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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Episode 2: Fantasyland's Darkrides

Fantasyland's darkrides are some of the most simple storytelling devices in theme park history, and yet they're emblematic of Disney and its dedication to using rides to tell stories. In this episode, Alice and Buddy discuss the history of Dark Rides, four specific attractions at Disneyland, and the importance of Intellectual Property usage at Disneyland. Give it a listen!

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Those Happy Places Episode 0: Trailer

What is Those Happy Places? In this four-minute trailer, Buddy and Alice explain themselves, their methods, and why they chose to discuss theme park rides on the internet with the same techniques they might apply to literature or film. Give it a listen! Tell your friends!

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