The Tomorrow Society Podcast

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Smart discussion on theme parks and Disney from a fan’s perspective
#60: Producer John Walker on Disney’s Tomorrowland, The Incredibles, and The Iron Giant
Dec 3 • 40 min
John Walker, executive producer of Tomorrowland, joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about that movie plus The Iron Giant and both Incredibles films. Become an Official Member of The Tomorrow Society and support the podcast on Patreon at…
#59: Dan Cockerell, Former Vice President of The Magic Kingdom
Nov 19 • 38 min
Dan Cockerell, former vice president of Epcot and The Magic Kingdom, joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about his career, what it’s like to operate Disney’s parks and resorts, and why he decided to leave Disney. Learn more about Dan Cockerell at…
#58: Brian P. Miles, Retro Disney World Podcast and Lake Buena Vista Historical Society
Nov 5 • 54 min
Brian P. Miles of the Retro Disney World podcast and the Lake Buena Vista Historical Society joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about his background, why preserving Walt Disney World history is important, and his favorite past attractions. Learn…
#57: Tim Grassey on Galaxy’s Edge, Guardians of the Galaxy, and a Changing Epcot
Oct 29 • 74 min
Tim Grassey of the E-Ticket Report and WDW Theme Parks returns to The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about all the big news on Walt Disney World. Our conversation includes Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster at Epcot, the…
#56: AJ Wolfe of the Disney Food Blog on Walt Disney World’s Underrated Dining Spots
Oct 15 • 45 min
AJ Wolfe, Owner and Editor of the Disney Food Blog, returns to The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about underrated dining spots at Walt Disney World across all four theme parks, Disney Springs, and the Disney resorts. Check out disneyfoodblog.com for…
#55: Composer Mark Mancina on the Music of Moana, Tarzan, and The Lion King
Oct 8 • 32 min
Composer Mark Mancina joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about his background and career writing music for so many classic films, including Disney projects like Moana, The Lion King, Tarzan, and The Haunted Mansion. Learn more about the music of…
#54: Brent Young, Super 78 Studios
Sep 24 • 57 min
Brent Young, president and creative director of Super 78 Studios and co-host of The Season Pass Podcast, joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about his background and projects plus current trends in the theme park industry. Follow all of Brent’s…
#53: A Trip to Walt Disney’s Marceline
Sep 17 • 34 min
This episode of the Tomorrow Society Podcast is all about Walt Disney’s childhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri. My family recently took a day trip to Marceline, and this podcast covers all the sights from that trip. Learn more about the Walt Disney…
#52: Tony Cortese on Walt Disney: Master of Dreamers
Sep 10 • 39 min
Filmmaker Tony Cortese returns to The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss his documentary Walt Disney: Master of Dreamers, which will be released in 2019. Learn more about Walt Disney: Master at Dreamers and the October 13th Anaheim event at…
#51: Lou Prosperi on The Imagineering Process
Aug 27 • 49 min
Author Lou Prosperi joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk with Dan about his new book The Imagineering Process and his passion for learning more about Walt Disney Imagineering. Learn more about Lou’s work at imagineeringtoolbox.wordpress.com and…
#50: A Visit to Six Flags St. Louis
Aug 20 • 28 min
On this episode of the Tomorrow Society Podcast, host Dan Heaton describes his recent trip to Six Flags St. Louis in late July. He recorded some audio from that trip and provides his reactions to the park during the trip. Subscribe to The Tomorrow Society…
#49: Shannon Albert, WDW Prep School.com
Aug 13 • 44 min
Shannon Albert of WDW Prep School joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast and talks to Dan Heaton about building her website and podcast to help with Walt Disney World trip planning. Check out Shannon’s trip planning tools and tips at wdwprepschool.com. Follow…
#48: Ricky Brigante, Inside the Magic and Pseudonym Productions
Jul 30 • 53 min
Ricky Brigante, founder of Inside the Magic, joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about the origins of that podcast and his ultimate decision to sell the site. He also talks about his current work on immersive entertainment at Pseudonym Productions.…
#47: Seth Kubersky on Universal Orlando’s Future and Toy Story Land
Jul 16 • 47 min
Seth Kubersky returns to The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about the future of the Universal Orlando resort, including a possible new theme park and a Harry Potter attraction, a Forbidden Forest coaster likely opening in 2019. We also discuss his…
