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September 7, 2019
After a summer of troubles at Disneyland, Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney World.  On the podcast, the story of this unique land’s journey from California to Florida, as well as a full review of the newly-opened land.  Link to the official Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/hollywood-studios/star-wars-galaxys-edge/   If you enjoy our podcast—these extended explorations into the life of Walt Disney, the history of animation, and the Disney Parks—please support us by subscribing on Bandcamp.  You can put in any amount you like, starting at $3.50.  In return, you’ll find podcast episodes and full series not available on iTunes.  The DHI Bandcamp subscriptions are not a way to make money—but to bring this podcast up to the point where it simply breaks even and covers its own costs.  https://dhipodcast.bandcamp.com/   You can contact me through my personal website at www.toddjamespierce.com
August 23, 2019
The process of creativity takes many paths.  In this episode, I explore the particular approach to creative development that Walt often used when exploring large projects and how Walt’s particular approach framed the later culture of Imagineering.
August 17, 2019
AGD 6 – Backstage Tours – Part One In this episode, I explore the history of backstage tours at Disneyland and Disney World, with stories going back to the year Disneyland opened.
August 10, 2019
The AGD sub-series is a guide designed to help frequent travelers find hidden gems at Disney World.  In the third episode of this new sub-series, we explore unique bars designed and built by Disney.
August 1, 2019
The story of how Disney World transformed American theme park culture to become a culinary destination. Part Two.
July 20, 2019
The story of how Disney World transformed American theme park culture to become a culinary destination. Part One.
June 26, 2019
Now that Galaxy's Edge is open to all, here's our guide to best manage the new reservation and boarding group system.
June 23, 2019
Have you ever wondered how Disney artfully transforms history into fantasy? A revealing discussion of the Disney design process on the DHI podcast.
June 11, 2019
Now that Galaxy's Edge is open, here's my full review of the new land--as well as a strategy guide to optimize your visit to Batuu.
May 31, 2019
The story of Disney animators whose work, in the 1950s, helped create a national space program and, eventually, NASA. Part Three.
May 29, 2019
The story of Disney animators whose work, in the 1950s, helped create a national space program and, eventually, NASA. Part Two.
May 25, 2019
The story of Disney animators whose work, in the 1950s, helped create a national space program and, eventually, NASA. Part One.
April 29, 2019
The final episode in this four part series on Galaxy's Edge explores the shops, restaurants, and bar, as well as the coming Star-Wars-themed hotel in Florida.
April 22, 2019
The story of Galaxy's Edge continues.  Part Three reveals how cutting edge technology was used to design and create the land.
April 15, 2019
The story of Galaxy's Edge continues.  Part Two reveals how the land was designed and developed.
April 7, 2019
The story of how Galaxy's Edge was designed and built, along with a walk-through of the forthcoming attractions, restaurants, and shops.
March 2, 2019
The story of the devastating animators' strike of 1941, an event that tore apart the Disney Studio.  Part Two.
February 26, 2019
The story of the devastating animators' strike of 1941, an event that tore apart the Disney Studio.
February 20, 2019
The making of Snow White--from the perspective of lead Disney animator, Ward Kimball.
January 15, 2019
Journey back to the early 1930s as legendary animator Ward Kimball joins the Disney Studio and learns to survive in the land of cartoons.
January 9, 2019
Journey back to the early 1930s as legendary animator Ward Kimball joins the Disney Studio and learns to survive in the land of cartoons.
November 8, 2018
A full walk-through of the lost Tomorrowland attraction, The World Beneath Us, and a discussion of how Walt Disney's interest in Tivoli Gardens gave rise to Disneyland and beyond.
October 4, 2018
To complete our "Disney vs. Russia" series, what can we learn about Walt's style of creativity by exploring how Cinerama gave rise to Disney's circular theaters?  Find out in this DHI Bonus Episode.
September 28, 2018
In the late 1950s, Disney was hired to define American culture through film--a film that would be shown at the World's Fair, directly across from the Russian Pavilion.
September 22, 2018
In the late 1950s, Disney was hired to define American culture through film--a film that would be shown at the World's Fair, directly across from the Russian Pavilion.
August 10, 2018
How did American animation get its start? Find out in this five-part series that follows animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from early New York animation studios to Disney, where he helps oversee story development on Fantasia, Dumbo and other classic films.
August 7, 2018
How did American animation get its start? Find out in this five-part series that follows animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from early New York animation studios to Disney, where he helps oversee story development on Fantasia, Dumbo and other classic films.
