Episode 104 – Jim Korkis, Part 2

Jim KorkisIn this episode we conclude our interview with returning guest on the show, Disney historian and author Jim Korkis. In part 1 we talked a lot about Walt Disney’s early Christmases and I hope you enjoyed learning about his childhood and some pivotal moments & gifts during it.


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 watch the video below to see wat I’m offering as a thank you gift, then go to http://storiesofthemagic.com/tmm to donate! My fundraising deadline is the end of the year, so this is my last chance to get your help and give you this special gift!

In this episode, Jim talks about…

  • His favorite Disney-related Christmas gift
  • How the Disney company came to sell animation cells
  • The Winnie the Pooh for President campaign
  • What he considers his greatest Christmas gift overall
  • A Christmas story about Song of the South and Disney animator Floyd Norman
  • The Beauty and the Beast Christmas comic strip
  • Some Christmas exhibits and attractions at Walt Disney World that are now gone
  • Speculation on where, if anywhere, the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights may relocate to
  • How Disney measures the Orlando parks—full-day or half-day—and why
  • Unexpected hits—both movies and theme park attractions
  • A huge problem for Disney historians
  • Ways Disney has affected the culture that most people don’t realize
  • What inspires him
  • His advice to you for following your dreams
  • A hint about a new book he has coming out soon, and how it will help you
  • Shameless Plug Time

Find Jim:

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