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Dec. 28, 2020

Celebrating This Disney Life

Celebrating This Disney Life

Join us for the Season 1 Finale of the Podcast where Marc curates his favorite On Air moments from Season One and welcomes some incredible guests back to the show to recap a Magical Podcasting season. Thankful for all the memories and the healing that was possible because of this podcast. Please enjoy our Celebration Episode. 

Transcript
Marc Valentine:

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Lynda Valentine:

What do I think whatever pops into your head at that moment? That's it. Let's go.

Marc Valentine:

I ping pong. I ping pong all over the place.

Lynda Valentine:

Okay, listen,

Marc Valentine:

But that's also why I'm a galactic hero. I can. I can multitask. Alright, so fun fact about Linda is, she is a bonafide galactic hero. So my Space Ranger spin prowess to speak of the Magic Kingdom is all the results of meticulous research on Google to find out which targets on Space Ranger spin will yield the highest point total to allow me to hit 999,999 points. So I was it to two or three trips ago? No, it's last summer. Right last summer. So it was last summer. You weren't even riding in the car?

Lynda Valentine:

No, I was in. I was by myself.

Marc Valentine:

You were by yourself. I was riding with Isabella. And then all of a sudden

Lynda Valentine:

it was right.

Marc Valentine:

But it was, it was right before closing. And you just like looked over to me. And you're like, hey, look at my score. I have no idea what you were shooting at,

Lynda Valentine:

like 990,000 or something?

Marc Valentine:

And no, neither one of us had ever done it. I think at that point, I didn't even care enough to go and research it with her. I didn't even know the targets were different. I thought it was just people who were amazing. So I looked back at you. And you showed me your score heading into the tunnel where there's the projection.

Lynda Valentine:

Yeah.

Marc Valentine:

And I think you were 20,000 or maybe 10,000. At that point, I just told you to start shooting everything. Shoot, just shoot. And we got off and you got it. And then we would snapped the picture of it. And you were the first family galactic hero.

Lynda Valentine:

But then tell everybody what, what happened 40 minutes after that you made us go on and how many times

Marc Valentine:

so then I did my Well, I was completely emasculated. So like I felt I felt terrible as a human being like I felt like I I felt like we could not go back to our house in Pennsylvania that like I felt like I could not live it down. So then I hit YouTube because then there I was.

Lynda Valentine:

And then we walked around the park I saw you on it

Marc Valentine:

I think we rode it four or five consecutive times after that till till I got galactic hero. And now every time we write it, if I don't hit galactic hero, then at least one point that during the day, I have to hit Galactic Hero once a day if we go to Magic Kingdom, because I got to get my I get my sticker. So yeah, so I mean, so there's Um, there's our fun fact about Lynda, she is a genuine galactic hero. And it's not many people can actually say that they spontaneously just, um, just hit galactic hero. That was a lot of fun. So we had Bonnie Cribbs on the show, right when I think we all needed it the most. Bonnie has been a huge inspiration to many of us in the Disney community. He is the mastermind behind several successful Disney groups. But what is so unique about him is his outlook on life is just so uplifting and inspirational. We sat down with Bonnie and aired this episode the week of the election. And it was the day after the election had been had been voted upon. And it was a very stressful day for for people that supported either one of the candidates. And we dropped this episode with Bonnie when I think people just really needed to hear Bonnie's voice in that moment. Because Bonnie's encouragement. His resilience was the chicken soup that our soul needed that week. And when I asked him to discuss an inspirational moment in his life, Bonnie shared with me this memory from his childhood, please enjoy this clip from the show walking into greatness. With Bonnie Cribbs. It's one of my favorite moments of the

Bonnie Cribbs:

