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Disney Avenue Podcast

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Disney Avenue Podcast

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The Disney Avenue Podcast features interviews, insights and opinions with top Imagineers and other popular figures in the Disney stratosphere. We hope you enjoy your stroll down Disney Avenue; it's not Main Street, but it's close to it!

Latest Episodes

Show #21 - The Most Amazing Interview with Disney Legend Bob Gurr

Hello my friends and welcome to one of the most exciting shows in the history of the Disney Avenue Podcast. Today’s guest is no stranger to the Disney community and has always been a man on the move. For nearly 40 years, he has helped move countless Disney theme park guests aboard vehicles and ride conveyances of his own design. As he’s often stated, “If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it.” And he certainly has. He has developed more than 100 designs for attractions ranging from Autopia and Matterhorn Bobsleds to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Monorails. He is the one and only Bob Gurr. Bob has an amazing new documentary coming out soon titled, Bob Gurr: Turning Dreams into Reality which we’ll be discussing among other highlights from his storied career working with Walt. You can learn more about the film and how to buy yourself a copy by clicking HERE. And, as if having Bob on the Disney Avenue Podcast wasn’t enough, legendary former Imagineer Tim ...

69 MIN2016 JUL 10
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Show #21 - The Most Amazing Interview with Disney Legend Bob Gurr

Show #20 - Interview with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway

Welcome back to another exciting episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. On today's show, host Keith Mahne is joined by MiceChat CEO Dusty Sage for an amazing interview with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway. Before Charlie was hired as a cast member under Walt, he promoted Disneyland as a news reporter. During 1954-55, while the Park was still under construction, he authored some of the very first articles about Disneyland to appear in any of the major metropolitan newspapers. He also covered Disneyland’s grand opening celebration on July 17, 1955. Eight years later, he joined the Park’s publicity staff in 1963. Charlie helped launch the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971, Epcot Center in 1982, Disneyland Paris in 1992, as well as other special projects for celebrations such as Donald Duck’s 50th birthday and so much more. Charlie shared some truly amazing stories with us on the show so be sure not to miss this one. After more than 40 years with the Walt Disney Company, Charlie reti...

76 MIN2016 APR 28
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Show #20 - Interview with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway

Show #19 - Interview with Two WDW Cast Members from the Early Years

Welcome to another exciting episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. For our very first show of 2016, we are joined by R.J. and Suzanne Ogren who are two former Walt Disney World cast members and they are about to blow you away with some amazing stories from their incredible careers working at the vacation kingdom. R.J. painted Animatronic figures and "plussed" attractions. Suzanne drove monorails, marched in parades, and entertained as Sleepy the dwarf, among other things. Together, the Ogrens brought their unique skills to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom during its formative years. R.J. and Suzanne are about to share their wonderful memories with us so make sure not to miss this fantastic show. Their new book that is available now is titled Together in the Dream: The Unique Careers of a Husband and Wife in the Early Decades of Walt Disney World. You'll read stories such as how Disney trains its monorail drivers, and the surprisingly rigorous tests they must pass to qualify, life in...

74 MIN2016 FEB 28
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Show #19 - Interview with Two WDW Cast Members from the Early Years

Show #18 - History of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with Jim Korkis

It's the most wonderful time of year here on the Disney Avenue Podcast and boy, what an amazing show we have in store for you. As many of you know, Christmas and Disney go hand in hand. I’ve yet to experience a Christmas display or Spectacle anywhere on earth that can top Disney. The beautiful lights and decorations along Main Street, the beauty of Cinderella Castle decked out in millions of lights, and, of course, that little light show over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the truly breathtaking Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. As many of you may have heard by now, this year, 2015, will be the last year that Disney will be showcasing this 20-year-old holiday tradition. And so, with the Holiday Season now upon us and with the closing of the Osborne Lights, I thought, what can we do here on the Disney Avenue Podcast to really capture that Disney Christmas spirit, what can we do to entertain our listeners and bring them more of our signature interviews, history and stories...

62 MIN2015 DEC 12
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Show #18 - History of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with Jim Korkis

Show #17 - Dave Bossert Interview

The Disney Avenue Podcast returns with another amazing guest from the Disney universe. Dave Bossert, who is currently the Producer, Creative Director and Head of Classic Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios, joins host Keith Michael Mahne and Dusty Sage of MiceChat.com for a spectacular interview. Dave Bossert studied at the Character Animation program at CalArts. He has contributed his talents as a visual effects animator to such films as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hercules, and many others. He is the author of one of my favorite books titled "Remembering Roy E. Disney: Memories and Photos of a Storied Life", which was published by Disney Press in 2013. He has also authored "An Animator's Gallery: Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters" and his newest book "Dali and Disney: Destino" which are all available now on Amazon. Friends, it is with great excitem...

