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90s Disney is a podcast covering everything about the Mouse House's raddest decade. Each episode goes in depth on a single 90s Disney topic, be it from the parks, movies, video games, or whatever!

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90s Disney is a podcast covering everything about the Mouse House's raddest decade. Each episode goes in depth on a single 90s Disney topic, be it from the parks, movies, video games, or whatever!

Follow us on Twitter @90sDisneyPod!
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    61 - Monorail

    61 - Monorail

    Walt Disney World.



    Early Monorail History

    Monorails, meaning single track railways, date back to 1820 with Ivan Elmanov's prototype in Russia. Henry Robinson Palmer, an English civil engineer, patented the first monorail in 1821, featuring a single rail supported above ground. General Roy Stone designed the first steam-driven monorail, showcased at the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition.



    ALWEG Monorail

    The ALWEG Monorail, designed by Dr. Axel Lennart Wenner-Gren, emerged in 1952, with improvements in 1957 that set the standard for modern monorails.



    Disney Monorails

    Walt Disney aimed for a futuristic transport system at Disneyland, leading to the creation of the Viewliner Train in 1957, which was later replaced by the ALWEG Monorail after Walt's visit to Germany. The Disneyland Monorail opened on June 14, 1959, featuring innovative designs and was the first to run adjacent to a major highway.



    Disneyland Mark I to III

    The Disneyland monorails evolved from Mark I in 1959 to Mark III in 1969, improving in size, capacity, and design.



    Walt Disney World Monorail

    The WDW monorail was a significant part of Walt's vision for showcasing the future. The Mark IV monorails, inspired by Learjet designs, were introduced in 1971, featuring unique support structures and smooth rides due to precise manufacturing.



    Mark IV to VI

    Mark IV monorails had bench seats, limited standing room, and basic AC. They were replaced by Mark VI in 1989, which featured better air conditioning, automatic doors, increased capacity, and higher speeds.

    EPCOT Expansion and Disneyland Mark V

    The WDW monorail system expanded to EPCOT in the late 1970s, with on-site precasting for new track beams. Disneyland introduced Mark V monorails in 1987, designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and manufactured in West Germany.



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    Links


    The First Schwebebahn
    D23: Cool Facts About the Disney Monorail
    Monorails.org: History
    Concrete Technology Legacy
    PCI.org: History of Accelerated Bridge Construction
    Walt Dated World: Monorail History
    ASME: Disneyland Monorail System 1959
    Disney Monorail Cab on eBay


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    60.5 - Ranking Disneyland Rides

    60.5 - Ranking Disneyland Rides

    AJ, Mike, and Chris rank every Disneyland ride. Where does your favorite land? What did we get wrong? Do you agree with our top (and bottom) picks?


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    60 - Mini Golf at Walt Disney World

    60 - Mini Golf at Walt Disney World

    AJ, Mike, and Chris Invite you to explore the history of mini golf at Walt Disney World. Whether you’re looking to casually putt the greens of Fantasia Gardens or enjoy a vacation to Winter Summerland, just pick your golf ball color and join us for 18 holes of fun!



    History of Mini Golf

    Golf originated in 15th century Scotland. Early 20th-century mini golf courses included Thistle Dhu (1916) and Tom Thumb (1927). The game became widely accessible thanks to Thomas McCullough Fairbairn's artificial greens in 1922.

    Fantasia Gardens

    Fantasia Gardens opened near the Swan and Dolphin resorts, featuring scenes from Fantasia. It was designed to keep guests on property and collaborated between WDI and Disney Development Company.

    Winter Summerland

    Winter Summerland, opened in 1999, features two themed courses (Summer and Winter) based on Santa's elves' vacation. It is located next to Blizzard Beach.



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    Links


    AllEars: Fantasia Gardens
    Disney Parks Blog: Fantasia Gardens
    Disney Fandom: Fantasia Gardens
    Passport to Dreams: Dancing Hippo
    Your First Visit: Winter Summerland


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    59.5 - The Best Shops at Walt Disney World

    59.5 - The Best Shops at Walt Disney World

    AJ, Mike, and Chris invite you to come along for some retail therapy as we talk about our favorite shops, stores, and caramel counters across Walt Disney World.


