18 episodes

NEW BOOK! Fastpass to the Past: The Jr. Historian's Guide to Disneyland. Explore the fascinating history behind Disneyland – a theme park history book for kids 9 to 12. Release date: 12/1/2021
Join Austin, a former Disneyland Cast Member, as she takes you through the outrageous and sometimes downright strange origin stories of your favorite theme parks, attractions, and shows. The outlandish history of Disneyland, Disney World, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farms, and much more will be explored along with some outrageous stories from former Employees & Cast Members. What are you waiting for? For your safety, remain seated with your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the podcast at all times.

Fastpass to the Past: The Theme Park History Podcast Austin Carroll

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 64 Ratings

NEW BOOK! Fastpass to the Past: The Jr. Historian's Guide to Disneyland. Explore the fascinating history behind Disneyland – a theme park history book for kids 9 to 12. Release date: 12/1/2021
Join Austin, a former Disneyland Cast Member, as she takes you through the outrageous and sometimes downright strange origin stories of your favorite theme parks, attractions, and shows. The outlandish history of Disneyland, Disney World, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farms, and much more will be explored along with some outrageous stories from former Employees & Cast Members. What are you waiting for? For your safety, remain seated with your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the podcast at all times.

    Walt Disney's Childhood in Kansas City City (Exclusive Excerpt From Our New Book!)

    Walt Disney's Childhood in Kansas City City (Exclusive Excerpt From Our New Book!)

    In this exclusive excerpt from our new book, discover Walt Disney's early life in Kansas City. We'll explore Walt's earliest inspiration for Disneyland, his childhood amusement park. Walk the flower-lined avenues of the lost Electric City park that continued to inspire Walt throughout his career, long after the 100,000 gleaming lights went out.


    *Fastpass to the Past: The Jr. Historian's Guide to Disneyland * -Out Now!
    Explore the fascinating history behind Disneyland – a theme park history book for kids 9 to 12.


    Inspire an interest in history with this fun and immersive journey across 20th century US history through the lens of the happiest place on earth. From awful ideas left on the drawing board to actual flying (and sinking!) ships, Fastpass to the Past: A Jr. Historian's Guide to Disneyland is a thrilling grand circle tour of Disneyland's past and present.


    In this California history book, kids will walk in the footsteps of Walt Disney before discovering the inspiring stories and hidden Disneyland secrets behind ALL of their favorite theme attractions, including The Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan's Flight, and even Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.


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    Behind the Scenes Content
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    Purchase The Book: Fastpass to the Past: The Jr. Historian's Guide to Disneyland — Explore the fascinating history behind Disneyland – a theme park history book for kids 9 to 12.
    Inspire an interest in history with this fun and immersive journey across 20th century US history through the lens of the happiest place on earth. From awful ideas left on the drawing board to actual flying (and sinking!) ships, Fastpass to the Past: A Jr. Historian’s Guide to Disneyland is a thrilling grand circle tour of Disneyland’s past and present.

    In this California history book, kids will walk in the footsteps of Walt Disney before discovering the inspiring stories and hidden Disneyland secrets behind ALL of their favorite theme attractions, including The Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight, and even Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.Behind the Scenes Content | Fastpass to the Past

    • 18 min
    Lost Lands of Disneyland Paris: A 1920's Main Street

    Lost Lands of Disneyland Paris: A 1920's Main Street

    Since Disneyland's opening in 1955, every designer who has been tasked with creating a new Main Street for a new Disney park has had to live up to that first nostalgic thoroughfare, the only one Walt actually had a hand in designing, while also setting the scene for the rest of the park. For Disneyland Paris, this task fell to a young brand-new Imagineer and self-proclaimed Disneytologist, Eddie Sotto, who envisioned a very different Main Street USA.


