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151: Universe of Energy and The Great Movie Ride – A Tribute

On August 13, Disney fans said goodbye to two classic Walt Disney World attractions: Ellen’s Energy Adventure (aka Universe of Energy) and The Great Movie Ride. On this week’s show we honor these two rides by looking back at their origins, discussing our favorite elements of the attractions, and talking about what their closings mean for the futures of their respective parks.

Also on this week’s episode, we answer one listener’s question about the Disney collections we own and we create another Mad Chatters Playlist by sharing three picks for “Songs That Make Us Dance.” Plus, we discuss the latest news regarding Mission: SPACE, DuckTales (woo-oo!), and more. Tune in now!

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150: Disney Game Night

Let the games begin! For our 150th episode we invited tons of special guests to join us for an epic game night, and as we suspected, they all came ready to compete (and entertain). Now it’s your turn to play along! Test your Disney knowledge in games like “What Year Is It?” and Disney Buzzword. Try to beat our contestants to the punch in a round of Disney Password. Then, finish it off by listening to the hilarity ensue in a super-sized round of Match Game. It’s nothing but games this week, so come join the Disney fun now!

We especially want to thank the incredible guests who came out to play this week. If you aren’t already, go follow these terrific ladies and gentlemen online and be a part of the awesome work they do. (Tell them The Mad Chatters sent you.)

Jeff Birou – Twitter: @jetsetter_Jeff / Instagram: @jetsetterjeff

Tom Bricker – Disney reviews and blog posts: Disney Tourist Blog / Twitter: @Tom_Bricker / Instagram: @tom_bricker / Travel blog (Disney and non-Disney): Travel Caffeine

Teri Deel – Twitter: @terideel

Jeff DePaoli – Podcast: Dizney Coast to Coast (and on iTunes) / Twitter: @JeffDePaoli and @DizneyCTC / Instagram: @dizneyctc / Daily Disney Decision on Periscope

Stephen Lim – Instagram: @thedailydisney

Guy Selga – Twitter: @guyselga / Instagram: @guyselgaTouring Plans (writer) / Book: The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland (co-author)

Aaron Wallace – Twitter: @aaronwallace / Instagram: @awallnotawol / Podcast: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod / Books: Hocus Pocus in Focus, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to WDW: Magic Kingdom, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to WDW: Epcot / Website: aaronwallaceonline.com

Mark Willard – Instagram: @markwillardphotography / Website: markwillardphotography.com

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149: Disney’s Skyways and Highways in the Sky

Please stand clear of the doors – The Mad Chatters Podcast will depart momentarily. On this week’s show we’re highlighting three modes of transportation that have strong ties to Disney parks: the skyway, the monorail, and the peoplemover. Not only do all three of these transportation methods offer an above-ground alternative to cars and boats, but they also were all very new to the U.S. when The Walt Disney Company brought them to the parks. On our latest show we look back at the history of these transports, how they revolutionized the Disney parks, and why they mean so much to Disney fans today.

In our latest edition of “The Windows of Main Street,” we honor the life of Disney Legend Marty Sklar, who sadly passed away last week. Plus, we share some of our favorite WDW hidden gems in the segment “It’s the Small Things, After All.” Come join the conversation! (For the comfort of others, no smoking please.)

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148: Fantasmic! Celebrating 25 Years of Mysteries, Magic, and Visions Fantastic

Dreams are make believe . . . But could they all come true? To discover the answer to that question, we’re going deep inside Mickey’s imagination, where we’ll encounter princesses, a fire-breathing dragon, and all the forces of evil, all while searching for the true reason Fantasmic has been such a popular show since it debuted in Disneyland 25 years ago. Celebrate this epic nighttime spectacular with us as we dive deep into the show’s history, its changes over the years, and what the future might hold.

Also on this week’s show, we look more closely at some of D23 Expo’s biggest announcements and toss in our own ideas for how to plus them. Plus, in another round of the Mad Chatter Top Ten, we present the Top Ten Uses for the Great Movie Ride Audio-Animatronics After the Ride Has Closed.

We now invite you to join Mickey and experience Fantasmic!—a journey beyond your wildest imagination.

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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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146: Magic Kingdom and Disneyland – What’s the Difference?

Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World – Many of the classic attractions for which Disney parks are known can be found on both U.S. coasts. The assumption, therefore, is that Magic Kingdom is simply a replica of Disneyland. In reality, though, the two parks are different in many ways. On this week’s show, special guest Jeff Birou (@jetsetterjeff) helps us take a closer look at these two parks and highlight the attractions, food, and landscapes that make each of them unique.

Also on this week’s show, we look ahead to the D23 Expo and discuss the panels that sound most interesting to us. Plus, we play the 20 Questions-style game “Where in WDW Am I?” Play along and join the fun now!

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145: Mad Q Party (With Guest Matt Parrish)

As Rafiki once asked in Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade, “ARE YOU READY FOR THE PARTY?!” On this week’s show, guest Matthew Parrish (host of WEDWay Radio and The Thirty20Eight) joins us for another Mad Q Party, in which we answer ten off-the-wall questions about the Disney universe. Our latest hypothetical extravaganza has us dreaming up movie-themed restaurants at the parks, naming our dream podcast guests, and much more!

Also on episode 145, we share our picks for the good, bad, and ugly use of screens at Walt Disney World. Plus, we share a few Disney Confessions and discuss the buzzworthy news surrounding Pirates of the Caribbean. Come join the fun now!

A huge thanks to Matt for joining us this week! Be sure to check out Wedway Radio and The Thirty20Eight on iTunes.

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