Episode 002 – Dave Smith, Part 1


Randy Crane and Dave Smith

Stories of the Magic, Episode 2


Interview Guest: Dave Smith.





In this episode of Stories of the Magic, we hear from Dave Smith, Chief Archivist Emeritus and Founder of the Walt Disney Archives (and noted author). In Part 1, hear Dave tell his stories about:


  • How he started working with the Walt Disney Company;
  • How he actually started the process of building the Archives;
  • Meeting and talking with the Nine Old Men (including what it was like to interview Ward Kimball)
  • People’s biggest misperception of what the Walt Disney Archives is/was;
  • What it was like trying to collect the history of Walt Disney World as it was happening;
  • His role in assisting Bob Thomas in writing his biography of Walt Disney;
  • His description of Walt Disney based on Walt’s correspondence;
  • How he started building his knowledge of Disney history;
  • How he deals with the difficult questions;
  • What thrills him when it comes to answering questions.


Come back next week for Part 2 to hear even more, including what inspires him, what it’s like to have the Archives exhibits, and information about his new book, Disney Trivia from the Vault!

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Music and voiceovers provided by Rick Moyer.

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