Becoming a Disney Creator: Disney Podcaster

Are you a Disney fan looking for a way to share your love of the Mouse? Disney fans across the globe have learned ways that they can share their love of The Walt Disney Company with others, with many of them finding ways to earn money in the process.

Each month I highlight a “Disney Creator” – a Disney fan who has taken their love of Disney and turned it into something even more. This monthly blog series showcases diverse creators, visionaries, and business owners who are making magic through their social media accounts, on podcasts and YouTube, in their own stores, and even by planning other people’s vacations. What each of these individuals has in common is their love of The Walt Disney Company and their desire to share their creations with other Disney fans across the globe.

Becoming a Disney Creator: Disney Podcast

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Starting a Disney Podcast

In this month’s Becoming a Disney Creator blog, we’re going to the movies with Monoreel Radio. Monoreel Radio is a weekly podcast hosted by Jacki and Sean that dives into the Disney movie canon. They explore everything from blockbuster hits like “The Incredibles,” to gems that are hidden deep in the Disney vault such as “Fuzzbucket.” Basically, if you’ve ever watched a Disney movie and just couldn’t stop talking about it, this is the podcast for you.

Below, Jacki and Sean share a ton about how their Disney podcast journey and advice for anyone who is or wants to become a Disney Creator.

Starting a podcast

Tell me about your Disney Podcast and how it began 

Monoreel Radio is a weekly podcast that dives deep into the films of the Walt Disney Company. From timeless classics to forgotten favorites, from remakes to sequels, we break down every scene to determine which films hold up and which should be locked in the Disney vault.

We met working in radio and have both since gone on to different careers. Years later, we were missing radio and working with each other, so we decided to return to our roots. We had a few ideas for different shows, but like most Disney Creators, we were wanting more magic in our everyday lives, so a Disney podcast was a natural fit for us.

Once we arrived at the decision to do a Disney podcast, we initially struggled to find our niche. As we are not locals to the parks, we did not think we could offer a fresh perspective in that arena. However, with both of us having extensive media backgrounds, the choice to focus on movies soon became obvious. It was also a very exciting prospect because at the time, Disney+ had just been announced, so it was the perfect excuse for us to explore the full catalog and discover films we had not yet seen.

Monoreel Radio Disney Movie Podcast

What drew you to the Disney community?

Disney is something that has been ingrained in both of us from an early age, starting with the movies and then fueling the fire with the parks. For both of us, it was a “phase” that we never really grew out of and has enhanced throughout the course of our relationship. We love meeting people who have grown up on Disney, who enjoy the movies and parks as much as we do, and who share the values of Walt’s legacy.  

For both of us, [Disney] was a ‘phase’ that we never really grew out of and has enhanced throughout the course of our relationship.

Jacki & Sean (Monoreel Radio)
Disney podcast episodes
Credit: Monoreel Radio

What is the biggest challenge of being a podcaster? 

The biggest challenge is finding new and creative ways to stay relevant, while separating yourself from the rest of the pack. At the same time, you also need to deliver what your listeners want to hear from you, so it is a balancing act to keep your content consistent and fresh.

What advice do you have for other Disney Creators who want to start a podcast? 

This goes for everything, not exclusively podcasting: do not sell yourself short. When our podcast was in its infancy, we were planning to review the documentary “Waking Sleeping Beauty”, which offers an amazing peek behind the curtain at Disney animation. It is one of our favorite films and (podcast aside) we thought it would be so interesting to speak with an animator who was working at the studios during the Disney Renaissance. On a whim, Sean found Randy Cartwright’s contact information and we reached out, figuring we had nothing to lose, everything to gain, and no hope of landing an interview of that caliber thirteen episodes in.

How to start a Disney Podcast

To our complete shock and delight, he got right back to us and was willing to come on our show. Even more shocking, he listened to a few of our episodes to prep and gave us almost an hour of his time. So, the moral of the story is, shoot for the moon, regardless of what stage you are in.

Becoming a Disney podcaster
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Get to Know Jacki & Sean – Disney Podcasters

When did you become a Disney fan? For Jacki, it was seeing “The Little Mermaid” in a movie theater for the first time at age three and for Sean, it was visiting Walt Disney World for the first time at age four.

What is your favorite park?  It used to be MGM, until they took away the Backlot Tour. Now, it is EPCOT, where we drink and talk about how we miss the Backlot Tour… and Great Movie Ride.

Who is your favorite character? Jacki – Genie; Sean – Baloo

What is something on your Disney bucket list? To interview Alan Menken!

Tips to Start a Disney Business

Do you or someone you know want to be featured on “Becoming a Disney Creator”? Email me at kelly@karmankismetdesigns.com to be considered!