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Living The Dream Podcast – Lives on!

Published August 5, 2019 by Disneyways.com

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Catch all of our interviews on YouTube HERE!

At Living the Dream Podcast, we know it’s not just about achieving your goals in the future – it’s also about enjoying your journey along the way! Our goal is be your number one source for all things related to living your DISNEY dreams and so much more… through creative experiences and inspiration. This just in! We are adding a new feature called “Disneyways Magical Spotlights ~ Disney Luminaries” with our ultimate goal being to bring you closer to each Disney celebrity – in the form of several magical layers and multi-media experiences. Through Living The Dream Podcast we will also bring you interviews with athletes, entrepreneurs, authors and other people of interest in the Disney community and beyond. We introduce you to awesome places to visit, keep you up to date on activities, and cover restaurant and food reviews. We offer tips, products, ideas and FUN to enhance your day! No matter where you are in life, there is definitely something for you here.

How it all began…

Back in July of 2015 Living The Dream Podcast was born! Originally it was launched the help of my good friend Joe Pardo. I will always be so grateful to Joe for his many hours of work and helping me get the show started. I could have never done it without him! We picked up the show again in 2016 with Jerry Cornell of ThemeParkology.com as co-host!  The episodes with Jerry will be shared soon! You will always hear me, but, don’t be surprised if we pick up more guest co-hosts along the way. I love the variety that they offer.

I am so very proud to have the amazing Mike Brassell – voice of the Living With The Land and People Mover attractions at Walt Disney World – introduce every episode of Living the Dream Podcast.

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Podcasting has been on my list of things to do since I began blogging here at Disneyways, because it fits in to our mission and goal to bring you Disney magic where ever you are!  I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am for this wonderful opportunity. I truly love being a part of the many different facets in front of the mic, and behind the scenes. The show has been very successful and has a large audience, but if you aren’t yet listening in – we need YOU!

Here are some ways to tune in:

Find us on YouTube HERE

Please head over and “like” our facebook page HERE and add us to your interests list! We will be posting there daily to help keep you up to date on the latest!

You can also follow us on Twitter  and Instagram!

Thank you so much for the support you have already shown me in this endeavor. Disneyways readers and subscribers are AWESOME and I appreciate you all more than you will ever know.

Have a magical day!!

PS Do  you want to be a part of Living The Dream Podcast? We are looking for individuals and businesses who offer only the BEST products and services! Please let us know if you (or someone you know!) is interested in sponsoring a future event, giveaways, or even future episodes!

Krista Joy Featured on Stories of the Magic Podcast

Published October 9, 2015 by Disneyways.com

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In October of 2015, Randy Crane invited me to be interviewed on Stories of the Magic Podcast. It was a true honor for me, and I got to go in depth about my history with Disney, my time as a cast member, and some other fun things that I have not shared any place else. Here are the links to these two episodes – and be sure to check out Randy each and every week over at Stories of the Magic on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. Stories of the Magic can also be found on Facebook, and TwitterIn addition to hosting this great show, Randy is a life coach and author! Check out his video at the bottom of this post for more information! Thank you Randy, for making me feel so special, and worthy of two whole episodes on your fantastic show.

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The following text is courtesy of  StoriesOfTheMagic.com

Episode 98:

In this episode, we begin a 2-part interview with Krista Joy. Krista is a former Walt Disney World Cast Member, and a current blogger, podcaster, and lover of all things Disney, especially Walt Disney World. She is so genuinely excited and passionate about Disney that I know you’ll enjoy this.

In this episode, Krista talks about…

How and why she started working at Walt Disney World;
Her memories of her Traditions class;
What she did at the Garden Grill;
A funny story about her time as a hostess;
Working the Disney Dining Line;
How her experiences have worked together to enhance each successive one;
Why she started DisneyWays.com;
Whether working at Walt Disney World “ruins the magic”;
Why she stopped working at the Garden Grill and the Disney Dining Line;
The effect on her of meeting Lou Mongello from WDW Radio;
Talking to Disney people that she never imagined she’d ever meet;
How she felt about travel agents who called the Disney Dining Line;
Hidden gem restaurants at Walt Disney World;
When she felt like, “I’m really a part of this!;
One of my stories about a character meal;
Her suggestion for a special dessert location for a celebration.

