Disneyland debuts video podcast

Following the launch of its popular monthly audio podcasts the Disneyland Resort in
Southern California has introduced a new monthly series of video podcasts
that will bring the"The Happiest Place on Earth” to
fans around the world via their desktop computer or video iPod.As one of
the first organizations to successfully venture into audio podcasting
(launching its first podcast in May 2005), Disneyland Resort now debuts the
first episode of its all-new Disneyland Resort Video Podcast series.
  In the premiere video episode, available now on the Internet, viewers
will witness the creation of one of the most spectacular movie premieres in
Hollywood history and certainly one of the most elaborate events ever
staged at Disneyland—the official world premiere of the new Disney film
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and the re-opening of the
classic attraction Pirates of the Caribbean, which has recently been
extensively enhanced. All the excitement of getting ready for this amazing
event is captured in this fun and entertaining mini-documentary.
  Viewers will walk the red carpet with the film’s stars Johnny Depp,
Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, plus meet many of the die-hard “Pirates”
fans who made the premiere an unforgettable event. It’s a fast-paced look
(6 mins. 4 secs.) behind-the-magic at one of the most incredible nights in
Disneyland history.
  Like the Official Disneyland Resort Audio Podcast, the new video
podcast is a free monthly Internet-based show accessible to a global
audience via a “Disneyland” search on the iTunes Podcast Directory.
Listeners can also subscribe to both podcast versions (audio and video)
through the iTunes Podcast Directory to receive new episodes automatically
each month.
  The monthly video podcast takes viewers behind-the-scenes of what’s new
and exciting at the resort plus showcases stories from the resort’s 50-year
legacy of creating magical moments for guests from around the world.
Similar to its initial entree into audio podcasting, the Disneyland Resort
enters the emerging world of video podcasting in its infancy—there are
currently only 150 free video podcasts available on the iTunes Podcast
Directory but interest in, and use of, the medium is rapidly increasing.
  Additionally, the newest episode of the Official Disneyland Resort
Audio Podcast is now available online and takes listeners to all the
excitement of the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s
Chest,” which had its official bow at Disneyland on June 24. Recorded live
on the world’s longest red-carpet (2,000 feet from the beginning of Main
Street, U.S.A. to the riverfront in New Orleans Square) this podcast (38
mins. 50 secs.) features an array of segments, including:
  *  Interviews on the red carpet with “Pirates” film producer Jerry
    Bruckheimer, actor Bill Nighy (Davy Jones in “Pirates of the Caribbean:
    Dead Man’s Chest”) and Disney CEO Bob Iger.
  *  Actor Johnny Depp encounters the newly added Captain Jack Sparrow for
    the first time inside the recently enhanced Pirates of the Caribbean
    attraction.
  *  Walt Disney himself in a very rare clip from a 1965 press conference at
    WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering) where he describes his
    vision for Pirates of the Caribbean, the use of models in the creation
    of the attraction and his description of Imagineering.
  *  A new interview with Jason Surrell, Disney Imagineer and author of the
    book “Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies.”
  *  An encounter with one of the fans of the Official Disneyland Resort
    Podcast.
  *  A meeting with two diehard “Pirates” fans who traveled all the way from
    Atlanta, Georgia, and Mobile, Alabama, to visit Disneyland and
    participate in the premiere.
  *  Meet a Disneyland Cast Member who was so enthralled with the film
    “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” that she has
    become a bona fide Pirate historian.
  *  A five-year old Pirate fan gives the newly enhanced attraction a
    “Thumbs-Up!”
  *  Premiere recap and attraction overview from author and Disney historian
    Tim O’Day.
  Achieving a rating of four-and-a half stars out of a possible perfect
five on the iTunes Podcast Directory, the Official Disneyland Resort Audio
Podcast continues to be a hit with listeners. Each episode features an
engaging mix of original programming recorded live throughout the resort
including locations in Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure Park, the
Downtown Disney District and the resort’s three landmark hotels—Disney’s
Grand Californian Hotel, Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
—creating a “you are there” audio experience.
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