#46: Toy Story Land and the Future of Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Jul 2 • 33 min
On this episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast, I discuss my feelings about the newly opened Toy Story Land and the future of Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. I take a close look at Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers and the…
#45: Composer Paul Leonard-Morgan on Creating the Score for Test Track
Jun 21 • 36 min
Composer Paul Leonard-Morgan joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss his background plus the music for the current version of Test Track at Epcot and his work on the Tron Realm at Shanghai Disneyland. Paul has also composed the scores for popular…
#44: How Bowers, Retro Disney World Podcast
May 29 • 63 min
How Bowers, one of the hosts of the Retro Disney World Podcast, joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss Walt Disney World’s past, why we’re drawn to extinct attractions, and what it takes to put together his podcast. Learn more about the Retro…
#43: Steve Alcorn on Building EPCOT Center
May 8 • 54 min
Steve Alcorn, CEO of Alcorn McBride, joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss his work as an engineering consultant at EPCOT Center during its construction and the changes in the theme park industry since 1982. Learn more about Steve Alcorn’s work at…
#42: Matt Parrish, WEDWay Radio and The Thirty20Eight
Apr 29 • 39 min
Matt Parrish of WEDWay Radio and The Thirty20Eight joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss podcasting, Disney history, Silver Dollar City, and a lot more. Visit facebook.com/wedwayradio or twitter.com/wedwayradio to learn more about WEDWay Radio.…
#41: Top 5 Books for Epcot Fans
Apr 22 • 31 min
This episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast is all about books on Epcot and its history. I count down my Top 5 and describe a lot more titles you should read. Check out the full list of books mentioned in this podcast at…
#40: Katy Price, Walt Disney’s Melody Makers
Apr 15 • 41 min
Katy Price joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about her book Walt Disney’s Melody Makers: An Autobiography of the Sherman Brothers and their huge influence on Disney’s films and theme parks. Learn more about Katy’s art, writing, and other work at…
#39: Seven More Questions with Len Testa
Mar 27 • 64 min
Len Testa of The Disney Dish and Touring Plans returns to The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss seven topics from the world of Disney’s theme parks. We cover the recent surge in crowds in January, the future of theme parks and transportation, and…
#38: Tim Grassey on Epcot’s Future
Feb 28 • 83 min
Tim Grassey of The E-Ticket Report returns to The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss Epcot’s future, Pandora: The World of Avatar, and his new podcast Marty Called. Check out Tim’s website at www.wdwthemeparks.com and follow him on Twitter at…
#37: My Walt Disney World Trip Report
Jan 22 • 50 min
This episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast is all about my latest trip to Walt Disney World over MLK weekend. I cover my first visit to Pandora: The World of Avatar, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, Frozen Ever After, and so much more.…
#36: Jeff Baham on The Haunted Mansion
Jan 7 • 61 min
Jeff Baham joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about his book The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion and the attraction’s fascinating history. Learn more about Jeff Baham’s work at doombuggies.com and moustalgia.com. Subscribe to…
#35: Jerry Green, 25 Years Inside Universal Studios
Dec 17, 2017 • 50 min
Jerry Green joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to speak with Dan Heaton about his 25 years working at Universal Studios as a tour guide, show host, and entertainment director. Learn more about Jerry’s books and career at jerrylanegreen.com. Subscribe to…
#34: Coco Review (Disney-Pixar)
Dec 11, 2017 • 28 min
This special mini-episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast is all about the new Disney-Pixar film Coco, which is a stunning movie with a strong message about life, family, and the power of memories. Subscribe to The Tomorrow Society Podcast on iTunes at…
#33: Composer Bruce Broughton
Dec 4, 2017 • 55 min
Composer Bruce Broughton joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss his work scoring many Disney theme park attractions, including Spaceship Earth, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Soarin’ Around the World, and The Timekeeper. Learn more about Bruce’s work at…
#32: Planning a Weekend Trip to Disney World
