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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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48 - Fantasmic!

90s DisneyJun 01, 2023

48 - Fantasmic!

48 - Fantasmic!

AJ, Mike, and Chris invite you on a magical journey through the history and development of Fantasmic!, the spectacular nighttime show that has been enchanting Disney Park guests since 1992. Join Mickey Mouse as his dream takes an unexpected twist, leading him to face off against a medley of Disney villains. Through stunning water screens, dazzling projections, and a delightful mix of live performers, Fantasmic! Has entertained audiences at Disney parks across the world. Get ready to embark on a magical journey you won't soon forget as you uncover the fascinating story behind Fantasmic! Just keep a fire extinguisher handy.

Fantasmic! - Disney Parks Fandom

Fantasmic! - Full Show on YouTube

The History of Disney Parks’ Fantasmic! -

The History of Fantasmic! - Disney's Original Nighttime Spectacular on YouTube

Fantasmic! opens at Disneyland 1992 on YouTube

Construction of Disneyland Fantasmic! - Bear-y Tales Blog

Disneyland River Haunt Concept Storyboards - iCollector

Fantasmic! - Dragon Animation Test on YouTube

Fun Facts about Disneyland Fantasmic! - MiceChat

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Jun 01, 202301:15:37
47.5 - Character Dining

47.5 - Character Dining

Whether it's a buffet, family style, or fancy, meals are made better when they have character. For this bonus episode, we talk all about some of our favorite Character Dining experiences at Walt Disney World.

May 18, 202339:22
47 - Wilderness Lodge
May 01, 202349:05
46.5 - Interview with Tammy Tuckey

46.5 - Interview with Tammy Tuckey

AJ is joined by the phenomenally talented Tammy Tuckey! She just released her latest album, Glowing in Timeless Places. We discuss how she came to love all things Disney, what it's like to record and release your own independent album, and how she's able to track down the myriad of guests and collaborators she interacts with on her albums and podcasts.

Apr 28, 202343:46
46 - Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow
Apr 01, 202357:20
45.5 - Extinct Disney Restaurants

45.5 - Extinct Disney Restaurants

AJ, Mike, and Chris talk about our favorite restaurants that are no long around. From quirky family favorites, shuttered snack stands, and popular table service spots, we revisit some long lost favorite spots. Shout out to listener Holly Ivins for inspiring this month's bonus episode!

Mar 15, 202345:24
45 - Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
Mar 02, 202359:47
44 - The Return of Jafar
Feb 01, 202352:26
43.5 - Nighttime Spectaculars at Walt Disney World

43.5 - Nighttime Spectaculars at Walt Disney World

AJ, Mike, and Chris talk about our favorite nighttime shows at Walt Disney World. From modern favorites like Happily Ever After, long gone classics like Sorcery in the Sky, and short lived shows like Rivers of Light, we discuss what shows stay in our minds today, what makes a show work, and why some shows just don't hit.

Jan 19, 202348:01
43 - 2022 Trip Report
Jan 02, 202301:38:49
42 - The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights

42 - The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights

AJ, Mike, and Chris invite you to join us for a walk along Residential Street as we explore the history of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights! Jennings Osborne started decorating his Little Rock home in 1986, and soon drew the ire of his neighbors. Four 18-wheelers later and the Disney-MGM Studios had a most magical Christmas display. Learn how Jennings was approached by Disney, how the light changed over the years, and where you can still experience them today!
This holiday season, 90s Disney is joining up with Give Kids the World Village! As part of their Night of a Million Lights fundraising event, we've created a team with goal of raising $500. This incredible resort offers free, week-long vacations to terminally ill children and their families. We hope you join us as we make the holidays a little bit brighter! Join our team and make a donation today at
The Complete History of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Remembering the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
1995 Disney MGM Studios- Jennings Osborne turning on Osborne Christmas Lights
Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
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Dec 01, 202241:53
41 - Pin Trading
Nov 01, 202256:47
40.5 - Disney Illusion Island with AJ Grand-Scrutton

40.5 - Disney Illusion Island with AJ Grand-Scrutton

AJ is joined by AJ (Grand-Scrutton), the CEO of Dlala Studios, to talk about their upcoming Nintendo Switch game, Disney Illusion Island. AJ talks about his history growing up with Disney, visits to Disneyland Paris as a kid, how he entered the games industry and created Dlala Studios, and how Mickey's earliest video games inspired their new co-op platformer starring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy.

