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Disney History Institute Podcast

Disney History Institute

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The Disney History Institute Podcast explores the history of animation and early cinematic amusement parks.
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22:57 | Aug 1st

The story of how Disney World transformed American theme park culture to become a culinary destination. Part Two.

27:56 | Jul 20th

The story of how Disney World transformed American theme park culture to become a culinary destination. Part One.
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20:10 | Jun 26th

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

25:38 | Jun 23rd

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

48:43 | Jun 11th

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.

19:59 | May 31st

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

18:39 | May 29th

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

18:01 | May 25th

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

28:21 | Apr 29th

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.

29:57 | Apr 22nd

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

19:42 | Apr 15th

The story of Galaxy's Edge continues.  Part Two reveals how the land was designed and developed.

29:03 | Apr 7th

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

22:26 | Mar 2nd

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

25:36 | Feb 26th

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

45:39 | Feb 20th

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

30:31 | Jan 15th

Journey back to the early 1930s as legendary animator Ward Kimball joins the Disney Studio and learns to survive in the land of cartoons.

28:04 | Jan 9th

Journey back to the early 1930s as legendary animator Ward Kimball joins the Disney Studio and learns to survive in the land of cartoons.
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32:17 | Dec 15th, 2018

The story of Disneyland's first Christmas.

57:18 | Nov 8th, 2018

A full walk-through of the lost Tomorrowland attraction, The World Beneath Us, and a discussion of how Walt Disney's interest in Tivoli Gardens gave rise to Disneyland and beyond.

18:19 | Oct 4th, 2018

To complete our "Disney vs. Russia" series, what can we learn about Walt's style of creativity by exploring how Cinerama gave rise to Disney's circular theaters?  Find out in this DHI Bonus Episode.

35:05 | Sep 28th, 2018

In the late 1950s, Disney was hired to define American culture through film--a film that would be shown at the World's Fair, directly across from the Russian Pavilion.

27:42 | Sep 22nd, 2018

In the late 1950s, Disney was hired to define American culture through film--a film that would be shown at the World's Fair, directly across from the Russian Pavilion.

22:44 | Aug 10th, 2018

How did American animation get its start? Find out in this five-part series that follows animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from early New York animation studios to Disney, where he helps oversee story development on Fantasia, Dumbo and other...Show More

20:35 | Aug 7th, 2018

How did American animation get its start? Find out in this five-part series that follows animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from early New York animation studios to Disney, where he helps oversee story development on Fantasia, Dumbo and other...Show More

23:43 | Aug 3rd, 2018

How did American animation get its start? Find out in this five-part series that follows animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from early New York animation studios to Disney, where he helps oversee story development on Fantasia, Dumbo and other...Show More

23:08 | Jul 31st, 2018

How did American animation get its start? Find out in this five-part series that follows animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from early New York animation studios to Disney, where he helps oversee story development on Fantasia, Dumbo and other...Show More

44:53 | Jul 26th, 2018

In this five-part series, follow animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from the early New York animation studios out to Disney’s where he eventually helps oversee story development for Fantasia, Dumbo and other classic films.

36:05 | Jun 29th, 2018

The story of how Winsor McCay helped create the field of American animation.

29:09 | Jun 14th, 2018

The surprising history of the American flag at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

19:35 | Jun 9th, 2018

Journey through the never-built Disney attraction, Symphony of America.

33:21 | May 25th, 2018

Did a 1934 exhibition of mechanical presidents inspire Walt Disney to build his own Audio-Animatronics?

12:48 | May 9th, 2018

In 1966, Walt's team laid out plans for the Florida resort--plans for hotels very different than those built years after his death.

26:12 | May 2nd, 2018

In 1950, Roy Disney visited Florida and had an experience that may have changed the course of the Disney empire.

22:04 | Apr 24th, 2018

In this, the first of four episodes partially recorded live at Walt Disney World, I look at the fabulous Grand Canyon Concourse Mural by Mary Blair.  I also explore the mystery of the five-legged goat.

