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Cartoons to Castles: The History Behind the Mouse and Magic

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Co-hosts—and best friends—Jessica McDonald and Melanie Gable take a lively, conversational approach to exploring a new Disney history topic during each bi-weekly episode. With special guests from the Disney community and fandom, “Cartoons to Castles” aims to look at the history of one of the world’s greatest entertainment companies from a fresh, contemporary perspective. Not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.

Co-hosts—and best friends—Jessica McDonald and Melanie Gable take a lively, conversational approach to exploring a new Disney history topic during each bi-weekly episode. With special guests from the Disney community and fandom, “Cartoons to Castles” aims to look at the history of one of the world’s greatest entertainment companies from a fresh, contemporary perspective. Not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.

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United States

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Co-hosts—and best friends—Jessica McDonald and Melanie Gable take a lively, conversational approach to exploring a new Disney history topic during each bi-weekly episode. With special guests from the Disney community and fandom, “Cartoons to Castles” aims to look at the history of one of the world’s greatest entertainment companies from a fresh, contemporary perspective. Not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.

Language:

English

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Episodes

15. The Lion King Musical with Carla Renata

2/24/2021
Be prepared (haha) for a great episode all about the first Los Angeles production of "The Lion King" from one of the cast members herself: Carla Renata! You may know Carla as Janet from the NBC sitcom "Superstore," or from her YouTube channel "The Curvy Critic aka Carla Renata," but from 2000 to 2003 she also had the unique experience of playing Shenzi in the long-running hit show "The Lion King" at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Jessica and Melanie have a heartfelt, frank, and funny...

Duration:00:48:11

14. Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings with Mindy Marzec

2/10/2021
This week Jessica and Melanie talk Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings with blogger, podcaster, and Disney weddings expert Mindy Marzec! Jessica takes you through the origins of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings program, and Melanie discusses the additions of Disney Cruise Line and Aulani weddings to the roster, as well as the inclusion of LGBTQ ceremonies. Mindy lends her expertise to the conversation, shares details from her own Disneyland Resort wedding, and makes her predictions for the future of...

Duration:01:11:54

TEASER - Episode 14 Topic & Guest Reveal + Mini Ep.

2/3/2021
Get a sneak peek of episode 14, available February 10th! Plus, Jessica and Melanie discuss their recent experience (virtually) attending a complimentary preview of The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Virtual Escape Room. The ladies teamed up with other Disney podcasters and content creators over Zoom to solve riddles and clues related to the museum’s exhibits! You can learn more about how to have your own Walt Disney Family Museum Virtual Escape Room event here:...

Duration:00:19:21

13. Society of Explorers & Adventurers (S.E.A.) with Tiff Mink

1/27/2021
“Exploratio Continua!” - Society of Explorers & Adventurers motto On this week's episode, Disney superfan and vlogger Tiff Mink leads Jessica and Melanie on an expedition into the fun, fascinating world of the S.E.A. Never heard of the Society of Explorers & Adventurers? Neither had the co-hosts until their guest brought the topic to their attention! With influences clearly drawn from the Indiana Jones movies, steampunk, aviation history, the Old West, and more, this fictional organization...

Duration:01:24:06

Teaser - Episode 13 Topic & Guest Revel + Bonus Ep. 3 Preview

1/20/2021
Get a sneak peek of episode 13, available January 27th! Plus, listen to a preview of our third Patreon-exclusive bonus episode, all about Disney Parks birthday celebrations! On this episode exclusively for "Cartoons to Castles" Patreon subscribers, Jessica and Melanie discuss Mickey's Birthdayland, Disneyland's 35th anniversary, Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary, and the 100 Years of Magic celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth. Starting at just $3 a month,...

Duration:00:08:20

12. Star Tours/RX-24 with Chris Runco

1/13/2021
"Welcome aboard! This is Captain Rex from the cockpit. I know this is probably your first flight, and it's...mine, too! Haha!" On their first episode of 2021, Jessica and Melanie are joined by retired Imagineer Chris Runco, who created Captain RX-24, the rookie pilot droid that took guests on a wild ride aboard the Star Speeder 3000 in the original version of Star Tours at Disney Parks. In addition to his work on Star Tours, Chris was a key player in the development of attractions for...

Duration:00:53:50

11. The Muppet Christmas Carol

12/16/2020
For the last episode of 2020, Jessica and Melanie take a festive look at the making of the beloved holiday movie "The Muppet Christmas Carol." The 1992 film tells the tale of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in a uniquely Muppet fashion, with Academy Award winner Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. Jessica and Melanie reveal behind-the-scenes secrets, insightful backstories, and fun trivia about the movie, as well as share personal stories from listeners about what this classic family...

Duration:00:58:04

TEASER - Episode 11 Topic Reveal + Bonus Ep. 2 Preview

12/9/2020
Get a sneak peek of episode 11, available December 16! Plus, listen to a preview of our second Patreon-exclusive bonus episode, all about the "Star Wars Holiday Special"! You can access this and other bonus episodes and benefits by joining our Patreon for only $3 a month. Check out the tiers and perks at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening! For bonus...

