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Imagineer Tours: Main Street USA [Free Version] - Part 1

Imagineer Tours: Main Street USA [Free Version] - Part 1

May 23, 2020

[Part 1 of 3]: This two-hour tour of Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World (Orlando, Florida) includes in-depth analysis and history of this historic land at Disney. In this entertaining and informative tour, we discuss the history of Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom, the design of Main Street USA, hidden details you might not have noticed in the parks, and the stories of the people who helped develop the parks.

Imagineer Tours is a premium podcast series that can be enjoyed as a walking tour in the park or streamed virtually at home or on the go. You can stream this episode for free with advertisements, or you can stream a premium, ad-free version for a one-time fee of $23 USD.

Matthew Krul, the writer and narrator of this series, is the founder and host of Imagineer Podcast and a lifelong Disney historian. Matt is also a former Cast Member of The Walt Disney Company who has spent thousands of hours exploring the Disney Parks and Resorts.

Important Disclaimers:

  • Imagineer Tours is not affiliated with The Walt Disney Company or any of its subsidiaries.
  • Park admission is not included in the cost of this tour.
  • Products and experiences mentioned are not included in the cost of this tour.
  • Attractions are subject to availability. Available attractions, park hours, and experiences can be found at the official Walt Disney World website (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com).
  • Park features and attractions are subject to change.
  • All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
  • Questions should be sent to imagineerpodcast@gmail.com.

Tour Credits:

  • Producer: Matthew Krul
  • Narrator: Matthew Krul
  • Writer: Matthew Krul

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Music Licensed from Soundstripe:

  • A Walk in the Park (Liberty)
  • Acoustic Kinetic (Sounds Like Sander)
  • Age of Eschaton (Cody Martin)
  • As I Dream (Moments)
  • At First Sight (Sounds Like Sander)
  • Ballerina Cantina (Dresden, The Flamingo)
  • Big City Christmas (Avocado Junkie)
  • Best Buds (The Night Train)
  • Brought To You By Electric (Electric Organ)
  • Butterflies (Cody Martin)
  • Dawn Awaits (Cody Martin)
  • Detour In Velour (Fairlight)
  • Don't Let Go (Alice in Winter)
  • Free For All (Cast of Characters)
  • Gatsby's Saloon (Dresden, The Flamingo)
  • Good Ole' Days (Dresden, The Flamingo)
  • Help and Hope (Marie)
  • Here and Now (Caleb Etheridge)
  • Home Run (Avocado Junkie)
  • If The Light Fades (Birds of Norway)
  • Look! Over There! (Hale)
  • Magic (Four Trees)
  • Metropolis Daybreak (Cody Martin)
  • Prestige (The Night Train)
  • Rag Deluxe (Avocado Junkie)
  • Raspeebies (Dresden, The Flamingo)
  • Remember You're Beautiful (Cody Martin)
  • Remember When (Shimmer)
  • Room to Grow (Birds of Norway)
  • Starcourt (Falls)
  • Take Care (Alsever Lake)
  • That Warm Quirky Feeling (Avocado Junkie)
  • The Cookie Jar (The Night Train)
  • The Dawn Shard (Cody Martin)
  • Train Ride (Adrian Walther)
  • Twisted Tango (Avocado Junkie)
  • Wesley Swing (Titus)
  • What a Gal (The Night Train)
  • Wonder Waltz (Birds of Norway)
Imagineer Adventures: Pirates of the Caribbean

Imagineer Adventures: Pirates of the Caribbean

May 18, 2020

In light of the Disney Parks temporarily closing this spring, I have created a spin-off series to provide you with a daily dose of Disney Magic. Unlike our regular Imagineer Podcast episodes, this series focuses exclusively on binaural audio, helping to transport you back to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. These spin-off episodes are only temporary and will be discontinued and archived once the parks reopen. Be sure to tune in to our regularly scheduled Imagineer Podcast episodes for deeper discussions and analysis of all things Disney.

In today's episode, we'll journey to both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland to experience each of their versions of Pirates of the Caribbean.

What's your favorite Disney attraction? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

How to Support the Show

Special thanks to our Imagineer Society "Hero" Members:
  • Jesse Park
  • Jessica Entwistle

Enjoy the show!

Imagineer Podcast - Episode 76 - Marvel This or That: Heroes and Villains

Imagineer Podcast - Episode 76 - Marvel This or That: Heroes and Villains

May 16, 2020

We're continuing our "Marvel-ous May" series with a Marvel This or That episode double-header! On one side of the bracket, we'll place various Marvel heroes into one-on-one face-offs, including Spider-Man, Ant Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Rocket and more. On the other side of the bracket, we'll place Marvel villains into a similar competition, including Dormammu, Hela, Ronan, Killmonger, and more. We'll then decide between the winning hero and villain who would win in an ultimate Marvel showdown. Honorable spectators of this competition include Captain America, Iron Man, and Thanos.

Who would you select as the winning Marvel hero and winning Marvel villain from our brackets, and which of those two characters would you think would then win in a face-off? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

How to Support the Show

Special thanks to our Imagineer Society "Hero" Members:
  • Jesse Park
  • Jessica Entwistle

Enjoy the show!

Imagineer Adventures: Up A Great Bird Adventure

Imagineer Adventures: Up A Great Bird Adventure

May 14, 2020

In light of the Disney Parks temporarily closing this spring, I have created a spin-off series to provide you with a daily dose of Disney Magic. Unlike our regular Imagineer Podcast episodes, this series focuses exclusively on binaural audio, helping to transport you back to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. These spin-off episodes are only temporary and will be discontinued and archived once the parks reopen. Be sure to tune in to our regularly scheduled Imagineer Podcast episodes for deeper discussions and analysis of all things Disney.

