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July 28, 2020 41 min
Randal Kleiser grew up with a poster of Disneyland above his bed. He knew every square inch and when he finally got to go, he knew exactly where everything was like he’d been there a thousands times. That passion for Disney eventually helped foster a love of filmmaking and, years later, Randal would have his own attraction at Disneyland that kids would be seeking out - Honey I Shrunk the Audience. The director of such hits as Grea...
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July 14, 2020 62 min
A staple of the classic “Disneyland” experience, steam trains can take you anywhere from New Orleans to Toontown and its bell and whistle are a constant presence throughout the park.For many, their fascination with trains and theme parks are intricately linked, thanks in no small part to Walt Disney’s own love of both. Today’s guest, Michael Campbell is one of those people, but in ways far beyond a normal hobbyist. The foremost sc...
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When David Price was a child, he, like many of us, found himself playing about as his father worked elsewhere in the room. But what David didn’t realize at the time was that all those maps and plans hanging around the office were helping his dad, Buzz Price, determine the best place to construct a little theme park called Disneyland. Not only did Buzz help Walt Disney make that determination, but he also acted as a feasibility adv...
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June 16, 2020 79 min
Shawn Rosell isn’t trying to be like every other vlogger who loves Disney and in fact, after moving away from Orlando, he knew his channel couldn’t just be park visits like so many others. These days, it’s a mix of short films, Disney opinions, thoughts on life and his unique perspective of being a black vlogger who began his Youtube journey in a theme park culture that is predominantly white. Shawn sat down with host Nathan Hartm...
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June 2, 2020 54 min
Gijs Van Winkelhof has always had an ear for a good Disney song. Having taught himself how to play piano at 3, Gijs has spent his life at the keyboard, plucking away at any song after listening to it once or twice. Like many of us, he’s found himself humming Disney theme park music long after leaving the ride, but, thanks to his creative talents, he can replay them at any time. That's what he does for hundreds of fans a week on...
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May 19, 2020 40 min
We’ve all taken journeys to visit places that connect us with moments in history we love. For many Disney fans, that can include Walt’s home town of Marceline and, of course, his original theme park - Disneyland. But those places only bookend Walt’s life - leaving many experiences in between. That’s where Christopher Tremblay comes in. A Disney fan with a passion for Walt’s life, Tremblay has authored Walt’s Pilgrimage - a guide b...
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May 5, 2020 57 min
Adam Kreutinger makes magic one stitch at a time. Through his passion of puppet making, he has both created a slew of lovable characters and shared his creative process on his Youtube channel, even in real time, for all who have interest. But when Adam was tasked with creating a certain dragon of royal purple pigment, he connected with Disney nerd culture in a brand new way. Adam sat with me to chat about creating a puppet version...
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April 21, 2020 81 min
Whether for television, film, or theme parks, Kirk Hanson has used a pencil and a little ingenuity to create some of the most beloved stories of our time. As a story artist for Disney Feature animation, Kirk helped bring to life Aladdin, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Hercules. He’s also found himself over at Imagineering fleshing out ideas for Pirates of the Caribbean and Monster Inc: Ride and Go Seek. Kirk was nice enough to chat ...
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April 7, 2020 31 min
If there is one cultural touchstone that Disney theme parks might have helped bring back from obscurity, it’s Tiki culture. While the Enchanted Tiki Room was in response to the burgeoning craze of the late 50’s early 60’s, when all the bars and rum joints closed down over the years, the Tiki Room kept the culture around for later generations of fans to discover. One of those fans was Tiki Tony. Inspired by island culture and his l...
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March 24, 2020 98 min
From the mountains of China, to the plains of Kenya and even Moscow’s Red Square, filmmaker Jeff Blyth has focused his camera on all sorts of wonders of the world. Well…more like cameras... nine to be exact. Throughout his career, Blythe has directed six circle-vision films for Disney, including Portraits of Canada, Wonders of China, The Timekeeper, and Reflections of China. But that's just scratching the surface as Jeff chats...
