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Dave’s Disney view

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Dave takes a specific topic related to WDW and breaks it down in a short, portable format.
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Episode #423 - Joe Potter & Joe Fowler
Admiral Fowler joined the Walt Disney company in the early 1950s, and was primarily responsible for the construction of Disneyland, then carried forward his work to be the overall project manager for Disney world. General Potter joined the Disney company after the NY Worlds Fair, and was the construction manager for Disney world. He wound up creating many of the innovations that came to be in the central Florida area. Both became friends with Walt, and without them, Disney world probably would never have been built.
January 10, 2022
Episode #422 - what’s up with Star Wars and the galactic star cruiser?
I’ve been keeping an eye on the galactic star cruiser as it nears its maiden voyage. I have some thoughts about it and Star Wars in general.
December 16, 2021
Episode #420 & #421 - the history of some overlooked and dismissed attractions in the magic kingdom
Here are 5 that deserve a little love. Small world. Prince Charming regal Carousel. Tomorrowland speedway. Buzz. Wedway peoplemover. [short editing note: I made a mistake in the original published version. It’s fixed now]
December 15, 2021
Episode #419 - a few follow ups
We had D23, along with some announcements, a change to the vaccine policy for cast members, and a pause in the sale of annual passes at WDW. I have some assorted thoughts about all of it, and how the parks have evolved.
November 30, 2021
Episode #418 - the crossroads … and a bit of news
On todays show, I start by talking about the recent earnings call. And then I go on to talk about the crossroads, which recently closed.
November 19, 2021
Episode #417 - the EPCOT story
On this episode, I explore some of what Walt had in mind for his community. I propose that it would have been a company town, and explore that and wonder if he could have gotten there. This expands on the story I told in episode #410, where I examined Walt’s world view.
November 08, 2021
Episode #416 - a mild rant about the state of Disney
I talk about things that are going on, the genie app, lighting lane, and the confusion that surrounds it all.
October 26, 2021
Episode #415 - Aulani
Today, I share some insights about Aulani, courtesy of a friend of mine. I admit I didn’t know much about it before, but I feel like I’m ready to make a trip! Hawaiian culture and beaches sound very relaxing.
October 17, 2021
Episodes #413 & #414 - a look back at opening day
Walt Disney World opened its doors 50 years ago - on October 1st, 1971. I’ve got a few stories for you.  My own experiences, and some from people who were there.  I won't spoil it here in the need to listen. 
September 29, 2021
Episode #412 - Genie app and annual passes
I’m talking about the new app, the changes to annual passes, and more!
September 20, 2021
Episode #411 - the hall of presidents
Since it re-opened recently, here is the latest incarnation of the show for your enjoyment.
September 09, 2021
Episode #410 - Walt Disney and his weltanschauung
That’s a “world view.” I address his work and how it intersected with politics.
August 29, 2021
Episode #409 - disney news
Movies, theme parks, yield?! Yeah there were some interesting nuggets on the earnings call. I thought it was worth talking about. And I’ve got some thoughts about the Genie app.
August 19, 2021
Episode #408 - my favorite Epcot extinct attractions
It’s time for another top 10. I’ve got the top ten attractions that used to exist in epcot.
August 08, 2021
Episode #407 - Fort Wilderness Railroad
This is a look back to the fort wilderness railroad that ran through the campground. You can watch my lost & found episode on the railroad here: Episode 31: The Fort Wilderness Railroad and as for critical race theory, here is something for your reading pleasure:
July 31, 2021
Episode #406 - a look back at a trip in 2008
My mom handed me a photo album from 2008. I reminisce about the trip.
July 15, 2021
Episode #405 - Jack Wagner
Jack Wagner’s voice was iconic in Disneyland, and carried forward to disney world. I talk about him and have some audio clips of his, for you.
July 05, 2021
Episode #404 - laundry services
This episode focuses on central laundry at Walt Disney world. It’s a little unusual but there’s a story here of course!
June 17, 2021
Episode #403 - Congratulations graduates!
In what now is annual tradition, here’s a commencement address for newly minted graduates!
May 28, 2021
Episodes #401 & #402 - 20 questions about the magic
A few years ago, a listener sent some questions about quantifying the magic. I decided to answer the questions on a podcast.
May 09, 2021
Episodes #399 & #400 - Kilimanjaro safaris
Today, I take a dive into the safari and some of its history and then I play audio from the trip into the Savannah.
