Episode 054 – Jim Korkis, Part 1

 Jim Korkis
Interview Guest: Jim Korkis

 

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In this episode, we begin what I squeezed down into a 3-part interview with author and Disney Historian, Jim Korkis. I knew we’d have a lot to talk about and I was definitely not disappointed! It honestly hurt to cut some of what I did cut to get it down as far as I have.

 

But first, I have a special gift for you as a listener to Stories of the Magic. In preparation for the release of the book, I created a 1-hour audio walking tour of Disneyland. Originally available only to people who bought the book during the Launch, now I’m making it available to you as a free download for the month of April. No strings. Nothing to fill out or sign up for. Just go to storiesofthemagic.com/faithaudiotour. That’s a direct link to the file to download it.

 

In this episode, Jim talks about…

  • How he first got interested in, and then interested in working for, the Walt Disney Company;
  • The dedicated and creative way he got interviews with some Disney animators at 12 years old;
  • His very first interview—and where he went from there;
  • Why he realized how blessed he was to get to do these interviews—and why that was also a source of frustration for him;
  • How he got started working for Disney, including why he had to move to Orlando;
  • A quick aside about being on The Gong Show, The Dating Game, and Family Feud;
  • His first job working for Disney—it wasn’t what he was expecting for sure;
  • Being a couple of characters—at least one of which you may not remember;
  • Teaching as part of Disney University, then tours with Disney Adult Discoveries and more;
  • Being let go from Disney and how he used that to more formally launch his writing career;
  • Why he’d been writing under the name “Wade Sampson” until this time, and the origin of that name;
  • What he still does for Disney;
  • Two articles he wrote recently for Disney-approved publications that got rejected—you’ll be surprised at why!;
  • A couple of ways Walt Disney was always keeping the guests in mind and planning ahead;
  • The time he first remembers realizing he was a part of the magic he’d spent so much time learning and interviewing people about;
  • The responsibility he feels to the people who shared stories with him over the years;
  • A world where many people don’t know Walt was a real person, and what that’s doing to his legacy;
  • What he loved most about what he did.

(The video he mentioned that he narrated is here.)

 

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Episode 053 – Suzannah Mitchell, Part 2

ZannaLand

 

 

Interview Guest: Suzannah Mitchell

 

Today’s podcast is brought to you by 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 book, Faith and the Magic Kingdom.

In this episode, we conclude our 2-part interview with creator of the Zannaland website and former Walt Disney World Cast Member Suzannah Mitchell. In the first part, we had a great conversation about her time as a Cast Member, why Disney means so much to her, her first visit to Disneyland, creating her Zannaland website, and becoming a member of the Disney Moms Panel. This time we’re going to pick up where we left off talking about the Moms Panel.

 

But first, speaking of audio and my book, Faith and the Magic Kingdom, I have a special gift for you as a listener to Stories of the Magic. In preparation for the release of the book, I created a 1-hour audio walking tour of Disneyland. Come with me as stroll around the park and I share some valuable reminders and insights to help you look at the park, and some parts of your life, with new eyes. Originally this was available only to people who bought the book during the Launch, but now I’m making it available to you as a free download for the month of April. No strings. Nothing to fill out or sign up for. Just go to storiesofthemagic.com/faithaudiotour. That’s a direct link to the file to download it.

 

In this episode, Suzannah talks about…

  • The first event she was invited to as “Media”;
  • How she got connected to other people in the Disney community;
  • Whether she prefers writing or talking about things—including a mention of her Moms Panel video (and yes, I have a link to it);
  • What it was like actually being on the Moms Panel;
  • Being the Social Media and Office Manager for Mouse Fan Travel;
  • If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why;
  • A couple of tips she has for guests to Walt Disney World;
  • Whether some of the resources available to help guests understand and explore the details are good for a first-time guest, or better for repeat guests;
  • Some tour suggestions;
  • Her favorite things from early Epcot;
  • Meeting Dreamfinder and Figment when she was a little girl, and as an adult meeting Ron Schneider and talking to him about those memories;
  • What inspires her;
  • Her advice to you for following your dreams, especially if they involve blogging or podcasting;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

 

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Faith and the Magic Kingdom:

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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!

 

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Episode 052 – Suzannah Mitchell, Part 1

Suzannah Mitchell - ZannaLandStories of the Magic, Episode 52

 

 

Interview Guest: Suzannah Mitchell

 

Today’s podcast is brought to you by 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 book, Faith and the Magic Kingdom.

In this episode, we begin a 2-part interview with creator of the ZannaLand website and former Walt Disney World Cast Member Suzannah Mitchell. We had a great talk about her time as a Cast Member, creating and running ZannaLand, being on the Disney Moms Panel, what she really wanted to do for Disney, and more.

