197: A Star Is Born – 11 Times Alan Menken Made Disney Magic

Back in 1989, composer Alan Menken made his Disney debut with the majestic score and the memorable songs featured in The Little Mermaid. The film not only launched the famous Disney Renaissance of the 1990s, but it also marked the start of a beautiful partnership between Disney and Menken, who ended up creating music for classics such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, and more.

On this week’s show we take a closer look at 11 Disney projects for which Menken provided the music, and we share our picks for the most essential Menken tunes.

Also on this week’s episode, we highlight the good, bad, and ugly interiors of quick service restaurants at Walt Disney World. Check it out on show 197!

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72: Animated Films in the Parks – The 2010s

This week we conclude our series on the movies of Walt Disney Animation Studios and their presence in the parks. As we scour Walt Disney World for signs of Tangled, Frozen, and other hit films of this decade, we also discuss Disney’s overall success in balancing intellectual properties with original attractions and elements in their parks.

In the news this week, we speculate on the closing of Circle of Life in Epcot, hear from Matt about the latest developments in Disney Springs, and get Jeremy’s take on the new Snow White blu-ray. Plus, in “Love Letters to Disney” we present Walt Disney World with romantic Valentines, and we play the sentimental Mad Chatter game “Disney Love Quotes.” Love is in the air on the latest episode of The Mad Chatters Podcast. Tune in now!

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