Episode 065 – Stacey J. Aswad, Part 1

Stacey J. AswadIn this episode, we begin a very enjoyable interview with Stacey J. Aswad from Must Do Disney. Almost as good as the interview itself is the fact that I have everything working properly on my new headset, so I think you’ll notice a definite improvement on the audio quality, too—back up to my standards.

 

You may notice that this episode is a little shorter than usual. The total interview is actually almost an hour, which was right on the cusp of to split or not to split. I’m really trying to keep each episode to a manageable length, though, so I decided to split it for you. Just think, now you have 2 weeks of Stacey to enjoy! And even though we talked for an hour, I still didn’t get to about half my questions so if you enjoy these episodes, let us know and we’ll see what we can do about an encore!

 

In this episode Stacey talks about:

  • What it’s like for her to be a part of people’s Walt Disney World vacations;
  • How she got the “Top 7 Must Sees” hosting job;
  • Unexpectedly staying on to become the host of “Must Do Disney”;
  • Whether she’d ever considered working for Disney—or even thought it was a possibility;
  • Whether she works with the same crew every time, or if they change;
  • Her approach and mindset to shooting the Must Do Disney segments;
  • The most challenging part of filming;
  • The most rewarding part of doing it;
  • The importance of family to her;
  • Riding thrill rides, how much fun it is for her, and riding multiple times;
  • If there was anything she had to shoot that did freak her out.

 

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Episode 064 – Colette Piceau, Part 2

Colette PiceauIn this episode, we conclude my interview with former Hoop De Doo Revue & Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular performer and current attraction show writer for many of the major themed entertainment companies, Colette Piceau.

 

Last time, Colette talked about her time with Hoop Dee Doo, the Indiana Jones Stunt Show, the Adventurer’s Club, and some of her experience as a show writer, including her very first show writing job.

 

In this episode Colette talks about:

  • Whether she’d ever anticipated being able to use all the experiences she’d gained the way she is now;
  • Behind the scenes on developing SeaWorld’s “Blue Horizons” show;
  • Whether she ever got any formal training in show writing;
  • How some of her interests and activities prepared her for being a show writer;
  • Her favorite sci-fi or fantasy series (of books);
  • Her favorite role in all that she does in her company, It Ain’t Shakespeare, and some of her favorite projects doing it;
  • Other projects she’s worked on for the themed entertainment industry—including a couple she worked on with Adam Berger;
  • More details about what a Show Information Guide is and how it’s created;
  • The attractions she’s worked on that have won THEA (Themed Entertainment Association) awards;
  • Working on some overseas parks and attractions;
  • Writing for Jack Hannah’s Animal Adventures, Shamu TV, and more TV shows;
  • The huge challenge of writing for Jack Hannah’s Animal Adventures, especially because this was pre-digital;
  • Her major involvement in the Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins attraction at SeaWorld Orlando;
  • Advice for what you should study or know to be a theme park writer—some of this may surprise you;
  • What inspires her;
  • Her advice to you for following your own dream;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

Find Colette:

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I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

 

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Episode 063 – Colette Piceau, Part 1

Colette PiceauIn the previous set of episodes, I interviewed Adam Berger, author of the book Every Guest is a Hero. During it, he mentioned working with Colette Piceau and her company, It Ain’t Shakespeare. Well, beginning with this episode, I have the privilege of interviewing her

Colette has an extensive background in the theme parks, from the Hoop De Doo Revue to the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular to the Adventurer’s Club and beyond. Now she’s got an event more extensive background—and current work—in show writing for Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, and several others.

 

In this episode Colette talks about:

  • How she got started working for Disney in the Hoop De Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness;
  • A description of the Hoop De Doo Revue, and her roles in it;
  • Going from Hoop De Doo to the Indiana Jones stunt show;
  • What it was like jumping off the building for the first time in training for the show;
  • The differences for her as a performer between the two shows;
  • The only “mishap” she had with the show;
  • How the Indiana Jones stunt show gave her her first opportunity in show writing;
  • How & why she moved from Marion to Sarah Conners at Universal Studios Florida;
  • The intense stunt work she had to do in that role;
  • Her stint in the Adventurer’s Club, and how devoted the fans of that show were;
  • What she loved most about what she did at Walt Disney World;
  • If she could have any job working for Disney, what it would be and why;
  • The first official show writing projects she did;
  • How she connected with Adam—it was a very interesting series of events;
  • Some of the other things she does besides show writing, like casting, directing, and voice work.

