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Dreamfinders

Nathan Hartman sits down with Imagineers, authors, actors, dancers, photographers, YouTube creators and other artists to discuss how Disney has inspired them and why they’ve used their talents to create or celebrate the parks.

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Andrew Kiste

Historian Andrew Kiste is the author of “The Historical Tour of Walt Disney World" Volumes 1-3 and in each he dives deep into how actual history surrounds our experiences in a Disney park, answering questions like "how accurate is Pirates of the Caribbean?" or "should we really should Thank the Phonecians?"Andrew chats with Nathan about how the WDW Explore CD-Rom inspired his Disney love at a young age, what responsibility Disney might have to preserve history in their parks accurately and his news book looking at the 64-65 Worlds Fair and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.Find Andrew at his website kistethehistorian.comAlso check out his books at themeparkpress.com or Amazon.Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

49mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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Matthew Jordan Leeds

Matthew Jordan Leeds always loved the music of Epcot. From an early age he found himself listening to the work of Bruce Broughton as it echoed through the cathedral like space of Ellen’s Energy Adventure and, from that point on, composing was something he wanted to do.Who would have thought years later he would have the chance to rearrange some of Broughton’s theme park music for a brand new Epcot fireworks spectacular - Epcot Forever.Matthew was kind enough to chat with Nathan about what the process it takes to compose a theme park show, his unique way into working for Disney, and the challenges of ushering in a new era of Epcot.Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

46mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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How Bowers

How Bowers has a history with Walt Disney World. From getting a tour as a child of the Magic Kingdom before opening to sneaking into MGM Studios while it was under construction, How has a long love of not only celebrating the parks, but archiving its elements as part of RetroWDW.com and its podcast. He's got stories and we're here to listen!Dreamfinders is a podcast hosted by Nathan Hartman about the creative culture surrounding Disney theme parks. Episodes release every other Tuesday.Links to all of How's stuff! Retrowdw.com TeePublic - Goawaygreen Bay Lake Society  Buena Vista Historical Society Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

1hr 19mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty started his Disney career at the bottom washing dishes at the Plaza Inn, but before too long he found himself over at WED assisting the first generation of Imagineers. But Kevin was eager to make his own mark and eventually, as a show writer and developer for Imagineering himself, he would certainly do that.Love the Tower of Terror? That was his idea. Not only that, but Kevin would, over a 40 year career with Disney, go on to write and develop such iconic wonders as Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Test Track, Toy Story Midway Mania, It’s Tough to Be A Bug, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Rockin Roller Coaster and that’s just to name a few.Kevin sits down Nathan to talk about his new autobiography - Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career. They also discuss tons of attractions he pitched that never saw the light of day, that time he pulled off a heist to save Disney history with the voice of Mickey Mouse himself Jimmy McDonald, and how he ended up pitching Carsland before he even knew Pixar was making a film about cars.Kevin's new autobiography "Magic Journey" is available all books are sold including Amazon, Disney, and Books-a-Million.Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

1hr 8mins

10 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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Mark Eades

In the late 70’s Mark Eades found himself juggling an internship with Disney productions while also working nights at Autopia in Disneyland. But his work paid off and soon he found himself helping on a little film called Tron and then joining the editorial team for Epcot Center.For Epcot, Mark worked in post-production on such favorites as Magic Journeys, Universe of Energy, and the Golden Dreams segment of American Adventure, but that's just the beginning.Mark chats with Nathan about working with Jim Henson on Muppet Vision-3D, casting the voice of Rex for Star Tours, and working on one of the most beloved Universal Studio shows of all time - Terminator 2: 3D.Keep up with Mark at markeades.comContact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner Editor - Shannen Michaelsen Quality Control - Ben Harris This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

1hr 36mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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Ron Schneider

Actor and writer, Ron Schneider is known by thousands as the Dreamfinder at Epcot Center, but his life experiences are more than you could imagine! Ron chats with Nathan about going to the first operating day of Disneyland, working with a lion at Magic Mountain and writing the first Halloween show at Universal Orlando. When it comes to theme park performance, Ron's done it all (including the role of Walt Disney's frozen head!) and he has plenty of thoughts on the future of the theme park experience.Be sure to check out his memoir "From Dreamer to Dreamfinder" - available on Amazon and through Bamboo Forest Publishing.Dreamfinders is a podcast hosted by Nathan Hartman about the creative culture surrounding Disney theme parks. Episodes release every other Tuesday.Check out Ron's work! From Dreamer to Dreamfinder Memoir Walt's Frozen HeadContact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

1hr 10mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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Jeff Kurtti

