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Interview with Disney Design Group Sr. Character Artist Casey Jones & New Contest!

Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #271 for the week of April 22, 2012. Happy Earth Day and Happy Anniversary Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

One of the things I enjoy sharing on the show are interviews with people whose work in the Disney Parks you may enjoy, but whose names you may not know. From Imagineers to artists. performers and more, each has their own journey and stories to share. This week, I want to introduce you to Casey Jones, a Senior Character Artist for the Disney Design Group. A former comic book artist for Marvel, he now helps to create some of our favorite icons and merchandise in the parks and Disney Cruise Line. From Vinymlations and the Park Starz series, to the Muppets and recent re-introduction of nostalgic items like the Little Orange Bird, Casey shares how these items came to be, from their concept to production. We also discuss Marvel and Disney, what’s coming to Star Wars Weekends, advice for others, what we think or would like to see come next (including Avatarland), food, and much more.

I’ll have the answer and winner for last week’s Walt Disney World Trivia Question of the Week, and pose a new one for your chance to win a Disney prize package.

I’ll then play more of your voicemails at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

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Information and Links from This Week’s Show:

See Casey Jones and members of D23, the Walt Disney Archives, Walt Disney Imagineering and more in our video of the Little Orange Bird

Question for YOU: What future Walt Disney World projects are you most excited about? (Marvel? Avatarland? Something else?)

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8 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #271 – April 22, 2012”

  1. Juan J Vaca says:

    i am very excited about Avatarland. Joking aside. Knowing how Cameron is about getting what he wants reminds me of Walt Disney and Steve Job’s work ethic about making great things. If this huge undertaking takes 10 years so be it. As long as Joe Rohde is involved, I know he will make it fit in his park.

  2. Awesome Interview Lou, Sorry I couldn’t be there but watching your video di make me feel like I was. I too have a liitle Orange Bird figure from the 80’s…

  3. Dave says:

    Great interview. It always surprises me how the personality of the artist can be so different from how you might imagine it before hearing or meeting them. I’ve found this in meeting many artists. Casey’s art is so dynamic and has a clear voice, I guess I expected him to be a little more extroverted, but he was pretty “aw..shucks, I just draw – thisandthisandthisandthisandthis, oh heck, yeah, my logo is on the water tower, but anyone could have done that.” 😉 It’s a good thing, Casey, really.

    And can I just say for me personally, THANK YOU for your hand in getting the Orange Bird back. I had almost completely forgotten about him until I heard Lou’s recent podcast, then to see Imagineering Disney’s Mitch have an article about it, only to see him (the bird) make a full comeback is terrific. I saw him when I first when to the park in ’77 or ’78 and likely would have forgotten all about him without you guys. It brought back a rush of memories from being a kid there for the first time, everything was so clean and bright, I think of them as the “Sunshine and Orange Juice” memories of Florida. I got a ringer t-shirt with a puffy, vinyl (I think) circle in the middle on the front with Donald in it, but I digress.

    Anyway, I thought Casey was at least deserving of a link to his blog caseyjonesart dot blogspot dot com , also, you can find a lot of cool photos of his work others have taken just googling.

    Good work, guys!


  4. JT Kuzior says:

    I am excited for the rumored Fort Wilderness DVC Resort and also Fantasyland of course!

  5. NoahCory says:

    Lou iam a disney fan all the way but iam not happy about avatar but avengers is great

  6. KC says:

    I can’t wait for avatar land. It was definitely surprising hearing about disney partnering with James Cameron.

  7. B says:

    Not sure if this counts, but I am extremely excited about Kingdom Keepers VI! (Well I guess it sorta counts, it’s Disney :)) That cliffhanger was terrible, but I think it’s kinda like KK5 asks the questions and KK6 answers them, which should be really fun. I also really like how Mr. Pearson incorporates peoples names into the books, like Storey Ming and Lou Mongello.
    I’m also excited for the Fantasyland Expansion, because I’ve never been a big fan of Snow White’s Scary Adventures, and I think the seven Dwarfs mine train looks really good. Also, I’m excited to see Ariel’s undersea adventure, because I loved the one in Disneyland but it didn’t have the castle facade that this one will.
    I was wondering, what is the WDW Trivia Question? Thanks!

  8. Chuck Zitta says:

    Really enjoyed your interview with Casey Jones. Big fan of the Vinylmations. I find this line of product brilliant from a creative professional perspective. The fact that Disney basically uses one tool (of Mickey) and then, only has to change the paint ops to create each different piece (skew) is awesome. With the exception of the larger size Vinylmations and the occasional add-ons. Love it. Dug how you were able to sneak in a “food” topic as well.

    Most exciting WDW projects? I would have to go with Avatarland, Star Wars Land, and more so, probably the overall re-imagined Hollywood Studios park (though it was hard to see some attraction go). But, I understand. Just hope, the Hollywood theming is preserved.

    It’s a great time to be a Disney fan.

    Thanks once again for another fantastic show, Lou!!!