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90s Disney

90s Disney

By The Minotti Brothers
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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6 - Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

90s Disney

16 - California Grill
AJ, Mike, and Chris invite you to join us at one of Walt Disney World’s premier dining experiences, California Grill. From its beginnings as the Top of the World, to its transformation into a truly unique restaurant, we bring you the story of the people who made California Grill one of the most popular dining destinations in the entire resort. Enjoy the views, pop a bottle of wine, and don’t listen hungry. Vintage Walt Disney World: California Grill Through The Years CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ IN FLORIDA Chef Clifford Pleau ’81, The Corporate Chef SOMMELIER TALK - The Capital Grille’s George Miliotes INTERVIEW: MASTER SOMMELIER GEORGE MILIOTES (THE CAPITAL GRILLE + SEASONS 52) Yoshi Cabral is a Pioneer Among Women Sushi Chefs Yoshie Cabral, sushi chef California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Sushi Chef Yoshie Says Farewell Want to reach out? Email us at!
October 1, 2020
15.5 - Least Favorite Attractions
We don’t mean to get too negative, but AJ, Mike, and Chris thought it would be fun to share our least favorite Disney attractions. Let us know what we got wrong. Did we pick on your favorite or miss any stinkers?
September 16, 2020
15 - Rocket Rods
AJ, Mike, and Chris are ready to ride one of the most infamous Disneyland attractions ever created, Rocket Rods. Go back to the beginning as we uncover the origins of the Ford's Magic Skyway, its evolution into the Peoplemover for 1967's New Tomorrowland, and that ride's transformation into Rocket Rods, the thrill ride anchor to 1998's New Tomorrowland. Get ready to accelerate to 38 mph and then quickly slow down again. Mind the turns. They're flat. LOOK OUT! IT'S ANOTHER ROCKET RO- Oh, it's a mirror. Disney's Rocket Rods Get Green Light Disney Extinct Attractions: Rocket Rods Disney Extinct Attractions: Rocket Rods Yesterworld: The History of Rocket Rods & The Abandoned Peoplemover Duchess of Disneyland - Rocket Rods LA Times - President of Imagineering Unit Is Latest Major Disney Departure Yesterland - Rocket Rods Eddie Sotto Interview: Disney's Worlds of Tomorrow Want to reach out? Email us at!
September 2, 2020
14.5 - Never Built Attractions
AJ, Mike, and Chris discuss attractions that never were. If we could wave our magic Imagineering wand, what rides and experiences would we make a reality? It's fun to think about how different the Disney parks would be today if there were more Muppets, cowboys, mountains, and Atlantis.
August 21, 2020
14 - Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
AJ, Mike, and Chris travel back to the days of tuning in to the Disney Afternoon after the school day for a look back at the history of Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers. Discover the show's origins of a spinoff of the Walt Disney animated feature The Rescuers. Explore the ways the show adapted two relatively obscure characters from the 50s into a crime-solving team. Who sang that epic theme song? How much did we fight while playing the NES games? How many songs from the show does AJ know by heart? All is revealed in this month's newest episode. Grey skies? Not today! Tad Stones interview on Animation World network All In A Disney Afternoon Chapter 3: Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Rescue Rangers 1 speedrun Rescue Rangers 2 (1 player, 2 controllers) speedrun Want to reach out? Email us at!
August 1, 2020
13.5 - Interview with Marshall Monroe
AJ is very pleased to bring you this exclusive interview with the man who conceptualized Blizzard Beach, Marshall Monroe. We discuss the considerations that went into the park's design, the selection and prep for its location, and the lessons learned from other Disney water parks. Find out about the remarkable connection between Blizzard Beach and the Grand Californian Resort at Disneyland, why the wave pool filled with mud one day near the opening, and the reason that Summit Plummet was 5 meters shy of the world record for height. We also discuss the highlights of Marshall's career with Disney and some of his favorite projects and technologies that he worked on. Enjoy!
July 8, 2020
13 - Blizzard Beach
AJ, Mike, and Chris invite you to chill at Disney's coolest water park, Blizzard Beach! We dug deep to uncover the history of this one of a kind water park. Learn about the Imagineers that brought the park to life, the back story of that fateful snowstorm, and who helped build some of the most incredible water slides ever seen on a melting ski resort. Grab yourself a Blue Blizzard Margarita (if you're of age of course), pull up a lounge chair, and enjoy our latest show! Blizzard Beach At Walt Disney World: See You Later, Ice Gator! - Dan Alexander Dizmentia Disney’s Blizzard Beach Guide Map – 1995 Marshall Monroe Magic Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park | Overview Want to reach out? Email us at!