If you’re a Disney parks fan and a bit of a bookworm, it’s highly likely you know Jeff Kurtti - author of such fan favorite Disney books as Since the World Began, The Art of Disneyland, Imagineering Legends, and 27 other Disney titles!But his writing is just the tip of the iceberg. Jeff sits down with Nathan to talk about answering fan mail for Imagineering, sitting in meetings with Micheal Eisner and Jeffery Katzenberg, as well as becoming both friends and the official “Shermanoligist” to the great Sherman brothers.Dreamfinders is a podcast hosted by Nathan Hartman about the creative culture surrounding Disney theme parks. Episodes release every other Tuesday.Check out Jeff's newest work at your local bookseller or Amazon. Travels with Walt Disney Practically Poppins in Every Way From All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

1hr 5mins

7 May 2019

Rank #7

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David Koenig

In 1994, David Koenig authored the book Mouse Tales - the first unauthorized account of the history and culture of Disneyland. With it, he ignited a whole generation of fans, who were just as curious as he was about what was happening behind the scenes at the happiest place on Earth. From there, David wrote several books on different aspects of Disneyland, one on Disney Animation and another on Disney World - all parting the curtain in ways Disney would never do themselves.David sits down with Nathan to talk Disney’s official reaction to Mouse Tales, his newest book on Disneyland’s original 1955 cast members, and that time former President of the Walt Disney Company Card Walker called him up on the phone.Keep up with David and his newest book at bonadventurepress.com or find his books on Amazon.com.Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

1hr 1min

27 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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Martin Smith

There are Disney theme park megafans and then there are those that transcend the title to become pillars for what the entire fan culture sits upon. Martin Smith is one of those fans.Known worldwide as the “Ken Burns” of Disney parks history on Youtube and across the internet, Martin's documentaries about attractions, pavilions, and other park elements have become a staple for Disney fans and a way into the culture for many.Martin was kind enough to chat with Nathan about getting into Disney culture, his filmmaking process for archiving Disney’s theme park past, and the support he’s found in the Disney fan community.Check out Martin's work at martinsvids.net or on Youtube or Vimeo.Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner Editor - Shannen Michaelsen Quality Control - Ben Harris This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

37mins

25 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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Chris Merritt on Marc Davis

Believe it or not, there was once a time where theme parks were rather humorless. Then artist and Imagineer Marc Davis came along and changed the game. If you like the dog holding the prison cell key in Pirates of the Caribbean or any of the gags on the Jungle Cruise, that's all Davis and it's safe to say that the whimsical tone of Disney theme parks owes him a great debt.Author and Imagineer Christopher Merritt hopes to repay some of that debt with a massive and beautiful book he recently co-authored with Pete Doctor entitled “Marc Davis: In His Own Words.”Chris sat down with Nathan to chat about his pathway into Disney Imagineering and how a decades long mentorship from Davis changed him on both an artistic and personal level.You can pick up "Marc Davis In His Own Words" on Amazon or your local book seller.Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner Editor - Shannen Michaelsen Quality Control - Ben Harris This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

42mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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Brian Hull

We all have our favorite Disney cartoon characters. Sometimes we wear them on shirts or put them backpacks - maybe even go to the parks and Disney bound as them. Well, Brian Hull likes to go to the parks as characters - just not like you and me. As a voice artist and impersonator, Brian has almost a whole Disney vault’s worth of voices he shares on his Youtube channel with his two million fans.Brian sits with Nathan to chat about how a simple online contest made him go viral over night, what it takes for him to figure out an impression, and what it’s like to do voice at the parks for the character’s themselves.Make sure to check out his website brianhull.co and his Youtube channel.Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

29mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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Sully Sullivan

William "Sully" Sullivan started at the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland about a week and a half after the park opened and stayed with the company for the next 39 and a half years, finally retiring as the vice-president of The Magic Kingdom.Sully sits down with Nathan to chat about giving Walt private tours through the Jungle Cruise, keeping Small World operating at the 1964 World’s Fair, and helping open the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disneyland Paris.Sully Sullivan talks about all this and more in his book “From Jungle Cruise Skipper to Disney Legend” from Theme Park Press - available for purchase through Amazon.Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

24mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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J. Daniel Jenkins

When J. Daniel Jenkins was a kid, he would make sand castles but never play with them. It was the building part he liked best. Years later, Daniel would be helping to build dreams into reality as Senior Project Design Manager for Imagineering.Daniel sits down with Nathan to discuss how to tell stories with architecture, how the 7 Dwarfs' Mine Train coaster was a uniquely difficult challenge, and why Florida soil became one of the major frustrations when planning for Galaxy’s Edge.  Lean all about J Daniel Jenkins, Theme Park Architecture Academy, his podcast, and blog at themeparkarchitect.comContact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

