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.

On this episode of WEDWay Radio we take a look at some of the "other" Disney sites around the country that may tell the story of Walt Disney and the Disney company as well.   

In the last thirty years Disneyland has become not only the worlds premier theme park, but a place filled with nostalgia.  It appreciates its past while moving forward with newer and more innovative attractions.  Several years after Walt Disney passed away the company began to dedicate space to preserving the legacy of not only the park, but of the man himself.  'The Legacy of Walt Disney' sat at the end of Main Street and the Walt Disney story ran in the Opera House.  

And, about ten years ago, Walt Disney World began a similar practice.  While it had run the Walt Disney Story in its Exposition Center, it hadn't really been a monument to Walt Disney or to the company until 2001 when One Mans Dream, the then temporary exhibit to showcase the 100 years of Magic campaign for Walt Disneys 100th birthday.
At some point you have probably considered the circumstances for the major advancements in the life of Walt Disney and of the company. On this episode we take a look at some of these historical sites, including:
  • Marceline, MO
  • Los Angeles and the many homes and studios of Disney
  • Griffith Park and Walts Barn
  • San Francisco for Walt Disney Family Museum
  • Kansas City and the early landmarks 

Enjoy this episode and Enjoy the holidays

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Thanks for downloading Wedway NOW!, the companion news show to WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks and touring.  

 This week on Wedway NOW! we tackle the news around the Walt Disney Company. Including:

1. Disney announces a new race

2. Maters Junkyard Jamboree begins testing 

3. Toy Story Midway Mania to Open at Disney Sea on July 9 

4.  Its a Small World iOS app 

5.  Toy Story to be a comic book 

5.  Grand Floridian DVC resort begins ground clearing

6. Beauty and the Beast 3D to be released to theaters on July 13.



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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks, and touring.  This is episode 101 - TinselTown Square.

On this episode Matt and Nate discuss the return to the Town Square style entrance plaza when constructing the Disney MGM Studios in the 1980's.  In looking at this we discuss:

 - The original Town Square

 - Why Hollywood

 - The real world and design inspiration for many of the buildings in the entrance plaza.


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This weeks Wedway NOW! focuses ont he news of Walt Disney World and Disneyland

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For our 100th episode of WEDWay Radio we thought we'd do something special.  To celebrate the occasion we decided to move forward on an idea we began last Spring; a gathering of Disney historians to discuss an issues, events, era's within the lexicon of Disney history.  

This week we are happy to be joined by an old friend, Michael Crawford of Progress City USA and George Taylorof Imaginerding to help us conduct our first meeting of the Metro Retro Historical Society.  The subject of tonight is Epcot's Future World, and on this episode we take a look at a number of topics surrounding the subject including:

  • The vision of Future World
  • How much of the Future World derives from Walts Epcot from 1966.
  • The implementation of the pavilions of Future World
  • The changes to each pavilion of Future World

Enjoy this show because it was a lot of fun to create.  We hope to create more Metro Retro Historical Society meetings in the future.  Let us know what you think, and what subjects you'd like us to tackle.

This week are also happy to present another contest sponsored by MEI and Mousefan Travel.  Listen through the show to find out how to enter to win.

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Thanks for downloading Wedway NOW! the companion show to WEDWay Radio.  This week we tackle a few of the news stories making the rounds including

 - Star Wars Weekends dates for 2012 announced

 - Ghirardelli will open in Pacific Wharf area of DCA

 - Health and Wellness Suites for the Contemporary Resort have been cancelled

 - Disneyland Prospectus to be auctioned

 - Timeshares (DVC?) will be built near Grand Floridian Resort

 - Four Season Resort has broken ground near Golden Oaks


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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, a show about Disney history, Disney parks and touring.  This is episode 99: Walt Disney 110, a celebration of the life of Walt Disney.  

This episode coincides with the 110th Anniversary of Walt Disney's birth in 1901, and to celebrate it present a bio of Walt Disney discovering many of the  influences that helped to shape the decisions and accomplishments of Walt Disney.

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This week we take a look out a few news items icluding:

  • The lost Oswald film to be auctioned
  • The Muppets will be joining the Disney Fantasy 2012 for an interactive art adventure
  • Disneys Wide World of Sports is getting some enhancements
  • Touring Plans announces optimized touring plans.  What does that mean?
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