In this episode, Suzannah talks about…

  • How she got started working for Disney and what she did;
  • Being one of the first people to work at the Main Street Athletic Club;
  • What it felt like to be in Disney’s Traditions class;
  • Getting her name tag;
  • Moving back up north and working at the Disney Store—and how different that was from working in the parks;
  • Moving back to Florida and finally getting the job she’d wanted all along;
  • Having to give that job up sooner than she’d have liked;
  • Why Disney, especially the Disney parks, mean so much to her;
  • The first time she remembers thinking, “I’m really part of this!”—it’s one of her most treasured memories;
  • Her first visit to Disneyland;
  • What she loved most about working for Disney;
  • A couple of in-park stories;
  • How Zannaland came to be;
  • Becoming a member of the Disney Moms Panel.

 

Find Suzannah Online:

 

Faith and the Magic Kingdom:

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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!

 

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Episode 051 – Sam Gennawey, Part 2

Sam Gennawey

Stories of the Magic, Episode 51

 

 

Interview Guest: Sam Gennawey
 

 

Today’s podcast is brought to you by audible.com – get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at audibletrial.com/StoriesoftheMagic. There’s over 150,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player—and one in particular that I really hope you’ll choose, but I’ll tell you about that later.

This time, we conclude our 2-part interview with author, speaker, urban planner, and Disney historian Sam Gennawey. In part 1 we talked about how he became interested in Disneyland, how he uses the park to explain urban planning concepts to people, Disneyland as “Walt’s souvenir bucket” from his travels, why he decided to write Walt and the Promise of Progress City and the two purposes of it, Walt’s vision for Epcot the city and his interest in 3-dimensional design, what “a sense of place” means and how it affects guests, the writing of Sam’s second book, The Disneyland Story, and more.

In this episode, we pick up with a story he was telling about some famous trees, and then

Sam talks about…

  • Some insights on the history and changes of Fantasyland;
  • The practice wall;
  • New Orleans Square as Disney’s first representation of a real live place;
  • Why the PeopleMover was designed and built;
  • The two budgets for each attraction, especially in Walt’s time;
  • The difference between the idea for how lands were originally created and what they’re doing now—and how this is more similar to Universal Studios than the way Walt did things;
  • Understanding how generational changes affect the use of space;
  • If Disney were to decide to do a Marvel Land or a Star Wars Land, what they have to keep in mind to do it right and do it well;
  • How “a sense of place” is the secret to Disneyland—and the original virtual reality machine;
  • Disneyland as “a giant salad”, as described by Rolly Crump;
  • The subjects he’s generally invited to speak on;
  • His presentation at the Walt Disney Family Museum about Mineral King, and why it was so much fun;
  • A brief tribute to Diane Disney Miller;
  • Something he never gets to talk about—some of the ways Tomorrowland was testing new technology that most people never realized, and giving credit to Bill Martin;
  • What inspires him;
  • His advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

 

Find Sam Online:

 

Faith and the Magic Kingdom:

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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!

 

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Episode 050 – Sam Gennawey, Part 1

Sam GennaweyStories of the Magic, Episode 50

 

 

Interview Guest: Sam Gennawey

 

 

 

Wow, we’ve made it to 50 episodes! Thank you so much for listening. Because you’re listening, I’ve been able to interview some pretty amazing people and bring you what I hope are interesting and valuable interviews.

 This time is no exception. In this episode, we begin our 2-part interview with Sam Gennawey. Sam is an author, speaker, Disney historian, and we had a wonderful and pretty wide-ranging conversation. I listened to several hours of interview with Sam in preparation for this one, and I can tell you that we talked about a few things that I’ve never heard him cover in any other interview!

This one marks the first show where my guest has never actually worked for Disney, but is or has done something with their passion for Disney to share with others—in this case, writing books! I’m excited as we expand the format and scope of Stories of the Magic!

