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The web's longest-running Disney podcast, from the creator of 'The Thinking Fan's Guide to Disney' book series. Fun and thoughtful discussion about theme parks (Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong & Paris), movies, music, Broadway, corporate Mouse House, and beyond. Get ready for countdowns, trip reports, in-park audio, music montages, Disney history lessons, celebrity interviews, in-depth analysis, and much more. Host Aaron Wallace is a bestselling author, entertainmen ...
 
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As Walt Disney World debuts a new Mary Poppins Returns-themed restaurant, Aaron joins his close friends Albert Gutierrez and Jonathan Harvill for a DEEP dive into the 2018 movie musical starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Their conversation was recorded in early 2019 but is only debuting now. In this, the first of a multi-part discussion, …
 
Are The Muppets about to announce something big? Could it have something to do with Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and the Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square? In this Season 15 debut and return from hiatus, Aaron looks at an admittedly far-fetched fan theory with help from special guest Blake Taylor of Park People. The Thinking Fan's Gu…
 
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod is back... with a brand-new show title, format, and more. In this Season 14 debut, Aaron walks through 70+ years of Disney music history, treatment one song from each decade to in-depth discussion. Apple Music playlist corresponding to this episode Spotify playlist corresponding to this episode Bobby Driscoll arrest photo (as hear…
 
The Great Movie Ride is closing for good, and to pay tribute, Aaron recreates the entire attraction experience in audio form, using dialogue and score from the movies themselves and a "best of" script combining elements of all the ride versions since 1989. Come along for this magical journey into the movies... Total runtime - 33 minutes Download in…
 
Picking up where they left off in Episode 79: Beastly Kingdoms, special guest Albert Gutierrez joins Aaron for an even deeper look at the new, live-action Beauty and the Beast (2017). Discussion includes meaningful quotes, key differences from the animated film, a look at the new songs, a comparison to the animated songs, the movie’s biggest weakne…
 
Pirates of the Caribbean is changing, and it's quite the controversy. As the famous Wench Bride Auction is set to be replaced, Aaron looks at whether the original scene is actually offensive, whether it's appropriate for Disney to change it, and what the Imagineers' duties must be when tinkering with the sacred... PLUS: A special announcement regar…
 
Six years after releasing a rant against the whole idea of an "Avatar Land," your host reviews Pandora — The World of Avatar now that it's open at long last. AND Aaron is joined by special guest Albert Gutierrez (of The Three CommentEARS) to take a closer look at Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast. Listeners also have a chance to win the…
 
The best and worst of Shanghai Disneyland, from bad guest behavior (public poo!) to E-ticket rides that blow the U.S. out of the water. Aaron looks back on his trip with a review of all 6 lands + a Top 10 Attractions Countdown... (NOTE: If you downloaded during the first three hours of availability, there was a small audio glitch at 1:23:00, affect…
 
The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Epcot is now available! Learn all about this exciting new Disney book. PLUS: New episodes of #ZADDP are on the way! • Buy the book on Amazon • Order signed (and discounted) bundles of Aaron's three books Total runtime - 10 minutes Download in iTunes | Direct Download Thanks for listening! AS HEARD IN T…
 
The holidays are here, and no place celebrates like the Disney Parks. Join Aaron for a countdown of the Top Ten Christmas Offerings at Walt Disney World. Then, special guest Jeff DePaoli chimes in with a rundown of the best holiday entertainment and attraction overlays at Disneyland. (Audio corrected/re-uploaded 2017.) Total runtime - 2 hours, 41 m…
 
How does Epcot’s Eat to the Beat concert series work? Special guest Mike McKee, drummer for the incredible band Delta Rae, explains the whole thing… and geeks out about all things Disney Parks too. Join as Mike and Aaron talk about: Eat to the Beat bookings How the bands pick the songs for such short sets The subtle ways in which Disney’s commitmen…
 
Having been highly critical of Disney California Adventure in its first iteration, Aaron now takes a step back to reassess after a few years of Buena Vista Street, Carsland, and more. Along the way, he shares highlights from his three trips to the park during Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration. Follow along for a first-timer’s look at: • Radia…
 