61 MIN2015 SEP 17
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Show #17 - Dave Bossert Interview

Show #16 - Lee Cockerell Interview

This time around on the Disney Avenue Podcast, we interview the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World Resort, the incredible Lee Cockerell. As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years,Lee hasled a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world. Lee offers us some wonderful insight on what it takes to run a resort complex like the incredible Walt Disney World. This is a show you won't want to miss... **Subscribe on iTunes** Like Us On Facebook New RSS Feed WriteaReview DisneyAvenue.com The Disney Avenue Podcast would like to thank our producer Geren Piltz and our graphic designer Brian Vermillionfortheir contributions to this show!

47 MIN2015 AUG 5
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Show #16 - Lee Cockerell Interview

Show #15 - Keep Moving Forward Documentary

Welcome friends to another episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. As you all know, the Disney community is unlike any other. It's filled with amazing people who love to help each other out and enjoy reveling in the magic together. Although we are all different, we all share and have experienced that feeling you get when you walk into a Disney Park. We all know that feeling of safety and escape it provides us. Someone who really appreciates that comfort is a wonderful man named Guy Spagnoli. Guy is a Vietnam veteran, and just like all of our service men and women, is a hero in my opinion. Guy is currently the subject of a documentary in production called Keep Moving Forward about his struggles with PTSD and how he uses Disney to self-medicate. I think it's an important story to be told and one we can all relate to which is why I’ve invited Guy and the producers of this heartfelt documentary, Brent and Emily on the show so that you can hear from them personally and understand why this...

40 MIN2015 JUL 14
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Show #15 - Keep Moving Forward Documentary

Show #14 - Marty Sklar on the Opening of Disneyland

Welcome back friends to another special episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. With all the excitement going on right nowfor the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, I though…what couldwe do on this show to really make it special for you in commemorating the 60th? And then it hit me…let's invitethe one and only Marty Sklar to come back on the show and tell us all about the opening of Disneyland because, well, simply put, Marty was there with Walton that specialday! Friends, it is with great joy and excitement that the Disney Avenue Podcast welcome back the legend himself to discuss the opening of Disneyland 60 years ago, the one and only Marty Sklar…..Enjoy! **Subscribe on iTunes** Like Us On Facebook New RSS Feed WriteaReview DisneyAvenue.com The Disney Avenue Podcast would like to thank our producer Geren Piltz and our graphic designer Brian Vermillionfortheir contributions to this show!

56 MIN2015 JUN 24
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Show #14 - Marty Sklar on the Opening of Disneyland

Show #13 - Floyd Norman Interview

Welcome to the April 2015 episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast! This month we have legendary animator Floyd Norman joining us. Though he prefers to be called a “cartoonist,” few other artists working in animation today can boast a career as varied as that of Floyd Norman. From the 1950s to today, Floyd’s diverse career, insightful viewpoint, and unflinching honesty have truly made him a Disney Legend. The Disney Avenue Podcast is thrilled to bring to you the legendary animator himself. Enjoy! **Subscribe on iTunes** Like Us On Facebook New RSS Feed WriteaReview DisneyAvenue.com The Disney Avenue Podcast would like to thank our producer Geren Piltz and our graphic designer Brian Vermillionfortheir contributions to this show!

60 MIN2015 APR 24
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Show #13 - Floyd Norman Interview

Show #12 - Interview with Former Imagineer Terri Hardin

Welcome back friends to the March 2015 edition of the Disney Avenue Podcast!Host Keith Michael Mahne and Dusty Sage of MiceChat.com interview the queen of creativity herself, the amazingly talented Terri Harden.If you've always wanted to know how to become an Imagineer or wanted to hear what being an Imagineer is all about then you are in luck asTerri is about to lay it all out for you! Terri is the definition of creativity and is just an amazing person! Just a few quick facts about her - she has been involved with over 42 films and TV projects including Ghostbusters and Captain EO. She is a tremendous sculptor and artist and always dreamed of landing a job as an Imagineer. In 1987 the company finally came calling and after 8 interviews she got the job! Your about to hear her wonderful story and get some really amazing insight into Imagineering. We'll also get a surprise visit byTerri's bulldog Tillie during the interview and you'll find out what I mean by that in a bit. It is with ...

