Episode 25: Mickey Mouse as Empty Signifier
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In this symbolic episode, Alice and Buddy take a close look at one of the most iconic animated characters in history. What makes Mickey Mouse such a powerful symbol of the Disney Parks—not to mention the rest of the Walt Disney Company? How does he compare to other walk-around mascots? What, if any, are Mickey’s defining character traits? Featuring asides on Kingdom Hearts, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and the Legacy of Walt Disney.

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Those Happy Places is Produced by Alice White and Edited By Buddy Duquesne. Our theme song is Golden Gate by the California Feetwarmers, Featuring Phil Alvin.

Additional music comes from Kevin Macleod. All Tracks Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Tracks in this Episode: Bummin on Tremolo, Airship Serenity, In Your Arms, Off to Osaka, Casa Bossa Nova, Breaktime, I Knew a Guy, Poppers and Prosecco.

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Episode 24: Motion as Metaphor
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In this comparative episode, Buddy and Alice explore how motion in rides and attractions can be used to gesture towards an experience, place riders in the mindset of a character, or imply themes of a story. Listen in to find out how motion itself is the language of attractions—and how it mimics the written word in literature!

Featuring discussions on Soarin’, Riddler’s Revenge, Superman, The Hulk, Splash Mountain, Dumbo’s Flying Circus, and the Mad Tea Party. Small asides on Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, naturally.

If you’re interested in helping us dissect Splash Mountain’s historical and cultural connections at a greater depth, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

Be sure to visit our Patreon for all of the cool Passholder benefits, stretch goals, or simply to pass the word along! Check it out and consider supporting us!

Those Happy Places is Produced by Alice White and Edited By Buddy Duquesne. Our theme song is Golden Gate by the California Feetwarmers, Featuring Phil Alvin.

Additional music comes from Kevin Macleod. All Tracks Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Tracks in this Episode: Bummin on Tremolo, Airship Serenity, In Your Arms, Off to Osaka, Casa Bossa Nova, Hyperfun, Space 1990, The Descent, Breaktime, Fig Leaf Rag, Chee Zee Beach, I Knew a Guy, Poppers and Prosecco.

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Minisode 4: Alice at Podcon Seattle
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In this conventional minisode, Alice reflects on her experience at Podcon Seattle. What do themed spaces have to do with the vast blank canvas of convention halls? What are the benefits of being at an event that draws people together? How does it feel to meet your listeners—and the people you listen to?

This Minisode is a preview of our Patreon member benefit—available at the “A Ticket” Tier and above! Check it out and consider supporting us!

Those Happy Places is Produced by Alice White and Edited By Buddy Duquesne. Our theme song is Golden Gate by the California Feetwarmers, Featuring Phil Alvin.

Additional music comes from Kevin Macleod. All Tracks Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Tracks in this Episode: Bummin on Tremolo, Airship Serenity, In Your Arms, and Off to Osaka.

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Episode 23: Theme Parks, Permanence, and the Speed of Change
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In this timely episode, Alice and Buddy discuss the ways Theme Parks are both permanent and impermanent spaces, known for their signature attractions, and yet constantly expected to change. How do theme parks differ from other media in the ways they evolve over time? What examples of changing attractions do we have—and how did they handle change positively or negatively? And finally, what happens when an attraction comes back from being removed?

Plus, the announcement of our very exciting Patreon!

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin.

Additional music from Kevin MacLeod, available here: https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html

Tracklist: Bummin on Tremolo, Airship Serenity, Casa Bossa Nova, I Knew a Guy, Fig Leaf Rag, In Your Arms, Mining by Moonlight, Poppers and Prosecco, Hyperfun, Space 1990, Mellowtron, Breaktime, Off to Osaka

All Tracks Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

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Episode 22: Performativity and the Shared Experience
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In this festive episode, Alice and Buddy take a trip to Knott's Berry Farm to discuss its Holiday overlay, Knott's Merry Farm! While on an iconic coaster, Alice was struck with inspiration--why do we scream on thrill rides? Are we performing for others? What makes the social experience of theme parks unique?

Plus, an aside on Ghostrider, the wooden coaster in question, and a particularly emotionally resonant end-of-the-year message!

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin.

