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142: New at Walt Disney World – On the Scene With Aaron Wallace and Derek's Parents

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

Release Date: 06/14/2017

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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250: 15 Classic Theme Park Foods and Where to Get Them at Walt Disney World show art 250: 15 Classic Theme Park Foods and Where to Get Them at Walt Disney World

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

This week we are joined by friend of the show Reuben Gutierrez (pastry chef at Amorette’s Patisserie and all-around expert on WDW food) as we discuss 15 of the most iconic theme park treats and look at them through the lens of Walt Disney World. Join us as we hop around the parks and resorts in search of classic items like hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn, funnel cakes, and more! Want to know if and where you can find these foods at Walt Disney World (and where you should avoid them)? We've got the "scoop"!   In another Mad Chatter game, we try to guess the Disney experience based on its...

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249: Encore! A Tour of Stage Shows Past and Present at the Disney Parks show art 249: Encore! A Tour of Stage Shows Past and Present at the Disney Parks

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

On this week’s episode we are joined by , host of , as we take a closer look at seven live musical productions that have at one time or another graced a stage at a Disney theme park. Join us for this virtual tour of seven different live venues in Disneyland and Walt Disney World and the musical productions that once performed (or still perform) there. For this episode we have chosen one show from each theater to highlight, review, share our memories of, marvel at, and, in some cases, laugh at. The seven featured shows include:   Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross Beauty and...

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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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Fresh off of a ten-day vacation at Walt Disney World, the Mad Chatters have plenty of catching up and reporting to do. With so many brand new experiences to discuss, including Pandora, The Music of Pixar LIVE, and Happily Ever After, we're anxious to share our thoughts with each other and with you listeners. Joining in the conversation this week is special guest Aaron Wallace, who helps us break down what's new at the parks.

Also on this week's show, Derek's mom and dad share about their six-day vacation from their perspective. Hear about their first visit to Epcot, which rides they loved, how they managed a full week in Walt Disney World, and some of their favorite moments from the trip. So many exciting things are happening at WDW, and on this week's show we want to take you there. Come join the conversation now!