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March 10, 2020 60 min
Skipper David John Marley used to sail the rivers of the world for the Jungle Navigation Company at Disneyland. Now a history professor, he's compiled "Skipper Stories" - two volumes of the best jungle cruise stories money can buy. Marley sits down with Nathan to chat about what it takes to be a great skipper, looking at the Jungle Cruise from a historians perspective, and the greatest pranks he ever pulled on the job....
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February 25, 2020 37 min
There are Disney theme park megafans and then there are those that transcend the title to become pillars for what the entire fan culture sits upon. Martin Smith is one of those fans. Known worldwide as the “Ken Burns” of Disney parks history on Youtube and across the internet, Martin's documentaries about attractions, pavilions, and other park elements have become a staple for Disney fans and a way into the culture for many. ...
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February 11, 2020 42 min
Believe it or not, there was once a time where theme parks were rather humorless. Then artist and Imagineer Marc Davis came along and changed the game. If you like the dog holding the prison cell key in Pirates of the Caribbean or any of the gags on the Jungle Cruise, that's all Davis and it's safe to say that the whimsical tone of Disney theme parks owes him a great debt. Author and Imagineer Christopher Merritt hopes to ...
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January 28, 2020 76 min
Evan and Britta Kasperzak have quiet the history of acting, dance, and Disney. Having met in college, the two’s journey led Evan to perform on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," and Broadway's Newsies while later acting as choreographer for Disney World. At the same time, Britta found herself training young Jedi at Hollywood Studios and discovering a love for fitness training. Nathan Hartman chats with Evan and Br...
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January 14, 2020 96 min
In the late 70’s Mark Eades found himself juggling an internship with Disney productions while also working nights at Autopia in Disneyland. But his work paid off and soon he found himself helping on a little film called Tron and then joining the editorial team for Epcot Center. For Epcot, Mark worked in post-production on such favorites as Magic Journeys, Universe of Energy, and the Golden Dreams segment of American Adventure, bu...
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December 31, 2019 50 min
For Scott Curtis, Disney fans hold a special place in his thoughts. Mostly because they’ve well… been in his head. As a child actor, Scott played both Bobby and the voice of Buzzy in Epcot’s much-loved, now-defunct Cranium Command inside Wonders of Life. After hearing of the theft of the Buzzy animatronic, Scott reached out to WDWNT, hoping to help spread the word and maybe get the little pilot back home. He also chats with Natha...
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December 17, 2019 47 min
In the early 1950’s Bob D’Arcy had just got back to California from playing in the Army Band and was looking for work. Fortunately his father had just been hired at a place that needed someone to tour big-wigs and celebrities around - a still under-construction Disneyland. From there Bob became the very first tour guide ever at a Disney park and spent his time showing Walt Disney’s vision off to…well Walt Disney’s friends. Bob’s ...
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December 3, 2019 49 min
Historian Andrew Kiste is the author of “The Historical Tour of Walt Disney World" Volumes 1-3 and in each he dives deep into how actual history surrounds our experiences in a Disney park, answering questions like "how accurate is Pirates of the Caribbean?" or "should we really should Thank the Phonecians?" Andrew chats with Nathan about how the WDW Explore CD-Rom inspired his Disney love at a young age, what r...
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November 26, 2019 4 min
Last episode voice actor and impersonator Brian Hull came on the show. Well, after our chat he told me that a friend of his had mentioned he'd love to chat so here's a very special guest straight from Pride Rock! Make sure to check out his website brianhull.co and his Youtube channel. Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.com Credits: Podcast ...
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November 19, 2019 29 min
We all have our favorite Disney cartoon characters. Sometimes we wear them on shirts or put them backpacks - maybe even go to the parks and Disney bound as them. Well, Brian Hull likes to go to the parks as characters - just not like you and me. As a voice artist and impersonator, Brian has almost a whole Disney vault’s worth of voices he shares on his Youtube channel with his two million fans. Brian sits with Nathan to chat about...
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