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Imagineer Podcast Matthew Krul

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 23 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.

    Disney Vacation Club Staycations

    Disney Vacation Club Staycations

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


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


    What would be your ideal Disney Vacation Club staycation? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Disney Springs (Imagineering Details)

    Disney Springs (Imagineering Details)

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


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


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


    Website: https://www.designerscreativestudio.com 

    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/209607574152654 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theron.skees/ 

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWU0-KVHvIEeqoCi-miRfeA 


    What do you love most about the Imagineering of Disney Springs? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:


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    Email: matt@imagineerpodcast.com 


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


    Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:


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    Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Timmy Britt (Art Director, Scenic Artist, Foreman)

    Timmy Britt (Art Director, Scenic Artist, Foreman)

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


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


    What part of my discussion with Timmy did you enjoy the most? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:


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


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


    Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 


    Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP

    Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP

    Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP

    Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP

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    How to Support the Show


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Pregnant at Disney (Disney Babymoon)

    Pregnant at Disney (Disney Babymoon)

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


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


    You can follow Jerica at the links below:


    Website: https://www.medalsandtiaras.com 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/medalsandtiaras/ 

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/MedalsTiaras 


    What advice would you offer for expectant parents and family traveling to 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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    Be sure to check out our sponsor WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World, available in print or digital.


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


    Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 


    Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP

    Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP

    Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP

    Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP

    Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP


    How to Support the Show


    Share the podcast with your friends

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Tower of Terror (Imagineering Details)

    Tower of Terror (Imagineering Details)

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


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


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


    Website: https://www.designerscreativestudio.com 

    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/209607574152654 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theron.skees/ 

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWU0-KVHvIEeqoCi-miRfeA 


    What do you love most about Tower of Terror? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:


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    Email: matt@imagineerpodcast.com 


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


    Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:


    Website: https://thekingdominsider.com

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    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/


    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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    Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP

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    How to Support the Show


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Tony Baxter (Disney Legend, Imagineer, IAAPA Hall of Fame)

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

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


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


    Which of Tony's projects is your favorite? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:


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


    Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:


    Website: https://thekingdominsider.com

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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tkidisneynews

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNy6LP8uPSjsktoPBr5JTQ

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TKIDisneyNews/


    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: 


    Walt Disney World: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/waltdisney/IP

    Disneyland: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneyland/IP

    Disney Cruise Line: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/disneycruise/IP

    Aulani: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/Aulani/IP

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    How to Support the Show


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    Special thanks to our Deluxe Passholder Patreon members!


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    Enjoy the show!

    • 1 hr 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Stilldon ,

So glad my sister recommended!

As huge Disney fans, my sister and I are always on the look out for new podcasts. This did not disappoint! Just when we thought we couldn’t love the parks any more we learn so much about more about rides, attractions, scripts, cast members etc we find the imagineer podcast and have a new depth of love and appreciation! Thank you so much for creating such wonder! From very happy listeners in England and Sweden!

Suspikey ,

Brilliant knowledge

Just listened to both episodes Disney Parks Tears and chills ( 108 & 109) - bought back many memories and I agreed with numerous experiences - some of which made me cry again ! Disney makes your memories magical and this podcast helps to keep them alive- definitely worth a listen if you are interested in anything Disney as Matthew has such brilliant insider knowledge and wonderful special guests. Thank you.

Meggsxxx ,

Brimming with knowledge and magic!

I have been listening to imagineer podcast for around 3 years now. Ive never been one for podcasts and have never found one that has really gripped me. I found imagineer podcast and immediately fell in love! Living in the UK, I can’t get to Florida as much as I’d like but I love listening to Matt and his passion for everything Disney, which shines through from the very start to the very end of every episode, helps me feel right back in the heart of the magic! Matthew is so knowledgeable with all of his experience as an ex cast member and is brimming with expertise and know how which really makes this podcast so unique! I can honestly say there hasn’t been an episode that I haven’t loved (there’s even been some that have pulled on my heartstrings so much and made me feel so happy that I've cried!)
I have learnt so much from Matt and my appreciation of the most magical place on earth is growing with every episode! I loved listening to his ‘this or that’ series where he, and a group of his equally knowledgeable friends, discuss some interesting and sometimes hilarious bracket polls including who are the best sidekicks and the worst villains. More recently, Matt has been doing some phenomenal interviews with some past imagineers which would inspire anyone! The stories shared on this channel I honestly don’t know where else you would find!
As well as this, Matt also does so much for the Disney community and his podcast family! Holding live events on Facebook, Q and As, playing games including ‘guess that music loop’, keeping us all connected with polls on Instagram and also inviting us to share ideas about how he can improve the podcast which I think speaks volumes and shows his passion and commitment to this AMAZING channel that he has created!
Thank you so much for sharing your time with us Matt and for producing something that helps us all keep connected with the magic! I hope this podcast keeps going from strength to strength.
Megan 🇬🇧

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