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TA Podcast E4: Sam Gennawey

The Themed Attraction Podcast

Sam parked his beautiful RV outside our studio and spent the hour discussing the heart and soul of theme parks. What makes them special? Why do they keep missing the mark? And what’s his latest journey about as he crosses the country? Tune in for an amazing dive into the DNA of park design. Our guest for today is Sam Gennawey. Theme music composed by Rob Watson, closing music by the Lost Dogs. Show hosts: Mel McGowan & Freddy Martin Show design & production: Barry R. Hill Give us a shoutout on iTunes; we love the attention, and browse www.themedattraction.com for even more on the attractions industry. Thanks for listening!


2 Nov 2018

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Episode 52 - Sam Gennawey: Theme Park Design

leavingtoday podcast

Hello and welcome to the LTP! In our 52nd episode, we have a special guest! Author, historian, urban designer and theme park enthusiast, Sam Gennawey joins us to talk about various theme park design! We promise you'll learn something!!  In addition we play a special game with Jes and we get a surprise phone call.  But before all of that, we have our news. Thank you for stopping by, be sure to leave us a review on iTunes. Also, check out our merchandise page and pick up a shirt! In the meantime, order some coffee from Expedition Roasters from the link below.  As always, thank you for listening!!!Click on the image below to go to Expedition Roaster's Coffee. Upon checkout, enter our specical code: LTP20 to recieve 20% off your first order!  News Disney hotels eliminate ‘Do not disturb’ signs after Las Vegas massacre Discounted Southern California Disneyland tickets are back on sale now Tahitian Terrace Returns? Refurbishment  101 with Jes!Jes plays what's my line? Plus, we get a timely phone call!Feature PresentationIn this segment, we have a great conversation with Sam Gennawey!! We hope you'll enjoy this interview!! You'll learn something!!! A great example of the Quality without a name. The Court of Angels, closed to 99% of us, but a great example of an interstitial. If you want to learn about the history of Disneyland, click on the image! If you're interested in design, click on the image and order this!  Thank you so much for listening!!!Contacts: Please comment and subscribe to us on iTunes Listen to us on Stitcher radio!!! Follow us on facebook Follow us on Twitter: @leavingtodaypod Follow us on instagram Hury: haxgoalie@gmail www.badorbad.com Mark: info@leavingtodaypodcast.com Jes: jes.farfan@gmail.com

1hr 22mins

22 Jan 2018

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AME Radio Show - Deanna Russo & Sam Gennawey

AME Radio Show

Deanna Russo - Deanna plays the starring role as "Sarah" in the psychological/horror thriller "The Ice Cream Truck".  We talk to her about the movie, her career and more.Sam Gennawey - Sam is the author of a variety of books that discuss theme parks.  We talk to him about the age old rivalry between the Disney Corporation and Universal Studios.  You will learn so much, you don't want to miss this one.


13 Aug 2017

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17. Sam Gennawey on JayBangs and Universal’s History

The Tomorrow Society Podcast

There’s been so much written about Disney history in books, magazines, and countless online sites. The Universal theme parks are quite different. They’ve had frequent ownership changes in recent years and haven’t sold the legacy in their marketing. Author Sam Gennawey’s recent books help to fill in the gaps of our knowledge.… Read more... The post 17. Sam Gennawey on JayBangs and Universal’s History appeared first on Tomorrow Society.


18 Dec 2016

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4. Sam Gennawey on the Rise of Universal

The Tomorrow Society Podcast

Photo by Erin HeatonSam Gennawey is one of the premier authors covering the world of theme parks. His books explore both Disney and Universal history in greater detail than most titles. Sam’s urban planning expertise gave him a unique perspective to cover Walt’s plans for the city of EPCOT in Walt and the Promise of Progress City.… Read more... The post 4. Sam Gennawey on the Rise of Universal appeared first on Tomorrow Society.