68 MIN2015 MAR 22
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Show #12 - Interview with Former Imagineer Terri Hardin

Latest Episodes

Show #21 - The Most Amazing Interview with Disney Legend Bob Gurr

Hello my friends and welcome to one of the most exciting shows in the history of the Disney Avenue Podcast. Today’s guest is no stranger to the Disney community and has always been a man on the move. For nearly 40 years, he has helped move countless Disney theme park guests aboard vehicles and ride conveyances of his own design. As he’s often stated, “If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it.” And he certainly has. He has developed more than 100 designs for attractions ranging from Autopia and Matterhorn Bobsleds to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Monorails. He is the one and only Bob Gurr. Bob has an amazing new documentary coming out soon titled, Bob Gurr: Turning Dreams into Reality which we’ll be discussing among other highlights from his storied career working with Walt. You can learn more about the film and how to buy yourself a copy by clicking HERE. And, as if having Bob on the Disney Avenue Podcast wasn’t enough, legendary former Imagineer Tim ...

69 MIN2016 JUL 10
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Show #21 - The Most Amazing Interview with Disney Legend Bob Gurr

Show #20 - Interview with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway

Welcome back to another exciting episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. On today's show, host Keith Mahne is joined by MiceChat CEO Dusty Sage for an amazing interview with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway. Before Charlie was hired as a cast member under Walt, he promoted Disneyland as a news reporter. During 1954-55, while the Park was still under construction, he authored some of the very first articles about Disneyland to appear in any of the major metropolitan newspapers. He also covered Disneyland’s grand opening celebration on July 17, 1955. Eight years later, he joined the Park’s publicity staff in 1963. Charlie helped launch the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971, Epcot Center in 1982, Disneyland Paris in 1992, as well as other special projects for celebrations such as Donald Duck’s 50th birthday and so much more. Charlie shared some truly amazing stories with us on the show so be sure not to miss this one. After more than 40 years with the Walt Disney Company, Charlie reti...

76 MIN2016 APR 28
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Show #20 - Interview with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway

Show #19 - Interview with Two WDW Cast Members from the Early Years

Welcome to another exciting episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. For our very first show of 2016, we are joined by R.J. and Suzanne Ogren who are two former Walt Disney World cast members and they are about to blow you away with some amazing stories from their incredible careers working at the vacation kingdom. R.J. painted Animatronic figures and "plussed" attractions. Suzanne drove monorails, marched in parades, and entertained as Sleepy the dwarf, among other things. Together, the Ogrens brought their unique skills to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom during its formative years. R.J. and Suzanne are about to share their wonderful memories with us so make sure not to miss this fantastic show. Their new book that is available now is titled Together in the Dream: The Unique Careers of a Husband and Wife in the Early Decades of Walt Disney World. You'll read stories such as how Disney trains its monorail drivers, and the surprisingly rigorous tests they must pass to qualify, life in...

74 MIN2016 FEB 28
Comments
Show #19 - Interview with Two WDW Cast Members from the Early Years

Show #18 - History of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with Jim Korkis

It's the most wonderful time of year here on the Disney Avenue Podcast and boy, what an amazing show we have in store for you. As many of you know, Christmas and Disney go hand in hand. I’ve yet to experience a Christmas display or Spectacle anywhere on earth that can top Disney. The beautiful lights and decorations along Main Street, the beauty of Cinderella Castle decked out in millions of lights, and, of course, that little light show over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the truly breathtaking Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. As many of you may have heard by now, this year, 2015, will be the last year that Disney will be showcasing this 20-year-old holiday tradition. And so, with the Holiday Season now upon us and with the closing of the Osborne Lights, I thought, what can we do here on the Disney Avenue Podcast to really capture that Disney Christmas spirit, what can we do to entertain our listeners and bring them more of our signature interviews, history and stories...

62 MIN2015 DEC 12
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Show #18 - History of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with Jim Korkis

Show #17 - Dave Bossert Interview

The Disney Avenue Podcast returns with another amazing guest from the Disney universe. Dave Bossert, who is currently the Producer, Creative Director and Head of Classic Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios, joins host Keith Michael Mahne and Dusty Sage of MiceChat.com for a spectacular interview. Dave Bossert studied at the Character Animation program at CalArts. He has contributed his talents as a visual effects animator to such films as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hercules, and many others. He is the author of one of my favorite books titled "Remembering Roy E. Disney: Memories and Photos of a Storied Life", which was published by Disney Press in 2013. He has also authored "An Animator's Gallery: Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters" and his newest book "Dali and Disney: Destino" which are all available now on Amazon. Friends, it is with great excitem...

