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Turkey Leg Talk (formerly known as the Ear To There Disney Podcast) has been bringing you the magic of Walt Disney World, Disneyland, the Disney Cruise Line, and the films of Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel since 2016. Listen and subscribe for Disney topics including vacation planning, trivia, celebrity interviews, resort reviews, and reports on Disney attractions, restaurants, and food. Hosted by Disney expert and former WDW cast member Phil Gramlich, this show is fun for all ages and will he ...
 
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Full of storied sound bytes and funny clips, listen in for all the dishy details about why Walt Disney was known for being both demanding and delightful, perfectionistic and progressive, life-changing and life-affirming, all with an uncanny eye for talent. And you’ll hear it straight from the hearts of Julie Andrews, Bob Gurr, Rolly Crump, Floyd No…
 
Author and food & wine pro Marcy Carriker Smothers joins me on the show this week to talk all things Disney dining, including some great Walt Disney stories and a whole lot more! As we once said on our "it's a food world" segments, Walt Disney World is not just burgers and hot dogs. The food options in all of the parks and resorts, both currently a…
 
In 2021 the Disney Company has given its fans new attractions, restaurants, shows, movies, & much more! Listen into find out what Disney Things We're Thankful for in 2021! While it's easy to want to put everything we love about Disney on our lists, my guest this week and I really took a good look at the Disney things that really made us happy and t…
 
Our first ever Disney+ Deep Dive focuses on a classic comedy from the 80's that still stands up well into the 21st Century, "Adventures In Babysitting". This week we will break down this Elisabeth Shue blockbuster and give out our own awards including The Sleeping Beauty Award for the character that does the most with the fewest lines, the Hayden C…
 
I took a trip to visit those other parks down the road at Universal Orlando on my last trip to Walt Disney World. This is how it went. Universal Orlando reopened amid the Covid-19 pandemic more than a year ago. It had been more than 9 years since my last visit to Walt Disney World's biggest local rival. I decided that it had been long enough and it…
 
The 50th Anniversary Celebration for Walt Disney World begins on October 1, 2021. We'll give you the scoop on what new things will be opening in 2021 and beyond! Disney & Pixar films like Ratatouille, Moana, Tron, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more are coming to the parks in 2021 and 2022! The Star Wars Galactic Star Cruiser Resort is also on the ho…
 
Who better to tell us stories about the earliest days of Disneyland than original Disneyland Imagineer, Bob Gurr? Bob Gurr was hired by Walt Disney himself in 1954 to work on the bodies of the Autopia cars for Walt's ambitious theme park, Disneyland. Little did Bob know that he was just beginning a long and storied career with the Disney Company, f…
 
The Disneyland & Walt Disney World Monorail Systems are truly one of the seven wonders of the modern world! Who better to go more in depth into the history of the Disney Monorail Systems than Disney Legend and Imagineer, Bob Gurr? Walt Disney himself asked Bob to design and build the first ever monorail in the Western Hemisphere and Bob's creation …
 
There's something very special about taking a trip to Walt Disney World with parents even though we (at least some of us) aren't kids anymore! It's only right to take our parents on trips to Walt Disney World after they saved and took us when we were children. This week my guest and I talk all about our favorite reasons why it's such a great time v…
 
Did you know that Disney's Animal Kingdom is many things, but it's definitely "Nahtazu"! Okay, actually, Walt Disney World's fourth and largest theme park actually doubles as a zoo. It's also a world class theme park with amazing attractions, sensational shows, and fantastic food! There are also many things you might not know about the park includi…
 
What is it that makes Epcot's World Showcase so unique and so special among all of the Disney theme parks? Our Top Ten is only the tip of the iceberg! Epcot's World Showcase is so much more than rides and shows. Originally planned as its own theme park, World Showcase is like taking a trip around the world without ever leaving the friendly confines…
 
Did you know that Walt Disney World partially built Phase 2 of Disney's Pop Century Resort? I promise, this episode will be Legendary! At the end of the 20th Century, the powers that be in Walt Disney World came to the conclusion that another Value Resort needed to be built on Disney property. This new resort, tentatively named Disney's Pop Century…
 
Which things do we wish were still available in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom? We have at least ten to tell you about! The memories may remain, but over the years many things have been removed from the Magic Kingdom. Beloved attractions, favorite characters, delicious snacks and entertaining shows have all been removed from the Most Magical Pla…
 
If you're a Disneyland history buff like me, you'll want to check out these lesser known stories from the early days of the park! I recently downloaded and listened to an audio tour of Disneyland which was narrated by Disney Legend and Imagineer Rolly Crump. I had never heard some of these stories before and since I can no longer find the tour onli…
 
Have you ever been hit with a smell all of a sudden that instantly transports you back to Disney? This episode is for you! The Disney theme parks aren't just about the sights. They are a full sensory experience that flood all of your senses with amazing sights, sounds, touches, and especially smells. Our sense of smell is strongly linked to memorie…
 
Did you know that Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom has 15 opening day attractions still in operation? The Disney company has always understood that nostalgia is a large part of its brand. Guests want to take their children and grandchildren on attractions that they themselves once rode as kids. Guests come back year after year to experience all th…
 
While there are WAY more than ten great things about Pirates, we did our best to narrow it down and give you our favorites! Pirates of the Caribbean opened in Disneyland on March 18, 1967. It has been a guest favorite since day one. Who doesn't love to sail among the swashbucklers while singing "Yo Ho"? The attraction was so popular that when Magic…
 
Which Walt Disney World audio animatronics are the coolest, according to us? I can almost guarantee there will be no spitting camels on this episode! The Disney theme parks have given us world class audio animatronic figures since the 1960's. Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the parks around the word are loaded with robotic characters that range …
 
