Episode 092 – Faith Dority, Part 2

 

Faith Dority

In this episode, we conclude our 2-part interview with 2014-2015 runDisney Specialist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Faith Dority. In part 1, we talked about where her love for Disney began and how it grew, becoming a runner, some runDisney tips, and becoming part of the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

 

Before we continue the interview, I’d like to thank those of you who stepped up to help me get to and cover the D23 Expo for Stories of the Magic. A special thank you to Kris and John, who donated this week to help me out. I now only need about $30 to completely cover what I need for the weekend! You all rock!

 

If you can help me with that $30, please PayPal me whatever you’re willing and able to support me with using podcast@storiesofthemagic.com as the receiving address. Last time, I need 16 people to do $5, now if just 6 people contribute $5 we’re there! Can you do $5? For everyone who contributes, I will publicly thank you on the show (unless you’d prefer that I didn’t), and if you have something special you’d like to see coverage of, I’ll do my best to fulfill your request!

 

After the interview, I’ve included a couple of clips of what I shared from the 2013 Expo to give you a taste of what you can expect this time. The first, an interview I did with an Imagineer you’d probably never get to hear from otherwise, and the second, Animator Glen Keane’s Legends Award speech.

 

In this episode, Faith talks about…

  • What it’s like being a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel;
  • Being on the runDisney Panel of Experts for last year’s Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend;
  • Whether she feels like an expert;
  • Special memories from being on the panel so far;
  • More about the Moms Panel;
  • A bit about how to become a member of the panel;
  • Whether she’s received any very unusual questions, and if she’s answered any questions for guests that gave her ideas for her own vacations;
  • Common questions she gets and her favorite tips, both for park touring and for runDisney events;
  • If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why;
  • What she never gets asked that she wishes people would ask her—if anything;
  • What inspires her;
  • Her advice to you for beginning or continuing your journey of being a runner;
  • Shameless Plug Time—including her next runDisney event.


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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 091 – Faith Dority, Part 1

Faith Dority

In this episode, we begin a 2-part interview with 2014-2015 runDisney Specialist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Faith Dority. We’d been working on getting this set up for a few months, so I’m glad to finally be able to bring it to you.

 

This episode happens to mark the 3-year anniversary of the show, so I’d like to say a very special thank you to all my guests over the past 3 years, and to you listeners, whether this is your first or ninety-first episode to listen to, or anywhere in between. It is all of you that allow me to do this, and I am grateful for that.

Today also happens to be the 60th anniversary of the Grand Opening of Disneyland. Technically it’s the 60th anniversary of the press event and it opened to the public the next day, but this is the day Disney wants to mark, so we’ll go with it. Happy 60th anniversary, Disneyland!

 

Before we begin, just a quick reminder about my request for your help to get to the D23 Expo this year so I can cover it for Stories of the Magic. I won’t go into the details—check out the show notes for the previous 2 episodes if you want to know more. For now, suffice it to say that I am going. I trust you, the listeners, to support me in this so I went ahead and got my tickets.

I still need about $80. If you can help at all, please PayPal me whatever you’re willing and able to support me with using podcast@storiesofthemagic.com as the receiving address. If just 16 people contribute $5 we’re there! Can you do $5? For everyone who contributes, I will publicly thank you on the show (unless you’d prefer that I didn’t), and if you have something special you’d like to see coverage of, I’ll do my best to fulfill your request!

 

In this episode, Faith talks about…

  • When her love for Disney began;
  • A funny story about her first visit to Walt Disney World;
  • How her love for Disney grew from where it began to where it is today;
  • A special memory of her first trip to Walt Disney World with her kids;
  • The expansion of her Disney love beyond just the parks;
  • What she loves most about it;
  • When and how she became a runner;
  • Her first runDisney race weekend;
  • Some pre-race tips;
  • Her usual corral and her personal record;
  • Her process of joining the Disney Parks Moms Panel;
  • How she found out she was accepted onto the Panel;
  • A little tease for what it’s like being a Moms Panelist.


Find Faith:

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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.

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 090 – Don Morin, Part 2

 

Don Morin 2

In this episode, we conclude our 2-part interview with Don Morin, founder of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. In part 1, we talked about his interest in Disney, background of the PNW Mouse Meet, what makes it unique, and much more. This time we’ll peek into the future, find out his advice to you for following your dreams, and get some great stories.

