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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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135: Countdown to Parkstinction – Disney-MGM Studios 1994

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is turning 28 years old this week! While the park might not be its best self right now, the future is bright. And so is the past . . .

In honor of the park’s anniversary, special guest Jeff DePaoli joins us this week as we go back in time and take a virtual tour of Disney-MGM Studios as it existed in 1994, just months after Sunset Boulevard debuted to the public. We look back fondly on extinct attractions like the Backstage Studio Tour and the Magic of Disney Animation, and we discover what the park was like before Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Star Wars made their grand entrances.

Plus, Jeff gives us the scoop on Aulani, Disney’s Hawaiian resort and spa, and shares all about the unforgettable trip he took there. Then, in the segment “Did That Just Happen?” we each share odd, funny stories from the parks.

Be sure to check out Jeff’s podcast Dizney Coast to Coast (iTunes: DCTC) and follow him on Twitter (@JeffDePaoli)!

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97: Touring Walt Disney World Solo

Party of one? No problem! On this week’s show, we break down the pros and cons of touring the Disney parks on your own. Being the frequent solo travelers we are, we also provide tips for how to get past the awkwardness, use your time wisely, and make the most of your one-man or one-woman vacation.

In this week’s Resort Roundup, we turn our attention to the three All-Star Resorts. Plus, we let off some steam in 11-Second Rants and dish on the latest Disney news, including new attractions for Guardians of the Galaxy and the Muppets. All that and more awaits you on episode 97 of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

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93: Overlay or Over-nay? – Evaluating Disney’s Shoehorning Strategy

What used to be Maelstrom is now Frozen Ever After. The original show Rivers of Light has been put on hold, and a “Jungle Book” show has debuted in its place. Now, rumors are flying that attractions like Mission: SPACE and Tower of Terror will be given “Guardians of the Galaxy” overlays. Is the age of original attractions over?

On this week’s show, we dive in to the topic of Disney overlays and share our thoughts on this latest trend. Then, with our tongues firmly in our cheeks, we each give five ideas for how to either improve or ruin current Walt Disney World attractions by overlaying them with Disney films and characters.

In the segment “Munchies and Merch,” we discuss the food items and merchandise at the parks that have our attention. Plus, we play “Take 5,” a game in which we use just five words to express our feelings on categories such as the weather in July and what the Maelstrom trolls are up to now. A bit of fun and a whole bunch of silliness await on episode 93 of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

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78: On the Scene With First-Timers

This week we sat down with a few of our listeners who recently visited Walt Disney World for the first time, their minds full of the facts, tips, and recommendations they had heard on our show, and we talked to them about the parts that lived up to their expectations and the elements that surprised them most. While Brittany told us about her extensive planning and when it did and didn’t pay off, Dustin and Emily gave us their take on whether or not nine hours in Magic Kingdom is enough to get a real taste of Disney magic.

In a week full of curious news and crazy rumors, we also discuss some of the topics that had the Disney Twitterverse abuzz, including a fire in Animal Kingdom, a 3-hour event with a $150 price tag, and an overlay for Tower of Terror. Plus, in “Armchair Imagineering” we set our sights on Easter, and in the game “Disney Hashtags” we talk about #LiesDisneyToldMe. The ridiculousness awaits on the latest episode of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

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57: Mad Q Party: Halloween Edition

Our favorite hypothetical extravaganza is back, and this time it’s all things Halloween. We try to plus Halloween Time at Walt Disney World by answering questions like, “If you could hide somewhere in Walt Disney World and scare people, where would you do it?” and, “If you had to add a fall or Halloween ‘twist’ to a classic Disney snack, what would you do?”

In the segment Munchies and Merch, we each share about a fall snack and a spooky piece of merchandise we’d like to get our hands on, and in another Mad Chatter game, Matt and Derek try to match movie quotes with the villains who said them. Plus, the latest news includes a Tower of Terror film and some interesting gourmet hot dogs at Grand Floridian Resort. Lots of creepy fun awaits you on episode 57 of The Mad Chatters Podcast!

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