WEDway Radio - Walt Disney World and Disneyland Examined with some Disney History
Hosts Matt and Nate discuss the history of Disney theme parks and the Walt Disney Co. In examining we look at influences that shaped the company including projects and eras. We look at attractions and themed lands including the architectural styles and inspiration behind many of the decisions that the walt Disney Co has made over the years.

WEDWay NOW! on the Big Screen #25

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WEDWay NOW! #77 - News of November 2014

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S6:E7

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NOW! #076

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S6:E6

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The news of WDW and Disneyland

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Disney History and the Disney Parks.  This is Season 6, Episode 4: 64 Worlds Fair Part I

This show is sponsored for The Magic For Less Travel.  If you're planning a trip to WDW, Disneyland or The Disney Cruise, go to TheMagicForLess.com and a get a free quote.

On this episode we begin our 2014 Summer Series celebrating the 1964

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay NOW! on the Big Screen. This is YOUR show about the films and film news of Walt Disney Pictures, Animation, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm.  This is episode #23

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Disney History and the Disney Parks.  This is Season 6, Episode 3: Westcot.  This show is sponsored for The Magic For Less Travel.  If you're planning a trip to WDW, Disneyland or The Disney Cruise, go to TheMagicForLess.com and a get a free quote.

On this episode we're going to look at a planned theme park that never came to be, a second gate for Disneyland.  Enjoy this show, it was a lot of fun to create. 

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay NOW!, the companion theme park news show to WEDWay Radio, and your window to the Disney community.  This is episode #74 - The Progress City Primer

On this episode we discuss:

 - Disneyland 60th Plans

 - The Adventureland Trading Company

 - 2014 CEO of the Year

And more….

Plus Michael Crawford of the ProgressCityUSA.com

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio - YOUR show about exploring the Disnet Parks and Disney History.  This is Season 6: Episode 2 - Future World 1.0

On this episode we return to take a look at Epcot Center's Future World as it was when the park first opened, mores specifically The World of Motion and Communicore.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Disney History and the Disney Parks.  This is Season 6, Episode 1: The Backstage Tour.  This show is sponsored for The Magic For Less Travel.  If you're planning a trip to WDW, Disneyland or The Disney Cruise, go to TheMagicForLess.com and a get a free quote.

This show is our first for Season 6, and we're going back to where WEDWay Radio all started - The Disney MGM Studios.  On this episode we bring you the second half of the Backlot Tour, the Backstage portion showing you more of how movie magic makes it to the big and small screen.

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Disneyland TV Show Companion episode #2

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks and Disney History.  This our 5th Anniversary Show.

We apologize in advance

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is a special release episode looking specifically The Disneyland TV episodes.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is Season 5: Episode 35 -MRHS 4: Three Tomorrowlands

On this, the SEASON FINALE of Season 5, we are joined by Michael Crawford for the fourth installment of our Metro Historical Society, our roundtable series discussing different aspects of Disney history and Disney theme parks.  

The subject of this installment is the changing look, theme and experience of WDW's Tomorrowland. 

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is Season 5: Episode 34 - Peco's Bill, The Western Superman

On this episode we take a look at the 1948 Disney Animated Feature - Melody Time, more specifically the short feature - Pecos Bill.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is Season 5: Episode 33 - DCA 1.0 Part I

On this episode we explore Opening Day DCA.  More specifically, the entrance area, including:

 - The California Letters

 - The Tile Mosaic

 - The Golden Gate Bridge

 - Greetings from California Store

 - The Candy Shoppe

 - Sunshine Plaza

 - The California Zephyr

 - Burrrrbank Ice Cream

 - Bakers Field Bakery

 - Engine Ears Toys

Enjoy!

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is Season 5: Episode 32 - 100 Years of Magic

On this episode we remember the 100 Years of Magic Celebration at Walt Disney World, celebrating the 100th birthday of Walt Disney.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is Season 5: Episode 31 - One Great Year: 1986

On this episode we take a look at a historic year for the Walt Disney Company - 1986. This is the third installment in an our annual Year in Review series. On this episode we take a thematic view of the year that was, looking at the film news, theme park news and overall company news, including:

 - WED changes to Imagineering

 - Captain EO opens

 - The Living Sea's opens

 - The Disney MGM Studios begins construction

 - The first R rated film for the company: Down and Out in Beverly Hills

And much more.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is Season 5: Episode 30 - Windows of Main Street USA.

On this episode we take a look at one of the great unique details of Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom - The windows of Main Street USA.  We not only take a look at some of the more unique windows, but also take a look at the unique stories behind a few. 

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is Season 5: Episode 29 - A Trip Down Sunset Boulevard

On this episode we discuss

 - The Disney MGM Studios 1994 expansion

 - Backstage vs Onstage theming

 - The architectural influences of Sunset Boulevard's buildings.

And more!

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is Season 5: Episode 28 - Future World 1.0 Part 1

On this episode we take a look at Epcot Center in its opening years.  We take a look at:

 - The Monorail Plans

 - The Entrance Plaza

 - Earth Station

 - The Early Land Pavilion

Enjoy!

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is Season 5: Episode 27 - Lady & The Tramp: An American Story

On this episode we examine one of the most beloved Disney animated classic's, Lady and the Tramp, and explore the Americana embedded throughout this new classic tale, and the story of how this film came to be.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is Season 5: Episode 26 - Welcome Foolish Mortals! - Haunted Mansion Part IV

This week we wrap up our Fall 2013 series on The Haunted Mansion by taking a walk through the attraction itself, examining many of the elements that we presented in the first three parts.

Enjoy our walk-through of The Haunted Mansion

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This is Season 5: Episode 25 - Long Lost Friends.  Partly based on this years 'Long Lost Friends' Limited Time Magic promotion, on this show we take a look at some of the forgotten park characters of Disneyland and Walt Disney Worlds past, including:

  • The Mermaids
  • Bob-O The Disneyland Clown
  • The Little Orange Bird
  • Dreamfinder

and many more....

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 24 - This Chilling Challenge: The Haunted Mansion Part III

On this episode we unveil Part III of our Fall 2013 series on the Haunted Mansion. We look at why the mansion changed from a walking tour to an omnimover ride.  The ghostly space theming by Claude Coats, The gags of Marc Davis and the iconic song of X Atencio. 

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 23 - A Trip Down Main Street.

On this episode we take discuss the different Main Street vehicles that have called Disneyland their home, and they have stood the test of time.  Although they each have their roots in Disneyland, you can see them across several Disney Parks around the world.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 22 - The Illusioneers: Part II of our Fall 2013 Series on The Haunted Mansion.

On this Part of of our series we take a look at two more Imagineers who worked on early versions of the Haunted Mansion - Rolly Crump and Yale Gracey.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 21 - Jules Verne's Worlds of Wonder and Imagination.

On this episode we examine Jules Vern's  influence on the Disney theme parks and Disney Films, including

 - Mysterious Island

 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

 - Journey to the Center of the Earth

 - Around the World in 80 Days

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio. This is YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 20 - The Ghost House: Haunted Mansion Part I.

On this episode we begin a four part series on the history and development of the Haunted Mansion, and we begin with the first effort to build, what Walt called, a ghost house.  Ken Anderson was assigned to its design as he was already working on designs for Disneyland's New Orleans Square.  Enjoy our look at his ideas.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 19 - Attraction Music! 1970's.

On this episode we examine the music of Disney attractions created in the 1970's.  Not surprisingly many of the pieces created for WDW attractions were actually written in the 1960s (Pirates, Tiki Room, Small World).  However, plenty of new music was created, including:

 - The Main Street Electrical Parade

 - The Country Bear Jamboree

 - America Sings

and many more!

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 18 - Sounds of the 70's - Disney Films.

On this episode we take a look at the music of Disney films of the 1970's, both animated and live action.

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Thanks for Downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 17: Disney Legend Alice Davis.

On this episode we interview Disney Legend Alice Davis and we discuss her amazing career at Disney.

Enjoy! This is a fun one.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5: Episode 16 - Fantasyland Finale - Fantasyland Part IV

On this episode we wrap up our 2013 Summer Series on Fantasyland, looking at how different parks around the world advanced the Fantasyland theme.  From Walt Disney World, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong and back to WDW.  Enjoy our look at the differences between the different Fantasyland's.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 15 - The Disneyland Story.

This week we check out the very first episode of the Disneyland TV Show, the show created through the agreement between Disney and ABC to finance the construction of Disneyland.  This is a landmark episode because you get the first glimpse at both the Disneyland park and the different segments of the Disneyland TV show.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 14 - Journey Into Imagineering.

On this episode we take a look at our recent trip to the D23 Expo, examining what we believe was the best part, The Imagineering Pavilion.  We tour each area of the pavilion, including models, demonstrations and priceless art from the Imagineering library.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 13 - Fantasyland '83: Fantasyland Series Part III.

On this weeks show we recall the creation of of the Disneyland's greatest projects - New Fantasyland.  It was built in 1983 to alleviate traffic patterns, update old attractions and to revive Walt Disney's dream of a Fantasyland enveloped the entire area, not just the attractions themselves.  The project shut down Fantasyland for over a year and replaced a couple of older attractions while adding new ones too.  

Enjoy our discussion of this massive project as we bring you Part III in our 2014 Summer Series celebrating Fantasyland!

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 12 - The Backlot Tour: Studios '89.

This week we go back to a forgotten series examining the Disney MGM Studios of 1989, and this part takes a look at the Backlot Tour.  The Backlot Tour was actually the first half of a larger tour that would take guests behind the magic of filmmaking.  

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about exploring the Disney parks, Disney history and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 11 - Tomorrowland '94.

On this episode we take a look at New Tomorrowland 1994, and how the theme changed within the land.  We discuss the attractions, landmarks, music and overall feel. We are also joined by @Progressland's Brice Croskey to discuss the scope of this project.