61 MIN2015 SEP 17
Comments
Show #17 - Dave Bossert Interview

Show #16 - Lee Cockerell Interview

This time around on the Disney Avenue Podcast, we interview the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World Resort, the incredible Lee Cockerell. As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years,Lee hasled a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world. Lee offers us some wonderful insight on what it takes to run a resort complex like the incredible Walt Disney World. This is a show you won't want to miss... **Subscribe on iTunes** Like Us On Facebook New RSS Feed WriteaReview DisneyAvenue.com The Disney Avenue Podcast would like to thank our producer Geren Piltz and our graphic designer Brian Vermillionfortheir contributions to this show!

47 MIN2015 AUG 5
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Show #16 - Lee Cockerell Interview

Show #15 - Keep Moving Forward Documentary

Welcome friends to another episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. As you all know, the Disney community is unlike any other. It's filled with amazing people who love to help each other out and enjoy reveling in the magic together. Although we are all different, we all share and have experienced that feeling you get when you walk into a Disney Park. We all know that feeling of safety and escape it provides us. Someone who really appreciates that comfort is a wonderful man named Guy Spagnoli. Guy is a Vietnam veteran, and just like all of our service men and women, is a hero in my opinion. Guy is currently the subject of a documentary in production called Keep Moving Forward about his struggles with PTSD and how he uses Disney to self-medicate. I think it's an important story to be told and one we can all relate to which is why I’ve invited Guy and the producers of this heartfelt documentary, Brent and Emily on the show so that you can hear from them personally and understand why this...

40 MIN2015 JUL 14
Comments
Show #15 - Keep Moving Forward Documentary

Show #14 - Marty Sklar on the Opening of Disneyland

Welcome back friends to another special episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. With all the excitement going on right nowfor the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, I though…what couldwe do on this show to really make it special for you in commemorating the 60th? And then it hit me…let's invitethe one and only Marty Sklar to come back on the show and tell us all about the opening of Disneyland because, well, simply put, Marty was there with Walton that specialday! Friends, it is with great joy and excitement that the Disney Avenue Podcast welcome back the legend himself to discuss the opening of Disneyland 60 years ago, the one and only Marty Sklar…..Enjoy! **Subscribe on iTunes** Like Us On Facebook New RSS Feed WriteaReview DisneyAvenue.com The Disney Avenue Podcast would like to thank our producer Geren Piltz and our graphic designer Brian Vermillionfortheir contributions to this show!

56 MIN2015 JUN 24
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Show #14 - Marty Sklar on the Opening of Disneyland

Show #13 - Floyd Norman Interview

Welcome to the April 2015 episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast! This month we have legendary animator Floyd Norman joining us. Though he prefers to be called a “cartoonist,” few other artists working in animation today can boast a career as varied as that of Floyd Norman. From the 1950s to today, Floyd’s diverse career, insightful viewpoint, and unflinching honesty have truly made him a Disney Legend. The Disney Avenue Podcast is thrilled to bring to you the legendary animator himself. Enjoy! **Subscribe on iTunes** Like Us On Facebook New RSS Feed WriteaReview DisneyAvenue.com The Disney Avenue Podcast would like to thank our producer Geren Piltz and our graphic designer Brian Vermillionfortheir contributions to this show!

60 MIN2015 APR 24
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Show #13 - Floyd Norman Interview

Show #12 - Interview with Former Imagineer Terri Hardin

Welcome back friends to the March 2015 edition of the Disney Avenue Podcast!Host Keith Michael Mahne and Dusty Sage of MiceChat.com interview the queen of creativity herself, the amazingly talented Terri Harden.If you've always wanted to know how to become an Imagineer or wanted to hear what being an Imagineer is all about then you are in luck asTerri is about to lay it all out for you! Terri is the definition of creativity and is just an amazing person! Just a few quick facts about her - she has been involved with over 42 films and TV projects including Ghostbusters and Captain EO. She is a tremendous sculptor and artist and always dreamed of landing a job as an Imagineer. In 1987 the company finally came calling and after 8 interviews she got the job! Your about to hear her wonderful story and get some really amazing insight into Imagineering. We'll also get a surprise visit byTerri's bulldog Tillie during the interview and you'll find out what I mean by that in a bit. It is with ...

68 MIN2015 MAR 22
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Show #12 - Interview with Former Imagineer Terri Hardin
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