WEDway Radio - Walt Disney World and Disneyland Examined with some Disney History
Brothers, Matt and Nate Parrish discuss 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, attractions and themed lands, including 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 discuss the news from the D23 Expo including all of the announcements related to feature film releases from Disney Animation, Pixar and Marvel.  One of our favorite panels surrounded the design and features being created for Disney California Adventure's Buena Vista Street.  We take a look at the limited information about Shanghai Disneyland.  Some more information was announced about the Magic Kingdom Fantasyland expansion as well.

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This week on WEDway Radio Matt and Nate continue their 40 Years of Magic series leading up to Walt Disney World's 40th Anniversary with the fourth installment in the series, looking at WDW in the 1990's.  Dubbed 'The Disney Decade' by then CEO Michael Eisner, this decade saw an explosion in the number of resort hotels and created two new category of resorts; the Value Resorts and Disney Vacation Club Resorts.  This created new opportunities for you spend even more time at Walt Disney World.

In addition to the new resorts we also saw new additions/refurbishments at different theme parks including: Tomorrowland 1994 at the Magic Kingdom, Sunset Boulevard at the Studios, A Remodel of Future World.  

The 1990's saw the addition of the 4th WDW theme park, Animal Kingdom.  On the show, Nate explains why there arent more Animal Kingdom shows on WEDway Radio.


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In this episode of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate discuss a Disney Hollywood Studios Touring Plan for the whole family (probably why its called the Happy Family Touring Plan).  Beci Mahnken of MEI & Mousefan Travel also joins us to talk about some exclusive deals happening at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, and you'll need to act fast in order to take advantage of some of them.

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In this episode of WEDway Radio Nate and Matt take a look at the Disney California Adventure refurbishment/expansion project and its progress from 2010 - 2011.  

When we originally looked at the project in 2009 construction walls were going up, and most of the project was either breaking ground or still on the drawing board.  Some of the thematic changes were complete by 2010, like rethemeing the shops ofParadise Pier, changing the Sunwheel to Mickeys Funwheel, and retheming the Orange Stinger to the Silly Symphony Swings and the nighttime World of Color water show opened.

Between 2010 and 2011, there were a few more additions and changes.  Paradise Pier was completed, Goofy's Sky School opened as the rethemed Mulholland Madness nd the new entrance gates opened.

On the show we discuss many of the changes for 2012 including the shops of Buena Vista Street, the Red Car Trolley, Carthay Circle Theater and the new Carsland themed area are scheduled to open.

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In this episodes of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate continue the 40 Years of Magic Series Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World by looking at the events that shaped the most active decade in WDW history, the 1980's.  The decade began by opening a second theme park with EPCOT Center and ended by opening a third with the Disney-MGM Studios.  In addition the property expanded by opening Pleasure Island and Typhoon Lagoon to enhance guest experience.  Be sure to check out the show notes on, Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and you can email the show at  This epsiode also features a contest WITH PRIZES. Enjoy!

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