Episode 055 – Jim Korkis, Part 2

Jim Korkis

 Interview Guest: Jim Korkis


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In this episode, we continue my 3-part interview with author and Disney Historian, Jim Korkis. In part 1 we talked about how he first got interested in, and then interested in working for, the Walt Disney Company, his very first interview of someone from Disney, when he was 12 years old, how he got started working for Disney, including why he had to move to Orlando, teaching as part of Disney University, then tours with Disney Adult Discoveries, a couple of ways Walt Disney was always keeping the guests in mind and planning ahead, what he loved most about what he did, and more.

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In this episode, Jim talks about…

  • The job he’d love to have working for Disney—which doesn’t currently exist;
  • Why he wouldn’t want to work at the Disney Archives;
  • Why Disney historians are so needed right now especially;
  • What (or who) you may find just looking around your neighborhood;
  • The Walt’s People series of books by Didier Getz, and something he just discovered in the last couple of years that people had falsely believed about Walt since 1935;
  • Werner Weiss and his Yesterland.com site;
  • Something special that most people never knew about a light bulb in the Car Barn at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom—something the public doesn’t get to see now;
  • Jim’s Disney bookshelves—they’re impressive;
  • Why he wanted a print edition of his books, not just a Kindle edition;
  • How he came up with the idea of starting to write his first book;
  • How long he plans to continue writing;
  • What The Vault of Walt is about;
  • His second book, Who’s Afraid of Song of the South;
  • His most recent book, The Book of Mouse – If you’re interested in Mickey Mouse, you need this book!;
  • A little tease about a couple more books he has coming soon;
  • The Disney book he would like to see written and why he loves reading so much;
  • A question we have for you;
  • One of Jim’s favorite Disney books, and one of mine;
  • Was Walt Disney anti-Semitic, or anti-Catholic, and how do we know;
  • Walt’s early experience with church and religion, and how that affected him later on, including why he didn’t go to church after he grew up and his belief about how you should show your belief in God.


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