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.

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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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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.

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Episode 061 – Adam Berger, Part 2

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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.

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Episode 060 – Adam Berger, Part 1

Adam Berger
Stories of the Magic, Episode 60

 

 

 

Interview Guest: Adam Berger

 

 

Today, we begin a new interview, and with this one, we get someone who has a unique mix of experience, history, interest, and talent. Adam Berger started as a Walt Disney World Cast Member while pursuing his dream of being an Imagineer. It hasn’t turned out exactly like he’d anticipated, but that is what he’s doing now—and he’s doing it for Disney and more! Adam has also written a fascinating and valuable book with a very different look at Disney parks, and Disney stories, called Every Guest is a Hero: Disney Theme Parks and the Magic of Mythic Storytelling.

 

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 own book, Faith and the Magic Kingdom.

 

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:

  • His first job working for Disney—at Walt Disney World;
  • How a conversation with Imagineering Legend Tony Baxter started him down that path;
  • Working the steam trains at the Magic Kingdom;
  • Being a volunteer reporter for the Disney internal publication Eyes and Ears;
  • Getting connected with ITEC Design, and his first job for them;
  • The project that really launched his career—a volunteer assignment with ITEC for Give Kids the World Village;
  • A mini-lesson for you—one of the most important keys to success;
  • Between working steam trains and monorails, which was his favorite to work and why;
  • Some memorable events while he was working in the Magic Kingdom;
  • The first project he did for Disney—subcontracted through “It Ain’t Shakespeare”;
  • The kind of stuff he does now for Walt Disney Imagineering—very specialized documents called Show Information Guides (or “SIGs”);
  • The story-link between Rock’n’Roller Coaster and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney Hollywood Studios;
  • Hints about some things he’s worked on for Disney;
  • Something that makes WDI different from many other clients when it comes to their view of the attraction show writer;
  • His work for the Kennedy Space Center;
  • The percentage of projects that never make it out of the concept or design stages, and how he deals with the frustrations that can come from it;
  • One of the reasons it’s so much fun to work with the Imagineers—they’re just as big a fan of the parks as we are;
  • The very beginning of talking about other companies he’s done show writing work for.

Find Adam:

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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.

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Episode 059 – Rolly Crump, Part 2

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Stories of the Magic, Episode 59

 

 

 

Interview Guest: Rolly Crump

 

 

Today, we finish up my interview with Disney Legend, Imagineer, and more, Rolly Crump. As before, I got to ask a number of questions I’ve never been able to ask, this time more about the people he worked for and with.

Now, as I mentioned last time, in case you have sensitive ears, there is a little bit of PG-level language in this interview. You’d hear worse in almost any primetime TV show nowadays, but since the interviews are usually 100% G-rated, I thought you should know.

 

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 own book, Faith and the Magic Kingdom.

 

In this episode Rolly talks about:

  • Bringing it’s a small world to Walt Disney World, including the changes he made (some because he wanted to, some because he had to);
  • Yale Gracey;
  • Mary Blair;
  • Eric Larson;
  • Bob Gurr;
  • John Hench, Rolly’s mentor;
  • Walt Disney;
  • What it was like for him when Walt passed away;
  • Playing gags on each other at the Disney studio and in Imagineering—I almost left one of these stories out, but it was just to “Rolly” to cut;
  • “Another great story about vodka”—now there’s a phrase I never thought I’d hear in this podcast, but it really is a pretty funny story;
  • Whether he ever thought he was doing something special while he was working for Disney;
  • What it’s like to get all the attention he’s getting now;
  • What he loved most about what he did—one of them is something you can still see today if you visit Disneyland;
  • If there’s anything he’s never been asked that he’d like to be asked;
  • A thanks to Jeff Heimbuch for his work with Rolly on It’s Kind of a Cute Story, and why it was so different from other authors who’d wanted to work with him;
  • What inspires him;
  • His advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

Find Rolly:

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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 058 – Rolly Crump, Part 1

Rolly Crump
Stories of the Magic, Episode 58

 

Interview Guest: Rolly Crump

 

 

We’re in a series of firsts here on the show, because here we have another one! Today, we have part one of my interview with Disney Legend, Imagineer, and more, Rolly Crump. If you’re a fan of it’s a small world, the Tiki Room pre-show area, and even the night lighting at Disneyland, then you’re a fan of Rolly’s work. I am so honored I get to have had this wonderful conversation.

