Imagineer Podcast - Episode 36 - Disney Magic at Home

January 12, 2019

While we love traveling to the Disney Parks, one of the saddest moments is having to leave. Whether it happens when you're boarding the Magical Express, crossing through the gates from Walt Disney World, boarding your plane, or arriving at your front door, the "Disney blues" are bound to set in at some point. To help cope with these Disney blues, we as Disney fans often purchase merchandise, watch videos, listen to Disney music and even light scented candles to help us rekindle that magic. In today's episode, we'll discuss our favorite ways to bring the Disney magic home with us.

How do you cope with the "Disney blues" after your vacation? What are some of the ways that you bring the magic home with you? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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I also mentioned on the show that I previously shared some videos of my Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 creations on YouTube. Here's the link to access that account and enjoy some of those Disney and non-Disney creations: https://www.youtube.com/imagineer0988

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Imagineer Podcast - Episode 35 - Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

December 29, 2018

Of all the longes at Walt Disney World, Trader Sam's Grog Grotto might be the best. Although wait times to get in can often skyrocket during peak lounge times, it's worth stopping by this "tropical hideaway" to enjoy the atmosphere, the Easter eggs, the Cast Member entertainment, and of course the food and beverage selections. In this podcast episode, we'll sip on a few beverages and enjoy the ambiance of Trader Sam's at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

Which lounge experience at Walt Disney World or Disneyland is your favorite? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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Imagineer Podcast - Episode 34 - Pirates of the Caribbean

December 15, 2018

Pirates of the Caribbean is more than just an attraction; it is an entire franchise that has inspired blockbuster movies generating than $4.5 billion at the box office worldwide, produced countless merchandise, and delighted generations of fans since the attraction first debuted at Disneyland in 1967. And it all began with an idea from Walt Disney! In today's episode, we'll explore the history of Pirates of the Caribbean and discuss the specific details of the attraction at the Magic Kingdom. We'll also enjoy some 360 binaural audio of the attraction.

What do you love most about the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise? Which versions of this attraction have you experienced and which is your favorite? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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Imagineer Podcast - Episode 33 - Disney This or That Volume 1

December 1, 2018

Welcome to our first "Disney This or That" podcast episode! Disney This or That is a game that is meant to stir up conversation and debate about our Disney favorites - favorite Disney Parks, attractions, movies, snacks, and much more. In today's episode (volume one), we debate who we would pick as our favorite Disney hero from the Disney animated movies between 1990 and 2018. Examples include Aladdin, Hercules, Mulan, Moana, Mr. Incredible and more. With so many animated Disney characters to choose from, you'll hear why we had so many differing opinions on the subject.

Which Disney animated hero is your favorite? Would you have chosen a winner differently or do you agree with our group's decision? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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Between November 1 and December 31, 2018, 100% of the proceeds from VIP Membership and 50% of the proceeds from podcast merchandise will go straight to Donors Choose.

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Imagineer Podcast - Bonus Episode - Winter Dreams

November 22, 2018

Happy Holidays! One of my favorite holiday shows at the Disney Parks is World of Color Winter Dreams at Disney California Adventure Park. In this bonus episode, we'll kick off the spirit of the season with some binaural audio of this nighttime winter spectacular.

What's your favorite way to celebrate the holiday season at the Disney Parks and Resorts? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Dream Team Project: Please help support children in need of school supplies and other equipment this holiday season. Imagineer Podcast has partnered with donorschoose.org, a charity that helps equip teachers and classrooms with the resources they need to help their students build a strong foundation so they can one day make their own dreams come true. Between November 1 and December 31, 2018, 100% of the proceeds from VIP Membership and 50% of the proceeds from podcast merchandise will go straight to Donors Choose. Please also consider making a direct contribution on behalf of our community by visiting https://www.donorschoose.org/imagineerpodcast. Your generosity can mean everything to a student in need!

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Imagineer Podcast - Episode 32 - Listener Questions

November 17, 2018

Since I started the Imagineer Podcast, I've had the honor of building so many amazing Disney friendships, and in that span of time, many have reached out to me directly to ask questions regarding vacations to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, becoming a Cast Member for the Walt Disney Company, and even how to stay connected to the magic when back at home. In today's episode, I'll open my inbox (email, Facebook, Instagram and more) and answer many of your Disney-related questions. Answering these questions with me is my good friend, April Beisser, who knows a thing or two about working for the Walt Disney Company and about traveling to the most magical place on earth. You can follow April on Instagram and Facebook at Imagination Destinations by April.

What other questions would you like to ask about Disney? Whether you're looking for vacation advice or simply have a Disney-related question, I would love to answer you in a future episode of this show. Send me your questions or feedback via email or through direct message and I'll be sure to answer in a future episode:

Please also join our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/ and invite your friends to join as well. I encourage you to leave your thoughts and questions in the group (I'm happy to address them on Facebook or over the air), as well as your vacation photos, favorite Disney memories, Disney news, and more. Connect with fellow like-minded Disney fans and Imagineer Podcast listeners. I look forward to seeing you and your Disney friends and family in our Facebook Group!