July 1, 2020
12.5 - Super Dark Rides
AJ, Mike, and Chris continue our journey onto Indiana Jones Adventure to discuss the wide world of what we call Super Dark Rides. We venture outside of Disney to discuss favorites such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal, rides from the international Disney parks, and a few more wild cards. We'll discuss what qualifies as a Super Dark Ride, what are our favorite elements, and which Super Dark Ride reigns supreme. Keep all arms and legs inside your enhanced motion vehicle and enjoy the ride.
June 23, 2020
12 - Indiana Jones Adventure
AJ, Mike, and Chris kick off year 2 of 90s Disney with our first trip to Disneyland to experience one of the greatest attractions ever conceived by Walt Disney Imagineering, Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye. Join us as we uncover the history, technology, and people behind this one of a kind attraction nestled in the heart of Adventureland. We talk about the effects that have been removed, modified, and updated since the attraction's opening in 1995. So board your EMV, choose a chamber, and whatever you do, do NOT look into the eyes of Mara, or your path may take you to the Gates of Doom! The Making of Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure The Theme Park History of The Indiana Jones Adventure (Disneyland/Tokyo DisneySea) Footage of the "Falling Rubble" Ice Machine from 1995 Want to reach out? Email us at!
June 10, 2020
11.5 - Walt Disney World Resorts
AJ, Mike, and Chris thought it would be fun to talk about many of the resorts around Walt Disney Worlds. We talk about our favorites, least favorites, places we'd like to stay, and what we like to do at many of the resorts. Thrill to stories of 30-year-old Scotch, elevator rides with Winnie the Pooh, and carrying strollers up two flights of stairs. We hope you enjoy this bonus episode!
May 19, 2020
11 - Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
AJ, Mike, and Chris take you back to the beginnings of the Disney Decade expansion and two of the first new deluxe resorts on property, the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Nestled on the shores of the newly created Crescent Lake, these two sister resorts offer laid back elegance and fun. We learn about the architects behind their design, the fantastic dining options, the best resort pool in all of Walt Disney World, and the one room on the entire property that is the closest you can stay to a theme park in Walt Disney World. Find out why this resort has long been a family favorite. Hop a surrey bike, grab your kitchen sink, and join us at the Friendship boat launch! Portfolio for Robert A.M. Stern Architects Photo of the resorts and Stormalong Bay under construction A TALE OF 2 RESORTS: DISNEY'S NEW YACHT AND BEACH CLUB MAKES A STARTLING CONTRAST TO THE NEARBY DOLPHIN AND SWAN HOTELS Want to reach out? Email us at!
May 1, 2020
10.5 - Interview with Kirk Wise
It's our first bonus episode! AJ was very fortunate to chat up the co-director of Atlantis: The Lost Empire and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Kirk Wise! Learn about how the world of Atlantis was created, discover how Hellfire made it into the film, and find the answer to a nearly 19 year long grudge. Kirk and AJ spend over an hour diving deep into how animation is brought to life in two of Disney's most unique and groundbreaking animated films of the 90s(ish).
April 17, 2020
10 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire
AJ, Mike, and Chris invite you to take a deep dive (pun intended) into one of AJ's all-time favorite movies, Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Released in 2001 (April Fool's!), this film moved away from musicals and into an exciting journey filled with action, adventure, swash-buckling, and mythology. And who better to tell the tale than the film's screenwriter, Tab Murphy? Tab joins us once again to talk about how the idea for Atlantis came to be, what he did to research Atlantis in the real world, how Atlantis was almost a monster movie, and what had to get cut from his original 150-page script. We then wrap up with a look at the mythology and history the Disney team created for Atlantis, and where Atlantis went beyond the silver screen. So what are you waiting for? Atlantis is waiting. Making of Atlantis: The Lost Empire A Deep Dive into the Atlantean Language Atlantis: The Lost Empire Trivia from TV Tropes A history of the Shepherd's Journal and the explorers in search of a vanished civilization Want to reach out? Email us at!
