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Imagineer Podcast Matthew Krul

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 31 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.

    Music of the Disney Renaissance (Part 1)

    Music of the Disney Renaissance (Part 1)

    Disney Renaissance films include The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan. They span a range of just 10 years but include some of the most beloved films of all time. Arguably, the music is perhaps the most memorable aspect of these Disney Renaissance films, and collectively, the music has produced 30 million album sales including 5 multi-platinum albums and even a diamond album. These films have also won 5 Academy Awards for Best Score, 6 Academy Awards for Best Song, and even a Grammy for Song of the Year. These Disney films are loved by so many Disney fans, and in this two-part podcast episode, we dive deep into the music.
    In Part 1 of the Music of the Disney Renaissance series, we discuss the history of this period of time and the definition of the Disney Renaissance. We then dive deep into the music of The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, discussing why we believe these soundtracks are so beloved and memorable. In Part 2, we have the same conversations about the music of The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan and Tarzan. We close out Part 2 with a recap of the music of the Disney Renaissance. 
    What are your favorite songs from the Disney movies 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 25 min
    Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland)

    Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland)

    Pirates of the Caribbean is considered to be the last attraction that Walt Disney personally oversaw from beginning to end. This Disneyland classic opened in March of 1967, just a few months of Walt's passing, and has been an integral part of the park for over 55 years. Located in New Orleans Square, this iconic ride has inspired a blockbuster movie series and four additional Pirates of the Caribbean attractions around the world (Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland). It's also my personal favorite attraction at Disneyland Park.
    In this podcast episode, we discuss the history of Pirates of the Caribbean (the original Disneyland version), including its design, story, music, and Imagineering, along with some fun facts, details, and an audio recording of the attraction (recorded in 2022).
    What do you love most about Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland? 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 6 min
    2023 Disney New Year Wishes

    2023 Disney New Year Wishes

    Disney often provides us with inspiration throughout the year, and the same can be said as we turn the clocks to the New Year. As we begin the year 2023, a few Disney friends, Imagineers and I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year and provide some Disney-inspired magic for the year ahead.
    Thanks to my special guests on this episode.
    Brian Crosby (Marvel): https://www.instagram.com/wizardofcroz23/
    Amanda Hasaka (Disneyland Foodies): https://www.instagram.com/disneylandfoodies/
    Brett, Craig & Vanessa (Beyond the Mouse): https://www.instagram.com/beyondthemousepod/?hl=en
    Colleen Bentley (WDW Park Planners): https://wdwparkplanners.com/
    Conor Brown (WDW Opinion): https://www.wdwopinion.com/
    Danny & Stephanie Shuster (WDW Magazine): https://www.wdw-magazine.com/
    Kim Collins (Magical Park Vacations): https://magicalparkvacations.com/
    Philander Butler (Disneyland Resort): https://www.instagram.com/philanderc85/
    Scott Wolf (Mouse Clubhouse): https://mouseclubhouse.com/
    Timmy Britt (Timmy Britt Studios): https://www.timmybritt.art/ 
    Theron Skees (Designers Creative Studio): https://www.designerscreativestudio.com/
    What are your goals and wishes for 2023? 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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    Magical Park Tours: hire an in-person guide to help your family navigate the parks and mitigate crowds.
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    • 8 min
    Doris Hardoon (Disney Legend, Imagineer)

    Doris Hardoon (Disney Legend, Imagineer)

    Doris Hardoon became a Disney Legend in 2022 and was recognized at the D23 Expo that same year. Starting at Walt Disney Imagineering (WED Enterprises at the time), Doris worked on the development of EPCOT alongside folks like Rolly Crump, Marty Sklar, and John Hench. As a designer and stylist, Doris's first official project was The Land Pavilion. Over the span of her 40-year career at Imagineering, Doris went on to work on every Disney castle park around the world. She also helped lead the development of Shanghai Disneyland as an Executive Creative Director and Producer and the Castle of Magical Dreams at Hong Kong Disneyland.
    In this podcast episode, I chat with Doris about his career at Walt Disney Imagineering, including some of the attractions she helped bring to life. We also discuss WESTCOT, which she helped develop as a potential project for California, and her work with her design consulting company, DDesign.
    What is your favorite Doris Hardoon creation? 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 27 min
    Rob’t Coltrin (Disney Legend, Imagineer)

    Rob’t Coltrin (Disney Legend, Imagineer)

    Rob't Coltrin became a Disney Legend in 2020 (inducted at the D23 Expo 2022 ceremony) after spending 30 years at Walt Disney Imagineering. As a show set designer, concept artist, art director, and creative executive, Rob't became a go-to artist at Walt Disney Imagineering for concept work, storytelling, and ride layouts. Rob't is famous for helping design such noteworthy attractions as Expedition Everest, Toy Story Mania, Radiator Springs Racers, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Enchanted Tales of Beauty and the Beast, Mystic Manor, Mickey's Philharmagic, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (to name just a few). His likeness can also be found as a Disney S.E.A. character (Prof. R. Blauerhimmel, which fittingly translates to "Blue Sky").
    In this podcast episode, I chat with Rob't about his career at Walt Disney Imagineering, including some of the attractions he helped bring to life. We also "geek out" together about ride layout design and blue sky development.
    What is your favorite Rob't Coltrin land or 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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    • 59 min
    Best Disney Attractions After Dark (Walt Disney World, Disneyland)

    Best Disney Attractions After Dark (Walt Disney World, Disneyland)

    Disney attractions are incredible during the day, but certain Disney rides and shows take on new life after dark. Whether you're visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland, we want to share a few of our favorites at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disneyland Park, and Disney California Adventure, plus some bonus answers beyond the parks. These attractions are not just great to experience in the dark; they're sometimes even better in the dark!
    In this episode, I'm joined by Colleen Bentley of WDW Park Planners, Kim Collins of Magical Park Vacations, and Conor Brown of Magical Park Tours. We run down the list of our top 10 favorite Disney attractions to experience after dark.
    What answers would you add to this list of attractions? 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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    Magical Park Tours: hire an in-person guide to help your family navigate the parks and mitigate crowds.
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    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

softrocker2009 ,

Pure Magic!

A superb podcast filled with passion, detail and a love of Disney that you’ll rarely find. Matthew has done a wonderful job of talking to almost all of the big hitters in the world of imagineering and he brings a critical, but universally positive eye to bringing the history of the magic to life. Every episode is a joy, if you love Disney and theme park history then there is literally no better podcast in the world.

LoriFJR ,

Fun, informative and very Disney!

I am new to this podcast and I am obsessed. I love the detail and the sounds of Disney Parks and rides.
I really appreciated the view point of a now Disney parent (which I now am and taking our first trip soon)
Thank you so much for the hard work you put into all your episodes!

Lori

RaquelitaJay ,

Gives me all the Disney feels!

Every single episode brings back so many great memories, smells, sounds, tastes.. you just have to bring your imagination if you haven’t been to Disney yet! It’s been getting me so excited for my upcoming trip as well as getting me through lockdown when international travel was a no go! Literally pull up your favourite armchair.. or for me.. my drives to and from work.. get a smile on your face and in your heart and enjoy!!! Thanks Matthew and friends!!

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