Episode #451 - thank you. And good night.
After 13 or so years, I’ve reached the end. It’s time to step aside and let the next generation continue talking about Disney. It’s been a great ride and I’ve enjoyed it.
October 24, 2022
Episode #450 - my favorite memory
I talk about a few of my favorite memories of Walt Disney world.
October 12, 2022
Episode #449 - Buddy Baker & George Bruns
I talk about two of the composers who were heavily involved in creating the iconic songs for Disney attractions.
October 01, 2022
Episode #448 - the company brand
This is a look at Disneys brand and why it’s successful.
September 20, 2022
Episode #447 - Disney / MGM studios
This is a look back at the real working movie studio / theme park and the relationship with mgm. It was a fun and interesting place to learn about movie magic.
September 09, 2022
Episode #446 - vista United Telecom
This is the story about Disney created a phone company to service the resort, and the back story of how RCA was involved in the broader plan.
August 29, 2022
Episode #445 - attractions I skip
Yeah I have a number that I skip including all roller coasters. Even the kiddie ones. Navi River Journey. Mission space. Figment. Motion simulators. Swiss family Robinson treehouse. Seas with Nemo. Turtle talk. Any of the spoke rides. Peter Pan.
August 18, 2022
Episode #444 - a new app
I talk about a new web app I created “a spoonful of trifles”. It’s free. Check it out! http://Disneyworldpodcast.net/trivia
August 07, 2022
Episode #443 - Communicore
This is a look back at the community core that was behind spaceship earth.
July 28, 2022
Episode #442 - Disney World was almost in palm beach?
A developer offered Walt 320 acres of land. But the deal fell apart at least in part based on egos. Hear the whole story.
July 17, 2022
Episode #441 - Disney worlds first resident
Walt Disney hired Phil Smith as the first employee of the resort, and he lived on Walt Disney Worlds property. Here’s his story.
July 06, 2022
Episode #440 - a little history in the special improvement district
Here’s a story that Richard Fogelsong wrote for the Washington Post in 1994. The context is interesting.
June 26, 2022
Episode #439 - some news items
I cover some of the latest goings on in and around the Disney company and especially Disney world
June 15, 2022
Episode #438 - happy belated earth day!
Every day should be earth day…a little late, here’s a look back at the opening of the animal kingdom.
June 02, 2022
Episode #437 - a commencement address
It’s time once again to honor our budding superstars of this era: our graduates. Congrats and here’s a message for you!
May 18, 2022
Episode #436 - a return to the parks!
Dave went back to Disney world and got an annual pass. Tune in to find out how it went.
May 02, 2022
Episode #435 - the reedy creek improvement district
I’ve got a rather strong opinion about what happened in the state, regarding Disneys special improvement district. In summary: it can’t end well for any of us, and not really thinking this through will cause Disney world to change in unexpected ways. I talk about the history and how we got here.
April 29, 2022
Episode #434 - news and updates
I have some thoughts and observations from recent reports coming from the Disney company which I share here.
April 22, 2022
Episode #433 - spaceship earth concept
Back in 1977, Ray Bradbury wrote a preliminary / concept script for what would become spaceship earth. While it wasn’t used as it was, many of the concepts as well as the overall theme are still evident today.
April 15, 2022
Episode #432 - comments from Fowler.
We had the luxury of hearing from admiral Fowler; he did an interview as part of some B-roll footage before the magic kingdom opened, and later in a forum he talked about the parks.
April 01, 2022
Episodes #430 & #431 - Aulani, a followup discussion
I’ve got a guest who recently stayed at Aulani. Shannon tells us about the experience and has some tips to share. If you’d like to see some pictures, check out my show notes page. https://mydisneyworldblog.blogspot.com/2022/03/episodes-430-431-aulani-redux.html [sorry if the audio quality isn’t so great. It’s my first time doing an interview in a while; I’m out of practice with the setup]
March 22, 2022
Episode #429 - (still more) Star Wars!
The test cruises were run on the galactic starcruiser, so now we know what it’s like. I’ve got some thoughts about how it looks and what’s there…behind a very expensive paywall. *Picture is from the Nerdist
February 27, 2022
Episode #427 & #428 - General Joe Potter
While researching details about General Joe, I found some interesting information. This is a text-to-speech of 21 questions in the memoirs of General Potter, where he talks about his work at Disney. I found him to be a rather interesting figure, and I had never seen or heard this interview before.
February 22, 2022
Episodes #425 & #426 - time for a diatribe
I’ve got the proverbial axe to grind. I’m troubled by a lot of what I’m seeing. And I have so many questions about what Disney is doing and the future of the theme parks.
February 05, 2022
Episode #424 - the 1960 Winter Olympics
The 1960 Winter Olympics were the first ones broadcast nationally in the US. And that meant they needed to be ready for tv. Who better than Walt Disney to put on a great show?
January 22, 2022
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 description...you 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 https://youtu.be/WDqr6MQWSeI and as for critical race theory, here is something for your reading pleasure: https://www.edweek.org/leadership/what-is-critical-race-theory-and-why-is-it-under-attack/2021/05
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: https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/the-business/abigail-disney Part2: https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/the-business/disney-future-banter/abigail-disney-part-2
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: https://www.ustravel.org/toolkit/dow-report
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: http://disneyworldpodcast.net/pete/
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 https://youtu.be/8-88NbS3tss
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 like...it 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