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Thanks for dowloading WEDWay Radio, your show about exploring the Disney parks, Disney history and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Epsidoe 10 - Frontierland 1.5

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 9 - Saludos Amigos.

On this week, we've got a show covering one of the most unique, important and groundbreaking events in the history of The Walt Disney Company - The Goodwill Trip to South America as a part of the Good Neighbor program. This occurred during the Disney animators strike of 1941.  The amazing story of these events and the film that came out of the trip is the subject of this episode. 

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Co.  This is Season 5, Episode 8 - Fantasyland 1.0, Part II of our Fantasyland Summer Series.

On this episode we take a look at Fantasyland during its first three decades.  Fantasyland probably changed the least between 1955 and 1983, but it is drastically different from the park we know today.  Listen along as we explore some of the early attractions that used to invite visitors, such as the Pirate Ship & Skull Rock, and the Fantasyland Autopia.  We also discuss some never built attractions such as the Old Mill, The Duck Bump and Peter Pan's Crocodile Aquarium.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 7 - The Majestic Wilderness Lodge

On this episode of WEDWay Radio we discuss all the great stuff that makes Disney's Wilderness Lodge one of the best themed resorts in the world. 

Matt and Nate share the fictional backstory explianing many of the themed elements around the hotel and also many of the historical signifance of the time period in which the Wilderness Lodge is set. 

One often overlooked story is the presence of Humphrey the Bear in the Wilderness Lodge.  He is the official mascot of the Wilderness Lodge and can found outside the Wilderness Lodge Mercantile Shop.  Humphrey appeared in several Disney shorts in the 1950's.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 6 The Metro Retro Historical Society Meeting 3 - Two Brothers and Two Brothers…. On a Boat.

This week we welcome Michael and Jeff Crawford back to WEDWay Radio to discuss different water craft around the Disney Parks.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, you show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 5 - 50 Years of Tiki's.

On this episode we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.  We discuss many of the amazing elements of this fantastic attraction.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, Episode 4: Three Dimensional Reality, the first part of our season 5 summer series, Fantasyland.

On this show we discuss the origins of Fantasyland; how the roots are really the beginnings Disneyland.  We take a look at three key developments that helped to create Fantasyland.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is Season 5, Episode 3 - The Original Land Pavilion.

On this episode we take a look at the original design for The Land Pavilion Future World's.  Listen as we journey back to the 1970's to view Tony Baxter's original design for this Epcot staple.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Episode 2 of Season 5: Club 33.

This episode explores the uber exclusive private club, located within the gates of Disneyland: Club 33.  We discuss the overall theming, the design, the history of the club, speculate not he meaning of the name, and talk with a member about the benefits.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is Season 5, episode #1 - The Love Bug.

On this episode we examine one of our favorite Disney live action films, 1969's The Love Bug.  We look at the characters, plot lines, the importance of this movie in Disney history and some of the important people who helped bring it to the big screen.

Enjoy our season premier of Season 5.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about exploring the Disney Parks, Disney history and The Walt Disney Company.  This is episode #145 - The Mickey Mouse Revue.

On this show we take a look at a classic Walt Disney World attraction, taking you back to the 1970's to examine The Mickey Mouse Revue.  This attraction was unique in that it was the only original attraction in Walt Disney World's Fantasyland when WDW opened in 1971.  We take a look at Fantasyland, the attraction, and its legacy.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is episode #144 - Tomorrowland 1.5: Disneyland's Tomorrowland from 1955-1966.

On this episode we take a look at some of the forgotten, strange and iconic attractions of the first incarnation of Disneyland's Tomorrowland, including Rocket to the Moon, The Yacht Club and The Flying Saucers.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is episode #143 - Disney's Folly, Part III of our Snow White 75th Anniversary Celebration.

On this episode we take a look at the home stretch of completing the film from 1936-1937, whether the film was actually known as Disney's Folly in movie industry circles, the distribution deal, and borrowing artists from other studios.  We also talk about the Premier at the Carthay Circle Theater in Hollywood.We also discuss the legacy of the film itself.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about exploring the Disney parks, Disney history and the Walt Disney Company. This is episode #142 - Dinner and a Horror Movie.

On this episode we take a look at the end of Disney MGM's first real expansion with the opening of the Muppet Vision 3D, The Honey I Shrunk The Kids playground and the opening of Commissary Lane, which includes the subject our this show - The Sci-Fi Dine In Theater Restaurant.

The Sci-Fi Dine In Theater Restaurant is an amazing dining experience.  It may be the best themed restaurant in all of Walt Disney World. We discuss many of the theming elements and how it fits into the overall theme of the Studios.  Nate also shares experiences working at the Sci-Fi.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is episode #141 - Classic Attractions, Classic Music: The 1960's

On this episode we are once again joined by Jeff Crawford to discuss the music of the 1960's; this time looking specifically at attractions.  This is the greatest decade of Disneyland, and the attractions prove it.  We examine the music of The Tiki Room, The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Adventure Through Inner Space, The Monorail, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, The Magic Skyway, The Carousel of Progress and It's A Small World.  

Enjoy this show, its a good one.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and the Walt Disney Company.  This is episode #140 - Music of Disney Films: The 1960's.

On this episode we are joined by Jeff Crawford and take a look at the Disney films of the 1960's and the music that made them.  Some of them are very well known, others are quite obscure.  

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio a show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and the Walt Disney Company.  This is episode #139 - One Great Year (Part II)

Because year in Review shows are aren't really our style, we take a look at a historic year in Disney history - 1991. 

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Episode 138 is our second installment of our Snow White 75th Anniversary series and we are proud to bring you this look at both the story development and the character development for the film

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio a show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney history and The Walt Disney Co. This is episode #137 - Meet Me at Disneyland.

On this episode, Matt and Nate discuss a local television show from 1962 in the Los Angeles area called Meet Me in Disneyland.  The show wasn't very long.  It only lasted through the summer, but it used musical acts to highlight the different areas of the park

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about exploring the Disney Parks, Disney history and the Walt Disney CO. This is episode #136 - Main Street 1.0 Part 2.

 On this particular episode we take a look at the second block of shops and unique places of Man Street USA as it existed in Disneylands opening year of 1955.

Some of the more interesting things we discuss are the Pen shop, Intimate Apparel, The Main Street Shooting Gallery and the Carnation Ice Cream Shop.

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This is the first of our three part series celebrating the 75th anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney's first feature length animated film.  In this particular installment we discuss the barriers that Disney had to overcome to go from making shorts at the beginning of the 1930's to creating features towardsthe end.

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Thank You for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company.  This is episode #134 - Unbuilt Hotels of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

On this episode we take a look at the three unbuilt concepts for deluxe resorts on the Seven Seas Lagoon that go back to the initial days of the Florida Project.  D23's Michael Crawford of Progresscityusa.com joins us to discuss the history, style and layout of these areas.

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Thanks for downloading episode 133 of WEDWay Radio where we take a look at the 1948 Disney animated short Johnny Appleseed.  It was released as a part of the 1948 package film Melody Time.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about experiencing the Disney parks, Disney history and the Walt Disney Company.  This is episode #132 - The Early Days of the Disney Polynesian Village Resort

This week we are happy to be joined by Steve "Tikiman" Seifert.  We discuss the construction of the Polynesian, early designs, the weird early reservation system and a lot of things that you could find at the Polynesian when it opened.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, experiencing the Disney Parks and the Walt Disney Company.  This is episode #131 - Main Street 1.0

On this episode we take a look at the first block of 1955 Main Street exploring the unique shops like the Wurlitzer Music Hall, the Yale & Towne Lock Co and the Upjohn Pharmacy.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about experiencing the Disney Parks, Disney History and the Walt Disney Co.  This is episode 130 - Epcot's Next Chapter: 30 Years of Discovery.  

This is our last installment in our 30 Years of Discovery and series and in it we discuss the present state of Epcot, starting with its change in focus in 1994, through today.    

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about experiencing the Disney Parks, Disney History and the Walt Disney Co.  This is episode 129 - Disneyland and DCA in a Day.

This week we take a look at experiencing both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in a day.

Matt and Nate take different routes exploring the parks, but neither try and fit the maximum number of attractions into the day, instead we stick to different areas,  trying to take advantage of the attractions and the ambiance of different areas.

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The first decade of EPCOT is explored in this; the fourth installment of our 30 Years of Discovery series.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney Parks, Disney History and Touring. This is episode 127: The Music of Disney: 1950's

On this episode we go back to Disney in the 1950's and take a look at the musical stylings of the animated features, Disney TV, Theme Parks and Disney records division.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney Parks, Disney History and Touring. This is episode 126: The Home of the Future.

On this episode we go back to Disneyland in 1957 for the opening of the Monsanto House of the Future, and take a look at the life of the first futuristic attraction in Tomorrowland.  

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney parks, Disney history and touring.  This is episode 125 - Frontierland 1.0

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This episode is our third in our DCA Project Update miniseries, examining the construction and refurbishment of Disney California Adventure.  We started looking at this on episode 7 of WEDWay Radio and since then have looked at the progress of the project each summer culminating with the completion of the project in 2012. Enjoy!

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney parks, Disney history and touring. This is episode #123 - Epcot's Opening Day: 30 Years of Discovery.

This episode is our third in our 30 Years of Discovery Series, celebrating the five decades of Epcot, and we chose to look at Epcot's Opening Day and Dedication including the TV Special starring Danny Kaye.

The show is broken up into three parts:

 - October 1, 1982 

 - What was there on opening day

 - The TV Special

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This weeks WEDWay Radio is a sequel to a previous episode entitled Better on a Boat that we created in the Spring of 2011, where we discussed first time touring at Disneyland with a child.  This episode is similar in nature, but switches coasts to Walt Disney World to challenge the idea that Epcot is not for kids.