25 Sep 2015

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Universal Versus Disney and Great Disneyland Stories with Sam Gennawey–DD021

The Disney Dose Podcast: Disneyland | Walt Disney Imagineering | Walt Disney World | Club 33 | Similar to MiceChat.com and Mousetalgia

Sam Gennawey sat down with me at the Walt Disney Family Museum to discuss his new book Universal Versus Disney: The Unofficial Guide to American Theme Parks' Greatest Rivalry. Currently, the Walt Disney museum is showing an exhibit featuring Walt's Trains. Sam shares the deciding factor in the closing of Walt Disney's home railroad, the Carolwood Pacific. This episode is filled with amazing stories; ranging from the Universal versus Disney rivalry to the thematic elements of the Disney Animal Kingdom. We also put the question to you, what would you do if you were king of Disneyland? All information below is based off of the podcast audio. Take a listen below for the full experience.  Listen to the Episode Below What you'll hear this week: Why Walt Disney finally closed the Carolwood Pacific Railroad The crazy story behind the tree in the hippo section of the Jungle Cruise How Michael Eisner started the feud between Universal and Disney What each thematic element of the Animal Kingdom represents The reason Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Simpsons turned out so well What happens when Disney lays off one of their top theme park executives And so much more… This Week's Disneyland Secret: This week's secret comes from Sam and his book The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream. On board the Disneyland Jungle Cruise look for the large Banyan tree in the angry hippo section of the attraction. This tree was purchased from a home in Beverly Hills in early 1955. Harper Goff, the designer of the Jungle Cruise, and Bill Evans, the chief landscaper for Disneyland, were looking for a tree to fill the hippo scene background. Goff and Evans used to cruise the streets of Beverly Hills looking for trees for the parks. One day they discovered the perfect tree in the front yard of a Beverly Hills house. They knocked on the door hoping to strike a deal with the homeowner. The owner hated the tree and said that they could have the tree if they removed the Banyan tree and planted something new. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-1551296816395-0"); });The Disneyland team took the tree and planted it in the Jungle Cruise attraction and it is still beautifully growing in the parks today. Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode: Walt and the Promise of Progress City– Sadly, Sam's first book is out of print, but a second printing will be available in the coming months. The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream– This was Sam's second book detailing the evolution of Disneyland. Universal versus Disney: The Unofficial Guide to American Theme Parks' Greatest Rivalry– Sam's newest book is now available for pre-sale on Amazon. Quick! Add this to your wishlist and people will have time to order this great Disney book for you before Christmas. Special Thanks to You: Thanks to all of you for listening for the podcast. I really appreciate getting to share my interviews with you each and every week. If you are enjoying the show, please leave us a review on iTunes and take a listen to our previous episodes. Thanks to everyone who has already written a review. Find the Disney Dose podcast on iTunes and on Stitcher Radio. For more information on the Disney Dose podcast click here. The post Universal Versus Disney and Great Disneyland Stories with Sam Gennawey–DD021 appeared first on Disney Dose.


20 Nov 2014

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Episode 051 – Sam Gennawey, Part 2

Stories of the Magic

Stories of the Magic, Episode 51     Interview Guest: Sam Gennawey     Today’s podcast is brought to you by audible.com – get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at audibletrial.com/StoriesoftheMagic. There’s over 150,000 titles to … Continue reading →


7 Mar 2014

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Episode 050 – Sam Gennawey, Part 1

Stories of the Magic

Stories of the Magic, Episode 50     Interview Guest: Sam Gennawey       Wow, we’ve made it to 50 episodes! Thank you so much for listening. Because you’re listening, I’ve been able to interview some pretty amazing people … Continue reading →


28 Feb 2014

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0108 - Sam Gennawey, Main Street, More Cute Stories, Perry - Communicore Weekly

Communicore Weekly

We are joined by Sam Gennawey to talk about Main Street in this week's Disney History! George looks at More Cute Stories Vol 3 and interviews Jeff for the Book of the Week! And finally, say There you are Perry in this weeks Five Legged Goat!


5 Feb 2014

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The Sweep Spot 115 - Interview with Author Sam Gennawey

The Sweep Spot - Former Disneyland Cast Members Talking Disneyland

In this episode we welcome back author Sam Gennawey. Sam has a new book out called " The Disneyland Story - The Unofficial Guide To The Evolution Of Walt Disney's Dream". Sam talks with us live from DCA about his new book, plus about how the site of Disneyland was choosen. www.thesweepspot.com

1hr 4mins

16 Nov 2013