Duration:00:06:10

10. The Disney Monorail with Jeff Kurtti

12/2/2020
Jessica and Melanie are joined this week by Disney expert Jeff Kurtti, author of The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky. Jeff discusses the history behind the monorails at Disney's theme parks, but he focuses largely on the process of collaborating on the book with co-authors Vanessa Hunt and Paul Wolski, which involved delving into the Walt Disney Archives and talking to some of the Disney legends who worked with Walt Disney himself. Jessica and Melanie also share some...

Duration:01:35:33

TEASER - Episode 10 Topic & Guest Reveal + Thanksgiving Message

11/25/2020
Get a sneak peek of episode 10, available December 2nd! Then stick around for a special Thanksgiving message from co-hosts Jessica and Melanie. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening! For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, a...

Duration:00:04:31

9. The Sherman Brothers with Randy Thornton

11/18/2020
Disney Music Group's supervising producer and musical historian Randy Thornton joins Jessica and Melanie to talk about the Sherman Brothers, the Academy Award-winning songwriting duo behind some of Disney's greatest film and theme park hits, including "Let's Get Together," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "It's a Small World (After All)," "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room," and much more. As a producer at Walt Disney Records, Randy worked personally with Robert and Richard Sherman and shares some of the...

Duration:01:10:04

TEASER - Episode 9 Topic & Guest Reveal + Bonus Ep. Preview

11/11/2020
Get a sneak peek of episode 9, available November 18! Also, instead of a mini episode this week, you'll get a preview of our very first BONUS EPISODE, which will be available today only to subscribers to our brand new Patreon! Starting at only $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, a private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. You can check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to...

Duration:00:08:31

8. The Haunted Mansion

10/21/2020
"Wizards and witches, wherever you dwell...Give us a hint…by ringing a bell!" Join your "ghost hosts" Jessica and Melanie for a delightful and frightful journey into the history of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Hear the tales behind the inspiration and creation of the classic spooky attraction, as well some of the urban legends surrounding the haunts and their happy home. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thank...

Duration:00:44:28

TEASER - Episode 8 Topic Reveal + Q&A Mini Ep.

10/14/2020
Get a spooky sneak peek of episode 8, available October 21st! (Apologies in advance from the "ghost hosts" for being unable to get through the promo without laughing.) And on this week's mini episode, Jessica and Melanie answer listener questions about their favorite Disney Parks attractions, most magical Disney moments, best research sources, and more! Plus, who are Peter Pan Lady and Hat Man? Listen to find out! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed the podcast, we'd...

Duration:00:25:05

7. Mary Blair with Ashley Taylor

10/7/2020
Artist Ashley Taylor (Disney Parks Blog, Disney Parks Merchandise, Wonderground Gallery, Her Universe) joins Jessica and Melanie this week to discuss Disney Legend Mary Blair! A unique, talented artist who left an indelible print on The Walt Disney Company, Blair is perhaps best known for designing the Disneyland attraction "it's a small world," as well as for her concept art for Disney animated films "Cinderella," "Alice in Wonderland, "Peter Pan," and more. The ladies share some of the...

Duration:01:16:11

TEASER - Episode 7 Topic & Guest Reveal + Mini Ep.

9/30/2020
Get a sneak peek of episode 7, available October 7th! And on this week's mini episode the ladies discuss "Mickey Mouse Disco," then Melanie sits down for a candid interview about "Duck Tales," "The Three Caballeros," and ride breakdowns with Jessica's five-year-old daughter Amelia! (Spoiler alert: It's adorable.) Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening! For bonus content, visit us at...

Duration:00:14:17

6. The Three Caballeros with Bernardo De Paula

9/23/2020
Joining Jessica and Melanie for this week's episode is José "Zé" Carioca himself, "Duck Tales" actor Bernardo De Paula! The trio talk all things "The Three Caballeros," including the making of the original 1944 film, Zé's iconic status in Brazil, the Caballeros on the small screen, Disney Parks meet-and-greets, malfunctioning animatronics, and more. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience....

Duration:01:10:07

TEASER - Episode 6 Topic & Guest Reveal + Mini Ep.

9/16/2020
Get a sneak peek of episode 6, available September 23rd! Then, during the latest mini episode, Jessica and Melanie discuss which Disney Channel Original Movies are turning 20 this year. Where has the time gone? Also, WHO'S DUFFY? (You'll have to listen to find out.) Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date and get immediate access to new episodes once they're live. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. You might even get a shoutout...

Duration:00:23:09

5. Disney Channel Original Movies with Tiffany Lanae Sutton

9/9/2020
For this episode, Jessica and Melanie are joined by actress, Disneybounder extraordinaire, and unofficial queen of Disney Channel Original Movie knowledge, Tiffany Lanae Sutton. Join the ladies on a journey through "DCOM" history, from the early tearjerkers to the latest tween musicals. Peppered with strange IMDB reviews, behind-the-scenes stories, personal movie rankings, trivia, Cheetah Girl obsessions, and more, this episode is packed with fun. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date....

Duration:01:27:43

TEASER - Episode 5 Topic & Guest Reveal + Mini Ep.

9/2/2020
Get a sneak peek of episode 5, available September 9th! Then, this week's special guest sticks around to discuss Michael Eisner, Goofy imposters, John Ritter, Camp Inch, and more fun trivia about "The Parent Trap" with Jessica and Melanie. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date and get immediate access to new episodes once they're live. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. You might even get a shoutout on a future episode!...

Duration:00:22:42