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Discover the history and the magic of the Disney Parks, Disney Studios, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and beyond. Learn more at imagineerpodcast.com. Imagineer Podcast is not affiliated or endorsed by Walt Disney Imagineering or the Walt Disney Company.

Imagineer Podcast Matthew Krul

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

Discover the history and the magic of the Disney Parks, Disney Studios, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and beyond. Learn more at imagineerpodcast.com. Imagineer Podcast is not affiliated or endorsed by Walt Disney Imagineering or the Walt Disney Company.

    It’s Tough To Be A Bug (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)

    It’s Tough To Be A Bug (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)

    It's Tough To Be A Bug opened at Disney's Animal Kingdom in 1998 and Disney California Adventure in 2001 (closed in 2018), both on the parks' respective opening dates. This 4D show pays homage to the Disney-Pixar film A Bug's Life while sharing the importance of insects and bugs throughout the world. Located inside The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom, this attraction features some frightening moments for some guests but is otherwise a family-friendly attraction at Walt Disney World.

    In this podcast episode, we discuss the history of It's Tough To Be A Bug, along with some fun facts, details, and audio recordings of the attraction.

    What do you love most about It's Tough To Be A Bug? 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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    • 53 min
    Music of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Part 2)

    Music of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Part 2)

    Disney Parks are filled with thousands of hours of music. From area music loops to attraction soundtracks, Disney's Imagineers infuse a tremendous amount of work creating and selecting music and sounds that best fit every corner of the resort. Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios) is no exception. Disney's Imagineers worked tireless to select the best music for each distinct area of the park as they attempted to evoke the appropriate mood and setting for each location.

    In this two-part podcast episode, we offer a deep-dive discussion of the music at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Part 1 offers insights about the park as a whole, the entrance, Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Commissary Lane, and Grand Avenue. In part 2, we return to discuss Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Toy Story Land, Animation Courtyard, and Sunset Boulevard.

    Which music loop is your favorite from the areas of Disney's Hollywood Studios we discussed in 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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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Music of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Part 1)

    Music of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Part 1)

    Disney Parks are filled with thousands of hours of music. From area music loops to attraction soundtracks, Disney's Imagineers infuse a tremendous amount of work creating and selecting music and sounds that best fit every corner of the resort. Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios) is no exception. Disney's Imagineers worked tireless to select the best music for each distinct area of the park as they attempted to evoke the appropriate mood and setting for each location.

    In this two-part podcast episode, we offer a deep-dive discussion of the music at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Part 1 offers insights about the park as a whole, the entrance, Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Commissary Lane, and Grand Avenue. In part 2, we return to discuss Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Toy Story Land, Animation Courtyard, and Sunset Boulevard.

    Which music loop is your favorite from the areas of Disney's Hollywood Studios we discussed in 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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    WDW Park Planners: work with a concierge vacation planner to create a personalized Disney itinerary for you and your family.
    Magical Park Tours: hire an in-person guide to help your family navigate the parks and mitigate crowds.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Journey Into Imagination with Figment (EPCOT)

    Journey Into Imagination with Figment (EPCOT)

    Journey Into Imagination opened at EPCOT in 1983 and has been a part of Walt Disney World ever since. As part of the Imagination Pavilion conceived by Walt Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter, Journey Into Imagination took guests aboard a whimsical flight into the imagination, with Dreamfinder and Figment reminding guests that "One Little Spark" (a song written by Richard and Robert Sherman) can lead to an unlimited number of ideas.

    In this podcast episode, we discuss the history of Journey Into Imagination, including its replacements, Journey Into Your Imagination and (currently) Journey Into Imagination with Figment, along with some speculation as to what might be in store for this attraction's future. This episode includes fun facts and some audio recordings of the attraction.

    What do you love most about Journey Into Imagination with Figment? 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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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Disneyland Vacation Planning

    Disneyland Vacation Planning

    Frequent Walt Disney World guests will often ask me if Disneyland is worth a visit. Not surprisingly, the answer is a resounding yes! Disneyland is an especially magical place for Disney fans, and even for those who infrequently visit Disney, there's a good reason Disneyland is called the "happiest place on earth". With two incredible theme parks (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure), Downtown Disney, and three Disney Resorts (The Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian, and Disney's Paradise Pier), Disneyland packs an enormous number of attractions, dining options, entertainment and activities into a space so small that you can easily walk from one end to the complete opposite end of the resort in a matter of 10-15 minutes.

    In this episode, I'm joined by Brooke McDonald and Philander Butler to discuss our tips, strategies and advice for planning a first visit to Disneyland. We discuss the reasons you should consider making the pilgrimage to Disneyland, differences between the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, where to stay (including some incredible "good neighbor" options), how many days to visit the parks, Genie+, and more.

    What do you love most about the Disneyland Resort? 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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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Designing the Disney Wish (Imagineering Disney Cruise Line with Theron Skees)

    Designing the Disney Wish (Imagineering Disney Cruise Line with Theron Skees)

    Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, the Disney Wish sets sail this summer (2022), and I had the opportunity to chat with former Walt Disney Imagineer and Portfolio Creative Executive of Disney Cruise Line, Theron Skees about the design of this newest ship. In this episode, I chat with Theron about the Imagineers' approach to designing a cruise ship, attractions and amenities we can look forward to aboard the Disney Wish (including the Aquamouse, Disney's first ever attraction at sea), and reasons to consider sailing with Disney Cruise Line.

    Be sure to learn more about Theron and follow him online by visiting his website.

    When will you next set sail with the Disney Wish or another Disney Cruise Line ship? 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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    Enjoy the show!

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Shalmc ,

Wow!

As a Disnerd, I’m always looking for a new way to feed the Disney obsession, and Matthew & all of his guests are amazing! From trip planning tips, history, interviews and just general Disney “stuff” this is one of my go-to podcasts!

PS. So thankful for the Disneyland planning episode, and would LOVE to have a few more! Planning my first Disneyland trip in October 2022, so it was very helpful!

karajones19 ,

Disney Magic at Home

I found the Imagineer Podcast about a year and a half ago now. This podcast has gotten me through several lockdowns, and keeps me fuelled until my next Disney trip. Matt delivers Disney magic in so many ways, with each episode being even better than the last. I could not recommend Imagineer Podcast more. I would give it 6 stars if I could.

Movie Fan777 ,

Disney Deep Cuts

Love the Imagineering podcast and the deep history you get into. Disney is about the details so this is the perfect mix of detail and entertainment.

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