9 episodes

Keys to the Kingdom is an unprecedented, eight-part docuseries exploring the peculiar backstage life of theme park characters, performers, and fans. Hosted by recovering theme park employees Matt Gourley (Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend, Superego, Drunk History) and Amanda Lund (Earios Co-founder, The Complete Woman, New Girl), each installment promises insider secrets, stories of absurd guest interactions, and fascinating tales of workplace minutiae. Brought to you by Earios in conjunction with Tradecraft Media.
Get 8 full-length, bonus companion episodes featuring numerous extended and unheard interviews and more at https://plus.acast.com/s/keystothekingdom.



Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Keys To The Kingdom Amanda Lund & Matt Gourley

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 646 Ratings

Keys to the Kingdom is an unprecedented, eight-part docuseries exploring the peculiar backstage life of theme park characters, performers, and fans. Hosted by recovering theme park employees Matt Gourley (Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend, Superego, Drunk History) and Amanda Lund (Earios Co-founder, The Complete Woman, New Girl), each installment promises insider secrets, stories of absurd guest interactions, and fascinating tales of workplace minutiae. Brought to you by Earios in conjunction with Tradecraft Media.
Get 8 full-length, bonus companion episodes featuring numerous extended and unheard interviews and more at https://plus.acast.com/s/keystothekingdom.



Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Operation Petticoat

    Operation Petticoat

    What is it like to don the silken glove, sparkling tiara, and massive cultural burden of the world's most beloved princesses? Former theme park princess Amanda Lund and former theme park performer Matt Gourley sit down to speak with a diverse collection of past and present princesses, culture experts, and one very sad prince. Guests include Deep Skirt, Ruby Rose, Kristen Meinzer, Jessica Lesaca, and Epaulette Babe. Get 8 full-length, bonus companion episodes featuring numerous extended and unheard interviews and more at https://plus.acast.com/s/keystothekingdom.



    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 38 min
    The Good, the Bad, and the Fuzzy

    The Good, the Bad, and the Fuzzy

    The theme park fuzzy. Costumed head-to-toe in a fur-covered, foam-lined, portable sweat lodge. Why do they do it? For money? For honor? Matt and Amanda seek to find out as they talk to a menagerie of chipmunks, donkeys, and of course, mice. Guests include White Glove 1, White Glove 2, Scott Aukerman, Jeff B. Davis, and Space Ranger. Get 8 full-length, bonus companion episodes featuring numerous extended and unheard interviews and more at https://plus.acast.com/s/keystothekingdom.



    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 32 min
    Breaking the Rules

    Breaking the Rules

    What about those rare theme park employees and guests that don't dutifully follow the rules? On this episode of Keys to the Kingdom, we're talking with the bad boys, the rebels, the wayward fuzzies and the defiant fans that stand up to the system despite the consequences. Guests include Nader Shokair, Rebecca Lumianski, Jeff B. Davis, Maria Blasucci, Sona Movsesian, Mark Felt, and Drew McWeeny. Get 8 full-length, bonus companion episodes featuring numerous extended and unheard interviews and more at https://plus.acast.com/s/keystothekingdom.



    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 31 min
    We Need to Talk About the Fans

    We Need to Talk About the Fans

    The Theme Park Fan is its own species, one that runs the gamut from harmless enthusiast to harmful obsessive. In this episode, Matt and Amanda will share stories of guests from both extremes, and everywhere in between. Guests include Taran Killam, Jodi Eichler-Levine, Epaulette Babe, Jake Fite, and Molly Hawkey as Flora. Get 8 full-length, bonus companion episodes featuring numerous extended and unheard interviews and more at https://plus.acast.com/s/keystothekingdom.



    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 33 min
    The Professionals

    The Professionals

    These guys do it all: act, sing, dance! But if they're not careful, they may find themselves stuck in the theme park world forever and ever. On the other hand, if they're not careful, they may find themselves without a job in this ever-evolving workplace, losing vital stability, premium benefits, and what amounts to a pretty cushy career. Guests include Gale Brennan, Grandma Agva, Mark Gagliardi, Cherry Blossom, and Rebecca Lumianski. Get 8 full-length, bonus companion episodes featuring numerous extended and unheard interviews and more at https://plus.acast.com/s/keystothekingdom.



    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 32 min
    The Scare-actors

    The Scare-actors

    Halloween season in the theme park world is a very spooky time. Not since Burning Man, the Renaissance Faire, or Woodstock '99 has there been a more lusty gathering of lovable weirdos and questionable characters. In this episode, Matt and Amanda speak with all types, from monster to manager, within the spooky season performer world. Guests include Cherry Blossom, Drew McWeeny, Mark Gagliardi, Rebecca Lumianski, Eric Martin, Scott Aukerman, and Brandon Adams. Get 8 full-length, bonus companion episodes featuring numerous extended and unheard interviews and more at https://plus.acast.com/s/keystothekingdom.



    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
646 Ratings

646 Ratings

I think you may agree with me ,

Can’t get enough

If you’re a fan of the parks like we are, then you’ll love this podcast. Matt, Amanda, and friends share their (mostly) hilarious experiences as previous park employees. I listened to each episode as it dropped. Going back now for a second helping to hold me over until season 2!

Elisemz90 ,

Liking the concept

Concept is interesting, but listening to long form interviews with voice altering (thinking pseudonym white glove one and two) with a very high pitch voice is pretty grating/unlistenable.

Brooke276 ,

LOVED this!!

I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s at Disneyland and this podcast was like coming home. Plus the extra tidbits about behind the scenes was just so interesting

Top Podcasts In Arts

NPR
Deb Perelman & J. Kenji López-Alt
The Moth
Roman Mars
iHeartPodcasts and Pushkin Industries
Rusty Quill

You Might Also Like

Matt Gourley, Mark McConville
Matt Gourley
Matt Gourley and Paul Rust
Team Coco & Earwolf
Matt Gourley, Matt Mira
Headgum