Imagineer Podcast

By Matthew Krul

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Welcome to the Imagineer Podcast, a show dedicated to all things Disney.

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Imagineer Podcast - Episode 59 - Imagineer Jim Sarno
01:10:26

Jim Sarno was a Walt Disney Imagineer working on the opening team for Epcot. He worked in the model shop with Harriet Burns, Joe Rohde, and many more classic Imagineers. Working on many of the pavilions we know and love at Epcot - including The Land Pavilion, Imagination Pavilion, Communicore, and Spaceship Earth - Jim was responsible for creating SMRT-1, the fountain that once lived in the center of the Land Pavilion, and much more.

In this episode, I interview Jim as we discuss how he came to work at Walt Disney Imagineering, the projects he worked on, and advice he has for those looking to work for Walt Disney Imagineering in the future.

Which of Jim's creations at Epcot 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:

Huge thank you once again to Jim for being my special guest on this podcast episode!

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: 

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Nov 02, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 58 - Bret Iwan (the voice of Mickey Mouse)
01:03:03

Bret Iwan has been the official voice of Mickey Mouse for the last 10 years and is only the fourth voice actor in Mickey's lifetime to officially play the role (first was Walt Disney, then Jimmy MacDonald, then Wayne Allwine). Whether it's Disney on Ice, a new attraction in the Disney Parks, a video game, TV show or animated short, Bret is the one who gets to bring Mickey's voice to life.

In this episode, I have the honor of interviewing Bret as we discuss his love of Disney from the time he was a kid, his original career interests, how he came to play the role of Mickey, and what it means to play the most iconic character in history. You're not going to want to miss this one!

What do you love most about Mickey Mouse? 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:

Huge thank you once again to Bret for being my special guest on this podcast episode! Be sure to follow him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bret_iwan/  

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: 

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Oct 19, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Bonus Episode - We Go On
48:11

This episode is my love letter to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. On September 30, 2019, I was lucky enough to be in attendance of this Epcot nighttime spectacular's final curtain call. In the spirit of nostalgia, I turned on the mics and stood in the back of the crowd to record the best audio I possibly could for YOU, the Imagineer Podcast listener, so you could be with me at the final showing through this episode! So grab some headphones, pull up your favorite armchair, and enjoy this bonus episode of Imagineer Podcast, featuring my longest end credit audio ever (a grand exit for a grand show).

How many times have you seen IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth? What's your favorite part? Where does it rank on your list of favorite nighttime shows? 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: 

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Oct 12, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 57 - Imagineer McNair Wilson
01:30:07

McNair Wilson is a retired Walt Disney Imagineer who coined the term "Streetmosphere" (now commonly used in the theme park industry) and created street theater performances across the Disney Parks, especially at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios (at the time it was still called Disney-MGM Studios). McNair is also responsible for creating the name "Downtown Disney" and for creating the Adventurers Club at Pleasure Island. In addition, NcNair developed concepts for many of the Disney attractions we know and love today, most notably the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

In this podcast episode, I have the pleasure of chatting directly with McNair about his work at Walt Disney Imagineering and his experiences meeting and working with Claude Coats, Marty Sklar, Michael Eisner, Frank Wells, Mel Brooks, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and even Walt Disney.

Which of McNair Wilson's creations 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:

Huge thank you once again to McNair for being my special guest on this podcast episode! You can learn more about him and his book (which I have read and recommend) at the links below.

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: 

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Oct 05, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 56 - Imagineer Harriet Burns
01:11:46

Harriet Burns was known as Walt Disney's First Lady of Imagineering, not only because of her contributions to the organization but also because she truly was the first woman hired at WDI in a creative capacity. Harriet is a Disney Legend and even has a window on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland. Working directly with Walt Disney, Harriet helped to create many of the classic attractions we know and love today, including Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Carousel of Progress, and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. She also built the robin that Mary Poppins sings "Spoonful of Sugar" to in the original film. Harriet passed away in 2008, but her legacy still lives on today.

In this episode, I have the distinct privilege of interviewing Haley Clair, the granddaughter of Harriet Burns. Haley and I chat about her grandmother's life, legacy, work at Walt Disney Imagineering, and interactions with Walt Disney.

Which of Harriet Burn's creations 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:

Huge thank you once again to Haley Clair for being my special guest on this podcast episode! You can learn more about Haley and about her family's book (all about Harriet Burns) at the links below.

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: 

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Sep 21, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Bonus Episode - D23 Expo 2019 Recap
01:54:21

This year, The Walt Disney Company made hundreds of announcements at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. Even as I was preparing this list of major announcements, I was amazed at how much Disney news was revealed between Disney Plus, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, Walt Disney Animation, Disney Studios, Disney Legends, and the Disney Parks and Resorts. Some of the biggest highlights include updates about Epcot's future, Marvel Avengers Campus coming to Disney California Adventure, two new Pixar films, incredible new shows coming to Disney Plus, and so much more. In this bonus episode, we'll recap the major highlights from D23 Expo 2019 and share our thoughts and opinions about the future of Disney.

