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217: Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 30 Years, 30 Properties

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is turning 30! And if the new logo and the new parking signs are any indication, then characters from Frozen, Toy Story, and Star Wars are to be the official faces of the park, moving forward. But these are just the latest franchises to join the park’s deep well of past properties and characters, and on this week’s show we’re looking back at all of them! Join us and special guest Marshal Knight for a deep dive into 30 properties that have had a presence at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since the park first opened. Think of it as a DHS yearbook…

In another Mad Chatter game, we test our knowledge of which celebrities have handprints in front of the Chinese Theater, and which do not. Plus, Jeremy shares about a park scavenger hunt he hosted, and we discuss the latest Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge news.

Be sure to find Marshal on Twitter (@Marshal_Knight) and Instagram (@marshalknight) and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on the show!

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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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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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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74: Mad Q Party (With Guest Aaron Wallace)

Our favorite hypothetical extravaganza has returned, and this week we’ve added a fourth number to the party. Podcaster and author Aaron Wallace (aaronwallaceonline.com and @aaronspod on Twitter) joins us as we answer ten ridiculous hypothetical questions related to Walt Disney World and the rest of the Disney universe. Topics this week include a 2010s section of Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney baby names, and touring the parks with the elderly.

We also share our thoughts on last week’s ABC special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” including special announcements about the upcoming Star Wars-themed lands. Plus, we spout off some 11-Second Rants. Come join the party now on another episode of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

To connect with us, follow us on Twitter (@MadChatters) or Facebook (/madchatterspodcast). Send your emails to comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening!

Be sure to check out Aaron’s book, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom. You can find it on his website and on Amazon.

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67: Coming Attractions – Looking Ahead to 2016

When and where will Star Wars Land construction begin? What kind of magic will Disney’s Animal Kingdom have to offer when it’s open after sunset? Just how long will people have to wait in line to ride Frozen Ever After in Epcot? On this week’s episode we look to the year ahead and discuss what’s in store for Disney fans, including films, merchandise, and big changes at the Disney parks.

In “It’s the Small Things, After All,” we describe a few more of our favorite hidden gems at Walt Disney World. Plus, in “Take 5,” we use just five words (or, in Jeremy’s case, six) to express our feelings on topics like the parks’ new metal detectors, the Chewbacca meet and greet, and the current state of Future World. Come ring in the new year with us on another episode of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

Don’t forget to connect with us online. Follow us on Twitter (@MadChatters) and Facebook (/madchatterspodcast), and send your feedback to comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening! You guys are the best!

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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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54: Star Wars Land and the Future of Disney Parks

Once again, the Disney Twitterverse has been up in arms as of late. During the past week, two specific news items have gotten our favorite Disney Tweeters talking: an increase in Annual Pass prices and big changes coming to Disneyland’s Rivers of America (thanks to Star Wars Land). On this week’s show, we chat about these announcements and what they mean for the future of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. How much is too much for entrance into Walt Disney World? What parts of the parks are too sacred to be touched by incoming franchises?

In a round of personal stories, we each share about a time in a Disney park that made us ask, “Did that just happen?” Plus, we answer a listener’s question about making the most of FastPass+. All that and more awaits you on episode 54 of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

Be sure to connect with us on Twitter (@MadChatters) and Facebook (/madchatterspodcast)! We always welcome your feedback at comments@madchatters.net. Thanks for listening!

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