Nov 19, 2017 • 40 min
This episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast focuses on planning my next Disney World trip in January over a long weekend. I discuss lessons learned from previous trips, FastPasses, and staying at The Animal Kingdom Lodge. Subscribe to The Tomorrow…
#31: Mike Rahlmann, Be Our Guest Podcast
Oct 30, 2017 • 47 min
Mike Rahlmann of the Be Our Guest Podcast joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss his background, what inspired him to start the show in 2009, Walt Disney World, and building a podcast community. Learn more about Mike Rahlmann and the Be Our Guest…
#30: AJ Wolfe, The Disney Food Blog
Oct 17, 2017 • 44 min
AJ Wolfe, Owner and Executive Editor of the Disney Food Blog, joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss Disney dining, her background, and what inspired her to start the Disney Food Blog in 2009. We also discuss the value of the Disney Dining Plan,…
#29: Christian Moran, True-Life Adventures
Oct 8, 2017 • 41 min
For episode 29 of The Tomorrow Society Podcast, Christian Moran joins to talk about his new book True-Life Adventures and his YouTube channel Enchanted Tiki Couple. We discuss Walt Disney’s work as an environmentalist, fun anecdotes about Disney’s nature…
#28: Top 10 Theme Park Bucket List
Sep 13, 2017 • 42 min
On this episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast, Dan lists the top 10 choices on his theme park bucket list, including a few embarrassing revelations. The picks span the globe and include choices from Disney, Universal, and some wild cards. Contact The…
#27: Ken Kebow on The Whimsical Imagineer
Aug 14, 2017 • 48 min
Filmmaker Ken Kebow joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss his documentary The Whimsical Imagineer about Disney legend Rolly Crump. Learn more about The Whimsical Imagineer at rollycrump.com. Contact The Tomorrow Society Podcast by e-mail at…
#26: Jeff Barnes on The Wisdom of Walt
Aug 7, 2017 • 52 min
This episode’s guest is Jeff Barnes (aka Dr. Disneyland), who discusses his book The Wisdom of Walt, teaching a class about Disneyland, and his upcoming book Beyond the Wisdom of Walt. Learn more about Jeff Barnes’ books at thewisdomofwalt.com. Contact…
#25: D23 Expo, Nate Parrish of WEDWay Radio
Jul 26, 2017 • 62 min
This week’s guest is Nate Parrish of WEDWay Radio, who joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss all the news on upcoming attractions at the parks from the recent D23 Expo. We also cover the origins of Nate’s Disney fandom and his work on the WEDWay…
#24: Top 5 Extinct Attractions at Disney World
Jul 11, 2017 • 36 min
On this episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast, I’ve put my cards on the table and ranked my Top 5 Extinct Attractions at Walt Disney World. I could narrow the choices to a single park or even just a section like Future World, but that’s too easy. The…
#23: Aaron Wallace, Thinking Fan’s Guide
Jun 16, 2017 • 49 min
This week’s guest is Aaron Wallace, the author of the Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Epcot and the first book in that series about The Magic Kingdom. He joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss Epcot and its possible future. Rumors are…
#22 – Spring Break Disney World Trip Report
May 1, 2017 • 46 min
This episode includes details on my trip to Walt Disney World in March during Spring Break. I cover the highlights, some trip planning and touring miscues, and my top dining experiences. I also discuss FastPass Plus, the Epcot International Flower and…
#21: The Sounds of a Walt Disney World Trip
Apr 3, 2017 • 25 min
This episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast gives you a brief aural glimpse into my latest experience visiting the resort. A full trip report episode will be released in the next few weeks. First, here’s a quick audio look at my week in Orlando. For an…
#20: 7 Disney World Questions with Len Testa
Feb 21, 2017 • 64 min
Len Testa, President of Touring Plans.com and co-host of the Disney Dish, joins The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss the latest news from Disney’s theme parks. We cover the upcoming Pandora expansion, Rivers of Light, fixing Epcot, and a lot more.…
#19: Tim Grassey on Fixing Epcot
Jan 29, 2017 • 52 min
Tim Grassey of the E-Ticket Report podcast and wdwthemeparks.com joins the Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss how to fix Epcot at Disney World. The park still has so much potential, but it now falls short of its glory days as EPCOT Center. The key is…
#18: The Pros and Cons of FastPass Plus
Jan 22, 2017 • 41 min
This episode focuses on FastPass Plus, Disney World’s crowd management system. I list three pros and three cons of the service and discuss touring strategies for my upcoming Disney World trip.
