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Finding Walt Disney

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Finding Walt Disney is a podcast dedicated to exploring the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Here you will find interviews with authors, historians and experts as well as many people who knew and worked with Walt and his brother Roy. We will discuss everything from Walt's humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Marceline, Missouri to the beginnings of his career in animation in Kansas City to the creation of Disneyland and more! In addition to exploring the history we will examine the present and look to the future of all aspects of the company that Walt and Roy built. Please be sure to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Android, Google Play or wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you for listening! FindingWaltDisney.com facebook.com/findingwaltdisney twitter: @disneypodcast23 Instagram: @findingwaltdisneypodcast

Finding Walt Disney is a podcast dedicated to exploring the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Here you will find interviews with authors, historians and experts as well as many people who knew and worked with Walt and his brother Roy. We will discuss everything from Walt's humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Marceline, Missouri to the beginnings of his career in animation in Kansas City to the creation of Disneyland and more! In addition to exploring the history we will examine the present and look to the future of all aspects of the company that Walt and Roy built. Please be sure to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Android, Google Play or wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you for listening! FindingWaltDisney.com facebook.com/findingwaltdisney twitter: @disneypodcast23 Instagram: @findingwaltdisneypodcast

Location:

United States

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Finding Walt Disney is a podcast dedicated to exploring the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Here you will find interviews with authors, historians and experts as well as many people who knew and worked with Walt and his brother Roy. We will discuss everything from Walt's humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Marceline, Missouri to the beginnings of his career in animation in Kansas City to the creation of Disneyland and more! In addition to exploring the history we will examine the present and look to the future of all aspects of the company that Walt and Roy built. Please be sure to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Android, Google Play or wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you for listening! FindingWaltDisney.com facebook.com/findingwaltdisney twitter: @disneypodcast23 Instagram: @findingwaltdisneypodcast

Language:

English

Contact:

310-991-4362


Episodes

#014 Halloween Podcast - Interview with Psychic Medium Author Michael J. Kouri

10/9/2020
For Halloween I welcome back to the show famed Psychic Medium and Author, Michael J. Kouri. In this episode Michael shares true haunting stories of Disneyland and previews his new book on the spirits that haunt The Happiest Place on Earth. Michael has authored more than 70 books including his most popular, 'The Ghost of Walt Disney and Me'. Although Michael never met Walt Disney in life, he shares several stories of encounters with Walt's spirit and many more ghostly tales. You can learn...

Duration:01:18:15

#013 Walt Before Mickey - Disney's Early Years 1919 to 1928

9/11/2020
In this episode I speak with author Timothy S. Susanin about his meticulously researched book 'Walt Before Mickey, Disney's Early Years, 1919-1928.' Tim's book chronicles in exquisite detail, the life of Walt Disney and practically everyone he knew from his life as a teenager in Kansas City in 1919 and the formation of his first animation studios, to his move to Hollywood in the summer of 1923 and the eventual beginnings of the Disney Brothers Studio and Walt Disney Studios. Through Tim's...

Duration:01:32:55

#012 Bob Gurr - Interview with a Disney Legend and Imagineer

5/22/2020
In this episode I interview Disney Legend and Imagineer Bob Gurr about his incredible career working for Walt Disney. We discuss Bob's early life as a young boy through his time at WED Enterprises working directly for Walt Disney on the construction of Disneyland. Bob is often quoted as saying..."If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it." That quote is quite accurate considering Bob's impressive resume as designer of such iconic attraction ride vehicles as: the Monorail,...

Duration:01:15:32

#010 The Walt Disney Birthplace - Chicago, Illinois

11/9/2019
In this episode I interview Dina Benadon, co-owner of The Walt Disney Birthplace in Chicago, IL. Dina and her husband Brent Young purchased the home where Walt, Roy and their younger sister Ruth were all born and they have embarked on an extensive restoration project to turn the home into a 'Disney-worthy' destination. The home, located in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood at 2156 N.Tripp Avenue, was incidentally designed by Walt's mother, Flora and built by Walt's Father Elias...

Duration:01:05:04

#011 Walt Disney and Christmas

10/27/2019
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! In this fun-filled episode we 'Deck the Halls with Disney' as I speak with world-renowned author and noted Disney Historian Jim Korkis. Jim shares many stories included in his book, 'Vault of Walt 7 - Christmas Edition' - Yuletide Tales of Walt Disney, Disney Theme Parks, Cartoons & More! We learn about Walt's earliest memories of Christmastime from his childhood in Marceline and Kansas City to the first Christmas at Disneyland and so much more! Jim...

