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Talking Disney Podcast
Episode 99 - Experiment 626

Talking Disney Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 111:30


Welcome to Episode 99 of the Talking Disney Podcast. On this episode we talk about Jason's and James' recent trip to Disneyland and Oogie Boogie Bash, Bob Iger honored by the Queen of England, Deadpool 3 announced, MagicBand+ coming soon to Disneyland, James visits Albuquerque. We share our thoughts on Disney's 42nd animated feature film, Lilo & Stitch.  Thanks for listening! Like us on Facebook: @TalkingDisneyPodcast Follow us on Twitter: @TalkingDisney Follow us on Instagram: @talkingdisneypodcast Email us: talkingdisneypodcast@gmail.com Website: www.talkingdisneypodcast.com Check out The Disney Podcast Group on Facebook - www.facebook.com/groups/TheDisneyPodcastGroup 

DIZNEY COAST TO COAST - The Ultimate Unofficial Disney Fan Podcast
EPCOT Turns 40, Hurricane Ian Affects Walt Disney World, Hocus Pocus Headed to Broadway?, A Figment Movie, and more! - Disney Podcast Episode 935

DIZNEY COAST TO COAST - The Ultimate Unofficial Disney Fan Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 38:43


Disney fans rejoice! EPCOT, one of Disney's most unique theme parks, recently turned 40. Plus, "Hocus Pocus" may be headed to the Broadway stage, A Figment movie is being developed, MagicBand+ is headed to Disneyland Resort, and Disney After Hours are returning to Walt Disney World. That and so much more on this episode. Find links and info related to this episode in the show notes. ------ GIVEAWAYS, BONUSES, SUPPORT, AND SAVE: Gain early access to episodes, take part in live stream Q&As, and gain more bonuses by joining on Patreon. Support the show at no additional cost to you. Get yourself a FREE audiobook on Audible, and do your regular shopping on Amazon and shopDisney using my special links. Save money on Whosits & Whatsits as well as Souvenir Scents using discount code "DCTC." Get FREE DISNEY GIFTS from DCTC. ------ BE SOCIAL: Follow @DizneyCTC on Instagram. Follow host @JeffDePaoli on Twitter and TikTok. ------ CONNECT: Write me at Contact@DePodcastNetwork.com Leave a voicemail at 818-860-2569 Visit the show at DizneyCoastToCoast.com Sign up for the DCTC Newsletter ------ "Dizney Coast to Coast" is part of the DePodcast Network. Love the show? Leave a tip.

MousePire
Ep228: Magic Buns

MousePire

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 86:43


In this week's episode, we talk about the new MagicBand+ coming to the resort. What does it do? Sit back and find out. We have news about a Christmas party that will not be returning this year. Could we see it in DCA next year? It's the end of an era of an iconic voice. Not to worry, with artificial intelligence technology we'll hear his voice for generations to come. Also She Hulk, Andor, Knott's Berry Farm news and more on this non hating episode of the MousePire Podcast!!! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mousepirepodcast/message

The Sweep Spot - Former Disneyland Cast Members Talking Disneyland
The Sweep Spot - Disneyland Current Events as of Sept. 30, 2022

The Sweep Spot - Former Disneyland Cast Members Talking Disneyland

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 33:09


We catch up on the latest at the Disneyland Resort. Once per month, you can join a live chat as we record these episodes by joining the Patreon for The Sweep Spot. We discuss MagicBand+ hotel changes, and more!We are Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman, former Disneyland Custodial Foremen and lifelong Disneyland fans who bring our perspective to what's happening now at the Disneyland Resort. We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt's Dream Spotless and Cleaning The Kingdom: Night, Day, Past and Present.   The Sweep Spot is an unofficial Disneyland podcast, now weekly, with a Topical Episode every two weeks, alternating with a Current Events Episode the other weeks.For more information and to order books, visit our official website: 

Plus or Bust - A Disney Podcast
94 - Strange World Still Looks Great + The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)

Plus or Bust - A Disney Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 95:29


Welcome to Plus or Bust - A Disney Podcast, where each week we discuss a different, random film from Disney's streaming video service, Disney+, and decide whether or not we would recommend it or not by giving a Plus or a Bust. We also discuss various Disney news and other Disney related topics so each week is something different.On this episode we talk about the latest Disney news including the newest trailer for Disney Animation's Strange World and Magicband+ coming soon to Disneyland.   All that and more plus our featured film discussion on The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. Is this direct to video sequel worth returning to the sea for? Or should it be walled off from humanity?Find out on this episode of Plus or Bust!00:02:17 - Introductions/House Keeping/Tangents about Disneyland00:12:00 - Hurricane Ian makes it's way towards Florida00:12:35 - James Earl Jones retires from playing Darth Vader00:15:43 - Tangent about She-Hulk and future plans for this podcast00:21:45 - Strange World trailer 2 discussion00:25:28 - MagicBand+ comes to Disneyland this fall00:40:52 - The Little Mermaid II discussion01:27:03 - Final Thoughts + Verdicts01:29:45 - The random film pick for next week is...01:30:16 - Outro + Social LinksFollow us on Twitter! @PlusOrBustFollow us on Instagram! @PlusOrBustJoin our Facebook Group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/disneyplusorbustSend us an email at disneyplusorbust@gmail.comAny popping, clicking, echoing or vibrations you hear in the audio are not intentional and we're working to get it fixed for later episodes. We apologize for an inconsistent quality.Recorded 09/25/2022

Monorail Tales
MTP 280: Disney Tech-Past, Present, and Future

Monorail Tales

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 64:48


Join us as Bill, Michelle, Michael and Ric discuss the history of some of the technology that Disney has introduced in the parks throughout the years including Pal Mickey, Magic Bands, and more; they also discuss their own experience with the new Magic Band+. As the show closes, they each share what the future might look like with technology and what they would like to see to make their time in the parks even more enjoyable. You can find us on the web at www.monorailtales.com. Find us on Facebook and like our page and join our fun Disney group! You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram If you a show idea or would like to be on the show, email sheila@monorailtales.com For the best deals on DVC Resale contracts and DVC rentals, check out our sponsor DVC Shop at DVCShop.com

DLWeekly Podcast - Disneyland News and Information
DLW 254: Imagineer Greg Combs

DLWeekly Podcast - Disneyland News and Information

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 91:44 Very Popular


This week, more MagicBand details, a larger than life Avenger starts making appearances, Donald Duck's sipper arrives, Mike Wazowski also gets into the Halloween spirit, we begin our talk with former Imagineer Greg Combs,, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! DISCOUNTS! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! We have partnered with the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground to get great deals for our listeners! Book your stay at the Howard Johnson Anaheim and get 15% off your stay (code 1000022077)! Magic Key Holders get 20% off their stay (code 1000025935) as well! Book now! Need the perfect bag for your days in the parks? Look no further than Designer Park Co.! Purchase the Rope Drop Bag as featured on Episode 222 and get 10% off your purchase! Use coupon code DLWEEKLY to get the discount. News: For Weeklyteers who have been out to Walt Disney World and used MagicBands, the implimentation at Disneyland may confuse you. When they arrive sometime this fall, front gate cast members will continue to use the iPhones to scan the MagicBand. Also, instead of the fingerprint scan Disney World uses, Disneyland will continue to use photos. – https://www.micechat.com/334644-disneyland-update-fall-ing-scale-ing-plans-derailing/ A big, green, gamma radiated Avenger has started making appearances at Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure. The Hulk, which was previewed and announced to be coming to Avengers Campus, has begun greeting guests in front of the Avengers Headquarters building. What makes this character greeting so unique is the large size! It seems that there are some kinks to be worked out, but that was probably the point of the limited time appearances. – https://twitter.com/Disneyland/status/1573003685298597888?cxt=HHwWgMDTyZCht9QrAAAA and https://www.micechat.com/334644-disneyland-update-fall-ing-scale-ing-plans-derailing/ Donald Duck will be joining popcorn bucket Mickey as a cute Halloween sipper at the park. Donald is dressed in a candy corn costume for Halloween, and is carrying a small trick or treat bucket for treats. The sipper is available for $21.25 at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. – https://www.micechat.com/334644-disneyland-update-fall-ing-scale-ing-plans-derailing/ Donald isn't the only one getting in on the act of dressing up for Halloween and going on sale! Mike Wazowski in a pumpkin costume is the new design for a bottle topper with straw. The topper allows guests to drink from a bottle of soda or water without an open top. The straw allows for the bottle to be held upright as well. The topper is $6.99. – https://www.micechat.com/334644-disneyland-update-fall-ing-scale-ing-plans-derailing/ Mobile ordering is the wave of the future according to Disneyland. Recently, registers were removed from the Emporium and replaced with new merchandise islands. Small mobile checkout podiums are at the exits now to help guests who use the service. – https://www.micechat.com/334644-disneyland-update-fall-ing-scale-ing-plans-derailing/ Weeklyteers who are going to be at the resort soon can take a photo with a new Hocus Pocus 2 photo op in Downtown Disney. The location is a new one for a photo op and is sort of out of the way. It is located between Tortilla Jo's and Splitsville away from the main walkway. If you are a supporter, be sure to join in on the Hocus Pocus 2 watch party this Friday, September 30th at 6pm Pacific. – https://www.micechat.com/334644-disneyland-update-fall-ing-scale-ing-plans-derailing/ If you have been wanting an excuse to stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, the current deals might be for you! If you are a Disney Visa Cardmember and use it to book your stay between October 20th and December 22nd, you can save up to 15% on your reservation. This deal if for Sunday through Thursday nights, with a 10% discount on premium or standard rooms at the Paradise Pier Hotel, or 15% off premium or standard rooms at the Disneyland or Grand Californian Hotels.  – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/09/21/find-out-if-you-qualify-for-this-exclusive-disney-hotel-deal/ Last year, a new separate-ticketed event came to Disneyland for the holidays. Disney Merriest Nites at Disneyland Park took place last year over 5 select nights. Theme park reporter Scott Gustin tweeted that the event was officially not returning for the 2022 holiday season. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2022/09/disney-confirms-merriest-nites-not-returning-to-disneyland-resort-in-2022/ and https://twitter.com/ScottGustin/status/1573391768875319297?s=20&t=ICPET0EdJcCSs72jTXmqhw Discussion Topic: Imagineer Greg Combs

Trammin' - A Disneyland Podcast
Trammin' 132: Magic Bands... Plus

Trammin' - A Disneyland Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 129:18


MagicBand+ is coming to Disneyland. But it isn't much of a plus, is it? Join Kirk & Rain as they plus the plus and go beyond just the bands. How many ways can we improve our quality of life at The Disneyland Resort? Find out all the ways on a brand new episode of Trammin' - A Disneyland Podcast!InstagramTrammin' - https://instagram.com/TramminPodcastChristian Rainwater - https://instagram.com/imrainwaterKirk - https://instagram.com/TramminKirkTikTok - https://tiktok.com/@tramminpodcastTwitter - https://twitter.com/tramminpodcastMusicLocal Forecast - Elevator Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Trammin' - The Disneylanders, Addy DaddyUsed with permission.September - Earth Wind & FireCharacter Art & AnimationNadia Dar - https://nadsdardraws.carrd.co/Trammin' - A Disneyland Podcast

Word on the Main Street - A Disneyland Podcast
Episode 282 - The FanX Recap!

Word on the Main Street - A Disneyland Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 82:10


Sean and Bryan discuss the events of FanX Salt Lake, Magic Band, Latin and Hispanic entertainment, the best pizza in the resort, and the status of Merriest Nites. We have new merch! Buy now at: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/word-on-the-main-street-podcast?ref_id=26007 We have a sponsor: Get Away Today! Use our referral link to get $10 off any 2+ night Southern California package! www.getawaytoday.com?referrerid=7479 or use promo code mainstreetpod10 Buy us a churro! www.buymeacoffee.com/wotms Stay at Homewood Suites Anaheim Resort and save 10% by calling Mike Ransom at 714-750-2010 and mentioning Word on the Main Street Podcast! 10+ room group rates also available! Contact the hosts: Voicemail: 801.923.2455 Sean - sean.wotms@gmail.com Bryan - bryan.wotms@gmail.com

The 5571
What to Expect When MagicBand+ Arrives at Disneyland

The 5571

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 50:09


Danny (Just Ask Danny) and David Vaughn discuss the latest Disney Parks news, and share what you can expect when MagicBand+ finally arrives at the Disneyland Resort this Fall. Additionally we dive into a Q+A segment for our Main Street Topic, all thanks to our listeners and their submitted questions.Where to Connect With Us?Email Us: podcast@the5571.comDavid's TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedavidvaughnDanny's YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/JustAskDannyDavid's Instagram: https://instagram.com/davidvaughnDanny's Instagram: https://instagram.com/just.ask.danny

1923 Main Street: A Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast
EPCOT 40th Anniversary Celebrations plus MagicBand+ at Disneyland

