As you know, I regularly enjoy quite a few Disney podcasts. For me, they’re a great way to keep the magic alive between Disney vacations, find out new Disney travel tips and tricks, and just “hang out” with people who are every bit as passionate about Disney as I am. One of my newest and best discoveries in the Disney podcast realm has been the Enchanted Tiki Talk Podcast.
Three guys, Sean, Keith and Alan, get together to talk Disney in a family friendly, low-key way that is just a pleasure to hear. You feel like you’re right there with them in the Tiki Hut as they cover a variety of Disney topics and offer first hand reviews and advice for making your Disney vacation all it can be – I love the different points of view they present! These guys are clearly good friends and their friendship comes across during every episode. Topics are broad – you never know what awaits in the next installment. They’ve discussed their Disney bucket lists, opinions on underrated and overrated attractions, how to eat on $40 a day at a Disney park, and, in Episode 7 – these guys even interviewed Bill Farmer!
Recently, I asked for an interview of my own with Sean, Keith, and Alan and they were kind enough to answer my questions! All the answers were submitted separately, but you can tell by the answers how much these three have in common and why they’re such good friends.
1. What unexpected surprises (good and/or bad) has podcasting brought you?
Sean: For me its making some new friends on and off the show. You really get to see how passionate Disney fans are. And when I say Passionate sometimes its more obsessive but that’s a good thing. LOL. You also get to see how vacationing in Disney is different for everyone.
Alan: For me, the biggest surprise has been the number of listeners and fans that have been listening to us and supporting us. When we all agreed to take this adventure together, I knew that I’d have fun with Sean and Keith, but I wasn’t sure how we’d make a name for ourselves in the Disney podcast realm. There are a lot of podcasts out there and many of them are very good. There’s only so much time in the day for people to listen to us, so we face some stiff competition for their listening time. It’s truly humbling to think that we have fans that really enjoy listening to us talk about something that we love.
Keith: I started my website and was so shocked about the size and passion of the Disney universe. I have made so many friends it is humbling. When we started the podcast it was just to have fun and chat about Disney. We hoped it would be received well, but were cautiously optimistic. The support and love we have seen already is remarkable. The Disney universe has embraced us and that is a very welcomed surprise. There hasn’t really been a bad with the podcast. However, starting on Twitter, then my website, and now the podcast you learn that what you say gets to a lot of eyes and ears. I used to be able to use social media to just let loose on my thoughts and opinions. I still do to a point, but there is more at stake and you have to be careful sometimes.
2. Who are the top three guests you’d be most thrilled to have on your show?
- Samantha Brown – Love her shows and she has such a great personality. You can see the passion she has with what she does. (Plus she said she was coming on)
- Tom Hanks – My favorite actor and he just played Walt. I would love to get more of his insight on playing Walt in Saving Mr Banks.
Richard Sherman – I am a huge fan of him and his brothers music. Timeless songs that bring back such fond memories as a kid. Not too mention he has intimate knowledge of Walt.
Keith: Well one we already had on the show, Bill Farmer (@goofybill) the voice of so many Disney and other characters including Goofy and Pluto. The other two I would have to say are Joe Rhode and Rolly Crump. NEWS FLASH: Keith’s Rolly Crump interview wish comes TRUE – Stay tuned for Episode 13!
3. What’s your Disney lucky charm – or most favorite, treasured Disney item?
Sean: This is an easy one for me. I have a Gold Mickey Pocket Watch from my wife when we got married. I only wear it on special occasions, and Its something I want to hand down to my son when he gets older. Its a sentimental keepsake and has some great memories attached to it.
Alan: I don’t have any lucky charms but I do have one Disney item that is very special to me and that is my finisher’s medal for the 2013 Tower of Terror 10-Miler. That was my first ever road race and it was something that my wife and I did together. The sense of accomplishment that we had when we crossed the finish line together is something I’ll never forget and the medal is a reminder of that.
Keith: Wow this was a hard question for me! I think my favorite Disney item isn’t one that was bought at the parks or store. My mother is a very talented quilter. I found some fabric of the wallpaper from the Haunted Mansion. The Haunted Mansion is my favorite attraction/ride at Walt Disney World. She made me a quilt using that fabric. I love looking down and seeing the eyes looking back at me!