August 3, 2018
How did American animation get its start? Find out in this five-part series that follows animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from early New York animation studios to Disney, where he helps oversee story development on Fantasia, Dumbo and other classic films.
July 31, 2018
How did American animation get its start? Find out in this five-part series that follows animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from early New York animation studios to Disney, where he helps oversee story development on Fantasia, Dumbo and other classic films.
July 26, 2018
In this five-part series, follow animation pioneer, Dick Huemer as he moves from the early New York animation studios out to Disney’s where he eventually helps oversee story development for Fantasia, Dumbo and other classic films.
June 29, 2018
The story of how Winsor McCay helped create the field of American animation.
June 14, 2018
The surprising history of the American flag at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
June 9, 2018
Journey through the never-built Disney attraction, Symphony of America.
May 25, 2018
Did a 1934 exhibition of mechanical presidents inspire Walt Disney to build his own Audio-Animatronics?
May 9, 2018
In 1966, Walt's team laid out plans for the Florida resort--plans for hotels very different than those built years after his death.
May 2, 2018
In 1950, Roy Disney visited Florida and had an experience that may have changed the course of the Disney empire.
April 24, 2018
In this, the first of four episodes partially recorded live at Walt Disney World, I look at the fabulous Grand Canyon Concourse Mural by Mary Blair.  I also explore the mystery of the five-legged goat.
March 13, 2018
The story of Larry Watkin, the lead Disney screenwriter in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
February 15, 2018
In the 1930s, artists saw "The Sweatbox" as the practice that pushed Disney's animation beyond work produced by rival studios.
November 10, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean.  Haunted Mansion.  Adventure Thru Inner Space.  These are a few of the attractions that X Atencio helped create.  The surprising story of his career, from animation to Imagineering, on the DHI Podcast.     
September 14, 2017
In 1932, the Technicolor Corporation created a unique process system to present full-color presentations using images captured only on black-and-white film.  Instead of looking to one of the major studios to premiere their full-color process, they looked to Walt Disney and animation.  The story of Technicolor and its longtime connection with Walt Disney Productions is the subject of this special two-part podcast.  
August 24, 2017
In 1932, the Technicolor Corporation created a unique process system to present full-color presentations using images captured only on black-and-white film.  Instead of looking to one of the major studios to premiere their full-color process, they looked to Walt Disney and animation.  The story of Technicolor and its longtime connection with Walt Disney Productions is the subject of this special two-part podcast.
June 19, 2017
The story of how the Walt Disney Company finally built Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
May 26, 2017
The story of how the Walt Disney Company finally built Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
April 27, 2017
Two final stories about the wire - The Mechanical Pixie & Flight Comes to Florida
April 21, 2017
Stories from women who rode the wire as Tinkerbell--featuring Mimi Zerbini.
March 16, 2017
The surprising story of the 70-year-old woman who flew as Disneyland’s first Tinkerbell.
February 14, 2017
Disney Legend, Bill Sullivan tells stories of the early days of Disneyland.
February 4, 2017
In the early 1960s, Walt Disney explored building a tourist attraction in Monterey, California.  The story of that never-built project on the DHI Podcast. 
January 31, 2017
Five years after Disneyland opened, Walt explored building a series of micro parks across the country, parks roughly three to four acres in size and filled with Fantasyland-style attractions for kids. The story of these never-built micro parks, known inside the company as Project Satellite, on the DHI Podcast.
December 23, 2016
The story of Disneyland's first Christmas.
November 15, 2016
In 1960, when two ex-Disneyland designers tried to develop a massive theme park just east of Disneyland, local ministers and rabbis attempted to shut them down.
October 20, 2016
The making of Snow White--from the perspective of lead Disney animator, Ward Kimball.
September 13, 2016
August 6, 1970 – One of the most famous days in the history of Disneyland, the day the Yippie Movement invaded the park. The ideals of post-war conformity and consumerism set against the activism of America’s counterculture. With concerns of guest safety, Disneyland management turned park security over to the Anaheim Police Department who dispatched 150 officers in full riot gear onto Main Street.
July 26, 2016
The History of It's A Small World.  // Part Three: California and Beyond.
July 7, 2016
The History of It's A Small World.  // Part Two: The Music and the Fair.
June 30, 2016
The History of It's A Small World.  // Part One: The Designers.
May 26, 2016
In 1955, there was only one female designer who walked the site each week with Walt while Disneyland was being built.  Her name, Ruth Shellhorn, a landscape architect who designed large sections of the park.  On this episode of the DHI Podcast, her story.
