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181: Flops and Failures – 8 WDW Attractions That Underwhelmed

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

Release Date: 03/21/2018

248: Top 10 Worst Film Tie-Ins at Walt Disney World show art 248: Top 10 Worst Film Tie-Ins at Walt Disney World

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

On our last episode we gushed about the best, most creative, and most magical movie tie-ins at Walt Disney World. It seemed only fitting that we follow up that show by sharing our picks for the WORST movie tie-ins at WDW—those times when Disney tried to shoehorn a film into the parks and the end result felt lazy and uninspired or completely missed what the movie and its beloved characters are all about. Join us and our friends J.T. and Melanie from The Disney Buzz as we count down the biggest fails in Disney’s rich history of incorporating movies into Walt Disney World.    But...

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247: Top 10 Film Tie-Ins at Walt Disney World show art 247: Top 10 Film Tie-Ins at Walt Disney World

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

The Disney theme parks have always been a place where guests can see their favorite films come to life. While not every in-park treatment of a film is wildly inventive or thematically appropriate, every once in a while a Disney park or resort gives life to a film in a way that wows and immerses guests, fits its surroundings perfectly, and does the movie justice. On this week’s episode we’re counting down the Top 10 Film Tie-Ins at Walt Disney World that, for us, do just that. From small props to full-blown stage productions, we have fun talking about our favorite ways in which movies were...

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246: Splash Mountain – The Good, the Bad, and the Satisfactual show art 246: Splash Mountain – The Good, the Bad, and the Satisfactual

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

For a certain log flume attraction in Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, it’s time to be movin’ along. Help us say goodbye to Brer Rabbit and his briar patch as we look back at 31 years of Splash Mountain, its earliest conception, its controversial source material, its status as a Disney icon, and its future as a Princess and the Frog ride. Also on this week’s episode, Jeremy shares about his experience with the new procedures and practices at Walt Disney World during his visit to Animal Kingdom on its Cast Member Preview day. Plus, in a game called “Disney Springs or Dis-Not Sprung”...

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

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

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...

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244: Every Disney Song in 18 Categories show art 244: Every Disney Song in 18 Categories

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

On May 18, Justin McElroy (@j_mcelroy) created a stir on Twitter when he described what he deemed to be the 18 types of songs that make up the Disney songbook. According to him, every song in the history of Disney animated movies fits one of these types. On this episode, we're joined by Blake Taylor as we dissect the 18 categories Justin came up with, share our thoughts, and have a general discussion about the Disney songs we believe are the most successful and/or impactful. If you'd like to follow along, you can or read the list below:   This Is the Movie I Want I'm the Villain We...

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243: 10 Muppetational Moments at Walt Disney World + A Chat With ‘Jim Henson’ Biographer Brian Jay Jones show art 243: 10 Muppetational Moments at Walt Disney World + A Chat With ‘Jim Henson’ Biographer Brian Jay Jones

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

It’s time to play the music, light the lights, and raise the curtain on our most celebrational, Muppetational episode ever! Join us and guest Jeff DePaoli as we look back at ten big moments the Muppets have had at Walt Disney World, from extinct attractions to long-lived shows to restaurants and more. And here’s a special bonus: This episode is one half of the very first Mad Chatters/Dizney Coast to Coast crossover event! Currently on Jeff’s podcast you can hear Jeff and Jeremy discuss in depth the TV special “The Muppets at Walt Disney World,” which aired on NBC on May 6, 1990, and...

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Bonus Episode: Let's Play Bonus Episode: Let's Play "How May I Yelp? – Disneyland Edition"

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

We're back with another BONUS Mad Chatter game! On this episode, we bring back one of our favorite quizzes called “How May I Yelp?” in which players must guess the Disney attraction or restaurant that is being described in various one-star Yelp reviews. For this special Disneyland edition, we're joined by guests Jeff, Dave, Kristen, and Julia from the Mousetalgia and the Mousetalgia Minute podcasts. Come play along! Be sure to find our guests online and follow their Disney projects! and If you want to interact with us online, we’d love for you to connect with us...

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242: 12 Quotes We Love About the Disney Parks show art 242: 12 Quotes We Love About the Disney Parks

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

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 are...

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241: 'A Goofy Movie' 25 Years Later – With Actor Jason Marsden and Director Kevin Lima show art 241: 'A Goofy Movie' 25 Years Later – With Actor Jason Marsden and Director Kevin Lima

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

Warm up a bowl of "Hi, Dad" Soup and grab some CHEDDAR WHIZZY, because A Goofy Movie is turning 25 years old! To celebrate the anniversary of one of our favorite Disney films, we reunited actor Jason Marsden and Director Kevin Lima and asked them to share some memories from the making of the film and talk about why the movie still strikes a chord with fans young and old today. If you're a fan of this movie, you'll love this fun chat about how a little film about Goofy and his son became a cult classic. In another edition of Armchair Imagineering, guest Aaron Wallace helps us come up with ideas...

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Bonus Episode: Let's Play Bonus Episode: Let's Play "WDW Soundbites"

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

This week we’re passing the time by inviting friends of the show to play some Mad Chatter games. On this bonus episode, guests Blake Taylor and Reuben Gutierrez join us for a game called “WDW Soundbites” in which players hear clips from Walt Disney World attractions and must finish the quote. Come play along! Be sure to find our guests online and follow their Disney projects! Blake Taylor  – | Reuben Gutierrez – | If you want to interact with us online, we’d love for you to connect with us on , , and . Or, send your emails to...

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