Dave’s Disney viewOct 24, 2022
Episode #451 - thank you. And good night.
After 13 or so years, I’ve reached the end. It’s time to step aside and let the next generation continue talking about Disney. It’s been a great ride and I’ve enjoyed it.
Oct 24, 202212:37
Episode #450 - my favorite memory
I talk about a few of my favorite memories of Walt Disney world.
Oct 12, 202229:24
Episode #449 - Buddy Baker & George Bruns
I talk about two of the composers who were heavily involved in creating the iconic songs for Disney attractions.
Oct 01, 202224:02
Episode #448 - the company brand
This is a look at Disneys brand and why it’s successful.
Sep 20, 202221:31
Episode #447 - Disney / MGM studios
This is a look back at the real working movie studio / theme park and the relationship with mgm. It was a fun and interesting place to learn about movie magic.
Sep 09, 202228:42
Episode #446 - vista United Telecom
This is the story about Disney created a phone company to service the resort, and the back story of how RCA was involved in the broader plan.
Aug 29, 202230:43
Episode #445 - attractions I skip
Yeah I have a number that I skip including all roller coasters. Even the kiddie ones. Navi River Journey. Mission space. Figment. Motion simulators. Swiss family Robinson treehouse. Seas with Nemo. Turtle talk. Any of the spoke rides. Peter Pan.
Aug 18, 202231:41
Episode #444 - a new app
I talk about a new web app I created “a spoonful of trifles”. It’s free. Check it out! Disneyworldpodcast.net/trivia
Aug 07, 202222:21
Episode #443 - Communicore
This is a look back at the community core that was behind spaceship earth.
Jul 28, 202237:24
Episode #442 - Disney World was almost in palm beach?
A developer offered Walt 320 acres of land. But the deal fell apart at least in part based on egos. Hear the whole story.
Jul 17, 202226:02
Episode #441 - Disney worlds first resident
Walt Disney hired Phil Smith as the first employee of the resort, and he lived on Walt Disney Worlds property. Here’s his story.
Jul 06, 202226:19
Episode #440 - a little history in the special improvement district
Here’s a story that Richard Fogelsong wrote for the Washington Post in 1994. The context is interesting.
Jun 26, 202221:29
Episode #439 - some news items
I cover some of the latest goings on in and around the Disney company and especially Disney world
Jun 15, 202224:55
Episode #438 - happy belated earth day!
Every day should be earth day…a little late, here’s a look back at the opening of the animal kingdom.
Jun 02, 202232:34
Episode #437 - a commencement address
It’s time once again to honor our budding superstars of this era: our graduates. Congrats and here’s a message for you!
May 18, 202219:08
Episode #436 - a return to the parks!
Dave went back to Disney world and got an annual pass. Tune in to find out how it went.
May 02, 202228:09
Episode #435 - the reedy creek improvement district
I’ve got a rather strong opinion about what happened in the state, regarding Disneys special improvement district. In summary: it can’t end well for any of us, and not really thinking this through will cause Disney world to change in unexpected ways. I talk about the history and how we got here.
Apr 29, 202236:38
Episode #434 - news and updates
I have some thoughts and observations from recent reports coming from the Disney company which I share here.
Apr 22, 202230:45
Episode #433 - spaceship earth concept
Back in 1977, Ray Bradbury wrote a preliminary / concept script for what would become spaceship earth. While it wasn’t used as it was, many of the concepts as well as the overall theme are still evident today.
Apr 15, 202236:04
Episode #432 - comments from Fowler.
We had the luxury of hearing from admiral Fowler; he did an interview as part of some B-roll footage before the magic kingdom opened, and later in a forum he talked about the parks.
Apr 01, 202239:05
Episodes #430 & #431 - Aulani, a followup discussion
I’ve got a guest who recently stayed at Aulani. Shannon tells us about the experience and has some tips to share. If you’d like to see some pictures, check out my show notes page. mydisneyworldblog.blogspot.com/2022/03/episodes-430-431-aulani-redux.html [sorry if the audio quality isn’t so great. It’s my first time doing an interview in a while; I’m out of practice with the setup]
Mar 22, 202251:31
Episode #429 - (still more) Star Wars!
