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Avatar Flight of Passage (Pandora—World of Avatar)

Avatar Flight of Passage (Pandora—World of Avatar)

January 15, 2022

Avatar Flight of Passage might be the most thrilling and immersive attraction Disney's Imagineers have ever created. It also happens to be one of the highest rated Disney attractions in the world. Opening in 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Flight of Passage is the signature E-ticket attraction in Pandora—World of Avatar. The Imagineering details, story, and technology for this ride are so impressive that I knew I had to devote an entire episode to discussing what makes this attraction so remarkable.

In this podcast episode, I discuss the backstory of Pandora and Avatar Flight of Passage, its connections to the film, story-driven details, ride design, technology, and memorable moments. I also feature a binaural audio recording of the ride and discuss why so many Disney fans consider it to be not only a thrilling and emotional attraction but also a spiritual one.

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Disney New Year Wishes 2022

Disney New Year Wishes 2022

January 1, 2022

The New Year presents each of us with the opportunity to reflect, reset, and reimagine where we can go and what we can accomplish, and Disney's stories and quotes offer endless wisdom for ways that we can better approach life. As we reset to the New Year, I wanted to take a moment to share some New Year wishes, with a dose of Disney magic, to provide some inspiration for the year ahead.

What are you hoping to accomplish in 2022? 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:

Be sure to check out our sponsor WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World, available in print or digital.

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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: 

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Disney Attraction Soundtracks (Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disneyland)

Disney Attraction Soundtracks (Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disneyland)

December 25, 2021

Music at the Disney Parks is so iconic that several attraction themes have been popular for generations. From Sherman Brothers classics like it's a small world and The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room to modern favorites like Golden Dream and even Nothing Can Stop Us Now, Disney attraction themes and scores help convey the story of the attraction and leave Disney fans singing along as they exit the experience.

In this podcast episode (part 2), I chat with my cousin Mike (a music industry executive and lifelong Disney fan) about our favorite attraction soundtracks, including the stories behind them and why we love these themes so much. In part 2, we discuss our favorites at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure. Be sure to check out our last episode (part 1), where we discuss our favorites at Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

What are your favorite attraction soundtracks at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure? 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:

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Disney Attraction Soundtracks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot)

Disney Attraction Soundtracks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot)

December 18, 2021

Music at the Disney Parks is so iconic that several attraction themes have been popular for generations. From Sherman Brothers classics like it's a small world and The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room to modern favorites like Golden Dream and even Nothing Can Stop Us Now, Disney attraction themes and scores help convey the story of the attraction and leave Disney fans singing along as they exit the experience.

In this podcast episode (part 1), I chat with my cousin Mike (a music industry executive and lifelong Disney fan) about our favorite attraction soundtracks, including the stories behind them and why we love these themes so much. In part 1, we discuss our favorites at Magic Kingdom and Epcot. In our next episode (part 2), we'll discuss our favorites at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure.

What are your favorite attraction soundtracks at Magic Kingdom and Epcot? 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:

Be sure to check out our sponsor WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World, available in print or digital.

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

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Disney Vacation Club Staycations

Disney Vacation Club Staycations

December 4, 2021

Have you ever visited Walt Disney World and not visited the Disney Parks? While it's not a traditional Disney vacation, sometimes the most memorable trips to the most magical place on earth are focused around the resorts. Especially with Disney Vacation Club Resorts, there are so many amenities and activities to enjoy that you could easily fill a full vacation with enjoyable moments for the whole family.

In this podcast episode, I chat with former Walt Disney World Ambassador Kerri MacPherson (now a part of DVC Rental Store) about the best ways to enjoy a vacation at the Disney Vacation Club resorts. Whether you frequent Disney's Old Key West, Grand Floridian Villas, Animal Kingdom Villas, Riviera Resort, or any other property, this episode might convince you to take an extra Disney vacation simply enjoying the resorts themselves.

What would be your ideal Disney Vacation Club staycation? 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:

Be sure to check out our sponsor WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World, available in print or digital.

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 Deluxe Passholder Patreon members!

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Disney Springs (Imagineering Details)

Disney Springs (Imagineering Details)

November 20, 2021

Disney Springs might be a shopping district at Walt Disney World, but it was designed like a Disney theme park. In fact, the detail and complexity of this themed environment is so impressive that it could almost be considered a fifth gate at the resort. The transformation of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs took years to develop, and it involved a lot more than a simple facelift. The Imagineers changed the entire experience, including arrival and parking. With nearly 100 unique dining and retail vendors, four themed areas, and one cohesive story-driven environment, Disney Springs is a must-do at Walt Disney World.

