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205: Disney Storytelling: Our Favorite Stories Created for WDW Experiences

Did you know Albert Falls, the founder of the famous Schweitzer Falls featured in Jungle Cruise, had a granddaughter who turned his home into a restaurant for hungry travelers, and that the restaurant is the very Skipper Canteen that’s located in the Magic Kingdom? Or were you aware that the Tree of Life was planted by an ant who wished for a tree that would provide shelter for his animal friends?

Disney Imagineers are known for crafting detailed stories around almost everything they create for the Disney parks, and on this week’s show we take a closer look at some of those stories, from the real identity of Mama Melrose to the mysterious Society of Explorers and Adventurers and beyond!

Also on episode 205, guest Jonathan Harvill joins us for a round of Mad Chatter Jeopardy, in which we provide silly questions for even sillier answers. Plus, we play “Cast That Celebrity” by assigning random actors and actresses to Disney roles. Come join the conversation now!

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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185: 20 Animal Kingdom Facts We Love

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is turning 20 years old! To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of 20 of our favorite fun facts about Walt Disney World’s youngest park, from hidden details we love, to engineering feats that set the park apart from all other theme parks.

But that’s not all. Animal Kingdom takes center stage in our other segments as well, including “Munchies & Merch” and “Take Five.” It’s our wildest episode yet. Tune in now!

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184: Mad Q Party

Our favorite Q&A is back! Special guest Courtney Guth joins us for another Mad Q Party to help us answer ten ridiculous questions centered on all things Disney. In this week’s edition of the wacky questionnaire, we share our ideal Disney lands, the Disney families we’d love to be part of, the characters we want to meet at Walt Disney World, and more.

In another round of The Windows of Main Street, U.S.A., we pay tribute to E Cardon Walker, former president of The Walt Disney Company and man behind the wheel of such projects as EPCOT Center and The Disney Channel. Plus, Derek reviews Frozen: The Musical, which he recently got to see in New York City. Come join the fun!

Be sure to connect with Courtney online and tell her how much you enjoyed having her on the show! You can follow her on Twitter (@Courtney_Guth) and Instagram (@greatguthsby).

And you can always connect with us as well. Find us on Facebook (/madchatterspodcast), Instagram (@madchatters), and Twitter (@MadChatters). Or, send your emails to comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening!

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175: Top 5 Foods I Ate at Walt Disney World (Part 2)

What foods do you still dream about when you return home after a Walt Disney World vacation? What Disney treats make your mouth water the most when you think about them? That’s the very question we answer on this week’s show! Join us as we each count down the top five foods we’ve eaten at Walt Disney World. (We don’t recommend listening on an empty stomach.)

Also on our 175th episode, we share our picks for the good, bad, and ugly meet-and-greet experiences in the parks, from the most top-notch settings to the most pathetic. Plus, we have some romantic fun with the hashtag #DisneyValentines. Tune in now!

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169: The 4th Annual Chatties

It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to raise the curtain on our annual awards night. It’s time for the Chatties!

As we always do whenever another year comes to an end, on this week’s episode we highlight the best and worst moments throughout The Walt Disney Company in the year 2017. Tune in to find out what events, attractions, and announcements will take home the biggest awards, including Best Addition to Walt Disney World, Worst Announcement for the Future, and much more.

Plus, we look back at the biggest news items that had the Disney community all abuzz this past year, and we reveal whether or not we kept our Disney resolutions for 2017. Join us now for the final episode of the year!

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! Happy New Year!

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168: The Mad Chatters Visit Walt Disney World!

After 3+ years of podcasting, the three of us finally visited a Disney park TOGETHER! On this week’s show we give a full report of the things we saw, ate, and experienced on our trip to Walt Disney World, including the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail, two different viewings of Candlelight Processional, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, and much more! Come join us as we reminisce, swap stories, and laugh about our favorite moments of the past week.

Also on episode 168, we discuss the latest Disney news, including the buyout of 21st Century Fox, the end of Flights of Wonder, and The Last Jedi’s big box-office haul. 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, and have a merry Christmas!

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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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142: New at Walt Disney World – On the Scene With Aaron Wallace and Derek’s Parents

Fresh off of a ten-day vacation at Walt Disney World, the Mad Chatters have plenty of catching up and reporting to do. With so many brand new experiences to discuss, including Pandora, The Music of Pixar LIVE, and Happily Ever After, we’re anxious to share our thoughts with each other and with you listeners. Joining in the conversation this week is special guest Aaron Wallace, who helps us break down what’s new at the parks.

Also on this week’s show, Derek’s mom and dad share about their six-day vacation from their perspective. Hear about their first visit to Epcot, which rides they loved, how they managed a full week in Walt Disney World, and some of their favorite moments from the trip. So many exciting things are happening at WDW, and on this week’s show we want to take you there. Come join the conversation now!

A huge thanks to Aaron Wallace for joining us on this week’s episode! To find Aaron online, check out Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod on iTunes or on his website: aaronwallaceonline.com. You can follow Aaron on Twitter at @aaronwallace.

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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!

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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125: Meeting Characters 101

You can hardly take ten steps in a Disney park without coming across a costumed character (or at least a queue of people waiting to meet one). For some, meeting characters is as much a part of a Walt Disney World vacation as seeing Cinderella Castle for the first time or riding It’s a Small World. So, what’s all the fuss about? And what do you need to know before you dive into the world of character meet and greets?

We’ve got you covered on this week’s episode, as we list the pros and cons of meeting characters, discuss our picks for the best and worst meet and greets in Walt Disney World, and even share a few of our favorite personal experiences meeting characters.

In the news, Disney has announced several opening dates of upcoming experiences. We share our thoughts on coming attractions such as Rivers of Light, Pandora, and the brand new nighttime spectacular “Happily Ever After.” Plus, Matt and Derek review two Disney Springs restaurants (Paddlefish and Boathouse), and in a Mad Chatter game, we test our knowledge of voice actors in Disney animated films. Come play along now!

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