Episode 79: Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration


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On May 20th Disneyland kicked off its 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration with a special 2-day Media Preview event complete with premiere parties and interviews with Disneyland Imagineers. We take you with us as the Disneyland Resort debutes 3 new shows: the much-anticipated Paint The Night Parade, an all-new Disneyland Forever Fireworks, and World Of Color: Celebrate! Paul Barrie from Window To The Magic helps us recap the event.

Disneyland Creative Directors & Imagineers included in this episode:

  • Mary Niven, Vice President, Disneyland Park
  • Steve Davison, Executive Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment
  • Sayre Wiseman, Executive, Parades & Spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment
  • Scott Trowbridge, Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Kim Irvine, Art Director, Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Jeff Shaver-Moskowitz, Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Larry Nikolai, Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment
  • Randy Wojcik, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment

(Stay tuned for BONUS CONTENT of the full hour-long interview with these Imagineers)

Richard is SUPER excited about this next interview: in 1978 Lucasfilm commemorated the one-year Anniversary of Star Wars with the now iconic poster. This poster included Kenner action figures surrounding a cake with the Star Wars logo.

Star Wars 1st Anniversary Poster

That very cake was made by our next guest Tom Rosa, the owner of Cake and Art located right here in Los Angeles. What stories he has to tell!

Star Wars Weekends #2 is in the bag! Dan (of Podcast 66) and Lindsay Berry drop by to tell us all about the happenings on the East Coast, and give us a virtual tour of The Rebel Hangar.

Episode Breakdown:

  • 0:00 Disneyland60 with Paul Barrie from Window To The Magic: World of Color: Celebrate!
  • 15:33 Disneyland60: Paint The Night Parade
  • 32:03 Disneyland60: Fireworks “Disneyland Forever”
  • 42:00 Disneyland Ride Updates: Hatbox Ghost at Haunted Mansion; Matterhorn; Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Disneyland60 Merchandise
  • Disneyland’s 24 hour Party Diamond Celebration Kick-Off
  • 1:06:53 Shoutouts
  • 1:19:14 Star Wars Celebration #2 with Dan and Lindsay Berry
  • 1:50:00 Interview with Tom Rosa, Star Wars 1st Anniversary Cake-maker!

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