Which of these announcements are you most excited about? 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:

Huge thank you to Kristi of The Kingdom Insider for lending her expertise to this episode of Imagineer Podcast. You can follow The Kingdom Insider in several places:

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: 

First Target Stores to open October 4, 2019: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1opFdiJF3e/ 

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Sep 14, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 55 - The American Adventure
01:14:27

The American Adventure was an opening day attraction at Epcot on October 1, 1982, and has been a part of the park's history ever since. Whenever I take a trip to Walt Disney World, I always enjoy experiencing this attraction, so in today's episode, we'll talk about the history of the show, share some fun facts and details you might not have known about this attraction and pavilion, and share a binaural 360-degree audio recording of the American Adventure and the Voices of Liberty.

What do you love most about The American Adventure? If you haven't experienced it before, which show in World Showcase at Epcot 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:

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: 

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Sep 07, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 54 - The Haunted Mansion
01:53:35

The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park just celebrated its 50th anniversary, so now more than ever seems the perfect time to discuss this classic attraction. Of all the attractions at Disney Parks around the world, there are few that can beat The Haunted Mansion's popularity. Although there have been a few incremental updates to the original versions at Disneyland Park in California and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, the rides remain virtually the same as they were when they first opened, including the special effects. In today's episode, we'll dive into the history and details of The Haunted Mansion, and we'll ride through the attraction together via binaural audio.

What do you love most about The Haunted Mansion? Which version of this attraction 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:

Huge thank you to Kristi of The Kingdom Insider for lending her expertise to this episode of Imagineer Podcast. You can follow The Kingdom Insider in several places:

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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Aug 24, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 53 - Run Disney Part 2
01:06:12

Some of the biggest events of the year at Walt Disney World are the RunDisney races. There are so many aspects of RunDisney that make it special: it turns runners into Disney fans and Disney fans into runners, it encourages people to be their very best, and it creates a positive community of goal-setting go-getters, just to mention a few! In this two-part series, our group discusses everything you need to know about RunDisney, including which races to choose, how to register, how to plan your Walt Disney World vacation around the events, how to train for the races, the RunDisney experience, and the emotional gratification of completing a RunDisney event.

Which RunDisney events have you done before (and how many)? Are there any additional tips you would offer first-time runners? If you haven't run with RunDisney before, which race do you think you might start with? 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:

Learn more about RunDisney: https://www.rundisney.com

Join our Imagineer Podcast Run Team: https://imagineerpodcast.blog/runteam/

Follow Our Run Captain for training & advice: https://www.instagram.com/runningthruwonderland/

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Aug 10, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 52 - Run Disney Part 1
01:06:09

Some of the biggest events of the year at Walt Disney World are the RunDisney races. There are so many aspects of RunDisney that make it special: it turns runners into Disney fans and Disney fans into runners, it encourages people to be their very best, and it creates a positive community of goal-setting go-getters, just to mention a few! In this two-part series, our group discusses everything you need to know about RunDisney, including which races to choose, how to register, how to plan your Walt Disney World vacation around the events, how to train for the races, the RunDisney experience, and the emotional gratification of completing a RunDisney event.

Which RunDisney events have you done before (and how many)? Are there any additional tips you would offer first-time runners? If you haven't run with RunDisney before, which race do you think you might start with? 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:

Learn more about RunDisney: https://www.rundisney.com

Join our Imagineer Podcast Run Team: https://imagineerpodcast.blog/runteam/

Follow Our Run Captain for training & advice: https://www.instagram.com/runningthruwonderland/

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Aug 03, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 51 - Disney English Interview with Daniel Morris
01:09:25

There's no denying Disney's cultural impact on the world. Ever since Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse in 1928, countless cultures around the globe have come to recognize the three-circled Disney icon. A smaller facet of Disney's cultural impact that not many know about is an international program known as Disney English, a division of Disney Publishing through which Cast Members teach English language courses (utilizing some Disney magic) to students in various countries. In this episode, I chat with Daniel Morris, a former Disney English Cast Member and author of the book, Teaching with Disney: A Memoir of Disney English, about his experiences with this part of the organization.

If you were to build a new Disney theme park around the world, which new location would you select? 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:

Special thanks to Daniel Morris for being my special guest for this episode! If you'd like to learn more about his book, please visit http://themeparkpress.com/books/teaching-disney.htm.

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Jul 20, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 50 - Spaceship Earth
01:18:23

Spaceship Earth is an icon not just at Walt Disney World but anywhere. The architecture of the geodesic sphere is one recognized around the world, and the attraction you can find inside it is a Disney classic. Spaceship Earth is the signature attraction at Epcot and in many ways pays tribute to Walt Disney himself. In our golden podcast episode, we'll explore the history of Spaceship Earth and discuss its significance for the Walt Disney Company.

What do you love most about Spaceship Earth? Which of the four versions of this attraction is your favorite so far? 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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Jul 06, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 49 - Top 10 Places to Eat at Disneyland
01:40:51

They call Disneyland "the happiest place on Earth", and one of the aspects of Disneyland that makes it a happy place to be is the food. Whether you're looking for a snack, a quick-service meal, or a fine dining experience, the Disneyland Resort has so much to offer with an array of choices at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, the Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian Resort & Spa, Paradise Pier Hotel, and Downtown Disney. In today's episode, I chat with Amanda, Genna and Kara of Disneyland Foodies to discuss our favorite places to eat at Disneyland.

