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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

25. Walt Disney World Grand Opening - October 1971

9/29/2021
Travel back in time to 1971 for the opening of Walt Disney World! The Most Magical Place on Earth is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month, so Jessica and Melanie thought it was the perfect time to dive into the park's early days. If you love classic Walt Disney World, this episode is a must-listen! 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...

Duration:00:41:27

24. The 1st Anniversary Clip Show!

9/15/2021
Take a stroll down memory lane with some of the funniest moments from the first year of the podcast! Jessica and Melanie unbox VHS tapes of Disneytoon movies, discuss "The Little Mermaid" fish nuggets, laugh at IMDB reviews of Disney Channel Original Movies, discuss "The Three Caballeros" with Jessica's daughter, break down Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary special, and more. We hope you enjoy this shenanigans-filled episode! Summer is coming to a close, so brand new episodes of...

Duration:00:47:15

23. 1st Anniversary Special with Tiff Mink, Sarah Sterling, Erika Kurzawa, and Tiffany Lanae Sutton!

7/16/2021
It's the one-year anniversary of "Cartoons to Castles" and we're having a party! Special guests Tiff Mink, Sarah Sterling, Erika Kurzawa, and Tiffany Lanae Sutton join the fun for this 2-hour extravaganza! In the first hour of the episode, Tiff and Sarah dish with Jessica and Melanie about rare characters found in Disney Parks all over the world. Tune in to hear about the wacky and wonderfully weird characters that have been featured at the parks throughout their history, as well as the...

Duration:02:12:49

22. Lilo & Stitch

6/23/2021
Go on a Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride as we explore the history of the 2002 Disney animated film "Lilo and Stitch." Melanie shares stories and insights about the making of this unique movie, which started out as a children's book pitch and became one of Walt Disney Animation's biggest surprise hits. Jessica talks about the film's three (!) premieres, gives a dramatic reading of Roger Ebert's review, and reveals the places you can find Stitch in Disney's theme parks worldwide. There's so much...

Duration:01:15:13

21. Matterhorn Bobsleds

6/7/2021
Disneyland’s Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction turns 62 years old this month, and co-hosts Jessica and Melanie set out to uncover the history of this one-of-a-kind, iconic roller coaster. From its early beginnings as a wild idea inspired by Walt Disney’s trip to Switzerland, to the current updates required to keep this groundbreaking feat of Imagineering running, the story of the Matterhorn is as full of twists and turns as the ride itself. Don’t miss this episode if you love classic Disneyland...

Duration:00:54:38

20. Disney-MGM Studios with Tiffany Lanae Sutton

5/26/2021
What do the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bette Midler, defunct tram tours, Michael Eisner, "Ernest Saves Christmas," Robin Williams, motorcades, and Dorothy's ruby slippers all have in common? Walt Disney World's Disney-MGM Studios! Special guest Tiffany Lanae Sutton, a Disney-MGM superfan, takes co-hosts Jessica and Melanie on a trip down memory lane to visit her favorite Disney park during its heyday when it was both a working film and animation studio AND a theme park. Known today as...

Duration:01:19:45

19. Disney Cruise Line

5/12/2021
Set sail on a voyage into the history of Disney Cruise Line, which is celebrating its 26th anniversary this month! To mark the occasion, co-hosts Jessica and Melanie discuss the origins of DCL, compare the four current ships, and share their thoughts on the recent Disney Cruise Line announcements for 2022 and beyond. If you love Disney cruises, or have ever daydreamed about going on one, this is the episode for you! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd...

Duration:01:07:30

18. Kathryn Beaumont

4/21/2021
Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont had the honor of voicing not one, but TWO iconic characters in Walt Disney Animation classics: the title role in "Alice in Wonderland" and Wendy Darling in "Peter Pan." Jessica and Melanie explore Kathryn's legacy and her childhood experiences working with Walt Disney himself, as well as behind-the-scenes stories from her time playing the live action versions of Alice and Wendy on television and in the reference films made for the animators. Jessica also talks...

Duration:00:42:21

17. Disney Pin Trading with Sarah Sterling

3/24/2021
Pin pals Jessica and Melanie geek out about all things Disney Pin Trading with their special guest: vlogger and Disney superfan Sarah Sterling! Not only is Sarah a pin trading aficionado, but as a former Disneyland Resort Cast Member she had an insider look at pin trading at the parks. She shares her insights on trading etiquette, rare pins, how to spot fakes, where to find Disney pins outside of the theme parks, and more. Jess and Mel also discuss the origins of Disney Pin Trading and the...

Duration:01:04:40

16. Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean

3/10/2021
"Mark well me words, mateys: Dead...men...tell...no...tales!” Hosts Jessica and Melanie set out on the high seas of Disney history by taking on one of the most beloved theme park attractions of all time: Pirates of the Caribbean! This episode focuses on the conception, construction, opening, and updates of Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean, with quotes and anecdotes from Walt Disney, Imagineers, and the opening day press. The hosts also give their personal takes on the changes the ride...

Duration:00:53:25

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