April 18, 2021
Episode #398 - dear diary...
I found an old diary I had, in which I recorded a trip to Disney in the 70s. I share what 11-year-old me wrote about the trip.
March 30, 2021
Episode #397 - Another pause in my podcast
Things in the world have again gotten interesting and I feel a need to step away from podcasting for a short time.
February 14, 2021
Episode #396 the house of magic
There was this interesting shop along Main Street in both Disneyland and in Walt Disney world which was something of a magic shop. I talk about it.
February 06, 2021
Episodes #394 & #395 - The times. They are changing
Disney has announced a series of moves that would indicate a very different future for disney parks. Fast pass, annual passes, park hopping, reservations, magic bands, and even the magical express provide some clues. I’m talking about it. What are your thoughts? Email me, tweet me, or drop a voice message
January 23, 2021
Episode #393 - The Hall of Presidents
Today, I present to you the audio from the current show, minus the speaking part at the end. I explain what’s up with that.
January 20, 2021
Episode #392 - SpectroMagic
I present to you the music from spectromagic, along with a little bit of the parades history. I also report on a rumor about the carousel of progress.
January 13, 2021
Episodes #390 & #391 - my commentary on Abigail Disney’s thoughts about the company.
Abigail Disney (granddaughter of Walt’s brother, Roy) has been in the news recently as a critic of the Disney Company.  I wanted to discuss some of her comments and expand on them a bit with my own thoughts. This podcast contains clips from "The Business" which is hosted by KCRW.  They have a great show, and I encourage you to check out their work.  Specifically, the two episodes with Abigail Disney are here.  Part 1:  Part2:
December 28, 2020
Episodes #388 & #389 - random information and news from around Walt Disney World.
News comes at us quickly these days as disney adapts to a new normal. I talk about a number of things that caught my attention over the last little while
December 07, 2020
Episodes #386 & #387 - The Living Seas
This is a retrospective of the epcot pavilion The Living Seas. It opened a few years after epcot, but it was a marvel of sorts and fit in thematically with the nature of epcot in that part of future world. I talk about the history and how it became what it is today.
November 21, 2020
Episode #385 - a few updates on disney
I’ve got a few things to talk about; a collection of things that are on my mind right now.
November 10, 2020
Episodes #383 & #384 - Wedway PeopleMover
Walt Disney had a plan for urban design - and a central theme was how to get people around his city of tomorrow.  He envisioned monorails for longer trips, and a peoplemover for local circuits.  The WED designers laid out plans for both, and prototyped the people mover in DIsneyLand before it opened in Florida.  It is a clever and innovative means of transportation that never seemed to catch on.  I talk about it, and play the audio tracks that were on the attraction over the years.
October 17, 2020
Episode #382 - a bit of news to report
Disney lays off 28,000. The pandemic rages on. Changes are coming to movies and movie distribution. It’s the end of the NBA bubble. Nah. There isn’t much to talk about at all.
October 07, 2020
Episode #381 - cranium command
This is a look back at a fun attraction that existed in the wonders of life. It was film, multi media, and audio animatronics assembled in a theater to tell a story.
September 29, 2020
Episode #380 - pressed coins
This podcast gives a brief history to pressed pennies at Disney parks, and I talk about my iOS app for finding and collecting pressed pennies.
September 19, 2020
Episode #379 - a drive by disney world.
I happened to be in Orlando a week or so ago, and took a short drive around property. It was interesting to say the least, so I talk about it. I’m also introducing a new segment I’m calling “one little spark” as kind of a call to action for things we can do to be more engaged in societal issues.
September 07, 2020
Episode #378 - some updates about disney and disney parks
This episode is an update on some of the news around the Walt Disney company. Espn, disneys entertainment business and theme parks all get a nod. And I play an interview with Josh D’amaro which is from the US Travel Association. Listen to the Dow Report here:
August 27, 2020
Episode #377 - This is a podcast about my dad.
Thank you for listening. The music included in this episode is copyright of disney, and I sincerely hope they don’t mind its use in this context. The obituary I wrote:
August 05, 2020
Episode #376 - A few thoughts about where things stand....
Disney has some good going on. But this virus? It’s dangerous and returning to a theme park doesn’t seem like a winning idea.
July 10, 2020
Episode #375a - congratulations graduates!
