween, Hello, Christmas! Whether you’re ready for it or not, the holiday season is about to be in full swing at Walt Disney World. On this week’s show, we give a preview of the holiday offerings you can expect to find at the four parks so you can be sure not to miss a thing if you happen to be planning a trip in November or December.

In a holiday edition of Armchair Imagineering, we provide ideas for holiday overlays we think should come to Walt Disney World attractions. Plus, we play some Disney trivia and discuss the latest news coming out of the Disney parks. Tune in now!

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147: D23 Expo’s Biggest Disney Announcements

An official name for Star Wars Land! A Mickey Mouse attraction! A restaurant set in space! We wanted big news, and the D23 Expo delivered! On this week’s show we break down the biggest announcements that were made at the 2017 D23 Expo in Anaheim, including big changes for Epcot, a TRON coaster in Magic Kingdom, and much more.

In another round of Chatter Jeopardy, we put a Disney spin on the classic game show by responding to off-the-wall answers in the form of questions. Plus, Matt and Derek review their recent dinner at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen in Disney Springs. Come join the conversation now!

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143: The Art of the Pre-Show

An entire episode about pre-shows? Wait a minute . . . I love that idea!

This week we have an open discussion about attraction pre-shows at Walt Disney World by answering the question, “What qualities do the best pre-shows possess?” We visit rides like Tower of Terror and Soarin’ and characters including Dr. Marsh and Sergeant C4703BK2704-90210, and we give our own take on what makes a pre-show great, which WDW attractions have the best and worst pre-shows, and why pre-shows are important.

Also on this week’s show: Matt and Derek review their recent lunch at Tiffins, we share our thoughts on Cars 3 and the latest Pirates film, and we play “What’s the Score?” in which we try to guess the movie based on the names of individual tracks in that movie’s original score. Come join the fun now!

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137: Meanwhile at Walt Disney World…

This week we’re bringing you up to date on all the latest happenings at the Walt Disney World Resort, from the biggest news (Baby Groot! Johnny Depp! Driverless shuttles?) to an on-the-scene report from our most recent trip. We share stories from the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, the 28th birthday of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, our final viewing of Wishes, and much more!

Also on this week’s show, Matt and Derek review their recent meal at 50’s Prime Time Cafe. Plus, we put on our Imagineering hats and come up with ideas for limited-time Mother’s Day celebrations at WDW. Come join the conversation!

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134: Hot Topics and Rumors

Does Star Wars Land belong in Disneyland? Will Walt Disney World get its own Club 33? What in the world is happening at Epcot? These are some of the hot topics being discussed within the Disney community, and this week we want to get in on the conversation. Join us as we address these issues and other rumors that have Disney fans buzzing, talking, and debating, including updates on WDW’s rumored gondola system and talk of a contract between Disney and Apple.

In this week’s “Disney Fix,” we chat about the 25th anniversary celebrations that took place in Disneyland Paris, a 1962 film that was shot in Disneyland, and the new virtual queue systems being introduced at Orlando’s theme parks. Plus, we create another Mad Chatters Playlist, this time choosing our favorite non-Disney songs that are featured in Walt Disney World.

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