You know, I remember growing up, I played season. baseball like termite baseball, a little league baseball, and my baseball coach just happened to live directly across the road from me. And I remember sitting on the back of his pickup truck, and him telling me, Bonnie, you can do anything you set your mind to that wasn't the most athletic of folks, I you know, I wasn't that I wasn't the most athletic. I wasn't the most, you know, the smartest guy out there. But he truly convinced me. I could do anything I set my mind to. So that's you know, fifth sixth grade, something like that. Going through middle school, going through high school, going through college. That conversation just constantly just bubbled up in my mind all the time. And the reason that it bubbled up was because I had someone who believed in me, I had someone who, you know, obviously that conversation came after a bad game and came after you know, a change of position and, and stuff and but I had someone who who spoke life into me somebody that that spoke goodness into me somebody that saw the best best in me, And that that was just an impactful moment. And, and it was just, I mean, it was early on that in life that I just I would always look for the good in people I was always looked for, to be the encourager, I've always been an encourager and words of affirmation, and, you know, just speaking life into people, but I always wanted to do it in a way that I just knew, if I could, if I could say those words to somebody, and they have the same impact to me, that that may have had in my life. You know, he was a good neighbor, he was a good baseball coach. But that was the best encouragement, but I mean, that that that one conversation has left me a life lasted a lifetime. And so when did it begin, it definitely didn't begin with, you know, walking in the greatness, it's, it's that's been bubbling through me, I think just through all my years, because that's the kind of person that I wanted to be, you know, just in believing in people and seeing their goodness and encouraging them to live their best life to, to encourage them to, to think hire for themselves. You know, so many, so many times, we just don't think we're well deserving. We don't think we're worthy enough, we don't think we're good enough. But if you can take somebody and, and just encourage them to just do your best. And you know, that you can do this, no matter what, that's life giving, you know, that's life giving. And, and so that's just kind of who I am. That's who I want to be. And again, finding a way to take that trait that I have that personality trait and making it work within my Disney life. You know, it's taken me a while to figure out how to get all these little pieces to work together of my love for Disney, my, you know, just my personality, my quirks, my positively my, you know, my lack of eloquence, as I can't even say the word eloquent. You know, just, it's taken out a time to get all that together. But I knew that eventually, it would all it would all start clicking.

Marc Valentine:

So I have a group of people now that I call my Disney fam, many of them started as guests, and then they became friends. We text throughout the week offer each other words of encouragement, we tell each other Disney jokes. And I have so many sound bites from my Disney fan. So it was near impossible for me to choose a favorite. I did choose this one clip. From when I sat down with Duayne Willie to talk about Disney classic writes, the two of us made a Mount Rushmore of all things of Disney classic rides, and neither one of us intended the show to take the route that it did. So much of the episode was spent talking about our families. And, and dads in particular, this exchange was but one of like five, what we call the dad moments that the two of us shared throughout the episode. And it reminded me that Disney is all about making memories. So whenever I can relive time with my parents, or time in family trips, I absolutely love and cherish those moments, please enjoy this moment, this intimate moment with Duane Willie, where we had one of our many dad moments on our classic rides with Duane Willie episode. But like a ride like Dumbo, that that's what that is, is it's it's a silly little ride, it's a kids ride, but the emotions and the memories and all the stuff that's tied to it, and to this place in general, like, those are my four that when I think of those rides, they, they just give me happiness and joy. And they remind me of what's important in life, which is, you know, your family and take taking time to get away from the grind. And it's not about money. It's not about it's not about work, those things help pay for them. But at the end of my life, I'll never say man, you know, I'm so glad I did that extra two hours at work that day. But at the end of my life, you know, before I close my eyes for good. I will think about these moments and say I'm so glad that I squeezed the juice out of those moments when I could and that's what it's all about. That's what Dumbo is for me. That's what a haunted mansion is for me and you and like that's why the like these classic Rides Again, we're talking about classic rides we're talking about so much more.

Bonnie Cribbs:

Yeah, absolutely. I'll just kind of piggyback there my my number four and again, we kind of went back and forth and had had the we allowed Pirates of the Caribbean to be part of that. Pirates would have been you know, on my Mount Rushmore when we decided that really wasn't you know, because it wasn't an opening day. I went with Dumbo and the reason I did is because it's iconic When you think of Disney World, when you see the commercials for Disney World, when you all of that what... like you said, what are they going to show? They're going to show mom, and the daughter or dad and his daughter on Dumbo, and the memories, and you know how I remember, you know, I when it was in the other location, and then it was moved. And then now there's two of them we have dueling Dumbos now. And but yeah, it's Dumbo because it's just iconic to kind of also piggyback something you said earlier, an honorable mention, really, for both of us and you didn't know this. Would I would absolutely be country bear Jamboree. And again, for me, I don't know how my dad ends up in this in this episode so much. But that was a ride that my dad and I had to watch. had to go see. Actually my dad, my uncles my grandfather's. We, you know, we did big family trips. When I was growing up. We went to Disney pretty much every year. And a lot of times, that would be my mom and dad, my family, my grandparents, my aunt and uncle, you know, that whole side of the family, we would go together. And I can remember us sitting there watching the country bear Jamboree, you know, and hearing those songs, you know, there's blood on sand. You know?