1923 Main Street: A Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 15:28


EPCOT Turns 40 on October 1, 2022EPCOT wasn't always a park that was slated for success. A quick look back at the creation of Disney's first park not modelled after a Magic Kingdom.--EPCOT 40th Anniversary Merchandise RevealedThe new EPCOT 40th Anniversary Collection is available for purchase as of October 1, 2022, with additional items arriving throughout the month. The collection features retro and nostalgic designs that offer a wide variety of merchandise for the entire family. Initial reactions among fans have been mixed. This commemorative merchandise will be available at Creations Shop in EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Select items will also be available on shopDisney.com.--Foodie Guide to EPCOT 40th Anniversary CelebrationsFrom the very beginning, EPCOT has always had a food component through World Showcase.So it's only fitting that there's a foodie guide to accompany EPCOT 40th Anniversary Celebrations (including our top picks).Connections Café (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) EPCOT 40th Liege Waffle: Brioche dough with pearl sugar  > Amelia's Pick Chozo de Margarita (Available beginning Sept. 30 while supplies last) 40th Fiesta: Frozen margarita in a “MEXICO 40” souvenir cupFunnel Cake (Available Oct. 1 and 2) Celebration Funnel Cake with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, and 40th candies > Amelia's Pick Garden House (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) Sake Cocktail Flight featuring Samurai, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo Sunset, and Violet Sake  > Mike's Pick La Hacienda de San Angel and San Angel Inn (Available beginning Sept. 30 while supplies last) Flan: Vanilla custard topped with blueberries, whipped cream, and a “MEXICO 40” white chocolate garnish Clarified Margarita: Tequila, orange liqueur, lemon, simple syrup,“MEXICO 40” cup & glow cube Nine Dragons Restaurant (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) Dan Dan Noodles: Spicy pork, Sichuan sauce, peanut butter, sesame, cucumber, and green onion  Space 220 Restaurant (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) Crema Catalana: Vanilla cream custard, lemon snow, citrus segments, and spicy ginger crumble  > Mike's Pick Sunshine Seasons (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3; Mobile order available)Figment Sponge Cake with honey-lime mousseTeppan Edo (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) EPCOT 40th Saketini: The saketini was on the menu when the Japan Pavilion first opened. This version combines sake and butterfly pea flower to recreate the night sky of EPCOTTokyo Dining (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3)  EPCOT 40th Kaisen Chirashi Don: Celebration sushi bowl EPCOT 40th Saketini: The saketini was on the menu when the Japan Pavilion first opened. This combines sake and butterfly pea flower to create a color reminiscent of the EPCOT night sky --MagicBand+ Coming to Disneyland Resort this FallWhile MagicBand+ offers very little in terms of innovative new experiences, Disney fans have still been snapping them up to try them out at Walt Disney World.With MagicBand+ launching soon at Disneyland, will there be anything different or better in terms of features and experiences? The answer is, unfortunately, no. Here's what you can expect once MagicBand+ launches at Disneyland.At launch, you'll be able to connect your MagicBand+ to theme park tickets or a Magic Key pass in the Disneyland and use it for Lightning Lane entrances. Disney PhotoPass photographers will also accept a tap of your band to link photos to your Disney account. All pretty basic and standard MagicBand functionality.MagicBand+ will also offer its glow-with-the-show capability at Disneyland. Again, nothing special.The Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters interactive quest has vibrations and lights from MagicBand+. This feature has, in our opinion, ruined the landscape of Galaxy's Edge by inserting very non-immersive screens throughout the land. Plus, users have encountered problems with this activity, particularly in terms of rapidly draining the MagicBand+ battery (rendering it useless as far as completing the mission).Should you buy a MagicBand+ at Disneyland? The basic functionality of a MagicBand is good, but the enhancements are nothing special at all and not worth it in our opinion.--Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel PodcastThank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.Shop 1923 Main StreetFeel free to visit our 1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.Contact 1923 Main StreetThank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at 1923MainStreet.com. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.Please be sure to follow along on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.Thank you for listening and have a magical day!Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic--Media provided by Jamendo

The Attractions Podcast
MagicBand+ at Disneyland will debut this fall, and more news! - The Attractions Podcast - Recorded 9/26/2022

The Attractions Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 34:04


Join hosts Carly and Tharin as they bring you news and discussion about all things theme parks, as well as their thoughts on the latest movies, television, and video games on The Attractions Podcast.  This week on The Attractions Podcast, Carly and Tharin discuss: MagicBand+ at Disneyland will debut this fall Spend an Oogie Boogie Afternoon in SoCal Universal introduces Halloween Horror Nights NFT experience All-new show at Universal Studios Florida debuts this weekend Harbor Nights La Dolce Vita returns to Universal Orlando Columbia Pictures Aquaverse is coming to Thailand The Attractions Podcast is brought to you by MEI-Travel and Mouse Fan Travel. They provide premium service and expert advice to get the most for your vacation time and dollars. Visit them at mei-travel.com We welcome your suggestions and want you to be a part of the discussion. Please send your comments to info@attractionsmagazine.com with the subject line “The Attractions Podcast.” Statements or opinions herein are those of the hosts and advertisers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the producers, Dream Together Media LLC, or staff.

The Mouse and More Podcast - Disney News and Reviews

Extra Extra! Read all about it! Today we have some Disney news for you! We'll talk about Disneyland discounts, Magic Band +, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, a new store in Disneyland, and so much more. IF you're looking to go to Walt Disney World in Florida or Disneyland in California, contact a travel agent at Main Street and More Travel and have one of us make your trip easy and stress FREE!! Oh did I mention that it's FREE to use a travel agent from Main Street and More?  If you like the show, please subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes), Stitcher, Podbean or anywhere you listen to Podcasts! You can always join us on our The Mouse and More Podcast Facebook Group  and follow us on  Twitter  and  Instagram   @ The Mouse and More Podcast! And IF you REALLY like us, please give us a review on iTunes, we love Good Reviews! Hope you enjoy this episode, talk to you soon!!    

Hyperion Adventures Podcast: Everything Disney for Every Fan
Checking One Off The Bucket List: A Stay At Disney's Wilderness Lodge Cascade Cabins

Hyperion Adventures Podcast: Everything Disney for Every Fan

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 81:00


This week, we were lucky enough to get to experience something that we have been dreaming about for years. We hope you come along with us as we discuss all the details of Checking One Off The Bucket List: A Stay At Disney's Wilderness Lodge Cascade Cabins. This was truly a unique and special experience that we can't wait to share with you. Find out our impressions of these magical locations and whether or not we'd ever splurge to do it again! Once we finish up our segment about Checking One Off The Bucket List: A Stay At Disney's Wilderness Lodge Cascade Cabins, we give our spoiler-free thoughts on the new Star Wars series, Andor. Find out what our initial impressions are of the new Disney+ show. Next, we share the Disney Stories of the Week, including details about when and how you will be able to finally use MagicBand+ at The Happiest Place On Earth. As always, we wrap it all up with tips that might help you on your next vacation. Thanks for listening! Cheers!

FomoCast
More Mergers On The Horizon And Magicband+ To Disneyland!

FomoCast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2022 64:22


Chris and Tim come at you this week discussing the predicted merger of Warner Bros and NBCUniversal, Andor with no spoilers, and how the Magicband+ is FINALLY coming to Disneyland. They also update everyone about the goings on at the parks and of course another incident at Walt Disney World.

D23 Inside Disney
Episode 158: Mayim Bialik on “Celebrity Jeopardy”

D23 Inside Disney

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 30:31 Very Popular


Encanto voice cast to reunite for Hollywood Bowl concert performance, Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy's Edge - Enhanced Edition is coming, a premiere date has been announced for the first of The Owl House's final three specials, the 2022 American Music Awards will return to ABC, Halloween programming details for Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, MagicBand+ debuts this fall at Disneyland Resort with new features and experiences, and the Disney Dream will set sail out of Miami through the fall and winter. Plus, Celebrity Jeopardy host Mayim Bialik on playing a young Bette Midler for Beaches, filming Blossom at Disneyland, and why Alice in Wonderland is her favorite Disney movie.

Capture The Magic - Disney World Podcast | Disney World Travel Podcast | Disney World News & Rumors Podcast
Ep 421 - Disney News + Walt Disney World Swan Reserve Review

Capture The Magic - Disney World Podcast | Disney World Travel Podcast | Disney World News & Rumors Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 62:38 Very Popular


On this episode, we talk about some news involving the EPCOT 40 celebration and Magicband+ arriving to Disneyland this fall. We also have a review of our stay at Walt Disney World Swan Reserve Hotel over Labor Day Weekend.Join Club 32Help us to fund & grow the show by becoming part of Club 32! You'll get more additional content, CTM Apparel discounts, 1901 Candle Company discounts, private Facebook Group, private podcast & more! - head to ctmvip.com1901 Candle CompanyWe're excited to launch our brand new Fall-Themed Disney Scented Candles! More at 1901candleco.com.CTM ApparelGet the best Disney, Universal and/or Pop Culture apparel that is hand made in our shop - shop at ctmshirts.comSubscribe To The Show & Leave Us A ReviewApple Podcasts - Click HereStitcher - Click HereSpotify - Click HereGoogle Podcasts - Click HereAmazon Podcasts - Click HereFollow Us on Social Media CTM Facebook Community: @capthemagicInstagram: @capthemagicTikTok: @capturethemagicTwitter: @capthemagicVisit Us Online Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!Capturethemagicpodcast.com - Listen to our weekly podcast!Ctmuniversal.com – find the latest episodes!Join Club 32! Our private group with access to exclusive livestreams, podcasts, and MORE! Visit ctmvip.comOur SponsorsZip Travel Co - visit travelwithzip.com to see how they can help you have the vacation of a lifetime!Designer Park Co - visit designerparkco.com & use promo code "CTM10" to save 10% to find the ultimate theme park day pack!Kingdom Strollers - visit kingdomstrollers.com to save up to 50% off theme park stroller rental prices

DVC Newscast by My DVC Points
N091 Disneyland News: D23 Announcements, Magicband+ to debut, and Eudora’s Chic Boutique Opens

DVC Newscast by My DVC Points

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 37:41


Pete, Vicky, and Sue discuss all the Disneyland news and announcements revealed at the D23 Expo. Magicband+ is also set to debut at Disneyland Resort this fall and Eudora's Chic Boutique has opened in New Orleans Square of Disneyland park. N091 Season 8 of the My DVC Points Podcast was brought to you by: DVC Resale Market - Industry Leader in DVC Resales DVC Rental Store - DVC Point Rentals Monera Financial - Exclusively Financing DVC Contracts Patreon supporters in the My DVC Points VIP Producer Club. D23 Disneyland announcements During the D23 Expo 2022, Disney announced two new meet and greets will be coming to Disneyland Resort in 2022. Beginning this week for a limited time, the Incredible Hulk will appear in his Quantum Suit inside Avengers Campus. Additionally, the Mandalorian and Grogu will make their first appearance on Batuu at Disneyland park starting in mid-November. In late January 2023, Disneyland Resort will begin the 100 Years of Wonder celebration. The park will receive new platinum-infused décor, new looks for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals, special food and beverage offerings, and more. Two all-new nighttime spectaculars, “World of Color – One” at Disney California Adventure park and “Wondrous Journeys” at Disneyland park, will debut in 2023. The “Magic Happens” parade will return in Spring 2023. Disney also announced Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway and Mickey's Toontown will open early 2023. Disney announced Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure will be expanding with a third attraction featuring a brand-new story that will bring guests into battle alongside their favorite Super Heroes. The new concept for this attraction will be an epic family adventure, where guests team up with more of the Avengers and their allies to battle against foes from the multiverse, including King Thanos, a villain designed specifically for Avengers Campus.  Similar to Walt Disney World, Tiana's Bayou Adventure will open at the Disneyland Resort in late 2024.  Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure park will be reimagined into San Fransokyo from “Big Hero 6.” Imagineers are in the early phases of this work, but the transformation will include a place to meet Baymax, along with new shops and restaurants. runDisney races will return to the Disneyland Resort in 2024!   Previously, Disney announced their plan to reimagine Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel with a Pixar theme, which was revealed to be called Pixar Place Hotel. The hotel will include many Pixar touches, including a “Finding Nemo”-themed splash pad area.  The Great Maple will open a flagship restaurant on the first floor and operate other food and beverage locations throughout Pixar Place Hotel. This modern American eatery specializes in upscale comfort food with a twist, serving fresh takes on American classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the Downtown Disney District, Disney plans to introduce more than a dozen new and reimagined locations. Din Tai Fung, a world-renowned Asian restaurant that originated in Taiwan and specializes in soup dumplings, will join the district with its authentic cuisine. Additionally, Porto's Bakery and Café, an iconic Southern California destination known across the country for its sweet pastries and desserts, as well as delicious California–Cuban-inspired dishes, will be coming to the Downtown Disney District in the future. Source: D23 Expo, Disney Parks Blog MagicBand+ to premiere at Disneyland This fall, MagicBand+ will make its debut at Disneyland Resort, bringing the wearable technology to the West Coast for the first time! Launched at Walt Disney World Resort earlier this summer, MagicBand+ includes smart features like color-changing LED lights, haptic vibrations and gesture recognition. When MagicBand+ is paired to a smartphone device through the Disneyland app, it unlocks personalization options such as selecting unique light colors and adjusting the vibration and motion recognition settings. MagicBand+ features and experiences will vary between Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. MagicBand+ can be connected to theme park tickets or Magic Key passes in the Disneyland app for an easy way to enter the Disneyland Resort theme parks, check in at Lightning Lane entrances, and link Disney PhotoPass photographer photos to your Disney account. MagicBand+ also adds new, immersive elements and surprises to park experiences. In sync with special moments during select nighttime spectaculars, the band will complement the magic in the skies by pulsing with colorful, dancing lights and vibrations. It will also come to life during “World of Color” in Disney California Adventure park and “Fantasmic!” and select nighttime shows in Disneyland park. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Disneyland park will include the Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters interactive quest. It was later announced that at Disneyland Resort, Magicband+ are able to be transferred for a day to another guest. This function is not available at Walt Disney World. Source: Disney Parks Blog Eudora's Chic Boutique featuring Tiana's Gourmet Secrets opened at DL Eudora's Chic Boutique Featuring Tiana's Gourmet Secrets has opened in the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland park. Tiana, who makes the very best gumbo in town, has collaborated with her talented dressmaker mother Eudora, to open the most fanciful little shop of surprises. Here, one can find accessories to create and serve masterful New Orleans-style cuisine and more. The shop also is home to Eudora's delightful sense of style. Source: Blog Mickey First MVMCP has sold out The first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party has sold out on November 10th. This date is the second party of the season and is also the lowest price. Source: Walt Disney World website My DVC Points is an awesome community of DVC members. Our positive, respectful, and authentic conversations about Disney Vacation Club are designed to help people make informed and educated decisions about what's best for their families. Please join us to continue the conversations on our Facebook Group, Discord Server, and YouTube channel. It takes an awesome community of DVC members to produce our content. We're always recruiting people to help research, produce, edit, or join our shows to share their stories. Thus far, we've had over 225 DVC members on our shows. If our content has been a blessing to your family, please consider supporting our show through our VIP Producer's Club at Patreon.com and join us for the Patreon After-Party from our live shows. Facebook admins and moderators of the My DVC Points Community Group: Sandy Symianick, Gina Grotsky, Shannon Ford, Caleb Allison, and Mary Anne Tracy. "Take Flight" music by Martinrowberry1 on Pond5.

