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Join Matt and Nate each week as we discuss Disney History, Disney Theme Parks Details and Theme Park Touring. Segments examine attractions, shows of the past and present of Disney theme parks and more.

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Join Matt and Nate each week as we discuss Disney History, Disney Theme Parks Details and Theme Park Touring. Segments examine attractions, shows of the past and present of Disney theme parks and more.

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587 Ratings
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Matt you’re my favorite Disney Podcaster!

By Carol Loves Disney - Aug 11 2019
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Worked my way through the Thirty20Eight now looking forward to Wedway!

Great show

By Nancy J T - Mar 25 2019
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Your podcast has been so great to listen to during my RunDisney training!!

iTunes Ratings

587 Ratings
Average Ratings
555
20
5
2
5

Matt you’re my favorite Disney Podcaster!

By Carol Loves Disney - Aug 11 2019
Read more
Worked my way through the Thirty20Eight now looking forward to Wedway!

Great show

By Nancy J T - Mar 25 2019
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Your podcast has been so great to listen to during my RunDisney training!!
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WEDway Radio - Walt Disney World and Disneyland Examined with some Disney History

Updated 12 days ago

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Join Matt and Nate each week as we discuss Disney History, Disney Theme Parks Details and Theme Park Touring. Segments examine attractions, shows of the past and present of Disney theme parks and more.

Rank #1: WEDWAY Radio #087 - Backstage Pass

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Thanks for joining us for WEDway Radio - A show about Disney history, theme parks and touring.  Matt and Nate 

This is show #87.  In this episode Matt and Nate take a look at an area that is often overlooked when evaluating Disney history: The Disney Studio.  The Studio was built in 1940 and in 1941 the studio released a film to showcase its new studio and answer the many questions surrounding the production of its animated features and shorts.  We take a brief look at the film, but moreover examine the areas that Disney attempts to feature within the film.

Then, keeping with the subject we take a look at another, yet shorter, attempt that Disney takes in featuring the Disney Studio.  This time its the 1961 episode of The Wonderful World of Color 'Backstage Party' where the viewer is taken on a very different tour of the studio, exploring the sound stages and backlot streets for live production.  The differences are pretty striking.

Enjoy!

Sep 12 2011
54 mins
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Rank #2: WEDWay Radio S6:E4 - '64 Worlds Fair Part I

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Disney History and the Disney Parks.  This is Season 6, Episode 4: 64 Worlds Fair Part I

This show is sponsored for The Magic For Less Travel.  If you're planning a trip to WDW, Disneyland or The Disney Cruise, go to TheMagicForLess.com and a get a free quote.

On this episode we begin our 2014 Summer Series celebrating the 1964

Aug 06 2014
58 mins
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Rank #3: WWR S10:E11 - Macabre on the Mississippi

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Thank you for downloading WEDway Radio; this is the Disney history show. This week, Matt looks at a never built Haunted Mansion-style attraction designed for the St Louis Riverfront Square complex.

Enjoy!

Aug 05 2019
19 mins
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Rank #4: WEDWay Radio #100 - The Metro Retro Historical Society meeting #1 - Future World

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

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

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

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

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

You can email us at podcast@wedwayradio.com

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Thanks for supposrting us over the past two and half years to bring you 100 episodes. 

Dec 12 2011
1 hour 56 mins
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Rank #5: WEDway Radio #037 - Splash Mountain and our first birthday (ENHANCED)

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Matt and Nate dive into Splash Mountain and discover its amazing story from the initial concept that was helped by the traffic on the Santa Ana freeway in LA to the near disastrous idea of synergizing thi attraction with the Touchstone Pictures release of Splash.  Also, you can't tell the story of Splash Mountain without getting into the politics of Disney's relationship with the films of the Jim Crow and so we briefly discuss Disney's legacy regarding their films and Splash Mountain's theming itself with the political correctness of the time.  Its an interesting topic and we ask a few important questions.  After that we go into the rich theming surrounding what many consider Disney's greatest attraction.  After this segment Matt and Nate thank the listeners for a year of support and go over a few personal highlights while telling how WEDway Radio came to be.  "Thank You Again." Enjoy!

