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171: IllumiNations: Reflections on 30 Years

The Mad Chatters Podcast | Walt Disney World and Around the Disney Universe

Release Date: 01/10/2018

260: Dreaming Up Future World Showcase Pavilions by Studying Disney’s Past show art 260: Dreaming Up Future World Showcase Pavilions by Studying Disney’s Past

The Mad Chatters Podcast | Walt Disney World and Around the Disney Universe

In Epcot’s nearly 40 years of existence, there have been countless rumors and speculations about additional nations being introduced to World Showcase. But in reality, we haven’t seen a new country join the loop since Norway was completed in 1988.   Enter the Mad Chatters. On this week’s episode, guest Courtney Guth helps us dig through The Walt Disney Company’s rich past and its deep ties to other nations of the world as we search for candidates for the next World Showcase pavilion. In the end, we present a list of more than ten nations to which Disney already has a connection,...

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259: Objects in Disney Movies That We Wish Were Real show art 259: Objects in Disney Movies That We Wish Were Real

The Mad Chatters Podcast | Walt Disney World and Around the Disney Universe

If you've ever wanted a bottomless carpetbag like Mary Poppins or dreamed of rubbing a magic lamp and having three wishes of your own, have we got the episode for you! Tune in as guest Jeff DePaoli helps us list fantastical objects, magical places, and just plain practical items from Disney movies that we wish existed in real life. Also in this episode, we play a virtual game of hide and seek with a round of "Where in Walt Disney World Am I?" Plus, in our continuing countdown to WDW's 50th anniversary, we shine a spotlight on the Electrical Water Pageant, an underrated but always delightful...

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258: Sitcoms at the Disney Parks – Part 2 show art 258: Sitcoms at the Disney Parks – Part 2

The Mad Chatters Podcast | Walt Disney World and Around the Disney Universe

The show must go on, as they say. And that is why we are BACK this week to close out our two-part series on the ABC sitcoms that filmed episodes at the Disney Parks. This week we kick things off with the 1998 episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch that coincided with the opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and we make our way all the way to 2019, when The Goldbergs spoofed National Lampoon’s Vacation with an episode that followed the family on their cross-country trip to Disneyland in the late 80s. Join us as we talk about the best hidden gems, the most magical moments, and the most...

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257: 90s Sitcoms at the Disney Parks show art 257: 90s Sitcoms at the Disney Parks

The Mad Chatters Podcast | Walt Disney World and Around the Disney Universe

Has there ever been a more magical example of corporate synergy than when our favorite ABC sitcoms filmed episodes at the Disney Parks? On this week's episode we travel back to the 90s—before DVR and streaming were part of everyone's vocabulary—and we talk about six episodes of classic 90s sitcoms that take place in Disneyland or Walt Disney World. Join us and our guest Teri Deel as we catch up with Cory and Topanga at The Living Seas, check out Steve Urkel's latest gadget at Innoventions, watch Danny Tanner get spit on during Aladdin's Royal Caravan, and much more (0:31:48)! In this...

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256: It’s Time for an Upgrade – 10 WDW Experiences We’d Love to See Updated or Enhanced show art 256: It’s Time for an Upgrade – 10 WDW Experiences We’d Love to See Updated or Enhanced

The Mad Chatters Podcast | Walt Disney World and Around the Disney Universe

In light of the recent news that Jungle Cruise is about to be enhanced, we thought we'd take this opportunity to highlight other attractions and experiences at Walt Disney World that we think could use some TLC. From stale rides to dated resorts to embarrassing uses of technology, we each talk about ten areas we'd most love to see get updates and enhancements (1:02:33). In this week's Countdown to the 50th, we share ten facts about Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, one of three resort hotels that opened with Magic Kingdom in 1971 (0:00:50). Plus, we test our Muppets and Disney Channel...

