Episode 102 – Jeff Barnes (Dr. Disneyland), Part 2

Jeff Barnes

In this episode we conclude our interview with Dr. Jeff Barnes, author of The Wisdom of Walt Disney: Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland): Success Strategies for Everyone, recorded live at Disneyland! In Part 1, Jeff shared how he became interested in Disneyland, why the book needed to be written, whether he’s a left- or right-tunnel person, being diagnosed with a brain tumor and how it affected his dream, and much, much more.


On the weekend of January 15-17, 2016, I will run 22.4 miles for Team Muscle Makers for Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. Yes, I’m running a 5K, a 10K, and a Half Marathon, all in support of this important cause, but I need your support to help them! Please listen to the details in the episode, then go to http://storiesofthemagic.com/tmm to donate!

In this episode, Jeff talks about…

  • Whether he had to do any extra research for the book beyond what he did for his class
  • Why he doesn’t cite sources more specifically than he does, including only a reading list and not actual page numbers for quotations
  • What kept him motivated through the book-writing process
  • The target audiences he had in mind for the book
  • Who he did not expect to be a target audience for the book
  • What his plans are for future books, including the one he’s already started on
  • More about the History of Disneyland class he teaches
  • Whether Disneyland loses anything if you don’t have a memory of a first visit
  • His favorite land at Disneyland
  • Whether he’s ever considered working at Disneyland, and if so, doing what
  • If he could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be
  • What he never gets asked that he wishes people would ask him
  • What inspires him
  • His advice to you for following your dreams
  • Shameless Plug Time


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Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:

Tales from the Mouse House


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