Marc Valentine:

I like that.

Duane Willey:

Were just cracking up, you know. And so yeah, honorable mention there. But yeah, so that Dumbo rounds out the top four of my Mount Rushmore. So, ours are pretty similar.

Marc Valentine:

So I think, you know, to kind of, to kind of like close it out to I had a very, I had a very, like, strong dad. I love I'm not like, my father. He grew up fast. His father passed away when he was little. So he became the man of the house when he was a teenager. And he worked very hard. I'm, like, very grateful for my dad, he doesn't listen to this podcast. So probably never hear this. But I had a I had a, I had a dad who, you know, went worked really hard and came home really late, put food on the table worked really hard to support us, we did not have a lot of money. And when we went to Disney, you know, as I look back now, as an adult, realize that those were really big trips, because we were probably always financially stretched really thin. And my father made sure that we had those those memories and those trips. And we didn't go all that often. But I do remember as a kid, you know, my dad didn't he didn't laugh a lot. You know, like, he wasn't a very happy go lucky person. He laughed, there was laughter in our household, but he wasn't like he wasn't silly or goofy in any way. Like he was a really, like he was a very rooted guy. He was a real traditional guy. He was, you know, like, very stereotypical, like, reminiscent of the 50s and 60s, like he was like an Archie Bunker kind of guy. You know, real traditional guy. But as I think back at Disney, and I remember Disney, I always remember his smile, like he had a perennial smile, and he was so happy. Like, he was just always so happy at Disney. And like, he would laugh, and he would joke and we would have fun and like, you know, like every family you got, you know, fit to you, like families get stressed out at Disney, like you get the five o'clock and the kids are flipping out. And there's always a little meltdown, and then everyone apologizes, and we're back. We're fine, we're happy. But I have great memories of Disney because I remember that on those trips. My dad was happy. And I remember feeling so good. And I was a sickly kid too growing up. But I've shared that with all of you. Like I don't, I don't talk about that. That's my life. But Disney was always a one place that I felt invulnerable, I felt happy. I felt like none of that matter. Like none of none of the other stuff that went on in the world mattered. And so I kind of like I kept that my whole life. So, you know, like you did with the whether. It's Country Bears Jamboree like, I remember those moments, during shows or during rides and looking at my dad's face and him having a real smile on his face. And and the smile was and I get it now. wasn't even that he was having fun on it. Maybe he was I don't... maybe he was having fun on the rides, but he was happy that he was doing that for his kids. And that he saw that we were so happy. And I'm gonna I'm like, teared up a little bit, I think but that like that is I think the start of why I loved Disney was it was a moment that I had with my family. And then with my fiance and then with my kids that Disney knows how to market those moments that they know how to make those memories. So these classic rides are so like they're just there's so much more than just rides. So it was a delight. Having Piano Rob on the show. He is such an incredible cast member and his heart is made of pure gold. Rob drops whatever he is doing to help out others and he has been So good to the Disney community. And he's so selfless in everything that he does. This episode was definitely one of the best memories from season one because not only did Rob share his music with us, but he had a chance to talk about his musical influences, which brought me back to my own childhood once again. Singing was such a huge part of my childhood. So Rob, sharing this moment with me had me feeling like I was 16 years old again, singing in high school chorus, please enjoy this clip with piano Rob. I really loved this episode. It was definitely one of my top four episodes of the season. So if you had to pick a quintessential piano rod song, and you said this is if I had one song left to play on Earth.

Piano Rob:

Yeah.

Marc Valentine:

My final performance.

Piano Rob:

I know. My favorite song has not changed ever. I love New York state of mind by Billy Joel. It's been one of my favorite songs. Always. There's something about that piano intro that the way he moves the chords around in that song is it's unbelievable musically to me.

Marc Valentine:

Amazing.

Piano Rob:

I mean, I wrote that song in less than an hour.

