Fastpass to the Past: The Theme Park History Podcast

Explore the outlandish origin stories of your favorite theme parks, attractions and shows.

About the show

Join Austin, a former Disneyland Cast Member, as she takes you through the outrageous and sometimes downright strange origin stories of your favorite theme parks, attractions, and shows. The outlandish history of Disneyland, Disney World, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farms, and much more will be explored along with some outrageous stories from former Employees & Cast Members. What are you waiting for? For your safety, remain seated with your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the podcast at all times.

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Episodes

  • Episode 10: Lost Lands: Beastly Kingdom & Camp Mickey Minnie

    May 8th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  23 mins 21 secs
    animal kingdom, beastly kingdom, camp minnie mickey, universal's islands of adventure, walt disney world

    The episode you have all been waiting for! How did a gorgeous original Disney-designed theme park land just across Orlando at Universal's Islands of Aventure? In the third part of our Lost Land series, we’ll be talking about Beastly Kingdom – the never-realized fantastic Part II Expansion for Disney's Animal Kingdom that was snatched up by Universal in 1999. We'll also talk about the temporary land in it's place that lasted well over a decade - Camp Mickey and Minnie.

  • Episode 9: Lost Lands of Disneyland: Holidayland

    January 25th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  20 mins 24 secs
    disneyland, holiday world, holidayland

    Today we are going to take a deep dive into the Disneyland Archives and take a look at one of the ‘lost lands’ of Disneyland. In the second part of our Lost Land series, we’ll be talking about Holidayland – the lost 9 acres of land from Disneyland's early history where you could drink beer freely and even participate in sack races!

  • Episode 8: Lost Lands of Disneyland: Discovery Bay

    December 18th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  34 mins 39 secs
    discovery bay, disneyland, thunder mesa

    Today we are going to take a deep dive into the Disneyland Archives and take a look at the one of the ‘lost lands’ of Disneyland. In the first part of our Lost Land series, we’ll be talking about Discovery Bay – the lost flagship land of the Disney empire that never even made it to construction.

  • Episode 7: The Most Hated WDW Attraction of All Time (The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management)

    November 7th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 48 secs
    enchanted tiki room, enchanted tiki room under new management, magic kingdom, walt disney world

    Find out why Walt Disney World Execs decided to mess with a classic beloved attraction and how it came to its eventual fiery end.

  • Episode 6: Part 2: How Disney Stole An Entire Theme Park (JAWS & Universal Studios Orlando)

    October 29th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  27 mins 47 secs
    jaws ride, universal studios

    What promoted Universal Orlando to spend 30 million dollars on their first ever "ride" - JAWS? The little-known 1980's Arms Race between the Walt Disney Company and Universal Studios Florida changed the entire theme park industry as we know it as both raced to finish a Hollywood-themed park in Florida.

  • Episode 5: Part 1: How Disney Stole An Entire Theme Park (JAWS & Universal Studios Orlando)

    October 19th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 35 secs
    disney world, jaws ride, universal studios

    What promoted Universal Orlando to spend 30 million dollars on their first ever "ride" - JAWS? The little-known 1980's Arms Race between the Walt Disney Company and Universal Studios Florida changed the entire theme park industry as we know it as both raced to finish a Hollywood-themed park in Florida.

  • Episode 4: The Enchanted Tiki Bar (Trader Sam's)

    October 8th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  24 mins 59 secs
    disneyland, disneyland hotel, tiki bar, trader sam's

    How a Tiki bar originally planned for Walt Disney's original EPCOT landed in the middle of the Disneyland Hotel 40 years later serving up more fun than the Gods can handle.

  • Episode 3: Disneyland's Deadliest Attractions

    October 1st, 2017  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 5 secs
    accidents, deaths, disney, disneyland, history, theme park, walt disney

    Despite the rumors, people have died at Disneyland! Learn the strange circumstances behind the incidents and get acquainted with three of the most dangerous rides ever to operate at the "happiest place on earth."

  • Episode 2: The Sunken Boat Rides of Disneyland

    September 24th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  23 mins 52 secs
    disneyland, fantasyland, history, rivers of america, the walt disney company, theme park history, tomorrowland, wed

    A chronical of the origins and demise of all four defunct Disneyland boat rides that have been lost to history and one that actually sunk.

  • Episode 1: America's First Theme Park: Berries, Chicken, & Ghost Towns

    September 24th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 19 secs
    disneyland, history, knott's berry farm, theme park, walt disney

    The odd beginnings of Knott's Berry Farm and how it evolved from a simple berry farm to a blockbuster chicken restaurant, to America's First Theme Park.