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 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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NOW! - January 20, 2012

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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Direct download: wedwayradio_104.mp3
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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

Enjoy!

Direct download: wedwaynow_Jan_5_2012.mp3
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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.

Direct download: wedwayradio103.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am UTC