Episode 34: Interview with Tami Brown and Emily Howard!
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October is Sensory Awareness Month, and Alice and Buddy were honored to meet with two fantastic guests to talk about this increasingly important aspect of themed attraction design! Join Tami Brown, Executive Director of the Soon-to-be-Opened Saint Louis Aquarium, and PGAV Destinations Vice President Emily Howard, as they walk us through the inclusive design choices being made in the construction of what may be one of the world’s most adaptive attractions for guests with various sensitive needs. What sorts of additions are being made to ensure every guest can enjoy the Aquarium successfully? How can staff training and technology unite to create an inclusive experience?

All this and more on this latest episode of Those Happy Places!

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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 4.0 License. Tracks in this Episode: Bummin on Tremolo, Awesome Call, George Street Shuffle, Apero Hour, Crinoline Dreams, Samba Isobel, Bossa Antigua, Fireflies and Stardust, Casa Bossa Nova, Crunk Knight

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Episode 33: Interview with April Neal and A.D. Gladu of PGAV Destinations!
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Join Alice and Buddy on another fantastic interview with two amazing themed entertainment professionals from PGAV Destinations! April Neal is a Designer and Retail Expert, and A.D. Gladu is a Creative Writer. What kinds of advantages does a themed space have over other forms of media for storytelling? Where do stories begin in the planning process? How does one write the story beats of an attraction before it’s even built? How do designers and writers ensure they convey their stories to every guest? What drives us to take evidence of our trips with us, and how do we find ourselves telling our own stories about them? How do parks form their own mythologies and histories?

All this and more on this latest episode of Those Happy Places!

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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 4.0 License. Tracks in this Episode: Bummin on Tremolo, Awesome Call, Long Stroll, George Street Shuffle, Apero Hour, Crinoline Dreams, Off to Osaka, No Good Layabout, Mining By Moonlight, Airport Lounge, Samba Isobel, Lobby Time, Nowhere Land

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Episode 32: Interview with John Kemper and Dave Cooperstein of PGAV Destinations
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Join Alice and Buddy for a very special interview with John Kemper and Dave Cooperstein of PGAV Destinations, the team behind some of the world’s most famous Animal Attractions, including Zoos and Aquariums! What are some of the challenges and goals of working with animals? How do these places differ from more traditional theme parks? What are the roles of education and technology in considering the design choices made?

All this and more on this excellent interview!

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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 4.0 License. Tracks in this Episode: Bummin on Tremolo, Awesome Call, Long Stroll, George Street Shuffle, No Good Layabouts, Apero Hour, Airship Serenity, Covert Affair, Crinoline Dreams, Secret of Tiki Island, Off to Osaka, Mister Exposition, Samba Isobel

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Episode 31: Fandom, Fan Events, and Rainbow Capitalism
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In this long-awaited episode, Buddy and Alice tackle the complex relationship of the Disney Parks and their fans. What are some unique ways in which fans engage with parks versus other forms of media? Can a business like Disney ever really give as good as it gets from the fans? To what extent is Disney’s involvement in fan communities necessary, or even welcome?

Also featuring a conversation on Gay Days, Rainbow Capitalism, and Disney’s historic relationship and ongoing growth towards the LGBTQ+ community. Can a major corporation with a history of problematic behavior genuinely do the work of increasing inclusion and diversity?

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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, Awesome Call, Long Stroll, Dark Hallway, No Good Layabouts, Glitter Blast, Opportunity Walks, Covert Affair, Crinoline Dreams, George Street Shuffle, Airport Lounge, Bossa Antigua, Off to Osaka, Feather Waltz, Midnight Tale

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Episode 30: Ride Fanfiction Extravaganza!
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In this extrapolated episode, join Alice and Buddy for a 30th-Episode-iversary extravaganza. We reached out to the Those Happy Places community for fanfiction about rides with basic or unstated stories. What sorts of narratives and emotions are theme park rides and attractions most suited to? What can we learn about the stories they inspired us to write? All this and more, listen in!