 

I got to ask a number of questions I’ve never been able to ask before, and for the first time hear stories about Walt Disney from someone who worked with him personally. Now, in case you have sensitive ears, there is a little bit of PG-level language in this interview. You’d hear worse in almost any primetime TV show nowadays, but since the interviews are usually 100% G-rated, I thought you should know.

 

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 own book, Faith and the Magic Kingdom.

 

Rolly talks about:

  • How he got started working for Disney;
  • Why starting at the company was a shock to him, and why he loved it;
  • His first assignment as an artist;
  • Being an inbetweener;
  • Animating the spots on the Dalmatians in the 101 Dalmatians animated feature;
  • Whether he wanted to be an animator or not;
  • His first assignment with WED—now Walt Disney Imagineering;
  • How he designed the Enchanted Tiki Room pre-show area;
  • Whether he enjoyed being thrown into things he’d never done before, and why;
  • His philosophy;
  • Walt’s philosophy of what made a good work environment;
  • Working on concepts for the Haunted Mansion with Imagineer Yale Gracey, and the Museum of the Weird;
  • His roles in “it’s a small world,” and something very interesting about how the teams designed and built it;
  • Some of the things still in the attraction that he did;
  • How the clock in front of “it’s a small world” got there, and Walt’s hand in it;
  • Installing the attraction at the New York World’s Fair, watching guests experience it, and then moving it to Disneyland;
  • Experiencing the World’s Fair, and what Walt expected his people to do while they were there—and everywhere else;
  • Two instances where Dick Irvine didn’t think Rolly would get a project done—but he did it anyway—including the Adventureland Bazaar;
  • Something he learned from Walt;
  • Becoming Supervising Art Director of Disneyland—not exactly a promotion.

 

Find Rolly:

 

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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.

 

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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 057 – Jennifer McGill

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Stories of the Magic, Episode 57

 

Interview Guest: Jennifer McGill

 

 

We have a first this time. Back in episodes 23, 24, and 25, I had Jennifer McGill, former Mouseketeer from the New Mickey Mouse Club. At the time, she talked about work she was doing on an album, an EP as it turns out, and I told her I’d have her back on the show when it was out. Well it is, so she is.

 

We don’t just talk about her album though, Jennifer has lots of great MMC stories to share with you. When we do get to the album—and even before—she has some very encouraging things to say, so if you’re in need of a bit of encouragement today, do yourself a favor and listen to this show. I know it’s another long one, but it was right on the cusp where one show was a bit long, but two would have been too short, so we’re going with a long one.

 

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 own book, Faith and the Magic Kingdom.

 

Jennifer talks about:

  • Lindsey Alley, one of the first of the New Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeers;
  • The hosts of the MMC—Mowava Pryor, Fred Newman, and Terri Misner;
  • “Wild Thing Weekend”;
  • What it was like backstage, especially with the hair and makeup people, and why it was so amazing for her;
  • Chase Hampton, another of the first members of the MMC;
  • What it was like to watch some of the other Mouseketeers go on to such prominent fame;
  • What Britney Spears was like on set of the New Mickey Mouse Club;
  • Joking with Joey Fatone, and some more memories of him;
  • Struggling with the “fame issue” and how she’s overcome it;
  • Her self-titled EP;
  • One of the tracks—What I Know—and why it’s so important to her;
  • What is most meaningful to her to hear from fans;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

 

Find Jennifer:

 

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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.

 

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Episode 056 – Jim Korkis, Part 3

Jim Korkis

 Interview Guest: Jim Korkis

 

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 my 3-part interview with author and Disney Historian, Jim Korkis. In our previous 2 sections we talked about how he first got interested in, and then interested in working for, the Walt Disney Company, how he got started working for Disney, including why he had to move to Orlando, what he loved most about what he did, why he wouldn’t want to work at the Disney Archives, how he came up with the idea of starting to write his first book, what each of his books is about (including a little tease about a couple more books he has coming soon, whether Walt Disney was anti-Semitic or anti-Catholic, and how we know, Walt’s early experience with church and religion, and more.