April 2, 2020
9 - FastPass
AJ, Mike, and Chris guarantee you will never hear a more lively conversation about the creation, implementation, and existence of the FastPass system used across all Disney theme parks. Introduced in 1999 (or was it?), the FastPass system allowed guests to stay out of the line and in the parks. We learn about the father of the FastPass, Greg Hale, and his journey from curious interviewee to the current day VP and Chief Safety Officer. We investigate when the fist tests were done, how the system worked at launch, and how FastPass has evolved at the various parks. So scan your park tickets before that five minute increment jump up, note your return time, and join us! Patent #  US6173209B1 Keeping A Watchful Eye Over the Fun - How 2017 IAAPA Chairman Greg Hale is bringing Disney’s reputation for creativity, technology, and innovation to his new role rec.arts.disney.parks or RADP Posts related to FastPass Post from Feb 18, 1999 by someone who got to try the new virtual queue system on Countdown to Extinction!searchin/rec.arts.disney.parks/virtual$20queue|sort:date/rec.arts.disney.parks/DTbm-3qxo-M/ChLjLPykBx8J Post from April 16, 1999 asking if virtual queue was STILL being used with a reply that it was not working on Space Mountain or Countdown to Ext since this past Friday!searchin/rec.arts.disney.parks/virtual$20queue|sort:date/rec.arts.disney.parks/Zu4EwA0DVkw/tz7BLzbn5gcJ Post from March 31, 1999 mentioning an Orange County Register newspaper article about the system currently undergoing in park testing!searchin/rec.arts.disney.parks/virtual$20queue|sort:date/rec.arts.disney.parks/M1KewrezMOU/vdXcG_M___QJ Post from Jan 19, 1999 discussing the system being used on Space Mountain “last Christmas” which puts it at December 1998!topic/rec.arts.disney.parks/JI3TpFeAISg%5B1-25%5D Park Hopping - The Source of the RADP posts Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Greg Hale, Chief The History of Disney's FastPass System Want to reach out? Email us at!
March 6, 2020
8 - Kilimanjaro Safaris
AJ, Mike, and Chris are back after an unplanned holiday break to kick off 2020 with an in-depth look at the flagship attraction of Disney's Animal Kingdom, Kilimanjaro Safaris. Join us as we spend two weeks exploring the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. We discuss how the attraction has changed over the years, some of our favorite animal encounters, and learn how this massive theme park attraction operates. From jambo to kwaherini, you won't want to miss this wild ride! Ride from 1998 Modern ride Queue videos Secrets of a Kilimanjaro Safaris Driver at Disney's Animal Kingdom Want to reach out? Email us at!
February 2, 2020
7 - The Muppet Christmas Carol
AJ, Mike, and Chris ring in the holiday season with our deep dive into the 1992 holiday classic, The Muppet Christmas Carol. Join us as we discuss the production of the first Muppet movie created without Jim Henson, how the classic holiday story of redemption was adapted to work with a... whatever Gonzo is, and how Michael Caine became the first human to hold the leading role in a Muppet film. So relive the music, the memories, and the mayhem that only the Muppets can create as we count the days to Christmas. Film School Rejects - 37 Things We Learned from the ‘Muppet Christmas Carol’ Commentary Muppet Wiki - The Muppet Christmas Carol Mental Floss - 14 Facts About The Muppet Christmas Carol ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Turns 25! Looking Back on Making the Holiday Classic How we made: The Muppet Christmas Carol The Making of The Muppet Christmas Carol Want to reach out? Email us at!
December 1, 2019
6 - Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
AJ, Mike, and Chris take one final look at Epcot's long running nighttime spectacular, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. Debuting in 1999 as Illuminations 2000: Reflections of Earth, this symphony of music, fireworks, lasers, lights, and imagery delighted park guests until September of 2019. Join us as we explore the history of shows featured around World Showcase Lagoon, the development of RoE, and the people who brought the show to life. We uncover the state-of-the-art technology and engineering that went into bringing this show to life. We hope you enjoy! Reflections of Earth - Ultimate Tribute The Tiara Talk Show: Interview with Don Dorsey, Designer & Director of “Fantasmic!” and “Reflections of Earth” History of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Illuminations 2000: Reflections of Earth Fact Sheet The Story Behind Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot The Disney Wiki - IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Want to reach out? Email us at!
November 14, 2019
5 - Test Track
AJ, Mike, and Chris accelerate to 64.9 milers per hour to take you back to the development, opening, and evolution of Epcot's first(ish) thrill ride, Test Track. We take a look at the history of GM's sponsorship of this pavilion from its origins at the 1964 New York's World Fair to the building's original opening day attraction, World of Motion. Learn how the concept of an automobile testing facility inspired by real life test tracks such as the Milford Proving Ground had played a role in Epcot's development longer than you'd think. Through its problematic development, Test Track would go on to inspire attractions in Disney parks around the world, and has seen its fair share of change. We hope you enjoy this dive into a modern classic, Test Track! Overview of the Milford Proving Grounds October 1997 Story on Test Track's Delays Complete Ride Through Recorded in 2012 Theme Park Tourist - History in Motion Theme Park History - Test Track Want to reach out? Email us at!