What is your favorite place to eat at Disneyland (and your favorite food or beverage item)? If you haven't head made the trip to Disneyland, which location or food/beverage item is at the top of your list? 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:

Special thanks to Amanda, Genna and Kara of Disneyland Foodies!

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Jun 22, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 48 - Top 10 Romantic Spots at Walt Disney World
01:27:49

Walt Disney World is "the most magical place on Earth", and that tagline takes on greater meaning when you're visiting this destination with the person you love. While Walt Disney World is the family vacation capital of the world, it also provides a romantic escape for couples of all ages. In today's episode, I chat with my wife, Joanna, along with Brendan and Katherine Wright of the Detour to Neverland Podcast to discuss our favorite romantic spots at the Disney Parks and Resorts in Florida.

What is your favorite romantic spot at Walt Disney World? Do you know anyone who got engaged at the most magical place on Earth? 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:

Special thanks to Brendan and Katherine of Detour to Neverland!

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Jun 08, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 47 - Top 10 Disney Attractions Without a Height Requirement
01:39:20

When you visit Walt Disney World, especially with small kids, it's often worth knowing the family-friendly attractions that don't require a particular height to ride. In many cases, these Disney attractions are also the ones we have the fondest memories experiencing, whether it be "it's a small world", Peter Pan's Flight, Spaceship Earth, and more. In this episode, I chat with Jamie and Kristi of Hakuna Moscato Moms to discuss our favorite Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom attractions that don't feature a height requirement.

Which of these Disney attractions would make your top 10 list? Which did you enjoy the most as a kid (or as a parent with kids)? 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:

Special thanks to Jamie and Kristi of Hakuna Moscato Moms!

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May 25, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 46 - Ellen's Energy Adventure
01:02:17

Ellen's Energy Adventure was the second (and last) attraction to be featured at the Universe of Energy Pavilion in Future World at Epcot. After it opened in 1996, it quickly became a classic and could be found at Epcot until its closing day in August 2017. Starring Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy, Ellen's Energy Adventure took Guests on an entertaining, educational, family-friendly, and often hilarious journey through the world of energy.

What are your thoughts about Ellen's Energy Adventure? What do you love most about this 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:

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May 18, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 45 - Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
01:01:38

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has been delighting (and horrifying) Guests at Walt Disney World since 1994. It set new records at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios) when it opened and still remains one of the most thrilling attractions at any Disney Park. What makes the attraction a true classic, though, is the incredible detail that went into its design. The backstory, the details, and the overall experience have earned Tower of Terror a strong reputation. In fact, many consider it to be the best attraction that Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created. In this episode, we'll explore the history, details, and facts that make Tower of Terror so incredible, and we'll ride this attraction together through binaural 360 degree audio.

How does the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror rank on your list of Disney attractions? What do you love most about this ride? Which version 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:

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May 11, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 44 - Star Wars Galaxy's Edge (What to Expect)
01:10:48

Happy Star Wars Day! Star Wars Galaxy's Edge was first announced back at the D23 Expo in August 2015 for Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Resort. Since then, Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm have given us only sneak peaks of what we can come to expect. In this special May 4th episode, we'll uncover what we've learned so far in this mostly spoiler-free episode. We'll discuss what to expect from the food, merchandise, land, and of course the major attractions, including Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, and Rise of the Resistance. Star Wars Galaxy's Edge will open its doors at Disneyland Park on May 31, 2019 and at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World on August 29, 2019. Rise of the Resistance will not be open on these dates but is expected to open its doors later in 2019.

What are you looking forward to most from Star Wars Galaxy's Edge? What other surprises do you think might be in store? 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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May 04, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 43 - Muppet Vision 3D
56:41

On the surface, it might seem like Muppet Vision 3D is just a simple 3D attraction, but it has a rather rich history, a ton of detail, and some fun facts you might not know. In this episode, we'll uncover more about Muppet Vision 3D and take a binaural ride through of this show.

How does Muppet Vision 3D rank on your list of 3D attractions? Which detail 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:

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Apr 20, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 42 - Top 10 Disney Area Music Loops
01:37:25

The music at Walt Disney World is more than just a series of random songs. It's truly a part of the experience. Whether the music already exists or it's created new for Disney, the Imagineers put so much thought into what you hear at the parks and resorts. In this episode, I'm joined by two music industry experts. Together, we'll dive into our favorite area music loops at Disney and discuss what makes the music at Disney so magical.

Which Disney area loop is your favorite? What do you love most about the music at the parks and resorts? 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:

In this episode, I mention the area music for a few resorts, which are included in a series of playlists I created on Spotify:

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Apr 06, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 41 - Best Disney Dark Rides
01:16:24

Dark ride attractions have been a part of Disney Parks history since 1955. Whether you visit Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland or Shanghai Disneyland, you're bound to find a handful of dark rides to enjoy. In this episode, we'll discuss our favorite Disney dark ride attractions and why we gravitate toward these rides.