Matt takes us on a tour around Epcot discussing a recent trip with his 6 month old son and how they enjoyed the different pavilions in Future World and World Showcase.

Some of the highlights:

 - The searing heat of Future World

 - The worst World Showcase Pavilion for kids

 - The awesomeness of Turtle Talk with Crush and Living with the Land

Side Note: Nate does not look like Grimace

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This week Matt and Nate take a look at Disney shorts and theme park locale's based on baseball, including a Goofy short, How to Play Baseball, Casey at the Bat and Caseys Corner at WDW

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney Parks and touring.  This is episode 120 - Liberty by Disney

On this episode we celebrate American Independence Day by looking at one of Disney's most patriotic films, Johnny Tremain and its legacy in the Disney parks.

Johnny Tremain is based on the 1943 Newberry award winning novel by Esther Forbes and was adapted for the screen by Disney in 1957.  The following year Liberty Street was to open at Disneyland, but sadly never came to be.  However, when the Magic Kingdom was built in 1971 it was built with Liberty Square and The Liberty Tree from the film.

Enjoy this show because it was a lot of fun to create.  

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney Parks and touring.  This is episode 119 - 30 Years of Discovery:  From Progress City to Epcot Center.

This show continues our look at Epcot Centers 30th Anniversary by looking at the 5 decades of Epcot.  In this particular show we take a look at what happened between Walts original of E.P.C.O.T. with the city of the future to the theme park that we ended up getting.  There were many starts and stops in this process and the entire Walt Disney World property was considered for this project.

We take a look at how Disney evolved its ideas to create Future World, and World Showcase, the key players involved in Epcots evolution and the final product as they saw it in 1978.

Many thanks to Michael Crawford at ProgressCityUSA.com, and the great Epcot centered posts that we used for research on this episode. 

Enjoy this show because it was a lot of fun to create.  

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In this episode of WEDWay Radio Matt and Nate take a look at the 1973 Disney animated feature 'Robin Hood' and discuss why its good and bad.

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The news of Walt Disney World and Disneyland the week of June 16, 2012.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney Parks and touring.  This is episode 117 - The Metro Retro Historical Society - Greatest and Worst.

This show is a gathering of Disney historians to discuss an issues, events, era's within the lexicon of Disney history.  We are happy to be joined by an old friend, Michael Crawford of Progress City USA and Jeff Crawford of the Progress City Radio Hour to help us conduct our first meeting of the Metro Retro Historical Society.  

The subject of tonight is Disney greatness and failure where we pose the two questions:

What is the greatest five year span in Disney history

and

What is the worst five year span in Disney history

Enjoy this show because it was a lot of fun to create.  This is the second meeting of the Metro Retro Historical Society.  Let us know what you think, and what subjects you'd like us to tackle.

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This week on Wedway NOW! we take a look at the Disney connection to Ray Bradbury. Joining us is Michael Crawford of Progresscityusa.com and the Progress City Radio Hour.

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On this weeks WEDWay Radio we take a look at an area of Walt disney World that was a part of the plan from the very beginning, the Transportation and Ticket Center, although the site and purpose saw some drastic changes from its original plan for EPCOT City.

The TTC has probably seen its busiest days and will never again be the bustling area that it was in the 1970's and 80's, but for a long stretch of time, it was a vital core of transportation for WDW Resort guests.  

Enjoy our look at the rise and slow decline of this functional relic of Walt Disney World.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney Parks, Disney History and touring.  This is episode 115: Date Night at Disneyland

On this episode we celebrate a tradition that Disneyland began in the late 1950's that centered around the Carnation Plaza Gardens.  This show is both a history of both the Carnation Plaza Gardens and a history of the live music that occupied the area.

The area is was first home to the Disneyland bandstand after it was forced to move as it obstructed the view of the Sleeping Beauty Castle from the hub.  It was so popular that a large outdoor dance hall was built in 1956, which stood there untl May of 2012 where it will be replaced by the Princess Fantasy Fair. 

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney Parks, Disney History and touring.  This is episode 114: Walt's Dream: 30 Years of Discovery.

On this episode we start a new series to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Epcot, where we'll look at the five decades of EPCOT.  We'll begin with our first installment and examine Walt's Dream of EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow and examine Walt's early for the Florida Project including the most important and exciting aspect, EPCOT.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks and Touring. This is episode 113- The Brown Derby: Studios 89

On this episode of WEDWay Radio we take a look at an original attraction/restaurant of Disney MGM Studios, the Hollywood Brown Derby.  The Derby is based on maybe the most famous of all restaurants in Hollywood history. 

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks and Touring. This is episode 112 - WDW Project Update 2012

On this episode of WEDWay Radio we take a look at three of the biggest projects underway at Walt Disney World.  We take a look at 

The Fantasyland Expansion and where it is in Spring of 2012.  We discuss the timeline of events, the final plans for the space and the changes that have occurred to the original plan.

The TestTrack refurbishment and what changes will be made to the attraction, and how the attraction is becoming more hands-on and interactive.

X-Pass testing:  This is the first major Next-Gen type of advancement and gives us an idea of the type of enhancements that we might see coming to your WDW vacation

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks and touring.  This is episode 111: Tomorrowland 1.0.

This episode of WEDWay Radio explores the history of Disneyland's Tomorrowland by looking at its very first attractions.  In the early days of Disneyland there wasn't one specific theme that carried its way through each attraction.  Instead, they turned to several sponsors to create their vision of how the future was going to impact different industries.

You'll be surprised to hear how much these attractions differ from Tomorrowland stalwarts of today.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks and Touring. This is episode 110 - Lost Epcot Rediscovered

On this episode of WEDWay Radio we take a look at a planned pavilion for Epcots World Showcase that never came to be: Equatorial Africa.  Not only was this going to the only pavilion that celebrated the diverse culture of Africa, but it was championed by a 20th century cultural icon, Alex Haley.

In this episode we take a look at the planned attractions and overall design of the pavilion and discuss why it never came to be.

This episode if brought to you by TouringPlans and by MEI and Mousefan Travel

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On this episode of WEDWay Radio we are joined by Disney Legend Floyd Norman.  Floyd joined the Disney Studio in 1956, working there until 1968 as an artist and story-man.  His biggest contribution came when he was promoted from animator to story-man on The Jungle Book.  He would return to Disney many times in the 70's, 80's and 90's working on features like Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Hunchback while also contributing to areas like the Mickey Mouse comic strip.   In 1997 he moved north to join the team at Pixar during development of Toy Story 2 and later Monsters Inc.

Floyd was the first African American animator to be hired by Disney, and also holds the distinction as the only person to work directly for both Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. 

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Thanks for downlowding WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney parks, Disney history and touring. This is episode 108, Pushing the Envelope: Pixar.

On this weeks episode we take a look at the history of Pixar, focusing in specifically on its growth through its inception to the release of Toy Story in 1995.  The story is really a breakdown of the influences of the three major creators of Pixar: Ed Catmull, John Lasseter and Steve Jobs.

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Thanks for downloading NOW!, the companion news show to WEDWay Radio.  This week we explore the news making the rounds, including

 - Fastpass Changes at WDW

 - Changes to Kilmanjaro Safari

 - New merchandise

 - Action in Disneyland's Downtown Disney

 - DCA Turns 11

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks and touring.  This is episode 107: The Golden Horseshoe.

This episode of WEDWay Radio explores the history of Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe.  This venue has hosted three shows over its 56 year history, including one of the more popular attractions 'Slue Foot Sues Golden Horseshoe Revue.'   

Enjoy our look at the history of the playhouse and why Walt wanted a Country Saloon, its place in Frontierland and the amazing Wally Boag.

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Thanks for downloading Wedway NOW, the news companion to WEDWay Radio.  This show explores the news of February 2, 2012, including:

 - New FastPass machines at The Seas with Nemo and Friends

 - New D23 events in Marceline and Disneyland

 - Previews of John Carter in both WDW and Los Angeles

 - Lady and the Tramp Blu Ray and Star War ep 1 3D

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All the news going on with Disney right now for the week of January 26, 2012

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks and touring.  This is episode 106 - Disney in Space: Man in Space.

This episode continues the series we began in October of 2011: Disney in Space and we take a look at Disneyland television show episode Man in Space which aired in March of 1955.  

The show takes a look at the possibility of manned space flight, and this is a time before the worlds first satellite was launched.  

Its really amazing because some of the worlds leading rocket technologists are featured on the show, and they explain how manned space flight will work including a reuseable rocket 25 years before it would actually be used.

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This week we discuss a few items of note including:

  • The Presidents visit to WDW and our thoughts after the fact
  • The new Exotic Driving Experience at WDW
  • Minnie's Fly Girls show at DCA
  • New merch at DCA
  • The redux of Japans quick service dining location

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio a show about Disney history, Disney parks and touring. This is episode #105 - Crescent Lake.

When Walt Disney World opened in 1971 the company knew that they needed to offer fantastically themed resorts for guests to stay.  Most would associate the Grand Floridian, The Contemporary and the Polynesian as the "name" Walt Disney World resorts. However, this past year the Crescent Lake resort area (or the Epcot resorts) marked its 20th year of existence.  

In this episode we explore the story of how the Swan and Dolphin came to be apart of Walt Disney World as well as the other three resorts; The Yacht Club and Beach Club as well as The Boardwalk and our favorite places to go within the resort area.

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This week on Wedway NOW! we discuss some of the news making the rounds, including:

 - The Matterhorns refurbishment

 - The TestTrack Redo

 - The new music loop on Disneylands Main Street USA

 - The new Mad T Party nighttime entertainment at DCA

 - New features of the Art of Animation Resort

As a special feature we are also joined by Andy Castro of DatelineDisneyland.com to discuss the new Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney parks, Disney history and Touring.  This is episode 104 - Adventure Awaits!