 

Before we begin, I am again bringing you a special request. For the D23 Expo in August, there were a flood of new media applications, and Disney seriously tightened the availability of the credentials. So, for whatever reason, I didn’t get approved for a media credential. Really, all I needed it for 2 years ago was admission, I didn’t do much—and didn’t provide anything for you, the listeners—that required it. I expect the same would be true this year.

What that means is, if you’d like to hear reports, see pictures and video, and more with a Stories of the Magic twist, I need your help to go! All I really need is about $80 more. Many thanks to Lynn for your support. You’ve got me part of the way there, but I still need some more help! I can handle the rest. If you can help at all, please PayPal me whatever you’re willing and able to support me with using podcast@storiesofthemagic.com as the receiving address. If just 16 people contribute $5 we’re there! Can you do $5? For everyone who contributes, I will publicly thank you on the show, and if you have something special you’d like to see coverage of, I’ll do my best to fulfill your request!

 

In this episode, Don talks about…

  • How he balances his “real job” with his Mouse Meet activities, planning, and preparation;
  • What the moment when the doors open the first time in the morning is like;
  • Witnessing very special moments for guests—including one extraordinarily special one;
  • What else people will experience besides the guest speakers and games;
  • Dole Whips at the Meet;
  • Whether they have any plans to expand to a second day;
  • More about this year’s Mouse Meet, including the speaker line-up;
  • What’s coming for the future;
  • What inspires him;
  • If he could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what he would do—you may be surprised;
  • His advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Something Margaret Kerry told him to encourage him before the first PNW Mouse Meet;
  • A shout-out to Don’s volunteer team;
  • Shameless Plug Time.


Find Don & the PNW Mouse Meet:

 

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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Episode 089 – Don Morin, Part 1

Don Morin 1

In this episode, we begin a 2-part interview with Don Morin, founder of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. I’ll tell you more about him and what that is in the official introduction to the interview, but if you’ve ever wondered how someone goes from fan to creator of a fan convention, or how those are put together, you’re definitely going to want to stick around for this.

 

Before we begin, I have a special request. For the D23 Expo in August, there were a flood of new media applications, and Disney seriously tightened the availability of the credentials. So, for whatever reason, I didn’t get approved for a media credential. Really, all I needed it for 2 years ago was admission, I didn’t do much—and didn’t provide anything for you, the listeners—that required it. I expect the same would be true this year.

What that means is, if you’d like to hear reports, see pictures and video, and more with a Stories of the Magic twist, I need your help to go! All I really need is about $100. I can handle the rest. If you can help at all, please PayPal me whatever you’re willing and able to support me with using podcast@storiesofthemagic.com as the receiving address. For everyone who contributes, I will publicly thank you on the show, and if you have something special you’d like to see coverage of, I’ll do my best to fulfill your request!

 

In this episode, Don talks about…

  • How he became interested in Disney;
  • Why he created the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet;
  • How he created it;
  • The PNW Mouse Meet’s first keynote speaker—she’s a recent Stories of the Magic guest;
  • Building it year after year;
  • What makes the Mouse Meet unique among conventions;
  • Some of the games they play;
  • Whether he had any trouble getting the first guests;
  • Who he’s wanted to have as a guest and didn’t think it would happen, but they asked anyway and got a yes;
  • Spending time with the featured guests outside of the Meet;
  • Dream guests that he hasn’t got yet;
  • What Disney thinks of Don and the PNW Mouse Meet.


Find Don & the PNW Mouse Meet:

 

Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:

 

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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.

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 088 – Tom Ameen, Part 2

Tom Ameen

In this episode, we conclude my interview with pianist and composer/arranger Tom Ameen. In part 1, we talked about his love of music, his love of Disney, arranging music, choosing songs for his albums and more.

In this episode, Tom talks about…

  • The one song that made it to an album that he didn’t know before including it;
  • Whether he’s had to leave any out that he really would have liked to have included;
  • His favorite song on each of his Disney albums;
  • Whether it’s easier or more difficult to arrange songs that are already close to his usual style;
  • The song that most captures his heart;
  • If he could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why;
  • What sets Disney theme parks apart;
  • What he loves most about what he does;
  • What he never gets asked that he wishes people would ask him—and then we talk about his love of animals and about video games for a bit;
  • Looking forward to the upcoming Star Wars movie;
  • What inspires him;
  • His practical advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.


Find Tom:

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.

Thanks for listening!

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