Which Disney dark ride 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:

Special thanks to Brian Saeger for lending his time and expertise to this episode. You can follow his accounts at the links below:

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Mar 23, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 40 - Epcot Biergarten Dining Review
01:00:40

Welcome to our first ever live dining review! In this episode, we'll be reviewing the Biergarten full-service restaurant in the World Showcase at Epcot LIVE as we dine! You'll hear 360-degree binaural audio of the full dining experience, including the live show that accompanies your meal when dining here. The Biergarten has been a part of the Epcot experience since 1982 and is perhaps one of the most immersive themed restaurants at Walt Disney World. And the food is pretty spectacular as well!

Which restaurant in the World Showcase at Epcot do you love the most? Which restaurant do you think is the best place to celebrate a special occasion? 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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Mar 09, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 39 - Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
49:33

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth has been delighting Guests at Epcot since 1999. In 2018, the Walt Disney Company announced that Reflections of Earth would see its last show in the summer of 2019 and would be replaced with a new nighttime spectacular. In this episode, we'll pay tribute to Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, discussing its history, story, fun facts, and a binaural recording.

How does Illuminations: Reflections of Earth rank on your list of nighttime shows at Disney? What are you hoping to see from its replacement? 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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Feb 23, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 38 - Best Queues at Walt Disney World
01:23:50

There's an easy way to spot a true Disney fan: they're the ones who rave about waiting in line for an attraction! Why? Waiting in the queue for a Disney attraction is not like waiting in line at your local amusement park. The Imagineers put so much detail into the queue that it really becomes an experience. It's not an inconvenience; it's a part of the journey and the story. In this episode, we'll dive into our favorite queue experiences at Walt Disney World and help to convince you that waiting in standby at Disney (up to a certain threshold of course) is worth taking the time to look around and explore.

Which queues at Walt Disney World do you love the most? Are there any standby queue experiences that you prefer over FastPass? 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:

Special thanks to Alessa from That Disney Girl for lending her time and expertise to this episode. You can follow her accounts at the links below:

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Feb 09, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 37 - Disney This or That Vol 2
01:20:44

Welcome to our second "Disney This or That" podcast episode! As with Volume 1, Disney This or That is a game that is meant to stir up conversation and debate about our Disney favorites - favorite Disney Parks, attractions, movies, snacks, and much more. In today's episode (volume two), we debate who we would pick as the Disney villain most deserving of the title, "villain". To keep things simple, we only discuss a small handful of villains from Disney animated movies. Examples include Scar, Ursula, Hades, Frollo, Gaston and more.

Which Disney animated villain do you think is the most villainous? Would you have chosen a winner differently or do you agree with our group's decision? 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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Jan 26, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 36 - Disney Magic at Home
01:12:26

While we love traveling to the Disney Parks, one of the saddest moments is having to leave. Whether it happens when you're boarding the Magical Express, crossing through the gates from Walt Disney World, boarding your plane, or arriving at your front door, the "Disney blues" are bound to set in at some point. To help cope with these Disney blues, we as Disney fans often purchase merchandise, watch videos, listen to Disney music and even light scented candles to help us rekindle that magic. In today's episode, we'll discuss our favorite ways to bring the Disney magic home with us.

How do you cope with the "Disney blues" after your vacation? What are some of the ways that you bring the magic home with you? 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:

Support our Dream Team Project to benefit DonorsChoose.org: https://www.donorschoose.org/imagineerpodcast

I also mentioned on the show that I previously shared some videos of my Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 creations on YouTube. Here's the link to access that account and enjoy some of those Disney and non-Disney creations: https://www.youtube.com/imagineer0988

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Jan 12, 2019
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 35 - Trader Sam's Grog Grotto
01:17:31

Of all the longes at Walt Disney World, Trader Sam's Grog Grotto might be the best. Although wait times to get in can often skyrocket during peak lounge times, it's worth stopping by this "tropical hideaway" to enjoy the atmosphere, the Easter eggs, the Cast Member entertainment, and of course the food and beverage selections. In this podcast episode, we'll sip on a few beverages and enjoy the ambiance of Trader Sam's at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

Which lounge experience at Walt Disney World or Disneyland 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:

Support our project to benefit DonorsChoose.org: https://www.donorschoose.org/imagineerpodcast

Between November 1 and December 31, 2018, 100% of the proceeds from VIP Membership and 50% of the proceeds from podcast merchandise will go straight to Donors Choose.

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Dec 29, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 34 - Pirates of the Caribbean
41:47

Pirates of the Caribbean is more than just an attraction; it is an entire franchise that has inspired blockbuster movies generating than $4.5 billion at the box office worldwide, produced countless merchandise, and delighted generations of fans since the attraction first debuted at Disneyland in 1967. And it all began with an idea from Walt Disney! In today's episode, we'll explore the history of Pirates of the Caribbean and discuss the specific details of the attraction at the Magic Kingdom. We'll also enjoy some 360 binaural audio of the attraction.

What do you love most about the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise? Which versions of this attraction have you experienced and which 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:

Support our project to benefit DonorsChoose.org: https://www.donorschoose.org/imagineerpodcast

Between November 1 and December 31, 2018, 100% of the proceeds from VIP Membership and 50% of the proceeds from podcast merchandise will go straight to Donors Choose.