This week are joined by a real expert in Disney parks planning and theming, Sam Genneway of SamLand.blogspot. Sam is a published author and speaks at the Disney Family Museum.  Sam joins us this week to discuss one our favorite areas of Disneyland: Adventureland.

Along with Sam we discuss the following areas:

 - The plan for Adventureland

 - Adventureland's theme

 - The history of many of the attractions

 - Promotions in Adventureland

Sam's book, Walt and the Promise of Progress City is fantastic. Check it out.

Enjoy this episode. It was fun to record.

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This week on Wedway NOW! we discuss whats going on ar Disney right:

 - One More Disney Day

 - The Jolly Holiday Bakery Opens Jan 7

 - Ride Testing for Luigi's Casa Della Tires and Dumbo

 - Fan Event: Dapper Day at Disneyland

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On this episode of WEDWay Radio Matt and Nate take a stab at a year in review show. However, we can't just do a normal Year in Review show.  Thats not our style.  Its probably a subject that fits Wedway NOW!. Instead we decided to do a Year in Review Show about an important year in Disney history - 1983.

Thats right, 1983 was an important year in that it was important for the theme parks, the movie division, innovation and the stability of the company.

This was a year in which we saw the emergence of the Disney Channel, new attractions like Horizons and Journey into Imagination debuted at Epcot.  Fantasyland in Disneyland reopened with new authentic looking fairy tale theme. It was also a year in which Disney launch laser disc's (No Carousel of Progress jokes please), 16mm educational films.  Tokyo Disneyland opened as well.

Enjoy this twist on a Year in Review Show.

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On this episode of WEDWay Radio we take a look at some of the "other" Disney sites around the country that may tell the story of Walt Disney and the Disney company as well.   

In the last thirty years Disneyland has become not only the worlds premier theme park, but a place filled with nostalgia.  It appreciates its past while moving forward with newer and more innovative attractions.  Several years after Walt Disney passed away the company began to dedicate space to preserving the legacy of not only the park, but of the man himself.  'The Legacy of Walt Disney' sat at the end of Main Street and the Walt Disney story ran in the Opera House.  

And, about ten years ago, Walt Disney World began a similar practice.  While it had run the Walt Disney Story in its Exposition Center, it hadn't really been a monument to Walt Disney or to the company until 2001 when One Mans Dream, the then temporary exhibit to showcase the 100 years of Magic campaign for Walt Disneys 100th birthday.
At some point you have probably considered the circumstances for the major advancements in the life of Walt Disney and of the company. On this episode we take a look at some of these historical sites, including:
  • Marceline, MO
  • Los Angeles and the many homes and studios of Disney
  • Griffith Park and Walts Barn
  • San Francisco for Walt Disney Family Museum
  • Kansas City and the early landmarks 

Enjoy this episode and Enjoy the holidays

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Thanks for downloading Wedway NOW!, the companion news show to WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks and touring.  

 This week on Wedway NOW! we tackle the news around the Walt Disney Company. Including:

1. Disney announces a new race

2. Maters Junkyard Jamboree begins testing 

3. Toy Story Midway Mania to Open at Disney Sea on July 9 

4.  Its a Small World iOS app 

5.  Toy Story to be a comic book 

5.  Grand Floridian DVC resort begins ground clearing

6. Beauty and the Beast 3D to be released to theaters on July 13.

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks, and touring.  This is episode 101 - TinselTown Square.

On this episode Matt and Nate discuss the return to the Town Square style entrance plaza when constructing the Disney MGM Studios in the 1980's.  In looking at this we discuss:

 - The original Town Square

 - Why Hollywood

 - The real world and design inspiration for many of the buildings in the entrance plaza.

Enjoy!

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This weeks Wedway NOW! focuses ont he news of Walt Disney World and Disneyland

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For our 100th episode of WEDWay Radio we thought we'd do something special.  To celebrate the occasion we decided to move forward on an idea we began last Spring; a gathering of Disney historians to discuss an issues, events, era's within the lexicon of Disney history.  

This week we are happy to be joined by an old friend, Michael Crawford of Progress City USA and George Taylorof Imaginerding to help us conduct our first meeting of the Metro Retro Historical Society.  The subject of tonight is Epcot's Future World, and on this episode we take a look at a number of topics surrounding the subject including:

  • The vision of Future World
  • How much of the Future World derives from Walts Epcot from 1966.
  • The implementation of the pavilions of Future World
  • The changes to each pavilion of Future World

Enjoy this show because it was a lot of fun to create.  We hope to create more Metro Retro Historical Society meetings in the future.  Let us know what you think, and what subjects you'd like us to tackle.

This week are also happy to present another contest sponsored by MEI and Mousefan Travel.  Listen through the show to find out how to enter to win.

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Thanks for downloading Wedway NOW! the companion show to WEDWay Radio.  This week we tackle a few of the news stories making the rounds including

 - Star Wars Weekends dates for 2012 announced

 - Ghirardelli will open in Pacific Wharf area of DCA

 - Health and Wellness Suites for the Contemporary Resort have been cancelled

 - Disneyland Prospectus to be auctioned

 - Timeshares (DVC?) will be built near Grand Floridian Resort

 - Four Season Resort has broken ground near Golden Oaks

Enjoy!

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks and touring.  This is episode 99: Walt Disney 110, a celebration of the life of Walt Disney.  

This episode coincides with the 110th Anniversary of Walt Disney's birth in 1901, and to celebrate it present a bio of Walt Disney discovering many of the  influences that helped to shape the decisions and accomplishments of Walt Disney.

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This week we take a look out a few news items icluding:

  • The lost Oswald film to be auctioned
  • The Muppets will be joining the Disney Fantasy 2012 for an interactive art adventure
  • Disneys Wide World of Sports is getting some enhancements
  • Touring Plans announces optimized touring plans.  What does that mean?
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Thanks for joining us for WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks, and touring.  This is episode 98

This weeks show is quite unique in that we don't look at an individual attraction or land. Instead we focus on a very special era in Disney history; the technological advancements of the mid 20th century that allowed breakthroughs in new show elements and attractions in the Disney parks.

This time period really culminates with the Disneyland Tencennial and all of the technological advancements related tot he celebration and the Disneyland 10th Anniversary show. 

We look at some of the exciting projects and attractions that are associated with this time including the creation of New Orleans Square, The Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Plaza Restaurant.

Walt Disney himself hosts the episode of the Wonderful World of Color episode featuring these projects and he takes Ms Tencennial, Julie Reihm, around WED introducing her to the projects.

Several Imagineers are featured on the program as well including Mary Blair, Harriet Burns, John Hench, Marc Davis, Rolly Crump and Claude Coates

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This is Wedway NOW for November 24, 2011 - Happy Thanksgiving.  On this episode we discuss this week in Disney history, the D23 events for 2012 and some Disney news, including:

 - The Muppets has hit screens and is a hit

 - The Rice Krispy Turkey legs

 - New RFID Turnstiles at Epcot

 - The first tree in the Fantasyland Expansion

Enjoy!

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This week on WEDWay Radio Matt and Nate continue their Studios 89 series by taking a look at the backstage, onstage in the Backlot Express. 

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Thanks for joining us for Wedway NOW! for November 17, 2011 - This week we discuss:

 - James Cameron toured Disney California Adventure

 - The features of the new Disneyland Hotel

 - Jake and The Neverland Pirates meet and greet at Disney Hollywood Studios

 - Bob Iger joins the Board of Directors at

 - A new Toy Story Short "Small Fry" to air prior to The Muppets

 - The Magic Memories and You features the Castle Cake from the 25th Anniversary. Joke?

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On this episode of WEDWay Radio Matt and Nate discuss the different holiday offerings at Walt Disney World, but not after discussing the evolution of the Candlelight Processional at Disneyland from 1955 - 1961.

We talk about all of you holiday favorite on this episode including:

  • Mickey Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom
  • Holidays Around the World (Storytellers in World Showcase, Holiday Illuminations, Candlelight Processional) at Epcot
  • The Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disneys Hollywood Studio
  • Mickeys Jingle Jungle Parade at Disneys Animal Kingdom

Enjoy!

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Thanks for joining us for Wedway Radio for November 9, 2011.  This week we discuss:

 - Disney will be creating content for Youtube

 - Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Playtest

 - Supercar Experience at WDW Speedway

 - Walt Disney Family Museum WWII cartoons for Veterans Day

 - Carthay Circle Pump House unveiled.

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This is WEDWay Radio 95 - The Bold Renegade. In this episode we look at an important property, development and creation of Walt Disney Productions; the creation of the Zorro show.  Although it was a popular show on ABC from 1957-1959 there is so much more to this story including:

 - The creation of WED

 - The break with ABC as a financial partner

 - A look into how Disney would go to protect its financial freedom 

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The news of November 11, 2011 including:

 - Disney - Netflix Deal - 

 - A Look at Buena Vista Street

 - Retro D-Tech merchandise items

 - Talking Mickey visits Magic Kingdom

 - New Disney Gallery exhibit "All aboard the Grand Circle Tour"

 - Disneyland has no plans to adopt the dining cancellation fee

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Thanks for joining us for WEDWay Radio - A show about Disney history, Disney parks and touring.

This weeks  show we take a look at  a place that many know, but few know the backstory: The Royal Suite, 21 Rue Royal, The Disney Gallery and The Disneyland Dream Suite.

Although many are familiar with the story of Walts apartment I think it will be surprising for most to find out that there have actually been fiver separate tennants to the space that was once supposed to be Walts expanded  apartment for VIP's and overnight stays in Disneys.

On this episode we discuss:

The need for a new apartment apart for the firehouse 

Who designed the original apartment and their inspirations

The tenants who took up residence after Walts passed away

The fate of the space when Club 33 wanted to expand

The Disney Gallery and its purpose

The Disneyland Dream Suits and its design

This week also features our November contest. You can enter at contest@wedwayradio.com. Listen for details.

