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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Episode 7: Screens, Immersion, and the Fourth Wall
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In this episode, Alice and Buddy tackle the oft-maligned presence of screens in rides and attractions. When do they work? When don't they? Plus, they ruminate on the role of the fourth wall in theme parks, and have an aside about 3D glasses.

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

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Minisode 2: Alice and Disneyland's Map
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In this second Minisode, Alice takes Ben, her Fiancee, to Disneyland, and discovers the exploratory potential of the park through fresh eyes. What does Disneyland's map say about the park--and the secret nooks and crannies within? Take a quick listen this week while we prepare another full episode!
 
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/

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Minisode 1: Sonoma's Train Town with Buddy and Kate
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In this first Minisode, Buddy and Kate do some field recording from a very small Theme Park in Sonoma, California. Listen in to hear some history Stanley Frank, the man who built a quarter-scale train set and opened it to the public. Then, stick around for some reactions, and a wrap-up conversation on what a place like this means.

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

Kate's Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatePrinceTHP

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

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Episode 6: Tower of Terror and Mission: Breakout!
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This week, Alice and Buddy take on the recently re-skinned Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure. What does the transition to Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: Breakout! mean from a storytelling standpoint? What is the intent behind a re-skinned ride? What are the fan responses, and why do they matter?

Special guest Charles Gustine of the ICONography podcast starts us off this week. Check out his website:

https://iconographypodcast.squarespace.com/

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/

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Episode 5: Disney's California Adventure and the Simulacra
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Disney's California Adventure, opened in February 2001, immediately faced harsh criticisms from guests. What storytelling mistakes were made in the park's original design? What was the park attempting to do--and how successful was it? 

Listen in as Buddy and Alice take a look at concepts of parody, education, and the simulated in their attempt to understand the early storytelling failures of the park.

 

Those Happy Places is a podcast about Theme Park Rides, Attractions, and Lands. We focus on the stories they tell, how they tell them, and why it matters.

 

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/

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Episode 4: The Disneyland Railroad and Monorail
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In this episode, Alice and Buddy tackle two iconic attractions of Disneyland that function both as transportation for guests, and as myth-making symbols of both America's imagined past and future.

Also featuring a personal story from special field correspondent Kate Prince!

Those Happy Places is a podcast about Theme Park Rides, Attractions, and Lands. We focus on the stories they tell, how they tell them, and why it matters.

 

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/

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Those Happy Places Episode 3: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

In this episode, Alice White and Buddy Duquesne ask the question fans must always confront when seeing a new attraction based on their favorite properties: does it measure up to the story? Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey gets analyzed, de-constructed, and ultimately reviewed by our hosts. Plus, Twitter shout-outs and our first Call-In Guest!

Those Happy Places is a podcast about Theme Park Rides, Attractions, and Lands. We focus on the stories they tell, how they tell them, and why it matters.

 

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/

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