Episode 071 – Holly Bartel, Part 1

Holly BartelIn this episode we begin a 3-part interview with former Disneyland Cast Member Holly Bartel. It’s been a while since I talked to someone who was strictly a Cast Member, so this was a nice change of pace, and she had some very interesting things to share and some great stories.

 

Skype acted up on us, so there are some glitches in the audio. I fixed what I could, and they don’t affect most of the interview, so I don’t think they’ll bother you too much.

 

In this episode Holly talks about:

  • How she got started working at Disneyland;
  • What the Disneyland College Program is;
  • Learning and working Storybook Land Canal Boats;
  • Cross-training to the Fantasyland Classics attractions;
  • What got in her head the most working the dark rides—it’s probably not what you think;
  • Her favorite attractions to work and why;
  • Some interesting guest interactions she had;
  • Participating in proposals on Storybook Land;
  • A very special story I shared with Holly;
  • Transferring to Guest Relations and why she wanted to;
  • Working the Guest Relations phones, then the information boards;
  • A couple of the comments she heard working the Disney California Adventure info board during the DCA reimagining;
  • Guest Relations rotations;
  • Special training that was introduced with the “new” DCA.

 

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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 070 – Jeff Heimbuch, Part 2

Jeff HeimbuchIn this episode we conclude my interview with Jeff Heimbuch at Disneyland. In part 1, we talked about Jeff working with Rolly Crump on his autobiography and getting to know him, the companion CDs, and writing his own book. This time we’ll talk more about his book, his podcast, Communicore Weekly, and more!

 

As before, we did have to stop recording a couple of times as fans of Jeff saw us and came over to say hello and take a picture, which was cool. Other than those pauses, though, what you’ll hear is the real-time sounds of the park and the interview—still with some unexpected clicks that came from somewhere I can’t identify, but hopefully they’re not too distracting. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Jeff talks about:

  • What two of the most fascinating windows are that he discovered while researching the book, including one pretty hilarious story;
  • How the Communicore Weekly podcast got started;
  • Behind the scenes with the podcast;
  • Is Disney hitting us over the head with Frozen or is it guest demand?;
  • More detours about Disney attractions present and future;
  • Back to Communicore Weekly—what’s in it and what makes it different;
  • Going more in depth on George’s Book of the Week segment;
  • Visiting Flushing Meadows, the site of the 1964-65 World’s Fair;
  • Whether show segments ever go off-topic;
  • If he could work for the Walt Disney Company what he would do and why;
  • Whether there’s something he never gets asked but wishes he would—and then we talk about it;
  • What inspires him;
  • His advice to you for following your dreams;
  • 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.

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 069 – Jeff Heimbuch, Part 1

Jeff HeimbuchSometimes it takes a while to schedule an interview, but they’re always worth it, and today’s is no exception. If you listened to episodes 58 & 59, you heard my interview with Rolly Crump, and in it we talked about Jeff Heimbuch, who worked with Rolly on writing his autobiography, It’s Kind of a Cute Story. Well, now we have Jeff on the show! We talk about him meeting and working with Rolly, as well as his own new book, Main Street Windows: A Complete Guide to Disney’s Whimsical Tributes.

 

We recorded this one live at Disneyland, so you’ve got some nice background sounds. Unfortunately we didn’t get quite close enough to area music, so it’s mainly crowd noise, but every now and then you’ll hear screams from the Matterhorn or hear the Monorail passing overhead, or even the Disneyland Railroad in the distance. We have some clicking in the episode, too, and I hadn’t expected that. I can’t edit it out, though, so sorry about that!

 

We did have to stop recording a couple of times as fans of Jeff saw us and came over to say hello and take a picture, which was cool. Other than those pauses, though, what you’ll hear is the real-time sounds of the park and the interview. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Jeff talks about:

  • Animal Kingdom is a full day park!;
  • How his love of Disney evolved from where it started to today;
  • Going from being a fan of Rolly to coauthoring his autobiography and becoming like family;
  • When they made the conscious decision to write the book the way they did;
  • Whether there are any other “Disney celebrities” that he still has that “superfan” reaction to when he meets them;
  • Meeting Diane Disney Miller and her husband, Ron Miller;
  • What still surprises Rolly about fans;
  • Whether Jeff was surprised by anything when he met and as he was getting to know Rolly;
  • An overview of and some great information about Rolly’s autobiography, It’s Kind of a Cute Story;
  • How the More Cute Stories CDs came about;
  • The “Secret Files”;
  • A peek at the More Cute Stories CDs, and a sneak peek at what’s to come for them;
  • What impact working with Rolly on his book had on Jeff when it came to working on his own book;
  • Why he decided to write Main Street Windows and how he went about doing it;
  • Some unexpected tribute windows he learned about while writing the book;
  • The accuracy of the book—how much effort he put into it and how he still got stymied on it.

