Finding Walt Disney is a podcast dedicated to exploring the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Here you will find interviews with authors, historians and experts as well as many people who knew and worked with Walt and his brother Roy.
We will discuss everything from Walt's humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Marceline, Missouri to the beginnings of his career in animation in Kansas City to the creation of Disneyland and more!
In addition to exploring the history we will examine the present and look to the future of all aspects of the company that Walt and Roy built.
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#014 Halloween Podcast - Interview with Psychic Medium Author Michael J. Kouri
For Halloween I welcome back to the show famed Psychic Medium and Author, Michael J. Kouri. In this episode Michael shares true haunting stories of Disneyland and previews his new book on the spirits that haunt The Happiest Place on Earth.
Michael has authored more than 70 books including his most popular, 'The Ghost of Walt Disney and Me'. Although Michael never met Walt Disney in life, he shares several stories of encounters with Walt's spirit and many more ghostly tales.
#013 Walt Before Mickey - Disney's Early Years 1919 to 1928 - Interview with Author Timothy S. Susanin
In this episode I speak with author Timothy S. Susanin about his meticulously researched book 'Walt Before Mickey, Disney's Early Years, 1919-1928.'
Tim's book chronicles in exquisite detail, the life of Walt Disney and practically everyone he knew from his life as a teenager in Kansas City in 1919 and the formation of his first animation studios, to his move to Hollywood in the summer of 1923 and the eventual beginnings of the Disney Brothers Studio and Walt Disney Studios.
012 Bob Gurr - Interview with a Disney Legend and Imagineer
In this episode I interview Disney Legend and Imagineer Bob Gurr about his incredible career working for Walt Disney. We discuss Bob's early life as a young boy through his time at WED Enterprises working directly for Walt Disney on the construction of Disneyland. Bob is often quoted as saying..."If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it."
# 010 The Walt Disney Birthplace
In this episode I interview Dina Benadon, co-owner of The Walt Disney Birthplace in Chicago, IL. Dina and her husband Brent Young purchased the home where Walt, Roy and their younger sister Ruth were all born and they have embarked on an extensive restoration project to turn the home into a 'Disney-worthy' destination.
Joining Dina is the project's Creative Director Jay Williams and Social Media/Marketing Director Maria Masada.
#011 Walt Disney and Christmas
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
In this fun-filled episode we 'Deck the Halls with Disney' as I speak with world-renowned author and noted Disney Historian Jim Korkis. Jim shares many stories included in his book, 'Vault of Walt 7 - Christmas Edition' - Yuletide Tales of Walt Disney, Disney Theme Parks, Cartoons & More!
We learn about everything from Walt's earliest memories of Christmastime from his childhood in Marceline and Kansas City to the first Christmas at Disneyland and so much more!
#009 Disneyland's First Host - An Interview with Bob D'Arcy
Bob D'Arcy was just 22 years old and fresh out of the US Army when his father told him of a potential job opening at a new concept in entertainment called Disneyland. Shortly after returning from his post in Alaska to the family home in Southern California, Bob's first stateside job was delivering blueprints to contractors throughout the new theme park's construction site...in Walt Disney's own Jeep. His duties soon expanded to giving tours of the site to investors.