We pick right up where we left off. Now, a lot of this episode we’ll be talking about Walt Disney, his faith, and how it was expressed in his animation and in Disneyland. This is a subject that doesn’t get covered much, but I think it’s both interesting and important—whether you agree with Walt or not. As we discuss this subject, we’re not trying to convert anyone or anything like that. We’re just sharing the information. You can do with it as you choose.

 

In this episode, Jim (with some tangents) talks about…

  • Walt Disney’s contributions to charities, including a couple of great specific stories—one about a boy with terminal cancer and one about kids from a Catholic orphanage visiting Disneyland;
  • His philosophy that good will always overcome evil, including one of my favorite quotes from Alice Davis I’ve ever heard;
  • Walt’s view of prayer;
  • Why we assume it was the behavior of their father that turned them off of going to church;
  • Roy O. Disney’s (Walt’s brother) response to the question, “Is there a God?”;
  • Who Walt Disney was named after;
  • A terrible biography of Walt Disney that you should not have on your bookshelf, including a couple of ridiculous claims from it;
  • A couple other Walt myths debunked;
  • Whether the Walt Disney Studios was built to be a hospital;
  • The message of hope, light, and goodness in Fantasia, specifically the last two segments, and how they reflect Walt’s faith;
  • Why Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland ends with the riders going to Hell—it’s not in the film!;
  • The black & white animated short Hell’s Bells;
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and why Walt made a couple of the choices he did when adapting the story;
  • Walt’s original plan to have a church on Main Street, where it was going to go, what it was going to be like, and why it’s not there;
  • Where you can find a representation of Judaism on Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A., and where it likely came from;
  • What day it’s supposed to be on Walt Disney World’s Main Street U.S.A., and whether that’s also true at Disneyland;
  • What he never gets asked that he wishes people would ask him;
  • What inspires him;
  • His advice to you for following your dreams, and some extra advice if it happens to involve Disney history;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

 

Find Jim 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!

 

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 055 – Jim Korkis, Part 2

Jim Korkis

 Interview Guest: Jim Korkis

 

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In this episode, we continue my 3-part interview with author and Disney Historian, Jim Korkis. In part 1 we talked about how he first got interested in, and then interested in working for, the Walt Disney Company, his very first interview of someone from Disney, when he was 12 years old, how he got started working for Disney, including why he had to move to Orlando, teaching as part of Disney University, then tours with Disney Adult Discoveries, a couple of ways Walt Disney was always keeping the guests in mind and planning ahead, what he loved most about what he did, and more.

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In this episode, Jim talks about…

  • The job he’d love to have working for Disney—which doesn’t currently exist;
  • Why he wouldn’t want to work at the Disney Archives;
  • Why Disney historians are so needed right now especially;
  • What (or who) you may find just looking around your neighborhood;
  • The Walt’s People series of books by Didier Getz, and something he just discovered in the last couple of years that people had falsely believed about Walt since 1935;
  • Werner Weiss and his Yesterland.com site;
  • Something special that most people never knew about a light bulb in the Car Barn at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom—something the public doesn’t get to see now;
  • Jim’s Disney bookshelves—they’re impressive;
  • Why he wanted a print edition of his books, not just a Kindle edition;
  • How he came up with the idea of starting to write his first book;
  • How long he plans to continue writing;
  • What The Vault of Walt is about;
  • His second book, Who’s Afraid of Song of the South;
  • His most recent book, The Book of Mouse – If you’re interested in Mickey Mouse, you need this book!;
  • A little tease about a couple more books he has coming soon;
  • The Disney book he would like to see written and why he loves reading so much;
  • A question we have for you;
  • One of Jim’s favorite Disney books, and one of mine;
  • Was Walt Disney anti-Semitic, or anti-Catholic, and how do we know;
  • Walt’s early experience with church and religion, and how that affected him later on, including why he didn’t go to church after he grew up and his belief about how you should show your belief in God.

 

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Music and voiceovers provided by Rick Moyer.

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