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177: Political Incorrectness and The Walt Disney Company

Remember that time Disney came under attack for something it had produced that was considered culturally insensitive? In truth, Disney has had to address this issue many, MANY times over the last several decades. When you’ve been around for as long as The Walt Disney Company has, it’s almost inevitable that you will run into these kinds of problems as times change and people evolve.

On this week’s episode, we look back at the instances when Disney addressed issues of political incorrectness by changing or removing elements in their properties, including films like Song of the South and Fantasia, as well as attractions at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. We also discuss examples of scenes in Disney movies and rides that are still considered by many to be insensitive, even though they remain unchanged to this day.

In another round of The Disney Fix, we chat about Black Panther, Disney scents in your home, and a BuzzFeed article about outrageous moments that have happened in a Disney park. Plus, in the segment “The Windows of Main Street, U.S.A.,” we take a closer look at Walt’s dad Elias. All that and more on episode 177. Tune in now!

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176: Disney Storytelling – 9 Walt Disney World Attractions and Their Fictional Backstories

Did you know Big Thunder Mountain is located in the town of Tumbleweed and sits on Native American burial ground? Or that the steam train you board before riding Expedition Everest once transported tea for the Royal Anandapur Tea Company? Disney is all about storytelling. Sometimes understanding the story is easy, but other times it requires a bit of digging. Enter our latest episode…

On show 176 we highlight nine Walt Disney World attractions and share the fictional stories you become part of whenever you ride them. Rides discussed include Kali River Rapids, the Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, and more!

Plus, we play a round of “Where in WDW Am I?” and we do some Armchair Imagineering by giving Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster a brand new overlay. Come join the fun!

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139: 5 WDW Add-Ons: Worth It or Not?

While planning for a WDW vacation is exciting and magical, it also can be stressful and burdensome, especially for first-timers who aren’t sure which added expenses are worth the cost and which are unnecessary. While there is no “right” answer when it comes to money and Disney, on this week’s episode we discuss five optional add-ons and give our two cents on whether or not they are worth the cost:

  • Park Hopper
  • Disney Resorts
  • Food (Dining plan, table service, etc.)
  • Dessert Parties and Dining Packages
  • Memory Maker

Also on this week’s show, we share some of our favorite hidden gems in the segment “It’s the Small Things, After All.” Plus, we have some friendly debates on topics such as sweet treats, theming at quick service restaurants, and WDW’s best mountains. Come join the fun!

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120: Disney Regrets

If you could relive a specific Walt Disney World memory, would you change anything? Is there something you did that you wish you hadn’t? Is there an opportunity you wish you had taken because now it’s too late? If so, you’re not alone! This week we discuss some of our biggest Disney regrets, from restaurants we never should have tried to extinct attractions we wish we’d had the chance to experience.

But first, Matt fills us in on his weekend at Magic Kingdom. Then, in a new Mad Chatter game, Jeremy and Derek try to guess the attraction based on one-word hints describing its preshow. Plus, we play a few rounds of “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” in which we share our picks for the best and worst attraction scenes in Walt Disney World. Tune in now to episode 120 of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

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50: The Magic Kingdom Mountains

It’s all about the mountains on this week’s episode of The Mad Chatters Podcast. We dig through the history books and scour the Walt Disney Archives to bring you the stories of how Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Splash Mountain came to be, as well as the never-realized attractions that were scrapped to make way for the three peaks of Magic Kingdom.

Before that, Jeremy shares his observations from the day he spent at Magic Kingdom, and we discuss the latest news from around Walt Disney World. In the new segment Mad Chatter Top 10, we count down the Top 10 Signs You’re at a Knockoff Disney Park. Plus, we announce a special giveaway in honor of our 50th episode.

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48: Top 5 Musical Moments at Walt Disney World

In another Mad Chatter Top 5, we count down our favorite “musical moments” at Walt Disney World—the dramatic notes, funny songs, and swelling scores that get our hearts pounding, our feet tapping, and our spirits soaring. Come for the lively conversation, and stay for the musical interludes.

In The Disney Fix, Matt talks about the background loop that’s currently on his playlist, Jeremy discusses a tie-in between Disney World and a certain former President, and Derek looks forward to the latest mobile game from Disney Interactive. Plus, the Chatters look to the future in the new segment “In the Year 2071.”

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42: Countdown to Parkstinction – Disneyland: 1955

The 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration is in full swing at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, so this week we take a break from our regularly scheduled Walt Disney World programming to bring you the latest news from the original Disney park. First we discuss the many exciting things Disneyland has planned for its birthday celebration, including a bedazzled castle, updated attractions, sparkly merchandise, sweepstakes, animated windows on Main Street, U.S.A., and more!

Then, we hop once again into our Time Rovers and journey to the past, this time ending up at Disneyland in its opening year: 1955. Tour the park with us as we check out opening-day attractions like Space Station X-1, Canal Boats of the World, and the pack mules in Frontierland.

Plus, in a Mad Chatter game, we celebrate another Disney anniversary: the opening of Splash Mountain! Play along and test your knowledge of this classic Disney attraction.

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