Disneyland's first ever Director of Entertainment lived an extremely fascinating life. This week's Disney Word of the Week is all about "Tommy the Toe" Walker! Tommy Walker is responsible for several of the amazing traditions of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. So why isn't his name up there with the likes of Tony Baxter, Joe Rohde, Marc Davis or …
 
I recently saw an article online where the author ranked all of the attractions in Walt Disney World. She was way off! Here are the real rankings! On this episode I fly solo and rank all fifty-six attractions (no shows with live performers) in all of Walt Disney World. My goal is to save you time and help you avoid riding attractions that you might…
 
We made it. 2020 is over! It's time to start thinking and planning for the future and What We're Looking Forward To in 2021! The Disney Company has a lot of things on the horizon for the year 2021. New original Disney+ TV shows, movies, resorts, attractions and other additions to the theme parks are in store for us over the next twelve months. This…
 
Sadly, Disney Legend Ron Dominguez recently passed away. His legacy, however, still stands tall inside Disneyland. Ron Dominguez was just about twenty years old when Walt Disney purchased his family's land and home in 1954. Little did he know then that he was about to start out on his path of becoming a Disney Legend in the next half century.…
 
Which Walt Disney World parks are the best for babies, toddlers, adults, grandparents and more? We'll break it down for you! One question I get almost all the time from first time or first time in forever Walt Disney World guests is, "Which park is the best for us?" While each theme park in WDW has something for everyone, some parks are better than…
 
Trying something a little different this time and bringing you my family's Christmas Eve tradition. Since my wife and I have had kids I've been reading the poem "Twas The Night Before Christmas" to them on each and every Christmas Eve. This year I wanted to bring a little bit of our Christmas Eve tradition to you. So get the fireplace going, get th…
 
Where did Buddy the Elf rank on our list of Top Ten Christmas Movie Characters? How about Kevin McCallister? Find out! We expanded our horizons a little bit this week and came up with our list of not only Disney characters, but our all time, overall favorite characters in Christmas movies. I'm joined by my family on this episode and you can feel th…
 
Over the years many of our favorite attractions have gone the way of the dodo. On this episode we'll take a virtual ride on three of my favorite extinct attractions. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Horizons, and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride are three classic, favorite attractions we can no longer ride in Walt Disney World. That doesn't mean we can't ride the…
 
The Walt Disney Company has been releasing wonderful Christmas specials and films going all the way back to 1958. On this episode we'll talk about our favorites! From Mickey to The Muppets, from Scott Calvin to Ebenezer Scrooge, Disney has been synonymous with fantastic Christmas entertainment for generations. On this bonus episode that was first r…
 
Over the years you've probably noticed that Disney & Pixar like to hide little tributes to other movies in their films. We'll tell you where to find them! The animations wizards at Disney and Pixar have been hiding characters and props from other films in their films for years. Think about it: how many times have you spotted the Pizza Planet truck …
 
I don't interview a guest this week. Instead, a couple of guests interview me. This week two of the members of the Ear To There Travel team prepared questions for me for the show. We talk about everything from my time as a Disney cast member to going back in time to hang out with Walt Disney. It's a wide-ranging show full of fun stories and interes…
 
From pardoned turkeys to the infamous Turkey Legs, Thanksgiving and turkey has been a big part of the Disney Parks for decades! This week I'll go into the history of Thanksgiving in the Disney company and talk all about the World Famous Turkey Legs that helped inspire the title for this show! We'll find out how many turkey legs the parks sell each …
 
The Ear To There Disney Podcast is now Turkey Leg Talk! It's the same fun show with a new name and logo. Find out what we're thankful for in 2020! Disney has helped get us through a very tough 2020. We're thankful for so many things this year including Disney+, looking forward to future trips, not riding a certain Disneyland attraction and more!…
 
Disney announced that a new Norway pavilion was coming to EPCOT Center's World Showcase in 1985. By 1988 the Norwegians had arrived and with them came an all new attraction within the pavilion that would entertain guests for the next twenty six years. This week's Word of the Week is all about the Maelstrom and its lasting impact on the Disney fan c…
 
The food in the Disney theme parks is much more than hot dogs and hamburgers. Amazing appetizers, savory snacks, decadent desserts, and elegant entrees are just a few of the things you can expect on your next culinary adventure through the Disney parks! Join me and the author of "The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook", Ashley Craft, for our chat all…
 
With all of the flashy new Disney attractions so often in the blog headlines, it's nice to take a nice, nostalgic trip to the classic attractions that started it all. Disney-obsessed people like myself are often obsessed with the next greatest attraction. From Avatar: Flight of Passage to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, we're always waiting to s…
 
Fire up your Disney+ and get your iPhone ready, it's time to watch Mr. Boogedy with me! I first heard about Mr. Boogedy around last Halloween. The Disney cult classic was first aired in 1985 but somehow I missed it over the years. Maybe it was too scary and my parents kept it off the TV or maybe we just didn't have the right channel back then. Eith…
 
Disney has brought us some very famous dogs in movies and television over the years. We've been inundated with Goofy, Pluto, 101 Dalmatians, and many more. But what about those dogs that are in the Disney theme parks that no one ever talks about? Those dogs that have been in the background of our favorite attractions for years, just waiting to be t…
 
Three words: Return. To. Oz. And that nightmare fuel is just the tip of the scary iceberg this week! Over the years, Disney has given its fans many intentionally scary things. From the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to Space Mountain to Mr. Boogedy, Disney's had it's fair share of real scares. Then there are the scary things in the parks, movies, an…
 
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