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Join former Disneyland cast members Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman ,as they discuss all things Disneyland. They have had Disney Legends, Authors, podcasters former Cast members and more. Plus each episode they discuss latest Disneyland Resort news. If you like Disneyland, and want to learn insider tales, history, and great info then this is the perfect podcast for you.
 
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Rick West returns to chat about the changing conditions of theme park design and operation, especially at the Disneyland Resort. Rick is a Show Writer for theme parks and was a Ride Operator on the west side of Disneyland. He also created several acclaimed Theme Park Adventure publications on attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jo…
 
Disney author and historian Jim Korkis joins us to discuss what was happening at Disneyland in 1962! Jim always brings great stories. We also catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always.We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt’s Dream Spotless and Cleaning The Kingdom: Night, Day, Past and P…
 
Rope Drop & Park Hop Podcast hostesses Katie and Erin share their tips for having a great Disneyland visit. They are two moms from Boise, Idaho who really love the Happiest Place on Earth! We also catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always.We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt’s Dream Sp…
 
Connie joins us to talk about being one the first Disneyland Ambassadors, being a Tour Guide, Walt Disney, and more! We also catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always.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…
 
Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland is undergoing a 30th Anniversary enhancement and expansion. We discuss the past, present, and future of Toontown, and what it was like for us to work there. We also catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, with our Patreon supporters joining us.We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tal…
 
We welcome David, who was a Disneyland Attractions Host from 1970 to 1979, working many iconic attractions, some of them long gone now. We also catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always.We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt’s Dream Spotless and Cleaning The Kingdom: Night, Day, Past and…
 
We welcome theatrical actor and director, and former Imagineer Josh Shipley to discuss things he helped design for Disneyland and his time at Walt Disney Imagineering, which was from 1996 to 2017. 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. …
 
Disneyland, as a company, originated in 1952, but Disneyland as an idea existed before that, and got rejected by a city council. Historian & author Jim Korkis discusses these facts with us on this episode. Hear all about the plans that were rejected and more about the origins of Disneyland. We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider …
 
Chuck Vaughn joins us to talk about his time being an hourly cast member, and then a Supervisor, in Disneyland Night Custodial from 1971 to 1984. His stories include training Tokyo Disneyland opening cast members and a special assignment at Imagineering. We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt’s Dream Spotles…
 
Happy 2022, Insiders! This week we’re back from our short parental leave from podcasting and sharing some life updates with you, including the official introduction of our son and what the future of Mouse Park Insider looks like. Plus, you know we’ve got tons of Disney news we’re breaking down for you! From 6 hour long popcorn bucket lines and pric…
 
Tim East recently retired as Executive Director, Risk Management at The Walt Disney Company, but he started in Disneyland Custodial Bussing in the fall of 1974, transferred after a couple of years to Sweeping, moved on to Safety in 1982 to supervise places like First Aid before moving on to Worker’s Comp. Along the way, he found his wife at a popco…
 
Not only is this our last episode of 2021, but it’s also episode 100 of Mouse Park Insider! What better way to celebrate and end the year than by bringing our friend, Jess, back on the show?! Join the three of us as we chat about what we’re looking forward to the most in the Disney Parks in 2022. Mouse Park Insider will return in 2022 with more fun…
 
This week we’re getting some parenting tips from Chris and Emily, hosts of The Happiest Hour on Earth Podcast. They share with us five great tips for surviving your first Disneyland trip with an infant or toddler. New and soon to be parents, this is definitely an episode you won't want to miss! You can find Chris and Emily everywhere you listen to …
 
In this mini episode we replay one of our older episodes, which was episode 198. In this episode we take a virtual tour of Disneyland during the Holidays. Lynn explains where we are and plays some music from that area, or attraction. Hope you enjoy this and have wonderful Holidays. For info on our podcast, books and more go to www.thesweepspot.com…
 
This week, we’re talking with everyone’s favorite Instagram friend, Q! Q is not only an amazing Disney photographer, but also has a strong presence in the Disney Community and Disney Social Media scene. Q gives us his insights on a few of the best spots around the Parks to snap some amazing Disney photos. Q also provides some great advice for any n…
 
Marcy Carriker Smothers returns to talk about her latest book, Walt’s Disneyland. Her admiration for Walt Disney is clear in our discussion. Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always. We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt’s Dream Spotless and Cleaning The Kingdom: Night, Day, P…
 
This week Tony goes solo for the first time, interviewing pianist, Tom Ameen. Tom is well known for his Disney piano covers, as well as his own original music. We learn about where his love of music came from, the best Christmas present he ever received, and nerd out hearing about the three times Tom played for J.J. Abrams! Stream Tom Ameen on Spot…
 
It’s our last live(ish) episode before we take parental podcast leave! We’re talking upcoming pre-recorded episodes to get you through the rest of the year and plans for what 2022 will bring to Mouse Park Insider. Plus, big news for the week including when It’s a Small World Holiday will be returning to Disneyland, dates for the 2022 Food and Wine …
 
Our friend David Smith joins us as we discuss Disneyland as it was in 1981, 40 years ago! What was going on then? We talk about it. Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always. We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt’s Dream Spotless and Cleaning The Kingdom: Night, Day, Past and P…
 
It’s our special Friendsgiving episode with special guests, and our very good friends, Ashley and Nick from Mouse Vibes! Come join the conversation as we each share our ideas for reimagining Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. We’re waiting for your call, Bob Chapek! Plus, a breakdown of the biggest announcements from Destination D23, what we’re most excite…
 
