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Intelligent discussion on theme parks and Disney from a fan's perspective

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TTSP #28: Top 10 Theme Park Bucket List

9/13/2017
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It’s an exciting time for theme park fans; rides and shows keep opening across the world. It’s impossible to keep up with all the announcements and rumors. At the D23 Expo, Disney reeled off a huge stream of news about experiences coming in the next five years.… Read more >> The post TTSP #28: Top 10 Theme Park Bucket List appeared first on Tomorrow Society.

Duration: 00:42:12


TTSP #27: Ken Kebow on Rolly Crump and The Whimsical Imagineer

8/14/2017
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Few Imagineers are present in the Disney fan community more than Rolly Crump. His work on legendary attractions like It’s a Small World, The Haunted Mansion, and the Enchanted Tiki Room is part of the draw, but it’s more than that.… Read more >> The post TTSP #27: Ken Kebow on Rolly Crump and The Whimsical Imagineer appeared first on Tomorrow Society.

Duration: 00:48:22


TTSP #26: Jeff Barnes on Disneyland and The Wisdom of Walt

8/7/2017
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It’s easy to look at Walt Disney’s life as one success after another, but it’s hardly that simple. He failed repeatedly and faced serious doubts from his associates and family about every big move. Even a legendary place like Disneyland received a lot of cynicism when it opened.… Read more >> The post TTSP #26: Jeff Barnes on Disneyland and The Wisdom of Walt appeared first on Tomorrow Society.

Duration: 00:52:17


TTSP #25: D23 Expo News with Nate Parrish of WEDWay Radio

7/26/2017
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There was so much anticipation among Disney fans heading into the Parks & Resorts presentation at last week’s D23 Expo. How could the announcements possibly live up to all the hype? Amazingly, the news from Bob Chapek and others included some big surprises.… Read more >> The post TTSP #25: D23 Expo News with Nate Parrish of WEDWay Radio appeared first on Tomorrow Society.

Duration: 01:02:23


TTSP #24: Top 5 Extinct Attractions at Disney World

7/11/2017
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It’s easy for Disney fans to be protective of the parks, especially our favorite attractions. We’re nervous that management is just looking for an opportunity to change them, and not necessarily for the better. Few of us agree on what’s actually worthy of preservation, however.… Read more >> The post TTSP #24: Top 5 Extinct Attractions at Disney World appeared first on Tomorrow Society.

Duration: 00:36:28


TTSP #23: Aaron Wallace, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Epcot

6/16/2017
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It’s a strange time in Epcot’s history. Rumors are swirling about major changes in the next five years, but nothing is certain. Guardians of the Galaxy is the most common one, but we’ve also heard about Tron, Ratatouille, and other possibilities.… Read more >> The post TTSP #23: Aaron Wallace, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Epcot appeared first on Tomorrow Society.

Duration: 00:49:37


TTSP #22 – Spring Break Disney World Trip Report: Highlights and Planning Miscues

5/1/2017
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Erin Heaton There’s so much discussion about how to make the most of your Walt Disney World vacation. The amount of planning that’s needed months before the trip is higher than ever. While preparing for our recent vacation in March, I was nervous about handling the Spring Break crowds.… Read more >> The post TTSP #22 – Spring Break Disney World Trip Report: Highlights and Planning Miscues appeared first on Tomorrow Society.

Duration: 00:46:26


TTSP #21: The Sounds of a Walt Disney World Trip

4/3/2017
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Erin Heaton I cannot overstate how important the sounds of the Disney theme parks are to their success. It’s impossible to separate the soundtracks from iconic rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and so many more.… Read more >> The post TTSP #21: The Sounds of a Walt Disney World Trip appeared first on Tomorrow Society.

Duration: 00:25:10


TTSP #20: Seven Disney World Questions with Len Testa

2/21/2017
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It’s been quite a busy time for Walt Disney World news, particularly during the past few weeks. Rivers of Light opened on February 17th at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Pandora: The World of Avatar will arrive there on May 27th.… Read more >> The post TTSP #20: Seven Disney World Questions with Len Testa appeared first on Tomorrow Society.

Duration: 01:04:32


TTSP #19: Tim Grassey on Fixing Epcot

1/29/2017
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Erin Heaton EPCOT Center opened in October 1982 as an ambitious change of pace from The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. There were no familiar Disney characters (at first), and the tone focused on presenting a broader world to guests.… Read more >> The post TTSP #19: Tim Grassey on Fixing Epcot appeared first on Tomorrow Society.

Duration: 00:52:41


TTSP #18: The Pros and Cons of FastPass Plus

1/22/2017
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Tom Bricker FastPass Plus remains a common topic in the online Disney fan community despite being in place for quite a while. It plays a major role in how guests tour the parks, especially those who want to maximize their visits.… Read more >> The post TTSP #18: The Pros and Cons of FastPass Plus appeared first on Tomorrow Society.

