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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  • Episode 17: Lost Lands of Disneyland Paris: A 1920's Main Street

    April 18th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  30 mins 6 secs
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    Gangsters, Speakeasies, and Jazz, oh my! Instead of the Victorian facades that harkened back to Walt Disney’s Minnesota hometown, Imagineer Eddie Sotto’s original concept for Main Street USA in Disneyland Paris resembled something different - something exciting. In the place of horse-drawn carriages, he designed an entry sequence filled with the gangsters, policemen, and great American cities that flourished during the jazz age.

  • Episode 16: Universal Studios Hollywood, From Glamour Trams to Today's Studio Tour

    March 25th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  39 mins 47 secs
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    Head back to the early history of film to discover how one immigrant's dream for a city dedicated to the movies led to the creation of Universal Studios Hollywood and the original Studio Tour.