 

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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 068 – Chris Lyndon, Part 2

Chris Lyndon

In this episode, we conclude our interview with former Disneyland Cast Member, former Walt Disney World College Program Cast Member, and creator of the Disneyland audio website, DisneyChris.com, Chris Lyndon. Last time, we focused mainly on Chris’s time as a Cast Member on the two coasts. This time, we finish that up and talk about his website and what makes it so incredible!

I want to keep Stories of the Magic fresh, and make it meet your interests and needs, so I’m thinking of changing it up a bit. The interviews will remain the core of the show, but do you want to hear anything else? Disney news, my opinion about any Disney-related stuff, Disney parks tips, trivia, or tidbits, or maybe a Q&A where you can ask me anything—preferably having to do with Disney? Comment on the shownotes for this episode, call the listener feedback line, email me, or even post it on the Facebook page and let me know which of these you want. Of course, if you prefer I leave things exactly like they are, tell me that, too!

 

In this episode Chris talks about:

  • Working at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular;
  • Some behind-the-scenes info about the show and how it’s staged;
  • Favorite memories while working with guests;
  • Whether he’d want to work for Disney again;
  • The first time it hit him that he was doing what he’d always dreamed of;
  • What he loved most about what he did;
  • An overview of his website, DisneyChris.com;
  • How he got started audio editing and how that began to encompass Disneyland;
  • The massive scope of his website;
  • Whether he’s concerned about copyright infringement issues;
  • His wish list of audio tracks he doesn’t have but wants to;
  • What he’s working on for the site right now;
  • Some other features and highlights from the site;
  • Why he took a break from the audio editing and posting for a while;
  • If he could have any job working for Disney, what it would be and why;
  • What inspires him;
  • His advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time (including MouseClubhouse.com and HorseandRabbit.com).

 

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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 067 – Chris Lyndon, Part 1

Chris Lyndon

In this episode, we begin a new interview with Chris Lyndon. Chris is a former Disneyland Cast Member, former Walt Disney World College Program Cast Member, and creator of the Disneyland audio website, DisneyChris.com. This time, we focus mainly on Chris’s time as a Cast Member on the two coasts. Next time, we finish that up and talk about his website and makes it so incredible!

I have a very, very special announcement to make. For the foreseeable future, there may be some extra gaps between interviews—more than usual— in fact, that’s what happened with this episode. But for what I think is an excellent reason. My wife and I are expecting our first child, due in early April 2015! As you may know, this time brings extra demands, unexpected schedule changes, and so on, so depending on what’s happening any given week, family time, baby preparation, etc. may take precedence over podcasting. I do still look forward to bringing you great interviews with interesting people, though, and I hope you’ll celebrate with us at this time!

 

In this episode Chris talks about:

  • How he got started working at Disneyland;
  • Working as a steward at the Plaza Inn and the Inn Between;
  • The most difficult part of that job;
  • His favorite part about working for Disneyland;
  • A memory he’ll never forget;
  • What it was like for him to get to go backstage for the first time;
  • Traditions class at Disneyland and comparing it to Walt Disney World;
  • Comparing other “regular” jobs to that first one;
  • Becoming part of the College Program;
  • Working as a custodian on Main Street U.S.A., and bussing tables at a couple of restaurants;
  • Something unique to the Magic Kingdom’s custodial system that doesn’t exist at any other Disney park;
  • His favorite thing to do in that first College Program term;
  • New Year’s Eve in the Magic Kingdom;
  • An explanation and description of the Utilidors;
  • His second College Program term, as an attractions host;
  • Being an attractions host at Star Tours;
  • The “Bump System”.

 

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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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