On what would have been Walt Disney's 112th birthday, on December 5, 2013, The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to launch its very own podcast! This monthly podcast will endeavor to further Walt’s story. From interviews with people who knew or admire him—such as Disney Legends, animators, Imagineers, and more—recaps and clips from special events at the Museum, information about upcoming programs, to tidbits about Walt himself, will comprise just some of the content for this show.
WDFM Podcast, Episode 9: Disneyland
First aired: July 17, 2015
In celebration of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, we’re taking you through the definitive history of Walt’s Magic Kingdom—from its inception and creation to its opening on July 17, 1955. As Walt as our co-narrator, join us and special guest Bill Rogers—celebrated voice actor and Disneyland announcer—for our final episode this year on the WDFM Podcast.
Listen to it below, or here: Direct Download | iTunes (coming soon!)
WDFM Podcast, Episode 8: Donald Duck
First aired: June 24, 2015
June marks the anniversary of our favorite duck's first appearance on the silver screens. In this episode, Walt Disney—with our host Lucas O. Seastrom—co-narrates and takes our listeners through the history of Donald Duck. Hear from our special guest, animator, Disney Legend, and voice of Donald Duck, TONY ANSELMO, as he talks about his experience with the duck and all things Walt Disney.
WDFM Podcast, Episode 7: All Aboard!
First aired: February 20, 2015
On view now at The Walt Disney Family Museum, All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains explores the influence that railroading had on Walt Disney's life and work. It also tells the story of how his railroading legacy lives on to this day in Disney films and theme parks around the world. On this episode, we’ll get a chance to hear from exhibition curator, and president of the Carolwood Historical Society, Michael Campbell, as well as chat with the President of Lionel LLC Howard Hitchcock.
WDFM Podcast, Episode 6: Jack Lindquist
First aired: August 22, 2014
This summer, we celebrated a couple landmark dates that were important in Disney history, including the 59th anniversary of Walt's Magic Kingdom: Disneyland! In honor of this occasion, we invited Jack Lindquist—Disney Legend and the first President of Disneyland—to the WDFM Podcast to chat about the happiest place on earth and what it was like to work for its creator: Walt Disney.
WDFM Podcast, Episode 5: Bob Gurr and Rolly Crump
First aired: May 6, 2014
This past April 22, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1964/65 New York World's Fair with a legendary podcast episode featuring a friendly phone call between Disney Legends Bob Gurr and Rolly Crump. Join us as the two former Imagineers chat about what it was like working on the Disney attractions—it's a small world, The Carousel of Progress, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and the Ford Magic Skyway—for the fair.
WDFM Podcast, Episode 4: Kathryn Beaumont, Ginni Mack, and Alice Davis
First aired: March 25, 2014
March is Women's History Month, and as we prepared for our newest exhibition MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: THE WORLD OF MARY BLAIR, we were reminded of all the other important women who played influential roles in Disney history who not only created and influenced so many projects at The Walt Disney Studios, but also paved the way for the current females in animation that we see today. In our newest WDFM Podcast episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Ginni Mack, and Disney Legends Kathryn Beaumont and Alice Davis about their experiences as women in the industry.
WDFM Podcast, Episode 3: Floyd Norman, Ruthie Tompson, and Richard Sherman
First aired: February 12, 2014
In the third episode of the WDFM podcast, The Walt Disney Family Museum welcomes Disney Legends Floyd Norman, Ruthie Tompson, and Richard Sherman to share their unique and memorable experiences working with and for Walt Disney. Join us to find out what kind of a boss, leader, friend, and man Walt was—as told by the people who actually knew him.
WDFM Podcast, Episode 2: Tom Hanks
First aired: January 6, 2014
In episode two of the WDFM Podcast, Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks joins us to talk about his role as Walt Disney in the feature film Saving Mr. Banks. He also talks about how he prepared for the role—which entailed multiple trips to The Walt Disney Family Museum—his thoughts on Walt, Disneyland, and the museum's galleries and exhibits.
WDFM Podcast, Episode 1: Diane Disney Miller and Don Hahn
First aired: December 5, 2013
In our premier episode, we are honored to present, with a heavy heart, the final interview from the museum's founder—and Walt Disney's daughter—Diane Disney Miller. We also chat with Disney Legend and acclaimed producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) about the holiday film he produced and directed exclusively for The Walt Disney Family Museum: Christmas with Walt.
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