Imagineer Podcast
Never Been Answered Questions (Volume 1): Star Wars and Marvel

Never Been Answered Questions (Volume 1): Star Wars and Marvel

December 12, 2020

In this round table episode, we'll answer some clever and challenging questions that merge the Star Wars and Marvel universes. For example, we'll kick things off by asking if a lightsaber could cut through Captain America's shield. With about a dozen questions to answer, we'll put our Star Wars and Marvel knowledge to the test, and I have the perfect group of friends to help me answer them all.

How would you answer the questions we presented in this episode? What other challenging questions would you add to this list? 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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Disney Family Memories: Stories from the 1964 World’s Fair, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland

Disney Family Memories: Stories from the 1964 World’s Fair, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland

November 28, 2020

Disney vacations in my family are a tradition, a legacy that began long before I was born. Since the time my parents were young children, they have been visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and even the 1964 World's Fair. After I was born, my family continued the tradition of visiting the Disney Parks and Resorts, which inevitably led to my love for all things Disney, my decision to become a Disney Cast Member, and my efforts to start Imagineer Podcast in my post-Cast Member days.

In this episode, I gather around the [virtual] table with my Mom and Uncles to hear the Disney stories from their childhood and reminisce about our Disney adventures in modern times. My hope is you'll find these stories to be heartwarming and reflective of your own family traditions, whether those traditions involve Disney or not.

What are your Disney family traditions? 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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A Tribute to Disney Cast Members

A Tribute to Disney Cast Members

November 26, 2020

If you've been to any Disney Park or Resort, you know that Disney Cast Members are the ones who truly make the magic. From designing and building the places we know and love to operating and maintaining those Disney places on a daily basis, both on stage interacting with Guests and behind the scenes, Cast Members are the fuel that keeps the Disney magic alive. This year more than ever, I felt that the Disney Cast Members needed reminding of how much we love and cherish what they do for us every day. As a former Cast Member, my heart breaks for those who are no longer making magic and am hopeful that they will be able to return in 2021.

In this bonus episode, we honor Disney Cast Members through heartwarming stories submitted by listeners like you. We'll go through about a dozen of these stories as a way of thanking the wonderful Disney Cast.

What is your favorite Disney Cast Member memory (as a Cast Member or as a Guest)? 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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Rolly Crump (Disney Legend, Imagineer, Animator)

Rolly Crump (Disney Legend, Imagineer, Animator)

November 14, 2020

Rolly Crump is a retired Walt Disney Imagineer, Disney Animator, and Disney Legend who began at The Walt Disney Studios in 1952. After working on classic films like Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians, and Sleeping Beauty, Rolly was recruited by Walt Disney to join WED Enterprises (now called Walt Disney Imagineering). From 1959 until the early 1970's, Rolly worked on projects for the 1964 World's Fair (most notably "it's a small world" with Mary Blair), Disneyland, and the Magic Kingdom. Rolly left the company to work on some non-Disney projects and then returned to help support the development of Epcot. Rolly also has his own autobiography called "It's Kind of a Cute Story" and has recently been featured in The Imagineering Story on Disney+.

In this episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with Rolly about his life, career, and legacy.

Which of Rolly's many contributions to Disney do you admire the most? 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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ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter

ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter

October 31, 2020

The most terrifying attraction to ever be constructed at the Disney Parks, and perhaps the most controversial, was the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. Replacing Mission to Mars at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Alien Encounter had a soft opening in December 1994 and officially opened in June 1995. For the next 8 years, Alien Encounter grew a cult following with many Disney fans, especially those who loved sci-fi horror, but its terrifying and violent sequences targeting a more mature audience was inevitably not the right fit for Tomorrowland. Inevitably, the attraction closed in 2003 and was replaced by Stitch's Great Escape, which in many ways was simply a [very] toned down, kid-friendly version of the attraction.

In today's episode we'll explore the history of Disney's Alien Encounter, including how George Lucas was brought to the table to consult on the project. We'll also discuss some of the details of the attraction for those who were not able to experience it, and I'll take you with me for a truly terrifying visit back to the Tomorrowland Interplanetary Convention Center for this X-S Tech demonstration.

Were you able to experience Alien Encounter? Had this attraction been built in another park, do you think it would have surpassed its 8-year lifespan? 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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Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

October 17, 2020

In 1964, Progressland debuted at the New York World's Fair. The original concept dated back to the 1950's, and new technologies allowed Walt and his Imagineers to finally bring the idea to life. Sponsored by General Electrical, Progressland (which later became known as the Carousel of Progress) was an instant hit and saw waits of around an hour at the fair despite an hourly ride capacity of 3,000 guests per hour. After the World's Fair, the attraction was moved to Disneyland, then to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. With only a handful of changes over the years, Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress is one of the most historic attractions at the Disney Parks, reminding us that "there's a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day."

In this episode, we'll explore the detailed history of the Carousel of Progress. I'll also include a binaural audio recording so you can virtually experience the current version of the attraction.

What do you love most about Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress? 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:

This episode is sponsored by WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World. I'm personally a subscriber and LOVE their content. If you love this show, I have a feeling you'll love WDW Magazine, too. Visit wdw-magazine.com/imagineerpodcast and use promo code IMAGINEER to save 10% on an annual digital subscription.

