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Imagineer Podcast Matthew Krul

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 610 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.

    Avatar Flight of Passage (Pandora—World of Avatar)

    Avatar Flight of Passage (Pandora—World of Avatar)

    Avatar Flight of Passage might be the most thrilling and immersive attraction Disney's Imagineers have ever created. It also happens to be one of the highest rated Disney attractions in the world. Opening in 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Flight of Passage is the signature E-ticket attraction in Pandora—World of Avatar. The Imagineering details, story, and technology for this ride are so impressive that I knew I had to devote an entire episode to discussing what makes this attraction so remarkable.


    In this podcast episode, I discuss the backstory of Pandora and Avatar Flight of Passage, its connections to the film, story-driven details, ride design, technology, and memorable moments. I also feature a binaural audio recording of the ride and discuss why so many Disney fans consider it to be not only a thrilling and emotional attraction but also a spiritual one.


    What do you love most about Avatar Flight of Passage? 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 23 min
    Disney New Year Wishes 2022

    Disney New Year Wishes 2022

    The New Year presents each of us with the opportunity to reflect, reset, and reimagine where we can go and what we can accomplish, and Disney's stories and quotes offer endless wisdom for ways that we can better approach life. As we reset to the New Year, I wanted to take a moment to share some New Year wishes, with a dose of Disney magic, to provide some inspiration for the year ahead.


    What are you hoping to accomplish in 2022? 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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    • 14 min
    Disney Attraction Soundtracks (Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disneyland)

    Disney Attraction Soundtracks (Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disneyland)

    Music at the Disney Parks is so iconic that several attraction themes have been popular for generations. From Sherman Brothers classics like it's a small world and The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room to modern favorites like Golden Dream and even Nothing Can Stop Us Now, Disney attraction themes and scores help convey the story of the attraction and leave Disney fans singing along as they exit the experience.


    In this podcast episode (part 2), I chat with my cousin Mike (a music industry executive and lifelong Disney fan) about our favorite attraction soundtracks, including the stories behind them and why we love these themes so much. In part 2, we discuss our favorites at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure. Be sure to check out our last episode (part 1), where we discuss our favorites at Magic Kingdom and Epcot.


    What are your favorite attraction soundtracks at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure? 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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    • 46 min
    Disney Attraction Soundtracks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot)

    Disney Attraction Soundtracks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot)

    Music at the Disney Parks is so iconic that several attraction themes have been popular for generations. From Sherman Brothers classics like it's a small world and The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room to modern favorites like Golden Dream and even Nothing Can Stop Us Now, Disney attraction themes and scores help convey the story of the attraction and leave Disney fans singing along as they exit the experience.


    In this podcast episode (part 1), I chat with my cousin Mike (a music industry executive and lifelong Disney fan) about our favorite attraction soundtracks, including the stories behind them and why we love these themes so much. In part 1, we discuss our favorites at Magic Kingdom and Epcot. In our next episode (part 2), we'll discuss our favorites at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure.


    What are your favorite attraction soundtracks at Magic Kingdom and Epcot? 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:


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    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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    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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    • 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 


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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:


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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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    How to Support the Show


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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
610 Ratings

610 Ratings

pup453 ,

Where has this podcast been all my life?

I stumbled on this podcast a few days ago while looking for the music to the old Main Street Electrical Parade. I was being nostalgic about growing up in Tampa, FL, in the early 80’s. I found Episode 19 in which Matt played a full live recording of the parade in its entirety. It took me back. From there, I scrolled through more recent episodes to find Matt’s interviews with Timmy Britt and Theron Skees. Absolutely inspiring!!! The access that Matt has created over these years, his insight into the Disney story, his professional production, and love for Disney shine through. Every Disney fan and non-Disney fan should be listening.

marynchazz ,

Disney Park Music!

The discussion with Mike about Disney parks attractions music was so much fun! I think joint podcasts with the two of you with stories about the history of some of the most iconic music would be awesome.

HokieHobbit ,

Awesome podcast!

I’m finally all caught with the podcast episodes (minus some I’m saving for later), and I’ve so much enjoyed this podcast. I feel like I know more about Disney than I did before and there are things I’d certainly love to try in a Disney Trip (like staycations in a Disney resort). It’s so clear that the host puts lots of time, effort and TLC into this podcast and I’m looking forward to many more episodes to come

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