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Dec 15, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 33 - Disney This or That Volume 1
01:36:43

Welcome to our first "Disney This or That" podcast episode! Disney This or That is a game that is meant to stir up conversation and debate about our Disney favorites - favorite Disney Parks, attractions, movies, snacks, and much more. In today's episode (volume one), we debate who we would pick as our favorite Disney hero from the Disney animated movies between 1990 and 2018. Examples include Aladdin, Hercules, Mulan, Moana, Mr. Incredible and more. With so many animated Disney characters to choose from, you'll hear why we had so many differing opinions on the subject.

Which Disney animated hero is your favorite? Would you have chosen a winner differently or do you agree with our group's decision? 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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Dec 01, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Bonus Episode - Winter Dreams
43:44

Happy Holidays! One of my favorite holiday shows at the Disney Parks is World of Color Winter Dreams at Disney California Adventure Park. In this bonus episode, we'll kick off the spirit of the season with some binaural audio of this nighttime winter spectacular.

What's your favorite way to celebrate the holiday season at the Disney Parks and Resorts? 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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Nov 22, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 32 - Listener Questions
01:14:01

Since I started the Imagineer Podcast, I've had the honor of building so many amazing Disney friendships, and in that span of time, many have reached out to me directly to ask questions regarding vacations to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, becoming a Cast Member for the Walt Disney Company, and even how to stay connected to the magic when back at home. In today's episode, I'll open my inbox (email, Facebook, Instagram and more) and answer many of your Disney-related questions. Answering these questions with me is my good friend, April Beisser, who knows a thing or two about working for the Walt Disney Company and about traveling to the most magical place on earth. You can follow April on Instagram and Facebook at Imagination Destinations by April.

What other questions would you like to ask about Disney? Whether you're looking for vacation advice or simply have a Disney-related question, I would love to answer you in a future episode of this show. Send me your questions or feedback via email or through direct message and I'll be sure to answer in a future episode:

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Nov 17, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 31 - Interview with Disney's Guy Spagnoli
01:00:37

When I first created the Imagineer Podcast, I wanted to pay homage to Walt Disney Imagineers, the creative geniuses who design and create the Disney Parks & Resorts. That's why I'm incredibly proud to be able to share an interview I had with a retired Engineer, Guy Spagnoli, who knows a thing or two about Walt Disney Imagineering. Guy is not only a gifted and experienced Engineer; he's also a caring Cast Member even to this day (years after officially retiring from the Walt Disney Company). In today's episode, Guy and I chat about his experiences working for the Walt Disney Company and his outlook on what it takes and what it truly means to be a Cast Member for Disney. I think you'll find Guy's story and perspective on life and work to be incredibly inspirational.

What do you find to be most inspirational from Guy's story? What is your dream job at the Walt Disney Company or elsewhere? 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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Nov 03, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 30 - The Timekeeper
48:07

As the Disney Parks continue to evolve, there are times when attractions we love must sadly close to be replaced by another. One of those attractions at the Magic Kingdom was The Timekeeper, a show that existed in Tomorrowland between 1994 and 2006 (and at Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland in the late 1990's and early 2000's). In today's episode, we'll step into our "podcast time machine" to experience Timekeeper at Walt Disney World. We'll also discuss a few fun details and facts that you might not have known about this experience.

Did you get the chance to experience Timekeeper at Magic Kingdom (or even Disneyland Paris or Tokyo Disneyland)? If so, what did you think of the attraction? If you did not get the chance to experience it in person, what do you think of Timekeeper after listening to this episode? 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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Oct 20, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Bonus Episode - Rope Drop at Flight of Passage
01:05:08

When you visit Walt Disney World, one of the most important decisions is deciding which attraction to visit first. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, I usually recommend that you head straight to Flight of Passage first thing in the morning (unless you are able to get a FastPass+). In fact, it's usually best to show up at least 30 minutes before the park opens in order to reduce your wait time in the standby queue. In this bonus episode, I'll take you with me for a full ride through Flight of Passage at rope drop. We'll enjoy the ambiant sounds as you walk with me through the queue and then hop on the back of an Ikran (aka a banshee) and take an exhilarating flight through the Valley of Moara in Pandora, the World of Avatar.

Want to skip the line? Skip ahead to 42 minutes.

When you visit Disney's Animal Kingdom or the other Disney Parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or even Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park), what are the attractions you like to head to first? 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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Oct 13, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 29 - Disney Partnerships
01:18:59

Throughout the last few decades and especially in the last 15 years, The Walt Disney Company has engaged in several licensing partnerships and a handful of major acquisitions. Most notably, the last two decades have brought us Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel and now Fox, providing so many new opportunities for experiences in the Disney Parks. In this Imagineer Podcast episode, we discuss the significance of these partnerships and acquisitions when it comes to visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and the other international Disney Parks.

What are your thoughts and opinions about these acquisitions and partnerships? Which Pixar, Lucasfilm, or Marvel experience is your favorite at the Disney Parks and Resorts, and what might you expect to see from the acquisition of Fox? 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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In this episode, we refer to the book "Creativity Inc.". If you're interested in learning more about this book, please visit http://www.creativityincbook.com (we are not associated with this book or its authors).

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Oct 06, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 28 - Mission: SPACE (Green Team)
43:05

One of the most intense attractions at Walt Disney World is Mission: SPACE, located in Future World at Epcot. In its current version, Mission: SPACE offers two experiences, Orange Team (the original attraction that takes Guests to Mars on a centrifugal simulator) and Green Team (a tamer version of the attraction that takes Guests on an orbit around the Earth). In today's episode, we'll explore the history and fun facts of this attraction, and we'll also take a ride on Mission: SPACE together (Green team).

