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, 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

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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....

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 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

Enjoy!

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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!

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 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.  

Enjoy!

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