Dispatch from Radio Free Disneyland is a series of curated music playlists, pertaining mostly to the culture, stories, and environments presented in Disney Films and Theme Parks. It is not associated with The Walt Disney Company. And while the Playcasts, including the imbedded, watermarked music, are downloadable, their presence is intended to promote the included artists, and encourage ownership of their work through Amazon Music and other venues.
President Nixon in a tense Press Conference at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on November 17, 1973.
Nixon’s The One
Artist: Connie Francis
Album: Special 1968 Election Single
A give away record for Nixon’s 1968 campaign.
Bowling Alley Culture Falling Away In Whittier, CA
Artist: Jack Wagner/Disney Studio Orchestra
Album: A Musical Souvenir of Walt Disney World
An out of print early Walt Disney World souvenir, featuring Jack Wagner, who was the voice of Disneyland and Walt Disney World for many years.
Artist: Hans Zimmer
Album: Frost Nixon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Trouble’s brewing. Zimmer brings the simmer.
Artist: Hans Zimmer
Album: 12 Years A Slave Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Perfect accompaniment for an Imperial Presidency.
A Message From The General Manager of Radio Free Disneyland
Good Karma Hospital Closing Titles (Truncated)
Artist: Ben Foster
Album: The Good Karma Hospital
What!? The Beatles break up happened at Walt Disney World!?
Jim Michaelson Depicted Trains, Adventure, and Culture Waves
Imagineer and Disney Parks poster artist Jim Michaelson, responsible for posters for such iconic Disney attractions as Country Bear Jamboree, The Walt Disney World and Disneyland Railroads, and Pirates of the Caribbean, has passed away, according to WDWNT and multiple reports.
A couple of posters that Jim did before his Disney tenure recently caught our attention while planning this episode. Jim had indeed dabbled in the Milieu of Milhous (President Nixon’s middle name) earlier in his career. And, he is even responsible for a classic Jefferson Airplane poster, seemingly straight outta “the Height.” Jim has of course done many posters and place setting art for the Disney Parks, but probably none as well known as his Disneyland Railroad poster, and its’ similarly arranged descendants, depicting other Disney rail lines around the world.
This political poster for Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential election campaign shows the presidential hopeful in the foreground with his running mate, Spiro Agnew behind him on the right. There are images of celebrities (such as Clint Eastwood), sports figures (Wilt Chamberlain and Bart Starr), politicians (Ronald Reagan), and others are in the background, as well as Nixon’s daughter and a group of young people who carry placards.
Jim was also responsible for a series of imaginative place setting work at Disneyland Paris, that ties Main Street U.S.A with Discoveryland. Highlighting the park’s unique arrangement.