About Randy and Stories of the Magic

“Stories of the Magic” Mission StatementTo be a positive and story-filled Disney podcast offering positive stories from Cast Members, Imagineers, artists, actors, and more–including guests–promoting a mutual love of Disney, celebrating and preserving the Disney magic, and inspiring people to live their dreams just as Walt Disney did.

 

“Stories of the Magic” Core Values:

  1. Positivity – Stories and interviews will be pro-Disney and pro-Disney fans. Put downs of any kind are not acceptable. If it isn’t nice, it shouldn’t be said or published.
  2. Magic – All actions should both promote Disney magic and also maintain the integrity of the Disney magic.
  3. Imagination & Dreams – All podcasts, interviews, and any other content will strive to encourage imagining what can be and following your dreams.
  4. Integrity – Stories of the Magic will strive to maintain the highest level of integrity in every aspect of the podcast.
  5. Respect – All people will be treated with respect. This includes respecting people’s dignity along with their privacy. This also applies to celebrities.
  6. Family Friendly – All publications of any kind should be family friendly and G-Rated.
  7. Excellence – All podcasts, interviews, and any other content will be as current, accurate, and high-quality as possible, with the goal of continuing to improve and refine in all areas to produce the best possible results.

 

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About Randy

Randy Crane, Creator of "Stories of the Magic"I am a Disneyland regular and true Disney fan. I’ve been a Disneyland annual passholder for more than 15 years and attended Disneyland’s One More Disney Day event on February 29, 2012 for the entire 24 hours with no sleep or caffeine. I’ve ridden in the Disneyland Railroad’s Lilly Belle Parlor Car and in the tender seat four times each, and have had countless other special times and memories created in the Disney parks. I am a D23 charter member and was a quarter-finalist in the D23 Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament in 2011 (the last person eliminated before the semi-finals–after a tie-breaker!).

 

I was a pastor, and combine my faith and Disneyland passion at my blog, Faith and the Magic Kingdom. I’m also a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations and cruises.

 

Besides Disney, I’m also a huge fan of (and annual passholder at) SeaWorld San Diego, and I’ve had the privilege to swim with bottlenose dolphins twice & play with grey wolves (yes, real wolves). Most importantly. I married my wonderful wife, Faye, in November of 2000.

 

I believe that when it comes to the “Disney magic”, the physical places (like the theme parks) and other products produced by the company are valuable, but the key that makes it all possible is the people. The current and former Disney Cast Members, Imagineers, artists, actors, and everyone else who works hard because of their love for Disney and desire to create not just a product but a memory or meaningful experience need to be honored and celebrated.

 

Several years ago, my wife and I started bringing a second autograph book with us when we visit the Disney parks, for the Cast Members. Whenever we encounter one that goes out of their way, makes extra magic, or in any other way embodies the Disney spirit, we ask them to sign it. But I wanted to do even more.

 

That’s why I created “Stories of the Magic”. To give them a forum to tell their stories that may rarely or never be heard, and to reach out beyond only the Cast Members. This podcast will showcase them (to the extent that I am permitted to), and give guests & fans an opportunity to share their own stories of magic as well.

 

This isn’t a news podcast, a trip report or trip planning podcast, or a review & commentary podcast. It’s just for stories. Where those stories go may be fun, touching, surprising, and (of course) magical. But always they will be from or about the people of the Walt Disney company who have made it what it is and allow us to be fans of one of the greatest companies in the world.

 

Episode 128 - D23 Expo 2017 (Disney Legends Ceremony)

Episode 128 – D23 Expo 2017 (Disney Legends Ceremo…

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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 Sat…
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Episode 127 - Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell Reference Model), Part 2

Episode 127 – Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell Referenc…

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Today 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 an…
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Episode 126 - Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell Reference Model), Part 1

Episode 126 – Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell Referenc…

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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 “soo…
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Episode 129 - Brian Collins (Former Imagineer), Part 1

Episode 129 – Brian Collins (Former Imagineer), Pa…

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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…
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2 months agoEpisode 129 – Brian Collins (Former Imagineer), Pa…
Episode 130 - Brian Collins (Former Imagineer), Part 2

Episode 130 – Brian Collins (Former Imagineer), Pa…

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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…
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