A kind of, sort of commencement speech from dave.
May 16, 2020
Episode #375 - a pause in my podcast
I’m going to take a break from podcasting for a while. Consider it like I’m temporarily closed, much like the resort. I tell you about my decision.
May 09, 2020
Episode #374 - managing through closures
I gave up my annual pass. And at the moment, things are looking not-so-rosy for theme parks in the immediate future - because there’s still a lot of uncertainty.  I listened in to the 2Q earnings call, and have something to say about what I heard. And of course, I’ve got some more thoughts about it. Plus I hit on a couple of news items that are a little less serious.  Lost (& Found) episode #32 discovery island
May 06, 2020
Episode #373 - Epcot Entrance Music
Today, I have for you the original entrance area music, which played from 1982-2001 in future world. It set the tone for what futureworld was, and carried on the music from the pavilions. Enjoy!
April 29, 2020
Episode #372 - thoughts about closures, and disneys future in general.
I delve into the place we’re in as a nation and a world. I consider how disney really is at the epicenter of everything.
April 22, 2020
Episodes #370 & #371 - the music of mainstreet.
As we roll through another week, I thought I’d provide a little fun - here’s the background music loop that was played along mainstreet from about 1989 until 2012. Of course (as always) there’s a little story to tell. Enjoy!
April 16, 2020
Episode #369 - assorted thoughts and a visit to Walt Disney world during the closure
I took an opportunity to pass by the resort because I wanted to see for myself what it looked was surreal almost like it came from Stephen King’s The Stand. So I talk about what I saw, and have some updates on what’s going on.  Finally, I play the audio from the 1987 resort tv loop, for your enjoyment.
April 08, 2020
Episode #368 - some updates about Disney World
The parks remain closed for now, but there’s news to report in any case. I take you through it. And then play some audio that is kind of fun.
April 02, 2020
Episodes #366 & #367 - some of my favorite musical themes
I present to you my top 20 catchy themes from around disney world. Most of these are older, and many are gone now, but they’re all memorable. Come on a little musical journey around the magic kingdom and Epcot.
March 27, 2020
Episodes #364 & #365 - Sonny Eclipse
Sonny is an audio animatronic fictional alien who plays daily at cosmic rays starlight cafe in Tomorrowland in the magic kingdom. Come and take a listen to the little story of the location and hear his audio.  Plus, there's a bonus on here! I play the audio from the galactic pay phone that is (used to be?) outside of the Peoplemover.
March 19, 2020
Episode #363 - the Contemporary
On this episode, I spend a moment talking about closures, but then move on to talking about the Contemporary, its construction, and the Mary Blair mural on the central pillar. I figure we can all use a break from the every day....
March 13, 2020
Episode #362 - shakeup at Disney? Big deal or Nah?
Bob Iger stepped down. The coronavirus forced the closure of two parks. Streaming continues to evolve. There’s a lot to talk about! But to answer the question in the title, I vote "nah"....there are concerns, but nothing specific, today.
February 29, 2020
Episode #361 - why I love Disney
Joining me on the show is Craig Folsom who hosts the eponymous show. We talk about why we love Disney. Come along, and have a listen to us talking about our experiences.  Visit Craig @
February 17, 2020
Episode #360 - has it really been 10 years?!
If you’ll indulge me, I spend some time talking about *me*, how I got here, and how I’ve seen things change.  My first show aired February 8, 2010. And I simply can’t believe I’ve managed to make it this far.  It’s been a great ride, and I can’t wait to see where I go next!
February 07, 2020
Episode #359 - Canada far and wide
Disney updated the show with new camera shots and a new narration featuring Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. I present some info and the attraction audio.  Incidentally, the new version of the Canada song was performed by Eva Avila, a Québécois. Circlevision History Canada Pavilion
January 26, 2020
Episode #358 - "Sue" in the Animal Kingdom
I take a look back a the history of Sue at Animal Kingdom.  Its an interesting tale that moved the preparation to the Animal Kingdom.   You can watch my lost and found story about it below: View the episode A blog about the fossil prep lab:
January 09, 2020
Episode #357 - comments about the Star Wars franchise
I give you my perspective on the “state of the franchise” now that we’ve reached the end of the new trilogy. There are some spoilers in here but this is more my general feelings about where it stands, than it is about one movie.