 

In this episode, Sam talks about…

  • What an Urban Planner is, particularly the kind that he is;
  • His involvement with the Glendale-Hyperion bridge, which is represented in Disney California Adventure, and what he thinks of Buena Vista Street;
  • How he became interested in Disneyland;
  • Christopher Alexander’s “Pattern Language” and how it manifests in Disneyland;
  • How Sam uses Disneyland to explain urban planning concepts to people;
  • Disneyland as “Walt’s souvenir bucket” from his travels;
  • Why he decided to write Walt and the Promise of Progress City;
  • The two purposes of his first book—one of them being to help Disney fans intellectually explain to people who don’t understand why we keep coming back;
  • Sam’s fascination with the Progress City model that used to be in the post-show area of the Carousel of Progress;
  • Walt’s vision for Epcot the city and Walt’s interest in 3-dimensional design;
  • The idea behind the Mineral King ski resort;
  • What “a sense of place” means and how it affects guests;
  • Are the expectations people have for Disneyland unreasonably high?;
  • Walt’s 3 children: Sharon, Diane, and Disneyland;
  • Why Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Matterhorn aren’t visual contradictions;
  • The writing of Sam’s second book, The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream;
  • A couple of things he had to cut from the book;
  • Bill Evans and an interesting story about some famous trees.

 

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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!

 

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Episode 049 – Doug Lipp, Part 2

Doug Lipp
Stories of the Magic, Episode 49

 

 

Interview Guest: Doug Lipp

 

 

 

 

In this episode, we conclude our 2-part interview with Doug Lipp. In part 1, Doug shared about his history interning with Disneyland in the Magic Kingdom Club, returning after graduate school, helping with the opening of Tokyo Disneyland, his two primary mentors (Van France and Jim Cora), leading Disney University at the Walt Disney Studios, and more.

 

In this episode, Doug talks about…

  • His presentation at the Walt Disney Family Museum about Disney University;
  • Van France (among other things, he’s described as a combination of Jiminy Cricket, Mary Poppins, and an angry Donald Duck);
  • How he ventured out of the Walt Disney Company and into being a speaker, consultant, and author;
  • How he challenges both large corporations and small business owners to “walk the park”;
  • Why leaders often don’t want to do that;
  • His book, Disney U, why he decided to write it, and why there was tremendous pressure as he wrote it;
  • Why the book is valuable to you, even if you aren’t a leader—or at least don’t think of yourself as one;
  • A couple of the most important things he learned from Jim Cora and Van France;
  • What he loved most about his time working for Disney;
  • If he could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why (here’s a hint: it involves Disney University);
  • A question he never gets asked that he wishes people would ask him;
  • How the values of Disney University can even apply to your family;
  • What inspires him;
  • His advice to you for following your own dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

 

Find Doug Online:

 

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!

 

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Episode 048 – Doug Lipp, Part 1

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Stories of the Magic, Episode 48

 

 

Interview Guest: Doug Lipp

 

 

 

 

In this episode, we have the first of a 2-part interview with Doug Lipp. Doug enjoyed a unique career with Disney, from a marketing internship to Disneyland to Tokyo Disneyland to Disney University in multiple roles, and we touch on all of it. He also has great insights about leadership—whether you’re leading a multi-billion dollar corporation or your own family—and he had some amazing mentors.

 

In this episode, Doug talks about…

  • How he got started at Disney and what he did;
  • His internship with The Magic Kingdom Club;
  • His original goal, and how Disney sidetracked that…in a good way;
  • An early memory of going to Disneyland;
  • What brought him back to the Walt Disney Company after graduate school;
  • Combining his training skills and Japanese language skills to help with the opening of Tokyo Disneyland;
  • Two of his primary mentors: Van France (founder of Disney University) and Jim Cora (among other things, he was on Walt Disney’s team to open the Enchanted Tiki Room);
  • The origin of the terms onstage, backstage, cast member, etc. as they related to Disneyland;
  • What it was like to visit Tokyo Disneyland for the first time in 19 years;
  • The similarities he sees between Japanese culture and Disney culture;
  • Taking the opportunity to lead the training team at the Walt Disney Studios and what he did in that role;
  • A great, but brief, discussion about former Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook;
  • A rarely-heard quote from Walt Disney, and now one of my favorites;
  • How he met his wife, Pam, while working for Disney;
  • The transition of the Walt Disney Company to Michael Eisner and Frank Wells, and his experience giving them their name badges;
  • A memory of when he knew he was doing something truly special;
  • And more.

 

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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!

 

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Episode 047 – Lauren Delmont, Part 3

Lauren Delmont
Stories of the Magic, Episode 47

 

 

Interview Guest: Lauren Delmont

 

 

 

 

In this episode, we conclude our 3-part interview with Lauren Delmont. In part 1 we talked about how she started working for Disney and about the Disney English program she’s working with in China. Then in part 2 we talked about the DVD she and her dad made, The Secret Tour of Disneyland. This time, we venture a bit into trip report territory as Lauren tells us about Hong Kong Disneyland, before we wrap up with our usual questions.

