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Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Midnight Citizen 193 — “That Old Disney Magic” (12/24/16)

citizen193cover1:10:18 – Join Mike in Orlando, Florida, reflecting on his adventures at Universal Studios and Disney theme parks. Later, Mike reads a log of his last trip to Disney World in summer 1994.

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Detailed show notes: grabbing a cup of coffee from the Dunkin’ Donuts near my motel; recuperating from three long days at theme parks; “What Women Want” starring Mel Gibson; holiday discounts; “Jurassic Park” river adventure; still wet from Bluto-themed water ride at Universal; Blues Brothers at Universal; recording the sounds of the Parks; Magic Kingdom; Disney fast passes; the infrastructure of being a tourist; gaudy theme attractions on International Drive; reflecting on Disney World’s history; odd occurrences: had a wreck on the way to Orlando, and was almost denied entry to Universal because of a questionable t-shirt; found a Thomas Pynchon book in the motel library; making Christmas plans; A COUPLE DAYS LATER: Having a cup of coffee before I leave Orlando; tired after spending 12 hours at the Magic Kingdom the day before; annoying time share people at Universal; disgusting people; ready to go home; stressed out at Mickey’s Christmas Party; “Be Our Guest” restaurant at The Magic Kingdom; lethargic Disney cast members; exploring hidden jokes at the Parks; Disney Magic; reading my journal from the last time I visited Disney World in 1994; nearly lost my Zoom recorder on Space Mountain; Carousel of Progress starring Jean Shepherd.

Music for tonight’s episode: “Dance Rocket” and “Descent of the Goober Monster” by Jesse Spillane (CC — Non-commercial, Share Alike).

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share-Alike US License. Attribution by Mike Boody. Released December 2016 on The Midnight Citizen and The Overnightscape Underground.

posted by Mike at 7:01 pm filed in Dec16,Mike  


  1. wow, jean shepherd is represented at disney…..
    great show!! happy anniversary and new years and christmas to you n mrs citizen!

    Comment by pqribber — December 24, 2016 @ 9:49 pm

  2. This was so great to listen to after just having been there myself in October. Please do share some of that ambient Disneyworld audio – I’d love to hear it.

    I forgot to mention the Jean Shepherd connection on my show so I’m glad you talked about it here.

    Would love to have been there as a kid. My first trip to Disneyworld was in 2013. But my parents took me to Six Flags a few times so I did get some theme park experience anyway.


    Comment by Shambles — December 29, 2016 @ 8:16 am

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