Additional music from Kevin MacLeod, available here: https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html

Tracklist: Bummin on Tremolo, Airship Serenity, Breaktime, Apero Hour, Casa Bossa Nova, I Knew a Guy, Fig Leaf Rag, In Your Arms, Mining by Moonlight, Chee Zee Beach, Plain Loafer, Poppers and Prosecco, Hyperfun, Iron Horse

All Tracks Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

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Episode 21: Diegesis and Ride Vehicles
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In this moving episode, Alice and Buddy take a look at the ways Ride Vehicles interact with the fiction of theme park rides and attractions—how do they function in -universe? What separates the diegetic vehicles from their non-diegetic counterparts? How do some attractions transcend their vehicles non-diegetic qualities?

Featuring discussions on Roger Rabbit’s Car-Toon Spin, the Haunted Mansion, Universal’s Studio Tour, E.T.: The Ride, and Transformers: The Ride.

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin.

Additional music from Kevin MacLeod, available here: https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html

Tracklist: Bummin on Tremolo, Airship Serenity, Off to Osaka, Breaktime, Ghost Dance, Apero Hour, Casa Bossa Nova, Vivacity, I Knew a Guy, Space 1990, Fig Leaf Rag, In Your Arms, Mining by Moonlight, Secret of Tiki Island

All Tracks Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

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Episode 20: Attraction Adaptation Extravaganza!
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In this celebratory episode, Alice and Buddy pitch each other movie franchises based on two classic Disneyland attractions, and are then joined by three very special guests to hear their adaptation pitches.

Featuring Marie of Go Your Own YA, Charles Gustine of Iconography, and T.H. Ponders of Accession!

We would also like to preemptively apologize to Paul Giamatti. In our defense, the guy has range.

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin.

Additional music from Kevin MacLeod, available here: https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html

Tracklist: The Descent, Bummin on Tremolo, Airship Serenity, Plain Loafer, Iron Horse, Hyperfun, Off to Osaka, Breaktime, Ghost Dance, Apero Hour, Casa Bossa Nova, Vivacity, I Knew a Guy, Space 1990

All Tracks Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

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Episode 19: Pirates, Revisionism, Revisions, and Adaptations
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In this rollicking episode, Alice and Buddy set course for Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean to discuss its complex relationship with history, and the ways it has gradually changed over time. How have audience tastes and needs changed over time? Has the attraction changed sufficiently to reflect them? What, exactly, is this attraction’s theme? What is its relationship to history? What is its relationship to its own history?

This one’s a bit long! Keep a weather eye open—there be squalls ahead.

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin. Additional music comes from Podington Bear, available through the Free Music Archive.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

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Episode 18: Halloween, Harvests, and Themed Spaces
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In this spooky episode, Alice and Buddy take a look at Halloween’s origins, its unique traditions and tones, and its role in extending theming into our daily lives. Then, they analyze how Theme Parks tackle Halloween, by taking a look at Disney’s American parks, and Knott’s Scary Farm!

Featuring a Walt Disney World Field Report from Wil Williams! Find Wil’s website for podcasting resources and reviews here:

https://wilwilliams.reviews/

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin. Additional music comes from Podington Bear, available through the Free Music Archive.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

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Episode 17: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Thematic Synthesis
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In this chilling episode, Alice and Buddy take on the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay, featuring all of our favorite characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas!

Discussions include: Thematic Synthesis between the two rides, the effectiveness of the combination, and the film’s place in holiday movie re-watch rosters. We were really surprised with what we ended up deciding—we hope you are, too!

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin. Additional music comes from Podington Bear, available through the Free Music Archive.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

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Episode 16: Mickey's Toontown, Character Meet and Greets, and World Building
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In this animated episode, Buddy and Alice take a nostalgic trip to Toontown. We discuss its internal lore and structure, its history, and its role in constructing the experience of meeting our favorite characters.

Plus, an aside on the secret connections between Disney's animated characters and the lore behind their appearances in the parks!

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin. Additional music comes from Podington Bear, available through the Free Music Archive.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

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Episode 15: The Jungle Cruise, Comedy, and Colonialism

In this wild episode, Buddy and Alice explore the connection between Disneyland's Jungle Cruise and Colonialist Literature. How are these influences presented uncritically by Adventureland's oldest ride? What is the role of the Skipper in interpreting its current meaning?

Featuring a voicemail from Charles Gustine of the Iconography Podcast! 

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin. Additional music comes from Podington Bear, available through the Free Music Archive.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

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Episode 14: Jurassic Park River Adventure, Tropes, and Transmedia
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In this biting episode, Alice and Buddy take on the soon-to-be-refurbished Jurassic Park River Adventure. They discuss Universal's penchant for strange Intellectual Property choices, the history of the ride's development, its relationship to Transmedia storytelling, and its use of a popular ride trope. 