    Eddie spent over a year working on a Main Street inspired by the stories of the Roaring '20s, and the jazz, cinema, art deco, and gangsters that populated the decade. His design included a hidden restaurant in a locomotive, a speakeasy jazz club, and police raids. Unfortunately, due to creative and financial reasons, his plans never saw the light of day in Paris. In this new part of the 'Lost Lands of Disneyland' series, we go back to the drawing board, deep in the Walt Disney Company archive, to see what this Roaring 20's entrance sequence would have looked like.
    Links:
    Pre-Order Our New Book! Fastpass to the Past: The Jr. Historian's Guide to DisneylandThe How of Wow! | Eddie Sotto | TEDxBermuda - YouTubeDisney and More - Main Street 1920's Early DraftDisney and More - The Disneyland Paris That Never WasDisney and More - Disneyland Paris That Never Was, Part 2Disney and More - Why Disneyland Paris Book Is Great Yesterland.com: Disneyland Paris, From Sketch To RealityEddie Sotto (@boss_angeles) / TwitterDisney and More - Disneyland Paris That Never Was, Part 3The Disneyland Paris That Could Have Been: Speakeasies, Gangsters, and a 1920s Jazz Club — No time to listen? Read my article on the topic, which is filled with concept art.

    • 30 min
    Universal Studios Hollywood, From Glamour Trams to Today's Studio Tour

    Universal Studios Hollywood, From Glamour Trams to Today's Studio Tour

    Learn about how "Laemmle's Folly," a dream of an immigrant and rebel movie mogul named Carl Laemmle for a city dedicated to the movies, became a reality with Universal Studios Hollywood. The studio tour of his creation, once merely a method of attracting audiences and publicity to Universal Films, transformed over time into a worldwide theme park empire with revenues in the billions. While most early film studios are now mainly fading celluloid and memories, Universal continues to grow in popularity, offering new generations of film lovers the chance to go behind the scenes of their favorite films.


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    Links:
    Pre-Order Our New Book! Fastpass to the Past: The Jr. Historian's Guide to DisneylandDiscovering the History Behind Universal Studios Hollywood — Austin wrote an article about her Universal Studios Hollywood research! Fastpass to the Past: The Theme Park History Podcast Episode 5: Part 1: How Disney Stole An Entire Theme Park (JAWS & Universal Studios Orlando) — Like this episode? Learn more about how Universal started Universal Orlando. The Birth of the Universal Studios Tour | KCETThe Chicken Ranch, Universal Studios Hollywood's Early Days12 Things That Will Surprise You About Universal Studios Hollywood | Mental FlossThe History of Universal’s House of Horrors | Inside UniversalT-Shirts by Fastpass to the Past: The Theme Park History Podcast - TeePublic Store | TeePublic — Are you a theme park history expert? Show the world (world showcase that is) with these unique designs and t-shirts inspired by the Fastpass to the Past podcast.

    • 39 min
    Bonus Episode - Shanghai Disneyland Trip Report

    Bonus Episode - Shanghai Disneyland Trip Report

    Unlike the ill-fairing Hong Kong Disneyland transplant, Shanghai Disneyland is perhaps Disney’s most original theme park, leaning very little on real world locations and history, or even meticulously recreated towns or alleys we’ve seen in films: Shanghai Disneyland is full of almost completely original and fictional worlds. In this episode, Austin and a special guest discuss their tips and tricks for planning your next vacation to Disneyland Shanghai.
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    T-Shirts by Fastpass to the Past: The Theme Park History Podcast - TeePublic Store | TeePublic — Are you a theme park history expert? Show the world (world showcase that is) with these unique designs and t-shirts inspired by the Fastpass to the Past podcast.Is Shanghai Disneyland Worth A Visit? – Austin Carroll – Medium — Austin wrote an article about her trip to Shanghai.

