All aboard! This is the show where we talk about Imagineering, modeling, trains, and most of all Disney trains. Join us for fun and lively conversations with the best folks in the industry where theme parks and model trains come together.
Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast Ep 11: Robert Kurner
Inventing a Fictional Railroad
Join me as I chat with Robert Kurner, creator of the Adventureland themed Typhoon Lagoon Railway. We get insights into the art, science, and all-around madness of inventing a model railroad prototype like Typhoon Lagoon – plus some startling late night discoveries working 3rd shift with Disneyland’s horticulture department. We also learn what’s cool about N scale, and much, much more!
Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast Ep 10: Jake Johnson & the Art of Model Railroading
The Art of Model Railroading
Jake Johnson is back for a second appearance on the Thunder Mesa Limited, and this time our conversation is all about the art of model railroading! We talk about how and when to use forced perspective, color choices for scenery and structures, backdrops, how to choose a scale that’s right for you, the detail threshold, and so much more.
Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast Ep 9: Ray Spencer
Former Disney Imagineer Ray Spencer is back for a second appearance on the Thunder Mesa Limited. This time we talk everything from pirates on Tom Sawyer Island, to Tomorrowland, the PeopleMover, and the value of aspirational “edutainment.”
“I like projects that are responsible; that people can take something away from… in terms of knowledge and, hopefully, inspiration.”
– Ray Spencer
Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast Ep 8: Brandon Kleyla
Brandon Kleyla is a former set decorator and creative for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he helped to create the now famous “Trader Sam’s” brand with locations in both Anaheim and Orlando. I had a great time laughing and chatting with Brandon about Trader Sams and the other projects he’s had a hand in, as well as the new Jungle Cruise changes, the enduring magic of Disney trains, and the invention of D&D cocktails. Have a listen!
Thunder Mesa Limited Podcast Ep 7: Jim Shull
Join me for a wide ranging conversation with former Disney Imagineer Jim Shull! Jim is a 33 year veteran of Walt Disney Imagineering and we delve into the highlights of his career from Mickey’s Toontown to Shanghai Disneyland. Along the way, we tackle questions like why Shanghai doesn’t have a railroad, what it’s like to be on an Imagineering team that works mostly behind the scenes, and learn about a Tomorrowland that could have been.
Thunder Mesa Limited Episode 6: David Erickson
Let’s talk about Disneyland! The host and creator of Fresh Baked Disney joins me for an insightful discussion about the Happiest Place on Earth. David has been covering the ins and outs of Disneyland for 9 yeas as a near full-time Disney vlogger and gives his unique perspective on the park and where it might be headed in the future.