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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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20 - Spaceship Earth 1994

90s DisneyFeb 01, 2021

54 - Candlelight Processional

54 - Candlelight Processional

Join AJ, Mike, and Chris for a beloved Disney holiday tradition that goes back much further than you think. Every year since 1994, the Candlelight Processional is performed at Epcot. This moving show features choirs, musicians, and a celebrity narrator. But did you know this show can trace its origins back to Walt Disney and Disneyland's first year?

Early Disneyland Days

In 1955, Disney initiated the Disney at Christmas Festival, precursor to Candlelight Processional. Dr. Charles C. Hirt of USC suggested expanding the event, leading to the first true Candlelight Processional in 1958.

Walt Disney World Transition

Candlelight Processional moved to WDW in 1980. Initially in front of Cinderella’s Castle, it later shifted to the American Gardens Theater in Epcot.

Epcot & Expansion

With its popularity, Candlelight Processional became a centerpiece for Epcot's Festival of Holidays, lasting almost a month. Narrated by celebrities, it's known for subtle yearly changes, including song arrangements and choir pieces.

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Dec 01, 202301:02:49
53.5 - Mike's Cruise and WDW Trip Report

53.5 - Mike's Cruise and WDW Trip Report

Mikey is back from his first ever Disney Cruise along with a week spent at Walt Disney World. We ask all about the sights, sounds, and snacks! Mike tells us all about his time on the Disney Wish, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and what is was light to look at Tron from afar.

Nov 17, 202301:01:08
53 - It's Tough to Be a Bug

53 - It's Tough to Be a Bug

It's a new 90s Disney Podcast! By special request, we're donning our bug eyes to experience the Animal Kingdom opening day attraction, It's Tough to Be a Bug!

A Bug's Life

Explore the origins of Pixar's second feature film, "A Bug's Life," based on Aesop's fable, "The Ant and the Grasshopper." Discover how the film's development team and star-studded voice cast came together, including Dave Foley as Flik, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Princess Atta, and Kevin Spacey as Hopper.

The Tree of Life

Learn about the creation of Disney's iconic Tree of Life and the official story behind it. Delve into the initial concepts for what was to be housed inside the tree, including shows based on "Wonders of Nature" and "The Lion King."

Making the Attraction

Discover the making of the attraction "It's Tough to Be a Bug," from the role of Rhythm and Hues Studios to the design of the 428-seat theater. Understand how practical effects and animatronics, like Flik and Hopper, played a key role in the show's success.

California Adventure

Explore how the attraction made its way to California Adventure, initially part of Bountiful Valley Farm and eventually expanding into "A Bug's Land." Learn about the attraction's closing in 2018 to make way for Avengers Campus.

Changes and Future

Find out about upcoming changes, including the announcement that a Zootopia show will replace "It's Tough to Be a Bug" at a later date.

Our Memories of the Show

The hosts share their personal memories and experiences related to the show.

Where to Find Us

Connect with the 90s Disney Podcast and share your own memories and thoughts on the show. Send your questions and comments to ⁠⁠⁠⁠ and stay updated on the latest episodes and Disney nostalgia.


Disney and More: Disney's Animal Kingdom Original Artwork

AllEars: Walt Disney World Chronicles - The Story of the Tree of Life

MiceChat: It's Tough to Be a Bust - The Rhythm and Hues Bankruptcy

Disney Lists: 8 Facts and Secrets about 'It's Tough to Be a Bug'

Nov 01, 202350:00
52.5 - Original Parks Characters

52.5 - Original Parks Characters

From Figment to Duffy to Big Al, there's been a multitude of characters that originated from the parks. We talk about our favorites and hear what our community has to say as well!

Oct 23, 202335:43
52 - Journey into YOUR Imagination

52 - Journey into YOUR Imagination

Welcome to the 90s Disney Podcast! Join your hosts AJ, Mike, and Chris Minotti as they embark on a journey into the past to explore the history, evolution, and mixed legacy of the classic Disney attraction, "Journey Into Your Imagination."

Get ready to travel back to October 1, 1999, a time when "Stuart Little" was the number one movie, "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas ruled the charts, and J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" had captivated readers' imaginations.

The Early History

Uncover the origins of "Journey into Your Imagination," which can be traced back to Disneyland's never-built Discovery Bay and a unique audio-animatronic show called "Professor Marvel's Gallery of Illusion." Learn about the original concept and how it evolved into the beloved attraction we remember.

The Original

Take a ride through the original "Journey into Imagination" attraction, where you boarded purple omnimover vehicles and explored scenes related to art, literature, performing arts, and science. Discover the magic of the Kodak ImageWorks and the innovative design of the ride.

