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239: Director Ron Clements Chats ‘Mermaid’ Memories, ‘Treasure Planet’ Woes, and More

We’re joined by seven-time director Ron Clements as he shares stories from his time at Walt Disney Animation Studios creating films like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Moana, and more. Tune in to hear Ron recount the highs and lows of working at the studios in the 80s and 90s, the pressures of creating the first African-American Disney Princess, the joys of working with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and much more!

Also on this week’s show, we discuss Disney’s CEO shakeup and take a closer look at one of the names etched on a Main Street window: Donn Tatum, the first Disney CEO who was not part of the Disney family. Plus, we go “Behind the Magic” by chatting all things Jungle Cruise. Lots of fun awaits. Tune in now!

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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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45: Animated Films in the Parks – The 1980s

Although the films of the 1980s are poorly represented in Walt Disney World, this week we discuss what was going on at Walt Disney Animation Studios during this tumultuous decade and how these movies fared at the theater. Join us as we talk about the darker films of the 80s, such as The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, and The Great Mouse Detective, as well as the film that got Disney back on track: The Little Mermaid.

Also on show 45, Matthew reviews Trattoria al Forno Restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk, and in the game “What’s in a Name?” we test our knowledge on the titles of Disney World attractions, shops, and restaurants.

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