Oct 21, 202243:47
40 - Innoventions
Oct 01, 202201:05:47
39.5 - Rating Epcot '94

39.5 - Rating Epcot '94

Armed with a park map of Epcot from 1994 and our memories as children, we give our totally and scientifically accurate ratings of every attraction in the park. Journey back to a time before Innoventions, Test Track, and Dr, Nigel Channing to experience Epcot as it was in the early 90s!

Sep 20, 202241:42
39 - Planet Hollywood
Sep 01, 202257:05
38.5 - Favorite Animatronics
Aug 18, 202236:08
38 - Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Aug 01, 202201:05:23
37 - Discovery River Boats
Jul 01, 202252:31
36.5 - Interview with Tab Murphy Discussing Tarzan and Brother Bear

36.5 - Interview with Tab Murphy Discussing Tarzan and Brother Bear

Rounding out his trilogy of 90s Disney screenplays, Tab Murphy joins the show once again to discuss his work on the 1999 animated classic Tarzan. We learn how Tab drew inspiration from the original novels, how the film moved from direct-to-video to a feature release, and how the film evolved once he left the production to work on Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

As a bonus, we dip into his work on the 2003 film Brother Bear. Tab talks about working on an original story, discusses the opening act's unique tone, and reflects on a decade of working with Walt Disney Feature Animation. We hope you enjoy this exclusive chat with one of our favorite screenwriters!

Jun 18, 202251:11
36 - Tarzan
Jun 02, 202201:00:30
35.5 - Backyard Disney Cocktail Party

35.5 - Backyard Disney Cocktail Party

AJ, Mike, and Chris gather around the fire pit to share some of their favorite Disney cocktails. Join us as we recreate some modern favorites, long-lost recipes, a listener-suggested concoction, and some surprises along the way! We'll share the recipe for each drink so you can play along at home if you so choose. Just remember. If you mess with Polynesia, the tiki gods will squeeze ya! Keep some cinnamon handy. Kungaloosh!

May 18, 202201:15:18
35 - Disney Vacation Club
May 01, 202201:01:17
34 - Euro Disney
Apr 01, 202201:06:59
33.5 - Sweet Treats at Walt Disney World
Mar 18, 202238:45
33 - Ellen’s Energy Adventure
Mar 02, 202250:55
32 - The Disney Institute
Feb 01, 202252:12
31.5 - Things We Miss at WDW
Jan 23, 202246:52
31 - Hercules
Jan 01, 202201:00:16
30 - The Santa Clause
Dec 01, 202153:45
29 - Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Nov 01, 202150:41
28.5 - Monorail Resort Showdown
Oct 18, 202145:10
28 - Beauty and the Beast with Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale
Oct 01, 202101:38:36
27.5 - Roller Coasters
Sep 20, 202148:20
27 - Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Sep 01, 202152:37
26.5 - Fantasyland(s)
Aug 26, 202135:35
26 - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Aug 01, 202152:07
25.5 - Never Have I Ever at a Disney Park
Jul 19, 202139:31
25 - Darkwing Duck
Jul 01, 202101:00:14
24.5 - Arcades of Walt Disney World
Jun 22, 202126:50
24 - DisneyQuest
Jun 01, 202101:14:24
23.5 - A Conversation with AJ LoCascio
May 14, 202101:17:58
23 - The Rocketeer
May 01, 202101:17:10
22.5 - Memories of Universal Studios Orlando
Apr 16, 202151:35
22 - Islands of Adventure

22 - Islands of Adventure

AJ, Mike, and Chris are gonna vacation like it's 1999 at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Yup, happy April Fools' Day! As Universal sought to become a more serious competitor to Disney, they knew that their second gate had to be the most incredible, high-tech, and lavish theme park ever built. Islands of Adventure opened with some of the most stunning attractions ever seen, and they still delight guests to this day. Learn about the park's early concept, how Universal ensured everything would work on opening day, and how a single theme park became a multi-day resort.