Necessary Updates

Explore the reasons behind the need for updates to Disney attractions, including the pressure sponsors felt to keep rides fresh. Dive into the challenges faced by Kodak and Eisner's desire to rework the attraction. Learn how these factors influenced the changes made to "Journey into Your Imagination."

Your Imagination

Join the hosts on a virtual ride-through of "Journey into Your Imagination," where you'll experience the revamped attraction as it appeared in its new iteration. Discover the reworked storyline, characters, and effects introduced during this era.

The Reaction

Learn about the mixed reception that "Journey into Your Imagination" received from fans and park-goers. Understand why many were disappointed with the changes and the absence of Dreamfinder and Figment. Explore how this iteration of the attraction failed to capture the imagination of its audience.

With Figment!

Discover the rebirth of the attraction as "Journey into Imagination with Figment." Follow the hosts as they recount the reintroduction of Figment, the mischievous purple dragon, and his interactions with Dr. Nigel Channing. Explore the new sensory labs and the return of the beloved "One Little Spark" song.

Legacy Today

Explore the enduring popularity of Figment and Dreamfinder, despite the changes to the attraction. Dive into the character's appearances in various forms of Disney media and the continued fan appreciation for the original version of the ride.

Our Memories

Join the hosts as they share their personal memories and experiences related to "Journey into Your Imagination" and its various iterations. Discover the impact this attraction had on their Disney journeys.

Where to Find Us

Connect with the 90s Disney Podcast and share your own memories and thoughts on the show. Send your questions and comments to ⁠⁠ and stay updated on the latest episodes and Disney nostalgia.


Explore more about the history of "Journey Into Your Imagination" and its legacy:

Listen to this episode and more on your favorite podcast platform! Imagination is the key to a world of wonder. 

Oct 01, 202301:02:45
51.5 - Destination D23 Reaction

51.5 - Destination D23 Reaction

You asked for it! Here are our reactions to all of the announcements from Destination D23. Are we ready for Indy in Florida? Can Luminous become the new Epcot nighttime staple? Will Figment trip again?

Sep 18, 202341:09
51 - All-Star Resorts

51 - All-Star Resorts

Welcome to the 90s Disney Podcast! Join your hosts AJ, Mike, and Chris Minotti as they dive into the world of Disney's All-Star Resorts. Get ready for a nostalgic journey through the development, design, and experiences at these iconic value-priced accommodations.

The Need for Value

Remember the first thing that crossed your mind when planning a Disney trip? Cost, right? Discover how the expense of staying on Disney property led to the need for more affordable options, especially as more parks opened. Learn about the shift in guest behavior and Disney's desire to keep tourists within the magic.

Developing Value

Explore the decision to create the All-Star Resorts and the selection of 246 acres of land at the southern end of Disney property. This unique area, located in Osceola County, was a prime location for the new value-priced hotels. Dive into the details of the development process and the involvement of Architectonica, known for its high-tech modernism.

All-Star Sports

Take a closer look at the first of the All-Star Resorts to open, All-Star Sports, on April 29, 1994. Learn about the themed sections within the resort and the budget-conscious decisions made to keep prices low. From room sizes to landscaping, discover what made these resorts unique.

All-Star Music

Explore All-Star Music, with its separate themed "hotels" like Calypso and Broadway. This resort introduced family suites and offered guests a diverse musical experience. Find out how it differed from All-Star Sports and All-Star Movies.

All-Star Movies

Delve into the announcement of All-Star Movies and its opening on January 15, 1999. Explore the themed sections, including The Mighty Ducks, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Love Bug, Fantasia, and Toy Story.

What to Expect from a Stay Here

Get an overview of what you can expect during your stay at the All-Star Resorts, including dining options, pools, and themed areas within the resorts. Learn about the convenience of bus transportation to the parks and the pros and cons of each resort's location.


Discover the recent refurbishments of the All-Star Resorts and how they have enhanced the guest experience. From updated rooms to improved amenities, these changes have brought a fresh, modern feel to the resorts.

Our Memories of the Resort

Join us as we share their personal memories and stories from their stays at the All-Star Resorts, reminiscing about the fun and unique experiences we've had.

Where to Find Us

Connect with the 90s Disney Podcast and share your own memories and experiences. Reach out to us at ⁠⁠, visit ⁠⁠ to subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast platform, and connect with us and fellow Disney fans on our social media accounts.


Thank you for tuning in to this episode of the 90s Disney Podcast. Stay tuned for more exciting journeys into the world of 90s Disney magic!