Dining at Disney Podcast
Rosa Mexicano Restaurant Coming to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Dining at Disney Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 33:01


Disney foodies Kristen Hoetzel, Cat Arcori, and Aljon Go talk about Rosa Mexicano restaurant coming to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, MagicBand+ updates, Character Dining, Santa coming to Disney Springs, as well as the latest Disney travel deal. BOOK YOUR VACATION TODAY! Book your next Disney Parks, Universal, or cruise vacation with Kristen today! E-mail her at themeparksandcruises@gmail.com. SHURE - The Dining at Disney Podcast uses the Shure MV7 Podcast Microphone bundle! Thanks to Shure for sponsoring this episode. Learn more at: https://www.shure.com/en-US/products/microphones/mv7?variant=MV7-K-BNDL GATOR FRAMEWORKS - Stands and accessories for podcasters, content creators, music, lighting, and AV equipment. Visit https://gatorframeworks.com/ AFFILIATE LINKS - Amazon https://amzn.to/3HKYfQm - Disney Store https://bit.ly/3t3joRT - Garden Grocer - https://bit.ly/3JQC5yj VISIT OUR SITE http://diningatdisney.com/ FOLLOW THE TEAM! Kristen Hoetzel http://www.instagram.com/diningatdisney/ - Vincent "Big Bubba" Alvarez - http://www.instagram.com/big_bubba_b/ - Cat Arcori - http://www.instagram.com/cat_astrophe/ - Producer - Aljon Go http://www.instagram.com/aljongo/ Segment music: Dining at Disney Theme - World Map by Jason Farnham. Additional music - Happy Life by FREDJI https://soundcloud.com/fredjimusic https://www.facebook.com/fredjimusic - Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/u4PI5p5bI9k --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/diningatdisney/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/diningatdisney/support

DLWeekly Podcast - Disneyland News and Information
DLW 253: T&T's Disneyland and Oogie Boogie Bash Wrap Up

DLWeekly Podcast - Disneyland News and Information

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 81:04 Very Popular


This week, a short lived parade is returning, new nighttime entertainment for Disney 100 coming early next year, Magic Band news, the new hotel name is announced, Grad Nites are getting pricier, we talk about our Oogie Boogie Bash experience, and more! Please support the show if you can by going to https://www.dlweekly.net/support/. If you want some DLWeekly Swag, you can pick some up at https://www.dlweekly.net/store/. Book your travel through ConciEARS at no extra cost to you! Be sure to mention that you heard about ConciEARS from DLWeekly at booking! DISCOUNTS! If you want some awesome headwear or one of a kind items, be sure to visit our friends over at All Enchanting Ears! You can use the promo code DLWEEKLY10 to get 10% off your order! We have partnered with the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground to get great deals for our listeners! Book your stay at the Howard Johnson Anaheim and get 15% off your stay (code 1000022077)! Magic Key Holders get 20% off their stay (code 1000025935) as well! Book now! Need the perfect bag for your days in the parks? Look no further than Designer Park Co.! Purchase the Rope Drop Bag as featured on Episode 222 and get 10% off your purchase! Use coupon code DLWEEKLY to get the discount. News: The parade that was only around for two weeks before the pandemic finally has a return season! Next spring, the Magic Happens parade will step off through Disneyland once again. The parade will be part of the 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company in 2023. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/09/disneyland-resort-announcements-from-d23-expo-2022-and-more/ Not only is Magic Happens returning for the Disney 100 celebration, but new versions of World of Color and the Disneyland fireworks are debuting in the spring. World of Color – One will celebrate the storytelling legacy started by Walt Disney 100 years ago. The show will tell a story of how a single action creates a ripple that can grow into a wave of change. Wondrous Journeys will be the new Disneyland fireworks show that will have nods to all 60 Walt Disney Animation Studios films to date, and will include more state of the art projection effects on Main Street, it's a small world, and the Rivers of America. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/09/disneyland-resort-announcements-from-d23-expo-2022-and-more/ The Disney Parks Blog did what Josh D'Amaro didn't do at the D23 Expo last week – they gave us some information on the Magic Bands coming to Disneyland! No exact date was mentioned, but they did confirm that Magic Bands should be at the resort for guests this fall. The Magic Bands will allow guests to get into the parks, redeem Lightning Lane reservations, open Disney Resort Hotel room doors, buy merchandise, link PhotoPass photos, and more. Some of the flashier features include glowing with the nighttime entertainment and adding the ability to play games in the park. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/09/magicband-features-and-experiences-revealed-for-disneyland-resort-coming-this-fall/ One of the announcements from the D23 Expo last weekend was the new name of the hotel, formerly known as the Paradise Pier Hotel. The Pixar Place Hotel will be the name when the refurbishment is complete. No date on that yet. A Finding Nemo themed splash pad will be coming to the hotel, along with the Southern California team from Great Maple, which will run the restaurant on the first floor, along with other food and beverage locations at the hotel. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/09/disneyland-resort-announcements-from-d23-expo-2022-and-more/ Princess and the Frog has come to New Orleans Square – long before the retheming of Splash Mountain! Eudora's Chic Boutique featuring Tiana's Gourmet Secrets opened this week and offers Princess and the Frog themed merchandise, cooking supplies, and Tiana's own spices and sauces. Imagineers designed the story of the shop to be owned by Tiana's mother, Eudora. The new shop is just one main space that is pretty small, with walls covered in artwork showing the lives and scenes of New Orleans and Tiana herself! – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2022/09/20/explore-disneys-new-princess-and-the-frog-themed-store-with-us-eudoras-chic-boutique/ Overnight guests at Disney Resort Hotels will have a special experience for Halloween this year. Each hotel will offer trick-or-treating, with a treat map for each hotel with locations handing out complimentary candy. Hotel guests are encouraged to sign up at the front desk of their Disney Resort Hotel. The dates for this are October 28th through 31st. On Halloween night, there will be a costume contest on the Adventure Lawn at the Disneyland Hotel. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/09/celebrate-halloween-time-in-downtown-disney-district-and-at-the-disneyland-resort-hotels/ Weeklyteers who are interested in attending Grad Nite events at the resort will have to pay a little more this year. Ticket prices are up between 8 to 22 percent compared to last year. The Grad Nite party experience is $99 on weekdays and $104 on weekends, all-dat DCA admission with the Grad Nite party and a parkhopper option is $199 for weekdays and $219 for weekends. – https://www.ocregister.com/2022/09/16/disneyland-raises-prices-up-to-22-for-grad-nite-2023/ The painting has wrapped up at the Hollywood Lounge in the Hollwood Pictures Backlot area of Disney California Adventure. The signs have been convered to digital displays, and a new mural has appeared with the lounge's name on the side. The menu has not been updated. – https://www.micechat.com/333927-disneyland-update-halloween-treats-traffic-tricks/ Another patent has been posted that was requested by Disney. This time, it is for a glasses-free VR attraction experience. In basic terms, the new technology would use projections and reflections, much like the Pepper's Ghost effect that we have had in the Haunted Mansion for years now. Of course, just because a patent is filed doesn't mean that it will show up anywhere in the parks soon. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2022/09/disney-files-patent-for-glasses-free-vr-attraction/ Discussion Topic: Tage and Teresa's Trip to Disneyland and Oogie Boogie Bash Recap

GEEKS CORNER
What If Ghost Peppers?

GEEKS CORNER

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 35:24


Welcome to GEEKS CORNER! This week, there is a lot of fun to be had! The GEEKS talk about the new show. First off, Eudora's Chic Boutique featuring Tiana's Gourmet Secrets is now open in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. The GEEKS talk about this new location and other things coming that are connect to Tiana. MagicBand+ is coming to Disneyland Resort this fall and the GEEKS are excited, are you? EPCOT's 40th Anniversary is next Saturday. Mr. DAPs performs a song and then it's time to geek out about EPCOT. This is followed by a “What If!?” discussion that ends up focusing on The Muppets. Finally, the GEEKS talk about Ghost Pepper Nachos. Would you try them? We hope you enjoy this week's episode of GEEKS CORNER! Join the conversation in the comments below! We'll see you 'round the corner! THE WEEK IN GEEK Eudora's Chic Boutique featuring Tiana's Gourmet Secrets Opens in New Orleans Square at Disneyland https://dapsmagic.com/2022/09/eudoras-chic-boutique-featuring-tianas-gourmet-secrets-opens-in-new-orleans-square-at-disneyland/ MagicBand+ Coming to Disneyland This Fall https://dapsmagic.com/2022/09/magicband-details-revealed-for-disneyland-resort-including-park-entry-ability/ One Little Spark (Video) – EPCOT 40th Coming Next Saturday! https://dapsmagic.com/2022/09/epcot-celebrating-40-years-of-inspiration-imagination-and-possibility/ What If – A Boundless Future Disney Parks, Experiences and Products https://dapsmagic.com/2022/09/take-a-look-at-the-highlights-of-a-boundless-future-disney-parks-experiences-and-products-panel-at-d23-expo-2022/ Ghost Pepper Nachos Review https://dapsmagic.com/2022/09/ghost-pepper-nachos-a-food-review-by-mr-daps/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/geeks/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/geeks/support

The DIS Unplugged - A Weekly Roundtable Discussion About All Things Disney World
#1190 - The Future of Disney+ and Disney Parks, New Restaurant Coming to WDW & More!

The DIS Unplugged - A Weekly Roundtable Discussion About All Things Disney World

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 59:14 Very Popular


09/20/22 - In this episode, the panel discusses some of Bob Chapek's outlines with how Disney+ will play dramatically into the theme park experience and how theme parks play into the Disney+ experience, a new restaurant is coming to the Swan & Dolphin, KiteTails is closing, Disneyland released MagicBand+ details, and more! Important DIS links and more information!

Living the KG Life
Planning Disney: Genie+, MagicBand+, and Reservations, Oh my!

Living the KG Life

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 26:51


Hey Friends! Welcome to Living the KG Life, a magic and pixie dust filled podcast about all things Disney.  In this episode, KG talks all about the recent changes to Disney's reservation system.  KG gives the scoop on the new Genie+ services and how to use the new system.  KG also talks about the new MagicBand+ and the changes that have been implemented plus more!Stick around, it's gonna be great!