December 29, 2019
Episode #356 - a visit to the parks
I had a chance to visit again last week, and wanted to talk about my experiences, what I saw, share some thoughts, and bring you along.
December 23, 2019
Episode #355 - Top 10 snacks around WDW
I go beyond popcorn and Mickey bars to share with you some of my favorite snacks around the resort.  1. Beignet with Dipping Sauce @ Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory – Port Orleans French Quarter  2. Citrus swirl @ aloha isle magic kingdom  3. Conch Fritters @ Gurgling Suitcase – Old Key West Resort  4. Bavarian Mickey Pretzel @ Baseline Tap House - Hollywood Studios .  5. Anything @ boullangerie pastiserie - epcot  6. Pesto garlic knots @ Pinocchio village house - magic kingdom  7. Naan with dipping sauce @ landscape flavors - art of animation  8. Sushi @ Japan - epcot  9. Totchos @ woodys - Hollywood studios  10. Samosa @ Mr Kamal’s - Animal kingdom  My popcorn recipe is in show #90:  Link
December 05, 2019
Episode #354 - your questions, answered.
Dave is back to answer your disney questions. Traveling over the summer, sorcerers of the magic kingdom, the chicken exit from attractions, fireworks, and more! I’ve got a few nuggets tucked in here as well.
November 21, 2019
Episodes #352 & #353 - a visit to the world
I made a recent trip to the parks and I’m here to break it down. I’ve got 4 parts - food & wine, the disney skyliner, galaxys edge, and some thoughts about construction.
October 28, 2019
Episode #351 - John Lennon, the Beatles, and the Lost Weekend
On this episode, I tell the tale of the visit by John Lennon to Walt Disney World, during which the Beatles were dissolved.  Its a tale that doesn't get enough press, and I thought I'd share it.   You can check out the video I made in my Lost & Found Series: May Pang's photos can be found here:
October 02, 2019
Episode #350 - a look at some of Disney's media relationships
Disney has a complex media empire.  I take a look at a couple of items in the news that caught my attention that bring that mind.  It includes some lawsuits, Star Wars, Spider Man, and more.  Plus I take a look at Freeform TV and explore its history.
September 14, 2019
Episode #349 - Updates from D23, and my thoughts.
I didn't attend D23, but I got all the updates...and I have some thoughts about it all.  Epcot is about to undergo a major overhaul, and while I think its "needed," it changes the very nature of the park.  Plus, there were plenty of other updates that I talk about.  I hope I don't come off as negative - I have strong feelings about the legacy and history, and I feel like the company isn't about that anymore...   Of course, I'm still interested in the history and that's why I started this YouTube Channel! Lost and Found in Walt Disney World. YouTube direct link
August 28, 2019
Episode #348 - an almost visit to Galaxy's Edge
I was in the Orlando area last week, and made an effort to see Galaxy's Edge - but it didn't work out (sadly).  I talk about my time in the area, and about Star Wars Galaxy's Edge - and the emphasis on the newer episodes.  I have a theory about why this is, and it is really just a guess.  Thought I'd share my thoughts.
August 22, 2019
Episode #347 - The Walt Disney Radio Information station
For the first 25 years the Disney World Resort was open, they had an AM radio station (several actually) that broadcast information about the resort - from park hours to special events to things to do.  I talk about the broadcast, and play some clips for you.  Hope you enjoy! YouTube direct link
August 13, 2019
Episode #346 - your questions answered
It's time to answer some of your Disney-related questions.  Should I go for rope drop or stay late? What effect will Galaxy's Edge have on my visit?  Can I upgrade a ticket? And a short primer on FastPass+ FastPass+ guide mentioned in the podcast:  Don't forget about my video series: Lost and Found in WDW or Hit me up on Twitter anytime @DisneyView
July 26, 2019
Episode #345 - my summer vacation, and how it relates to Disney
We went on a summer trip up to the Smokey Mountains.  I had no expectation that I would see or do anything that related back to Disney.  But of course, I was wrong.  I seem to always have this lens that is on the lookout for Disney-related things. And I saw a bunch that I call out in this podcast. The Gargoyle at Denver InternationaL Glass blowing: Don't forget about my video series: Lost and Found in WDW YouTube direct link And hit me up on Twitter anytime @DisneyView
July 11, 2019
Episode #344 - Star Wars Galaxy's Edge
I haven't made it out to DisneyLand to see Galaxy's Edge, but I have watched a lot of videos and read a lot of blog posts about the new land - so I thought it'd be fun to provide my own perspective.  I'll be honest and say I don't love what I see so far....but there's still time to make some adjustments before it opens at Disney World. Of course, remember to checkout my video series, Lost and Found in WDW! And hit me up on Twitter anytime @DisneyView
June 20, 2019
Episode #343 - The Disney Skyway
Long before the Disney Skyliner, there was another skyway at the Disney theme parks (DisneyLand, the Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo DisneyLand).  I talk about the design, how it worked, and reminisce a little about riding it. In the show I mention Bob Gurr. You can find the show he appeared on here: Hope you enjoy this look back in history.
