Episode 125 – Lee Neville (WDW International Program Cast Member), Part 2

Lee NevilleToday we return to our first International Cast Member, Lee Neville. Lee was in the International Program at Walt Disney World, and last time we talked about what that entailed and some of the special things he got to do.

As I said last time, it’s also a rather subdued-sounding interview, because it was about 1:00 in the morning for me when we did the recording. (When you’re in an apartment with a sleeping wife and a sleeping toddler just steps away, you be as quiet as you have to!)

In this episode Lee talks about:

  • The Epcot Christmas Tree lighting ceremony
  • More from being part of Candlelight Processional, including being the only British singer that year, favorite narrators, and favorite conductors
  • Visiting all of the Walt Disney World hotels, and which one is his favorite
  • Volunteering at Give Kids the World Village
  • Participating in other volunteer opportunities
  • What got him interested in Disney in the first place
  • What he loved most about what he did
  • Making magic for guests
  • If he could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why
  • His best tip for you for enjoying Walt Disney World
  • Something he never gets asked
  • What inspires him
  • His accent
  • His advice to you for following your dreams
  • Shameless Plug Time

 

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Episode 124 – Lee Neville (WDW International Program Cast Member), Part 1

Lee NevilleToday we have a special treat, because we have our first International Cast Member on the show! Lee Neville was in the International Program at Walt Disney World, which brings a unique perspective on Disney, working there, living there, and more!

It’s also a rather subdued-sounding interview, because it was about 1:00 in the morning for me when we did the recording. (When you’re in an apartment with a sleeping wife and a sleeping toddler just steps away, you be as quiet as you have to!)

In this episode Lee talks about:

  • Becoming part of the International Program, and what that is
  • Receiving his nametag
  • What he did working as an International Program Cast Member
  • Choosing the child who would start “Illuminations” some nights
  • What it was like for him living here, including meeting his best friend and his first American girlfriend
  • When he most often got to interact with guests—including a surprising part of his job as a busser
  • Something special he got to do for a guest who was a huge fan of Eeyore
  • What he wanted to get out of the program and whether it lived up to those hopes
  • What the last days of his International Program were like
  • Some of the special experiences he had during his program, including Cast Member nights at Pleasure Island
  • Being part of the promotional videos for Mission: Space and Mickey’s Philharmagic and meeting past “Stories of the Magic” guest Rachel Scherr
  • Singing in Candlelight Processional
  • Disney University and Jim Korkis
  • Being awarded Exceptional Guest Service Awards

 

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Episode 123 – Claire Keane (Visual Development Artist)

Claire KeaneToday we have another returning guest—one who has done some work I know you’ve seen and some other work that you need to see. In this episode, we return to Visual Development Artist and children’s book author & illustrator Claire Keane.

Back in episode 84, which I released the day after my daughter was born, Claire talked about how what a Visual Development Artist does; working on Tangled and Frozen; what it was like working on Tangled with her Dad, legendary Disney animator Glen Keane; her first book, Once Upon a Cloud, and some advice for you.

(By the way, I’m still getting used to the new podcasting equipment, and you’ll notice that from time to time, I’m sure–especially in the outro after the interview.)

In this episode Claire talks about:

  • A brief refresher on what a Visual Development Artist does
  • The differences in what her role was on Frozen vs. Tangled
  • How Frozen changed dramatically while she was working on it
  • What her process as a Visual Development Artist is like
  • Her work on Rapunzel’s murals in Tangled—and having to put the sun emblems in there
  • What she did on the movie Enchanted
  • Why Tangled was (and is) so special to her
  • How Tangled set the stage for wanting to do her children’s books
  • Growing up with Glen Keane as her Dad and how he continues to support her (unfortunately, we had a bit of  Skype issue in this part)
  • Her newest book, Little Big Girl—what it’s about, what makes it different, and how it partially echoes the style of her granddad—Bil Keane, creator of the Family Circus
  • The tribute to her granddad she included in the book—here’s a hint: it’s in the shownotes for this episode, too
  • Whether the pictures created the words or vice versa while she was working on her books
  • How creating Little Big Girl has influenced the way she looks at the world
  • Shameless Plug Time.

Claire Keane - Family CircusFind Claire:

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Episode 122 – Amanda Henderson (Disneyland Cast Member)

Amanda Henderson

In this episode, we return to one of my most popular guests, Amanda Henderson, for a wonderful follow-up interview. In part 1, back on episode 110, Amanda talked about how she got started working at Disneyland and specifically as an Entertainment Host, Traditions Class, the best Cast Member “first day” story I’ve ever heard, her favorite moment of making magic for a guest and something a guest did to make magic for her, why Disneyland is such a special place to her, and more.

Now, in this episode, Amanda talks about…

  • A brief refresher on how she got started working at Disneyland and what a Character Host does
  • Her last day
  • Getting engaged at Disneyland [here’s the link to the video], what happened to her engagement ring later in the day, and how Goofy helped her
  • Being part of a training crew for Mickey’s Halloween Party, and working with some of the villains
  • Social clubs—what they are and details about hers, the Main Attraction Social Club
  • Her multiple favorite attractions
  • Being DisneylandFitGirl on Instagram and what that’s all aboutA tip for you for meeting characters—it will bring a smile to your face to hear how she talks about this
  • 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 121.5 – A Special Episode

Special Episode 121.5

Lots of podcasts seem to be ending right now. At least 3 that I listen to have announced they are ending between now and the end of the year, and maybe a half dozen more have faded away during the year. Not us. I have too many more people and stories to bring to you. Seriously, you should see my list of people I’ve contacted or want to contact. I’ve got a ton on there!

 

That said, Stories of the Magic is taking a break. I didn’t really want to do this now, but I have to, for one simple reason: My podcast equipment is literally falling apart. The headphones hurt to wear and the microphone quality is getting worse. I need to replace it before I can do any more Skype interviews. What you’re hearing now I’m recording on my phone because I can’t use the regular equipment even for this.

 

So, Stories of the Magic will be on hiatus until the first of the year & will resume as soon as possible after that. I’ll be working on scheduling guests so I can start interviews as soon as I can in the new year. But I have to wait until after the holidays to replace my equipment. I know what mic I plan to get, and which headphones, and neither are terribly expensive—they’re just more than I have at the moment. Once I have those, I’ll be able to start back up, with better quality than ever before—the quality you and my guests deserve!

 

I’m planning a couple of changes when the podcast returns. I asked a few episodes ago if you would be interested in me including a Disney tidbit in each episode. I got enough positive feedback on it that we’re going to give it a try. Also, I’l be adding Disney news to website—not the podcast, there are enough podcasts that include Disney news—just to the website.

 

How can you help?

  • Tell your friends. Share your favorite episode. Get them listening to the shows currently available.
  • Join me for the Skywalking Through Neverland & Stories of the Magic podcast cruise. It’ll be a great vacation for you, an amazing cruise—Disney cruises always are—and it’s all made even better sailing with friends and fellow listeners!
  • http://storiesofthemagic.com/support: I’ve got a list and links to several other options you can choose from—things from buying my books to making a straight donation to hiring me for some of the services I can provide.
  • Of course, you don’t have to spend money to support the show (though it helps—iTunes reviews won’t buy a microphone), and I’ve got those on the Support page, too. Reviews, feedback, sharing your own stories, and more. There’s literally something on that page for every listener.

 

 

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