Monday Morning Monorail: A Walt Disney World Podcast
Episode 48 - THE SMOKING HOT GIRLFRIEND

Monday Morning Monorail: A Walt Disney World Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 59:05


On this very special episode of DOZ DOES DISNEY, since The Doz is in the parks and can't bring you Disney news, he decided to sit down and chat with the person he's sharing his trip with - THE SMOKING HOT GIRLFRIEND! Listen along as they preview their trip and find out what she's looking forward to, what she's kinda dreading, where her Disney fandom comes from, what she REALLY thinks about MagicBand+ and more! It's DOZ DOES DISNEY! Follow Landon on Twitter @Landoz and follow the show @DozDoesDisney, both on Twitter and Instagram! Logo by LOVE OF THE MOUSE @LOTMmultimedia on Twitter. Intro & Outro by ANAMANAGUCHI #DozDoesDisney 

Main Street Magic - A Walt Disney World Podcast
494: Trip Review: The Swan, Food and Wine Festival, Bar Hopping, and More

Main Street Magic - A Walt Disney World Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 65:39 Very Popular


Jeremy and Rhonda share their recent trip including a first stay at Swan, updates on Food and Wine, what they want to see from MagicBand+, and bar hopping with Tambu Lounge, Abracadbar, Big River Grille, Tangerine, Bar Riva, and Scat Cat's Club.Follow Us on Social MediaFacebook GroupFacebook: @MainStMagicTwitter: @MainStMagicInstagram: @MainStMagicVisit Us Onlinewww.MainStMagic.comwww.WonderlandCrew.comwww.MainStreetShirts.comGet Dining Alerts!Find last-minute and hard-to-find Disney dining reservations with MouseDining.com! Get text and email alerts when popular theme park dining reservations open up. Get last-minute seating! Get the next table! Set your alerts now! Get the next reservation!Visit our Partnerswww.MSMFriends.comGet a FREE vacation quote to your favorite destinationChuck Marchetti, Main Street Magic TravelMainStMagicTravel.com for a free quoteThanks to TFresh Productions for our theme songFollow Travis on Instagram @tfresh_productions

Travel Happens
The next EVOLUTION to experience Walt Disney World

Travel Happens

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 53:41


Disney uses technology to enhance your enjoyment of Walt Disney World. My how things have changed with something called Magic Band+. Amy Shibilski makes a return to tell the latest news in the Disneysphere while Douglas describes how health protocols change for more cruise lines. What is so great about Amy Porterfield's podcast, "Online Marketing Made Easy" and what invisible creature is bugging Amy? all on this week's episode. Host: Douglas Famy, Travel Advisor, Cruise Specialist Email: douglas@reachforthemagic.com Blog: destination-douglas.com Instagram: @douglas_reachforthemagic Twitter: @DestinationDoug Facebook: Douglas Famy - Reach for the Magic Destinations Co-Host: Amy Shibilski Email: Amy@ReachfortheMagic.com Facebook: Amy Shibilski - Reach for the Magic Destinations You can find both of us at ReachfortheMagicDestinations.com OR podpage.com/travel-happens OR search for Travel Happens on podchaser.com

Magic on a Dollar Podcast
The One with Special Needs in the Parks

Magic on a Dollar Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 55:38


In the 120th episode of The Main Street Electrical Podcast, Jenn & Dave are split up this week, as Jenn is kayaking down the Pacuare River and ziplining with spider monkeys in the rainforest of Costa Rica.  So stepping in for hosting duties again is Quasi Producer and Third Host Heather, aka The Moana Mom! Dave & Heather discuss the prospects of Tron's opening day (this fall? Next year??), and an update on Moana's Journey of Water attraction. Plus, Heather gives a rundown the pros and cons of Magic Band+, Dave gives the update on Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party selling out, and looking ahead to D23. Then, with both Heather and Dave having special needs in their families, they discuss having special needs in the parks. Dealing with meltdowns, special dining, lining up party nights, taking breaks, using the DAS pass (and who shouldn't use it), strollers and wheelchairs, and sharing their own tips and ideas and experiences with both Autism/cognitive disabilities and physical limitations. 

Capture The Magic - Disney World Podcast | Disney World Travel Podcast | Disney World News & Rumors Podcast

On this episode of Trip Tales, Missy A. shares about her whirlwind weekend with her husband. They stayed at Yacht Club, relaxed at the pool at Stormalong Bay, ate around the "World" at EPCOT during Food and Wine Festival, and used the Magicband+ for the first time.CTM Apparel Shirt ReleaseYou can get CTM shirts at ctmshirts.com!1901 Candle Co is LIVE!Visit 1901candleco.com for sign up for the email list!Subscribe To The Show & Leave Us A ReviewApple Podcasts - Click HereStitcher - Click HereSpotify - Click HereGoogle Podcasts - Click HereAmazon Podcasts - Click HereFollow Us on Social MediaCTM Facebook Community: @capthemagicInstagram: @capthemagicTikTok: @capturethemagicTwitter: @capthemagicVisit Us OnlineSubscribe to our YouTube Channel!Capturethemagicpodcast.com - Listen to our weekly podcast!Ctmuniversal.com – find the latest episodes!Join Club 32! Our private group with access to exclusive livestreams, podcasts, and MORE! Visit ctmvip.comOur SponsorsZip A Dee Doo Dah Travel - visit travelwithzip.com to see how they can help you have the vacation of a lifetime!Expedition Roasters - visit ctmexpedition.com to get 15% off you order, no code needed!MEDterra CBD - visit medterracbd.com to save 20% off of your order use code "CTM20"!Kingdom Strollers - visit kingdomstrollers.com to save up to 50% off theme park stroller rental prices

The Tomorrowland Transit Authorities
Ep 287 - Magic Band Plus

The Tomorrowland Transit Authorities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 39:35 Very Popular


This week we're back after an accidental two week break! We talk about Magic Band Plus and the two "games" tied to it, as well as the new intro to Enchantment! Then we dream up some ideas for Disney specific statues to sprinkle around the parks. Thanks for listening and have a GBBT! (-45.95) Check out Christine's Discord here!  Have a question for us or your own two cents on a topic? Leave a message over at the TTA Podcast website or leave a message at (516) 900-4628.  Find us on the internet! Rob's History Channel Christine's YouTube Channel

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast
BOGP Open Line - August 21, 2022 - BOGP 2143

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 68:18 Very Popular


This is the Live Call-in Show from this past Sunday night, August 21, 2022! Mike was flying solo tonight as Scott is on his way home from Walt Disney World during tonight's show!  We start the show off with some news of beloved tours returning to Epcot and an upcoming Skyliner refurbishment that could affect your plans in January.  Then, Wade calls in to share some highlights from his trip last week, including a great review of this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, golf at Walt Disney World, dinner at California Grill, and dropping his son off for his College Program.   We also speak with Alfred about some current Disney topics including MagicBand+, Mary Poppins at Epcot, and Cosmic Rewind!   Please visit our website at www.beourguestpodcast.com.  Thank you so much for your support of our podcast! Also, please follow the show on Twitter @BeOurGuestMike and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beourguestpodcast.  Become a patron of the Be Our Guest Podcast over at www.patreon.com/BeOurGuestPodcast.  Thanks to our friends at The Magic For Less Travel for sponsoring today's podcast!

Simplifying The Magic
Everything Disney Lately

Simplifying The Magic

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 55:30


On today's episode we talk about my recent trip to WDW, the DAS Pass, MagicBand+, and the news!

Theme Park Thursday with Dillo's Diz
S4E55: WHAT IF THE MAGICBAND+ COULD...

Theme Park Thursday with Dillo's Diz

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 61:39


On this episde, Jen and Frank discuss some Walt Disney World odds and ends! Grand Floridian stays, Jen's Beaches & Cream dilemma, Disney Springs, and the MagicBand+ query. DillosDizResort.com - Patreon Memberships Available Beginning at $1! Dillo's Diz. 55 Gerard St. #987. Huntington, NY 11743 Affiliate Links Theme composed by Matt Harvey. Intro and Outro performed by Lindsay Zaroogian. The @DillosDiz Fact Checker IS Mel Dale. Feedspot's Top 25 Siblings Podcasts You Must Follow AND Top 90 Disney Podcasts You Must Follow. ONE STOP SHOP ALL THE @DillosDiz LINKS! Order your copy of Amy Ratcliffe's latest offerings, Star Wars Battles that Changed the Galaxy, The Art of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge and A Kid's Guide to Fandom. DIllo's Diz Resort Guests: Theme Park Rob, Schmelty, The Cretin's Guild, Nathaniel Hardy, Dr. Val of #FigmentsInTime, The Disney Bucket List Family, Lee Taylor, Shannon Bohn, Justin Creutzinger, Allison Quinn, Michael Matande, Ryan Alexander, Lexi Andrea, Adam Elmers, Adventures with Stephers Question or Comment? We LOVE interacting with listeners! FOLLOW Dillo's Diz on TWITTER: https://twitter.com/dillosdiz FOLLOW Dillo's Diz on INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/dillosdiz/ SUBSCRIBE to Dillo's Diz on YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/dillosdiz LIKE Dillo's Diz on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/DillosDiz/ Check out Blogs, Archives, and Throwbacks at DillosDiz.com. E-Mail Dillo's Diz at DillosDiz@gmail.com

Pixie Dust Twins Podcast
The Rest of Walt Disney World

Pixie Dust Twins Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 50:52


It's the final week of the Walt Disney World wrap up, Pixie Dusters! Today, Sammi is telling us about the updates at Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, the hotels and more! Some shows have returned, dining is going back to normal, and even more characters are back. Plus do you know what the new Magic Band+ can do? And Ashley has a fun tie-in to a new Disney Experience App feature!Follow the Pixie Dust Twins on Instagram and TikTok: @pixiedusttwinspodcast!Simplify your next Disney vacation by contacting Magical Travel by Brian today at 716-983-2637. You can also reach out through email at Brian@magicaltravel.com or on Facebook or Instagram Messages. Remember without a travel agent, you're on your own! Support the show

Easy Diz It
Ep 54- Magicband+ and Taika Waititi with Danny K

Easy Diz It

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 72:52


In Highly Suspect Headlines find out if Tiana is getting a new Magicband+, if a luxury purse brand is going with a Llama motif, Bluey's Dad will fart on Disney+, and if Thor Love and Thunder will be released on Disney+ In trivia, Autumn stumps Just with some good ol' fashion Country Bear Jamboree content! In our main segment we talk about Direct Taika Waititi, who recently directed Thor Love and Thunder. We talk a bit about his body of work, why we like him, and what we think about him directing and upcoming Star Wars movie. Dan is a funny man with many jokes you will enjoy. You can follow him here: https://twitter.com/Dannyboy3030 https://danielkalwhitecomedian.com/ Also, check out the highly recommended IG account https://www.instagram.com/yourdisneycoach/ Transcripts on the web! __________________________________________ Website: easydizit.com Email: easydizitpodcast@gmail.com Instagram: instagram.com/easydizit Facebook: fb.com/JustinwithUTMT

ParkStop Podcast
PizzeRizzo Podcast Hour: D23 Expo Predictions & MagicBand+

ParkStop Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 48:45 Very Popular


We're checking in on how we think the EPCOT's transformation is going so far, including reviews of the new rides, new main gift shop and quick service, and more. Plus, our thoughts on a new Walt Disney World rumor!Related Links:A Podcast For All Things, But Mostly Disney: https://apfatbmd.buzzsprout.com/E-Ticket Report Podcast: https://twitter.com/ETicketReportJaalin's Twitter: https://twitter.com/TCJaalinJaalin's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tommorrowschild/Alicia Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliciaStellaSubscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThemeParkStopSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ThemeParkStop

1923 Main Street: A Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast
Walt Disney World and Disney's Vero Beach Resort: Trip Report

1923 Main Street: A Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 19:43


Trip Report Disney's Vero Beach and Walt Disney World - August 2022 Disney's Vero Beach Resort Still one of the best hidden gems among Disney resort properties in Florida. The property and Cast Members here are warm and welcoming. Beach changes, campfire, local dining and activities (Ay Jalisco, Squid Lips, Round Island, Sebastian Inlet), room review Walt Disney World Resort BLT issues, Halloween Party rough start but good finish, EPCOT construction, moderate crowds, Whispering Canyon drops, GF Cafe okay but slight drop perhaps, Wicked Wind Down Top of the World Villains Lair, Genie+ and Lightning Lane, MagicBand+ -- Disney Skyliner will be closed for routine maintenance Jan. 22-29, 2023. -- Three Popular Tours are Returning to EPCOT in October 2022 EPCOT celebrates its 40th anniversary on October 1, 2022 and these tours will be back as of October 2, 2022Behind the Seeds is a one-hour walking tour that gives you an up-close and personal view of plants, insects and fish throughout EPCOT's four state-of-the-art greenhouses.With EPCOT Seas Adventures – DiveQuest, you'll once again be able to dive into the 5.7-million-gallon saltwater tank and immerse yourself into the sea life surrounding the coral reef. This experience offers SCUBA-certified guests guaranteed calm seas, unlimited visibility, no rip currents and great marine life.With the return of EPCOT Seas Adventures – Dolphins in Depth, you can meet bottlenose dolphins at The Seas and learn about their undersea behavior from the experts who work with them every day.All three tours return on October 2 and are on sale now at DisneyWorld.com or the My Disney Experience app. Advance bookings are highly recommended. Please note the Behind the Seeds experience requires a valid theme park admission and reservation.-- Disney Aulani Pool Refurbishment The Wailana Pool at Disney Aulani will be unavailable from September 26 – 30, 2022.--Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel PodcastThank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.Shop 1923 Main StreetFeel free to visit our 1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.Contact 1923 Main StreetThank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at 1923MainStreet.com. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.Please be sure to follow along on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.Thank you for listening and have a magical day!Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic--Media provided by Jamendo

Monday Morning Monorail: A Walt Disney World Podcast
Episode 45 - BEHIND THE SCENES & ALL THE SCREAMS

Monday Morning Monorail: A Walt Disney World Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 75:01


On the latest episode of DOZ DOES DISNEY, Landon & STEPHERS talk about the return of popular behind-the-scenes tours in EPCOT, the surprising cancellation of scheduled refurbishment of a show in Disney's Hollywood Studios, new MagicBand+ designs and stock updates PLUS they preview all the houses of this year's Halloween Horror Night at Universal Studios & more! It's DOZ DOES DISNEY! Follow Landon on Twitter @Landoz and follow the show @DozDoesDisney, both on Twitter and Instagram! Follow STEPHERS on Twitter @asianzing95, @AdventuresWithStephers on Instagram, visit her website at AdventuresWithStephers.com, and subscribe to her podcast ADVENTURES WITH STEPHERS in the iTunes Store & your favorite podcast catchers! Logo by LOVE OF THE MOUSE @LOTMmultimedia on Twitter. Intro & Outro by ANAMANAGUCHI #DozDoesDisney 

