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Welcome to the Imagineer Podcast, a show dedicated to all things Disney. Stay connected with us on Social Media @ImagineerPodcast and at www.ImagineerPodcast.com.

Imagineer Podcas‪t‬ Matthew Krul

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 462 Ratings

Welcome to the Imagineer Podcast, a show dedicated to all things Disney. Stay connected with us on Social Media @ImagineerPodcast and at www.ImagineerPodcast.com.

    Best Disney Scents (Smells at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line)

    Best Disney Scents (Smells at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line)

    The smells at the Disney Parks and Resorts make for some of the most emotional memories on a Disney Vacation. Whether we're visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, or any other Disney destination, what we smell is not only memorable but also completely intentional. Whether it's the savory smell of popcorn walking down Main Street USA, the soothing smell of lavender in a Disney Resort lobby, the musty smell of dust at the Haunted Mansion, or the sweet smell of pie at Mickey's Philharmagic, Disney knows that our olfactory senses are our strongest. The scents at Disney are meant to immerse us into a new world and evoke specific emotions, which is why Disney spends a great deal of time matching the right scent to each part of an attraction, store, restaurant, hotel, or land. It's also why most Disney fans recall these smells so fondly, even those that are sometimes unintentional.
    In today's episode we'll explore our favorite smells at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line. We'll also discuss the reasons we picked each smell and why we feel that the power of scent makes for some of our most emotional Disney memories.
    Joining me on today's podcast are Philander (you can follow him on Instagram @philanderc85) and a new guest, Lisa DiNoto-Glassner. Lisa is not only the mastermind behind The Castle Run (follow her on Instagram @thecastlerunner) but also the genius who brought us Core Memory Candles. Friends, if you're missing the smells at Disney, please be sure to give Core Memory Candles a try. As a lifelong Disney fan, I have never been this impressed with Disney-inspired candles (yes, that includes those big name companies you're thinking of right now). I light a Core Memory Candle just about every single day and will continue to endorse Lisa's candles at no cost to her. I am a huge fan! You can see how much I love these candles in one of my YouTube videos. The Grand, Ocean Flight, Fall of Rome, Castillo Del Morro and Riviera are just a few of my favorites. Try and I promise you won't be disappointed!
    To turn the conversation over to you, which smells at Disney do you love 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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    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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    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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    • 2 hr 8 min
    Splash Mountain (Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland)

    Splash Mountain (Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland)

    Splash Mountain, which first opened at Disneyland Park in 1989, then at Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland in 1992, has been an iconic part of the Magic Kingdom mountain range for decades. Conceived by Disney Legend Tony Baxter, Splash Mountain takes guests into the colorful animated world of Song of the South, featuring characters like Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, and Brer Fox, and including songs like "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" and "Ev'rybody Has a Laughing Place". With about 10 minutes of ride time and thrilling log flume ride sequences, it's easy to see why Splash Mountain has been a Disney fan favorite for over 30 years.
    In today's episode we'll explore the history of Splash Mountain, including Michael Eisner's influence in bringing this project to life. We'll also discuss some of the details of the attraction you might not have known before, and I'll take you with me for a binaural audio ride-through of the attraction (recorded in 2019). We'll also talk about the future of Splash Mountain with Disney's plans to reimagine the attraction into an experience themed around the Disney animated film, The Princess and the Frog, as well as my personal opinions about this change.
    Whether you frequent Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, or all of the above, what do you love most about Splash Mountain? 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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    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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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Imagineering Pandora – The World of Avatar (Part 2)

    Imagineering Pandora – The World of Avatar (Part 2)

    Pandora – The World of Avatar raised the bar for immersive themed lands when it opened at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World in 2017. Between Avatar Flight of Passage, Na'vi River Journey, Satu'li Canteen, Pongu Pongu, and of course the land itself, travelers visiting the Valley of Mo'ara (courtesy of Alpha Centauri Expeditions, per the story) are transported to an alien world that feels all too real. That's thanks to the countless Imagineers who put years of work into creating the land's attractions. While many think of Imagineer Joe Rohde or even Director James Cameron while exploring the land (virtually or in person), there are countless others who contributed to the land's design, including my two special guests on today's episode: Adam and Rebecca.
    Adam, a former Set Decorator for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Rebecca, a former Scenic Artist working for a contractor, helped to literally set the stage for Pandora – The World of Avatar. From hand-weaving artwork at Satu'li Canteen to setting in place the tiniest details in the Flight of Passage queue, Adam and Rebecca helped bring the story of Pandora into the real world. In this two-part episode, we'll discuss how to land a job at Walt Disney Imagineering, reveal what the day-to-day is like for most Imagineers and contractors working on a project, and of course share the stories that contributed to the many details around the land itself. I'd like to extend a huge thank you to both Adam and Rebecca for lending their time and stories to this two-part episode!
    For part 2, I'd love to know which detail you found most interesting or inspiring from our discussion. 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:
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImagineerPodcast
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    Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:
    Website: https://thekingdominsider.com
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdominsider/
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    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
    Adventures by Disney: https://apps.itams.com/AcademyCRM/form/DisneyAdventure/IP
    How to Support the Show
    Share the podcast with your friends
    Rate and review on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-imagineerpodcasts-podcast/id1244558092
    Join the Imagineer Society - https://www.patreon.com/imagineerpodcast
    Purchase merchandise - https://www.teepublic.com/stores/imagineer-podcast?ref_id=8929
    Download Imagineer Tours - http://imagineertours.com 
    Special thanks to our Hero Patreon members!
    Crystal W
    Thomas N
    Enjoy the show!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Imagineering Pandora – The World of Avatar (Part 1)

    Imagineering Pandora – The World of Avatar (Part 1)

