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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!

Disney Avenue Podcast Keith Michael Mahne

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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!

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

    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 Delaney, who was our very first guest here on the show, is joining us today as a very special cohost. Teaming up with a big named former Imagineer like Tim Delaney to interview the great Bob Gurr has not only created a spectacular show for our listeners to experience, but has been a dream come true. And so friends, it is with great pleasure and excitement to welcome Bob Gurr to the Disney Avenue Podcast.
    If you enjoy listening to the show and hearing from Disney Legends like Bob Gurr, please please please head on over to iTunes and leave us a quick rating and review to help us spread the word to other Disney fans around the world. Thank you for tuning in and spending some of your precious time with us.
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    The Disney Avenue Podcast would like to thank our producer Geren Piltz and our graphic designer Brian Vermillion for their contributions to this show.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Show #20 - Interview with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway

    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 retired in 1994. He would go on to consult on special projects, including the launch of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Disney Cruise Line. Charlie published his fantastic memoir, “Spinning Disney’s World,” in 2007 that is a MUST READ for any Disney fan so be sure to grab your copy HERE. Charlie became a Disney Legend in 1999 and it is such an honor to have him join us on the show today.  With that said friends, it is with great excitement to welcome Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway to the Disney Avenue Podcast…Enjoy.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Show #19 - Interview with Two WDW Cast Members from the Early Years

    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 the "Dwarf unit" and the
    tight-knit group of cast members who perform as Snow White and the
    Seven Dwarfs in the Magic Kingdom, why some Animatronic characters
    don't wear pants, and even about that time R.J. had to repair a
    bullet hole in the Haunted Mansion. Make sure to grab your copy
    today at ThemeParkPress.com or Amazon.



    So friends, sit back and relax as we listen to the incredible
    stories and history of R.J. and Suzanne Ogren in this fantastic
    episode of the Disney Avenue
    Podcast…Enjoy!



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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Show #18 - History of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with Jim Korkis

    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 from big names in the
    Disney stratosphere? And then it hit me! Why not continue a
    Disney Avenue Podcast Christmas tradition by
    inviting the top Disney historian and author on the planet earth to
    come on the show and tell us all about the history of the Osborne
    Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and other gone but not forgotten
    Walt Disney World Christmas classics. So friends, it is with
    Christmas cheer and everything holly and jolly, to welcome back for
    a third time to the Disney Avenue Podcast, the one
    and only, Jim Korkis.



    While listening to this wonderful show, please be sure to head on
    over to themeparkpress.com and grab yourself a copy of Jim's
    brand new books on sale now. There aren't better stocking stuffers
    around, I assure you! Merry Christmas everyone and enjoy the
    show...



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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Show #17 - Dave Bossert Interview

    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 excitement to
    welcome Dave Bossert to the Disney Avenue
    Podcast…Enjoy.



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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Show #16 - Lee Cockerell 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 has led 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...



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