Episode 99:

In this episode, we conclude a 2-part interview with Krista Joy. Krista is a former Walt Disney World Cast Member, and a current blogger, podcaster, and lover of all things Disney, especially Walt Disney World. In part 1 we talked about what she did while working for Disney, whether working for Disney ruined the magic for her, why she started Disneyways.com, some insider tips on dining locations, and more!

In this episode, Krista talks about…

Being part of a marriage proposal at the Magic Kingdom, set up by Theme Park Concierges;
Her original plan for Disneyways and what it’s turned into;
A bit about our shared history;
Some of the people in the Disney community she’s met that stand out to her;
Her new podcast, Living the Dream;
If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why;
What she never gets asked that she wishes people would ask her;
What inspires her;
Her advice to you for following your dreams; and so much more!

Video! Why Gaston is the Kind of Guy To Take Home to Mother

Published August 2, 2014 by Disneyways.com

Hear Gaston tell you in his own words why he’s the type of guy you want to bring home to meet your Mom!! Our thanks to Travel Planner Mary Morales for sharing this video!

Contact Mary at https://www.facebook.com/MaryMoralesDisneyTravel

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Dads Respond to Disney’s Frozen

Published June 20, 2014 by Disneyways.com

If you took a moment to look into my brain…

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You’d probably find LOTS of songs and lyrics to the movie Frozen. I LOVE this music. The movie, it’s characters, and everything about it, have made an impression on me forever. It is obvious these Dads feel the same way, despite the efforts of  “don’t let them in…don’t let them see!”  They’re just being the good Dads they always have to be!  🙂  This one goes out to all those Disney Dads out there!

Video: Your Questions Answered – The Reimagined Disney Magic Cruise Ship

Published October 29, 2013 by Disneyways.com

I asked some friends to send me their questions about anything they wanted to know about the newly reimagined Disney Magic, and these wonderful folks really delivered! Thank you all so much for these awesome and fun questions – I hope my answers are worthy!

My husband and I were very fortunate to spend 2 wonderful nights on the beautiful Disney Magic. It was our first ever Disney cruise – and cost us way too much money – but we really enjoyed it!

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This is my first time making a video like this. I am a total nerd – nervous – and the video itself is of pretty poor quality. I apologize for all of that, but I hope you find the information helpful. I found out the hard way that YouTube only gives you the ability to load 15 minutes of video – so I had to separate mine into one 7 minute segment and one 8 minute segment.

Thanks for tuning in and muddling through all of this with me as I embark on this new method of sharing the Disney magic with you! Please send me your thoughts and feedback. I would love to hear from you!

Have a magical day!

Video! Long-Lost Friends Week

Published July 21, 2013 by Disneyways.com

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Disney Parks asked everyone to vote on their favorite characters to bring back for Long-Lost Friends week (July 15-21) as part of the Limited Time Magic promotion in 2013. The chosen characters were then available for meet and greets

I really enjoyed this 3 minute video from John Saccheri of BigFatPanda.com – and I just had to share it with you! You may recall we had him as a guest on The Disney Parks Podcast recently –  and as you can tell – he is just as much fun in person! This video also features the fabulous Shelley Caran from OnTheGoinMCO.com – and I think you’ll agree that these two make a great on-camera team!

I love that it is a real video from a real person- with no corporate filtering. It gives you an idea of what it was like to be there, including noise from the crowd surrounding the characters. Even better – it made me crack up laughing, and I hope it does the same for you! Follow BigFatPanda.com on YouTube for more great videos!

