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245: Two Disney Parks That Never Were: Riverfront Square and Disney’s America

This week we look back at two fully-realized theme park projects that ultimately never came to be: one developed by Walt and his Imagineers around the time of the 1964 World’s Fair, just before Walt Disney World began construction in Florida, and the other dreamed up by Michael Eisner and company during the Disney Renaissance of the early 1990s. Join us and guest Courtney Guth as we talk about the Riverfront Square project in St. Louis and Disney’s America theme park in Washington, D.C., the attractions and experiences that were to be included at these locations, and why they ultimately failed.

Plus, we travel back to the summer of 2010 to talk about what guests might have experienced during the Summer Nightastic limited-time celebration. We also go “Behind the Magic” of the Norway Pavilion in Epcot by talking about our favorite details and things to see at this World Showcase nation on its 32 anniversary. Buckle up, history nerds. This time-hopping episode is for you!

Be sure to find Courtney online and let her know you enjoyed hearing her on the show: Podcast: Book of the Mouse Club | Twitter: @Courtney_Guth | Instagram: @greatguthsby

If you’d like to see concept art for Disney’s America, you can find a high-resolution brochure HERE.

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242: 12 Quotes We Love About the Disney Parks

What makes the Disney Parks so special? What’s the reason so many of us are longing for the day when the parks can safely reopen? On this week’s show we set out to answer those questions, but instead of expressing ourselves using our own words, we take a look at 12 quotes we love from men and women throughout history who also appreciated the magic of the Disney Parks. Come get sappy with us as we read what Walt and others had to say about the most magical places on earth and then look at those words through the lens of 2020.

Also on this week’s show, we think about the animals that still call Walt Disney World home, and we share our picks for the good, bad, and ugly animal encounters. Plus, we bring back the segment “It’s the Small Things After All,” in which we each list the small details and experiences at WDW we’d LOVE to have in our lives right now. Tune in for one of our most sentimental episodes ever!

Be sure to find Jonathan online and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on the show! Twitter: @jonathanharvill

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227: The Signs of Epcot

Join us for a virtual stroll around Epcot as we take a closer look at the many signs throughout the park. Attraction signs, restaurant signs, directional signs—they’re all up for grabs as guest Marshal Knight helps us break down the best and worst signage in Future World and World Showcase, from our favorite fonts to the best designs to the most questionable shape choices.

In another Mad Chatter Top Ten, we celebrate the Haunted Mansion’s 50th anniversary by listing ten facts we love about the classic attraction. Plus, we preview the D23 Expo and we share some Disney Confessions. Come join the fun!

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226: Space Travel and The Walt Disney Company

50 years ago a manned space shuttle touched down on the moon for the first time. But 15 years before that giant leap for mankind, Walt Disney was already working with scientists and engineers in order to communicate to the general public that space travel was not just science fiction; it was a possible reality. On this week’s episode we trace The Walt Disney Company’s connections with space travel, beginning with three documentary shorts produced by the company in the 50s, and ending with a closer look at the many space-themed attractions that have made their way to the Disney parks over the years. Plus, in a round of Armchair Imagineering we share our own ideas for how space can play a role at the parks moving forward.

In another edition of The Windows of Main Street, U.S.A., we look at the contributions of John Hench, who designed a lot of opening-day Tomorrowland at Disneyland. We also share a few bizarre stories from our adventures in WDW in the segment “Did That Just Happen?” Tune in now!

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208: Live-Action Films, Documentaries, and the Disney Parks

Did you know Disney released 16 live-action films between One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) and The Sword in the Stone (1963)? You’ve probably never met anyone whose favorite Disney film is Greyfriars Bobby, but the fact is these films hold a special place in many people’s hearts, and they make up a huge portion of the Disney film catalog.

On this week’s show, Jeff DePaoli of Dizney Coast to Coast joins us for a deep dive into Disney’s live-action films, from 1950’s Treasure Island to the upcoming live-action remake of Dumbo. We discuss the history of Walt’s interest in live action, our favorite films from this category, where these films show up in Walt Disney World, and much more! Plus, Jeremy walks us through ten Disney documentaries he especially recommends Disney fans watch.

In another round of Take 5, we use just five words to respond to categories such as “The Current Condition of WDW Monorails” and “Song Titles in Frozen 2.” Plus, we discuss the big news that was announced at this year’s Destination D. Come join the discussion now!

Be sure to check out Jeff’s podcast and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on our show: Dizney Coast to Coast.

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199: The Magic of Audio-Animatronics: From the Dancing Man to the Shaman

Audio-animatronics have been a staple of Disney parks for over five decades. But what many guests might not realize is that “Audio-Animatronics” is a registered trademark because Walt Disney and his team of Imagineers were actually responsible for inventing the technology! On this week’s show we trace the history of audio-animatronics, stopping along the way to discuss some of the biggest milestones and our personal favorite audio-animatronics, including Abraham Lincoln, the Tiki Room birds, Hopper, and much more.

Also on this week’s episode, Jeremy and Matt discuss their recent adventures in Walt Disney World and share their thoughts on the World of Disney’s new look, Toy Story Land, and more. Plus, we play another round of Take 5 by sharing our thoughts on various Disney topics using only five words. Tune in now!

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178: Makin’ Melodies – 11 Times the Sherman Brothers Made Disney Magic

It’s A Small World (After All), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Winnie the Pooh — Besides being some of the most iconic and recognizable Disney songs of all time, these tunes have something else in common: They were penned by the Sherman brothers! On this week’s episode we take a closer look at Robert and Richard Sherman, their rich history with The Walt Disney Company, and the most memorable songs that were produced by this incredible partnership. Join us for an extensive discussion about these Disney legends and the songs from their catalog that we love the most.

Also on episode 178, we read a few funny stories and respond to some questions we received from listeners. Tune in now!

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157: Epcot 35 – From Walt’s “Community of Tomorrow” to EPCOT Center and Beyond

This week we’re celebrating Epcot’s 35th birthday by looking back at how this unique park came to be. From Walt’s original concept for the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” to 1982’s “EPCOT Center” and even into the future, we’re doing a deep dive into Epcot’s legacy and what there is to love about it.

Also on this week’s show, we discuss the “Munchies and Merch” at Walt Disney World that have caught our eye. Plus, we look back at three years of The Mad Chatters Podcast. Join us!

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155: Disney Happenings – Matt’s Disneyland Paris Trip, Jeremy’s Marceline Visit, and Other Current Events

We’ve always claimed to be your very important date with the happenings at Walt Disney World and around the Disney universe, and on this week’s show we truly are taking you “around the Disney universe,” from Marceline, Missouri to Paris, France. On show 155, Jeremy reports on his recent visit to the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline, while Matt fills us in on his trip to Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, both of which are part of the Disneyland Paris resort.

This week we also take a closer look at what’s going on within The Walt Disney Company, from Walt Disney World updates to Star Wars shake-ups to Hurricane Irma aftermath and beyond. Plus, in “The Disney Fix,” we each share the Disney topics we’ve had on our minds lately. This week it’s all about current events and hot topics, so come join the discussion!

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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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