WEDway Radio is a Disney podcast hosted by Matt and Nate Parrish.
Nate has been going to Walt Disney World regularly since 1978. By day, he is a History teacher in suburban Kansas City. Nate and his wife have a son and like to vacation in Disneyland every summer, and maybe a last minute trip every so often in the Spring. In the past few years Nate and his family have gone to Walt Disney World over Christmas, but have been there in nearly every Calendar month.
Matt has been going to Walt Disney World regularly since 1981. By day he is a radio personality in Springfield Missouri. Matt knows a little bit about everything but, admittingly, is not an expert on anything. Instead of a full-text biography, he'd like to interview Nate and himself about his life and love for Disney parks and media.
Q: Why did you decide to create a podcast?
Nate - First, we felt that that there were not enough resources available on Disney theme park history. Though we own a lot of books and have lots of memorabilia, there are a lot of stories out there that need to be told about how different attractions came to be and maybe some ideas that never were built.
Q: What is your favorite park?
Nate - Right now its probably Epcot, but Disneyland is a very close second.
Matt - This is tough and I think I waffle a lot when people ask me. When I was a kid (15 and younger), I was in love with the way Magic Kingdom represented Disneyana and contemporary Disney (it remains a park dedicated to Walt, classic Disney films and contemporary imagineering). Then, for about ten years, I was in love with Epcot. I think today I really gravitate toward the theming and fun of Animal Kingdom but I still feel at home when I'm sitting in at the Electric Umbrella watching the Fountain of Nations.
Q: What are some of your favorite attractions?
Nate - My all time favorite is the Country Bear Jamboree, but I also really like Carousel of Progress, and (sad because its gone) Timekeeper.
Matt - I like attractions that are small but have a lot of value (sort of a weird concept, but let me explain). I like the Primeval Whirl at DAK because it is not a headliner but is a ton of fun. I would also throw attractions like the TTA and Carousel of Progress in this category. With that being said, I can ride headliners like the Twilight Zone Terror of Terror or the Matterhorn time after time and not get tired of them, either. There are only a handful of attractions I feel like I can skip during trips to the parks.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of the Disney Theme park experience?
Nate - Probably the details that go into different areas. The things that make Disney Hollywood Studios harken back to that classic era of Hollywood, or the subtle details that make the World Showcase Pavilions so special.
Matt - I think the transportation aspect sets Disney parks apart from any other theme park experience. Growing up going to Walt Disney World, I always had an appreciation for the Monorail, the Friendship water vessels and the Walt Disney World Ferry Boat at the TTC. I think the Seven Seas Lagoon resort launches are also amazing. You can really have a day full of activity and attractions at Walt Disney World and not visit one park.
Q: What is your favorite Disney movie?
Nate - Probably The Jungle Book. I like the music and the characters in that film.
Matt - Wow, it's hard to narrow it down to one...but I'll give you my top 3. For full-length animated films, I like Robin Hood, Lady and the Tramp and Sleeping Beauty. One thing we rarely talk about on the show is my love for Disney shorts. I could probably watch Disney's version of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow (with Bing Crosby) once a week and never get sick of it.
Q: Any particular area of Disney history that you enjoy?
Nate - I have a couple. First I really enjoy learning more about the Disney Studio in the 1930's. They were so cutting edge at that time. They were doing things that no one was able to do and thats what led them to create the first full length animated picture. The second and probably my favorite at the moment is that period of the late 1950's into the mid 1960's where the company was really focusing on making Disneyland the best theme park in the world and brining out all of these new innovative ideas and designs.