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.

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

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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

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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.  

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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.

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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

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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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