Mousetalgia 261: Sam Gennawey on Disneyland, Escape from Tomorrow

Written by Jeff Baham. Posted in Disney, Disney History, Disney News, Mousetalgia, Podcasts

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Published on October 25, 2013 at 5:00 am with 3 Comments

Author Sam Gennawey joins Team Mousetalgia this week to discuss his new book “The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream.” Calling Disneyland Walt Disney’s “third child,” Gennawey talks about the unique challenges and circumstances that led to the creation of the theme park many consider the most magical place on earth. Also this week, we look at a couple spooky not-Disney movies that are actually quite Disney related. “Escape from Tomorrow,” the Sundance sensation, is first-time director Randy Moore’s film secretly shot largely on location inside of Disney theme parks, and Jeff and Kristen offer dual reviews and opinions on the controversial piece. The Haunting, a 1963 film by Robert Wise, tells the chilling tale of a haunted house that bears a striking resemblance to another haunted mansion we all know and love, and Jeff takes a closer look at the role Wise’s film played in the development of a classic Disneyland attraction. Plus – our favorite Disney parks skeletons… and more.

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  • whamo

    My favorite skeleton in the park? Walt Disney, of course!

  • Freddie Freelance

    * My favorite skeleton is the one on Snow White who is reaching through the bars.

    * I’d love to listen to a Samland Podcast where he discusses some of his research with past & present Imagineers; I’m thinking of a group sitting around a table enjoying a round of Gurrtinis while discussing the why and wherefor of what was planned and what was actually built in Disneyland & WDW.

    * Having grown up on Staten Island, NY, I used to visit the grave for the real Ichabod Crane at least once a year (back before they put in the new gravestone, when the stone was old, faded, and cracked). There are two stories about how Col. Crane became the schoolteacher Crane: 1) When he was stationed in the Militia at Sackett’s Harbor, NY, Irving met and fell into dislike with the Regular Army officer after the War of 1812. 2) That they met after Col. Crane retired and had a farm house on Staten Island; now Staten Island was (and still is) covered in Wild Onions, and back then the cows used to eat them, making their milk taste funky, and supposedly Irving was paying back the “insult” of being served milk that tasted sour (Irving was famous for living as a guest in other people’s houses, paying his way with stories and good cheer). That second story isn’t true (the dates are wrong), but it was popular on Staten Island when I was a kid.

  • whamo

    Freddie, Check out Marty Sklar’s “Dream It! Do it!” book about his role in creating the magic kingdoms for 50 years. You might also like David Koenig’s “Mouse Under Glass”.