39 episodes

Hosts Jeff & Michael Crawford take you through a century of Disney history, with a focus on Walt Disney and his many works. From animation to live-action film to theme parks and Imagineering and beyond, we present deep dives into our monthly topics while also interviewing fascinating individuals who have contributed to the Disney legacy. With a look to the past, and an eye to the future, hop on the monorail and join us for a great big beautiful tomorrow!

The Progress City Radio Hour Progress City, U.S.A.

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 76 Ratings

Hosts Jeff & Michael Crawford take you through a century of Disney history, with a focus on Walt Disney and his many works. From animation to live-action film to theme parks and Imagineering and beyond, we present deep dives into our monthly topics while also interviewing fascinating individuals who have contributed to the Disney legacy. With a look to the past, and an eye to the future, hop on the monorail and join us for a great big beautiful tomorrow!

    The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 38 - Walt Disney World Is 50! Part IV

    The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 38 - Walt Disney World Is 50! Part IV

    In this episode we wrap up our trip back through time to celebrate Walt Disney World's fiftieth anniversary! The last installation of our multi-episode event examines the 1990s - a decade of many ups and downs for the resort and for Disney itself.  Not for nothing was this period known as the Disney Decade - there's a lot to talk about and a lot of developments to cover, so buckle in! History, music, and more - everything announced today in this podcast will definitely be built, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

    • 3 hr 10 min
    The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 37 - Walt Disney World Is 50! Part III

    The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 37 - Walt Disney World Is 50! Part III

    Join us as we continue our journey through fifty years of Walt Disney World history! For this momentous occasion we're embarking on a multi-episode event which will take us through the decades to revisit moments from the resort's past. For part three we look at the 1980s - a decade of much change at Disney and at Walt Disney World. And we welcome Michael Eisner and Frank Wells to the family! History, music, and more - hullo, I'm Michael Eisner, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

    • 2 hr 37 min
    The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 36 - Walt Disney World Is 50! Part II

    The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 36 - Walt Disney World Is 50! Part II

    Our Walt Disney World golden anniversary celebration continues! For this momentous occasion we're embarking on a multi-episode event which will take us through the decades to revisit moments from the resort's past. For part two we explore the years between the resort's opening in 1971 and the debut of Epcot Center in 1982. It's a decade of expansion and of much promise, as well as much silliness. History, music, and more - let us take you on a moonlit ride, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

    • 2 hr 16 min
    The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 35 - Walt Disney World Is 50! Part I

    The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 35 - Walt Disney World Is 50! Part I

    It's finally here - the golden anniversary of Walt Disney World! For this momentous occasion we're embarking on a multi-episode event which will take us through the decades to revisit moments from the resort's past - some significant and some decidedly less so. For part one we explore the years between the announcement of the "Florida Project" in 1965 and its grand opening in 1971. We also talk to Ron Miziker, the entertainment impresario who helped pull off those fantastic opening celebrations. History, music, and more - tune up the 1,076 trombones and prep the festoonery, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

    • 1 hr 50 min
    A Progress City Extra - Memories Of Roy O. Disney!

    A Progress City Extra - Memories Of Roy O. Disney!

    To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Walt Disney World and the man who made it possible, Roy O. Disney, we're putting out a Progress City Extra featuring some memories of Roy by people who worked with him. Included are clips from our Progress City Town Halls with Frank Stanek and Scott Girard, featuring some elements that have not been previously broadcast. We hope you enjoy these reminisces, and join us next week for the first of our fiftieth anniversary celebration episodes!

    • 30 min
    The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 34 - Town Hall: Pat Terry, Jr.

    The Progress City Radio Hour - Episode 34 - Town Hall: Pat Terry, Jr.

    It's no secret we love Disney park music, so we're very excited to bring you our interview with long-time Walt Disney World banjoist and Disney Legacy Award winner Pat Terry, Jr. Pat started off at Disneyland before helping open Walt Disney World alongside his father, with whom he played for more than a decade before striking out on his own. Along the way he's had some fabulous experiences and got to meet some fascinating people. From the streets of New Orleans Square to the stage of Pioneer Hall - tune up folks, it's the Progress City Radio Hour!

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Osbornioo ,

Warning: Extremely addictive podcasts

These feel like you're sitting and remiscing with friends but then the details and information are so well researched and presented naturally (and sometimes very humorously) that you may not realize you are being deceptively educated at the same time. They can turn anyone into a Disney theme park enthusiast with ease.

A Town Called Pizza ,

My Favorite Disney History Podcast

Michael and Jeff put an amazing amount of research, thought, and polish into each episode. I really appreciated the deep dive with Tom Morris and the discussion on Disney Studios Paris, DisneyQuest, and especially Hong Kong Disneyland. There’s not much available on the creation of those projects, but it’s a fascinating and often overlooked part of Disney history. Can’t recommend this podcast enough.

Eightiesologist ,

A welcome return with an abundance of great content

Michael and Jeff are operating on another level with the latest episodes. The guests bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, with some really fascinating deep dives. The historical approach is done really well and the hosts are able to bring their own past experiences as guests and cast members to the discussion while tackling the discussions with a real professional presentation.

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