Join the Optimist! The worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy were only the beginning…

Published July 9, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Don’t you love watching Walt Disney on TV and YouTube – or just hearing his voice? I know I do. There’s a reason everyone seemed to think of him as Uncle Walt. It is amazing to think so much joy and inspiration is still coming forth from this man. He made an amazing difference to the world during his all too short life.

WALT the Optimist

Walt represents many things to a number of people. Nobody could argue that Walt Disney was a real-life “visionary idealist” – and that trait is the big star in The Optimist,” a new alternate reality game presented through a partnership between Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development and The Walt Disney Studios.

This 6-week alternate reality game will engage us with social media, email, physical mail, and culminate at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 9-11, 2013.

Here is how it was explained to us on the D23 website:

“In this narrative adventure, participants around the globe linked by social media will join fictional characters to explore both virtual and physical realms, piecing together an imagined story of Walt Disney, the Imagineers and other visionary thinkers and their potential involvement in a mysterious project that sought to build a better future.”

walt2Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development head Scott Trowbridge is behind the whole thing, and here is what he had to say:

“…One of our characters has discovered some previously unknown facts that could change what we think we know about Walt Disney, Imagineering and Disneyland Park. Players can participate at different levels of engagement over the six-week story—from leveraging social media and mobile devices to visiting unique physical sites from the story in and around Los Angeles.”

Some characters and situations in The Optimist are based on real people and events. Overall though – the experience is just pretend – and not supposed to represent real history.

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The hope is to connect people around the world with each other, and to tell a story that is unbelievable yet encouraging. We could all use some encouragement at times – so I am excited about what this has in store for us!

Visit Optimist.Disney.com to learn more about the experience and get started! If you already have an account with Disney to book your resort stays and dining reservations – you will use that same login information here.

You Can Now Hear Krista on the Disney Parks Podcast!

Published May 3, 2013 by Disneyways.com

OK so maybe you are getting enough of me each and every day right here at Disneyways.com! That is totally understandable. Still, we are branching out a little and I hope you will come join in on the fun.

Podcasts are multimedia digital files made available on the internet for downloading to a portable media player or directly on your computer. It’s like a radio show that you get to listen to whenever you want, such as when you are on a walk or driving to work. There are podcasts on just about any subject imaginable – and Disney is one of the best subjects out there.

Thanks to my friends John Donahue from WDWParkHoppers.com, his beautiful wife Parkhopper Sid (Sarah I. Donahue!) and Tony Caselnova of DisneyByTheNumbers.com – I have been invited to co-host the Disney Parks Podcast. This group is  SO much fun, but also tremendously knowledgeable about all things Disney. I am always in a good mood and feeling great during and after each podcast. I hope you will tune in and enjoy the same!

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Podcasting has been on my list of things to do since I began blogging here at Disneyways, because it fits in to our mission and goal to bring you Disney magic where ever you are!

I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am to the DPP team for this wonderful opportunity. The show has been very successful and has a large audience, but if you aren’t yet listening in – we need YOU!

Currently we are recording each podcast weekly. Here are some ways to tune in:

You can catch the latest episode by visiting DisneyParksPodcast.com directly from your computer and clicking “Listen Now!”

You can also download the Stitcher Radio App here.

Find us on YouTube here.

Head over to iTunes and subscribe! This will give you access to each episode as soon as it is released. To learn more about how to subscribe to a podcast in iTunes click here.

If you like what you hear – please rate us with lots of gold stars. This makes it easier for new people to discover Disney Parks Podcast when they are searching to upload some a new one to their collection.

Please head over and “like” our facebook page HERE and add us to your interests list! I will be posting there daily to help keep you up to date on the latest!

Thank you so much for the support you have already shown me in this new endeavor. Disneyways readers and subscribers are AWESOME and I appreciate you all more than you will ever know.

Have a magical day!!

