Episode 130 – Brian Collins (Former Imagineer), Part 2

Brian Collins

Today, we conclude our interview with former Disney Imagineer Brian Collins. In part 1, we talked about how he got started working for Disney at the front desk of Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, how he worked himself from there to Imagineering, what Imagineering’s headquarters are like and some of his favorite memories from being there, and how he applied what he learned in school to being an Imagineer, including some unexpected ways.

Now, in this episode, Brian talks about…

  • A class he thought he would enjoy but hated … and then it came back to be a huge help to him when working on the Great Movie Ride
  • Writing family-friendly graffiti for the backlot area of Disney’s MGM Studios
  • Experiencing the Magic Kingdom with Disney Legend John Hench
  • Suggestions for how people can develop curiosity in themselves
  • How his Imagineering experience has helped him since moving on from working with Disney
  • What he would do if he could have any job working for Disney
  • Tips for you for visiting the Disney theme parks
  • What he never gets asked that he wishes people would ask him
  • What inspires him
  • His advice to you for following your dream
  • Shameless Plug Time


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Episode 129 – Brian Collins (Former Imagineer), Part 1

Brian Collins

Today, we return to our usual format with part 1 of our interview with former Disney Imagineer Brian Collins. Brian started at the Contemporary Resort at WDW working the Front Desk, but moved through several different roles until ultimately he became part of Walt Disney Imagineering. You’ll hear much more about him in the official intro in a couple of minutes.

 

Before moving on to giving you a preview of the interview, I’d like to take a minute to thank some recent reviewers. I actually got 10 new reviews since I last asked for them a couple of episodes ago. So, thank you Shellic2, soccermouse, RachelGuy72, Eagle615, GLUband, WDW_1971, OneLittleSparkPodcast, megan.amarice, DisneyJessica, and Disney Fan4life for your 5-star reviews!

 

Now, in this episode, Brian talks about…

  • How he got started working for Disney and what he did first
  • How he worked himself from there to Imagineering
  • Some cool things he did working for Disney before he got to WDI
  • How he started to network his way around the company while he was working the front desk at the Contemporary Resort
  • The first time he remembers thinking, “I’m doing something really special.”
  • How he actually became an Imagineer—it’s not unlike Wesley becoming the Dread Pirate Roberts
  • What Imagineering’s headquarters are like and some of his favorite memories from being there
  • How he applied what he learned in school to being an Imagineer, including some unexpected ways


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Episode 128 – D23 Expo 2017 (Disney Legends Ceremony)

Randy Crane

As you may know, July 14-16, 2017 was the D23 Expo. I was happily able to attend, though not as official Media or Press. Because of that, I wasn’t able to get priority access to anything or set up interviews with anyone. In fact, two of my favorite presentations: The Power of the Princess on Saturday and the Hercules 20th Anniversary panel on Sunday, didn’t allow recording at all. So, I don’t have any audio to share with you from those.

 

However, I can’t leave you empty-handed, my friend. So, I do have two things for you. First, if you go to the Stories of the Magic Facebook page, I took a lot of photos wherever I could, mainly in the Parks & Resorts presentation, and of the Star Wars Land, now called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, model. I will link to those photos below.

 

Also, I recorded much of the Legends Ceremony. I don’t camp out for the Expo like some people do, but I did show up at about 6:00 in the morning to be sure I got a seat for this, as I do every year. I think it’s one of the most important events at the Expo. I did have to record this in segments and then put them together for this episode. Because of that, I missed the first little bit of a couple of the bio videos, but I got 99% of the audio—not counting the performances because, really, who wants to listen to people dancing?   🙂   Even though this is different from what you usually get on this show, it’s in the very same spirit—bringing you the stories of people from throughout the company, what they did, why it matters to them, and why they love Disney. You’re about to get an hour and 15 minutes or so of exactly that.

 

Technically this audio is long enough that I would have split it into two episodes, but I want you to have it all in one. It really does all belong together.

 

In this episode, we have the Legends Ceremony. The recipients are, in the order they appear in the audio …

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Garry Marshall
  • Jack Kirby
  • Stan Lee
  • Gerry Geronimi
  • Manuel Gonzales
  • Wayne Jackson
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Mark Hamill
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Julie Taymor

 

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Episode 127 – Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell Reference Model), Part 2

Margaret Kerry & Our FamilyToday we have part 2 of my return visit with Margaret Kerry, the animation reference model for Tinker Bell. In part  last time, we talked about what it means to be an animation reference model, getting into show business 84 years go, tap dancing, living in fear from the time she was a small child and how she overcame that, and a bit about Tinker Bell.

 

Now, in this episode, Margaret talks about…

  • The Tinker Bell movies, what a “tinker” is & why it’s so important that Tinker Bell had that job
  • Being friends with Virginia Davis, Alice from the original “Alice Comedies”
  • A little bit about her book, Tinker Bell Talks: Tales of a Pixie Dusted Life
  • A bit about working on the Our Gang comedies, and a story about how wonderful people are
  • Working with Bing Crosby, Eleanor Powell, and Andy Griffith
  • Working with, and being friends with, June Foray—whom you might know as Granny from Loony Tunes, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Grandmother Fa in Mulan, Aunt May in Spider Man and His Amazing Friends, and so much more
  • Her appreciation of some of the less well known, and even unknown, people she’s worked with
  • Praise for the book from Bob Gurr
  • Finding her birth family after 50 years
  • More about her book, including a really fun story from it
  • A couple of favorite quotes
  • Shameless Plug Time


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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 126 – Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell Reference Model), Part 1

Margaret Kerry & Our Family
Today we have another return guest, and it’s one I am incredibly pleased to have. When I first had Margaret Kerry, the animation reference model for Tinker Bell, as a guest more than 2 years ago, we got a lot of her Disney stories and talked some about her book that was going to be coming out “soon.”

Well, it’s available now, and that’s the excuse I had to sit down with her again. And I’m so glad I did, because as you’ll hear, much of it wasn’t specifically about Disney—though that did come up. Instead, we got to talk about who she is, what’s important to her, and even some things that she’s never been asked before. No matter how many interviews you may have heard or read with her, or how many times you’re heard her speak, you’ll learn something new and gain a deeper appreciation for this remarkable woman.

 

Now, in this episode, Margaret talks about…

  • A quick overview of what it means to be the animation reference model for Tinker Bell … and how people eventually found out
  • How she got into show business 84 years ago
  • What she loves about TV
  • Working on an episode of The Lone Ranger
  • Tap dancing—now and throughout her career—and how it instilled confidence in her
  • A brief tangent about Singing in the Rain and dancing
  • Living in fear from the time she was a small child, waiting for the next catastrophe to happen—why it happened and how she overcame it
  • The optimism of Tinker Bell and how Margaret brought that to her


Find Margaret:

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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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