Which version of Mission: SPACE do you prefer? How does this attraction rank on your list of favorites at Walt Disney World? 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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Sep 22, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 27 - Epcot France and China
01:00:30

Epcot has so many attractions, yet most Guests tend to spend a majority of their time in Future World. When it comes to World Showcase, many skip over the "smaller" attractions, which include Reflections of China and Impressions de France. In today's episode, we'll unwind in World Showcase together and experience these two attractions in binaural audio. Grab your favorite snack or beverage from the China or France pavilion and enjoy the experience!

Which pavilion in World Showcase is your favorite? Which attractions are on your must-do list? 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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**Show correction: I must have been really thinking of childhood memories saying that Mexico's attraction is El Rio Del Tiempo! The current attraction there is really Gran Fiesta Tour. Now going to YouTube to watch El Rio Del Tiempo videos...

Sep 08, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 26 - Best Resorts at Walt Disney World
01:31:51

One of the things that makes a visit to Walt Disney World extra magical is staying at one of the many Resorts on property. With a wide selection of Value, Moderate, Deluxe, and Disney Vacation Club Resorts, Walt Disney World offers an array of hotel experiences. In this episode, we'll explore some of our favorite places to stay, as well as the parts of the Resorts that we love most.

Which Resort at Walt Disney World is your favorite? What do you love most about staying at Disney? 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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Aug 25, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 25 - World of Color Celebrate
42:03

World of Color has been delighting Guests at Disney California Adventure Park since June 11, 2010. With over 1,200 dancing foutains and incredible special effects, it's one of the most impressive nighttime shows ever designed. World of Color Celebrate was a special overlay during Disneyland's 60th Anniversary (2015) that paid tribute to Walt Disney himself. In today's episode, we discuss World of Color and World of Color Celebrate in greater detail.

Which nighttime show is your favorite at Walt Disney World or Disneyland? What do you love most about World of Color? 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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Aug 11, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 24 - Best Quick-Service Dining at Walt Disney World
01:22:21

Walt Disney World features some of the best dining opportunities at any major theme park, and that includes the Quick-Service locations. In this podcast episode, we'll uncover our favorite places to eat for a quick bite at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. We'll also discuss our favorite places for a quick meal outside the parks including Disney Springs and the Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

What are your favorite Quick-Service locations across Walt Disney World? Send me your answers and 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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Jul 28, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Bonus Episode - Expedition Everest
18:49

Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain has been delighting Guests at Disney's Animal Kingdom since 2006. As the premier roller coaster at the park, this attraction features so many incredible details and quite a rich backstory. In this bonus episode, we'll uncover the full story of the attraction, details, engineering and more fun facts.

What do you love most about Expedition Everest? What is your favorite fun fact from this episode? 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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Jul 21, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 23 - Horizons
41:57

"If you can dream it, you can do it!" I sign off every podcast episode with this philosophy, and Horizons at Epcot was the attraction that brought this mantra to life. Although this attraction has been extinct since 1999, it has won over the hearts and imaginations of millions of Guests around the world, and its optimism and spirit are still celebrated today. In this episode, we dive into the history and facts of this classic attraction, as well as an on-ride experience of this famous omnimover.

What are your thoughts about this attraction? Did you have the chance to ride Horizons when it was open? I would love to hear your thoughts! 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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Jul 14, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 22 - Best Ways to Cool Off at Disney
01:21:29

If you're traveling to Walt Disney World in the summer, it's important to prepare for the heat and humidity. Central Florida between late May and early October can get incredibly hot, especially during the peak times in July and August when the parks are the most crowded. Knowing how to stay cool can make your vacation more enjoyable and help you feel your best each day. On today's episode, we sit down to explore the best ways to cool off at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom, plus some other ways to keep cool when you're not visiting the parks. Special thanks to Chris and Joanna for lending their voices and tips on this episode!

How do you stay cool in the parks? What tips would you have for Guests (especially first-timers) visiting Walt Disney World in the summer? I would love to hear your thoughts! 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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Jun 30, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 21 - Disney's Extinct Attractions
01:18:21

Whether your first trip to Walt Disney World was 1971 or 2001, there are attractions that have come and gone throughout the course of the park's history. As Walt Disney once said, "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." While the changes made are often for the best (and the new attractions are ones that we grow to love), there is always a part of us that misses our old favorites. In today's episode, we explore that very topic to identify the extinct attractions at Disney that we miss or missed.

Special thanks to John and Ann Marie for lending their voices and opinions to this show! You can learn more about their podcast (Central Florida Sights and Sounds) by visiting http://www.cfsas.com.

Which of Disney's extinct attractions do you miss the most? Which did you never get to experience that you wish you could today? I would love to hear your thoughts! Send me your feedback via email or through direct message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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Jun 16, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 20 - Top 10 Disney Soundtracks
01:35:31

One of the many reasons we love Disney movies is the amazing soundtracks that countless artists, musicians, producers and composers work so hard to create. The music of the Disney movies helps to capture the emotions we feel while watching our favorite films, sometimes without even a single lyric. In this podcast episode, a small group of us sit around the table to chat about our top 10 Disney soundtracks, including music from Disney's animated and live action films, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. Some choices might even surprise you. Special thanks to Joanna, Jenn and Sara for lending their voices and opinions.