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Imagineer Podcast - Episode 31 - Interview with Disney’s Guy Spagnoli

November 3, 2018

When I first created the Imagineer Podcast, I wanted to pay homage to Walt Disney Imagineers, the creative geniuses who design and create the Disney Parks & Resorts. That's why I'm incredibly proud to be able to share an interview I had with a retired Engineer, Guy Spagnoli, who knows a thing or two about Walt Disney Imagineering. Guy is not only a gifted and experienced Engineer; he's also a caring Cast Member even to this day (years after officially retiring from the Walt Disney Company). In today's episode, Guy and I chat about his experiences working for the Walt Disney Company and his outlook on what it takes and what it truly means to be a Cast Member for Disney. I think you'll find Guy's story and perspective on life and work to be incredibly inspirational.

What do you find to be most inspirational from Guy's story? What is your dream job at the Walt Disney Company or elsewhere? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Please also join our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/ and invite your friends to join as well. I encourage you to leave your thoughts and questions in the group (I'm happy to address them on Facebook or over the air), as well as your vacation photos, favorite Disney memories, Disney news, and more. Connect with fellow like-minded Disney fans and Imagineer Podcast listeners. I look forward to seeing you and your Disney friends and family in our Facebook Group!

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Imagineer Podcast - Episode 30 - The Timekeeper

October 20, 2018

As the Disney Parks continue to evolve, there are times when attractions we love must sadly close to be replaced by another. One of those attractions at the Magic Kingdom was The Timekeeper, a show that existed in Tomorrowland between 1994 and 2006 (and at Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland in the late 1990's and early 2000's). In today's episode, we'll step into our "podcast time machine" to experience Timekeeper at Walt Disney World. We'll also discuss a few fun details and facts that you might not have known about this experience.

Did you get the chance to experience Timekeeper at Magic Kingdom (or even Disneyland Paris or Tokyo Disneyland)? If so, what did you think of the attraction? If you did not get the chance to experience it in person, what do you think of Timekeeper after listening to this episode? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

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Imagineer Podcast - Bonus Episode - Rope Drop at Flight of Passage

October 13, 2018

When you visit Walt Disney World, one of the most important decisions is deciding which attraction to visit first. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, I usually recommend that you head straight to Flight of Passage first thing in the morning (unless you are able to get a FastPass+). In fact, it's usually best to show up at least 30 minutes before the park opens in order to reduce your wait time in the standby queue. In this bonus episode, I'll take you with me for a full ride through Flight of Passage at rope drop. We'll enjoy the ambiant sounds as you walk with me through the queue and then hop on the back of an Ikran (aka a banshee) and take an exhilarating flight through the Valley of Moara in Pandora, the World of Avatar.

Want to skip the line? Skip ahead to 42 minutes.

When you visit Disney's Animal Kingdom or the other Disney Parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or even Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park), what are the attractions you like to head to first? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Please also join our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/ and invite your friends to join as well. I encourage you to leave your thoughts and questions in the group (I'm happy to address them on Facebook or over the air), as well as your vacation photos, favorite Disney memories, Disney news, and more. Connect with fellow like-minded Disney fans and Imagineer Podcast listeners. I look forward to seeing you and your Disney friends and family in our Facebook Group!

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Imagineer Podcast - Episode 29 - Disney Partnerships

October 6, 2018

Throughout the last few decades and especially in the last 15 years, The Walt Disney Company has engaged in several licensing partnerships and a handful of major acquisitions. Most notably, the last two decades have brought us Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel and now Fox, providing so many new opportunities for experiences in the Disney Parks. In this Imagineer Podcast episode, we discuss the significance of these partnerships and acquisitions when it comes to visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and the other international Disney Parks.

What are your thoughts and opinions about these acquisitions and partnerships? Which Pixar, Lucasfilm, or Marvel experience is your favorite at the Disney Parks and Resorts, and what might you expect to see from the acquisition of Fox? Send me your feedback via email or through direct or public message at any of the following and [with your permission] I'll include your message in a future show:

Please also join our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/imagineerpodcast/ and invite your friends to join as well. I encourage you to leave your thoughts and questions in the group (I'm happy to address them on Facebook or over the air), as well as your vacation photos, favorite Disney memories, Disney news, and more. Connect with fellow like-minded Disney fans and Imagineer Podcast listeners. I look forward to seeing you and your Disney friends and family in our Facebook Group!

In this episode, we refer to the book "Creativity Inc.". If you're interested in learning more about this book, please visit http://www.creativityincbook.com (we are not associated with this book or its authors).

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