Duration:01:11:48

#009 Disneyland's First Host - An Interview with Bob D'Arcy

10/5/2019
Bob D'Arcy was just 22 years old and fresh out of the US Army when his father told him of a potential job opening at a new concept in entertainment called Disneyland. Shortly after returning from his post in Alaska to the family home in Southern California, Bob's first stateside job was delivering blueprints to contractors throughout the new theme park's construction site...in Walt Disney's own Jeep. His duties soon expanded to giving tours of the site to investors. Join me and Bob and we...

Duration:01:10:02

#008 The Ghost of Walt Disney and Me - HALLOWEEN PODCAST EPISODE!!!

9/28/2019
In this Halloween episode I talk with world-renowned author and psychic-medium Michael J. Kouri about his book 'The Ghost of Walt Disney and Me'. Michael is a famed psychic-medium who has authored more than 70 books as of the publishing date of this podcast. We discuss everything from Michael's book to his experiences with the ghost of Walt Disney and his many interactions with dozens of people and celebrities who knew Walt in life, including Lillian Disney, Diane Disney-Miller, Roy E....

Duration:01:06:33

#007 Walt Disney's Marceline, Missouri - A Talk with Kaye Malins

8/25/2019
Kaye Malins met Walt Disney when she was just eight years old and knew him for the next ten years until his untimely passing in 1966. Kaye lives on the Disney family farm in Marceline, Missouri where Walt and Roy lived with their family from April 1906 until the summer of 1911. Join me as I talk with Kaye about her family's business with the Disney's in the never-realized 'Marceline Project', her lifelong friendship with Walt and Roy's youngest sibling Ruth, and her ongoing work as...

Duration:00:48:13

#006 Interview with Rolly Crump - Imagineer and Disney Legend

8/11/2019
Rolly Crump began his Disney career in 1952 at the age of 22 as an 'In-Betweener' working in Animation. After working on such notable films as 'Peter Pan', '101 Dalmatians' and 'Sleeping Beauty', Rolly was selected by Walt Disney himself to join WED, present-day Walt Disney Imagineering to help with the design and construction of Disneyland. Join me in this delightful interview with Imagineer, Rolly Crump for some never-before-heard stories and insight into the life of this Disney...

Duration:01:04:52

#005 Lost Disneyland Attraction 'Midget Autopia' in Marceline, Missouri

7/29/2019
Walt Disney Hometown Museum volunteer and Marceline resident Lee Hoover talks with me about the progress of the 'Midget Autopia' walking track. Lee shares a history of the Disneyland attraction 'Midget Autopia' that was famously relocated from its home at Disneyland to Marceline, Missouri as a gift from Walt Disney in 1966. The attraction remained in operation at Walt Disney Municipal Park in Marceline for eleven years until its closure in 1977. Plans are still ongoing to hopefully one day...

Duration:00:34:39

#004 Walt Disney Hometown Museum - Marceline, Missouri

6/9/2019
Join me for this insightful interview with Peter Whitehead, Creative Director of The Walt Disney Hometown Musuem in Marceline, Missouri. In this interview Peter discusses the origins of the museum and the future plans which keep him and Executive Director Kaye Malins busy throughout the year. You can learn more about the museum and start planning your own visit to Walt Disney's boyhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri by visiting: https://www.waltdisneymuseum.org Be sure to visit my...

Duration:01:08:28

#003 'Walt Disney's Missouri' - Interview with Dan Viets

5/19/2019
My interview with author Dan Viets who co-authored the book 'Walt Disney's Missouri, a comprehensive and well researched volume that details Walt's life from his humble beginnings in Marceline to the start of his animation career in Kansas City. Dan is also president of 'Thank You Walt Disney', a non-profit which was established to save, preserve and restore Walt Disney's Laugh O' Gram Studios in Kansas City. You can learn more about Dan Viets at: ThankYouWaltDisney.org Thank you for...

Duration:01:13:52

#002 'Eat Like Walt' - Interview with Marcy Carriker Smothers

5/5/2019
In this revealing interview I speak with radio personality and author Marcy Carriker Smothers about her book 'Eat Like Walt'. Marcy's book is a culinary treat for anyone who believes that food just tastes better at Disneyland. Her book offers not only a trip down memory lane for Disneyland history buffs, but also a remarkable collection of historical artifacts and stories related to the restaurants at the Walt Disney Studios as well as insight into Walt Disney's family life at home. You...

Duration:00:59:59

#001 Finding Walt Disney - Pilot

4/21/2019
Finding Walt Disney is a podcast dedicated to exploring the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Here you will find interviews with authors, historians and experts as well as many people who knew and worked with Walt and his brother Roy. We discuss everything from Walt's humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Marceline, Missouri to the beginnings of his career in animation in Kansas City to the creation of Disneyland and more! In addition to exploring the history we will examine the present...

Duration:00:05:55