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206: The Art of the Disney Parks – Featuring Jerrod Maruyama and Greg Maletic

More than just thrilling attractions, delicious food, and magical experiences, the Disney Parks are home to some incredible works of art, many of them “hidden in plain view,” meaning they often go overlooked despite being an essential element of theming and atmosphere.

On this week’s show, we highlight some of our favorite artists and artistic elements that help bring the parks to life. In a chat with Greg Maletic, we discuss the many attraction posters he has designed for Disney parks throughout the world, and we talk about why these classic pieces of art are so beloved by fans.

Then, we sit down with Jerrod Maruyama to chat about Hipster Mickey as well as his other fantastic creations based on Disney rides and movies, including the brand new collection of Happiest Cruise vinyl figures he created in the style of It’s A Small World.

But that’s not all! Acting as cohost this week, Jennifer Lapsker helps us count down our Top 5 Works of Wall Art at Walt Disney World, from murals to mosaics to hand-painted ice cream carts. Plus, in a round of Armchair Imagineering we each share our own ideas for how our favorite artistic elements at the parks can be turned into merchandise for guests to take home and enjoy. It’s a jam-packed episode full of art and full of heart. Tune in now!

Be sure to find our guests online and let them know how much you enjoyed hearing them on the show!

Jennifer: @JLap64 on Twitter

Greg: @gregmaletic on Twitter | Blog: gregmaletic.wordpress.com

Jerrod: @jmaruyama on Twitter and Instagram | Portfolio: jmaruyama.com

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187: Top 5 Quotes From Walt Disney World Attractions

In every Haunted Mansion stretching room there is at least one person who decides to quote the script along with the Ghost Host. And while that might be, frankly, annoying for the other people in the room, the fact is there are countless lines of dialogue from Disney rides that are fun to say because they are clever and memorable and they are attached to some of our favorite attractions. On this week’s show, we each count down our top five favorite quotes from Walt Disney World attractions, from witty banter in preshows to magical words that make our hearts go pitter-patter.

In another edition of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, we turn our attention to the interior decor inside table service restaurants. Plus, we play another round of “Higher or Lower,” in which we try to guess closest to the correct Disney-related number. Play along now!

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175: Top 5 Foods I Ate at Walt Disney World (Part 2)

What foods do you still dream about when you return home after a Walt Disney World vacation? What Disney treats make your mouth water the most when you think about them? That’s the very question we answer on this week’s show! Join us as we each count down the top five foods we’ve eaten at Walt Disney World. (We don’t recommend listening on an empty stomach.)

Also on our 175th episode, we share our picks for the good, bad, and ugly meet-and-greet experiences in the parks, from the most top-notch settings to the most pathetic. Plus, we have some romantic fun with the hashtag #DisneyValentines. Tune in now!

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161: Top 5 Villain Representations at the Disney Parks

It’s Halloween(loween), everybody! And on this week’s show the Disney villains are coming out to say BOO (to you and you and you and you), as we take a look at the best in-park representations of those dastardly men, women, and creatures we love to hate. Join us as we count down our top five incorporations of the Disney villains into the Disney parks, from audio-animatronics to show scenes and beyond.

In the segment Behind the Magic, we take a closer look at the history, details, and hidden gems of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Plus, we play our favorite game of 20 questions: Where in Walt Disney World Am I? Whip up a pumpkin spice latte, grab the closest black flame candle, and come join the spooky fun!

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153: Top 5 Favorite Ways to Take It Easy at WDW + An Inside Look at The Walt Disney Birthplace

This week we’re celebrating Labor Day by sharing our picks for the five best ways to take a break, relax, and rejuvenate at Walt Disney World. From our favorite people-watching spots to the attractions that do the best job of refreshing our bodies and minds, we highlight our favorite ways to take a vacation from your vacation.

Also on this week’s show, we sit down with Brent Young and Dina Benadon, owners and co-founders of The Walt Disney Birthplace project. We chat with them about their efforts to restore Walt’s childhood home, what they hope to achieve with the project, and what visitors can expect to get out of the experience when the project is finished. To find out how you can get involved in this noble effort, be sure to check out thewaltdisneybirthplace.org!

This episode also includes another round of Disney Taglines, Hollywood Studios rumors, and more. Tune in now!

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144: Top 5 Worst Attractions Ever

No theme park is perfect. In its 45 years of bringing us magical moments, breathtaking environments, and technological breakthroughs, even Walt Disney World has stumbled once or twice. On this week’s show we count down our picks for the top five worst attractions Disney has ever given us, from boring shows to loud cars to rides that left us wondering what the Imagineers were thinking. (And yes, biases and personal experiences play a LARGE role.)

Also on this week’s show, to get in the 4th of July spirit we introduce the hashtag #AmericanizeDisney. Plus, we highlight the career of Disney legend Dorothea Redmond in another edition of “The Windows of Main Street, U.S.A.” Come join the conversation now!

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133: Top 5 Film Tie-Ins at Walt Disney World

Incorporating a film into the Disney parks is an art. It requires a delicate balance in which Imagineers must give the movie justice and the treatment it deserves without making it feel forced or shoehorned into a certain space. On this week’s show, we chat about those times when the Imagineers nailed it. From entire attractions to single, fleeting moments, we count down our top five ways in which a Disney film has been brought to Walt Disney World.

Also on this week’s episode, we have some fun with the hashtag #BadDisneySequels. Plus, Derek hosts a rematch of the game “Before and After,” in which Matt and Jeremy solve brand new clues describing mashups of various Disney films, songs, and attractions. Come play along now!

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