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This week we delve into a variety of Disney news related items including:

  • New art was released featuring the Red Car Trolley, its color scheme and the route that it will follow through Buena Vista Street and Hollywoodland
  • Disney recently announced a rerelease of several animated classics in 3D including Beauty and the Beast, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid,
  • The Magic Kingdom recently tested a Mobile Program during Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party.
  • Disney recently started testing FastPass for preferred viewing for afternoon parades
  • There will be a Tim Burton styled balloon for this years Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Disneyland Restaurant changes details continue to emerge including the Jolly Holiday Cafe and expanded seating for the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and more seating for Carnation Cafe.
  • Google celebrated Mary Blairs 100th birthday on Friday with a Mary Blaire Google Doodle

You can still vote for WEDWay Radio for Best Travel Podcast every day through October 27th.  Thanks so much for supporting us.

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This is WEDWay Radio 93 - The International Film Festival: Highlighting the films of Epcots World Showcase.  In this episode we look at the four films of World Showcase: Norway's 'Spirit of Norway, China's Reflections of China, Canada's O'Canada and France's Impressions de France.  Join us as we take a look at each attraction discussing the differences in the four films including the purpose and presentation as well. 

Spirit of Norway is a film shown following the Maelstrom attraction and is original to the pavilions opening in 1988. Reflections of China is the second incarnation of a 360 degree theater presentation following the original Wonders of China.  This film is Matts favorite amongst the four.O'Canada is the second incarnation of the film as well. This film is hosted by entertainment personality Martin Short, a native of Canada.  Impressions de France is the final film of our film festival.  It highlights the people of France and the dramatic landscapes of the country.  This film is Nates favorite.  

Don't forget that we are nominated for Best Travel Podcast in the 2011 People Choice Podcast Awards at podcastawards.com.  You van vote every day through October 27th. Thanks so much for your support.

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Thanks for joining us for Wedway NOW for October 20, 2011.  This week we tackle the stories about the Disney theme parks, including

1.  Top Disney execs were seen and reported to be touring Disneys Animal Kingdom with James Cameron and his creative team. 

2.  Disney shared a preview of Maters Junkyard Jamboree at DCA 

3.  Walt Disney World is testing free wifi at some resorts 

4.  Disney adds fee to prime dining reservations 

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On this episode of WEDWay Radio we are proud to take a look at one of our favorite animated features the 1949 film Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and instead of looking at the entire feature we are going to instead look at the second half of the film: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  This is such a fantastic feature and some of the things that we look at in examining this are:

 

  • Animation in the 40's and how this feature ended the "package films" of the 1940's where features were divided up into several subjects or a mix of live action and animated sequences.
  • Washington Irving and the story of Sleepy Hollow.  The first great American author who was internationally acclaimed and how this story was actually part of a larger set of works, including Rip Van Winkle while also creating a history for an area that was not very rich in culture.
  • The art and animation of the film that stood including the work of Frank Thomas, Woolie Reitherman, John Lounsbery and Mary Blair
  • The great music of the film including the narration by Bing Crosby.  
  • Where we can find Sleepy Hollow references in the parks.

Enjoy!

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Thanks for joining for Wedway Now for October 12, 2011 where we look at the news of Disney.  This week we discuss several items including

  • CEO Bob Igers plan to step down in 2015
  • The recent fire in WDW
  • The plan to open the Art of Animation Resort in May of 2012
  • The podcast awards

Enjoy!

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Thanks for joining us for WEDWay Radio - A Show about Disney history, Disney parks and touring.

This is episode #91 and this week Matt and Nate begin an exciting new series called 'Disney In Space' where we look at Disney's influence on SPACE, ranging from attractions to the Disneyland TV show, to important people in the space field.  On this episode we highlight one of three opening day attractions in Disneyland's Tomorrowland: Space Station X1.

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This week Matt and Nate tackle the news of the Disney Company including

  • The new Blue Sky Cellar at DCA
  • The Avatar announcement
  • The 40 Year Anniversry at WDW
  • The death of Steve Jobs
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Thanks for joining us for WEDWay Radio - A show about Disney history, Disney parks and touring.  On this weeks episode of WEDWay Radio the Matt and Nate are joined by Henry Work of Touringplans.com to talk about a type of touring that is becoming more and more common, the Touring Habits of the Seasoned Veteran.  Henry, who visits the parks pretty regularly talks baout how his touring strategy and activities have changed over the past few years.

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This week on WEDway Radio Matt and Nate compete our 40 Years of Magic series by discussing the 21st century.  We believe one of the most prevalent themes of the past 12 years at Walt Disney World is 'Celebrations,' and we discuss some of the more memorable celebrations; The Millennium Celebration, 100 Years of Magic, The Happiest Celebration on Earth and The Year(s) of a Million Dreams.   

Disney also created a different type of "experiential" resort with The Animal Kingdom Lodge.  In addition to celebrations there were also technological advancements to attractions as with Toy Story Mania.

Finally, we discuss some attractions and how we lost some of our favorite rides and attractions (Journey into Imagination) and some refurbishments that we liked (Haunted Mansion).0

We are both happy and sad to present this episode as it ends out 40 Years of Magic celebration. We hope you've enjoyed it as much we have enjoyed making it.

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In this episode of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate are once again joined by Jeff Pepper to discuss some Disney history.  This week we are going deep in the realm of Disney history to discover the story of Walt Disney in Kansas City.  In looking at this chapter the focus is really not just the Laugh O Gram Studio or the beginnings of Walt as an animator, but really the beginning of a career where Walt learned how to run a studio.  He had several jobs, starting as an artist at Pesmin-Rubin Commercial art Studio and working for a long time at the Kansas City Slide Company, but he also ventured out on his own a few times to start different businesses including The Iwerks-Disney Studio, Kaycee Studios and then finally the Laugh O Gram Studio.  We discuss all of these endevours, and many of the artists that got their start with Disney as well.  Check out the Show Notes to this and every episode of WEDway Radio.

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Thanks for joining us for WEDway Radio - A show about Disney history, theme parks and touring.  Matt and Nate 

This is show #87.  In this episode Matt and Nate take a look at an area that is often overlooked when evaluating Disney history: The Disney Studio.  The Studio was built in 1940 and in 1941 the studio released a film to showcase its new studio and answer the many questions surrounding the production of its animated features and shorts.  We take a brief look at the film, but moreover examine the areas that Disney attempts to feature within the film.

Then, keeping with the subject we take a look at another, yet shorter, attempt that Disney takes in featuring the Disney Studio.  This time its the 1961 episode of The Wonderful World of Color 'Backstage Party' where the viewer is taken on a very different tour of the studio, exploring the sound stages and backlot streets for live production.  The differences are pretty striking.

Enjoy!

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In this episode of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate look at a common type of attraction in Disney theme parks, the 3D film.  Not only do we go through the evolution of films that extend beyond the flat second dimension, but we also go all WEDway on it and talk about how Disney's forays into 3D films mirrored the national phenomenon.  However, decades later Disney returned to creating 3D films to provide a different experience for guests in the theme parks.  The episode comes full circle as we look at the recent surge in 3D films in theaters today.  

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This week on WEDway Radio; Matt and Nate discuss the news from the D23 Expo including all of the announcements related to feature film releases from Disney Animation, Pixar and Marvel.  One of our favorite panels surrounded the design and features being created for Disney California Adventure's Buena Vista Street.  We take a look at the limited information about Shanghai Disneyland.  Some more information was announced about the Magic Kingdom Fantasyland expansion as well.

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This week on WEDway Radio Matt and Nate continue their 40 Years of Magic series leading up to Walt Disney World's 40th Anniversary with the fourth installment in the series, looking at WDW in the 1990's.  Dubbed 'The Disney Decade' by then CEO Michael Eisner, this decade saw an explosion in the number of resort hotels and created two new category of resorts; the Value Resorts and Disney Vacation Club Resorts.  This created new opportunities for you spend even more time at Walt Disney World.

In addition to the new resorts we also saw new additions/refurbishments at different theme parks including: Tomorrowland 1994 at the Magic Kingdom, Sunset Boulevard at the Studios, A Remodel of Future World.  

The 1990's saw the addition of the 4th WDW theme park, Animal Kingdom.  On the show, Nate explains why there arent more Animal Kingdom shows on WEDway Radio.

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In this episode of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate discuss a Disney Hollywood Studios Touring Plan for the whole family (probably why its called the Happy Family Touring Plan).  Beci Mahnken of MEI & Mousefan Travel also joins us to talk about some exclusive deals happening at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, and you'll need to act fast in order to take advantage of some of them.

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In this episode of WEDway Radio Nate and Matt take a look at the Disney California Adventure refurbishment/expansion project and its progress from 2010 - 2011.  

When we originally looked at the project in 2009 construction walls were going up, and most of the project was either breaking ground or still on the drawing board.  Some of the thematic changes were complete by 2010, like rethemeing the shops ofParadise Pier, changing the Sunwheel to Mickeys Funwheel, and retheming the Orange Stinger to the Silly Symphony Swings and the nighttime World of Color water show opened.

Between 2010 and 2011, there were a few more additions and changes.  Paradise Pier was completed, Goofy's Sky School opened as the rethemed Mulholland Madness nd the new entrance gates opened.

On the show we discuss many of the changes for 2012 including the shops of Buena Vista Street, the Red Car Trolley, Carthay Circle Theater and the new Carsland themed area are scheduled to open.