 

In this episode, Lauren talks about…

  • An overall look at Hong Kong Disneyland;
  • Some attractions they have there Lauren wishes we had at Disneyland;
  • Why she has been there 8 times in the time she’s been in China;
  • Differences in characters, and in the way guests there relate to characters;
  • Differences in food—sadly, no Dole Whips;
  • The big difference in the Jungle Cruise;
  • A brief tangent about language;
  • What a crowded day is like at Hong Kong Disneyland;
  • Mystic Manor—it’s hard enough to describe, there’s no way I can summarize it here;
  • If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why;
  • Want she never gets asked that she wishes she would;
  • What inspires her, and how Disney has inspired her;
  • Her advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time (of course), including Disney English.

 

Find Lauren Online:

 

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!

 

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Episode 046 – Lauren Delmont, Part 2

Lauren Delmont
Stories of the Magic, Episode 46

 

 

Interview Guest: Lauren Delmont

 

 

 

 

In this episode, we have part 2 of our 3-part interview with Lauren Delmont. Last time we talked about how she started working for Disney and about the Disney English program she’s working with in China. This time we talk about our second major subject, and the one that inspired me to reach out to Lauren to do this interview in the first place: the DVD she and her dad made, The Secret Tour of Disneyland.

 

 

As with part 1, there are still a few places where it distorts a little or drops out, thanks to an international Skype connection. Hopefully I’ve minimized it enough that it won’t be distracting, but I wanted to make sure you know what’s going on if you do notice it.

 

In this episode, Lauren talks about…

  • Her favorite memories from working at Disneyland;
  • How she felt like she was carrying on the legacy and tradition of what Walt Disney wanted his Cast Members to be like;
  • How she and her dad, John, got the idea for The Secret Tour of Disneyland DVD;
  • The process of making the DVD;
  • What the script she used had in common with the Pirate Code from Pirates of the Caribbean;
  • The most interesting things she learned about Disneyland during the making of the DVD;
  • Her favorite attraction and what she learned about it that made her appreciate it more;
  • An attraction she wasn’t as fond of but learned to appreciate—and the field trip involved;
  • Plans for updated editions or other versions of The Secret Tour;
  • Challenges while filming;
  • 1 place they weren’t able to film but wanted to, and 1 place they didn’t expect to but did;
  • Getting Cast Members to tell stories for the DVD;
  • Trying for internal continuity—and eventually throwing that out the window;
  • The farthest and most interesting places they went to see connections to Disneyland.

 

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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!

 

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Episode 045 – Lauren Delmont, Part 1

Lauren Delmont
Stories of the Magic, Episode 45

 

 

Interview Guest: Lauren Delmont

 

 

 

 

First, Happy New Year! I hope you have a blessed and prosperous 2014!

 

In this episode, we begin a 3-part interview with Lauren Delmont. If you’re a fan of Disneyland and have a DVD player, you may have heard of Lauren and her dad, John. If not, you really should. The DVD they made, The Secret Tour of Disneyland, is a must-have and must-watch. If you’ve never been to the park, it’s a great overview. If you consider yourself a Disneyland expert, you’ll still learn something new.

 

But there’s much more to Lauren and her connection to (and interest in) Disney than that DVD. She worked at Disneyland during the 50th anniversary, teaching English in China with Disney, and several visits over the last year to Hong Kong Disneyland, and we talk about it all.

 

This was my first international interview—Lauren is currently in China—and I learned something new. Apparently trying to use Skype at mid-morning on a weekday in China means the internet connection isn’t the best sometimes. The audio quality held up pretty well, but there are some places where it dropped out. We tried to take care of as much of that as we could, and I edited around more, but there are still a few places where it distorts a little or drops out, and a few stray sounds towards the end of part 1. Hopefully I’ve minimized it enough that it won’t be distracting, but I wanted to make sure you know what’s going on if you do notice it.
In this episode, Lauren talks about…

  • Her first job, working at Disneyland in Foods;
  • How she got involved with Disney English in China;
  • What Disney English is;
  • Its similarity—and differences—to traditional English as a Second Language programs;
  • How kids get into the program;
  • How her college major, which wasn’t teaching, prepared her to teach in this program;
  • What she loved most about what she did while she was working at Disneyland;
  • What she loves most about what she does now;
  • What it’s like teaching English in a country where she’s not a speaker of their native language;
  • More about what makes the Disney program unique;
  • Where Disney got the teachers from for this program;
  • A little about her 2 Disney Traditions classes, and the differences between them;
  • Some times, in both Disney jobs, where she remembers thinking, “I’m doing something really special”;
  • Why they stopped giving her the job of closing the line of the little ice cream shop across Main Street from Gibson Girl;
  • How she deals with rough days—for herself and for the kids.

 

Find Lauren Online:

 

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!

 

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