Post-Election Stress Syndrome – by Dwight Bain

Published November 7, 2012 by Disneyways.com

Understanding the Psychology of Post-Election Stress Syndrome

 

By Dwight Bain
 A major election leads to major change-psychologically that is. No matter who wins an election, the unexpected emotional let down or explosive reaction after the ballots are counted can be overwhelming to many, especially the aged or over-involved who can be set up for crushing amounts of what I call Post-Election Stress Syndrome.

This election has likely been the most stressful of any during our lifetime because of numbing news fatigue and continual media over-exposure, yet the real problems are yet to come.

Personal anxiety, professional panic and poorly thought out decisions are on the horizon regardless of your political persuasion.

Why such a gloomy projection?

 It’s based on how this election process has been so overwhelming much of the time with months of negative news, never ending data to process and confusing choices to make on complex issues while partisan experts are shouting every half-hour on news/talk stations that we are all doomed if their candidate doesn’t win. Not to mention the huge challenge on who is trust-worthy, since you often don’t know who will say something inappropriate on YouTube and crash their credibility, leaving you feeling very alone to make some major decisions without leaders who lacked the strength of character to stand on their convictions instead of popular opinion polls.

Mountain top experiences guarantee the next step is always the valley

Think of a major campaign like climbing a major mountain range. You prepare for years and climb for months to finally reach the top. Once there the view is great. You take some pictures, but you can’t stay on a mountain top, so no matter which way you head, it’s down in any direction. After the mountain top comes the valley, which is a normal part of life. The danger is that for many people the downward slide is so unexpected. Most actual mountain climbing accidents happen on the way down, and I project that there will be millions of people who are unprepared for the emotional upheaval they are about to experience after the election is over.

Everyone will feel some degree of emotional let down once the issues have been decided and the acceptance speeches are given. That’s normal, however for some the removal of posters, signs, balloons and banners will lead to a free fall of depressing emotions. If someone has been a ‘news junkie’ the last few months it will be especially stressful. Those feelings of distress will come out in one of two ways.

2 possible reactions to post-election stress

1) Anger-

 Which can lead to violence and impulsive decisions. People who feel violated by the election process will often turn to dumping volcanic levels of anger at someone or something to find relief for the pressure inside. This can lead to devastating decisions, impulsive rage or using the wrong words in front of the wrong people and losing credibility or worse a job. This can happen in men or women, young or old, but is most commonly seen in more extroverted personalities and it tends to blow up and blow out fast.

2) Apathy –
This is a more dangerous reaction, since it can lead from distress to the early stages of depression. Stuffing emotions inside is like burying them alive and they just keep building up, yet instead of blowing up and out, they blow in.
This leads a person to feel emotionally numb, and often can cause an individual to commit a series of very quiet, yet very harmful self-destructive acts. Eating for comfort, drinking to numb the pain, hooking up with the wrong partner to try and forget about the election or just refusing to answer the phone, closing the mini-blinds and checking out on life like a hermit hiding in a dark cave.

The best choice after an election is completed isAcceptance.

It’s over and now it’s time to move on with whatever leaders and issues the majority of voters selected. You can’t change the outcome of an election, but you can freak yourself out with fears about the future apocalypse predicted by many. Don’t do that! Life will go on, and your world will continue. God is bigger than any politician and isn’t in a panic, so trust in heaven’s agenda and not that of Washington and you’ll immediately find a deeper level of peace.
What happens in your house is way more important than what happens in the White House since you can’t control what political leaders do, but you can control you. Let this journey off of the political ‘mountain’ be one of a growing sense of perspective as you remember that after the valley there will be another mountain to climb. There will be another day to vote on national issues and when the dust settles your life will usually be about as good as you choose to make it.
This approach takes the power to control your mood away from the politicians or the media, so you can build a better life without losing sleep or energy from the dangers of post-election stress syndrome.
“Reprinted with permission fromhttp://www.LifeWorksGroup.org eNews (Copyright, 2004-2012, by the LifeWorks Group)”
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