One thing that surprised me when I started working on Disney Kate was the massive scope of the Disney community. There are thousands of bloggers, crafters and podcasters out there sharing their love of Disney with others.
The number of podcasts alone is staggering, each with its own personality. There are podcasts that focus on one aspect of Disney, like Disney and Star Wars or Marvel. There are podcasts that focus on single parks like Epcot or Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There are podcasts that tell you about travel tips, dining tips and general Disney tips and tricks. But there aren’t many podcasts out there that focus on the creative side of Disney. That’s exactly what the team at the Disney Weekly Podcast was looking for when they decided to start their own show.
Disney Weekly is ‘A Podcast Dedicated to the Films, Parks and History’ of Disney.
It started with a conversation between the host, Danny, and the producer Jon during a trip to the Disney family museum. “Disney fans are the nicest people, and for some reason we’re all compelled to create because of Disney” Danny told me when I came on the show. And Danny and Jon have gathered a group of guests from nearly every aspect of Disney culture.
“So we’ve had Patrick Osborne who made the short Feast” Jon told me via email (he’s tends to stay on the technical side of things) “We’ve had the guys who run Star Wars Rebels, we’ve had episodes on the creation of exhibits at the Disney Museum. Then we’ve had critics on to discuss other Disney offerings like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Once Upon a Time, The Muppets, etc.” Each interview is insightful, natural and really fun to listen to. And you can tell that they guys behind this show make the effort to research their guests before they bring them on. I know this from personal experience, because I got to be a part of their process recently.
Just after the Tower of Terror takeover rumors were confirmed to be true, the Disney community on Twitter went ballistic. The guys at the podcast tweeted their response right away, and it was one of the first I saw and responded to. One thing led to another and a week later I ended up being a guest on their show.
Danny has the ability to bring the best out in a guest. Typically I’m the kind of person who is much more comfortable behind a keyboard than behind a mic, but I found this experience enjoyable (despite the sad subject matter) and by just a few minutes in the fact that I was being interviewed faded into the background. It was just a couple of Disney fans discussing what’s happening in the parks. And as I said at the end of my interview, I truly had a blast.
So while this show might not present new episodes as frequently as some of the other podcasts out there, I’d strongly recommend listening to any new shows they release! You won’t be disappointed.
Oh, and if you want to listen to Danny and I discuss the Tower of Terror Closure, as well as original intent, ride rumors, Star Wars and more, then you can give the show a listen here: