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The Disney Podcast

I’ve had some people asking about the coming Disney podcasts. Next week I, along with a great team, am going to have the unique opportunity to produce the first podcasts for the Walt Disney Company.

This coming week is the kick off for the 50th anniversary celebration of Disneyland, dubbed “The Happiest Homecoming on Earth.” As you might imagine, this is an extremely important event for Disney and I am really pleased that they have recognized podcasting as a viable means of sharing this celebration with their fans worldwide. We will be podcasting from the VIP and special press events held at the park Tuesday May 3rd through Thursday May 5th. Disney fans can look forward to lots of interviews, red carpet affairs and new rides and attractions. I know the whole team is impressed with the incredible amount of access we have been granted.

The Disney Podcast Team consists of:
Myself
Tim Bourquin of The Podcast Brothers
Greg Cangialosi of The Trend Junkie
Mike Spataro with Golin Harris.

Also, thanks to K. Todd Storch who made it all possible by putting me in contact with Greg Cangialosi.

If you want to find out more:

The site for the podcasts is http://www.disneyland.com/podcast
Also the 50th anniversary site is http://www.disneyland.com/50th

To show you how serious Disneyland is about this, the podcasts are one of the “50th Anniversary Highlights” on the main page.

I can tell you that, as the father of two young boys, I am excited about this opportunity. My oldest son thinks this is a big deal. I tend to agree.

Update:

Here is the Disney press release.


32 Responses to “The Disney Podcast”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 drew Apr 29th, 2005 at 9:02 pm

    congratulations michael,
    sounds amazing!

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 K. Todd Storch Apr 30th, 2005 at 6:26 am

    Looking forward to the podcasts! This is great example of where businesses can use podcasting to their advantage!

    Glad to help and to be a part of it.

    Todd

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Greg Cangialosi Apr 30th, 2005 at 6:43 am

    Exciting stuff! really looking forward to working with you on this adventure. Its going to be great!

    Greg

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Nick Starr Apr 30th, 2005 at 6:48 am

    I’ve been telling people that Michael is one of the greatest behind the scene stars of podcasting, and he pulls it off yet again. Not to discredit the awaesome work he does with Reel Reviews either, but this guy is a podcasting powerhouse.

    He took the words right out of my mouth when I saw that he was doing an interview podcast of the stars of podcasting. After hearing what he did with it, I’m glad I didn’t attempt it. He simply is one of the greatest and most inventive podcasters out there.

    This Disney thing is only another step in the right direction. Anytime we can get these major corporations into podcasting it is amazing. As Adam said about the Paris Hilton podcast…for the execs to be talking about podcasting, it is probably one of the the lengthiest things they have talked about. They have to explain it, debate how it will work for them, etc.

    I look forward to this and the future endeavors of Michael, and am glad to of personally met him and will be seeing him again soon! I wish you well in this and all your future projects Michael. Until LA….take care!

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Brian P May 2nd, 2005 at 4:52 am

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear it.

    Brian

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Charlie George May 3rd, 2005 at 8:32 am

    awesome work Michael, this is ahuge step. Can’t wait to hear the feed, by the way what is the RSS feed name so i can put in my iPodder?

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Podcast Shuffle (Jeff) May 3rd, 2005 at 9:38 am

    Hopefully this will expand after the 50th celebration is over. Disney usually has reallly good shows to promote. I’ve added it to my directory. BTW – Great show in the Reel Reviews Radio.

    @ Charlie George: RSS = http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/rss/podcast/disneylandresort50th

    (WOW that’s long … :)

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 Jesse from The MousePod May 3rd, 2005 at 9:38 am

    I’ve been doing the unofficial Disney podcast (The MousePod) since January, and I have to say that I’m thrilled that Michael is going to be launching the official show. It would have been so easy for Disney to just give us some pre-packaged content. Instead, we’re going to get a show produced by some real pop culture mavens. Bravo and good luck!

  9. Gravatar Icon 9 Lou May 3rd, 2005 at 4:13 pm

    Hello,

    I’m just a hugh Disney fan and a new Podcast fan. Congratulations on the Disneyland Podcast and I very much look forward to hearing all about the 50th. Many thanks, Lou M

  10. Gravatar Icon 10 Ricky from Inside the Magic May 4th, 2005 at 5:31 pm

    Boy am I jealous! I wish I had launched my Inside the Magic podcast earlier… perhaps I’d be there too. I’m listening to the first Podcast now and I wish I had been at Disneyland all day with you. Great job and I can’t wait until the next two. Keep up the good work!

  11. Gravatar Icon 11 Braith May 4th, 2005 at 6:25 pm

    Hi i just listened to your first podcast and wanted to thank you for covering all the new things that us less fortunate were’nt able to see.

  12. Gravatar Icon 12 Ryan May 4th, 2005 at 7:53 pm

    Tomorrow will be so exciting. I enjoyed your podcast. Even as a cast member, I heard some things I hadn’t heard (or maybe they slipped my mind) in your podcast. Keep up the good work. I hope to see you around tomorrow. I’ll be in Star Command, a.k.a. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.

  13. Gravatar Icon 13 Jack May 5th, 2005 at 2:15 am

    Waiting for the May 4th file on May 5th? Would love to have it so I can take it with me to the park.

  14. Gravatar Icon 14 mandrake May 5th, 2005 at 3:08 am

    Congrats, Michael G! you da man (da mouse?)!

  15. Gravatar Icon 15 Jack May 5th, 2005 at 3:50 am

    The first one was awsome. Listened to it while walking around California and while flying on Soaring. Hope today’s is ready by 7am so I can download it and take it with me to the park.

  16. Gravatar Icon 16 Michael May 5th, 2005 at 4:20 am

    Thanks to everyone who is commenting. I have been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to post replies or comments. When everything is finsihed, I’ll put together a comprehensive post on the whole experience. Doing the first (I know of) record all day, edit at night podcast, I am learning a lot – such as how to survive on 2 hours sleep a night. However, I am having a blast! DIsney has been awesome. As an example, tonight we were on the “Gold Carpet” for a celebrity event. It ran the entire length of Main Street – read LONG! We were in position #2 and they directed everyone to us, what more can you ask for? I just forwarded the latest file (5:00 AM) and need to get an hour or two of sleep before my scheduled interview with Michael Eisner. Thanks again.

  17. Gravatar Icon 17 Tim Elliott May 7th, 2005 at 11:01 am

    Just listened to your Disney ‘casts and they are excellent, as I have come to expect from you. When the history of podcasting is written, this will be pointed to as the seminal event when podcasting changed from being a hobby to an occupation. Could you please do all of us podcasters a favor and post another “Podcast about the Podcast” focusing on how you put this together, particularly the soundseeing portions?

    Thanks and get some rest this weekend ;-)

  18. Gravatar Icon 18 Tom Parish May 8th, 2005 at 1:34 pm

    Michael, you’ve done a good deed for Podcasters for sure for 2005 – accelerated our visibility and help bring credibility to the corporate podcasting arena. More more …!!
    Tom

  19. Gravatar Icon 19 David Tomita May 10th, 2005 at 11:45 am

    Hi Michael,
    Your Disneyland podcasts were the first I’ve ever listened to and I really enjoyed them. You have an easy to listen to friendly voice and you make it “sound” like we are there. Thanks!
    Wishful thinking – How wonderful it would be if you did more on Disneyland, like an audio tour. One could stand in a spot and listen to your podcast describing fun facts surrounding that area and it would also be a great way to while away the time when waiting in line. There are thousands of us who repeatedly visit Disneyland that would enjoy learning more about the park we love.
    David Tomita
    P.S. – I was wondering what is the piece of music that is heard at the very beginning of your Disneyland podcasts. Sounds familiar but I can’t quite identify it.

  20. Gravatar Icon 20 Michael May 10th, 2005 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks to everyone for the kinds words. We had a lot of fun producing the Disney podcasts. David had asked about the opening music. That was supplied by Disney and is their own composition for a music bed. (Sounds a lot like Coldplay though.)

  21. Gravatar Icon 21 Steve Aug 8th, 2005 at 2:39 pm

    Excellent job…enjoyed the great shows from July 15-17th. Do you know where the podcasts from the May 4th-5th festivities might be available? It appears they are no longer on the disney site.
    -Steve

  22. Gravatar Icon 22 Michael Aug 11th, 2005 at 4:31 pm

    Steve,

    They are moving some stuff around on their site. Hopefully they will be back up again shortly.

    I’ll post when they go back up.

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