Celebrating 1 year of The Uncle Walt Podcast!


It's been 1 year+ since the show began, and we're just getting started...

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Here's a list of things young me wanted to be when I grew up.... Astronaut, Police Officer, Fireman, Lawyer, Podcaster... Wait... What?! Podcaster? Well OK no , that wasn't on the list of occupations 7 year old Kyle wanted to be when he grew up, in fact the term 'Podcaster' or 'Podcast' didn't even exist back then, and yet here I am happily podcasting away.

I can't believe it's been over a year now that I first hatched this crazy idea of The Uncle Walt Podcast! I didn't even know what a podcast was just before embarking on this incredible journey. I just happened to stumble upon the podcast app while messing around with my new Iphone and was instantly intrigued. "So you're telling me anybody can have a podcast?" I started listening to a number of popular podcasts and wanted one of my own.

There was one problem though, I had no idea where to start. It seemed liked such a huge undertaking, there was so much to do! There was production equipment, file hosting, web hosting, social media engagement and so much more, all of which I knew nothing about, and believe me when I tell you I was in way over my head. So I figured the best place to start was at the beginning.


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I spent about 70 bucks building a studio in my garage out of 2x4's, plywood and foam. It was quick and it was cheap, but it worked. Then my wonderful wife who was supportive of my crazy idea from the get-go purchased, and surprised me with a fairly decent mic, not expensive, but not cheap either. It was perfect for what I was, a noob podcaster. Having spent basically most of my teens and all of my 20's as a working musician, I had been around microphones and recording equipment a lot, and I was fairly familiar with certain recording programs. It was something that I understood and was comfortable with, and having that base of knowledge helped calm me in the beginning.

So off I went, I started researching and writing the first few episodes and recording them in my little sweat box studio, at the time I was pleased with my results, but listening back to the earlier episodes now I almost cringe at the production quality. All of my experience was recording loud instruments, not spoken word, and it took me a few episodes to get my settings and template dialed in. It's OK you can say it, I know its not great, but we all have to start somewhere.


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Everything was going well, I was recording episodes, had built a nice website, found file hosting with awesome statistics, I was gaining followers on social media and most importantly my download/play count was climbing every week... Then boom! Real life hit.

3 months in to The Uncle Walt Podcast my Wife and I decided to move out of the city we were residing in at the time. We both would be starting new jobs in our new city, we we're purchasing our first home and because of the conditions of my transfer, I had to stay behind for a month as my wife and children went ahead without me. The studio in my garage was disassembled and loaded on to the moving truck with the rest of our belongings and The Uncle Walt Podcast went dark.

Well, sure enough after we were settled in to our new home I decided to put the studio back together and keep working on this little hobby of mine. Fast forward 1 year+ and I'm still recording episodes in that little studio in my garage! And I love it.

I am so incredibly thankful for everyone who has listened to the show along the way. It's sounds cliche' but the podcast really is nothing without it's wonderful listeners. I mean seriously, you guys are the reason the show exists. I've mentioned it before but every play and every follow has been grown organically with no money spent on advertising or sponsored posts on social media. the Uncle Walt Podcast truly is a labor of love. We still have a long way to go in the story of Walt Disney and we hope you'll continue to join us! I'm looking forward to the next year of The Uncle Walt Podcast. I have a lot of ideas I'd like to implement and hopefully will be upgrading that little studio in the garage soon and I can't wait to share with you guys what is still to come on The Uncle Walt Podcast!

-Kyle


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Baby's First Trip to the Happiest Place on Earth!


Yes, we took our 1 year old to Disneyland. No, it wasn't awful.


Do you remember your first trip to Disneyland or to Walt Disney World? For some of us, the answer is yes. If you were not a very small child at the time, you probably spent weeks in anticipation counting down the days before you first walked through those turnstiles and into one of the magical worlds that awaited you. For Others, the answer is no. You were probably very young at the time and have only pictures to look at to be reminded of your first visit to one of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdoms. I personally do not remember my first trip to Disneyland. My family and I had taken the trip from our Northern California home down to Anaheim many times over the years and I was a very young boy when I first saw Disneyland. I imagine that's why Disneyland seems so special to me, I literally have magical memories of Walt's park dating back for years and years.

Our eldest daughter very much remembers her first trip to Disneyland. We took her there to celebrate her 6th birthday and it was the first serious trip my wife (then girlfriend) and I took together as a family. With the exception of some extended family that accompanied us, it was essentially the first family trip we took together just the 3 of us. She had an absolute blast, as a 6 year old visiting Disneyland for the first time will often do. She was treated to fancy dinners, special 'Fantasmic!' seating, character dining and of course a visit to the Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique. A trip to Disneyland I'm sure she'll remember for years to come. We really thought that around 6 or so was the perfect age to bring a child to Disneyland for the first time. They are old enough to walk all day, can speak and listen well, they *usually* don't need to take daily naps and most importantly, they are aware of where they are at and what they are doing.



After our wedding, my wife and I honeymooned in Disneyland, another reason it is so special to me. When we were there, we had just had our youngest a few months prior, we started noticing all of the parents toting around infants and toddlers, and of course THE STROLLERS! So many strollers. We would look at each other and say "Nope! Not us." The thought of having to carry all of that extra stuff around the park for a few days, having to navigate through crowds pushing a stroller, the crying, the meltdowns, the nap breaks seemed like a daunting task. It's not that we didn't want our youngest to come with us at all, we just hoped we could wait until she was at an age where we could all have fun together.

We are however, a Disney family through and through. In January of 2017 with the Disneyland Resort bringing back "The Main Street Electrical Parade" nostalgia hit my wife and I like a goat with dynamite in his mouth. We knew we had to go back and by that time we had softened on the idea of bringing our now 1 year old with us down to Anaheim. So we decided to go ahead and make the trip. We packed the stroller, the diaper bag, the snacks, the blankets, the pack-and-play and loaded up and made our way south to Disneyland... And you know what? The trip was amazing.



Our youngest will no doubt fall into the category that I did as far as people who will not remember their first trip to Disneyland. My wife and I however will remember it for the rest of our lives. Yes we had a great time there on our honeymoon but as anybody who's made the trip without their little ones will tell you, a trip to Disneyland without kids is vastly different to one with kids. It was nothing short of magical to see Walt's park through her eyes as she ooohd and aaahd at things I had enjoyed countless times. Everything was new to her and although yes, she was very young, she was soaking it all up and taking it all in.

Despite our initial reservations, she did amazingly well. I don't recall any meltdowns aside from the occasional "I'm tired" or "I'm hungry" cry. Handling the stroller wasn't as bad as we anticipated and our daughter was able to ride a surprising number of rides at the resort. Her very first was "Snow White's Scary Adventure". We figured if she could handle the dark, scary sequences of that ride, we'd be alright for the remainder of the trip. After coming out the other side fine and dandy we proceeded to ride the rest of the Fantasyland dark rides. No problems, we're good to go. "On to Space Mountain!!"... ok, just kidding there. We ended up enjoying the rest of the trip as a family and had a wonderful time. She even rode "The Haunted Mansion", which I thought if any ride was gonna get her it would be that one, but she did just fine. Her favorite attractions ended up being "it's a small world" and "Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room". Especially Small World though, not everyone's favorite ride, but to a 1 year old the dolls, the colors, the lights, yes even the music delighted her.



So the trip turned out amazing and we can't wait to go back again. If I could give any advice to parents pondering the same question "What is the right age to bring my child to Disneyland/Walt Disney World for their first visit?" that my wife and I wondered, it would be this... Honestly, it's really up to you; and I know that sounds like a non-answer but when you feel like it's right, then it's right. One thing that did work for us was keeping our 1 year old as close to her schedule that she was on at home as possible. Yes the days are longer, but when it was her usual nap time, we took her back to the hotel to nap. We fed her breakfast, lunch and dinner at approximately the same time as she had at home and we let her fall asleep when she was ready for bed. It really helped us and her keep some kind of normalcy.

When all was said and done and we exited the turnstiles for the last time of our trip we looked back and realized what a blast we had. Most importantly though we will always cherish the wonderful time we spent together as a family and we'll keep the magical memories we created when we took our baby to 'The Happiest Place on Earth' for the first time in our hearts. Even if only 3 out of the 4 of us will remember it...

 

-Kyle

 



 

 

Hello and welcome!


Hello, and welcome from the host of the Uncle Walt Podcast, Kyle.

Hello friends, and welcome to The Uncle Walt Podcast's homepage. I would personally like to give you all a heartfelt thank you for listening and supporting the podcast.

My name is Kyle and I am the host of The Uncle Walt Podcast, (I'm also the producer, sound engineer, editor, web master... you get the picture..), and if you're listening to, and supporting the podcast then we probably have something in common... We both love Disney! Or, at least we both are interested in learning about Walt Disney.  I grew up in the San Francisco bay area and traveled many times as a child to Disneyland with my family. Of course as a small boy growing up relatively close to the park (it's in the same state at least!) I absolutely fell in love with the experience of visiting the happiest place on earth.  I was fascinated in school with Abraham Lincoln, (just like Walt!) I love steam trains, (Just like Walt!) and I have two daughters, (Just like..ok, ok you get the point.) although I would not learn of these commonalities with Walt Disney until adult hood.  One of the things I love learning about is history. So as I got older I started learning and reading everything I could about the history of Disneyland. The more I learned the more fascinated, or obsessed if you ask my wife, about it I became.  Naturally that led me to a desire to learn about the Man himself. I mean, we all know who Walt Disney is, but do we really? His legacy has continued on so long after his death that sometimes it gets hard to see where facts leave off and lore begins.  I dove into books, biographies, magazines, documentaries, anything I could get my hands on in my pursuit of knowledge. For some strange reason I can't remember to take the garbage cans out to the curb on garbage day, or switch the laundry over to the dryer when it's ready, but I can absolutely remember the name of the horse Walt used to draw as a boy in Missouri (it was Rupert), or who was the voice of the "Ghost Host" in The Haunted Mansion attraction (It's Paul Frees), or that Doritos were actually invented at Disneyland. (They were!)  It's a gift and a curse people... So I thought what better to do with all this information than to start a podcast and share it. Hopefully we'll even learn a thing or two together as I do not consider myself an expert by any means, just a fan who loves learning, and sharing information about Walt Disney. So That's it, that's me in a nutshell.  I'm looking forward to taking this journey with all of you.  Talk to you all on the next episode of The Uncle Walt Podcast..

-Kyle