Sunday, 12 November 2017

Disney Dream Girls 185 - Jim Korkis Talks

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast show number 185 aired on Sunday 12th November 2017. If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in most places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.

We welcome to the podcast Disney historian, author, former friend of Merlin and Disney Cast Member - Jim Korkis. 
Michelle and Jim at the Polynesian Resort
During her August 2017 trip, Michelle was incredibly fortunate to spend several hours in the company of Jim Korkis to chat about all things Disney. As the recording lasted around an hour and a half, it has been split up into different segments. 
Polynesian Resort - Photo Credit WDW Website

We start this segment, by discussing the Kukui Nut Tree, that can be found at the Polynesian Resort. This tree was given to the resort by a former guest as a symbol of protection and peace. To find the tree, you need to go to the Great Ceremonial House and hopefully the picture below will help you.
Kukui Nut Tree is the tallest tree - Photo Credit Disney Parks Blog

Whilst this tree no longer has the signage, it is a prominent part of the resort and I urge you to go track it down. 
Tyler Slater Wearing A Kukui Nut Lei - Photo Credit Disney Parks Blog
The nut from the tree was traditionally used as a light source. So as a nod to this, members of management at the resort (and also at Aulani) wear lei made of Kukui Nuts as this symbolises that they light the way for other cast members.

Another discussion topic was the Disney/Beatles link. Did you know that John Lennon was actually staying at the Polynesian Resort when he signed the contract to disband the band?

Then we move on to discuss the lagoon show and how it evolved into the Main Street Electrical Parade. 

We hope you enjoyed the show, next week will be reviewing the Christmas offerings in the USA Disney theme parks but we will be back with other selected highlights from Jim in the very near future.
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