Featuring guest segments by Lyna Jeanne, Aslam Choudry, Charles Gustine, and Nick Hoffman!

Be sure to visit our Patreon for all of the cool Passholder benefits, stretch goals, and an exclusive, long-lost episode of Those Happy Places!

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: Stormfront, Future Cha Cha, Snowdrop, Mister Exposition, Sheep May Safely Graze, Space X-Plorers, Devastation and Revenge, Off to Osaka, Surf Shimmy, Bummin on Tremolo, Lobby Time, I Knew a Guy, Hard Boiled, Quirky Dog, Bossa Antigua, Samba Isobel, Crinoline Dreams, Getting it Done

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Bonus Episode: Alice at Galaxy's Edge

In this far-out bonus episode, Buddy interviews Alice about her trip to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. What stories does this new place have to tell? How does the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction creatively use interactivity? What are the pitfalls of a highly themed bar at one of the world’s most popular theme parks? All of this and much more in this informal chat!

Be sure to visit our Patreon for all of the cool Passholder benefits, stretch goals, and an exclusive, long-lost episode of Those Happy Places!

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 Tremelo, Casa Bossa Nova, Mining By Moonlight, Secret of Tiki Island, Plain Loafer, Thief in the Night, Breaktime, BossaBossa, Bossa Antigua, Jellyfish in Space, Getting it Done, and Deuces.

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Episode 29: Theme Park Food and Storytelling
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In this tasteful episode, Buddy and Alice tackle the specific needs of theme park foods, the ways fandom develop around certain foods, and the importance of culinary experiences in the larger scheme of themed spaces. Topics include: Butterbeer, the invention of the Ice Cream Cone, the mysterious rise of the Turkey Leg, the not-so-mysterious rise of the Dole Whip, and a special extended aside on the Blue Bayou.

Be sure to visit our Patreon for all of the cool Passholder benefits, stretch goals,and an exclusive, long-lost episode of Those Happy Places!

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 Tremelo, Space 1990, Fig Leaf Rag, Casa Bossa Nova, Mining by Moonlight, Secret of Tiki Island, BossaBossa, Bossa Antigua, Off to Osaka, Drankin Song, Backbay Lounge, Airship Serenity, Cattails

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Bonus Episode: Building a Game of Thrones Theme Park
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In this once-thought-lost bonus episode, Alice and Buddy discuss the challenges and possibilities in the construction of a hypothetical Game of Thrones Theme Park. How does the property resist adaptation into a themed space? What inspiration can we take from existing attractions? What are the strengths of existing medieval themed spaces?

Featuring very general spoilers for much of the show and existing books. While we’re not a recap show in the slightest, we assume at least a familiarity with the broad events of the story!

Be sure to visit our Patreon for all of the cool Passholder benefits, stretch goals,and an exclusive, long-lost episode of Those Happy Places!

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: Magic Scout Cottages, Samba Isobel, Bummin on Tremelo, Space 1990, Hard Boiled, Crunk Knight, Galway, Casa Bossa Nova, Mining by Moonlight, Secret of Tiki Island, BossaBossa, Bossa Antigua

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Episode 28: Tours, Tourism, and Tourists
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In this globetrotting episode, Alice and Buddy reflect on their experience as both residents of areas popular with tourists, and as tourists themselves. What do cities and theme parks have in common, and what are their distinct differences? What draws people to places—and what kinds of experiences do we value as tourists? When does tourism become exploitative, and does education serve as a way to mitigate it when it does?

Featuring an aside on the Experimental Prototype Tourism City of Tomorrow.

Be sure to visit our Patreon for all of the cool Passholder benefits, stretch goals,and an exclusive, long-lost episode of Those Happy Places!

