WEDway Radio - Walt Disney World and Disneyland Examined with some Disney History
Nate Parrish discusses 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. Take a 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 Radio #030 - RetroMagic Tomorrowland Transit Authority

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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WEDway Radio #029 - WDW 25th Anniversary and A First Trip to Disneyland 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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WEDway Radio #028 - TouringPlans.com 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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WEDway Radio #027 - Country Bears and the Mineral King 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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WEDway Radio #026 - Boo To You and Reedy Creek Radio 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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WEDway Radio #025 - Breaking News: Fantasyland Expansion

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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WEDway Radio #024 - One Day at Disneyland 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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WEDway Radio #023 - Special Guests 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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WEDway Radio #022 - FastPass at Walt Disney World 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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WEDway Radio #021 - We're back! Matt and Nate return from Walt Disney World and Disneyland respectively.  News about new Disneyland Halloween offerings and the Disney Gallery opening this fall.
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode21new.mp3
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WEDway Radio #020 - Universe of Energy Past

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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WEDway Radio #019 - Disney Legend Ron Logan Interview

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

Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode19new.mp3
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WEDway Radio #018 - RetroMagic: Alien Encounter

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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WEDway Radio #017 - One day at WDW 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.
Direct download: WEDwayRadioEpisode17.mp3
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WEDway Radio #016 - The Great Movie Ride

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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WEDway Radio #015 - Rivers of America 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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WEDway Radio #014 - Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau 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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WEDway Radio #013 - Tower of Terror 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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WEDway Radio #012 - Five Questions 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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WEDway Radio #011 - Boardwalk 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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WEDway Radio #010 - RetroMagic: Timekeeper 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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WEDway Radio #009 - DCA Expansion, D23 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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WEDway Radio #007 - DCA Expansion 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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Wedway Radio #006 - Future World Pavilions In this episode we discuss our favorite and most disappointing refurbishments and retheming of Future World pavilions
Direct download: Episode6.mp3
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WEDway Radio  #005 - Star Tours 2.0

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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