    Pandora – The World of Avatar raised the bar for immersive themed lands when it opened at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World in 2017. Between Avatar Flight of Passage, Na'vi River Journey, Satu'li Canteen, Pongu Pongu, and of course the land itself, travelers visiting the Valley of Mo'ara (courtesy of Alpha Centauri Expeditions, per the story) are transported to an alien world that feels all too real. That's thanks to the countless Imagineers who put years of work into creating the land's attractions. While many think of Imagineer Joe Rohde or even Director James Cameron while exploring the land (virtually or in person), there are countless others who contributed to the land's design, including my two special guests on today's episode: Adam and Rebecca.
    Adam, a former Set Decorator for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Rebecca, a former Scenic Artist working for a contractor, helped to literally set the stage for Pandora – The World of Avatar. From hand-weaving artwork at Satu'li Canteen to setting in place the tiniest details in the Flight of Passage queue, Adam and Rebecca helped bring the story of Pandora into the real world. In this two-part episode, we'll discuss how to land a job at Walt Disney Imagineering, reveal what the day-to-day is like for most Imagineers and contractors working on a project, and of course share the stories that contributed to the many details around the land itself. I'd like to extend a huge thank you to both Adam and Rebecca for lending their time and stories to this two-part episode!
    For part 1, I'd love to know what you enjoyed most from this conversation. 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:
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImagineerPodcast
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/ImagineerPodcast
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/ImagineerNews
    Facebook Group (ImagiNation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/
    Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:
    Website: https://thekingdominsider.com
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/KingdomInsider
    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
    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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    Download Imagineer Tours - http://imagineertours.com 
    Enjoy the show!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Mary Blair (Interview with Niece, Maggie Richardson)

    Mary Blair (Interview with Niece, Maggie Richardson)

    Mary Blair is an iconic Walt Disney Imagineer and Disney Animator, a prolific artist, and a celebrated fashionista. Starting at Disney in 1940, Mary worked on iconic films like Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. She also created the unique look of "it's a small world" for the 1964 World's Fair in New York (later moved to Disneyland) and designed the Grand Canyon Concourse mural at Disney's Contemporary Resort among many other pieces of fine art. Famous for her blending of unique color combinations, Mary's modern style redefined Disney's artistic approach, influenced fashion, and impacted pop culture. A force to be reckoned with, Mary is certainly a legend in the world of Disney.
    Since Mary has unfortunately passed, in this episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with Mary's niece, Maggie, about her aunt's life and career. Be sure to check out Maggie's website dedicated to Mary Blair's life, https://magicofmaryblair.com.
    Which of Mary's many pieces 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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    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: 
    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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    Join the Imagineer Society - https://www.patreon.com/imagineerpodcast
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    Download Imagineer Tours - http://imagineertours.com 
    Enjoy the show!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Best Meals at Walt Disney World with Lou Mongello

    Best Meals at Walt Disney World with Lou Mongello

    Lou Mongello has set the gold standard for Disney podcasts. He is not only a podcast host but also an author, entrepreneur, speaker, and lifelong Disney fan. His wildly popular show, WDW Radio, is not only well-known in the Disney community but has also been named the Best Travel Podcast for 9 consecutive years. Lou’s audio tours, Walt Disney World Trivia Book, 102 Ways to Save Money for and at Walt Disney World Book, and his newest book, “The Disney Interviews Volume 1”, will delight and educate any Disney fan, whether you’re new to the Disney community or a lifelong fanatic. His mentorship and consulting opportunities through LouMongello.com, including his Momentum Weekend Workshop and Retreat in Walt Disney World, will help anybody turn what you love into what you do. Perhaps most moving of all, Lou’s Dream Team Project, has helped to raise more than $350,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. Lou’s mantra to “Choose the Good” is one that he seems to exemplify through his own work.
    In this episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with Lou about his podcast and his new book. We then spend most of the episode talking about something we both love: food at Walt Disney World. In particular, we count down our top 10 favorite meals at Walt Disney World, including options you can find at Disney Springs, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and a few Walt Disney World Resort hotels.
    Be sure to follow Lou on Social Media, download his podcast, and check out his new book:
    Podcast: https://www.wdwradio.com 
    Book: https://www.wdwradio.com/disney-interviews/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wdwradio 
    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/boxpeople 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loumongello/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/loumongello 
    Mentorship: http://www.loumongello.com 
    What's your favorite meal at Walt Disney World? 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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    Facebook Group (ImagiNation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/
    Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:
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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: 
    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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    Enjoy the show!

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
462 Ratings

462 Ratings

Furniture shopper ,

A joy to listen

Matt’s podcast is absolutely wonderful to listen to on the way to work and while doing chores. His guests are excited to be there and always have a fun disposition. The content is upbeat and enjoyable with little to no negativity and there’s a good cadence to the episodes. I look forward to each week and have enjoyed interacting with Matt on social media. I would give the podcast 5 stars but the host 6 stars if I could. Keep up the excellent work and continue to do good in the world.
-Jeff

Anders0nic ,

Dive into the details

This review has been a long time coming.

I’ve been subscribed to this podcast almost at the beginning. I think I found it around episode 22.

From the beginning, it is apparent that Matt truly pours his passion for Disney into the depth and details of each and every episode. I also love the concerted effort to keep this a positive, informative place. The binaural audio helps me feel like I’m back at the parks and immersed in the experience. From Imagineers to guests and podcasters alike, his podcasts are always informative and a delight.

I’ve learned an immeasurable amount listening and following along with this podcast. I can only seeing things getting more “plus’ed” from here. Way to go Matt!

kmh5894 ,

A slice of Disney magic!

This podcast has everything! Historical tidbits, first hand experiences, and great guest (ghost)hosts! It’s my go-to for a night of relaxing or a ride in the car. Thank you so much for creating something so magical!

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