In today's episode, we'll journey to Disney's Animal Kingdom to experience Up! A Great Bird Adventure.

What's your favorite Disney attraction? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

How to Support the Show

Special thanks to our Imagineer Society "Hero" Members:
  • Jesse Park
  • Jessica Entwistle

Enjoy the show!

Imagineer Adventures: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Imagineer Adventures: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

May 12, 2020

In light of the Disney Parks temporarily closing this spring, I have created a spin-off series to provide you with a daily dose of Disney Magic. Unlike our regular Imagineer Podcast episodes, this series focuses exclusively on binaural audio, helping to transport you back to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. These spin-off episodes are only temporary and will be discontinued and archived once the parks reopen. Be sure to tune in to our regularly scheduled Imagineer Podcast episodes for deeper discussions and analysis of all things Disney.

In today's episode, we'll journey to the Magic Kingdom to experience Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

What's your favorite Disney attraction? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

How to Support the Show

Special thanks to our Imagineer Society "Hero" Members:
  • Jesse Park
  • Jessica Entwistle

Enjoy the show!

Imagineer Adventures: Slinky Dog Dash and Toy Story Mania

Imagineer Adventures: Slinky Dog Dash and Toy Story Mania

May 10, 2020

In light of the Disney Parks temporarily closing this spring, I have created a spin-off series to provide you with a daily dose of Disney Magic. Unlike our regular Imagineer Podcast episodes, this series focuses exclusively on binaural audio, helping to transport you back to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. These spin-off episodes are only temporary and will be discontinued and archived once the parks reopen. Be sure to tune in to our regularly scheduled Imagineer Podcast episodes for deeper discussions and analysis of all things Disney.

In today's episode, we'll journey to Disney's Hollywood Studios to experience Slinky Dog Dash and Toy Story Mania, both found in Toy Story Land.

What's your favorite Disney attraction? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

How to Support the Show

Special thanks to our Imagineer Society "Hero" Members:
  • Jesse Park
  • Jessica Entwistle

Enjoy the show!

Imagineer Adventures: The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Imagineer Adventures: The Seas with Nemo and Friends

May 8, 2020

In light of the Disney Parks temporarily closing this spring, I have created a spin-off series to provide you with a daily dose of Disney Magic. Unlike our regular Imagineer Podcast episodes, this series focuses exclusively on binaural audio, helping to transport you back to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. These spin-off episodes are only temporary and will be discontinued and archived once the parks reopen. Be sure to tune in to our regularly scheduled Imagineer Podcast episodes for deeper discussions and analysis of all things Disney.

In today's episode, we'll journey to Epcot to experience The Seas with Nemo and Friends.

What's your favorite Disney attraction? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

How to Support the Show

Special thanks to our Imagineer Society "Hero" Members:
  • Jesse Park
  • Jessica Entwistle

Enjoy the show!

Imagineer Adventures: Fantasmic

Imagineer Adventures: Fantasmic

May 6, 2020

In light of the Disney Parks temporarily closing this spring, I have created a spin-off series to provide you with a daily dose of Disney Magic. Unlike our regular Imagineer Podcast episodes, this series focuses exclusively on binaural audio, helping to transport you back to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. These spin-off episodes are only temporary and will be discontinued and archived once the parks reopen. Be sure to tune in to our regularly scheduled Imagineer Podcast episodes for deeper discussions and analysis of all things Disney.

In today's episode, we'll journey to Disney's Hollywood Studios to experience Fantasmic.

What's your favorite Disney attraction? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

How to Support the Show

Special thanks to our Imagineer Society "Hero" Members:
  • Jesse Park
  • Jessica Entwistle

Enjoy the show!

Imagineer Adventures: it’s a small world

Imagineer Adventures: it’s a small world

May 4, 2020

In light of the Disney Parks temporarily closing this spring, I have created a spin-off series to provide you with a daily dose of Disney Magic. Unlike our regular Imagineer Podcast episodes, this series focuses exclusively on binaural audio, helping to transport you back to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. These spin-off episodes are only temporary and will be discontinued and archived once the parks reopen. Be sure to tune in to our regularly scheduled Imagineer Podcast episodes for deeper discussions and analysis of all things Disney.

In today's episode, we'll journey to the Magic Kingdom to experience it's a small world.

What's your favorite Disney attraction? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

How to Support the Show

Special thanks to our Imagineer Society "Hero" Members:
  • Jesse Park
  • Jessica Entwistle

Enjoy the show!

Imagineer Podcast - Episode 75 - Marvel Moments

Imagineer Podcast - Episode 75 - Marvel Moments

May 2, 2020

We're kicking off our "Marvel-ous May" series by counting down our favorite moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whether these moments make us laugh, cry, cheer, or simply watch our childhood heroes come to life on the big screen, there's no doubting the impact that Marvel Entertainment has had on box office audiences for more than a decade. From Iron Man to Captain America, Thor to Doctor Strange, Black Widow to Spider-Man, Avengers to Guardians of the Galaxy, and more, this fun discussion is the best way to kick off a truly Marvelous month.

Special thanks to Matthew and Jeff from the MCU Podcast for lending their time and opinions to this episode. Be sure to follow their podcast and social media profiles below:

Which moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe do you love most? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

How to Support the Show

Special thanks to our Imagineer Society "Hero" Members:
  • Jesse Park
  • Jessica Entwistle

Enjoy the show!