Duration: 00:41:13


TTSP #17: Sam Gennawey on JayBangs and the Disney/Universal Rivalry

12/18/2016
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There’s been so much written about Disney history in books, magazines, and countless online sites. The Universal theme parks are quite different. They’ve had frequent ownership changes in recent years and haven’t sold the legacy in their marketing. Author Sam Gennawey’s recent books are helping to fill in the gaps of our knowledge.… Read more >> The post TTSP #17: Sam Gennawey on JayBangs and the Disney/Universal Rivalry appeared first on Tomorrow Society.

Duration: 00:42:42


TTSP #16 – Chad Emerson on Disney World and a New Era for Theme Parks

9/11/2016
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It's been a challenging year for Disney. Attendance is slipping, fan grumbling has increased, and attractions haven't opened smoothly. They're still delivering a great experience, but it's a new world. Universal continues to grab market share thanks to Harry Potter and rapid expansion. There are so many interesting things happening with theme parks. For the latest episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast, Chad Emerson returns to discuss the current landscape and its future. He's the author...

Duration: 01:03:38


TTSP #15: Top 5 Attractions at Six Flags St. Louis

7/29/2016
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It’s easy as a theme park fan to stay focused on the giants in Orlando and southern California. The Disney and Universal parks in those areas dominate the news from professional sites, blogs, and podcasts. I typically concentrate on those same resorts, but it’s enjoyable to take some detours to the regional parks. I live in St. Louis, so it makes sense to spend time in my local park. Six Flags St. Louis has been a mainstay in the area since it opened in 1971. It sits just a short drive...

Duration: 00:35:04


TTSP #14: Tony Cortese on “The Disney Dreamfinders”

6/28/2016
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The dream of living in Orlando with close access to Disney World has always intrigued me. I live in St. Louis and have no plans to move, but it’s a regular “what if” scenario in my mind. As a blogger and podcaster, I’m envious of people like Lou Mongello and Ricky Brigante that have such close access to the parks. The new documentary The Disney Dreamfinders provides a charming look at these guys and others who cover Disney full-time. Director Tony Cortese joins me on the latest episode of...

Duration: 00:33:37


TTSP #13: James H. Carter II on Foolish Mortals: A Haunted Mansion Documentary

5/27/2016
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Ever since its opening in Disneyland's New Orleans Square in 1969, The Haunted Mansion has been one of Disney's most iconic attractions. The clever mix of creepiness with fun allows it to work for both kids and adults. I appreciate the Mansion's achievements a lot more now than I did as a kid. I was a little too nervous thento grasp just how amazing itreally was. There's so much happening in each scene, and the experience begins well before you even boardthe ride. The attention to detail...

Duration: 00:44:32


TTSP #12: Doug Barnes on the Origins and Growth of The Season Pass Podcast

5/10/2016
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I’ve been a fan of theme parks since I was young, but my interest waned during my early 20s. There was no specific reason for the change; other activities just took hold. When I started listening to podcasts in the mid-2000s, I was curious about the Disney shows. Hosts like Ricky Brigante, Lou Mongello, and the WDW Today guys made it easy to get re-engaged. Even so, I could never match their high level of fandom. There was still a distance between my perspective and theirs. That gap closed...

Duration: 00:54:51


TTSP #11: Philip B. Swift on “The Dark Side of Disney”

5/2/2016
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Walt Disney World is a mysterious place for kids; there's so much hiding behind the curtain. For a certain group of fans, that curiosity never really goes away. Even as adults, they still look for new ways to explore the parts. This was especially true during the '80s and '90s when the resort was still evolving into the giant that it is today. In his documentary The Dark Side of Disney, Philip B. Swift talks to a small group of these fans who take a different approach to the parks they...

Duration: 00:52:16


TTSP #10: Christian Moran, Director of “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: The Futurism of Walt Disney”

3/14/2016
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Walt Disney is renownedfor his movies and theme parks, but there is a limited supply of strong filmsabout him. The PBS documentary Walt Disneywas goodbut tried to tackle so much. Amore singularapproach helpsGreat Big Beautiful Tomorrow: The Futurism of Walt Disneywork better. This documentaryfocuses on Walt’s achievementswith technology and succeeds by sticking to that topic. Experts like Bob Gurr, Sam Gennawey, and Rolly Crump provide intriguing details about Walt and Disney's past....

Duration: 00:44:55


TTSP #09: Seven Lessons That I Learned on My Disney World Trip

2/9/2016
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I’ve visited Walt Disney World many times over the years, but I still feel like a novice in a lot of areas. Our most recent trip over MLK weekend included a rare stay at an on-site resort — The Animal Kingdom Lodge. We also used Disney’s Magical Express and chose bus transportation to and from the parks instead of renting a car. It was only a four-night trip, but I learned a lot more about how the resort functions. I’ve organized my experiences into a podcastepisode withseven lessons that...

Duration: 00:27:36

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