The test cruises were run on the galactic starcruiser, so now we know what it’s like. I’ve got some thoughts about how it looks and what’s there…behind a very expensive paywall. *Picture is from the Nerdist
Feb 27, 202231:14
Episode #427 & #428 - General Joe Potter
While researching details about General Joe, I found some interesting information. This is a text-to-speech of 21 questions in the memoirs of General Potter, where he talks about his work at Disney. I found him to be a rather interesting figure, and I had never seen or heard this interview before.
Feb 22, 202243:14
Episodes #425 & #426 - time for a diatribe
I’ve got the proverbial axe to grind. I’m troubled by a lot of what I’m seeing. And I have so many questions about what Disney is doing and the future of the theme parks.
Feb 05, 202243:57
Episode #424 - the 1960 Winter Olympics
The 1960 Winter Olympics were the first ones broadcast nationally in the US. And that meant they needed to be ready for tv. Who better than Walt Disney to put on a great show?
Jan 22, 202224:08
Episode #423 - Joe Potter & Joe Fowler
Admiral Fowler joined the Walt Disney company in the early 1950s, and was primarily responsible for the construction of Disneyland, then carried forward his work to be the overall project manager for Disney world. General Potter joined the Disney company after the NY Worlds Fair, and was the construction manager for Disney world. He wound up creating many of the innovations that came to be in the central Florida area. Both became friends with Walt, and without them, Disney world probably would never have been built.
Jan 10, 202231:38
Episode #422 - what’s up with Star Wars and the galactic star cruiser?
I’ve been keeping an eye on the galactic star cruiser as it nears its maiden voyage. I have some thoughts about it and Star Wars in general.
Dec 16, 202131:42
Episode #420 & #421 - the history of some overlooked and dismissed attractions in the magic kingdom
Here are 5 that deserve a little love. Small world. Prince Charming regal Carousel. Tomorrowland speedway. Buzz. Wedway peoplemover. [short editing note: I made a mistake in the original published version. It’s fixed now]
Dec 15, 202137:46
Episode #419 - a few follow ups
We had D23, along with some announcements, a change to the vaccine policy for cast members, and a pause in the sale of annual passes at WDW. I have some assorted thoughts about all of it, and how the parks have evolved.
Nov 30, 202125:36
Episode #418 - the crossroads … and a bit of news
On todays show, I start by talking about the recent earnings call. And then I go on to talk about the crossroads, which recently closed.
Nov 19, 202123:03
Episode #417 - the EPCOT story
On this episode, I explore some of what Walt had in mind for his community. I propose that it would have been a company town, and explore that and wonder if he could have gotten there. This expands on the story I told in episode #410, where I examined Walt’s world view.
Nov 08, 202128:02
Episode #416 - a mild rant about the state of Disney
I talk about things that are going on, the genie app, lighting lane, and the confusion that surrounds it all.
Oct 26, 202130:05
Episode #415 - Aulani
Today, I share some insights about Aulani, courtesy of a friend of mine. I admit I didn’t know much about it before, but I feel like I’m ready to make a trip! Hawaiian culture and beaches sound very relaxing.
Oct 17, 202130:02
Episodes #413 & #414 - a look back at opening day
Walt Disney World opened its doors 50 years ago - on October 1st, 1971. I’ve got a few stories for you. My own experiences, and some from people who were there. I won't spoil it here in the description...you need to listen.
Sep 29, 202140:41
Episode #412 - Genie app and annual passes
I’m talking about the new app, the changes to annual passes, and more!
Sep 20, 202130:13
Episode #411 - the hall of presidents
Since it re-opened recently, here is the latest incarnation of the show for your enjoyment.
Sep 09, 202133:21
Episode #410 - Walt Disney and his weltanschauung
That’s a “world view.” I address his work and how it intersected with politics.
Aug 29, 202136:26
Episode #409 - disney news
Movies, theme parks, yield?! Yeah there were some interesting nuggets on the earnings call. I thought it was worth talking about. And I’ve got some thoughts about the Genie app.
Aug 19, 202131:22
Episode #408 - my favorite Epcot extinct attractions
It’s time for another top 10. I’ve got the top ten attractions that used to exist in epcot.
Aug 08, 202132:43
Episode #407 - Fort Wilderness Railroad
This is a look back to the fort wilderness railroad that ran through the campground. You can watch my lost & found episode on the railroad here: Episode 31: The Fort Wilderness Railroad https://youtu.be/WDqr6MQWSeI and as for critical race theory, here is something for your reading pleasure: https://www.edweek.org/leadership/what-is-critical-race-theory-and-why-is-it-under-attack/2021/05
Jul 31, 202126:11