A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs
Episode 151: “San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie

A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022


We start season four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs with an extra-long look at "San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie, and at the Monterey Pop Festival, and the careers of the Mamas and the Papas and P.F. Sloan. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode. Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Up, Up, and Away" by the 5th Dimension. Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt's irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/ Resources As usual, all the songs excerpted in the podcast can be heard in full at Mixcloud. Scott McKenzie's first album is available here. There are many compilations of the Mamas and the Papas' music, but sadly none that are in print in the UK have the original mono mixes. This set is about as good as you're going to find, though, for the stereo versions. Information on the Mamas and the Papas came from Go Where You Wanna Go: The Oral History of The Mamas and the Papas by Matthew Greenwald, California Dreamin': The True Story Of The Mamas and Papas by Michelle Phillips, and Papa John by John Phillips and Jim Jerome. Information on P.F. Sloan came from PF - TRAVELLING BAREFOOT ON A ROCKY ROAD by Stephen McParland and What's Exactly the Matter With Me? by P.F. Sloan and S.E. Feinberg. The film of the Monterey Pop Festival is available on this Criterion Blu-Ray set. Sadly the CD of the performances seems to be deleted. Patreon This podcast is brought to you by the generosity of my backers on Patreon. Why not join them? Transcript Welcome to season four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. It's good to be back. Before we start this episode, I just want to say one thing. I get a lot of credit at times for the way I don't shy away from dealing with the more unsavoury elements of the people being covered in my podcast -- particularly the more awful men. But as I said very early on, I only cover those aspects of their life when they're relevant to the music, because this is a music podcast and not a true crime podcast. But also I worry that in some cases this might mean I'm giving a false impression of some people. In the case of this episode, one of the central figures is John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. Now, Phillips has posthumously been accused of some truly monstrous acts, the kind of thing that is truly unforgivable, and I believe those accusations. But those acts didn't take place during the time period covered by most of this episode, so I won't be covering them here -- but they're easily googlable if you want to know. I thought it best to get that out of the way at the start, so no-one's either anxiously waiting for the penny to drop or upset that I didn't acknowledge the elephant in the room. Separately, this episode will have some discussion of fatphobia and diet culture, and of a death that is at least in part attributable to those things. Those of you affected by that may want to skip this one or read the transcript. There are also some mentions of drug addiction and alcoholism. Anyway, on with the show. One of the things that causes problems with rock history is the tendency of people to have selective memories, and that's never more true than when it comes to the Summer of Love, summer of 1967. In the mythology that's built up around it, that was a golden time, the greatest time ever, a period of peace and love where everything was possible, and the world looked like it was going to just keep on getting better. But what that means, of course, is that the people remembering it that way do so because it was the best time of their lives. And what happens when the best time of your life is over in one summer? When you have one hit and never have a second, or when your band splits up after only eighteen months, and you have to cope with the reality that your best years are not only behind you, but they weren't even best years, but just best months? What stories would you tell about that time? Would you remember it as the eve of destruction, the last great moment before everything went to hell, or would you remember it as a golden summer, full of people with flowers in their hair? And would either really be true? [Excerpt: Scott McKenzie, "San Francisco"] Other than the city in which they worked, there are a few things that seem to characterise almost all the important figures on the LA music scene in the middle part of the 1960s. They almost all seem to be incredibly ambitious, as one might imagine. There seem to be a huge number of fantasists among them -- people who will not only choose the legend over reality when it suits them, but who will choose the legend over reality even when it doesn't suit them. And they almost all seem to have a story about being turned down in a rude and arrogant manner by Lou Adler, usually more or less the same story. To give an example, I'm going to read out a bit of Ray Manzarek's autobiography here. Now, Manzarek uses a few words that I can't use on this podcast and keep a clean rating, so I'm just going to do slight pauses when I get to them, but I'll leave the words in the transcript for those who aren't offended by them: "Sometimes Jim and Dorothy and I went alone. The three of us tried Dunhill Records. Lou Adler was the head man. He was shrewd and he was hip. He had the Mamas and the Papas and a big single with Barry McGuire's 'Eve of Destruction.' He was flush. We were ushered into his office. He looked cool. He was California casually disheveled and had the look of a stoner, but his eyes were as cold as a shark's. He took the twelve-inch acetate demo from me and we all sat down. He put the disc on his turntable and played each cut…for ten seconds. Ten seconds! You can't tell jack [shit] from ten seconds. At least listen to one of the songs all the way through. I wanted to rage at him. 'How dare you! We're the Doors! This is [fucking] Jim Morrison! He's going to be a [fucking] star! Can't you see that? Can't you see how [fucking] handsome he is? Can't you hear how groovy the music is? Don't you [fucking] get it? Listen to the words, man!' My brain was a boiling, lava-filled Jell-O mold of rage. I wanted to eviscerate that shark. The songs he so casually dismissed were 'Moonlight Drive,' 'Hello, I Love You,' 'Summer's Almost Gone,' 'End of the Night,' 'I Looked at You,' 'Go Insane.' He rejected the whole demo. Ten seconds on each song—maybe twenty seconds on 'Hello, I Love You' (I took that as an omen of potential airplay)—and we were dismissed out of hand. Just like that. He took the demo off the turntable and handed it back to me with an obsequious smile and said, 'Nothing here I can use.' We were shocked. We stood up, the three of us, and Jim, with a wry and knowing smile on his lips, cuttingly and coolly shot back at him, 'That's okay, man. We don't want to be *used*, anyway.'" Now, as you may have gathered from the episode on the Doors, Ray Manzarek was one of those print-the-legend types, and that's true of everyone who tells similar stories about Lou Alder. But... there are a *lot* of people who tell similar stories about Lou Adler. One of those was Phil Sloan. You can get an idea of Sloan's attitude to storytelling from a story he always used to tell. Shortly after he and his family moved to LA from New York, he got a job selling newspapers on a street corner on Hollywood Boulevard, just across from Schwab's Drug Store. One day James Dean drove up in his Porsche and made an unusual request. He wanted to buy every copy of the newspaper that Sloan had -- around a hundred and fifty copies in total. But he only wanted one article, something in the entertainment section. Sloan didn't remember what the article was, but he did remember that one of the headlines was on the final illness of Oliver Hardy, who died shortly afterwards, and thought it might have been something to do with that. Dean was going to just clip that article from every copy he bought, and then he was going to give all the newspapers back to Sloan to sell again, so Sloan ended up making a lot of extra money that day. There is one rather big problem with that story. Oliver Hardy died in August 1957, just after the Sloan family moved to LA. But James Dean died in September 1955, two years earlier. Sloan admitted that, and said he couldn't explain it, but he was insistent. He sold a hundred and fifty newspapers to James Dean two years after Dean's death. When not selling newspapers to dead celebrities, Sloan went to Fairfax High School, and developed an interest in music which was mostly oriented around the kind of white pop vocal groups that were popular at the time, groups like the Kingston Trio, the Four Lads, and the Four Aces. But the record that made Sloan decide he wanted to make music himself was "Just Goofed" by the Teen Queens: [Excerpt: The Teen Queens, "Just Goofed"] In 1959, when he was fourteen, he saw an advert for an open audition with Aladdin Records, a label he liked because of Thurston Harris. He went along to the audition, and was successful. His first single, released as by Flip Sloan -- Flip was a nickname, a corruption of "Philip" -- was produced by Bumps Blackwell and featured several of the musicians who played with Sam Cooke, plus Larry Knechtel on piano and Mike Deasey on guitar, but Aladdin shut down shortly after releasing it, and it may not even have had a general release, just promo copies. I've not been able to find a copy online anywhere. After that, he tried Arwin Records, the label that Jan and Arnie recorded for, which was owned by Marty Melcher (Doris Day's husband and Terry Melcher's stepfather). Melcher signed him, and put out a single, "She's My Girl", on Mart Records, a subsidiary of Arwin, on which Sloan was backed by a group of session players including Sandy Nelson and Bruce Johnston: [Excerpt: Philip Sloan, "She's My Girl"] That record didn't have any success, and Sloan was soon dropped by Mart Records. He went on to sign with Blue Bird Records, which was as far as can be ascertained essentially a scam organisation that would record demos for songwriters, but tell the performers that they were making a real record, so that they would record it for the royalties they would never get, rather than for a decent fee as a professional demo singer would get. But Steve Venet -- the brother of Nik Venet, and occasional songwriting collaborator with Tommy Boyce -- happened to come to Blue Bird one day, and hear one of Sloan's original songs. He thought Sloan would make a good songwriter, and took him to see Lou Adler at Columbia-Screen Gems music publishing. This was shortly after the merger between Columbia-Screen Gems and Aldon Music, and Adler was at this point the West Coast head of operations, subservient to Don Kirshner and Al Nevins, but largely left to do what he wanted. The way Sloan always told the story, Venet tried to get Adler to sign Sloan, but Adler said his songs stunk and had no commercial potential. But Sloan persisted in trying to get a contract there, and eventually Al Nevins happened to be in the office and overruled Adler, much to Adler's disgust. Sloan was signed to Columbia-Screen Gems as a songwriter, though he wasn't put on a salary like the Brill Building songwriters, just told that he could bring in songs and they would publish them. Shortly after this, Adler suggested to Sloan that he might want to form a writing team with another songwriter, Steve Barri, who had had a similar non-career non-trajectory, but was very slightly further ahead in his career, having done some work with Carol Connors, the former lead singer of the Teddy Bears. Barri had co-written a couple of flop singles for Connors, before the two of them had formed a vocal group, the Storytellers, with Connors' sister. The Storytellers had released a single, "When Two People (Are in Love)" , which was put out on a local independent label and which Adler had licensed to be released on Dimension Records, the label associated with Aldon Music: [Excerpt: The Storytellers "When Two People (Are in Love)"] That record didn't sell, but it was enough to get Barri into the Columbia-Screen Gems circle, and Adler set him and Sloan up as a songwriting team -- although the way Sloan told it, it wasn't so much a songwriting team as Sloan writing songs while Barri was also there. Sloan would later claim "it was mostly a collaboration of spirit, and it seemed that I was writing most of the music and the lyric, but it couldn't possibly have ever happened unless both of us were present at the same time". One suspects that Barri might have a different recollection of how it went... Sloan and Barri's first collaboration was a song that Sloan had half-written before they met, called "Kick That Little Foot Sally Ann", which was recorded by a West Coast Chubby Checker knockoff who went under the name Round Robin, and who had his own dance craze, the Slauson, which was much less successful than the Twist: [Excerpt: Round Robin, "Kick that Little Foot Sally Ann"] That track was produced and arranged by Jack Nitzsche, and Nitzsche asked Sloan to be one of the rhythm guitarists on the track, apparently liking Sloan's feel. Sloan would end up playing rhythm guitar or singing backing vocals on many of the records made of songs he and Barri wrote together. "Kick That Little Foot Sally Ann" only made number sixty-one nationally, but it was a regional hit, and it meant that Sloan and Barri soon became what Sloan later described as "the Goffin and King of the West Coast follow-ups." According to Sloan "We'd be given a list on Monday morning by Lou Adler with thirty names on it of the groups who needed follow-ups to their hit." They'd then write the songs to order, and they started to specialise in dance craze songs. For example, when the Swim looked like it might be the next big dance, they wrote "Swim Swim Swim", "She Only Wants to Swim", "Let's Swim Baby", "Big Boss Swimmer", "Swim Party" and "My Swimmin' Girl" (the last a collaboration with Jan Berry and Roger Christian). These songs were exactly as good as they needed to be, in order to provide album filler for mid-tier artists, and while Sloan and Barri weren't writing any massive hits, they were doing very well as mid-tier writers. According to Sloan's biographer Stephen McParland, there was a three-year period in the mid-sixties where at least one song written or co-written by Sloan was on the national charts at any given time. Most of these songs weren't for Columbia-Screen Gems though. In early 1964 Lou Adler had a falling out with Don Kirshner, and decided to start up his own company, Dunhill, which was equal parts production company, music publishers, and management -- doing for West Coast pop singers what Motown was doing for Detroit soul singers, and putting everything into one basket. Dunhill's early clients included Jan and Dean and the rockabilly singer Johnny Rivers, and Dunhill also signed Sloan and Barri as songwriters. Because of this connection, Sloan and Barri soon became an important part of Jan and Dean's hit-making process. The Matadors, the vocal group that had provided most of the backing vocals on the duo's hits, had started asking for more money than Jan Berry was willing to pay, and Jan and Dean couldn't do the vocals themselves -- as Bones Howe put it "As a singer, Dean is a wonderful graphic artist" -- and so Sloan and Barri stepped in, doing session vocals without payment in the hope that Jan and Dean would record a few of their songs. For example, on the big hit "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena", Dean Torrence is not present at all on the record -- Jan Berry sings the lead vocal, with Sloan doubling him for much of it, Sloan sings "Dean"'s falsetto, with the engineer Bones Howe helping out, and the rest of the backing vocals are sung by Sloan, Barri, and Howe: [Excerpt: Jan and Dean, "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena"] For these recordings, Sloan and Barri were known as The Fantastic Baggys, a name which came from the Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Oldham and Mick Jagger, when the two were visiting California. Oldham