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255: The Music of Disney's Hollywood Studios show art 255: The Music of Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Mad Chatters Podcast | Walt Disney World and Around the Disney Universe

Join us for a musical tour of the Hollywood that never was and always will be: Disney's Hollywood Studios! Years ago, we launched a series in which we discussed the background music and the original songs that play in each Walt Disney World park. At the time, Disney's Hollywood Studios was mostly a construction zone, but now that the park has completed its glow-up, we figured it was high time we close out that series and talk about the background loops and original songs in areas like Sunset Boulevard, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and more! If you missed our other "The Music of..." episodes,...

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254: 20 Years of Disney California Adventure – 10 Ways It Changed the Game for Theme Parks show art 254: 20 Years of Disney California Adventure – 10 Ways It Changed the Game for Theme Parks

The Mad Chatters Podcast | Walt Disney World and Around the Disney Universe

On February 8, 2001, Disney's California Adventure opened to the public as Disneyland Resort's long-awaited second gate . . . and fell flat. However, after some initial misfires and long-lasting growing pains, the park was able to turn things around and bring us some truly original and inspired experiences. This week, on the park's 20th anniversary, guest Guy Selga helps us count down ten ways in which Disney California Adventure changed the game for Disney theme parks. Join us as we look at ten attractions and experiences we might not have if DCA had not done them first. Also on this...

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253: Mad Q Party show art 253: Mad Q Party

The Mad Chatters Podcast | Walt Disney World and Around the Disney Universe

What better way to ring in the new year than with a party? After a long hiatus (sorry!), we are back this week with one of our favorite segments: the wacky, hypothetical Disney questionnaire we call a Mad Q Party. Join us and special guest Aaron Wallace as we pose and then answer ten questions on topics ranging from Muppet remakes of Disney films, to LEGO sets we'd like to see Disney release, to Disneyland attractions we're going to view differently once the pandemic has ended. Also on this week's show, we kick off a new segment called "Countdown to the 50th," in which we will take a...

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252: It's Good to Be Bad – The Best Disney Villains Onscreen and at Walt Disney World show art 252: It's Good to Be Bad – The Best Disney Villains Onscreen and at Walt Disney World

The Mad Chatters Podcast | Walt Disney World and Around the Disney Universe

They're rascals and scoundrels. They're villains and knaves. They're devils and black sheep. They're really bad eggs. They're the infamous crew of misfits and evildoers known as the DISNEY VILLAINS! On this week's show, guest Marshal Knight helps us take a closer look at the deep well of villains in Disney's catalog, from the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the can-you-believe-they're-actually-the-villains of so many of the Disney films of the 2010s. On this episode we discuss what makes a great Disney villain, how the Disney villain has evolved over time, which Disney...

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251: Visiting Walt Disney World in 2020 show art 251: Visiting Walt Disney World in 2020

The Mad Chatters Podcast | Walt Disney World and Around the Disney Universe

Last week we got to spend a few days in the parks—and we have thoughts! On this mini episode we give our take on the current state of the parks, what it's like experiencing the parks with so many precautions in place, what to know and how to prepare before visiting, why a Disney trip might or might not be best for your family right now, and much more! We had a lot of listeners reach out with questions about what it's like navigating the parks right now. If we didn't answer a question of yours, feel free to connect with us on , , and . Or, send your emails to...

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We've gathered here tonight around the fire, as people of all lands have gathered for thousands and thousands of years before us, to share the light and to share a story — the story of how one nighttime show is turning 30 years old this month!

Join us as we look back at three decades of IllumiNations, the fireworks/laser/fire spectacular that takes place every night on World Showcase Lagoon. On this week's episode, we reflect on what this show has meant to Disney fans and why the current show, Reflections of Earth, is significant. Plus, we discuss where nighttime entertainment at Epcot should go from here.

Also on show 171, we answer a few listener emails, share our Disney resolutions for 2018, and review our recent lunch at Restaurant Marrakesh. Come join the fun!

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