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Connecting with Walt is a podcast focusing on the life and creations of Walt Disney.

Connecting with Walt - A look into the history of the man behind Mickey Mouse, Disneyland and Walt Disney World The DIS

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Connecting with Walt is a podcast focusing on the life and creations of Walt Disney.

    #224 - The History of Disney Cruise Line Pt. 1

    #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

    • 54 min
    #223 - Walt Disney's Nine Olde Men: Eric Larson

    #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.


    Books/Magazines


    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


    Websites/Articles


    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

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #222 - Treasure Island

    #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!


    Books/Magazines


    Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s by John G. West


    Websites/Articles


    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

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #221 - Tom Sawyer 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!


    SOURCES


    Books/Magazines


    The “E” Ticket Magazine Number 37: Tom Sawyer Island


    A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World, Volume III by Andrew Kiste


    Websites/Articles


    Tom Sawyer Island


    Disney History 101


    Duchess of Disneyland – On the Waterfront: The Story of Tom Sawyer Island

    • 1 hr 23 min
    #220 - Matterhorn Bobsleds

    #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.


    SOURCES


    Books/Magazines


    The “E” Ticket Magazine Number 42: Disneyland’s Matterhorn Bobsleds


    Websites/Articles


    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)

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #219 - Test Track

    #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.


    Sources:


    Books


    The EPCOT Explorer’s Encyclopedia: A Guide to Walt Disney World’s Greatest Theme Park by R.A. Pedersen


    Websites/Articles


    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


    Video


    Disney Cast Member Preview Video

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
663 Ratings

663 Ratings

Route66bus ,

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!

suesstrolley ,

Treasure island

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!

Real Squeal ,

Craig

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.

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