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Sep 01, 202301:06:36
50.5 - Scenic Rides

50.5 - Scenic Rides

Sometimes you just want to get on a ride and look around. AJ, Mike, and Chris discuss our favorite rides with scenic views of the parks. Sometimes you're leisurely riding along, and sometimes you're dangling 13 stories in the sky.

Aug 24, 202337:28
50 - TTA / PeopleMover

50 - TTA / PeopleMover

Welcome back to the 90s Disney Podcast! In this special episode AJ, Mike, and Chris take a nostalgic journey to explore the iconic PeopleMover and its transformation into the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Metro Liner Blue Line (TTA) at Walt Disney World.

Disneyland Origins

Join us as we delve into the origins of the PeopleMover, which opened in Disneyland's Tomorrowland on July 2, 1967. Discover how this futuristic monorail system, with its innovative electric motors, served as a model for transportation plans both for EPCOT and other cities. We'll also uncover the surprising history of Houston Airport's adoption of the WEDWay system in 1981.

Magic Kingdom's PeopleMover

Travel back in time to July 1975 when Walt Disney World introduced its own version of the WEDWay PeopleMover. Learn how this attraction was carefully integrated into Tomorrowland's development and discover its evolution from Space Port to the beloved Space Mountain.

New Tomorrowland

The excitement continues as we discuss the overhaul of Tomorrowland, resulting in the birth of the New Tomorrowland in June 1994. Inspired by Jules Verne and retro sci-fi, this revamped land featured a unified story that transformed the PeopleMover into the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Metro Liner Blue Line, your guide to the futuristic city hosting a spaceport and the League of Planets.

The Ride

Buckle up and join us for a virtual ride on the TTA Blue Line! From the Interplanetary Convention Center to a thrilling glimpse of Space Mountain's inner workings, we'll take you on a detailed tour of the sights and sounds that made this experience unforgettable.


Discover the changes that occurred over the years, including the 2009 refurbishment with a new narration by Mike Brassell. We'll also explore the 2022 refurbishment, where the attraction returned as the PeopleMover, featuring a new sponsor and narration by Stephen Stanton as ORAC-5.

Our Memories of the Ride

As we wrap up, we share our personal memories and stories of riding the PeopleMover/TTA, reminiscing about the magic and excitement that made it a cherished Disney experience.

Where to Find Us

Join us on this delightful journey into the past and share your own memories of the PeopleMover/TTA. Reach out to us at, visit to subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast platform, and connect with us and fellow Disney fans on our social media accounts.


Thank you for tuning in to this episode of the 90s Disney Podcast. Stay tuned for more nostalgia-filled adventures as we continue to explore the magical world of 90s Disney.


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Aug 01, 202301:05:27
49.5 - Walt Disney World Planning Tips

49.5 - Walt Disney World Planning Tips

Often we are asked, "Hey AJ, Mike, and/or Chris! I'm going to Disney World. What do you suggest?" It's time to lay all of those questions to rest. We give our favorite tips for attractions, dining, resorts, and more to help you have the best possible Walt Disney World vacation.

Jul 14, 202301:00:44
49 - A Goofy Movie

49 - A Goofy Movie

AJ, Mike, and Chris invite you to join us for a movie. But not just any movie. It’s A Goofy Movie! Learn how Disney’s resident goof went from TV dad to star of his own feature film. We also learn how this film was produced around the world, the unorthodox way it was filmed, and the legacy of its incredible music. Grab your map, load up the station wagon, and practice your perfect cast (for your TikTok). It’s time to hit the open road!

A Goofy Movie - Wikipedia

Stand Out: The Restoration of A Goofy Movie  - YouTube

A Goofy Movie | Disney Wiki

A Goofy Movie: Disney Classic's 25th Anniversary - Vanity Fair

How 'A Goofy Movie' Became a Sensation | SlashFilm

A Goofy Movie is Actually a Deeply Emotional Film | Screen Rant

Here Are Some Fascinating Behind-The-Scenes Tidbits About "A Goofy Movie" | BuzzFeed

A Goofy Movie by Carter Burwell

The Making of 'A Goofy Movie': An Oral History | SlashFilm

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Jul 01, 202355:17
48.5 - Mikey Goes to Disneyland (and Universal Too)

48.5 - Mikey Goes to Disneyland (and Universal Too)

Mike was in Los Angeles for work recently, so he naturally spent a couple days at Disneyland and a day at Universal Studios. Find out what he thought about some new experiences like Avenger’s Campus, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and Super Nintendo World.
Jun 19, 202359:12
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