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If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

 

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Episode 062 – Adam Berger, Part 3

Adam Berger
Today, we conclude our interview with Adam Berger, former Walt Disney World Cast Member, current show writer, and author of the book Every Guest is a Hero: Disney Theme Parks and the Magic of Mythic Storytelling.

 

So far, we’ve talked about Adam’s time working at Walt Disney World, how and why he started doing so, and how that set him up for what he’s doing now as a show writer, his work as a show writer, and quite a bit about his book, and about the Hero’s Journey.

 

Before we get continue with the interview, I’d like to thank our sponsor, Audible.com. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at storiesofthemagic.com/audible. There’s over 150,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player—including my own book, Faith and the Magic Kingdom.

 

In this episode Adam talks about:

  • Every Guest is a HeroA hypothetical example of the real-life Hero’s Journeys of the first generation of Imagineers;
  • How there can be multiple Supreme Ordeals in a single journey;
  • One of the best example of the Hero’s Journey in the parks—Mission: Space;
  • Is the Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride (in Walt Disney World) a Hero’s Journey;
  • Walking through a possible way to understand the new Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train as a Hero’s Journey—this includes a bit of a spoiler, by the way;
  • Book-report rides vs. other types of attractions, what those are and which kind he’d most prefer to work on;
  • Tips for you if you want to become more aware of mythic storytelling in the Disney parks;
  • Moving beyond the parks, how the Hero’s Journey perspective can help in your daily life;
  • What he never gets asked that he wishes someone would ask him;
  • What inspires him;
  • His advice to you for following—or finding—your dream;
  • Shameless Plug Time;
  • What else there is in the book besides the Hero’s Journey.

Find Adam:

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Information about the Disneyana Fan Club Expo can be found at http://www.disneyanafanclub.org/Expo.

 

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

 

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Episode 061 – Adam Berger, Part 2

Adam Berger
Today, we continue our interview with Adam Berger, former Walt Disney World Cast Member, current show writer, and author of the book Every Guest is a Hero: Disney Theme Parks and the Magic of Mythic Storytelling.

 

In part 1, we talked about Adam’s time working at Walt Disney World, how and why he started doing so, and how that set him up for what he’s doing now as a show writer—though the path was by no means direct! We spent the remainder of part 1 talking about his work as a show writer—what that means and some of the projects he’s worked on.

 

Before we get continue with the interview, I’d like to thank our sponsor, Audible.com. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at storiesofthemagic.com/audible. There’s over 150,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player—including my own book, Faith and the Magic Kingdom.

 

As I mentioned last time, speaking of my book, in celebration of my book, in celebration of Disneyland’s 59th anniversary and the 2 year anniversary of Stories of the Magic, you will soon, and for a limited time, be able to get both Faith and the Magic Kingdom and Once Upon Your Time free! July 16 or 17, 2014 go to storiesofthemagic.com/freebooks and that’ll take you directly to the Amazon page that has both books listed, and from there you can choose either or both! (You’ll see them listed there on other days, too, but on those two days they’ll be free.)

 

In this episode Adam talks about:

  • Working for Herschend Family Entertainment on a bunch of their projects and properties like Silver Dollar City, Ride the Ducks, Dollywood, and more;
  • Why he so enjoys working on Ride the Ducks;
  • A couple of projects for SeaWorld Orlando he had a hand in that opened recently—Antarctica and TurtleTrek;
  • Why this is a great time to break into the world of show writing, and the most important skills you need to do so—they’re not what you may expect;
  • What he loves most about what he does;
  • Why he wrote Every Guest is a Hero and what the book is about;
  • How Adam became interested in Joseph Campbell and “the Hero’s Journey”;
  • Why the Hero’s Journey is so prevalent in the parks;
  • Why it can be difficult to think through these ideas in a very linear fashion—like I tend to do;
  • The basic character archetypes in the Hero’s Journey (also known as the monomyth);
  • The purpose of the hero;
  • The 4 main movements or stages of the journey;
  • Properly defining “myth”—it doesn’t automatically mean “fictional”;
  • The difference between classical fairy tales and so-called “modern fairy tales” like Once Upon a Time and Maleficent—the current ones aren’t really fairy tales;
  • Whether Imagineers consciously use the Hero’s Journey when they’re creating attractions;
  • The Hero’s Journeys of the first generation of Walt Disney’s Imagineers that they themselves were on.

Find Adam:

Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:

 

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

 

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