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In this episodes of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate continue the 40 Years of Magic Series Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World by looking at the events that shaped the most active decade in WDW history, the 1980's.  The decade began by opening a second theme park with EPCOT Center and ended by opening a third with the Disney-MGM Studios.  In addition the property expanded by opening Pleasure Island and Typhoon Lagoon to enhance guest experience.  Be sure to check out the show notes on http://wedwayradio.com, Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/wedwayradio, Like us on Facebook http://facebook.com/wedwayradio and you can email the show at podcast@wedwayradio.com.  This epsiode also features a contest WITH PRIZES. Enjoy!

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Nate and Matt discuss Walt Disney and Mark Twain; but not the Mark Twain, rather the man Mark Twain.  Walt and Samuel Langhorn Clemens (Mark Twain) led strikingly paralell lives in what influenced their creativity.  Both grew up in northern MIssouri and both went on to create innovative and methods of storytelling.  Theres a lot to this story an even more to Twains influence on Disney attractions.  Enjoy!

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In this episode Matt and Nate discuss the Alice in Wonderland and how this film has more attractions in Disneyland than any other Disney film, and the reasons for this interesting situation.

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In this episode of WEDway Radio Nate and Matt celebrate Disneylands birthday with again this year by taking a look at an important event in the history of Disneyland, the International Press Preview on July 17, 1955 and the opening day TV special that aired to national audience of 90 million people. The TV show was hosted by Art Linkletter, Ronald Reagan and Bob Cummings.  Probably the most recognizeable part of the show is the dedication speech by Walt Disney, but few probably know that the dedication was really in three parts with Walt having the shortest part.  The show introduced each of the five lands on opening day with Adventureland's introduction being less than a minute. The opening day date has been a subject of debate for Disney fans.  Is the press preview the opening day or the day the general public was admitted the opening day?  In 1967 Disney sent out a press release declaring that July 17th was Dedication Day and that July 18th was Opening Day.  Either way, its 56 years old this week.

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This week Nate and Matt present a show that we think you're really going to like.  We take a trip across the sea to one of the Disney parks that few in the US Disney community have ever visited, but after looking closely its amazing how close the theming, attractions and restaurants are to the parks American counterpoints. To help us with this endevour, Michael Crawford of ProgressCityUSA.com joins Nate to discuss the park. 

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In this episode Matt and Nate continue their celebration of the Walt Disney World's 40th Anniversary with the second installment of WEDway Radio's 40 Years of Magic, by looking at the 1970's.  Instead of doing an almanac style show where we run down the changes to the resort by year we decided to focus in on what made the 1970's different than other decades.  The 1970's were clearly different in that the offerings outside the Magic Kingdom park were used as much in drawing visitors to the resort as the attractions within the park itself.  The areas that we focus on in this episode made up the "Vacation Kingdom" of the world.

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In this episode of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate take a look at the relationship between Disney, the Disney parks and The Tiki Culture / Craze of 1950's and 60's.  First we delve into the Tiki Culture in America; discussing its origins and some of the more popular Polynesian style restaurants of the time.  Then, we look at Walt Disney and his trips to Hawaii on the 1930's, 40's and 60's that shaped his view of Polynesian culture. Finally, tying it into today, we look at the attractions at Walt Disney World and Disneyland that are Tiki / Polynesian themed.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:54 PM

In this episode Matt and Nate take a look at a story of the Disney Studio that spans the highs and lows of their feature animation from the first film, Snow White, through the release of Peter Pan.  What makes this such an interesting story is the road that Peter Pan took from the beginning of the relationship between Disney and JM Barrie in 1935 until the films release in 1953.  This is one of the many stories that could be told about Disneys Peter Pan, and why its such an important film in Disney history. Oh yeah, and we got Jeff Pepper to come on as well.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:54 PM

In this episode of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate invite Henry Work of Touringplans.com and Betamouse onto the show to discuss the magic of World Showcase after dark.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:13 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate begin a new series celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World we're calling 40 Years of Magic.  The series looks at each of the five decades of Walt Disney World, beginning with the 1960's.  The 1960's was an interesting decade in that most of the imprtant decisions regarding the resort were made including; location, land acquisition, governing bodies established, and construction.  

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:22 AM

In the aftermath of the recent tornado that struck Joplin MO, we are fortunate today to have Mike Rahlman of the Be Our Guest Podcast; who, like us, resides in Missouri and discusses with us, ways that our friends in the Disney online community can help the Joplin and the area around it, who are in dire need of support right.  Thanks for anything you can do to help the people of our great state. 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:52 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate look at some of the more prominent news and rumors that have been making the rounds in the Disney community.  We look at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland in this episode so be sure to tune in this epsiode.  

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:43 AM

In this epsiode of Matt and Nate discover one of the shortest lived, but no less important attractions in the history of Disneyland.  If the Disneyland Railroad represents the past of rail travel, then Tomorrowland should provide the future of rail travel; and so in 1957 Disneyland debuted The Viewliner, the fastest miniature train in the world.  We discuss how this attraction served as the basis for the Monorail.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06 AM

In this weeks episode of we revisit of the Studios for the second installment of thr Studios 89 Series by looking a couple of original attractions that were unique to the Stuios; Superstar Television an The Monster Sound Show. And, to add to the conversation Matt Hochberg of StudiosCentral.com lends us a hand with the details.  One thing that stands out about the early Disney MGM Studios attractions were that you, the guest, were put into the action; and no attractions did this better than Superstar Television, where you got to go on the other side of the camera to play a role on a TV show, and The Monster Sound Show, where you were tasked with creating the sound alongside a suspense film. Both have been replaced over the years, but their legacy as part of the early days of the Studios has not been forgotten.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:12 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate delve into the story of; the making of Indiana Jones, the relationship between George Lucas and Michael Eisner going back to the days at Paramount, and the Indiana Jones attractions that were created at the Disney theme parks.

This epsiode really looks at some of the culture change that Disney experienced under the leadership of Michael Eisner and how they werent afraid shake things up a bit.  We then look at each of the Indiana Jones attractions around the Disney theme parks including Paris and Tokyo.  

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:15 AM

In this episode of WEDway Radio we are so proud and excited to present an interview with the fourth voice of Mickey Mouse, Mr. Bret Iwan who gave up some time to talk to us about his time as the 4th voice of Mickey Mouse. Bret will also be appearing at a benefit for Thank You Walt Disney.  More details are in the show notes at http://wedwayradio.com

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:22 PM

In this episode of WEDway Radio we take a look at Disneyland with a young child.  As Matt gets ready to become a first time father later this year we examine how to tour the Disneyland Park with kids.  To do so, we take a look at each themed land in Disneyland one by one looking at what attractions are best, restaurants and restrooms as well as sharing a few stories about experiences with kids at the park.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:45 PM

In this episode, Matt and Nate discuss the evolution of one of Disney's original theme park attraction designs, the Circle Vision 360.  Although this attraction was based on a new style of film presentation, the Cinerama; this attraction was a Disney original and one of the few original attractions that is found in a Disey park today roughly unchanged.  This attaction was one of the few attractions that lasted from the early days of Disneylands Tomorrowland and was updated several time sover the years, eventually changing its name from Circlerama to Circle Vision 360, housing such filsm as America the Beautiful, American Journeys and a Tour of the West.  In Walt Disney World, this attraction became even more advanced as it truly became an immersive experience once the Timekeeper moved in 1994, bringing audio animatronics, special effects, theming and story to a whole new level in the Circle Vision 360 theater.  In Epcot, the countries of the World Showcase Pavilion probably give us the best example of Circle Vision 360's potential as we are given a 12 minute tour of Canada and China.  Enjoy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:10 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate discuss one of the great Disney films in history, The Swiss Family Robinson, looking at the making of the film and the finished product.  Then the show looks at The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse and its various incarnations in different Disney theme parks.  Some of the better aspects of the attraction is its use of the mismatched wood resembling the remnants of shipwreck, the cramped feeling of a treehouse and the innovations like the waterwheel, the tortoise shell and kitchen that were all present in both the film and the attraction.  Also, don't miss Matt's big announcement. Enjoy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:48 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate view the timeline of events surrounding the 2009 Fantasyland Expansion announcement which included more princess themed areas and attractions.  We look at the groundbreaking, interactive queue's, the decision to change from the princess themed areas to appeal to a larger demographic (aka: boys), the addition of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster and the loss of Snow White's Scary Adventure.  We even read some emails. Enjoy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:54 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate take a lighter look at the Disney Theme Parks by examining the different types of queue's that make up "Scene One" of the different attractions.  Within the episode we start by looking at the original switchback style queue's, queue's with preshows and many more including a few fun categories that we just made up.  Toward the end we talk about our favorite queue's and also discuss what we think are the worst queue's for attractions that we love.  Enjoy!  

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate look at Disneyland's New Orleans Square including a brief discussion on the reasons for expansion and why New Orleans was a perfect inspiration for a new themed land.  The most intriguing part of this area is definetely the different shops and so the evolution of the different shops is discussed int he second half of this show.  Enjoy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:59 AM

 

This is WEDway Radio episode 60, hosted by Matt and Nate.  This week we begin a new series, Disney MGM Studios 89, which looks at the (then) Disney MGM Studios in its first year.  We begin the series by looking at the development of the Studios from an idea for an Entertainment themed Future World Pavilion at Epcot Center.  This was during the 1980's when the Disney Studio was going through a lot of changes that ultimately led to new leadership, headed by Studio chief Michael Eisner and Frank Wells.  We discuss the different influences that led Disney to create the Studios and the Hollywood star power that Eisner was able to provide and finally discuss the finished product that we ended up with. Enjoy!