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Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

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Blaine Gibson, Disney Legend, Animator and Imagineer (Interview with Son, Wes Gibson)

Blaine Gibson, Disney Legend, Animator and Imagineer (Interview with Son, Wes Gibson)

October 3, 2020

Blaine Gibson was a Disney Legend who worked both at the Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering (then known as WED Enterprises). As an animator, Blaine worked on classic projects that included Bambi, Fantasia, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Recognizing Blaine's remarkable talent for sculpting, Walt then asked Blaine to join WED Enterprises, where he worked on Disneyland, the 1964 World's Fair, Walt Disney World, and more. Blaine sculpted such iconic figures as Abraham Lincoln (Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln), the pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean, the family from Carousel of Progress, the ghosts from the Haunted Mansion, and many more. Blaine also supervised the sculpting of every U.S. President in the Hall of Presidents from George Washington through George W. Bush (he acted as a consultant for Barack Obama before passing away in 2015). Perhaps his most visited work is the Partners statue, which is the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in the Hub, as well as the Sharing the Magic statue of Roy O. Disney and Minnie Mouse in Town Square.

In this episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with Blaine's son, Wes, about his father's life, career, and legacy. Wes also shares some first-hand experiences about meeting Walt, experiencing Disneyland opening day, and witnessing his father's work behind the scenes.

Which of Blaine's many contributions to Disney do you admire the most? 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:

This episode is sponsored by WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World. I'm personally a subscriber and LOVE their content. If you love this show, I have a feeling you'll love WDW Magazine, too. Visit wdw-magazine.com/imagineerpodcast and use promo code IMAGINEER to save 10% on an annual digital subscription.

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

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George Wilkins (Walt Disney Imagineer, Music Composer)

George Wilkins (Walt Disney Imagineer, Music Composer)

September 19, 2020

George Wilkins is a retired Walt Disney Imagineer who composed a large number of classic songs and area music loops for the Disney Parks and Resorts, especially Epcot. Working alongside iconic Imagineers and composers like Marty Sklar, Kevin Rafferty and the Sherman Brothers, George helped to bring the music to life for Horizons, Journey Into Imagination, Sonny Eclipse (at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe), The Great Movie Ride, The Living Seas, The American Adventure, and so much more.

In this episode, I have the honor of interviewing George about his career journey at Walt Disney Imagineering, as well as his work before and after Disney. We discuss his most popular work, his favorite projects, advice for aspiring musicians, and more.

Which of George's many compositions 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:

This episode is sponsored by WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World. I'm personally a subscriber and LOVE their content. If you love this show, I have a feeling you'll love WDW Magazine, too. Visit wdw-magazine.com/imagineerpodcast and use promo code IMAGINEER to save 10% on an annual digital subscription.

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

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Disney Illusions (Part 2)

Disney Illusions (Part 2)

September 5, 2020

From the very beginning, Walt Disney always aimed to raise the bar in movies, shows, and family entertainment. With the Disney Parks, that meant creating a tradition of innovation at WED Enterprises and Walt Disney Imagineering (to "plus" an attraction, as Walt would say). Today, the Disney Parks around the world are full of incredible illusions and special effects that blur the lines of fantasy and reality. Even the earliest attractions still capture our imagination, and new attractions set new standards of immersion and realism.

In this two-part episode of Imagineer Podcast, we'll discuss our favorite illusions at the Disney Parks. Whether it's a practical effect that has been in place for decades or a new kind of special effect that utilizes the latest technology, we'll share just a small subset of the many illusions we love. Joining me in this two-part episode are James, Philander, and Randy.

Which Disney illusions would you add to this list (from part 1 and part 2)? 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:

This episode is sponsored by WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World. I'm personally a subscriber and LOVE their content. If you love this show, I have a feeling you'll love WDW Magazine, too. Visit wdw-magazine.com/imagineerpodcast and use promo code IMAGINEER to save 10% on an annual digital subscription.

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

How to Support the Show

Special thanks to our Imagineer Society "Hero" Members:
  • Jesse Park
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Disney Illusions (Part 1)

Disney Illusions (Part 1)

August 29, 2020

From the very beginning, Walt Disney always aimed to raise the bar in movies, shows, and family entertainment. With the Disney Parks, that meant creating a tradition of innovation at WED Enterprises and Walt Disney Imagineering (to "plus" an attraction, as Walt would say). Today, the Disney Parks around the world are full of incredible illusions and special effects that blur the lines of fantasy and reality. Even the earliest attractions still capture our imagination, and new attractions set new standards of immersion and realism.

In this two-part episode of Imagineer Podcast, we'll discuss our favorite illusions at the Disney Parks. Whether it's a practical effect that has been in place for decades or a new kind of special effect that utilizes the latest technology, we'll share just a small subset of the many illusions we love. Joining me in this two-part episode are James, Philander, and Randy.

For part 1, I'd love to know which of the illusions we discussed are your favorite. I'll ask a different questions about part 2 when that episode airs. 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:

This episode is sponsored by WDW Magazine, the premier magazine focused on Walt Disney World. I'm personally a subscriber and LOVE their content. If you love this show, I have a feeling you'll love WDW Magazine, too. Visit wdw-magazine.com/imagineerpodcast and use promo code IMAGINEER to save 10% on an annual digital subscription.

Disney news and travel tips: Be sure to visit our Disney news partner, The Kingdom Insider:

Vacation Planning: Planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, or another Disney destination? Visit our trusted partner, Academy Travel: 

How to Support the Show

Special thanks to our Imagineer Society "Hero" Members:
  • Jesse Park
  • Jessica Brand

Enjoy the show!

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