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May 3, 2022 45 mins

Today’s show is all about storytelling, crafting memorable experiences, and the world of themed entertainment.

Our guest is Mel McGowan, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Storyland Studios. Mel got his start in film, design, and spent a decade at the Disney Company. You’ve probably heard the term “Imagineer” — someone who combines the art and the craft of telling stories in three dimensions. Mel was an Imagineer and he got to work on some pretty fun projects, including a little theme park called Disney's California Adventure, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Downtown Disney, and more. Mel has continued that practice, called spatial storytelling, at Storyland Studios.

Mel has led teams that have won multiple Solomon Awards for “Best Church Architect,” and “Best Builder.” He was named one of the top 25 influencers by OC Metro Magazine, is a contributing editor to Outreach Magazine, and an Adjunct Professor at the College of Architecture, Visual Arts & Design at Cal Baptist University.

Mel is passionate about creating compelling experiences and immersive environments around the world. He’s also the creator and co-host of the Themed Attraction Podcast.

We hope you are blessed by our conversation with Mel McGowan.

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