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:45 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate explore Walt Disney World's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea submarine attraction.  Also discussed in the episode are the links between the attraction and the 1954 film of the same name.  The attraction itself was situated in WDW's Fantasyland but was greater than a traditional dark ride and offered a different view of fantasy.  Although the attraction closed in 1994 and never reopened; it is still regarded as one the greatest attractions ever at the Magic Kingdom and we will discuss some of the elements that made in unforgettable.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:56 AM

In this Episode of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate are joined by Michael Crawford of Progress City USA to discuss Undiscovered Disneyland presented by Disney Imagineer Dave Fischer at one of the sessions from the Destination-D, D23 in September of 2010 at the Disneyland Hotel.  In the presentation a number of concepts and concept art were shared.  

This show is the first in a new series that we are calling Lost Disneylandia.  We went through many of the attractions that were presented at the event and Michael got a lot pictures of the different concepts introduced.  We talked about most of them.  Check out the post that inspired this episode over at Progress City USA

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:13 AM

In this episode of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate complete the 1964 Worlds Fair Series with the final installment: Progressland and The Carousel of Progress.  This is probably the most beloved of the Disney attractions at The Fair, and the most technologically advanced.  As we wind down the series we look at not only the attraction itself but the role that the attractions played in the advancement of the Disney theme park overall.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:09 PM

Episode 56 of WEDway Radio features a delightful interview with someone who not only knows a lot about Walt Disney, but knew him personally, Michael Broggie.  The subject of this show focuses on the Carolwood Pacific Railroad and Walts Barn, which has been beautifully preserved in Griffith Park in Los Angeles.  Michael shares personal stories about Walt and discusses the importance that the Carolwood Pacific had in the development of Disneyland.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:29 PM

This week Matt and Nate look at the first commercially successful character at the Disney Studio and discuss how Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was created, was successful and ultimately lost.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:18 AM

In this episode of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate return to Epcot and discover the details of an original World Showcase pavilion; Germany.  Although it doesn't have a ride or an attraction there isn't anything lacking about this particular pavilion.  From the Fairy-Tale setting, to the Statue of St. George, to the replica Kaufhaus, to the amazing attraction that managed to made it off the drawing board but was never built, Germany is an amazing place.   

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:30 PM

In this episode Matt and Nate bring on http://wedwayradio.com blogger to discuss the history of the Autopia in its different incarnations throughout Disneyland history and in other Disney theme parks.  Topics discussed include: Bob Gurr's influence, The Disney Afternoon Avenue, 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:44 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate make their third installment in their Walt Disney and the 1964 Worlds Fair series by exploring the different influences and the Disney Imagineers that played a role in shaping one of Disney’s most beloved attractions: It’s A Small World.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:42 PM

Join Matt and Nate this week as we discuss some of the reveals from the recent Destination D event about the upcoming Star Tours 2.0, and why the Peoplemover track in Disneyland will not pass California safety standards. Then we are joined by another Disney Legend as Chief Archivist Dave Smith spends some time with us in his final two weeks before retiring as the founder of the Disney Archives. Dave lets us in on the history of the archives, what types of artifacts are held in the archives and tells some interesting stories regarding questions that people have written to the archives.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:10 PM

Matt and Nate have the pleasure this week of discussing Disneyland from an Imagineers perspective with Disney Legend Rolly Crump.  Mr. Crump moved from Disney animation in 1959 and was intricately involved in such classic attractions as Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, It's a Small World, The Haunted Mansion and Mr. Toads Wild Ride.  Listen we explore some Disney history with someone who helped to create a great deal of it.  Thank you for supporting us through our first 50 episodes!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:08 AM

Matt and Nate go beyond a usual attraction study and take a look at one of the best themed restaurants in Walt Disney World; The 50's Prime Time Cafe.  The 50's Prime Time Cafe captures so much of what are nostalgic about when it comes to the 1950's; television, kitschy decor and home cooked food.  Listen as we discover the many details and influences that played a role in this amazing restaurant.  Also this week we look at the recently released Star Tours 2 video and the renovation of One Mans Dream exhibit/attraction at the Disney Hollywood Studios.  Enjoy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:19 PM

Matt and Nate take a look at the progress made at Disney California Adventure.  We originally looked at this topic in March of 2010, but much has changed since our original show covering the California Adventure expansion/refurbishment and Nate takes us on a tour through the changes after a recent trip.  

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:20 PM

Wedway Radio Episode 47 - Tour de Disneyland Paris!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:20 PM

In Episode 46o Matt poses the question 'Which Disney Films Have Inspired the Most Attractions?' In true WEDway Radio fashion we set out to tour the parks and determine the origin of different attractions answer this question.  In the news this week we discuss the Last Tour of Endor which is rapidly approaching and the plans that Celebration V has for a final sendoff for Star Tours 1.0.  Also in the news we discuss a film, Waking Sleeping Beauty, that is touring the country.  The film examines the rise of Disney Feature Animation from its depths in the early 1980's to the release of The Lion King in 1994.  Enjoy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:53 AM

In this episode, 55 years in the making, Matt and Nate celebrate Disneylands 55th anniversary by discussing the changes and transformations that Disneyland has gone through by examining the chronology of Disneylands attractions.  Everything from the headliner attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain and Star Tours as well as the lesser known like The Bathroom of Tomorrow and Mineral Hall are mentioned.  In addition to the parks history through attractions the different era's that shaped Disneyland are also examined.  In the news  Toy Story 3 and its rank in the Pixar lexicon is discussed. Enjoy

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:27 PM

In this episode Matt and Nate are joined by Jeff Chaney, a blogger for wedwayradio.com and panelist for the BetaMouse to look at a avorite attraction from the early days of Epcot Center, The World of Motion.  This Future World East pavilion was sponsored by GM and has a few of the same components that we discussed in episode 43 of WEDway Radio where we explored the Ford Pavilion at the 1964 Worlds Fair, or The Magic Skyway.  When the World of Motion closed in 1996 it ended a tradition of Disney designed attractions based on history, technology and entertainment and gave way to the more thrill type attractions as it was replaced by Testtrack.  The World of Motion is missed by many and we hope you will find this a fitting tribute. Enjoy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:09 PM

Matt and Nate return from a short hiatus to revisit their series on Walt Disney and the 1964 Worlds Fair.  In this episode we explore probably the least known Disney created attraction at the fair; The Magic Skyway.  Sponsored by the Ford Motor Co, this attraction gave guests a look at the history of our planet using the wheel as a catalyst for advancement.  The ride system itself was a breakthrough on its own as Disney helped to create its prototype for the Omnimover, which would prove to be the dominant design in vehicle propulsion in Disney attraction over the next few decades.  While the attraction itself is unknown to most Disney fans, the legacy that it provided is enormous; not only in the ride design but in the show elements and style of presentation as well.  Attractions like World of Motion, The Universe of Energy, The Primeval World Diorama, Spaceship Earth, The Peoplemover and Horizons all owe a debt of gratitude to The Magic Skyway.

Also discussed on the show is the 20th anniversary of the film, Dick Tracy, and our thoughts on a specific element to the movies 1990 release.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:19 PM

WEDway Radio is very excited to bring you this interview with Disney Legend and original Imagineer Bob Gurr.  Bob is said to have crafted nearly every attraction at Disneyland that has wheels and a motor.  He started working in the machine shop at Disney helping to create the Autopia in 1954 and from there worked on nearly every advanced attraction or vehicle at Disneyland and also at Walt Disney World including the Monorail and Submarines just to name a few.  

In the news this week we discuss Monsters Inc 2, cheap Sea World tickets, Free Dining, A new Toy Story Midway Mania game and more.  

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:19 PM

Matt and Nate return after a couple of weeks off with a show all about the different ways in which we get to the parks at Walt Disney World.  This episode is dedicated exclusively to Disney transportation.  From the early days at Walt Disney World, transportation systems were vast.  Remember your first ride on the monorail or the time you realized that Ferry was just as cool because of the great view it afforded of the different resorts?  Thats the type of discussion that we have on episode 41.  Also in this episode we announce the WEDway Radio contest winners!  Thats right, there are three. Enjoy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:18 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate introduce a new series to WEDway Radio, Walt Disney and the 1964 World's Fair.  In this particular series we will go in depth on the four different attractions that Walt Disney was most responsible for at The Fair.  In this particular episode we discuss Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and tell the story of the attractions development as well as the different incarnations that the attraction went through.

In the news this week we discuss the new concept art for the new Italian pizzeria  at the Italy pavilion in Wold Showcase and the art for the redesigned and rebuilt new San Angel Cantina in the Mexico pavilion as well.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:18 AM

In this episode Matt and nate discuss a growing trend in the Disney community the ultimate touring plan (getting through all attractions within a theme park in a single day).  To accomplish this; Henry of Touringplans.com returns to the show to discuss what the ultimate touring plan is, some strategies for completing and the rules that they have come up with in order to complete an official tour.  There is also some good discussion about touring the park as well.  Dont forget to sign up for the FIRST EVER WEDway Radio contest as well.  In the news this wee we discuss the planned closing of the Exposition Hall within the Magic Kingdom and what we think of its new tenant Enjoy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:52 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate remember the original Mexico attraction, El Rio del Tiempo.  From its Native American influence to its tropical get-away projection screens this attraction was a favorite of ours.  When the attraction closed in 2007 the Imagineers at Disney dug deep within the archives and brought back a feature than many had forgotten in The Three Caballeros.  Matt and Nate discuss the history of the film including the very interesting circumstances that brought Disney and his artists to South America in 1940 when the features Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros were inspired.  Also discussed in the episode is the new Disney Premier Pass that allows guest annual acces to all U.S. Disney Theme Parks.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:11 PM

Matt and Nate dive into Splash Mountain and discover its amazing story from the initial concept that was helped by the traffic on the Santa Ana freeway in LA to the near disastrous idea of synergizing thi attraction with the Touchstone Pictures release of Splash.  Also, you can't tell the story of Splash Mountain without getting into the politics of Disney's relationship with the films of the Jim Crow and so we briefly discuss Disney's legacy regarding their films and Splash Mountain's theming itself with the political correctness of the time.  Its an interesting topic and we ask a few important questions.  After that we go into the rich theming surrounding what many consider Disney's greatest attraction.  After this segment Matt and Nate thank the listeners for a year of support and go over a few personal highlights while telling how WEDway Radio came to be.  "Thank You Again." Enjoy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:47 PM