April 27, 2016
In 1959, Walt Disney made a handshake agreement to build a second Disneyland in Florida--not in Orlando but in Palm Beach Gardens, an hour north of Miami.
April 19, 2016
In 1959, Walt Disney made a handshake agreement to build a second Disneyland in Florida--not in Orlando but in Palm Beach Gardens, an hour north of Miami.
March 31, 2016
The Mystery of Bob Mattey's Missing Window
March 19, 2016
The story of Nat Winecoff's missing window.
March 9, 2016
DHI 019 - The Mysterious CV Wood and the Origins of Disneyland The first chapter from THREE YEARS IN WONDERLAND that introduces the most mysterious man in the history of Disneyland.  
March 8, 2016
In the 1980s, Disney designed a massive entertainment complex and studio tour for Burbank...but never built it. 
March 3, 2016
In the 1980s, Disney designed a massive entertainment complex and studio tour for Burbank...but never built it. 
March 1, 2016
The story of how Disneyland's first advertising manager transformed the amusements industry forever.
February 26, 2016
In the 1980s, Disney designed a massive entertainment complex and studio tour for Burbank...but never built it. 
February 23, 2016
The story of a massive entertainment complex that Disney designed for Burbank but never built.
February 10, 2016
1955 - To premiere his park, Walt Disney arranged for Disneyland’s grand opening to be broadcast on live TV—a show called “Dateline: Disneyland.” On the DHI Podcast, the never-before-told story of how this historic telecast nearly fell apart at the last minute.
January 25, 2016
Two stories from Frontierland: First, is the Golden Horseshoe Saloon a re-creation of the saloon in the western film Calamity Jane or a re-creation of the most famous burlesque girlie club in the world?  Then, the story of a boat that Walt originally wanted to build for his Disneyland river, a boat that never made it off the drawing board.
January 18, 2016
In this podcast three things: Star Wars Land, a section of Disneyland that Walt created but never built, and the Frontierland that never was.
January 8, 2016
The story of the first female Imagineer - with Bob Gurr, Rolly Crump and Blaine Gibson.
January 1, 2016
The story of Walt Disney's participation in the 1966 Rose Parade in Pasadena--the start of his final year.
August 22, 2015
The forthcoming American Experience on Walt Disney has many interviews with men and women who worked with Walt Disney.  But it also includes cultural critics whose commentary may not match a historical understanding of Walt.
August 18, 2015
So who was Pinto Colvig?  The voice of Goofy, the voice of multiple dwarfs in Snow White, the voice of practical pig, a sound effects man, and an animator.  One of my projects for this past year was to edit and introduce Pinto Colvig’s memoir (written in the 1940s) for publication.   This is the earliest known book-length memoir by a Disney artist.  The book is out.  And now here is the Pinto Colvig Story podcast. 
July 31, 2015
Earlier this month, Blaine Gibson, Disney animator and sculptor, passed away at the age of 97.   I was lucky enough to interview Blaine multiple times.   I’ve assembled this podcast as a tribute to him.   I’ve always felt that voice was a window into personality.   Here, Blaine narrates his own story at the Disney studio, giving special attention to his efforts on the iconic Partners statue that graces Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom in Florida, and the Disney Studio in Burbank.
December 20, 2014
DHI 009 - Walt at Christmastime: a selection of Christmas letters written in the 1930s and 1940s by Walt and Roy Disney, most of them never before published.  With Todd James Pierce and Paul F. Anderson.
October 30, 2014
DHI historian, Todd James Pierce shares excerpts from an old (and surprising) interview with Fess Parker, the actor best-known for his role as Davy Crockett. 
October 14, 2014
One of the oldest mysteries at Disneyland, finally solved!
October 6, 2014
The story of the private penthouse club at the Disney studio, where in the 1940s and 1950s top animators used to relax a the top of the animation building.
December 16, 2013
The never-before-told story of the first amusement complex that Walt Disney attempted to build.  In 1938 and 1939, Hollywood Sports Garden was to be a massive 34-acre entertainment complex in the center of Los Angeles.  This episode contains the first three chapters of this story.  A subsequent episode will conclude the story, with chapters four through six.
October 1, 2013
The Haunted Mansion that was never built.  And a ghost--a real one--that Yale Gracey (the man who created spirits for the Mansion) saw as a boy.
September 16, 2013
The story of the most famous party in the history of animation - the 1938 Snow White wrap party.
July 24, 2013
Walt Disney's plans for audio-animatronics at the end of his life.  Host: Todd James Pierce
July 16, 2013
The story of Walt Disney's first attempt (in 1960) to open a second park in Anaheim.  Host: Todd James Pierce
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