Plus, an aside on the Lysine Contingency! 

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin. Additional music comes from Podington Bear, available through the Free Music Archive.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

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Episode 13: Interview with Defunctland's Kevin Perjurer
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In this telling episode, Buddy and Alice are joined by YouTuber and recently minted author Kevin Perjurer to talk about his upcoming book, Defunctland: Guide to the Magic Kingdom. We discuss the process of writing literature about Theme Parks, Storytelling within them, and the nature of preserving attractions. 

Other Topics: Dole Whip's unlikely origins, the philosophy of closure, and the pitfalls of writing in the second person.

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin. Additional music comes from Podington Bear, available through the Free Music Archive.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

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Episode 12: Knott's Berry Farm, Local Identity, and Two Walters
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In this historic episode, Alice and Buddy examine the story of Knott's Berry Farm--its origins as an actual Berry Farm, its early role in preserving local buildings and histories, and its ongoing (and unearned) reputation as a second-fiddle competitor to Disneyland. How does our "backyard theme park" approach its audience?

Featuring an interview with "Iron-Horse Steve," a docent at the Knott's Berry Farm museum, on the origins of the Boysenberry!

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin. Additional music comes from Podington Bear, available through the Free Music Archive.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

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Episode 11: Knott's Berry Farm, Tension, and Catharsis
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In this thrilling episode, Buddy and Alice return from a research expedition to Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, to talk a little about Tension--Literary, Narrative, and Physical--in the Roller Coaster experience. 

How do Xcelerator: The Ride, Hangtime, Silver Bullet, and Jaguar employ principles of tension in their design? When is tension healthy and welcoming, versus unhealthy and dangerous? How do stories, thrill rides, and catharsis relate to each other? Listen in to find out! 

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin. Additional music comes from Podington Bear, available through the Free Music Archive.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

Tracks Used: Boop, Breezin, Bit Rio, Conveyor Belt, Baile

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Episode 10: Ride Design Challenge and Imagineering Extravaganza
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In this very special episode-versary, Buddy and Alice sit down in the same room for the first time in the show's history to pitch ride ideas at each other, and to take ride design challenges from three very special call-in guests--Charles Gustine, T.H. Ponders, and Gavin the Podcat! 

Topics include: Portal: The Ride, Mad Max and the Warcoaster, Lilo and Stitch's Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride, Broadway Land, and a final idea that's too good to reveal here. Give a listen!

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

Tracks Used: Clair de Lune Variations, Bit Rio, Conveyor Belt, Tropical Sunrise, Rumble Seat, Wonder Happens, Breezin'.

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Episode 9: Star Tours, Continuity, and Timelines
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In this episode, join Alice and Buddy as they discuss the finer points of Star Tours (1987) and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (2011), and their relationship to the concept of Canon in the Star Wars Universe. 

Topics: Solo and Canon, Narrative Continuity, Canon Defined, Star Tours and the Death Star, Captain Rex and Droid Sentience, The Adventures Continue and Time Travel, Galaxy's Edge Hopes, and a surprise appearance by Mickey's Toontown. 

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

Tracks Used: Alien Language, Breezin', Boop, Bit Rio, Camp, Deviate, Rumble Seat, 

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Minisode 3: Alice in Disney World
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In this minisode, Alice White takes a family trip to Orlando for five days at the most magical place on Earth. Listen as she ponders coastal differences, adults making their own fun at Disney parks, and covers her best and worst experiences at each park she visited. Plus, she invites you to @ her on Twitter about the Carousel of Progress (bold strategy, Alice)!

Buddy edited this episode in Hindenburg Journalist, which was a new experience for him. He's not jealous that he wasn't there.

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

Tracks Used: Breezin', Wonder Happens, Nature Kid

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Episode 8: Rides as Games, Emergent Narrative, and the Loss State
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In this episode, Alice and Buddy discuss the Disneyland Resort's two game-type rides--Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Toy Story: Midway Mania! How do these rides compare to actual games? What is their storytelling goal? How much trash talk can they fit into a one-hour podcast episode? Will they be able to avoid becoming a Toy Story Podcast? Find out by listening today!

Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, featuring Phil Alvin.

Buddy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/buddy_duquesne

Alice's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceWhiteTHP

The California Feetwarmers: http://www.californiafeetwarmers.com/

Check Out Podington Bear at the Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/

Tracks Used: Gentle Chase, Breezin', Boop, Tropical Sunrise

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