#17: Sam Gennawey on JayBangs
Dec 18, 2016 • 42 min
Sam Gennawey returns to the Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss his new book JayBangs, which focuses on Jay Stein of MCA. Jay was a key figure in the rise of Universal and in building Universal Orlando. Sam and I also discuss the rivalry between Universal…
#16 – Chad Emerson on a New Theme Park Era
Sep 11, 2016 • 63 min
Chad Emerson returns to the Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss a crazy year for Disney World and the theme park industry. We also look ahead to what’s coming with the Pandora and Star Wars expansions and how Universal fits into the picture.
#15: Top 5 Attractions at Six Flags St. Louis
Jul 29, 2016 • 35 min
This episode ranks the top five attractions at Six Flags St. Louis and includes a trip report of a visit to the park in July 2016.
#14: Tony Cortese, The Disney Dreamfinders
Jun 28, 2016 • 33 min
This episode’s guest is Tony Cortese, director of the new documentary “The Disney Dreamfinders”, which looks at Disney bloggers and podcasters that have moved to Orlando to get closer to the parks. Learn more about the film at dreamfindersmovie.com.
#13: James H. Carter II on Foolish Mortals
May 27, 2016 • 44 min
This episode’s guest is James H. Carter II, the host of the Creepy Kingdom podcast. He’s directing a documentary called Foolish Mortals about the fans of the Haunted Mansions. Learn more at foolishmortalsdoc.com.
#12: Doug Barnes, The Season Pass Podcast
May 10, 2016 • 54 min
This episode’s guest is Doug Barnes, the owner and producer of The Season Pass Podcast. We discuss the origins of the show and its evolution into an industry giant. Learn more about The Season Pass at seasonpasspodcast.com.
#11: Philip B. Swift on The Dark Side of Disney
May 2, 2016 • 52 min
This week’s guest is Philip B. Swift, director of the documentary The Dark Side of Disney. We discussed the film, Philip’s history with theme parks, and how he became a filmmaker. We also discussed his debut feature The Bubble about the residents of…
#10: Christian Moran, Director of Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow
Mar 14, 2016 • 44 min
Christian Moran returns to The Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss his new documentary “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: The Futurism of Walt Disney”.
#09: Seven Lessons from My WDW Trip
Feb 9, 2016 • 27 min
I recently visited Walt Disney World with my family over the MLK weekend. We stayed four nights at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and I learned quite a bit. This podcast includes seven lessons that I learned as part of that recent trip to Disney World.
#08: Len Testa of Touring Plans.com
Jan 6, 2016 • 55 min
This episode’s guest is Len Testa, the president of Touring Plans.com and longtime co-host of the WDW Today podcast. We discuss his background, Touring Plans’ growth, and the recent rise in crowds at Disney World.
#07: Ben Lancaster, Walt’s Frozen Head
Dec 8, 2015 • 42 min
This week’s guest is Ben Lancaster, the writer and director of The Further Adventures of Walt’s Frozen Head. We discuss the movie and the challenges in shooting covertly at Disney World.
#06: Chad Emerson on Disney World’s Future
Nov 16, 2015 • 54 min
My guest is Chad Emerson, author of Project Future: The Inside Story Behind the Creation of Walt Disney World. Our conversation delves into where Disney World is heading in the near future, particularly with Star Wars. We also discuss how Universal has…
#05: Seth Kubersky on Universal Orlando
Oct 27, 2015 • 45 min
This episode’s guest is Seth Kubersky, author of the Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Our discussion covers what’s happening at Universal, how their approach differs from Disney’s, and where they’re heading in the future.
#04: Sam Gennawey on the Rise of Universal
Sep 25, 2015 • 50 min
Author and theme park expert Sam Gennawey appears on the Tomorrow Society Podcast to discuss his book Universal vs. Disney and Walt Disney’s concepts for the original EPCOT.
#03: Christian Moran, Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow
Sep 8, 2015 • 34 min
This episode’s guest is writer and filmmaker Christian Moran, author of the book Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: Walt Disney and Technology. Christian and I discuss the book, his film projects, and whether optimism about technology is still possible in our…
#02: Ryan Ritchey, After the Fair
Aug 28, 2015 • 48 min
This episode’s guest is Ryan Ritchey, director of the documentary After the Fair, which focuses on the 1964-65 World’s Fair and the many parts that still exist today. Ryan and I discuss his film, some of the most interesting stories from the project, and…
#01: An Introduction
Jun 26, 2015 • 17 min
This episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast provides an introduction to my background with Disney and theme parks. I discuss my first trips to Disney World as a kid, my connection to themed entertainment today, and podcasts that have inspired me.