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    59 - Honey, I Shrunk the Audience

    59 - Honey, I Shrunk the Audience

    AJ, Mike, and Chris travel back to 1994 when Professor Wayne Szalinski had to admit to his wife, "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!" Join us as we explore the birth of the Imagination Institute and Eric Idle's portrait of Dr. Nigel Channing. We explore insights into the complex effects of this 4D film from its director, Radal Kleiser, and describe how each of the ground breaking in-theater effects were achieved. So grab your safety googles, pick your feet up off the ground, and watch out for Gigabyte!

    Early History"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" released in 1989 to great success, followed by a moderately successful sequel, "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid" in 1992. "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure" opened in 1990 at the then new MGM Studios park. A new attraction themed around "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" was announced in November 1993, originally named "Honey, I Shrunk the Theater" and later changed to "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience." Kodak sponsored the attraction.

    ProductionThe film was directed by Randal Kleiser, known for "Grease" and "Flight of the Navigator," and written by Bill Prady and Steve Spiegel. Cinematography was handled by Dean Cundey, with effects by Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company. The score was composed by Bruce Boughton. The set was designed by Les Dilley, and the cast included Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Robert Oliveri, Eric Idle, and others.

    PreshowThe preshow included a presentation by Kodak and a segment featuring Dr. Nigel Channing on WNN-TV. In 2003, the preshow was changed to include a short film replacing "True Colors" and altered dialogues.

    Technical Details and Run of the ShowThe film was presented as the stage of a live award show, with technical details ensuring the appearance of a live event. Ten significant 3D moments were incorporated into the show, each carefully choreographed to enhance audience immersion.

    Other Parks ChangesThe attraction underwent changes in various Disney parks, including Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris.

    Closure and LegacyAfter Michael Jackson's death, there was a resurgence of interest in "Captain EO." As a result, "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" was temporarily closed in several parks for the "Captain EO Tribute" but never reopened. The attraction left a lasting legacy, with elements incorporated into other Disney experiences.

    Our MemoriesPersonal reflections on the attraction.

    OutroSend questions and comments to 90sdisneypodcast@gmail.com

    Links


    Allears.net - Extinct Epcot: The Big History of Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
    Disney Fandom - Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
    Wikipedia - Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!
    YouTube - Honey, I Shrunk the Audience Promo
    YouTube - Honey, I Shrunk the Audience Ride-Through
    YouTube - Honey, I Shrunk the Audience Full Show
    YouTube - True Colors Preshow
    Magic and Imagination Archive - Honey, I Shrunk the Audience


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    58.5 - Ranking Every Universal Orland Attraction

    58.5 - Ranking Every Universal Orland Attraction

    AJ, Mike, and Chris create the definitive ranking of (almost) every attraction at Universal Studios Orland and Universal Islands of Adventure. We even brought back some of the attractions that aren't there anymore. Where did your favorite attraction land? What's our favorite? And more importantly, which attraction is the worst?


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Customer Reviews

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37 Ratings

37 Ratings

FIRSTxAVENGER ,

It’s a great big beautiful Minotti show

Love listening to these dudes dissect the Disney I grew up with and continue to go to. Listen to this show and share with your friends!

Dan Park ,

It’s Time To Remember!

I’m on my 4th relisten of the podcast and it’s my go-to for my nostalgia needs. A lot of stories told in these episodes are those that match my own and it’s so fun to hear them reminisce and educate audiences on attractions both classic, defunct, and somewhere in between. Recommend this podcast to anyone who has a lot of reverence for the Disney Decade and wants to learn more about the people and ideas that made it such a fertile time period for creativity within Disney.

MichaelTheCutts ,

Very informative and interesting!

Heard about this Podcast from Mike’s appearances on Giant Bomb. This is a great show across all spectrums of Disney through the 90s

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