35:47 | Mar 13th, 2018

The story of Larry Watkin, the lead Disney screenwriter in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

40:10 | Feb 15th, 2018

In the 1930s, artists saw "The Sweatbox" as the practice that pushed Disney's animation beyond work produced by rival studios.

59:50 | Nov 10th, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean.  Haunted Mansion.  Adventure Thru Inner Space.  These are a few of the attractions that X Atencio helped create.  The surprising story of his career, from animation to Imagineering, on the DHI Podcast.

53:16 | Sep 14th, 2017

In 1932, the Technicolor Corporation created a unique process system to present full-color presentations using images captured only on black-and-white film.  Instead of looking to one of the major studios to premiere their full-color process, they lo...Show More

40:02 | Aug 24th, 2017

In 1932, the Technicolor Corporation created a unique process system to present full-color presentations using images captured only on black-and-white film.  Instead of looking to one of the major studios to premiere their full-color process, they lo...Show More

40:12 | Jun 19th, 2017

The story of how the Walt Disney Company finally built Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

45:18 | May 26th, 2017

The story of how the Walt Disney Company finally built Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

19:55 | Apr 27th, 2017

Two final stories about the wire - The Mechanical Pixie & Flight Comes to Florida

25:13 | Apr 21st, 2017

Stories from women who rode the wire as Tinkerbell--featuring Mimi Zerbini.

35:20 | Mar 16th, 2017

The surprising story of the 70-year-old woman who flew as Disneyland’s first Tinkerbell.

20:49 | Feb 14th, 2017

Disney Legend, Bill Sullivan tells stories of the early days of Disneyland.

17:38 | Feb 4th, 2017

In the early 1960s, Walt Disney explored building a tourist attraction in Monterey, California.  The story of that never-built project on the DHI Podcast.

18:00 | Jan 31st, 2017

Five years after Disneyland opened, Walt explored building a series of micro parks across the country, parks roughly three to four acres in size and filled with Fantasyland-style attractions for kids. The story of these never-built micro parks, known...Show More

47:06 | Nov 15th, 2016

In 1960, when two ex-Disneyland designers tried to develop a massive theme park just east of Disneyland, local ministers and rabbis attempted to shut them down.

46:24 | Oct 20th, 2016

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

43:00 | Sep 23rd, 2016

> August 6, 1970 – One of the most famous days in the history of Disneyland, the day the Yippie Movement invaded the park. The ideals of post-war conformity and consumerism set against the activism of America’s counterculture. With concerns of guest ...Show More

23:01 | Sep 15th, 2016

> August 6, 1970 – One of the most famous days in the history of Disneyland, the day the Yippie Movement invaded the park. The ideals of post-war conformity and consumerism set against the activism of America’s counterculture. With concerns of guest ...Show More

25:20 | Sep 13th, 2016

August 6, 1970 – One of the most famous days in the history of Disneyland, the day the Yippie Movement invaded the park. The ideals of post-war conformity and consumerism set against the activism of America’s counterculture. With concerns of guest sa...Show More

32:49 | Jul 26th, 2016

The History of It's A Small World.  // Part Three: California and Beyond.

25:29 | Jul 7th, 2016

The History of It's A Small World.  // Part Two: The Music and the Fair.

38:40 | Jun 30th, 2016

The History of It's A Small World.  // Part One: The Designers.

39:09 | May 26th, 2016

In 1955, there was only one female designer who walked the site each week with Walt while Disneyland was being built.  Her name, Ruth Shellhorn, a landscape architect who designed large sections of the park.  On this episode of the DHI Podcast, her s...Show More

20:48 | Apr 27th, 2016

In 1959, Walt Disney made a handshake agreement to build a second Disneyland in Florida--not in Orlando but in Palm Beach Gardens, an hour north of Miami.

15:47 | Apr 19th, 2016

In 1959, Walt Disney made a handshake agreement to build a second Disneyland in Florida--not in Orlando but in Palm Beach Gardens, an hour north of Miami.