Marc Valentine:

And Billy Joel is your favorite artist, I'm assuming? Yeah,

Piano Rob:

I mean, being from New York. If I just I always connected with that music. I remember being a kid and I would hear a song on the radio and thinking I would like that song and then come to find out. It was like another Billy Joel song. Oh, moving out. That was Billy Joel. Honesty, that was the kind of the same guy

Marc Valentine:

in high school. Like, I was like a lot of people. I wasn't classically trained as a singer. I just loved music. Music was like central to our house. I would sing in the shower. I would sing in the car with my headset on my I was really just my mom and whatnot. So in high school, I was just I was a really shy kid. I did not have a whole lot of friends. And I met a crew of people. And they literally walked me into the chorus room. This is ninth grade. This is freshman year. I'd never been in a choir never been in a chorus. I literally just walked around the house singing and I walked they brought me to the choir room. And it was Gordon Pauling was the high school choral director said to me, can you sing scales? And I'm like, what is what is that? I've never sang scales. And he just sat at the piano and he was like, can you match? He wanted to see Can I match pitch you whenever you whenever you get? It's like, okay, it's Russian roulette. Let's see what this guy can do. So he just pulls in, and I start singing, singing on pitches. And he's like, you know, how long have you been singing? I'm like, I know, just shower. And he's like, wow, he's like, you can sing. And I remember he, um, he said to me, you know, like, Oh, you know, maybe you'll try out for districts. You know, like, you've got a good voice, you

Piano Rob:

It's a big deal.

Marc Valentine:

You can try out for districts. And so I went I tried out for districts and I made districts and then um, you would go to the festivals, I don't know, I don't know how it what New York is very similar to Pennsylvania in that you would have district regions and then all state choir. And then I remember I tried out then for the next level, and I made it but for me, it wasn't about music. At that point. Rob, it was about like, I missed a week of school and I got to stay at a host house and you hung out with all these girls. And I was like, yeah, you meet all these new people. And then I remember I auditioned for states for the first time I practice my my you know what off for my audition. And I go in, and I sing. It was like, remember, I'm like 42 now but I still remember it was called the Leibishleiter waltz. And I sang my heart out on it. It was an acapella audition, too. They just gave you a tempo and and a starting note. And then you had no accompaniment, you just have to sing it. And I walked out of the room. And all of the other tenors are there and their eyes are wide open. And I'm like, Oh my god, was that what happened? like, Dude, that was that was amazing. And I remember Gordon found me at the end of the day. And he said, everyone's talking about you right now because they all know your story about the kid who sang in the shower, and they're like, you just made Allstate choir. And I was like, fell on the floor. I couldn't I couldn't believe it.

Piano Rob:

That's amazing.

Marc Valentine:

So I always laugh because in that moment to connect this what people said, Who taught you to sing? And I said Billy Joel. Well, folks, thank you again for everything this season. I'm so honored to host this podcast. And we're looking forward to big plans for 2021 we're turning the podcast into a bigger space for more content creators, and we're welcoming my friends, the Wolf and Wookie to our pages as part of This DisLife Network. And we're growing our content offerings with two new YouTube shows. On this DisLife YouTube channel. JOHN Hinson is starting a show called everyday magic. And then we have a second vlog called Gimme the magic with Alison and john shaver. And then we also have some new live stream shows that we are going to be adding to our Facebook community. This DisLife. So needless to say we're really excited about our plans in 2021. And I want to thank you the listeners for making all of that possible. I want to say thank you to my friends and to my admins, my Disney fam for all of their support. Thank you to Lynda for your support and Most of all, thank you to the listeners for helping me live my best Disney life every single week since August. Thank you for making this dis life a part of your day. And I really mean it when I say have a wonderful new year. And I can't wait to see you all in the first week of 2021 when we welcome Shawn Williams from Walt's apartment podcast. To the start of what is already, I'm telling you we have a few episodes already taped. It is an incredible start to season two. And I hope that next year is going to be just as magical as this one. And I wish you a happy new year and I hope that it is filled with faith, trust and pixie dust. And as always, we'll see you real soon. Take care everybody happy new year. Whether you're coming to Florida to visit Disney or the beach, Hinson photography specializes in vacation portraits for families and couples, a souvenir that you'll never forget. Visit www.hinsonphotography.com or call 386-478-8099 to learn more about booking vacation portraits with Hinson photography. That's www.hinsonphotography.com