    • 48 min
    Shanghai Disneyland & Hong Kong Disneyland (Disney's China Parks)

    Shanghai Disneyland & Hong Kong Disneyland (Disney's China Parks)

    Learn about the first ever discussions for a Disneyland in China, which took place 17 years before the opening of Shanghai Disneyland back in 1998 in a political move linked forever with Disney titans, Michael Eisner and Bob Iger. In this episode, we'll also talk about why Disney choose to construct a massive theme park on the outskirts of Shanghai and what went into developing a Disney theme park that was 'distinctly chinese.'
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    Pre-Order Our New Book! Fastpass to the Past: The Jr. Historian's Guide to DisneylandIs Shanghai Disneyland Worth A Visit? – Austin Carroll – Medium — Austin wrote an article about her visit to Shanghai Disneyland. Check it out for tips & tricks! DISNEY AND PARTNERS BREAK GROUND ON SHANGHAI DISNEY RESORT | Walt Disney World NewsDisney's new theme park in Shanghai may be the capstone to CEO Robert Iger's career - Los Angeles TimesThe Influence of the Disney Theme Park in Shanghai Related IndustriesHow China Won the Keys to Disney’s Magic Kingdom - The New York TimesMEDIA; After Protracted Talks, a Disneyland Will Rise in Hong Kong - The New York TimesShanghai Disney Resort Opening Coincides with Shanghai Film Festival | Hollywood ReporterShanghai Disney Resort To Include ‘Star Wars’, Marvel & ‘Tron’ Attractions | DeadlineBob Iger: Shanghai Disney isn't just Disneyland in ChinaShanghai Disneyland project breaks ground at last - BBC NewsShanghai Disney To Open 2015T-Shirts by Fastpass to the Past: The Theme Park History Podcast - TeePublic Store | TeePublic — Are you a theme park history expert? Show the world (world showcase that is) with these unique designs and t-shirts inspired by the Fastpass to the Past podcast.

    • 43 min
    The 5 Lost Resorts of Disney World

    The 5 Lost Resorts of Disney World

    The history of the Walt Disney World Resort is littered with great what-might-have-beens stories. These 5 resorts were all planned & ready to go, only to suddenly fall out of favor & never be constructed. Today, we'll be talking about the 5 'lost resorts' of Walt Disney World's Seven Seas Lagoon inspired by the canals of Venice, the mosques of Iran, and the beauty of the national parks.
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    The Lost Resorts – 4 planned paradises never built at Walt Disney WorldThe 5 "Lost" Hotels of Walt Disney World | Page 2 | Theme Park TouristAnother WDW might-have-been: Fort Wilderness JunctionThe Walt Disney World that Never Was: Cypress Point Lodge - WDW RadioWDW RadioT-Shirts by Fastpass to the Past: The Theme Park History Podcast - TeePublic Store | TeePublic — Are you a theme park history expert? Show the world (world showcase that is) with these unique designs and t-shirts inspired by the Fastpass to the Past podcast.Pre-Order Our New Book! Fastpass to the Past: The Jr. Historian's Guide to Disneyland

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Kkahn914 ,

Obsessed

I think I heard about this podcast and her book on either Mousetalgia or DLWeekly. Her episodes have just the right amount of factual information to keep you interested, are well produced with fun disney parks background music and her voice is nice to listen to. Highly recommend for fellow disney lovers looking to learn more about the history of Disney💖

Highl gun ,

Well researched, informative, interesting, and refreshing

I've tried listening to so many Disney his podcasts... that I couldn't stand. Pods that start with a half hour overview of recent Disney "news" that I've seen online already or full of tangents and personal stories that add nothing, not Fastpass to the Pass! The hosts personality makes the shows easy to listen to and the info is top notch and clearly well researched. Thank you for this wonderful show!!! I can't wait to see what topics you cover in the future

Dr Cox1 ,

Great Content. Poor Audio

The host has done her homework and presents interesting content. But either her audio equipment is bad or perhaps she has a speech impediment. I listened to four episodes and heard numerous miss pronunciations and words that I couldn't even understand. Better audio equipment and slowing down speech rate and making an effort to enunciate better would help a lot.

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