What are your favorite Disney soundtracks? I would love to hear your thoughts! Send me your feedback via email or through direct message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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Jun 02, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 19 - Main Street Electrical Parade
45:04

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the Imagineer Podcast proudly presents a spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination. Learn the history and details of the Main Street Electrical Parade, the longest parade to ever run at the Disney Parks and Resorts from Disneyland to Walt Disney World and even across the globe (Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris).

What is your earliest memory of the Main Street Electrical Parade? If you haven't seen it, which Disney parade is most nostalgic for you? Send me your feedback via email or through direct message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

 

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May 19, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 18 - Best Full Service Dining at Walt Disney World
01:16:46

Sit back and "be our guest" in this podcast episode as we discuss our favorite full-service restaurants across the Walt Disney World Resort, from the Magic Kingdom to Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and more. We share our favorite restaurants for food, ambiance, characters, and all-you-care-to-eat fare, plus our favorite moments and experiences dining across Walt Disney World. We may even sneak a quick-service location or two as honorable mentions.

What are some of your favorite full-service restaurants across Walt Disney World, Disneyland, the Disney Cruise Line, and the international Disney Parks and Resorts? Let me know through an email or a private or public message on any of the following channels and I may read them on the air in a future episode:

 

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During the podcast, we also mentioned the Disney Food Blog and Walter and Rosie Candle Co. Neither is a sponsor of this episode or affiliated with the Imagineer Podcast in any way, but I wanted to make sure to link there in case you'd like to learn more about Disney Dining and Disney-inspired candles.

WARNING: Don't listen hungry.

Bon appetit and enjoy!

 

May 05, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 17 - Disney's Magical Express
52:04

One of the best part's of any trip to Walt Disney World (if you fly into Orlando International Airport) is boarding Disney's Magical Express, a complimentary service that Disney offers to Guests staying at a participating Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

 

In this podcast episode, we hop aboard Disney's Magical Express for a trip from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Disney's Pop Century Resort. I also share a few additional pieces of information about this service.

 

Have you ever used Disney's Magical Express? What do you think about the service? I want to hear from you! Reach out to me by emailing imagineerpodcast@gmail.com or messaging/commenting in one of our social media channels:

 

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Enjoy your "trip" to Walt Disney World in today's episode!

 

Apr 21, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 16 - Kilimanjaro Safaris
44:17

Jambo, everyone! On this episode of the Imagineer Podcast, we head over to Disney's Animal Kingdom to take a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris, the cornerstone attraction at the park that opened on April 22, 1998. In a rather special episode, I'll take you back 11 years ago to ride on one of my last safaris working as a Cast Member on the Disney College Program at Kilimanjaro Safaris in 2007. Special thanks to my good friend John Corigliano of the Central Florida Sights and Sounds Podcast for recording this audio in December 2007 as a way to preserve this memory for me. (Shameless plug for John and Ann Marie's podcast... it's amazing! Be sure to subscribe to their channel!)

What is your favorite animal on Kilimanjaro Safaris? Do you have a favorite experience or story from this attraction? Send me an email for the chance to have your feedback read on a future episode!

Send me an email at imagineerpodcast@gmail.com and remember to connect with the Imagineer Podcast on all of our social media channels (follow and engage with us):

Thank you for listening and enjoy your two-week safari! (And thanks again, John!)

Apr 07, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 15 - Radiator Springs Racers
32:59

Ka Chow! In today's podcast episode, we head over to Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort to enjoy a 360-degree binaural audio ridethrough of this attraction, plus a few pieces of trivia you might not have known about Cars Land and Radiator Springs Racers.

What are your thoughts about Radiator Springs Racers and Cars Land? How does this attraction rank on your list of favorites? What's your win/lose ratio? Reach out and let me know for a chance to have your comments and questions mentioned on the air!

Send me an email at imagineerpodcast@gmail.com and remember to connect with the Imagineer Podcast on all of our social media channels (follow and engage with us):

Thank you for listening and enjoy the show!

Mar 24, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 14 - Pixar Movies
01:12:44

Hey howdy hey! In today's podcast episode, our group discusses our favorite Disney-Pixar movies from Toy Story to Coco (and everything in between). We sort what we believe ranks on the A list, B list, and C list for Pixar, talk about our favorite Pixar characters, and share some of our favorite Pixar easter eggs and moments.

 

Which Pixar movies rank highest on your list? What falls within your A list, B list or C list? What's your favorite Pixar character, easter egg or moment? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or email!

 

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Mar 10, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 13 - Indiana Jones Adventure and Dinosaur - Disney's EMV Attractions
53:37

In this podcast episode, we explore Disney's Enhanced Motion Vehicle (EMV) dark ride attractions, including an HD binaural audio ride-through of Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California and an HD binaural and source audio ride-through of Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Florida. Disney first created the EMV-style attraction (patented) in 1995 and the Imagineers have since built only a handful of these attractions around the world.

