Episode 081 – Russell Flores, Part 2

Russ FloresIn this episode, we conclude our 2-part interview with Russell Flores, the author of Seen Unseen Disneyland. In part 1, we talked about where his love for Disneyland came from and how it’s been fostered and nurtured, where the idea for his book came from and more about the book itself, as well as the development of it, and more.

 

In this episode Russ talks about:

  • More about the proofing process for the book;
  • What it was like holding the bound copy of the book for the first time;
  • The differences in some types of relationships with publishers;
  • Proofing woes and second editions;
  • The most surprising things he found while researching for the book;
  • What’s currently got him stumped;
  • A detail he knows exists, but he hasn’t been able to see yet;
  • How he got the picture of the Haunted Mansion’s organist;
  • Plans for his second book;
  • What he hasn’t been asked that he wishes people would ask him;
  • What motivated him to continue with the book once he got the idea for it;
  • What inspires him;
  • His advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

Seen Unseen Disneyland

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Episode 080 – Russell Flores, Part 1

Russell FloresIn this episode, we begin a 2-part interview with Russell Flores, the author of Seen Unseen Disneyland. As it happens, Russ and I first met at a WEDWay Radio meet in DCA a couple of years ago, and have since had the opportunity to connect at the D23 Expo and even shared Author Alley at last July’s Disneyana Show and Sale. He’s got a great love for Disney and has some very interesting insights.

We tried to record this one at the Hungry Bear Restaurant like I did with Sam Gennawey. Unfortunately, all of Critter Country is closed for refurbishment right now, so we got as close as we could, literally sitting on the ground on the small pathway behind Fowler’s Harbor.

 

In this episode Russ talks about:

  • How he became interested in Disneyland;
  • Whether he’s ever considered working at Disneyland;
  • Why Seen Unseen Disneyland needed to be created;
  • How the idea for the book came about, and how it developed;
  • The difference in how this book is arranged compared to most others;
  • His first endorsement—a very cool and impressive story;
  • Whether there were any rough patches in the development, where he might have thought about giving up;
  • How he’s smoothed out the process of working with the photos between the first book and the one he’s working on now;
  • The target audience for the book;
  • People who don’t quite get the book;
  • Some “Disney details” that many people may not think of;
  • Why he doesn’t include any “behind the scenes” pictures in his books or what he shares on social media;
  • Whether there was anything Disney expressed concerns over when Seen Unseen Disneyland went through Copyright Review;
  • Getting the proof copy of his book, and what that was like.

Seen Unseen Disneyland

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Episode 079 – Bill Rogers & Camille Dixon, Part 3

 Bill Rogers & Camille DixonIn this episode we conclude our 3-part interview with Bill Rogers and Camille Dixon, the official voices of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure respectively. I hope you enjoyed and learned a lot from parts 1 and 2, as Bill & Camille talked about their history in radio, becoming and being the official voices of the parks, some pretty cool announces, having had “real jobs,” their new PBS show On Tour, and improv—including a quick improv game—and more.

 

In this episode Bill & Camille talk about:

  • The first time they really realized they were part of something really special, and when that still comes to mind;
  • Memories of working with Don Dorsey;
  • Cool stuff about the Disneyland fireworks;
  • Why they can now do only the official park announcements for the most part;
  • Mickey Climbs the Matterhorn;
  • The gig Bill would like in the parks, and his friend who has it now;
  • What else Camille would like to have as a gig in the parks;
  • What each would want to do working for Disney outside of voiceover and announcer;
  • Some appreciation for Disney’s Aulani Resort;
  • What they never get asked that they wish people would ask them;
  • Shout outs for many people who make their jobs as cool as they are;
  • What inspires them;
  • Some challenging, practical, and encouraging advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

 

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Episode 078 – Bill Rogers & Camille Dixon, Part 2

Bill Rogers, Camille Dixon, and Me!In this episode we continue our 3-part interview with Bill Rogers and Camille Dixon, the official voices of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure respectively. I hope you enjoyed and learned a lot from part 1, as Bill & Camille talked about their history in radio, becoming and being the official voices of the parks, some fun stories, and what they love most about what they do.

 

Krista Joy and the Disney Parks Podcast are hosting a very special event coming soon. On Monday, February 9, 2015 you can have lunch with Mark Silverman, voice of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, at the Carthay Circle restaurant on his birthday! This is an exclusive event, so to get more details, reserve your seat, order an autographed photo, and win a chance to have Mark record the voicemail greeting on YOUR cell phone, go to storiesofthemagic.com/mark15.

 

In this episode Bill & Camille talk about:

  • Doing early morning rehearsals;
  • The coolest announce Bill has ever done;
  • Why they ran late every time they did a Pirates of the Caribbean movie premiere, and some great information about Johnny Depp;
  • Bill’s favorite thing to announce in the park—Candlelight Processional, including some fascinating behind-the-scenes on it;
  • Camille getting to take over the holiday tag for Epcot’s Illuminations: Reflections of Earth;
  • Acknowledging that they’ve actually had “real jobs” in the past;
  • The new PBS show they’re creating on creativity called On Tour;
  • Why creativity is so important and how to start developing yours;
  • What it’s like for Bill & Camille working together;
  • The best improv coach they have—I can almost guarantee it’s not who you think;
  • Why improv is great training for voice actors;
  • Their favorite improv game—you won’t want to miss listening to this!;
  • Whether it’s different being the voices of the respective parks, and how they tease each other;
  • The thing that’s always amazed Bill about going to Disney parks.

 

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Episode 077 – Bill Rogers & Camille Dixon, Part 1

Bill Rogers, Camille Dixon, and Me!In this episode we begin our 3-part interview with Bill Rogers and Camille Dixon, the official voices of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure respectively. As with the last interview, this one was conducted in person, but at their home, not the Club 1901 Lounge. As you’ll hear, we had a great time talking, and I’m sure you’ll feel the same way listening! And before I go on, I have to thank Stacey J. Aswad for helping me to set this up.

 

Krista Joy and the Disney Parks Podcast are hosting a very special event coming soon. On Monday, February 9, 2015 you can have lunch with Mark Silverman, voice of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, at the Carthay Circle restaurant on his birthday! This is an exclusive event, so to get more details, reserve your seat, order an autographed photo, and win a chance to have Mark record the voicemail greeting on YOUR cell phone, go to storiesofthemagic.com/mark15.

 

This weekend, January 16-18, I’ll be at Disneyland for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend races, so if you’re going to be around those days, send me an email, post on the podcast Facebook page, or call the Listener Feedback line and let me know. I’d love to meet you!

 

In this episode Bill & Camille talk about:

  • How they got started in voiceover and announcing;
  • Their extensive histories in radio;
  • A fun story Bill learned at the Walt Disney Family Museum;
  • What people learn by being Disney fans;
  • How Bill became the Voice of Disneyland, including why Jack Wagner was his hero;
  • How Camille became the Voice of DCA;
  • Why doing the voices of the parks can be so much pressure, and at the same time so exciting;
  • A wonderfully entertaining story about Bill and Art Linkletter;
  • The names of their “characters” when they’re doing their in-park announces;
  • What they love most about what they do;
  • Taking their 2-1/2 year old granddaughter to Disneyland for the first time;
  • Announcing special events
  • A completely unplanned announce that was one of the most fun Bill has ever done;
  • Doing volunteer announces for philanthropic organizations;
  • Camille getting to do the announcing for the Lone Ranger movie premiere.

 

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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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