In this ENHANCED episode Matt and Nate discuss one of the more overlooked areas of Disneylands history; The Disneyland Hotel. Throughout the history of Disneyland the Disneyland Hotel has grown from five two story buildings and a pool to one of the greatest destinations in Southern California. Through its different incarnations under its owner, entrepreneur Jack Wrather, flourished. While always adding to the resort feel the hotel hosted famous Hollywood celebrities and foreign dignitaries. Matt and Nate dish on the interesting happening and the current state and feel of the hotel as well. News as well. Enjoy

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:47 PM

In this episode Matt and Nate discuss one of the most unique Future World pavilions; The Wonders of Life.  After its grand opening in 1989 the Wonders of Life boasted two major attractions and several hands on exhibits that had to do with health or the functions of the human body.  Both Cranium Command and Body Wars are discussed at length during this ENHANCED virtual tour through the now closer pavilion.  Although the attraction can still be entered during the Food and Wine events held in the pavilion much of the building has lost its original feel.  In the news the hosts discuss a possible high peed rail connecting Tampa and Florida and a new exhibition at Disney's California Adventure.  Enjoy!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 AM

The ENHANCED version of Episode 34.  In this episode Matt and Nate discover Disney's relationship with both the Super Bowl and The Olympics.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate are very pleased to be joined by Disney artist Tom Gilleon whose Disney career as a Disney artist began during the construction of Walt Disney World. Throughout his career he has contributed some amazing pieces of concept for World Showcase pavilions, Future World pavilions, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney Sea and a wealth of other areas including some that never came to be such as Disneys America. Mr. Gilleon spends an hour on the air discussing his career filled with memorable stories of both projects and famous Disney artists such as Herb Ryman just to name one. In the news this week Walt Disney World has begun construction on the Best Friends Pet Resort across from Port Orleans. Also, Matt and Nate discuss a report that Disney is seeking to add more technology to the guest experience within theme park. Enjoy!!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:02 PM

In this ENHANCED podcast episode Matt and Nate focus on an area that many visitors to Disney theme parks are passionate about; and that is collectibles. Scott Barrett from DizCollect.com joins the team to discuss his soon to be launched website which will allow users to track their entire collections online as well as view other collections. Next, the hosts are joined by Cody from the Global Disney Pinvestigation blog to talk about pin trading, vinylmation and Cody's exceptional blog www.gdpinvestigation.blogspot.com which tells the story of many of the attractions at Disney theme parks around the world through Disney pins. Th In the news this week Disney's California Adventure expansion, Star Tours closings and a possible LOST attraction are all discussed.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:31 AM

Matt and Nate explore World Showcase's Norway pavilion including the Maelstrom attraction.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:32 AM

In this episode Matt and Nate revisit their Tomorrowland 1994 RetroMagic series by visiting one of everyones favorite attractions at Walt Disney World, the ever popular Tomorrowland Transit Authority.  As Nate says, "Its hard to pinpoint why this attraction is so popular; It isn't exciting, There arent any audio-animatronics, and there are no real special effects.  However, it is nostalgic, its easy so the whole family can ride it and theres hardly ever a line." 

For the first ten years the WEDway Peoplemover was basically a tour of Tomorrowland voiced by the legendary Jack Wagner.  Then in 1986 the attraction changed to a commuter computer and the focus changed from a tour to focus more on the linear induction motor.  In 1994 the attraction changed again with the Tomorrowland refurbishment and the ride turned into an attraction that had depth and a story and seemed like so much more than a tour.  In 2009 the attraction changed back to more of a tour of the area and less a part of a sytem of transit throughout a fantasy world of tomorrow. 

Theres just something about the TTA that makes us all feel a little closer to Walt Disney himself.  This may be the best podcast ever produced.  We added that last line just so it would appear in Mush's Blog.  In the news this week we discuss the new walkway being built to connect the once temporary Bugs Land at DCA to the Hollywood Pictures Backlot.  Also the closing of the Aladdin Show at the Hyperion Theater is discussed.

Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode30.mp3
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1:07:53 In this episode Matt and Nate remember Walt Disney Worlds 25th Anniversary from 1996 and 1997 including all of the new attractions, promotions, shows and fireworks that were introduced during the celebration.  Then we bring on a special guest who was a former Magic Kingdom cast member that recently took her first trip to Disneyland.  Differences, Similarities, Likes and Dislikes were all discussed.  Nah nuh nuh, Nah nuh nuh......Its time to Remember the Magic!
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode29.mp3
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In this episode Matt and Nate have a couple of really good interviews.  First we talk to Henry from TouringPlans.com who shows us the business side of Touring Plans and lets us in on what it is like to do research for the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  Touring Plans offers its members a Crowd Calendar, custom Touring Plans and 'Lines,' a mobile application for your smart phone which are discussed on the show.  Next we talk with Shawn and Katie from WaltCast about their most recent trip to Walt Disney World.  This is kind of a lengthy episode but worth listening to for all of the insider information.  Enjoy! 
Direct download: WedwayRadioEpisode28.mp3
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In this episode Matt and Nate explore the backstory of the Country Bear Jamboree which includes a great story of the planned Disney Mineral King Ski Resort. 
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode27.mp3
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In this episode Matt compares his experiences at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland at Halloween for Nate.  Also, the crew interviews Byron Royal, the creator of Reedy Creek Radio.  The show concludes with a new rendition of the classic Grim Grinning Ghosts by Keith Lubrant.
Direct download: WedwayRadioEpisode26.mp3
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In this quick news update Matt and Nate give a quick run-down of all the changes that were announced at the D23 Expo regarding the Magic Kingdoms Fantasyland Expansion and Star Tours Version 2.0. 

Direct download: WedwayRadioEpisode25.mp3
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In this episode Matt and Nate discuss Matts one day at Disneyland that he will have in October.  Nate lays out a touring plan for Matt and they discuss the can't miss attractions and the best ways to experience it all.  In the news they discuss Disneys acquisition of Marvel and the D23 Expo.
Direct download: WedwayRadioEpisode24.mp3
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In this episode Matt and Nate welcome Margaret Fries of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel to discuss her experiences over the past year as a Disney Mom.  They also are pleased to have Greg McNaughten of Imagineering My Way join them to discuss a often overlooked attraction at Disneyland.
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode23.mp3
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Matt and Nate discuss FastPass strategies at WDW including which attractions you really a FastPass for, what queue lines they mind waiting in without FastPass and which they would never wait without one. 
Direct download: WedwayRadioEpisode22.mp3
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Matt and Nate return from Walt Disney World and Disneyland respectively.  News about new Disneyland Halloween offerings and the Disney Gallery opening this fall.
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Matt and Nate take a look into the past of an Epcot Future World Pavilion; The Universe of Energy.  As an original attraction The U of E existed until 1996 when it was reimaged as Ellens Energy Adventure starring Ellen.  Also News. 

Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode20.mp3
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Matt and Nate get the opportunity to interview Ron Logan, a Disney Legend, who was the Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Entertainment.   

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RetroMagic returns to WEDway Radio as Matt and Nate discuss a popular attraction that is no longer with us, The Extra TERRORestrial Alien Encounter.  Also, news about Walt Disney World's Space Mountain refurb.  Enjoy!

Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode18.mp3
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Matt only gets one day at Walt Disney World. In this episode Nate helps Matt plan his day. Listen as they make their way around the Magic Kingdom.
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Matt and Nate discuss The Great Movie Ride in its entirety; from its concept as an Epcot pavillion to its status as the anchor attraction at  Disneys Hollywood Studios, including show scenes and features that never quite made it off the drawing board.   

Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode16.mp3
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In this episode Matt and Nate introduce a new segment; Park Ranger, where we take a closer look at an existing attraction or themed land.  In the debut of this segment we look at the watercraft of Disneylands' Rivers of America.
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode15new.mp3
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This week Matt and Nate discuss the recent closing of Space Mountain at WDW and what possible changes are coming to the attraction. We also discuss what the Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau at Disneys Polynesian Village Resort.
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode14.mp3
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In this episode Matt and Nate unveil a new segment: Surveying the Land, where we look at similar attractions at both WDW and Disneyland and study the history of each and discuss what makes them different.
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode13.mp3
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In this episode Matt and Nate discuss a the new 5 disk CD set Walt Disney at the Worlds Fair and try to answer five good questions about Disney theme parks.
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode12.mp3
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In this episode Matt and Nate unveil a new segment: Enjoy Your Stay, where we take a closer look at one of the hotels within a Disney Resort. 
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode011EnjoyYourStay.mp3
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In this episode Matt and Nate discuss some exciting news about a Toy Story Mania Wii Game, and unveil a new segment to WEDway Radio, your emails and more.
Direct download: WedwayRadioEpisode010RetroMagicNewsEmails.mp3
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In this episode we discuss Nates recent trip to Disneyland and what he saw regarding the DCA Construction Project. Plus a brief discussion on D23 and an apology from a fellow podcaster
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode009DCAUpdateD23.mp3
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In this episode Nate discusses a tour of Los Angeles based on the homes and studios of Walt Disney.
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode008WaltDisneyTourofLosAngeles.mp3
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In this episode Matt and Nate discuss the plans for the makeover of Disney's California Adventure
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode007DCAExpansion.mp3
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In this episode we discuss our favorite and most disappointing refurbishments and retheming of Future World pavilions
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In the debut iTunes episode #005 of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate discuss what types of changes they would like to see to Star Tours in the rumored rehab for 2010. 

Direct download: Episode5.mp3
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