Mar 06 2010
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #6: WWR S10:E10 - Meet Me At Disneyland (Nate Returns!)

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Thank you for downloading WEDway Radio; this is the Disney history show. This week, Nate returns to the show to discuss his latest trip to the Disneyland Resort, and Matt describes the Disney influences from his trip to Chicago.

Enjoy!

Jul 28 2019
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #7: WWR S6:E9 - Early Shops of Liberty Square

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Disney Parks and Disney History.  This is Season 6 - Episode 9: Exploring the early Shops of Liberty Square.

On this episode we explore the early shops of Liberty Square including…

 - Make your own scent in the Parfumerie

 - Visit Old World Antiques

 - Explore Johnny Tremain's Silversmith Shop

 - Find the Crickle Crackle Wall

 - Check out the Yankee Pedler

Enjoy!

Dec 29 2014
1 hour
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Rank #8: WEDway Radio #025 - Breaking News: Fantasyland Expansion

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In this quick news update Matt and Nate give a quick run-down of all the changes that were announced at the D23 Expo regarding the Magic Kingdoms Fantasyland Expansion and Star Tours Version 2.0. 

Sep 15 2009
29 mins
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Rank #9: WWR S6E11 - The Next Great Thing

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio.  This is YOUR show about Disney history and the Disney parks.  This is Season 6, Episode 11 - The Next Great Thing: Shanghai Disneyland.

In this episode we take a look at whats planned for Shanghai Disneyland both inside and outside the theme park.

Enjoy!

Jan 25 2015
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #10: WEDway Radio #073 - Evening Adventures: World Showcase

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In this episode of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate invite Henry Work of Touringplans.com and Betamouse onto the show to discuss the magic of World Showcase after dark.

Check out the show notes at http://wedwayradio.com

Email the show at podcast@wedwayradio.com

Follow us on Twitter twitter.com/wedwayradio

Join our Facebook page facebook.com/wedwayradio

Enjoy!

Jun 06 2011
55 mins
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Rank #11: WEDWay Radio #092 - You Can't Reason With A Headless Man

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On this episode of WEDWay Radio we are proud to take a look at one of our favorite animated features the 1949 film Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and instead of looking at the entire feature we are going to instead look at the second half of the film: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  This is such a fantastic feature and some of the things that we look at in examining this are:

  • Animation in the 40's and how this feature ended the "package films" of the 1940's where features were divided up into several subjects or a mix of live action and animated sequences.
  • Washington Irving and the story of Sleepy Hollow.  The first great American author who was internationally acclaimed and how this story was actually part of a larger set of works, including Rip Van Winkle while also creating a history for an area that was not very rich in culture.
  • The art and animation of the film that stood including the work of Frank Thomas, Woolie Reitherman, John Lounsbery and Mary Blair
  • The great music of the film including the narration by Bing Crosby.  
  • Where we can find Sleepy Hollow references in the parks.

Enjoy!

Oct 17 2011
57 mins
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Rank #12: WEDway Radio #075 - Disney Goes Tiki

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In this episode of WEDway Radio Matt and Nate take a look at the relationship between Disney, the Disney parks and The Tiki Culture / Craze of 1950's and 60's.  First we delve into the Tiki Culture in America; discussing its origins and some of the more popular Polynesian style restaurants of the time.  Then, we look at Walt Disney and his trips to Hawaii on the 1930's, 40's and 60's that shaped his view of Polynesian culture. Finally, tying it into today, we look at the attractions at Walt Disney World and Disneyland that are Tiki / Polynesian themed.

Show Notes available at wedwayradio.com

Email us at podcast@wedwayradio.com

Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/wedwayradio

Join our Facebook page at facebook.com/wedwayradio

Enjoy

Jun 19 2011
51 mins
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Rank #13: WWR S7:E1 - If You Had Wings

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio.  This is YOUR show about Disney Parks and Disney History.  This is Season 7:  Episode 1 - If You Had Wings.  

