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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.

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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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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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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119: Looking Ahead to 2017

If the end of the year is for looking back, then the beginning of a new year is a time for looking forward, and that’s exactly what we do on this week’s episode as we break down the biggest events, films, and coming attractions of 2017. What has us excited about movies like Coco and Star Wars: Episode VIII? What are we most looking forward to when Pandora: The World of Avatar opens this summer? We discuss all that and more.

In another round of “Behind the Magic,” we turn our focus to an attraction that deals heavily with the theme of looking forward with hope: Spaceship Earth. We share our favorite details and scenes from this classic Epcot attraction.

Plus, we take a comical gaze into the future and predict what Walt Disney World will look like “In the Year 2071,” and we discuss our New Year’s Disney resolutions for 2017. Come kick off the new year with the latest episode of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

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61: Fantasy Thanksgiving Draft

If you could invite characters from the Disney films and from Walt Disney World to join you for Thanksgiving dinner, who would you want around the table? On this week’s episode, we “draft” our picks for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner companions.

In the new segment “Armchair Imagineering,” we create Thanksgiving experiences for the Disney parks. Plus, Jeremy reports on his recent trip to Animal Kingdom, including the tastes of Harambe Market and an update on Pandora’s construction. Come gather around the table and feast on another new episode of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

Have you connected with us online? Follow us on Twitter (@MadChatters) and Facebook (/madchatterspodcast). Send your comments and feedback (or just say hi) to comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening!

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59: Let’s Talk About Epcot

“Epcot will be Disney World’s Least Visited Park by 2020.”

That was the headline from November 1 over on The Motley Fool. In the article, the author made some interesting points about Epcot’s growth (or lack thereof) in the last several decades. On episode 59, we discuss the article and give our own thoughts about Epcot, where it has been, and what needs to change going forward.

Also on this week’s show, we take a peek into the future of Walt Disney World in the segment “In the Year 2071.” Plus, we dish on the latest developments involving Pandora and Star Wars Land, we answer a listener’s question about the Disney Movie Club and vacationing with a large group, and more. Come join the conversation!

Have you connected with us online? You can find us on Twitter (@MadChatters) and Facebook (/madchatterspodcast), and you can always send your emails and feedback to comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening!

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47: D23 Expo Extravaganza

Now that the whirlwind known as D23 Expo is over, it’s time to decompress and digest all of the exciting news that came out of Anaheim. On this week’s show we discuss the biggest announcements from the Expo, including upcoming films, attraction refurbishments, and entire park expansions. Get the scoop (and our unedited opinions) on Pixar sequels, a new restaurant in Magic Kingdom, and the HUGE changes coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Plus, hear from Disneyland regular and Touring Plans blogger Guy Selga (@guyselga), who was on the scene to experience the informative panels and impressive exhibits for himself.

Also this week, in a special round of Munchies and Merch, we share our ideas for the food and merchandise we’d like to see come to Walt Disney World’s three new lands: Pandora, Star Wars Land, and Toy Story Land.

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