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214: EPCOT Center '82-86 and the Lost Art of Original Songs

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

Release Date: 02/07/2019

BONUS EPISODE: The Evolution of Cruella de Vil (from Dizney Coast to Coast) show art BONUS EPISODE: The Evolution of Cruella de Vil (from Dizney Coast to Coast)

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

Over on the Dizney Coast to Coast podcast, our friend Jeff DePaoli (whose show is currently on hiatus) has been spotlighting other Disney podcasts, including our own. To return the favor, we're bringing you one of our favorite episodes of his show, which he recorded with fellow friend and podcaster Courtney Guth. On this episode, Jeff and Courtney take a look at the evolution of Cruella de Vil, from her first appearance in the original book "The Hundred and One Dalmatians," to Walt Disney's portrayal of her in the animated classic "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," Glenn Close's live-action...

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268: Our Pitch for “The Amazing Race: Walt Disney World Edition” show art 268: Our Pitch for “The Amazing Race: Walt Disney World Edition”

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

With the recent return of The Amazing Race, which is currently airing its 33rd season on CBS, we thought it would be fun to dream up a season of the show that took place entirely on Walt Disney World property. We asked Dan Heaton, host of podcast and fellow fan of the CBS reality show, to help us come up with ideas for challenges teams would have to complete if The Amazing Race were to have a Walt Disney World-themed season. Come join the fun as we share the wacky tasks, challenging obstacles, and Disney-themed escapades we’d love to see teams face throughout the parks and resorts (48:56)....

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267: The 2021 Chatties show art 267: The 2021 Chatties

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

It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to raise the curtain on our annual awards night. We proudly present: The 2021 Chatties! As we celebrate the dawn of a new year, we also want to take a moment to look back at the year that just concluded and highlight the best and worst moments throughout The Walt Disney Company during 2021. Tune in to find out what events, attractions, and moments will take home the biggest awards, including Best Addition to Walt Disney World, Biggest Disappointment, Entertainer of the Year, and much more. Pop some bubbly and tune in!...

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266: Mad Q Party + A runDisney Deep Dive With Brooke McDonald show art 266: Mad Q Party + A runDisney Deep Dive With Brooke McDonald

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

Our favorite Disney questionnaire is BACK! This week, special guest Brooke McDonald joins us to answer ten random questions on topics such as Epcot food booths, WDW Christmas decorations we wish we could take home, ideas for future "Olaf Presents" shorts, and more! Plus, Brooke gives us the lowdown on the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend that took place earlier this month. As Derek prepares for his first runDisney event in 2022, Brooke shares tips, stories, and exciting details of what to expect from a runDisney race. If you're a runDisney connoisseur, if you've ever considered...

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265: 50 Years, 50 Milestones - Part 2 (1996-2020) show art 265: 50 Years, 50 Milestones - Part 2 (1996-2020)

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

Last week, to honor The World’s Most Magical Celebration, we highlighted 25 of the biggest moments that brought the vacation kingdom to where it is today, one for each year from 1971-1995. This week we are BACK to wrap up the list and pay tribute to one major milestone from each of Walt Disney World’s most recent 25 years, 1996-2020, and discuss why the impact of each moment is still felt today. Also on this week's show, guest Jennifer Lapsker helps us honor the Harmony Barber Shop on its 50th anniversary. We discuss the location's history, and Jen shares about her personal experience...

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

Now that The World’s Most Magical Celebration has officially kicked off, we’re taking time to pay tribute to Walt Disney World in our own way: by celebrating the biggest moments that brought the vacation kingdom to where it is today. Join us as we highlight one major milestone from each of Walt Disney World’s 50 years and discuss why the impact of that moment is still felt today. Also on this episode, friend and Disney Buzz cohost J.T. Landry helps us report on all of the celebrations, new fireworks, and biggest happenings that took place at the Walt Disney World Resort the week of...

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263: Disney Game Night V show art 263: Disney Game Night V

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

Sixteen players... Six Disney games... Immeasurable fun... Our fifth GAME NIGHT episode is here! Grab a snack, put on your thinking hat, and play along as Jeremy, Derek, and a ton of special guests compete in Disney-themed games like Password, Match Game, "Which Disney Character Said It?", Before & After, and more! Our "Game Night" episodes would not be possible without our INCREDIBLE guests. Here is where you can find each of them online. Go check out the awesome projects they are part of and let them know you enjoyed hearing them on the show! Jonathan Harvill:  | David...

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262: 5 Things We Love at Universal Studios That You Can't Get at Walt Disney World show art 262: 5 Things We Love at Universal Studios That You Can't Get at Walt Disney World

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

Halloween Horror Nights, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar — Some of Orlando's best theme park offerings are actually found outside the boundaries of Walt Disney World and instead are part of Universal Orlando Resort. On this week's show, we discuss some of our favorite attractions, restaurants, procedures, and other elements of Universal Studios that don't have an equivalent at a Disney park. Should Disney bring these ideas to its parks? If so, how could Disney take these ideas and make them better? These are just some of the questions we try to answer on...

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261: The Future of Disney Vacations show art 261: The Future of Disney Vacations

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

Will Walt Disney World ever see a nighttime parade again? Will Disney Genie+ be embraced by guests as a worthy replacement for FastPass? How much longer will we have to wait for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind? On this episode we take a broader look at Walt Disney World to talk about which areas of the parks have not yet gone back to the way they were before the resort closed in 2020—and whether or not we think they ever will. Tune in as we share our thoughts on Genie+, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the future of daytime entertainment, and more (33:01)! As we continue to count...

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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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Feel the flow, spread your golden wings, and just make believe you're a tiny little seed, because we're taking a look back at the original songs that debuted throughout Epcot when the park first opened in 1982. On episode 214, guest Guy Selga joins us for a discussion about songs like "Universe of Energy" and "Listen to the Land," why these songs are so fondly remembered by fans today, and why the practice of giving attractions original songs seems to have become a lost art. Come along on our musical tour!

Also on this week's show, we host another wacky edition of Mad Chatter Jeopardy. Plus, we break down some of the new-to-us experiences we tried at Walt Disney World last week, including the Behind the Seeds tour at Epcot and Trivia Night at Port Orleans - Riverside.

Be sure to find Guy on Twitter (@guyselga) and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on the show! Also, check out The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland for your Disneyland travel needs.

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