Disney History Institute Podcast

DHI Special – Hollywoodland

Earlier this week, the DHI podcast received its one millionth download.  It clicked over as I was recording an episode for our Bandcamp subscription site.  It’s the last in a series on unbuilt lands once considered for the acreage behind Main Street.  To celebrate, I’m going to put that episode up on the main iTunes feed for a few days.  Although it finishes off a long series explored on Bandcamp, most elements in it are stand alone sequences.  Its topic is the unbuilt Hollywoodland in California, but outside of this, the episode covers some important elements of Disney’s efforts in the 1990s--elements that haven’t yet been explored much in print. 

If you enjoy our podcast—these extended explorations into the life of Walt Disney and the history of the Disney Studio—please support us by subscribing over on Bandcamp.  You can put in any amount you like, starting at $3.50.  In return, you’ll find podcast episodes and full series not available on iTunes.  The DHI Bandcamp subscriptions are not a way to make money—but to bring this podcast up to the point where it simply breaks even and covers its own costs. 

You can contact me through my personal website at www.toddjamespierce.com

Direct download: DHI_Itunes_Hollywoodland_mixdown.mp3
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After a summer of troubles at Disneyland, Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney World.  On the podcast, the story of this unique land’s journey from California to Florida, as well as a full review of the newly-opened land.  Link to the official Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/hollywood-studios/star-wars-galaxys-edge/

 

If you enjoy our podcast—these extended explorations into the life of Walt Disney, the history of animation, and the Disney Parks—please support us by subscribing on Bandcamp.  You can put in any amount you like, starting at $3.50.  In return, you’ll find podcast episodes and full series not available on iTunes.  The DHI Bandcamp subscriptions are not a way to make money—but to bring this podcast up to the point where it simply breaks even and covers its own costs.  https://dhipodcast.bandcamp.com/

 

You can contact me through my personal website at www.toddjamespierce.com

Direct download: DHI_076_-_iTunes_-_Galaxys_Edge_Part_5_mixdown.mp3
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The process of creativity takes many paths.  In this episode, I explore the particular approach to creative development that Walt often used when exploring large projects and how Walt’s particular approach framed the later culture of Imagineering.

Direct download: DHI_075_-_Walt_and_Creativity_iTUNES.mp3
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AGD 6 – Backstage Tours – Part One

In this episode, I explore the history of backstage tours at Disneyland and Disney World, with stories going back to the year Disneyland opened.

This AGD episode focuses on the Backstage Magic tour at Disney World.  You can find more information and current pricing for Backstage Magic at: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/backstage-magic/

If you are attending the D23 Expo, on Sunday, August 25, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, I will be presenting at the D23 Expo with Joe Campana on Disneyland ’59.  https://d23.com/d23-event/d23-expo-2019/

If you have a book I wrote and would like it signed at the D23 Expo or just want to stop by and chat, come by the Ryman Arts / HHA Table on Saturday, August 24 from 11:30PM to 12:30PM or Sunday, August 25 from 12:00PM to 1:00PM.  

You can find the expanded DHI subscription at https://dhipodcast.bandcamp.com/

On Bandcamp you’ll find hours of content not available on iTunes.  Every subscription to Bandcamp also helps support our show.

You can contact me through my personal website at www.toddjamespierce.com

 

Direct download: AGD_6_-_iTunes_-_Backstage_Tours_Part_One_mixdown.mp3
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The AGD sub-series is a guide designed to help frequent travelers find hidden gems at Disney World.  In the third episode of this new sub-series, we explore unique bars designed and built by Disney.

Direct download: AGD_-_Disney_Bars_Itunes_Sample_iTunes_mixdown.mp3
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The story of how Disney World transformed American theme park culture to become a culinary destination. Part Two.

Direct download: DHI_ITUNES_Designing_Disney_World_-_The_Food_Part_2_mixdown.mp3
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The story of how Disney World transformed American theme park culture to become a culinary destination. Part One.

Direct download: DHI_Designing_Disney_World_Food_Part_One_mixdown_ITUNES.mp3
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Now that Galaxy's Edge is open to all, here's our guide to best manage the new reservation and boarding group system.  

Direct download: DHI_Galaxys_Edge_Summer_Strategy_iTunes_mixdown.mp3
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Have you ever wondered how Disney artfully transforms history into fantasy? A revealing discussion of the Disney design process on the DHI podcast.

Direct download: Designing_Disney_World_ITUNES_FINAL__mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm PDT

Now that Galaxy's Edge is open, here's my full review of the new land--as well as a strategy guide to optimize your visit to Batuu.

Direct download: Galaxys_Edge_Review_FINAL_iTunes.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm PDT

The story of Disney animators whose work, in the 1950s, helped create a national space program and, eventually, NASA.  Part Three.

Direct download: DHI_-_Man_in_Space_-_Part_Three_-_iTunes.m4a
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The story of Disney animators whose work, in the 1950s, helped create a national space program and, eventually, NASA. Part Two.

Direct download: DHI_-_Man_in_Space_-_Part_Two_-_iTunes.m4a
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The story of Disney animators whose work, in the 1950s, helped create a national space program and, eventually, NASA. Part One.

Direct download: DHI_-_Man_in_Space_-_Part_One_-_iTunes_AAC.m4a
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The final episode in this four part series on Galaxy's Edge explores the shops, restaurants, and bar, as well as the coming Star-Wars-themed hotel in Florida.  

Direct download: DHI_Galaxys_Edge_Part_Four_FINAL_iTunes.m4a
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The story of Galaxy's Edge continues.  Part Three reveals how cutting edge technology was used to design and create the land.

Direct download: DHI_Galaxys_Edge_Part_Three_Full_Final_iTunes.m4a
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The story of Galaxy's Edge continues.  Part Two reveals how the land was designed and developed.

 
Direct download: DHI_Galaxys_Edge_Part_Two_FINAL_for_iTunes.m4a
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The story of how Galaxy's Edge was designed and built, along with a walk-through of the forthcoming attractions, restaurants, and shops.

Direct download: Galaxys_Edge_Part_One_Finished_iTunes_FINAL_Apr_6.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26am PDT

The story of the devastating animators' strike of 1941, an event that tore apart the Disney Studio.  Part Two.

Direct download: DHI_062_-_Ward_Kimball_and_the_Strike_Part_2.m4a
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The story of the devastating animators' strike of 1941, an event that tore apart the Disney Studio.  

Direct download: DHI_061_-_Ward_Kimball_and_the_Disney_Strke_of_1941.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34pm PDT

The making of Snow White--from the perspective of lead Disney animator, Ward Kimball.

Direct download: DHI_060_Ward_Kimball_and_Snow_White.m4a
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PART TWO: Journey back to the early 1930s as legendary animator Ward Kimball joins the Disney Studio and learns to survive in the land of cartoons.

Direct download: DHI_060_-_Ward_Kimball_and_the_Early_Days_of_the_Disney_Studio_Part_2.m4a
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Journey back to the early 1930s as legendary animator Ward Kimball joins the Disney Studio and learns to survive in the land of cartoons.

Direct download: DHI_058_-_Ward_Kimball_and_the_Early_Days_of_the_Disney_Studio_Part_1.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06pm PDT

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