had been commenting on baggys, the kind of shorts worn by surfers, and had asked Jagger what he thought of The Baggys as a group name. Jagger had replied "Fantastic!" and so the Fantastic Baggys had been born. As part of this, Sloan and Barri moved hard into surf and hot-rod music from the dance songs they had been writing previously. The Fantastic Baggys recorded their own album, Tell 'Em I'm Surfin', as a quickie album suggested by Adler: [Excerpt: The Fantastic Baggys, "Tell 'Em I'm Surfin'"] And under the name The Rally Packs they recorded a version of Jan and Dean's "Move Out Little Mustang" which featured Berry's girlfriend Jill Gibson doing a spoken section: [Excerpt: The Rally Packs, "Move Out Little Mustang"] They also wrote several album tracks for Jan and Dean, and wrote "Summer Means Fun" for Bruce and Terry -- Bruce Johnston, later of the Beach Boys, and Terry Melcher: [Excerpt: Bruce and Terry, "Summer Means Fun"] And they wrote the very surf-flavoured "Secret Agent Man" for fellow Dunhill artist Johnny Rivers: [Excerpt: Johnny Rivers, "Secret Agent Man"] But of course, when you're chasing trends, you're chasing trends, and soon the craze for twangy guitars and falsetto harmonies had ended, replaced by a craze for jangly twelve-string guitars and closer harmonies. According to Sloan, he was in at the very beginning of the folk-rock trend -- the way he told the story, he was involved in the mastering of the Byrds' version of "Mr. Tambourine Man". He later talked about Terry Melcher getting him to help out, saying "He had produced a record called 'Mr. Tambourine Man', and had sent it into the head office, and it had been rejected. He called me up and said 'I've got three more hours in the studio before I'm being kicked out of Columbia. Can you come over and help me with this new record?' I did. I went over there. It was under lock and key. There were two guards outside the door. Terry asked me something about 'Summer Means Fun'. "He said 'Do you remember the guitar that we worked on with that? How we put in that double reverb?' "And I said 'yes' "And he said 'What do you think if we did something like that with the Byrds?' "And I said 'That sounds good. Let's see what it sounds like.' So we patched into all the reverb centres in Columbia Music, and mastered the record in three hours." Whether Sloan really was there at the birth of folk rock, he and Barri jumped on the folk-rock craze just as they had the surf and hot-rod craze, and wrote a string of jangly hits including "You Baby" for the Turtles: [Excerpt: The Turtles, "You Baby"] and "I Found a Girl" for Jan and Dean: [Excerpt: Jan and Dean, "I Found a Girl"] That song was later included on Jan and Dean's Folk 'n' Roll album, which also included... a song I'm not even going to name, but long-time listeners will know the one I mean. It was also notable in that "I Found a Girl" was the first song on which Sloan was credited not as Phil Sloan, but as P.F. Sloan -- he didn't have a middle name beginning with F, but rather the F stood for his nickname "Flip". Sloan would later talk of Phil Sloan and P.F. Sloan as almost being two different people, with P.F. being a far more serious, intense, songwriter. Folk 'n' Roll also contained another Sloan song, this one credited solely to Sloan. And that song is the one for which he became best known. There are two very different stories about how "Eve of Destruction" came to be written. To tell Sloan's version, I'm going to read a few paragraphs from his autobiography: "By late 1964, I had already written ‘Eve Of Destruction,' ‘The Sins Of A Family,' ‘This Mornin',' ‘Ain't No Way I'm Gonna Change My Mind,' and ‘What's Exactly The Matter With Me?' They all arrived on one cataclysmic evening, and nearly at the same time, as I worked on the lyrics almost simultaneously. ‘Eve Of Destruction' came about from hearing a voice, perhaps an angel's. The voice instructed me to place five pieces of paper and spread them out on my bed. I obeyed the voice. The voice told me that the first song would be called ‘Eve Of Destruction,' so I wrote the title at the top of the page. For the next few hours, the voice came and went as I was writing the lyric, as if this spirit—or whatever it was—stood over me like a teacher: ‘No, no … not think of all the hate there is in Red Russia … Red China!' I didn't understand. I thought the Soviet Union was the mortal threat to America, but the voice went on to reveal to me the future of the world until 2024. I was told the Soviet Union would fall, and that Red China would continue to be communist far into the future, but that communism was not going to be allowed to take over this Divine Planet—therefore, think of all the hate there is in Red China. I argued and wrestled with the voice for hours, until I was exhausted but satisfied inside with my plea to God to either take me out of the world, as I could not live in such a hypocritical society, or to show me a way to make things better. When I was writing ‘Eve,' I was on my hands and knees, pleading for an answer." Lou Adler's story is that he gave Phil Sloan a copy of Bob Dylan's Bringing it All Back Home album and told him to write a bunch of songs that sounded like that, and Sloan came back a week later as instructed with ten Dylan knock-offs. Adler said "It was a natural feel for him. He's a great mimic." As one other data point, both Steve Barri and Bones Howe, the engineer who worked on most of the sessions we're looking at today, have often talked in interviews about "Eve of Destruction" as being a Sloan/Barri collaboration, as if to them it's common knowledge that it wasn't written alone, although Sloan's is the only name on the credits. The song was given to a new signing to Dunhill Records, Barry McGuire. McGuire was someone who had been part of the folk scene for years, He'd been playing folk clubs in LA while also acting in a TV show from 1961. When the TV show had finished, he'd formed a duo, Barry and Barry, with Barry Kane, and they performed much the same repertoire as all the other early-sixties folkies: [Excerpt: Barry and Barry, "If I Had a Hammer"] After recording their one album, both Barrys joined the New Christy Minstrels. We've talked about the Christys before, but they were -- and are to this day -- an ultra-commercial folk group, led by Randy Sparks, with a revolving membership of usually eight or nine singers which included several other people who've come up in this podcast, like Gene Clark and Jerry Yester. McGuire became one of the principal lead singers of the Christys, singing lead on their version of the novelty cowboy song "Three Wheels on My Wagon", which was later released as a single in the UK and became a perennial children's favourite (though it has a problematic attitude towards Native Americans): [Excerpt: The New Christy Minstrels, "Three Wheels on My Wagon"] And he also sang lead on their big hit "Green Green", which he co-wrote with Randy Sparks: [Excerpt: The New Christy Minstrels, "Green Green"] But by 1965 McGuire had left the New Christy Minstrels. As he said later "I'd sung 'Green Green' a thousand times and I didn't want to sing it again. This is January of 1965. I went back to LA to meet some producers, and I was broke. Nobody had the time of day for me. I was walking down street one time to see Dr. Strangelove and I walked by the music store, and I heard "Green Green" comin' out of the store, ya know, on Hollywood Boulevard. And I heard my voice, and I thought, 'I got four dollars in my pocket!' I couldn't believe it, my voice is comin' out on Hollywood Boulevard, and I'm broke. And right at that moment, a car pulls up, and the radio is playing 'Chim Chim Cherie" also by the Minstrels. So I got my voice comin' at me in stereo, standin' on the sidewalk there, and I'm broke, and I can't get anyone to sign me!" But McGuire had a lot of friends who he'd met on the folk scene, some of whom were now in the new folk-rock scene that was just starting to spring up. One of them was Roger McGuinn, who told him that his band, the Byrds, were just about to put out a new single, "Mr. Tambourine Man", and that they were about to start a residency at Ciro's on Sunset Strip. McGuinn invited McGuire to the opening night of that residency, where a lot of other people from the scene were there to see the new group. Bob Dylan was there, as was Phil Sloan, and the actor Jack Nicholson, who was still at the time a minor bit-part player in low-budget films made by people like American International Pictures (the cinematographer on many of Nicholson's early films was Floyd Crosby, David Crosby's father, which may be why he was there). Someone else who was there was Lou Adler, who according to McGuire recognised him instantly. According to Adler, he actually asked Terry Melcher who the long-haired dancer wearing furs was, because "he looked like the leader of a movement", and Melcher told him that he was the former lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels. Either way, Adler approached McGuire and asked if he was currently signed -- Dunhill Records was just starting up, and getting someone like McGuire, who had a proven ability to sing lead on hit records, would be a good start for the label. As McGuire didn't have a contract, he was signed to Dunhill, and he was given some of Sloan's new songs to pick from, and chose "What's Exactly the Matter With Me?" as his single: [Excerpt: Barry McGuire, "What's Exactly the Matter With Me?"] McGuire described what happened next: "It was like, a three-hour session. We did two songs, and then the third one wasn't turning out. We only had about a half hour left in the session, so I said 'Let's do this tune', and I pulled 'Eve of Destruction' out of my pocket, and it just had Phil's words scrawled on a piece of paper, all wrinkled up. Phil worked the chords out with the musicians, who were Hal Blaine on drums and Larry Knechtel on bass." There were actually more musicians than that at the session -- apparently both Knechtel and Joe Osborn were there, so I'm not entirely sure who's playing bass -- Knechtel was a keyboard player as well as a bass player, but I don't hear any keyboards on the track. And Tommy Tedesco was playing lead guitar, and Steve Barri added percussion, along with Sloan on rhythm guitar and harmonica. The chords were apparently scribbled down for the musicians on bits of greasy paper that had been used to wrap some takeaway chicken, and they got through the track in a single take. According to McGuire "I'm reading the words off this piece of wrinkled paper, and I'm singing 'My blood's so mad, feels like coagulatin'", that part that goes 'Ahhh you can't twist the truth', and the reason I'm going 'Ahhh' is because I lost my place on the page. People said 'Man, you really sounded frustrated when you were singing.' I was. I couldn't see the words!" [Excerpt: Barry McGuire, "Eve of Destruction"] With a few overdubs -- the female backing singers in the chorus, and possibly the kettledrums, which I've seen differing claims about, with some saying that Hal Blaine played them during the basic track and others saying that Lou Adler suggested them as an overdub, the track was complete. McGuire wasn't happy with his vocal, and a session was scheduled for him to redo it, but then a record promoter working with Adler was DJing a birthday party for the head of programming at KFWB, the big top forty radio station in LA at the time, and he played a few acetates he'd picked up from Adler. Most went down OK with the crowd, but when he played "Eve of Destruction", the crowd went wild and insisted he play it three times in a row. The head of programming called Adler up and told him that "Eve of Destruction" was going to be put into rotation on the station from Monday, so he'd better get the record out. As McGuire was away for the weekend, Adler just released the track as it was, and what had been intended to be a B-side became Barry McGuire's first and only number one record: [Excerpt: Barry McGuire, "Eve of Destruction"] Sloan would later claim that that song was a major reason why the twenty-sixth amendment to the US Constitution was passed six years later, because the line "you're old enough to kill but not for votin'" shamed Congress into changing the constitution to allow eighteen-year-olds to vote. If so, that would make "Eve of Destruction" arguably the single most impactful rock record in history, though Sloan is the only person I've ever seen saying that As well as going to number one in McGuire's version, the song was also covered by the other artists who regularly performed Sloan and Barri songs, like the Turtles: [Excerpt: The Turtles, "Eve of Destruction"] And Jan and Dean, whose version on Folk & Roll used the same backing track as McGuire, but had a few lyrical changes to make it fit with Jan Berry's right-wing politics, most notably changing "Selma, Alabama" to "Watts, California", thus changing a reference to peaceful civil rights protestors being brutally attacked and murdered by white supremacist state troopers to a reference to what was seen, in the popular imaginary, as Black people rioting for no reason: [Excerpt: Jan and Dean, "Eve of Destruction"] According to Sloan, he worked on the Folk & Roll album as a favour to Berry, even though he thought Berry was being cynical and exploitative in making the record, but those changes caused a rift in their friendship. Sloan said in his autobiography "Where I was completely wrong was in helping him capitalize on something in which he didn't believe. Jan wanted the public to perceive him as a person who was deeply concerned and who embraced the values of the progressive politics of the day. But he wasn't that person. That's how I was being pulled. It was when he recorded my actual song ‘Eve Of Destruction' and changed a number of lines to reflect his own ideals that my principles demanded that I leave Folk City and never return." It's true that Sloan gave no more songs to Jan and Dean after that point -- but it's also true that the duo would record only one more album, the comedy concept album Jan and Dean Meet Batman, before Jan's accident. Incidentally, the reference to Selma, Alabama in the lyric might help people decide on which story about the writing of "Eve of Destruction" they think is more plausible. Remember that Lou Adler said that it was written after Adler gave Sloan a copy of Bringing it All Back Home and told him to write a bunch of knock-offs, while Sloan said it was written after a supernatural force gave him access to all the events that would happen in the world for the next sixty years. Sloan claimed the song was written in late 1964. Selma, Alabama, became national news in late February and early March 1965. Bringing it All Back Home was released in late March 1965. So either Adler was telling the truth, or Sloan really *was* given a supernatural insight into the events of the future. Now, as it turned out, while "Eve of Destruction" went to number one, that would be McGuire's only hit as a solo artist. His next couple of singles would reach the very low end of the Hot One Hundred, and that would be it -- he'd release several more albums, before appearing in the Broadway musical Hair, most famous for its nude scenes, and getting a small part in the cinematic masterpiece Werewolves on Wheels: [Excerpt: Werewolves on Wheels trailer] P.F. Sloan would later tell various stories about why McGuire never had another hit. Sometimes he would say that Dunhill Records had received death threats because of "Eve of Destruction" and so deliberately tried to bury McGuire's career, other times he would say that Lou Adler had told him that Billboard had said they were never going to put McGuire's records on the charts no matter how well they sold, because "Eve of Destruction" had just been too powerful and upset the advertisers. But of course at this time Dunhill were still trying for a follow-up to "Eve of Destruction", and they thought they might have one when Barry McGuire brought in a few friends of his to sing backing vocals on his second album. Now, we've covered some of the history of the Mamas and the Papas already, because they were intimately tied up with other groups like the Byrds and the Lovin' Spoonful, and with the folk scene that led to songs like "Hey Joe", so some of this will be more like a recap than a totally new story, but I'm going to recap those parts of the story anyway, so it's fresh in everyone's heads. John Phillips, Scott McKenzie, and Cass Elliot all grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, just a few miles south of Washington DC. Elliot was a few years younger than Phillips and McKenzie, and so as is the way with young men they never really noticed her, and as McKenzie later said "She lived like a quarter of a mile from me and I never met her until New York". While they didn't know who Elliot was, though, she was aware who they were, as Phillips and McKenzie sang together in a vocal group called The Smoothies. The Smoothies were a modern jazz harmony group, influenced by groups like the Modernaires, the Hi-Los, and the Four Freshmen. John Phillips later said "We were drawn to jazz, because we were sort of beatniks, really, rather than hippies, or whatever, flower children. So we used to sing modern harmonies, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross. Dave Lambert did a lot of our arrangements for us as a matter of fact." Now, I've not seen any evidence other than Phillips' claim that Dave Lambert ever arranged for the Smoothies, but that does tell you a lot about the kind of music that they were doing. Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross were a vocalese trio whose main star was Annie Ross, who had a career worthy of an episode in itself -- she sang with Paul Whiteman, appeared in a Little Rascals film when she was seven, had an affair with Lenny Bruce, dubbed Britt Ekland's voice in The Wicker Man, played the villain's sister in Superman III, and much more. Vocalese, you'll remember, was a style of jazz vocal where a singer would take a jazz instrumental, often an improvised one, and add lyrics which they would sing, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross' version of "Cloudburst": [Excerpt: Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, "Cloudburst"] Whether Dave Lambert ever really did arrange for the Smoothies or not, it's very clear that the trio had a huge influence on John Phillips' ideas about vocal arrangement, as you can hear on Mamas and Papas records like "Once Was a Time I Thought": [Excerpt: The Mamas and the Papas, "Once Was a Time I Thought"] While the Smoothies thought of themselves as a jazz group, when they signed to Decca they started out making the standard teen pop of the era, with songs like "Softly": [Excerpt, The Smoothies, "Softly"] When the folk boom started, Phillips realised that this was music that he could do easily, because the level of musicianship among the pop-folk musicians was so much lower than in the jazz world. The Smoothies made some recordings in the style of the Kingston Trio, like "Ride Ride Ride": [Excerpt: The Smoothies, "Ride Ride Ride"] Then when the Smoothies split, Phillips and McKenzie formed a trio with a banjo player, Dick Weissman, who they met through Izzy Young's Folklore Centre in Greenwich Village after Phillips asked Young to name some musicians who could make a folk record with him. Weissman was often considered the best banjo player on the scene, and was a friend of Pete Seeger's, to whom Seeger sometimes turned for banjo tips. The trio, who called themselves the Journeymen, quickly established themselves on the folk scene. Weissman later said "we had this interesting balance. John had all of this charisma -- they didn't know about the writing thing yet -- John had the personality, Scott had the voice, and I could play. If you think about it, all of those bands like the Kingston Trio, the Brothers Four, nobody could really *sing* and nobody could really *play*, relatively speaking." This is the take that most people seemed to have about John Phillips, in any band he was ever in. Nobody thought he was a particularly good singer or instrumentalist -- he could sing on key and play adequate rhythm guitar, but nobody would actually pay money to listen to him do those things. Mark Volman of the Turtles, for example, said of him "John wasn't the kind of guy who was going to be able to go up on stage and sing his songs as a singer-songwriter. He had to put himself in the context of a group." But he was charismatic, he had presence, and he also had a great musical mind. He would surround himself with the best players and best singers he could, and then he would organise and arrange them in ways that made the most of their talents. He would work out the arrangements, in a manner that was far more professional than the quick head arrangements that other folk groups used, and he instigated a level of professionalism in his groups that was not at all common on the scene. Phillips' friend Jim Mason talked about the first time he saw the Journeymen -- "They were warming up backstage, and John had all of them doing vocal exercises; one thing in particular that's pretty famous called 'Seiber Syllables' -- it's a series of vocal exercises where you enunciate different vowel and consonant sounds. It had the effect of clearing your head, and it's something that really good operetta singers do." The group were soon signed by Frank Werber, the manager of the Kingston Trio, who signed them as an insurance policy. Dave Guard, the Kingston Trio's banjo player, was increasingly having trouble with the other members, and Werber knew it was only a matter of time before he left the group. Werber wanted the Journeymen as a sort of farm team -- he had the idea that when Guard left, Phillips would join the Kingston Trio in his place as the third singer. Weissman would become the Trio's accompanist on banjo, and Scott McKenzie, who everyone agreed had a remarkable voice, would be spun off as a solo artist. But until that happened, they might as well make records by themselves. The Journeymen signed to MGM records, but were dropped before they recorded anything. They instead signed to Capitol, for whom they recorded their first album: [Excerpt: The Journeymen, "500 Miles"] After recording that album, the Journeymen moved out to California, with Phillips' wife and children. But soon Phillips' marriage was to collapse, as he met and fell in love with Michelle Gilliam. Gilliam was nine years younger than him -- he was twenty-six and she was seventeen -- and she had the kind of appearance which meant that in every interview with an older heterosexual man who knew her, that man will spend half the interview talking about how attractive he found her. Phillips soon left his wife and children, but before he did, the group had a turntable hit with "River Come Down", the B-side to "500 Miles": [Excerpt: The Journeymen, "River Come Down"] Around the same time, Dave Guard *did* leave the Kingston Trio, but the plan to split the Journeymen never happened. Instead Phillips' friend John Stewart replaced Guard -- and this soon became a new source of income for Phillips. Both Phillips and Stewart were aspiring songwriters, and they collaborated together on several songs for the Trio, including "Chilly Winds": [Excerpt: The Kingston Trio, "Chilly Winds"] Phillips became particularly good at writing songs that sounded like they could be old traditional folk songs, sometimes taking odd lines from older songs to jump-start new ones, as in "Oh Miss Mary", which he and Stewart wrote after hearing someone sing the first line of a song she couldn't remember the rest of: [Excerpt: The Kingston Trio, "Oh Miss Mary"] Phillips and Stewart became so close that Phillips actually suggested to Stewart that he quit the Kingston Trio and replace Dick Weissman in the Journeymen. Stewart did quit the Trio -- but then the next day Phillips suggested that maybe it was a bad idea and he should stay where he was. Stewart went back to the Trio, claimed he had only pretended to quit because he wanted a pay-rise, and got his raise, so everyone ended up happy. The Journeymen moved back to New York with Michelle in place of Phillips' first wife (and Michelle's sister Russell also coming along, as she was dating Scott McKenzie) and on New Year's Eve 1962 John and Michelle married -- so from this point on I will refer to them by their first names, because they both had the surname Phillips. The group continued having success through 1963, including making appearances on "Hootenanny": [Excerpt: The Journeymen, "Stack O'Lee (live on Hootenanny)"] By the time of the Journeymen's third album, though, John and Scott McKenzie were on bad terms. Weissman said "They had been the closest of friends and now they were the worst of enemies. They talked through me like I was a medium. It got to the point where we'd be standing in the dressing room and John would say to me 'Tell Scott that his right sock doesn't match his left sock...' Things like that, when they were standing five feet away from each other." Eventually, the group split up. Weissman was always going to be able to find employment given his banjo ability, and he was about to get married and didn't need the hassle of dealing with the other two. McKenzie was planning on a solo career -- everyone was agreed that he had the vocal ability. But John was another matter. He needed to be in a group. And not only that, the Journeymen had bookings they needed to complete. He quickly pulled together a group he called the New Journeymen. The core of the lineup was himself, Michelle on vocals, and banjo player Marshall Brickman. Brickman had previously been a member of a folk group called the Tarriers, who had had a revolving lineup, and had played on most of their early-sixties recordings: [Excerpt: The Tarriers, "Quinto (My Little Pony)"] We've met the Tarriers before in the podcast -- they had been formed by Erik Darling, who later replaced Pete Seeger in the Weavers after Seeger's socialist principles wouldn't let him do advertising, and Alan Arkin, later to go on to be a film star, and had had hits with "Cindy, O Cindy", with lead vocals from Vince Martin, who would later go on to be a major performer in the Greenwich Village scene, and with "The Banana Boat Song". By the time Brickman had joined, though, Darling, Arkin, and Martin had all left the group to go on to bigger things, and while he played with them for several years, it was after their commercial peak. Brickman would, though, also go on to a surprising amount of success, but as a writer rather than a musician -- he had a successful collaboration with Woody Allen in the 1970s, co-writing four of Allen's most highly regarded films -- Sleeper, Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Manhattan Murder Mystery -- and with another collaborator he later co-wrote the books for the stage musicals Jersey Boys and The Addams Family. Both John and Michelle were decent singers, and both have their admirers as vocalists -- P.F. Sloan always said that Michelle was the best singer in the group they eventually formed, and that it was her voice that gave the group its sound -- but for the most part they were not considered as particularly astonishing lead vocalists. Certainly, neither had a voice that stood out the way that Scott McKenzie's had. They needed a strong lead singer, and they found one in Denny Doherty. Now, we covered Denny Doherty's early career in the episode on the Lovin' Spoonful, because he was intimately involved in the formation of that group, so I won't go into too much detail here, but I'll give a very abbreviated version of what I said there. Doherty was a Canadian performer who had been a member of the Halifax Three with Zal Yanovsky: [Excerpt: The Halifax Three, "When I First Came to This Land"] After the Halifax Three had split up, Doherty and Yanovsky had performed as a duo for a while, before joining up with Cass Elliot and her husband Jim Hendricks, who both had previously been in the Big Three with Tim Rose: [Excerpt: Cass Elliot and the Big 3, "The Banjo Song"] Elliot, Hendricks, Yanovsky, and Doherty had formed The Mugwumps, sometimes joined by John Sebastian, and had tried to go in more of a rock direction after seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. They recorded one album together before splitting up: [Excerpt: The Mugwumps, "Searchin'"] Part of the reason they split up was that interpersonal relationships within the group were put under some strain -- Elliot and Hendricks split up, though they would remain friends and remain married for several years even though they were living apart, and Elliot had an unrequited crush on Doherty. But since they'd split up, and Yanovsky and Sebastian had gone off to form the Lovin' Spoonful, that meant that Doherty was free, and he was regarded as possibly the best male lead vocalist on the circuit, so the group snapped him up. The only problem was that the Journeymen still had gigs booked that needed to be played, one of them was in just three days, and Doherty didn't know the repertoire. This was a problem with an easy solution for people in their twenties though -- they took a huge amount of amphetamines, and stayed awake for three days straight rehearsing. They made the gig, and Doherty was now the lead singer of the New Journeymen: [Excerpt: The New Journeymen, "The Last Thing on My Mind"] But the New Journeymen didn't last in that form for very long, because even before joining the group, Denny Doherty had been going in a more folk-rock direction with the Mugwumps. At the time, John Phillips thought rock and roll was kids' music, and he was far more interested in folk and jazz, but he was also very interested in making money, and he soon decided it was an idea to start listening to the Beatles. There's some dispute as to who first played the Beatles for John in early 1965 -- some claim it was Doherty, others claim it was Cass Elliot, but everyone agrees it was after Denny Doherty had introduced Phillips to something else -- he brought round some LSD for John and Michelle, and Michelle's sister Rusty, to try. And then he told them he'd invited round a friend. Michelle Phillips later remembered, "I remember saying to the guys "I don't know about you guys, but this drug does nothing for me." At that point there was a knock on the door, and as I opened the door and saw Cass, the acid hit me *over the head*. I saw her standing there in a pleated skirt, a pink Angora sweater with great big eyelashes on and her hair in a flip. And all of a sudden I thought 'This is really *quite* a drug!' It was an image I will have securely fixed in my brain for the rest of my life. I said 'Hi, I'm Michelle. We just took some LSD-25, do you wanna join us?' And she said 'Sure...'" Rusty Gilliam's description matches this -- "It was mind-boggling. She had on a white pleated skirt, false eyelashes. These were the kind of eyelashes that when you put them on you were supposed to trim them to an appropriate length, which she didn't, and when she blinked she looked like a cow, or those dolls you get when you're little and the eyes open and close. And we're on acid. Oh my God! It was a sight! And everything she was wearing were things that you weren't supposed to be wearing if you were heavy -- white pleated skirt, mohair sweater. You know, until she became famous, she suffered so much, and was poked fun at." This gets to an important point about Elliot, and one which sadly affected everything about her life. Elliot was *very* fat -- I've seen her weight listed at about three hundred pounds, and she was only five foot five tall -- and she also didn't have the kind of face that gets thought of as conventionally attractive. Her appearance would be cruelly mocked by pretty much everyone for the rest of her life, in ways that it's genuinely hurtful to read about, and which I will avoid discussing in detail in order to avoid hurting fat listeners. But the two *other* things that defined Elliot in the minds of those who knew her were her voice -- every single person who knew her talks about what a wonderful singer she was -- and her personality. I've read a lot of things about Cass Elliot, and I have never read a single negative word about her as a person, but have read many people going into raptures about what a charming, loving, friendly, understanding person she was. Michelle later said of her "From the time I left Los Angeles, I hadn't had a friend, a buddy. I was married, and John and I did not hang out with women, we just hung out with