Sunday 24 January 2021

348 - The Jim Korkis Disney History Show


Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 348, for Sunday 24th January 2021.

If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher Radio, or any good podcast catching apps. This week, we are joined by previous guest, prolific Disney author and friend of Michelle's - Jim Korkis

Jim is the author of an array of Disney titles from his hugely popular Vault of Walt series (now on edition 9), to those about Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Walt Disney and now the Disney Cruise Line. 
His next book should be out shortly and is a mix of tales from the Adventurers Club as well as the mythical jungles of Walt Disney World so keep a look out in your usual bookstore!
Photo Credit Walt Disney Family Museum
So what does Jim talk about on the show? Well, he reveals the story of how Walt came to enlist in the Red Cross Ambulance Corps; this to many will be a well-known fact. However, did you know in September of 1918 Walt became very ill and was returned to the family home in Chicago? 
The Disney family home in Chicago - Photo Credit D23
Jim shares all the details on the show including stories of Walt's friendships, recovery and enterprising nature. There are also further details and pictures of Walt's time in the Red Cross available here Red Cross Archives.
Hall of Presidents. Photo Credit Walt Disney World Website
Another story Jim shared was the story of the second inauguration parade of a former president of the United States of America and how it took place in Walt Disney World but you will have to listen in for details. I found this D23 post, which details some of the other connections the Disney company has to American presidents here.
Walt Disney - Photo Credit D23
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On the show, we mention the interview Jim did with our friends over at The Cruise Dudes - catch show 167 here.

Final mention on these show notes, is for our friends, and fellow Earvengers Sam and Ashley (who also were the hosts on WDW Happy Place. They have a Go Fund Me running right now to help with costs associated to his expenses due to a tumour on his kidney. If you can help - visit here.

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