On this episode of WEDWay Radio we take a look at one of the (almost) original attractions to Walt Disney World's Tomorrowland - If You Had Wings.  This is attraction is one of the storied attractions of Disney's past as it was unique to WDW, and utilized the somewhat overlooked projection attraction technology that was so apparent in late 60's - 70's and 80's attractions. Also, the song is pretty cool.

Enjoy this episode and enjoy Season 7!

Jun 09 2015
56 mins
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Rank #14: WWR S7:E3 - The Wild Westerns: Frontierland Part I

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio.  This is YOUR show about exploring the Disney Parks and Disney History.  This is Season 7: Episode 3 where we are starting our 2015 Summer Series celebrating Frontierland.

On this episode we take a look at three influences that helped to create a Frontierland:

1.  America's Obsession with Westerns int he 1940's and 1950's

2.  The Carolwood Pacific Railroad 

3.  Walts experiences in Marceline MO

Enjoy!

Jul 11 2015
50 mins
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Rank #15: NOW! #100 - 100th Show Extravaganza!

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay NOW! This is the news companion to WEDWay Radio and YOUR window to the Disney community. This is episode 100. Yes - 100! For our 100th episode we hae decided to talk about 100 things that we find special to Disney and Disney history.

We hope you enjoy it!

Mar 29 2016
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Rank #16: WEDWay Radio 6:01 - Backstage Tour

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Disney History and the Disney Parks.  This is Season 6, Episode 1: The Backstage Tour.  This show is sponsored for The Magic For Less Travel.  If you're planning a trip to WDW, Disneyland or The Disney Cruise, go to TheMagicForLess.com and a get a free quote.

This show is our first for Season 6, and we're going back to where WEDWay Radio all started - The Disney MGM Studios.  On this episode we bring you the second half of the Backlot Tour, the Backstage portion showing you more of how movie magic makes it to the big and small screen.

Enjoy!

Jun 10 2014
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #17: WEDWay Radio - S6:E7 DCA 1.0 Part Deux (revised)

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S6:E7

Nov 12 2014
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #18: WWR S6:E8 - Pulling it Off: '64 WF Part III

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WWR S6:E8

Dec 01 2014
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #19: WWR 5:29 - A Trip Down Sunset Boulevard

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Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, YOUR show about Exploring the Disney Parks, Disney History and The Walt Disney Company. This is Season 5: Episode 29 - A Trip Down Sunset Boulevard

On this episode we discuss

 - The Disney MGM Studios 1994 expansion

 - Backstage vs Onstage theming

 - The architectural influences of Sunset Boulevard's buildings.

And more!

Enjoy!

Dec 10 2013
48 mins
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Rank #20: WEDway Radio #078 - Opening Day Spectacular!

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In this episode of WEDway Radio Nate and Matt celebrate Disneylands birthday with again this year by taking a look at an important event in the history of Disneyland, the International Press Preview on July 17, 1955 and the opening day TV special that aired to national audience of 90 million people. The TV show was hosted by Art Linkletter, Ronald Reagan and Bob Cummings.  Probably the most recognizeable part of the show is the dedication speech by Walt Disney, but few probably know that the dedication was really in three parts with Walt having the shortest part.  The show introduced each of the five lands on opening day with Adventureland's introduction being less than a minute. The opening day date has been a subject of debate for Disney fans.  Is the press preview the opening day or the day the general public was admitted the opening day?  In 1967 Disney sent out a press release declaring that July 17th was Dedication Day and that July 18th was Opening Day.  Either way, its 56 years old this week.

Check out the show notes at wedwayradio.com

Email the show at podcast@wedwayradio.com

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Follow us on Twitter twitter.com/wedwayradio

Thanks for all the downloads recently and your feedback.

Jul 11 2011
1 hour 16 mins
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