October 1, 2019
4 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
AJ, Mike, and Chris journey to 1996 and the release of Walt Disney Feature Animation's 37th animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. We are very proud to feature an interview with the original writer for the film, Tab Murphy. Join in as he an AJ discuss how this incredible film came together, how a classic piece of literature is adapted into a Disney film, how the studio collaborated on the movie, and what happened the first time anyone heard Hellfire. We also share some of the original inspirations for the film, the effects of a 10 journey to Paris on the movie's music, and how the three gargoyles came to not only exist in the film, but find their voice as well. Classics Illustrated comic book adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame from 1994 The Animation Guild interview with Gary Trousdale The Greatest Performances You Never Got to Hear | Part Three: Getting the Gargoyles right proves to be a gruesome go... by Jim Hill Archive of the forum from 2000 regarding Hunchback As Long As There's a Moon - Deleted song from the film The Hunchback of Notre Dame - A New Musical 2015 Original Cast Recording on YouTube Want to reach out? Email us at!
September 1, 2019
3 - Sunset Blvd and Tower of Terror
AJ, Mike, and Chris invite you to travel back to 1994 and the first major expansion for the Disney-MGM Studios. Sunset Blvd offered extended shopping, dining, a new(ish) theater venue, and a grand new attraction, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Learn about the real life Hollywood landmarks the inspired nearly every structure on the boulevard, discover the lands and attractions that were almost built, and find out about the incredible engineering, design, and story telling that would transport guests to the fifth dimension in their very own episode of The Twilight Zone. Hollywood! Hollywood! A Star-Studded Spectacular (May 1 – August 31, 1989) It's all one big, happy Mickey! Disney-MGM Studios Park Map 1994 Boulevards of Movie Dreams Part Two: Imagineering Hollywood The real buildings behind Sunset Blvd Twilight Zone References in the Tower of Terror How Disney's Tower of Terror Works - Art of Engineering Tower of Terror History 30 Hidden Secrets on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios Want to reach out? Email us at!
August 1, 2019
2 - Aladdin for the Sega Genesis
AJ, Mike, and Chris Minotti invite you back to 1993 and the release of the number 3 selling game for Sega's Genesis video game console, Aladdin. We dive into the game's development, including its unique Digicell transfer technology that allowed actual Disney animators to contribute to the game's graphics. We also compare it to the many, many other Aladdin games released across a variety of systems in the mid 90s, and touch upon the influence of Aladdin on the silver screen and in the theme parks. Because if your movie has a parade scene, it will surely get an actual parade in Walt Disney World! Virgin Mega Store used to be in Downtown Disney West Side - Aladdin for Genesis Speed Run Record of 11 minutes 37 seconds by Tenebrae - Aladdin for Super Nintendo gameplay - Aladdin for NES gameplay - Aladdin for Game Gear gameplay - Aladdin for Amigo gameplay - Aladdin for Gameboy gameplay - Aladdin for Gameboy Color gameplay - Polygon interview with Shinji Mikam, game director of Aladdin for SNES - Aladdin’s Royal Caravan parade in MGM Studios in 1992 - DisneyVision - Imagineering VR Lab - Want to reach out? Email us at!
July 1, 2019
1 - Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary
Welcome to the first episode of 90s Disney! We're so glad you've joined us as we prepare to journey through the Disney Decade. The Minotti brothers will be your hosts as we revisit fond memories, historical details, and interesting perspectives on one of the most fascinating, successful, and massive periods for the Disney company. From the theme parks to movies and video games, AJ, Mike, and Chris can't wait to share this journey with you. This month we're exploring the 25th anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World. From the infamous pink cake castle to parades and shows, Disney's Florida resort pulled out all the stops to celebrate this milestone. As we approach the 50th anniversary, enjoy this look back at a truly magical celebration. Magic Kingdom Park Map from January 1997 25th Anniversary Welcome Center Collection Mickey's Magic Workshop | A preview of all the new magic coming to Walt Disney World Remember the Magic Parade Epcot Park Map from January 1997 Illuminations 25 "A" Illuminations 25 "B" Disney MGM Studios Park Map from January 1997 Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame: A Musical Adventure Vintage Walt Disney World: Inside the Backlot Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Backstage Look at 101 Dalmations Witching You Were Here - Walt Disney World 25th Annervarsary Special Want to reach out? Email us at!
June 1, 2019