Theme Parks Set in Motion Around Conference Tables

Universal Orlando

POSEIDON'S FURY: The Legendary Making of Universal's Mythical Mess

Universal Orlando's twin dragon coasters will never 'duel' again

Complete guide & history to Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Theme park history: A short history of Universal's Islands of Adventure

Q&A: The history of Universal’s Islands of Adventure from concept to opening day

1999 - Total Immersion - Islands of Adventure (Universal Studios Orlando)

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Apr 01, 202101:15:30
21.5 - Parades
Mar 18, 202129:06
21 - SpectroMagic
Mar 01, 202159:17
20 - Spaceship Earth 1994
Feb 01, 202154:12
19.5 - Lounges and Bars of Disney
Jan 20, 202159:35
19 - Countdown to Extinction

19 - Countdown to Extinction

AJ, Mike, and Chris are happy to have made it to 2021. Join us as we travel back in time to the age of the dinosaurs at the Animal Kingdom opening day attraction, Countdown to Extinction. While there's a good chance you've been on Dinosaur if you've visited Animal Kingdom in the last 20 years, Countdown to Extinction operated only from 1998 - 2000 and featured subtle differences from the attraction we all know today. Join us we have override the time coordinated for a breathtaking journey on Animal Kingdom's original thrill ride, explore its origins as a digger themed roller coaster, and learn about the circumstances that lead to a certain famous archeologist's influence on the attraction.

Countdown to Extinction: The Wild (Pre)historic Tale of Disney’s DINOSAUR

Countdown to Extinction - Walt Dated World

The Secret History of Disney Rides: DINOSAUR

The Theme Park History of Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

Countdown to Extinction with 1998 Ride Narration (Footage from Dinosaur)

Dinosaur With the Lights On

Animatronic Tribute: Iguanodon (Aladar) from the Discovery River Boats at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Dinosaur Ride Music Edit

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Jan 01, 202101:07:47
18.5 - The Magic of Christmas at Walt Disney World Commentary
Dec 20, 202040:06
18 - Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
Dec 01, 202001:12:58
17.5 - Interview with Muppet History's Josh Gillespie
Nov 23, 202001:00:02
17 - Muppet*Vision 3D
Nov 01, 202001:05:34
16 - California Grill

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


Chef Clifford Pleau ’81, The Corporate Chef

SOMMELIER TALK - The Capital Grille’s George Miliotes


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

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Oct 01, 202001:05:47
15.5 - Least Favorite Attractions

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?
Sep 16, 202038:26
15 - Rocket Rods

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

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Sep 02, 202057:43
14.5 - Never Built Attractions

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.

Aug 21, 202048:28
14 - Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
Aug 01, 202001:05:32
13.5 - Interview with Marshall Monroe

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!

Jul 08, 202036:27
13 - Blizzard Beach
Jul 01, 202050:54
12.5 - Super Dark Rides

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.

Jun 23, 202056:07
12 - Indiana Jones Adventure
Jun 10, 202001:21:20
11.5 - Walt Disney World Resorts

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, 202001:07:52
11 - Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
May 01, 202001:07:59
10.5 - Interview with Kirk Wise

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).
Apr 17, 202001:03:55
10 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Apr 02, 202001:38:58
9 - FastPass

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

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Mar 06, 202001:05:47
8 - Kilimanjaro Safaris
Feb 02, 202001:06:02
7 - The Muppet Christmas Carol
Dec 01, 201948:14
6 - Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
Nov 14, 201901:09:42
5 - Test Track
Oct 01, 201901:02:22
4 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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

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Sep 01, 201901:32:17
3 - Sunset Blvd and Tower of Terror

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

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Aug 01, 201901:11:16
2 - Aladdin for the Sega Genesis

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 -

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Jul 01, 201901:00:15
1 - Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary

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

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Jun 01, 201901:01:46