June 07, 2019
Episode #342 - Managing Hotels
Disney had never managed hotels before, but they decided to get into the business when they opened Walt Disney World.  I take a look back at Disney getting into the hotel business in central Florida.  There are two parts - the addition of hotels along Hotel Plaza Blvd, and the Hilton Inn South that taught the new Cast Members how to run a hotel. Two of my videos (Episodes #10 & #16) cover some of this story as well. Of course, remember to checkout my video series, Lost and Found in WDW! YouTube direct link And hit me up on Twitter anytime @DisneyView
May 18, 2019
Episode #341 - my thoughts about another visit
As I intended to, I visited Walt Disney World last week, and spent a couple of days doing some fun things.  Hopefully, I caught some of the things you asked me far my favorite part of this visit was people watching: we had some amusing interactions. I also give you some updates about construction (there's a lot), talk about the monorail, and share some observations. We also had a chance to see the Blue Angels and I was churro guy! Hope you enjoy! Of course, remember to checkout my video series, Lost and Found in WDW! YouTube direct link And hit me up on Twitter anytime @DisneyView
May 07, 2019
Episode #340 - a couple of personal updates, and some updates about Disney
On this episode, I've got some personal updates - I share a couple of interactions with Guest Services online, and talk about my podcast move.    Then its on to Disney updates - the Gondola system, a temporary replacement for Illuminations, Star Wars updates, and some info on Vegetarian/Vegan Dining.  Picture from the KingdomInsider Vegan Disney World did a nice writeup about the brochures I mention in the podcast - its so new not all of them are printed yet! And of course, remember to checkout my video series, Lost and Found in WDW! YouTube direct link And hit me up on Twitter anytime @DisneyView
April 18, 2019
Episode #339 - Disney & Data
    Overview:  I was giving some thought to one big reason Disney is successful, and that's "big data" - Disney uses a wealth of information to help you to have a magical time. I explore the concept on this podcast. Notes: On a future show, I'll have to delve into more of how this data is used. Don't forget to checkout my video series: Lost and Found at WDW! 
April 08, 2019
Episode #338 - news and updates from around WDW
    Overview:  Today’s main theme is the announcements about  Star Wars Galaxys Edge. We have dates, and know many of the shthings that will appear in the land.  Plus, I’ve got some other news and notes to share. Notes: Galaxy's Edge will either be terrific or it will merit a yawn....hard to say which....but they've invested a lot of time and effort (not to mention money) into the parks to make it happen, and the sheer size is massive.  So it certainly has the potential.  I can't wait to see it. My pressed pennies app for iOS is now available for free.  Hope you enjoy! Pressed Penny app: Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 08, 2019
Episode #337 - storytelling, the passing of Dave Smith, and changes to legislation
     Overview:  I’ve got a couple of personal tales to tell along the way - about a trivia contest I was in, and a friend’s question about a birthday celebration.  Then, I talk a little about Dave Smith and his recent passing, and some proposed changes to state legislation that could impact Walt Disney world.  Notes: IMHO Dave Smith was a Disney legend for the way he preserved history.   Of course, you can learn more about the history of Disney’s relationship with the state in my video series: lost and found in WDW!
April 08, 2019
Episode #336 -Soundsation at the Disney MGM Studios
    Overview:  Back in 1989, the Disney MGM Studios opened as a real working movie studio. They let us in on some movie making secrets and featured some cool little shows that showed how things work. Soundsation was a booth where you could hear Holophonic sound. I explore the history and play the audio for you. Notes: This was a simple pleasure. So technically simple, yet very powerful in its presentation. Checkout my YouTube channel: lost & found in Walt Disney World.
April 08, 2019