 

Between Indiana Jones Adventure and Dinsoaur, which attraction is your favorite and why? Write to me at imagineerpodcast@gmail.com or on social media.

 

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Feb 24, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 12 - California Screamin
31:31

 

Hey, screamers! In today's podcast episode, we'll take a virtual ride on California Screamin over at Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort. This episode includes some history and fun facts about this Paradise Pier attraction, as well as the source audio for the roller coaster's soundtrack.

Will you miss this attraction, or are you more excited for the Incredicoaster opening with the new Pixar Pier? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or email!

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What other binaural recordings would you like to hear? Please reach out with suggestions..

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Feb 10, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 11 - Star Wars
01:05:57

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

This week's podcast episode explores the entire Star Wars saga, including Episodes I-VIII (Phantom Menace through The Last Jedi) and Rogue One. We discuss our favorite movies (spoiler alert: The Empire Strikes Back is high on all of our lists), favorite jedi, favorite sith, favorite battles and more.

For the first time, this podcast episode was recorded in concurrence with an Instagram Live discussion where fans had the chance to contribute their comments and questions to the podcast discussion. Special thanks to @wisheswithkate, @gopinpro, and @johncfss (John and Ann Marie Corigliano of the Central Florida Sights and Sounds Podcast) for their active participation throughout the episode. Be sure to follow these Disney fans on Instagram and beyond!

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Jan 27, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 10 - Flight of Passage
35:02

Sivako! In today's podcast episode, we head back to the moon of Pandora to take a ride on the back of an ikran (banshee) with a binaural ridethrough of Flight of Passage. This binaural recording includes the preshow with Dr. Stevens, the preshow with Dr. Jackie Ogden, and the full attraction itself.

This podcast episode is part 2 of 2. On our previous episode (Episode 9), we explored the other parts of the World of Avatar, including the Na'vi Drum Ceremony and Na'vi River Journey.

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Jan 13, 2018
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 9 - Pandora the World of Avatar
01:00:16

Kaltxì! In today's podcast episode, we take a trip to the moon of Pandora to explore the Valley of Mo'ara. Using binaural audio, we'll hear the ambient sounds of the World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom, including the Na'vi Drum Ceremony. We'll also take a binaural ride on Na'vi River Journey to hear the Shaman of Song.

This podcast episode is part 1 of 2. On our next episode (Episode 10), we'll take a ride on Flight of Passage together, also using binaural audio. Be sure to subscribe to get a notification when that podcast goes live.

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Dec 30, 2017
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 8 - Internships at Disney
01:16:32
In today's podcast, I'm joined by three former Cast Members as we discuss what it was like to work for the Walt Disney Company on both the Disney College Program and the Disney Professional Internship program at Walt Disney World. We chat about the impact its had on our lives and our careers and the memories that we cherish the most from our time at Disney. Special thanks to Beth, Brittany and Chris for sharing their experiences on this episode!
 
If you're interested in applying to the Disney College Program, be sure to visit www.disneycollegeprogram.com to learn about the requirements.

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The Imagineer Podcast is in no way affiliated with the Walt Disney Company or its subsidiaries. The thoughts expressed on this podcast are solely those of the podcaster.

Dec 15, 2017
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 7 - Haunted Mansion Holiday
26:34

Happy Halloween! In today's podcast, we take a ride on Haunted Mansion Holiday over at Disneyland Park, California.

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Oct 28, 2017
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 6 - Backstage Disney Parks
01:09:07

In today's podcast, we discuss the attractions at Disney we'd like to explore backstage the most, including attractions at Walt Disney World (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom) and Disneyland (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure).

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Sep 29, 2017
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 5 - D23 Expo Recap
01:16:59

In today's podcast, we recap all the announcements from the D23 Expo 2017, including the new attractions being added to Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. We also discuss the newest details for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Star Wars Hotel, Marvel Land, and much more.

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Jul 23, 2017
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 4 - Space Mountain Disneyland
47:08
In this episode of the Imagineer Podcast, we explore a classic attraction at Disneyland: Space Mountain, including a binaural audio ridethrough of the roller coaster. This episode also features various versions of the soundtrack, including the Dick Dale soundtrack, Michael Giacchino soundtrack, Ghost Galaxy soundtrack and Hyperspace Mountain soundtrack.
 
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Jul 09, 2017
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 3 - Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
33:35

In today's podcast, we explore one of the most thrilling attractions in Walt Disney World, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster: Starring Aerosmith, including a binaural audio ridethrough of the attraction. Grab your headphones and enjoy this episode!

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Jun 25, 2017
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 2 - Disneyland vs. Magic Kingdom
01:13:27

On this episode, we explore the many similarities and differences between Disneyland Park (Anaheim, CA) and Magic Kingdom (Orlando, FL). We discuss what is better about each park, including which has the better Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more.

Special thanks to John and Ann Marie Corigliano from Central Florida Sights and Sounds for being our special guests on this episode. Please be sure to visit their website at www.CFSAS.com for some incredible audio experiences throughout Central Florida's attractions.

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Jun 11, 2017
Imagineer Podcast - Episode 1
07:37

Imagineer Podcast host, Matthew Krul, explains what to expect when this podcast officially launches in the summer of 2017. This podcast is dedicated to all Disney fans and Imagineers.

Jun 04, 2017