men, and especially not with women my age. John was nine years older than I was. And here was a fun-loving, intelligent woman. She captivated me. I was as close to in love with Cass as I could be to any woman in my life at that point. She also represented something to me: freedom. Everything she did was because she wanted to do it. She was completely independent and I admired her and was in awe of her. And later on, Cass would be the one to tell me not to let John run my life. And John hated her for that." Either Elliot had brought round Meet The Beatles, the Beatles' first Capitol album, for everyone to listen to, or Denny Doherty already had it, but either way Elliot and Doherty were by this time already Beatles fans. Michelle, being younger than the rest and not part of the folk scene until she met John, was much more interested in rock and roll than any of them, but because she'd been married to John for a couple of years and been part of his musical world she hadn't really encountered the Beatles music, though she had a vague memory that she might have heard a track or two on the radio. John was hesitant -- he didn't want to listen to any rock and roll, but eventually he was persuaded, and the record was put on while he was on his first acid trip: [Excerpt: The Beatles, "I Want to Hold Your Hand"] Within a month, John Phillips had written thirty songs that he thought of as inspired by the Beatles. The New Journeymen were going to go rock and roll. By this time Marshall Brickman was out of the band, and instead John, Michelle, and Denny recruited a new lead guitarist, Eric Hord. Denny started playing bass, with John on rhythm guitar, and a violinist friend of theirs, Peter Pilafian, knew a bit of drums and took on that role. The new lineup of the group used the Journeymen's credit card, which hadn't been stopped even though the Journeymen were no more, to go down to St. Thomas in the Caribbean, along with Michelle's sister, John's daughter Mackenzie (from whose name Scott McKenzie had taken his stage name, as he was born Philip Blondheim), a pet dog, and sundry band members' girlfriends. They stayed there for several months, living in tents on the beach, taking acid, and rehearsing. While they were there, Michelle and Denny started an affair which would have important ramifications for the group later. They got a gig playing at a club called Duffy's, whose address was on Creeque Alley, and soon after they started playing there Cass Elliot travelled down as well -- she was in love with Denny, and wanted to be around him. She wasn't in the group, but she got a job working at Duffy's as a waitress, and she would often sing harmony with the group while waiting at tables. Depending on who was telling the story, either she didn't want to be in the group because she didn't want her appearance to be compared to Michelle's, or John wouldn't *let* her be in the group because she was so fat. Later a story would be made up to cover for this, saying that she hadn't been in the group at first because she couldn't sing the highest notes that were needed, until she got hit on the head with a metal pipe and discovered that it had increased her range by three notes, but that seems to be a lie. One of the songs the New Journeymen were performing at this time was "Mr. Tambourine Man". They'd heard that their old friend Roger McGuinn had recorded it with his new band, but they hadn't yet heard his version, and they'd come up with their own arrangement: [Excerpt: The New Journeymen, "Mr. Tambourine Man"] Denny later said "We were doing three-part harmony on 'Mr Tambourine Man', but a lot slower... like a polka or something! And I tell John, 'No John, we gotta slow it down and give it a backbeat.' Finally we get the Byrds 45 down here, and we put it on and turn it up to ten, and John says 'Oh, like that?' Well, as you can tell, it had already been done. So John goes 'Oh, ah... that's it...' a light went on. So we started doing Beatles stuff. We dropped 'Mr Tambourine Man' after hearing the Byrds version, because there was no point." Eventually they had to leave the island -- they had completely run out of money, and were down to fifty dollars. The credit card had been cut up, and the governor of the island had a personal vendetta against them because they gave his son acid, and they were likely to get arrested if they didn't leave the island. Elliot and her then-partner had round-trip tickets, so they just left, but the rest of them were in trouble. By this point they were unwashed, they were homeless, and they'd spent their last money on stage costumes. They got to the airport, and John Phillips tried to write a cheque for eight air fares back to the mainland, which the person at the check-in desk just laughed at. So they took their last fifty dollars and went to a casino. There Michelle played craps, and she rolled seventeen straight passes, something which should be statistically impossible. She turned their fifty dollars into six thousand dollars, which they scooped up, took to the airport, and paid for their flights out in cash. The New Journeymen arrived back in New York, but quickly decided that they were going to try their luck in California. They rented a car, using Scott McKenzie's credit card, and drove out to LA. There they met up with Hoyt Axton, who you may remember as the son of Mae Axton, the writer of "Heartbreak Hotel", and as the performer who had inspired Michael Nesmith to go into folk music: [Excerpt: Hoyt Axton, "Greenback Dollar"] Axton knew the group, and fed them and put them up for a night, but they needed somewhere else to stay. They went to stay with one of Michelle's friends, but after one night their rented car was stolen, with all their possessions in it. They needed somewhere else to stay, so they went to ask Jim Hendricks if they could crash at his place -- and they were surprised to find that Cass Elliot was there already. Hendricks had another partner -- though he and Elliot wouldn't have their marriage annulled until 1968 and were still technically married -- but he'd happily invited her to stay with them. And now all her friends had turned up, he invited them to stay as well, taking apart the beds in his one-bedroom apartment so he could put down a load of mattresses in the space for everyone to sleep on. The next part becomes difficult, because pretty much everyone in the LA music scene of the sixties was a liar who liked to embellish their own roles in things, so it's quite difficult to unpick what actually happened. What seems to have happened though is that first this new rock-oriented version of the New Journeymen went to see Frank Werber, on the recommendation of John Stewart. Werber was the manager of the Kingston Trio, and had also managed the Journeymen. He, however, was not interested -- not because he didn't think they had talent, but because he had experience of working with John Phillips previously. When Phillips came into his office Werber picked up a tape that he'd been given of the group, and said "I have not had a chance to listen to this tape. I believe that you are a most talented individual, and that's why we took you on in the first place. But I also believe that you're also a drag to work with. A pain in the ass. So I'll tell you what, before whatever you have on here sways me, I'm gonna give it back to you and say that we're not interested." Meanwhile -- and this part of the story comes from Kim Fowley, who was never one to let the truth get in the way of him taking claim for everything, but parts of it at least are corroborated by other people -- Cass Elliot had called Fowley, and told him that her friends' new group sounded pretty good and he should sign them. Fowley was at that time working as a talent scout for a label, but according to him the label wouldn't give the group the money they wanted. So instead, Fowley got in touch with Nik Venet, who had just produced the Leaves' hit version of "Hey Joe" on Mira Records: [Excerpt: The Leaves, "Hey Joe"] Fowley suggested to Venet that Venet should sign the group to Mira Records, and Fowley would sign them to a publishing contract, and they could both get rich. The trio went to audition for Venet, and Elliot drove them over -- and Venet thought the group had a great look as a quartet. He wanted to sign them to a record contract, but only if Elliot was in the group as well. They agreed, he gave them a one hundred and fifty dollar advance, and told them to come back the next day to see his boss at Mira. But Barry McGuire was also hanging round with Elliot and Hendricks, and decided that he wanted to have Lou Adler hear the four of them. He thought they might be useful both as backing vocalists on his second album and as a source of new songs. He got them to go and see Lou Adler, and according to McGuire Phillips didn't want Elliot to go with them, but as Elliot was the one who was friends with McGuire, Phillips worried that they'd lose the chance with Adler if she didn't. Adler was amazed, and decided to sign the group right then and there -- both Bones Howe and P.F. Sloan claimed to have been there when the group auditioned for him and have said "if you won't sign them, I will", though exactly what Sloan would have signed them to I'm not sure. Adler paid them three thousand dollars in cash and told them not to bother with Nik Venet, so they just didn't turn up for the Mira Records audition the next day. Instead, they went into the studio with McGuire and cut backing vocals on about half of his new album: [Excerpt: Barry McGuire with the Mamas and the Papas, "Hide Your Love Away"] While the group were excellent vocalists, there were two main reasons that Adler wanted to sign them. The first was that he found Michelle Phillips extremely attractive, and the second is a song that John and Michelle had written which he thought might be very suitable for McGuire's album. Most people who knew John Phillips think of "California Dreamin'" as a solo composition, and he would later claim that he gave Michelle fifty percent just for transcribing his lyric, saying he got inspired in the middle of the night, woke her up, and got her to write the song down as he came up with it. But Michelle, who is a credited co-writer on the song, has been very insistent that she wrote the lyrics to the second verse, and that it's about her own real experiences, saying that she would often go into churches and light candles even though she was "at best an agnostic, and possibly an atheist" in her words, and this would annoy John, who had also been raised Catholic, but who had become aggressively opposed to expressions of religion, rather than still having nostalgia for the aesthetics of the church as Michelle did. They were out walking on a particularly cold winter's day in 1963, and Michelle wanted to go into St Patrick's Cathedral and John very much did not want to. A couple of nights later, John woke her up, having written the first verse of the song, starting "All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey/I went for a walk on a winter's day", and insisting she collaborate with him. She liked the song, and came up with the lines "Stopped into a church, I passed along the way/I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray/The preacher likes the cold, he knows I'm going to stay", which John would later apparently dislike, but which stayed in the song. Most sources I've seen for the recording of "California Dreamin'" say that the lineup of musicians was the standard set of players who had played on McGuire's other records, with the addition of John Phillips on twelve-string guitar -- P.F. Sloan on guitar and harmonica, Joe Osborn on bass, Larry Knechtel on keyboards, and Hal Blaine on drums, but for some reason Stephen McParland's book on Sloan has Bones Howe down as playing drums on the track while engineering -- a detail so weird, and from such a respectable researcher, that I have to wonder if it might be true. In his autobiography, Sloan claims to have rewritten the chord sequence to "California Dreamin'". He says "Barry Mann had unintentionally showed me a suspended chord back at Screen Gems. I was so impressed by this beautiful, simple chord that I called Brian Wilson and played it for him over the phone. The next thing I knew, Brian had written ‘Don't Worry Baby,' which had within it a number suspended chords. And then the chord heard 'round the world, two months later, was the opening suspended chord of ‘A Hard Day's Night.' I used these chords throughout ‘California Dreamin',' and more specifically as a bridge to get back and forth from the verse to the chorus." Now, nobody else corroborates this story, and both Brian Wilson and John Phillips had the kind of background in modern harmony that means they would have been very aware of suspended chords before either ever encountered Sloan, but I thought I should mention it. Rather more plausible is Sloan's other claim, that he came up with the intro to the song. According to Sloan, he was inspired by "Walk Don't Run" by the Ventures: [Excerpt: The Ventures, "Walk Don't Run"] And you can easily see how this: [plays "Walk Don't Run"] Can lead to this: [plays "California Dreamin'"] And I'm fairly certain that if that was the inspiration, it was Sloan who was the one who thought it up. John Phillips had been paying no attention to the world of surf music when "Walk Don't Run" had been a hit -- that had been at the point when he was very firmly in the folk world, while Sloan of course had been recording "Tell 'Em I'm Surfin'", and it had been his job to know surf music intimately. So Sloan's intro became the start of what was intended to be Barry McGuire's next single: [Excerpt: Barry McGuire, "California Dreamin'"] Sloan also provided the harmonica solo on the track: [Excerpt: Barry McGuire, "California Dreamin'"] The Mamas and the Papas -- the new name that was now given to the former New Journeymen, now they were a quartet -- were also signed to Dunhill as an act on their own, and recorded their own first single, "Go Where You Wanna Go", a song apparently written by John about Michelle, in late 1963, after she had briefly left him to have an affair with Russ Titelman, the record producer and songwriter, before coming back to him: [Excerpt: The Mamas and the Papas, "Go Where You Wanna Go"] But while that was put out, they quickly decided to scrap it and go with another song. The "Go Where You Wanna Go" single was pulled after only selling a handful of copies, though its commercial potential was later proved when in 1967 a new vocal group, the 5th Dimension, released a soundalike version as their second single. The track was produced by Lou Adler's client Johnny Rivers, and used the exact same musicians as the Mamas and the Papas version, with the exception of Phillips. It became their first hit, reaching number sixteen on the charts: [Excerpt: The 5th Dimension, "Go Where You Wanna Go"] The reason the Mamas and the Papas version of "Go Where You Wanna Go" was pulled was because everyone became convinced that their first single should instead be their own version of "California Dreamin'". This is the exact same track as McGuire's track, with just two changes. The first is that McGuire's lead vocal was replaced with Denny Doherty: [Excerpt: The Mamas and the Papas, "California Dreamin'"] Though if you listen to the stereo mix of the song and isolate the left channel, you can hear McGuire singing the lead on the first line, and occasional leakage from him elsewhere on the backing vocal track: [Excerpt: The Mamas and the Papas, "California Dreamin'"] The other change made was to replace Sloan's harmonica solo with an alto flute solo by Bud Shank, a jazz musician who we heard about in the episode on "Light My Fire", when he collaborated with Ravi Shankar on "Improvisations on the Theme From Pather Panchali": [Excerpt: Ravi Shankar, "Improvisation on the Theme From Pather Panchali"] Shank was working on another session in Western Studios, where they were recording the Mamas and Papas track, and Bones Howe approached him while he was packing his instrument and asked if he'd be interested in doing another session. Shank agreed, though the track caused problems for him. According to Shank "What had happened was that whe

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