50 episodes

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.

Dreamfinders Nathan Hartman

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.9 • 102 Ratings

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.

    Rick Harper

    Rick Harper

    Welcome to the final bi-weekly episode of "Dreamfinders." With this episode, the podcast has interviewed 50 guests. It's been quiet a ride and the fun is not over just yet!



    Rick Harper’s work for Disney has certainly left an…Impression. Starting in the model shop at WED, Rick soon moved his way up into the design department and then later was asked to helm the now classic EPCOT French Pavilion film “Impressions de France.”



    Rick was kind enough to chat with host Nathan Hartman about assisting Claude Coats with Space Mountain, how he and John Hench would get in trouble during board meetings, and that time he hung over the side of the Eiffel Tower’s elevator as it made its way to the top.



    A message from Nathan: "You know, it’s not as fun to go to theme parks by yourself and the same can be said about theme park podcasts. I’m so glad you’ve joined me on this journey. Your support has meant everything and I’ll always be grateful."



    Contact Nathan



    * Twitter – @somestuffisaid

    * Instagram – @somestuffisaw

    * Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.com



    Credits:



    * Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner

    * Editor - Shannen Michaelsen

    * Quality Control - Ben Harris

    * This podcast is distributed by WDW News Today



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    • 2 hr 23 min
    Hayden Evans

    Hayden Evans

    Hayden Evans loves to illustrate the soul of people and places. Through his use of bold lines and colors he attempts to capture the essence of what things are.



    In that way, it’s no surprise that Hayden loves a place that does the same thing for genres and stories - Disneyland. As a Cast Member, Hayden worked on such legendary attractions as the Jungle Cruise, the Tiki Room, and the Disneyland Railroad.



    Hayden sits down with Nathan Hartman to talk about how growing up near Yellowstone National Park inspired him as much as Disneyland, the times he fought off spiders as a Jungle Cruise Skipper, and how he got to propose to his wife around nine hundred and ninety-nine happy haunts.



    Check out all of Hayden's great work at www.haydenevansart.com



    Contact Nathan



    * Twitter – @somestuffisaid

    * Instagram – @somestuffisaw

    * Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.com



    Credits:



    * Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner

    * Editor - Shannen Michaelsen

    * Quality Control - Ben Harris

    * This podcast is distributed by WDW News Today



    Find us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Kevin Brassard

    Kevin Brassard

    For almost 30 years, Kevin Brassard beat up Nazis, stole ancient artifacts, and ran from explosions. Quite the day job. As the very first Indiana Jones at Hollywood Studios “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” Kevin was trained by film stunt legends and now teaches the next generation of actors who take up the fedora and whip.



    Kevin chats with Nathan Hartman about how his love of Indy started well before he played the role, what his favorite moment is in the show and how the Stunt Spectacular has an surprising connection with Space Mountain.



    Contact Nathan



    * Twitter – @somestuffisaid

    * Instagram – @somestuffisaw

    * Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.com



    Credits:



    * Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner

    * Editor - Shannen Michaelsen

    * Quality Control - Ben Harris

    * This podcast is distributed by WDW News Today

    * Kevin's photo by Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda of the Orlando Sentinel



    Find us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

    • 47 min
    Mary Kate Smith

    Mary Kate Smith

    You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand why people love Disney, but, if you are one, it certainly can give you a unique perspective.



    Aerospace engineer Mary Kate Smith has worked for the likes of NASA and Lockheed Martin, but in her spare time you’ll find her flying through the stars over on Space Mountain. In fact, Mission Space even played a key role in her graduate dissertation. But if you think that’s nerdy, you don’t know the half of it as Mary Kate also matched wits with chemists and bioengineers as a contestant on the reality TV show “King of the Nerds”



    Mary Kate was kind enough to talk with me about her reality TV experience, the future of space exploration, and what kind of Disney theme park nerd she believes herself to be.



    Contact Nathan:



    * Twitter – @somestuffisaid

    * Instagram – @somestuffisaw

    * Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.com



    Credits:



    * Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner

    * Editor - Shannen Michaelsen

    * Quality Control - Ben Harris

    * This podcast is distributed by WDW News Today

    * Kevin's photo by Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda of the Orlando Sentinel



    Find us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

    • 58 min
    Trader Brandon

    Trader Brandon

    Brandon Kleyla, better know as Trader Brandon to fellow tiki lovers and friends, has always been obsessed with the intricacies of pop-culture and, over time, he’s become a part of it himself.



    From acting on Nickelodeon shows at Universal Studios Florida as a kid to creating a feature documentary on Indiana Jones fan culture, Brandon’s career has more twists and turns than a pulp adventure novel. Eventually, it all lead him to Disney Imagineering where he became one of the main creative forces behind both Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar and Grog Grotto as well as set decorator for such places as Pandora: the World of Avatar.



    A unique episode, host Nathan Hartman was arranging to interview Brandon around the time the quarantine began and, since he was having people on his Instagram feed to chat anyway, he invited Nathan on to interview him live. So fair warning, the audio is a little different this time around, but well worth your time.



    Brandon chats with Nathan about his time as a Jungle Cruise Skipper, what it’s like working with Joe Rhode, and they deep dive into all things Indiana Jones.



    Keep up with Brandon...



    * traderbrandon.com

    * Twitter - @BrandonKleyla

    * Instagram - trader_brandon



    Contact Nathan



    * Twitter – @somestuffisaid

    * Instagram – @somestuffisaw

    * Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.com



    Credits:



    * Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner

    * Editor - Shannen Michaelsen

    * Quality Control - Ben Harris

    * This podcast is distributed by WDW News Today



    Find us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

    • 57 min
    David Danipour

    David Danipour

    Attraction preshows are an interesting aspect of theme park storytelling. They’re the first act of a ride’s story, giving us the background and mood we need to know as we fill in all the available space and wait for our chance at adventure. And some of these become quotable favorites for generations. Today’s guest is uhhhh…one of these.



    Actor David Danipour portrays Dr. Stevens in Pandora: Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom and has quickly become a recognizable part of the land. A fan favorite to some and an oddity to others, David’s performance grounds an extraordinary experience and has helped change exactly what we think a preshow can be.



    David sits down with Nahtan to talk about getting lost at Disneyland when he was young, making his way through the Los Angeles comedy scene, and working on shows like The Good Place and Westworld.



    Keep up with David on Instagram, Twitter or his YouTube Channel.



    Contact Nathan



    * Twitter – @somestuffisaid

    * Instagram – @somestuffisaw

    * Email – dreamfinders@wdwnt.com



    Credits:



    * Podcast Artwork - JP Tanner

    * Editor - Shannen Michaelsen

    * Quality Control - Ben Harris

    * This podcast is distributed by WDW News Today



    Find us on Apple Podcasts, Youtube, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher using our RSS feed.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

gwenaelledt ,

Super interesting and fun

My favorite podcast! So many interesting guests are brought on with many amazing stories.

MegK1657 ,

Quality Podcast

Very informative & I think it stems from well scripted, on topic questions! Hope to hear more!

D-bopper ,

Fast becoming a favorite

This is fast becoming one of my favorite Disney podcasts. He’s a great interviewer and some of the guests are quite fascinating. Also Nathan’s voice is strangely soothing.

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