4. The one thing you each love most about Disney parks?
Sean: Its so hard to pick just one thing but its the memories that I have made over the years visiting there. My wife and I had our first vacation there, My son’s first trip and soon to be daughter’s first trip. Its such a Magical place that Magic does happen and memories that last a lifetime.
Alan: When I’m on vacation at Walt Disney World, the real world is gone. Walt Disney World is a place for me to escape from the wear and tear of normal life and act like a kid again. I’m never happier than when I’m walking hand in hand with my wife through the property of Walt Disney World. That’s what I love most about the Disney parks.
Keith: This is like asking me what my favorite song is. There are so many things, but the one thing that I love about Disney is the escape. I started my obsession with Disney because of some dark times in my life, and the one thing that gave me that escape was Disney. The ability to lose yourself in fantasy and imagination allows you to get away from “real life” for a while.
5. Best advice about podcasting you’ve ever received? or What have you learned about life from podcasting?
Sean: Best advice is be prepared for the topic you are talking about. Its also a lot easier when you have 2 other people you talk with. Conversations flow easily.
Alan: No one ever gave me any advice about podcasting. With the assistance of Sean and Keith, I have essentially just jumped in head first. Doing this podcast every week has taught me just how fantastic the Disney community is overall. I was nervous during the first episode but the listener response was so kind that I realized there was nothing to be nervous about. I’ve made some amazing friends through the show and through social media and I’m glad that I am involved with the Disney community.
Keith: I don’t think we received any advice really. We just went into it with the attitude to make the show feel like we are just three friends talking about Disney (which we are anyway).
6. Best advice about vacationing at a Disney park you’ve ever received – and you think everyone should know?
Sean: I can’t share any secrets how would that be fair to me 🙂 But seriously, plan. Make your dining reservations in advanced and have a general idea in what you want to see and do.
Alan: Bring a poncho and fight through those afternoon rain storms.
Keith: Just to enjoy your vacation! I know that sounds corny but it’s true. Take it from me a very impatient, easily annoyed, control freak in my normal life. The first time as an adult I went to Disney World I wasn’t sure I would like it. I wasn’t fond of crowds, waiting, heat, humidity, etc. However, the first time I walked on Main Street U.S.A and looked at the castle. It was like I stepped into a time machine to when I was five. All that melted away and I was a different person. I didn’t let things annoy me and just enjoyed my vacation.
7. How did you first learn about Disney podcasts? Was that your inspiration for starting one of your own?
Sean: Inside the Magic was the first podcast that I listened to and since then I have been hooked. All the podcasts I have listened to over the years have inspired me. Plus I always wanted to do one but did not want to do it myself. I wanted to share the experience with other passionate Disney fans. After I appeared on Resortloop that sealed it for me. I thank those guys for lighting a fire under my ass to start one.
Alan: My first exposure to Disney podcasts was Communicore Weekly. That’s a fantastic show and the hosts are very interactive with their cadets (what they call their fans) and I admired that about Jeff and George. They have a successful show and you can tell they really enjoy sharing their love of Disney with us. That has been my inspiration with our show. I love Walt Disney World and really enjoy talking about that with Sean and Keith. When we record, that’s really all it is. It’s the three of us just chatting about something we love and I especially enjoy being able to share that with our listeners and then have them chime in with their feelings. Tiki Talk has really been a fantastic journey that has helped me make some great friends. I’m so grateful for everything that has happened with the show.
Keith: I learned about them through Twitter. I started listening to them just to find out all of the news around the parks since I wasn’t local.I started adding show after show to my playlist. I loved the different opinions people have. I don’t think we had any “inspiration” to start our own. We just wanted to talk Disney!
Now’s the time to jump on in and subscribe to the Enchanted Tiki Talk Podcast in iTunes. With just 12 episodes to date, you can easily catch up! If you already listen – I hope you now have a better understanding of the guys behind #tikiooze and all the Disney fun that goes on in the Tiki Hut! Please don’t forget to rate and review in iTunes.
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