This weeks show features a discussion about the recent documentary, “Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County”, showing currently on HBO. Charities featured in the documentary include:
This weeks show is a recounting of the sights, sounds and mysteries of Disneyland’s Club 33, with enhanced podcast-o-vision (TM). A few highlights –
And, for your further viewing plaesue, a few moments of video of “the Scary Bird” in it’s natural habitat –
You can find other links to info about Club 33 here or on Snopes.com here. Thanks again to friend of the show, Paul Barrie, Elder Statesman of Disney Podcasts, at Window to the Magic. If you listen to his show, find out about his efforts for a wholly listener sponsored podcast on his site.
Ever thought about the role of women in Carousel of Progress, or other Disney Parks attractions? Well, if not, we’ve got some fodder for thought in this week’s show, in which we discuss this beloved ride from a feminist perspective.
And, well, oops! Jennifer goofed when she said Rosey Grier was a 1970s football player….that career ended in the 1960s, which doesn’t make him any less cool or feminist, just older! And why do we call him a feminist? Well, for one thing, he recorded the song you’ve heard on the show, from the TV special Free to Be You ande Me, encouraging boys to let their feelings show and not be trapped in that tired old stereotype that boys can’t cry. Plus, the man could do a mean needlepoint, I tell you.
It’s Alright to Cry
And hey, since we’ve all been reminiscing so much about Michael Jackson lately, how about this clip, also from Free to Be You and Me?
When We Grow Up
We sure do love our Star Tours! Not that we don’t get distracted by other things of course, including Jeff W’s karaoke hit, Disney Mountain High.
Okay peeps, surely you’ve heard the rumors all over the interwebs about Star Tours 2.0, but here’s some handy links in case you’ve fallen behind:
- Slashfilm: Secret Star Wars Production Shooting in Hollywood
- The Disney Blog: Star Tours 2.0 Confirmed (Again)
- LA Times: A Brief History of the Future of Star Tours 2.0 at Disneyland
We also recommend trolling for new rumors over at the StudiosCentral.com community forums, where there’s a current thread discussing the Slashfilm article above.
We discuss Magic Meets, last year’s side trip to Hershey’s Chocolate World (the cows are Olympia, Gabby and Harmony – and thankfully NOT Crispy). Shockingly, we wander a bit off topic and discuss some favorite childhood treats!
We then hear a little “vintage” Disneyland audio, including what is listed as “Disneyland’s ‘Blast from the Past'” parade. This is what I found of corresponding name and date on youtube:
This video, clearly not the parade in its entirety, contains very little of the audio in the “official” recording we’ve included on this week’s show. The audio is intriguing as I am trying to imagine what characters are doing in some of these scenes. The video seems to show some of those characters I imagined on floats doing numbers running along before and after floats (note to DL parade developers: put the CHARACTERS on the floats, not the weird people dressed up like musical notes. hello??). Anyways, who knew there were Disney parades featuring the Three Stooges?
So, come on along now!
Happy holidays to all our listeners! On this week’s show, we shout out to more than a few of you, and give you our best wishes for a festive holiday season and a bright, shiny New Year. Then, we play holiday tunes from Disney parks around the world!
The music featured this week includes:
- Tokyo Disneyland Main Entrance Christmas Area background music loop, as background for the Cats discussion
- Holiday Graveyard Party, from Disneyland Anaheim
- Stardust Christmas 1995, from Tokyo Disneyland
- Happy Holiday Christmas 1996, from Tokyo Disneyland
- A Magical Christmas (aka Baroque Hoedown Christmas Mix), from Disneyland Paris
And yeah, Jennifer couldn’t resist throwing a weird bonus track at the very end….can anybody out there name that tune?