57mins

13 Aug 2019

Rank #13

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Tony Goldmark

Youtube has a plethora of theme park content, but most of it is strictly educational. And then there’s Tony Goldmark. Tony has gained notoriety for his long running series “Some Jerk with a Camera,” which discusses everything from Captain EO to Steve Urkel going to Epcot while being primarily filmed in the parks - sometimes under the watchful eye of Disney security.Tony was nice enough to sit down with Nathan to chat about his experiences filming on location, how Family Matters going to Disney turned into an 8 part video epic and that one time he was an extra in a Weird Al music video.Learn more about Tony... Twitter - @tonygoldmark Youtube - tonygoldmarkContact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

56mins

30 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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Tammy Tuckey

Tammy Tuckey grew up with a passion for Disney World and now she's sharing it with us. She's not only the host of the Tiara Talkshow, where she's interviewed everyone from Imagineers to Debbie Reynolds, but is also the musical artist behind the new album "You'll Find Me on Main St." - a compilation of beloved theme park songs from attractions like Horizons and Country Bear Jamboree. Tammy chats with Nathan about how her early photos of Disney trips inspired a new music video and what it was like to sing The American Adventure song "Two Brothers" with the original singer Ali Olmo.Dreamfinders is a podcast hosted by Nathan Hartman about the creative culture surrounding Disney theme parks. Episodes release every other Tuesday.Check out Tammy's Work at www.tammytuckey.com and find her album "You'll Find Me on Main St. on iTunes.Also check out her podcast The Tiara Talkshow.Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

55mins

9 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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Chris Hartwell

If you've seen Disneyland's Bert on Pinterest, there is a good chance it's Chris Hartwell. With experience as a face and costumed character, a Jedi trainer, and a member of the cast of Fantasmic, Chris knows what it's like to perform for Disney crowds.Chris sits down with Nathan to talk about his experiences in the park, what it takes to be a Disney performer, and the time he met Dick Van Dyke.Learn more about Chris... Twitter - @chrishartwell Youtube - chrishartwellContact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

1hr 1min

16 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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Pumbaa the Warthog!

Last episode voice actor and impersonator Brian Hull came on the show. Well, after our chat he told me that a friend of his had mentioned he'd love to chat so here's a very special guest straight from Pride Rock!Make sure to check out his website brianhull.co and his Youtube channel.Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

4mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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Jason Lethcoe

Jason Lethcoe started his career in animation working on Disney's "The Little Mermaid" and his love of story continued as an author for young adult fiction, including "Zoom's Academy" which made into the film "Zoom." These days, Jason has teamed up with Disney publishing on "Tales from Adventureland" - a book series centered around the fabled theme park area. On this episode, Jason has plenty of tales of his own to share, including a cherished encounter with one of his literary heroes, Ray Bradbury.Dreamfinders is a podcast hosted by Nathan Hartman about the creative culture surrounding Disney theme parks. Episodes release every other Tuesday.Check out Jason's books! Amazon Barnes and Noble Books-A-Million Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

39mins

26 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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Erick Kanter of Expedition Roasters

Erick Kanter and his wife Marlene have a unique way to celebrate their love of the Disney parks. While some fans make shirts or create in-depth Youtube videos, the Kanters roast up their passion for Disney. Since 2014, they've been running Expedition Roasters - a coffee and tea company that brings to your kitchen a little bit of pop culture.Erick sits down with Nathan to discuss how they come up with their flavors, why his love of dogs got him into coffee roasting, and what it's like to work with other fans to create their beautiful packaging.This also marks Dreamfinders first ever giveaway so make sure to listen to the full episode for details!Dreamfinders is a podcast hosted by Nathan Hartman about the creative culture surrounding Disney theme parks. Episodes release every other Tuesday.Learn all about Expedition Roasters and purchase their brews at www.expeditionroasters.comContact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.Note: This week's episode and giveaway are not sponsored by Expedition Roasters. Dreamfinders reached out to them for the interview.

22mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #19

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Evan & Britta Kasprzak

Evan and Britta Kasperzak have quiet the history of acting, dance, and Disney. Having met in college, the two’s journey led Evan to perform on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," and Broadway's Newsies while later acting as choreographer for Disney World. At the same time, Britta found herself training young Jedi at Hollywood Studios and discovering a love for fitness training.Nathan Hartman chats with Evan and Britta about their Disney experiences and the challenges of balancing a romance with personal creative goals.You can find Evan on Facebook, Instagram and Twitch.You can learn all about Britta and Weirdo Wellness at weirdowellness.com or on Instagram.Contact Nathan Twitter – @somestuffisaid Instagram – @somestuffisaw Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.comCredits: Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner This podcast is distributed by WDW News TodayFind us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

1hr 16mins

28 Jan 2020

Rank #20