As a Disney fan who hasn’t been inside the parks for several years now, I’m frequently asked questions such as “How do you know so much about what’s going on in the parks?” or “You haven’t been there, how can you describe Carsland so well?” Or the classic “Why am I turning up the car stereo volume if I’m listening to my ear buds?” Yes, I talk to myself when I drive.
The answers are: I listen to podcasts, I listen to podcasts, and I have issues.
For the uninitiated, a podcast is a themed internet radio show. They are available from your download on your smart phones, tablets and many e-reader devices. There are countless podcasts to listen to, no matter your interests, and yes, your maturity level. I’m going to quickly review some of my favorite family friendly Disney podcasts that I listen to on a weekly/bi-weekly basis (depending on when they are released). I encourage you to check out these podcasts so you can get your Disney fix as I do.
Window To The Magic: The first podcast I discovered, Disney or otherwise, Window to the Magic is a weekly audio adventure through the Disney theme parks. Recorded live in binaural audio from Disneyland and Walt Disney World, headphones are highly encouraged for these recording. Hosts Paul and Jeremiah take listeners through games of Where in the Park, where listeners need to identify the path being taken to a final attraction; provide interviews with guests such as author Sam Gennaway. Occasionally guest hosts Patrick and Magic Joe present audio histories of Disneyland attractions, including park audio from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. One of the best things about Window to the Magic: it’s timeless. You can listen to the entire archive of 400 plus episodes and not need to worry about “dated” information (minus the annual Ear in Review episodes with Inside the Magic’s Ricky Brigante).
Inside The Magic: After finding a solid park audio fix, I wanted to find out more about the current happens in the parks without worrying about false rumors. Inside the Magic fits this bill. These weekly episodes provide the news of the week from not only Disney but the Universal Studios (Hollywood and Orlando), SeaWorld and Knott’s Berry Farm. Along with the news are listener tips of the week for visiting the parks, and in depth interviews of Imagineers, Executive Chefs from park restaurants that are hosting celebrations and events. Events such as San Diego Comic Con are covered as they happen, and panel interviews are played the show as well.
Disney, Indiana: What happens when you have two Disney fans living miles away from the nearest Main Street USA? They build their own Disney community, of course. Don’t let the city sign fool you, many more than two people reside in Disney, Indiana now. Hosts Tracy and Scott take an in depth look at their topic of the week, from new movies, to recent trip reports, as well as offering interviews as well. In depth is in depth, as a movie review often includes a history of the franchise being discussed, to production of the film to critical acclaim of the film to their own personal reviews without offering spoilers. It is a very fun production which I look forward to every other week.
Disney Dream Girls: The love of the Disney parks is international, and hosts Michelle and Jayne offer their point of view of the parks. Being from the United Kingdom, their views are quite a bit different at time, but they offer quite a few tips regarding planning for their trips. They include in depth interviews with park experts and those who can answer the questions they have. It is a highly entertaining production that is worth a listen, even if my opinion of bacon differs fro Michelle’s quite a bit.
Enchanted Tiki Talk Podcast: Three guys hanging out in a Tiki Hut talking about Walt Disney World in their own way. Themes include their take on the Food Network show $40 A Day, games like FastPass, Just Pass or Standby, and interviews with Disney Legends Bill Farmer and Rolly Crump. Again, worth a listen.
These are just a small sample of the podcasts out there, but these are my favorites that have earned an auto-download setting on my phone so I have a constant Disney fix. All these podcasters are active on social media and enjoy interacting with their listeners, so they are great stepping stones for anyone looking to venture deeper into the Disney Fan Community. Please check them out, I know they would all appreciate a new listener.
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