In this mini episode we talk with Former Disneyland Attractions Cast Member Andy Apodaca. Andy worked on many attractions at Disneyland from Opening crew of Indiana Jones Adventure, Opening crew on Splash Mt. to many Fantasyland attractions and much more! Andy worked at Disneyland from 1986 to 1996. He has so many stories to tell we will have to ha…
 
This week we’re ranking our favorite Christmas trees from around the Disney parks. We are definitely very particular about our Christmas decorations, so we may have a few controversial opinions! Plus, news for the week, including Disneyland’s Toon Town closing, It’s a Small World flooded, and our reactions to the new Spider-Man No Way Home trailer.…
 
We welcome back designer and former Imagineer Tim Delaney to discuss Disneyland memories, going all the way back to the 1950s! Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always. We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt’s Dream Spotless and Cleaning The Kingdom: Night, Day, Past and Presen…
 
What do you get when Walt Disney World and arguably the largest rock band in history cross paths? The official break up of The Beatles! Wait, what? You read that right, The Most Magical Place on Earth is also home to one of the biggest upsets in music history. Listen along as we fill you in on this historical moment. Plus, news for the week includi…
 
Lynn and Ken discuss Critter Country at Disneyland, a unique area for Disney Parks. Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always. 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 a podcast with full ep…
 
Happy (week of) Halloween! In honor of spooky season coming to an end, we’re ranking our top ten Disney villains. Which baddies are you surprised didn’t make the cut? Plus news for the week, including Disneyland ticket and parking price increases, when you can expect to ride the tram from Mickey and Friends parking structure again, and Epcot’s Fest…
 
In this mini episode Lynn sits down with Robyn who was one of the 1997 Disneyland Ambassadors. In this discussion she talks about the whole procedure in becoming an Ambassador at Disneyland. From the application process to finally being announced on that day. For more info on our podcast go to www.thesweepspot.com…
 
We welcome Michael Barry, who recently retired after a Disneyland career that started in 1970! We chat with him about keeping Disneyland restaurants clean, and the adventures he had along the way. Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always. We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt’…
 
This week we’re giving you our top five scariest rides at the US Disney parks! Do any of these rides make your stomach turn? Plus, news for the week, including Disney Genie+ details, how many points you’ll need if you want to use your DVC membership to stay at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, and our review of the three main 50th Anniversary shows …
 
We welcome back Jim Korkis to chat about Disneyland as it was in 1991, back when Disneyland had a Peoplemover, something called Afternoon Avenue, and we had the promise of WestCOT as the 2nd theme park in Anaheim. Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always. Jim’s books have our highest recommendation. We have authored t…
 
In this mini episode Lynn talks with former Disneyland Cast member Jim Goddard who worked in many roles in the park during the 70s, 80s and 90s. Hope you enjoy this conversation, for more info on our podcast, books and more go to www.thesweepspot.comBy Lynn Barron
 
How did we spend our last night as Californians? At Oogie Boogie Bash, of course! We’re giving you the full scoop on this special Halloween event, what we loved, what we didn’t love, and if it’s worth the money. Plus, news for the week, including big changes to Rise of the Resistance and more 50th Anniversary decor around Walt Disney World. Interes…
 
We welcome back former Disneyland Ride Operator Mason to talk about his time in Tomorrowland Attractions like Submarine Voyage and the Monorail, and Westside Attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean from 1987 to 1995. Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always. We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider …
 
It’s our last podcast as Disneyland locals! It’s definitely a mixture of emotions, especially as we talk about the one thing we’ll miss the most about being so close to Disneyland our entire lives. Plus a whole lot of Disney news, including firework dessert party and dining packages announced for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary, a three month …
 
We discuss Disneyland as it was in 2001, which was 20 years ago! There was a lot going on, with Resort expansion and more! Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always. 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. T…
 
Halloween is (almost) back at the Disneyland Resort! While the pumpkins have appeared on Main Street USA and Cars Land has gotten its Haul-O-Ween makeover, there’s still plenty to come! We’re breaking down everything Disneyland has to offer for the spooky season. Plus, news for the week, including the return of annual passes for Walt Disney World, …
 
In this Mini episode of The Sweep Spot, Lynn sits down and talks with Rob from UniCon. UniCon is a Comic Con type of event in Las Vegas October 1, 2, 3. https://www.unicon.vegas/ For more info. on our podcast and more go to www,thesweepspot.com The Sweep Spot is two former Disneyland Custodial Cast Members talking Disneyland history, interviews and…
 
We chat with Brian Collins, who was a Show Writer with Walt Disney Imagineering and is now with The Brainstorm Institute. Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always. 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. Th…
 
We’ve got plenty of Disney news to talk about this week, including the new Cirque du Soleil show opening date at Disney Springs, Disney Plus Day announced, and Epcot’s Space 220 restaurant is getting ready to open... no, seriously! Plus, we’ve got some big personal news (in addition to that whole pregnancy thing) that we’re excited to share! Connec…
 
In this Mini Episode of The Sweep Spot podcast we welcome Former Guest Relations Cast Member Magdalena. She worked at the Disneyland Resort during some interesting times, and had some great tours, and guests to show around the park. Check out our regular episodes as well, every other week. For more info go to www.thesweepspot.com…
 
What is the very best Disney mountain? We’re ranking all of the mountains throughout the U.S. Disney parks! How do our lists align with yours? Plus, news for the week, including the pricing release for Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser, more information surrounding Disneyland’s Magic Key Program, and Oogie Boogie Bash dining packages. Connect with us …
 
We chat with David Bossert and Alan Coats about the soon-to-be released book Claude Coats: Walt Disney’s Imagineer - The Making of Disneyland. Like Claude, David worked in Animation and has authored outstanding books related to Disneyland. Like his father before him, Alan became a Disney Imagineer.Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyla…
 
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