In this podcast episode, I have the pleasure of welcoming back veteran Disney Imagineer Theron Skees. Theron was the lead Imagineer on Disney Springs, and he has some incredible stories worth sharing about the development of this shopping district. I learned some incredible new facts, and I was impressed by some of the details Theron described. I have a feeling you'll have an entirely new appreciation for Disney Springs after listening to this episode.

You can follow Theron and learn more about his work at the links below:

What do you love most about the Imagineering of Disney Springs? 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:

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Timmy Britt (Art Director, Scenic Artist, Foreman)

Timmy Britt (Art Director, Scenic Artist, Foreman)

November 6, 2021

Timmy Britt is a former Imagineer and Cast Member of the Walt Disney Company. Timmy's Disney career began at the Animation Academy at Disney's Hollywood Studios, where he taught thousands of Guests how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters. He later transitioned to working as a Scenic Artist, Art Director and Foreman on various projects for Walt Disney Imagineering, including Pandora - The World of Avatar, Trader Sam's Grog Grotto, Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar, Frozen Ever After and more. Timmy also worked on various aspects of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, including Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Today, Timmy is an artist, mentor, instructor, illustrator and author.

In this podcast episode, I chat with Timmy about his fascinating career journey. His life has been met with many twists and turns, but his determination, outlook and passion will be an inspiring story for listeners. You can learn more about Timmy and his book by visiting https://www.timmybritt.art 

What part of my discussion with Timmy did you enjoy the 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:

Be sure to check out our sponsor WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World, available in print or digital.

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Pregnant at Disney (Disney Babymoon)

Pregnant at Disney (Disney Babymoon)

October 23, 2021

Visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or any other Disney destination while pregnant can be an exciting way to celebrate your growing family. In fact, Disney might be the perfect place for any Disney fan to have a babymoon. While your vacation experience might feel a bit different while you're expecting or traveling with someone who's expecting, it is certainly just as magical.

In this podcast episode, I chat with my wife (Joanna) and special guest Jerica of Medals & Tiaras about their experiences visiting Disney while pregnant. They share travel tips and strategies to make the most of a Disney vacation while expecting and discuss some of the ways you can make this experience even more special.

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Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider (https://thekingdominsider.com).

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: 

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Tower of Terror (Imagineering Details)

Tower of Terror (Imagineering Details)

October 9, 2021

Tower of Terror opened at Walt Disney World in 1994, and its success prompted Disney to construct similar versions at Disneyland Paris, Disney California Adventure, and Tokyo Disney Sea. Part of the attraction's popularity has much to do with the level of detail the Imagineers infused into the experience, creating far more than a basic drop ride. The story is carefully woven throughout the full experience, even before guests enter the queue. In fact, many consider Tower of Terror to be a masterclass attraction, which is why it remains so popular even three decades later.

In this podcast episode, I have the pleasure of welcoming back veteran Disney Imagineer Theron Skees. Theron not only helped to develop Tower of Terror for Disneyland Paris but also championed some guest-favorite updates to the original attraction in Orlando. We discuss some of the stories behind Tower of Terror, ride details, and Easter eggs.

You can follow Theron and learn more about his work at the links below:

What do you love most about Tower of Terror? 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:

Be sure to check out our sponsor WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World, available in print or digital.

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 Deluxe Passholder Patreon members!

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Tony Baxter (Disney Legend, Imagineer, IAAPA Hall of Fame)

Tony Baxter (Disney Legend, Imagineer, IAAPA Hall of Fame)

September 25, 2021

Tony Baxter's career as a Disney Imagineer defined the second generation of Disney Park experiences. Tony's legacy includes Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Indiana Jones Adventure, Star Tours, Journey Into Imagination, and Disneyland Paris. As a lifelong Disney fan who grew up down the street from Disneyland, Tony always dreamed of becoming an Imagineer. He started with the company at the earliest age possible, scooping ice cream at Disneyland. After graduating from college, Tony was hired as an Imagineer to work on the opening of Walt Disney World. Tony concluded his career at Disney in 2013 as the Senior Vice President of Creative Development. For his many contributions to the themed entertainment industry, Tony was named a Disney Legend, received his own window on Main Street USA, earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Themed Entertainment Association, and was inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame.

In this podcast episode, I have the honor of chatting with Tony about his 40-year career at Walt Disney Imagineering. We discuss some of his favorite projects, his memories of working at Walt Disney World the year it opened, his thoughts about Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary, and his advice for aspiring Imagineers. We also discuss his creative process and methodology for designing legendary attractions.

Which of Tony's projects is your favorite? 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:

Be sure to check out our sponsor WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World, available in print or digital.

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 Deluxe Passholder Patreon members!

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  • Jason K
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Enjoy the show!

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