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.

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.

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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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