10:50 | Mar 9th, 2016

DHI 019 - The Mysterious CV Wood and the Origins of Disneyland The first chapter from THREE YEARS IN WONDERLAND that introduces the most mysterious man in the history of Disneyland.

19:30 | Mar 8th, 2016

In the 1980s, Disney designed a massive entertainment complex and studio tour for Burbank...but never built it.

18:43 | Mar 3rd, 2016

In the 1980s, Disney designed a massive entertainment complex and studio tour for Burbank...but never built it.

17:35 | Mar 1st, 2016

The story of how Disneyland's first advertising manager transformed the amusements industry forever.

22:49 | Feb 26th, 2016

In the 1980s, Disney designed a massive entertainment complex and studio tour for Burbank...but never built it.

21:53 | Feb 23rd, 2016

The story of a massive entertainment complex that Disney designed for Burbank but never built.

24:41 | Feb 10th, 2016

1955 - To premiere his park, Walt Disney arranged for Disneyland’s grand opening to be broadcast on live TV—a show called “Dateline: Disneyland.” On the DHI Podcast, the never-before-told story of how this historic telecast nearly fell apart at the l...Show More

18:37 | Jan 25th, 2016

Two stories from Frontierland: First, is the Golden Horseshoe Saloon a re-creation of the saloon in the western film Calamity Jane or a re-creation of the most famous burlesque girlie club in the world?  Then, the story of a boat that Walt originally...Show More

17:47 | Jan 18th, 2016

In this podcast three things: Star Wars Land, a section of Disneyland that Walt created but never built, and the Frontierland that never was.

25:37 | Jan 8th, 2016

The story of the first female Imagineer - with Bob Gurr, Rolly Crump and Blaine Gibson.

15:45 | Jan 1st, 2016

The story of Walt Disney's participation in the 1966 Rose Parade in Pasadena--the start of his final year.

17:56 | Aug 22nd, 2015

The forthcoming American Experience on Walt Disney has many interviews with men and women who worked with Walt Disney.  But it also includes cultural critics whose commentary may not match a historical understanding of Walt.

28:19 | Aug 18th, 2015

So who was Pinto Colvig?  The voice of Goofy, the voice of multiple dwarfs in Snow White, the voice of practical pig, a sound effects man, and an animator.  One of my projects for this past year was to edit and introduce Pinto Colvig’s memoir (writte...Show More

20:49 | Jul 31st, 2015

Earlier this month, Blaine Gibson, Disney animator and sculptor, passed away at the age of 97.   I was lucky enough to interview Blaine multiple times.   I’ve assembled this podcast as a tribute to him.   I’ve always felt that voice was a window into...Show More

36:04 | Dec 20th, 2014

DHI 009 - Walt at Christmastime: a selection of Christmas letters written in the 1930s and 1940s by Walt and Roy Disney, most of them never before published.  With Todd James Pierce and Paul F. Anderson.

15:57 | Oct 30th, 2014

DHI historian, Todd James Pierce shares excerpts from an old (and surprising) interview with Fess Parker, the actor best-known for his role as Davy Crockett.

13:50 | Oct 6th, 2014

The story of the private penthouse club at the Disney studio, where in the 1940s and 1950s top animators used to relax a the top of the animation building.

32:45 | Dec 16th, 2013

The never-before-told story of the first amusement complex that Walt Disney attempted to build.  In 1938 and 1939, Hollywood Sports Garden was to be a massive 34-acre entertainment complex in the center of Los Angeles.  This episode contains the firs...Show More

09:40 | Oct 1st, 2013

The Haunted Mansion that was never built.  And a ghost--a real one--that Yale Gracey (the man who created spirits for the Mansion) saw as a boy.

31:18 | Sep 16th, 2013

The story of the most famous party in the history of animation - the 1938 Snow White wrap party.

09:01 | Jul 24th, 2013

Walt Disney's plans for audio-animatronics at the end of his life.  Host: Todd James Pierce

15:29 | Jul 16th, 2013

The story of Walt Disney's first attempt (in 1960) to open a second park in Anaheim.  Host: Todd James Pierce