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, Casa Bossa Nova, Apero Hour, Off to Osaka, Bossa Bossa, Backbay Lounge, Crinoline Dreams, Jazz Brunch, Hard Boiled, Lobby Time, Thieves in the Night, Deuces, Mining by Moonlight

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Episode 27: Adventure, Exploration, and Magic
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In this verbose episode, join Alice and Buddy as they explore three words that Theme Parks around the world use in connection to themselves—Adventure, Exploration, and Magic. What do these three concepts mean in a controlled, safe, well-charted, and most importantly, non-magical place?

Featuring a call-in voicemail from our friend and listener Lyna! Also, an aside on Duquesne’s Mad Labyrinth!

Be sure to visit our Patreon for all of the cool Passholder benefits, stretch goals,and an exclusive, long-lost episode of Those Happy Places!

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: Plain Loafer, Bummin on Tremolo, Airship Serenity, Casa Bossa Nova, Mining by Moonlight, Secret of Tiki Island, Apero Hour, In Your Arms, Off to Osaka, Surf Shimmy, Bossa Bossa, Deuces, Backbay Lounge, Crinoline Dreams, Samba Isobel, Galway, Jazz Brunch, Smooth Lovin, Bossa Antigua, Hard Boiled, Lobby Time

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Watch Party: The Haunted Mansion (2003) with Charles Gustine!
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In this special call-in episode, join Buddy, Alice, and Iconography’s Charles Gustine as they watch and review the infamous film adaptation of The Haunted Mansion. Released in 2003 and starring Eddie Murphy, can this oft-maligned movie redeem itself in the hearts of our hosts? We’ve got just over 98 minutes for you to chew on! Enjoy!

Featuring an aside on Religion and Spirituality, many comparisons to Crimson Peak, and more than one mention of the Omnimover (Praise the Omnimover).

Check out our Audience Survey—help us get to know you!

Be sure to visit our Patreon for all of the cool Passholder benefits, stretch goals,and an exclusive, long-lost episode of Those Happy Places!

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, Casa Bossa Nova, Poppers and Prosecco, Mining by Moonlight, Secret of Tiki Island, Apero Hour, In Your Arms, DarxieLand, Thief in the Night, Bossa Bossa, Deadly Roulette, Hep Cats, Deuces, Backbay Lounge, Crinoline Dreams, Samba Isobel, Galway, Jazz Brunch, Smooth Lovin, Bossa Antigua

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Q&A Special: One Year of Those Happy Places!
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In this very special episode, Buddy and Alice take some listener questions. It’s been one heck of a year—and they’ve got some big plans ahead! Stay Tuned!

Discussion topics include: Extinct Attractions, Re-Imagining IP’s as Different Rides, Transplanting Disney Attractions, Building the Perfect Roadside Attraction, and Visiting International Parks!

Check out our Audience Survey—help us get to know you!

Be sure to visit our Patreon for all of the cool Passholder benefits, stretch goals,and an exclusive, long-lost episode of Those Happy Places!

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,Bossa Antigua, Tech Live, Deuces, Quirky Dog, Bummin on Tremelo, Ghost Dance, I Knew a Guy, Thief in the Night, Fretless, Crunk Knight, Galway, Crinoline Dreams

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Episode 26: Chaos and Control
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In this cosmological episode, Alice and Buddy dive into the ideas of Chaos, Control, and Determinism as they pertain to Theme Park Rides. How do various types of attractions offer chaotic experiences? What does the idea of chaos mean in rides that give their passengers a measure of control? Who controls a rider’s destiny on a ride?

Featuring discussions on Bumper Cars, River Rapids, Autopia, the Teacups, and Astro Orbiters.

Check out our Audience Survey—help us get to know you!

Be sure to visit our Patreon for all of the cool Passholder benefits, stretch goals,and an exclusive, long-lost episode of Those Happy Places!

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, Casa Bossa Nova, Breaktime, Lobby Time, Surf Shimmy, Bossa Antigua, Getting it Done, Hard Boiled, Mining by Boonlight, Crinoline Dreams, Poppers and Prosecco, Plain Loafer.

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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.

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

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