On the heels of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, Aaron looks back at his three trips there to celebrate it. Follow along for a first-timer’s look at: Paint the Night Disneyland Forever Club 33 Disney characters in It's a Small World Soundsational Haunted Mansion Holiday The Hatbox Ghost Updates to Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan's …
 
George Lucas is about to become an official Disney Legend, and some fans aren't happy about it. Aaron comes to his defense... This year's Disney Legends will be inducted at the #D23Expo2015, where you can also get exclusive early access to the brand-new 2nd Edition of Aaron's book, The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom. More …
 
Take a walk in Walt's footsteps through Griffith Park in Los Angeles — PLUS a special announcement for The D23 Expo 2015! Total runtime - 1 hour, 2 minutes Download in iTunes | Direct Download Link Thanks for listening! Be sure to leave a quick review on iTunes! As heard in the show • The BRAND-NEW 2nd Edition of Aaron's book, The Thinking Fan's Gu…
 
What's it like to live in Walt Disney World? How does moving to Orlando change your theme park perspective as a diehard Disney fan? Is the tradeoff worth it? Fresh off of his two-year "Orlandoversary," Aaron looks at 15 ways that Florida residence has changed his WDW experience. • As heard in the show: Aaron's book, The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt…
 
Kyle Burbank (of The Disneyland Gazette) return for Part 2 of his Walt Disney World New Year’s Eve trip report with Aaron. Discussion includes: Aaron’s review of Star Wars Weekends 2013 & Hyperspace Hoopla Darth Vader chocolate & peanut butter cupcake at Darth Mall Epcot’s New Year’s Eve fail Test Track 2.0 and the world’s longest wait Magic Kingdo…
 
Aaron welcomes special guest Kyle Burbank (of The Disneyland Gazette), discussing recent Disney Parks news and a TWO recent trip reports, including: WDW & Disneyland ticket price hikes for 2013 Mickey and the Magical Map’s debut at Disneyland Monstrous Summer All-Nighter in the Magic Kingdom: A Report Candlelight Processional with Amy Grant at Epco…
 
Universal Orlando just announced a major expansion to its Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley! Find out why Disney fans lashed out at Walt Disney World AND at Aaron this week after the news broke. Is Universal wiping the floor with Disney thanks to Harry Potter? PLUS: What are the best ways to celebrate Mother's Day the Disney Way? AND: …
 
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod continues its brand-new Disney Music Hall of Fame with this, Part 2 of the Inaugural Induction Ceremony! This time around, FOUR new songs are inducted: one from the 1970s, one from the 1980s, one from the 1990s, and one from 2000-Present. (Songs from the 60s, 50s, and pre-50s were inducted in Part 1). Each new inductee is treated …
 
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod kicks off its brand-new Disney Music Hall of Fame in this, Part 1 of its Inaugural Induction Ceremony! After a quick review of the Top 100 Disney Songs Countdown, three NEW songs are inducted in Part 1: one from pre-1950, one from the 1950s, and one from 1960. (Songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000-Present will join them in Part …
 
The third and final installment in Aaron's epic trip report from his month-long vacation celebration in August 2010. ***Headphones recommended for binaural recordings!*** Featuring: • Saratoga Springs resort: a chance encounter and a lunch review • The scariest ride in Walt Disney World (not what you think!) • Universal Studios Orlando: an overview…
 
Part Two of a three-part trip report from Aaron's month-long vacation celebration in August 2010. ***Headphones HIGHLY recommended for in-park audio!*** Featuring: • An immersive Pirates of the Caribbean experience • The WORST Carousel of Progress ever! • The BEST Jungle Cruise ever! • Summer Nightastic entertainment • Not buying a car at Test Trac…
 
Part One of a three-or-four-part trip report from Aaron's month-long vacation celebration in August 2010, featuring: A Great Great Movie Ride (featuring in-park audio) Summer Nightastic version of Tower of Terror First time at Via Napoli (featuring in-park audio) First time seeing Captain EO (featuring in-park audio) Hanson concert Much more! Total…
 
Aaron makes a series of exciting announcements pertaining to the podcast, Walt Disney World, Christmas, The Muppets, an exciting new book, and more.... plus: reviews of "Once Upon a Time," "Grimm," and the new Disneyland Hidden Mickeys book! Thanks for listening! Be sure to leave a quick review on iTunes! Find more about the show at the official we…
 
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