Connecting with Walt is a podcast focusing on the life and creations of Walt Disney.
#224 - The History of Disney Cruise Line Pt. 1
06/24/22 - In this episode, Michael and Craig are joined by Jim Corks to discuss his book, Hidden Treasures of the Disney Cruise Line, and the history of Disney Cruise Line!
Hidden Treasures of the Disney Cruise Line
#223 - Walt Disney's Nine Olde Men: Eric Larson
06/17/22 - In this episode, Michael and Craig continue their series on Walt's Nine Old Men by discussing Eric Larson - the animator who worked on Figaro, A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, and so many more important characters and sequences.
The Nine Old Men: Lessons, Techniques, and Inspiration from Disney’s Great Animators by Andreas Dejas
Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation – the catalogue for the Walt Disney Family Museum exhibition curated by Don Hahn with text by Charles Solomon.
Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men & The Art of Animation by John Canemaker
The Disney Wiki: Eric Larson
Eric Larson: The Animator’s Animator on the Walt Disney Family Museum Blog
D23: Eric Larson
Disney Family Album: Eric Larson
#222 - Treasure Island
06/10/22 - In this episode, Michael and Craig discuss how Walt Disney's classic movie Treasure Island came to life and the different iterations of the story that you can watch, plus this week in Disney history and more!
Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s by John G. West
Treasure Island: From Page to Screen to Cable by Christian Esquevin
Brit Movie History: The Legacy of Disney’s Treasure Island by John Rabon
The Disney Wiki: Treasure Island
Reel History: Treasure Island
AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Treasure Island
Old Hollywood Films: Treasure Island
Treasure Island: Walt Disney’s First Live-Action Feature Film, Walt Disney Family Museum
New York Times review of Treasure Island
#221 - Tom Sawyer Island
06/03/22 - In this episode, Michael and Craig discuss the history of Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland Park and Craig shares some of the experience of being on Tom Sawyer Island at Walt Disney World, plus This Week in Disney History and more!
The “E” Ticket Magazine Number 37: Tom Sawyer Island
A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World, Volume III by Andrew Kiste
Tom Sawyer Island
Disney History 101
Duchess of Disneyland – On the Waterfront: The Story of Tom Sawyer Island
#220 - Matterhorn Bobsleds
04/08/22 - In this episode, Michael and Craig discuss the history of the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction at Disneyland along with the changes through the years.
The “E” Ticket Magazine Number 42: Disneyland’s Matterhorn Bobsleds
The Walt Disney Family Museum Blog Artifactual: The Mighty Matterhorn
The Disney Wiki: Matterhorn Bobsleds
Inside the Magic: What’s Happening with the Matterhorn?
SFGATE: What Disneyland is doing to repair a crumbling Matterhorn
Parkhoppr: The History of the Matterhorn at Disneyland
Disneyland Public Affairs: Disneyland Resort Donates Matterhorn Bobsled to National Roller Coaster Museum
The Hollywood Reporter: Disney Prepping Adventure Movie Based on Matterhorn Ride (Exclusive)
#219 - Test Track
04/01/22 - In this episode, Michael and Craig discuss the history of Test Track at EPCOT from its troubled start to the current iteration of the attraction.
The EPCOT Explorer’s Encyclopedia: A Guide to Walt Disney World’s Greatest Theme Park by R.A. Pedersen
History in Motion Part I: Epcot’s Legendary Lost Masterpiece World of Motion
History in Motion Part II: How the Original TEST TRACK Changed Epcot Forever
The Newswheel: How Epcot’s World of Motion Became Test Track
WDW Theme Parks: Test Track
Disney Cast Member Preview Video
My go to Disneyland podcast!
Just a fun all around podcast for Disneyland current events and more importantly, Disneyland history, as viewed through the lens of two former frontline cast members! Keep up the great work Ken and Lynn! Glad to be a Patreon sub!
I have never read the “ classics” because frankly I find them to difficult to read! However, after listening to this show, I was inspired to try again and decided on an audiobook. I am really enjoying it! Thank you both for all of your time and effort, you do a great job and I really enjoy the show!
Craig even can’t ruin this great show, maybe I was wrong. Craig is a complete dope, he was so off base with the red panda movie.