Those Happy Places

18 Episodes

Those Happy Places is a podcast about Theme Park Rides, Attractions, and Lands. We focus on the stories they tell, how they tell them, and why it matters. Those Happy Places is produced by Alice White and edited by Buddy Duquesne. Our theme music is "Golden Gate" by The California Feetwarmers, feat…

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Episode 14: Jurassic Park River Adventure, Tropes, and Transmedia

August 13th, 2018

In this biting episode, Alice and Buddy take on the soon-to-be-refurbished Jurassic Park River Adventure. They discuss Universal's penchant f…

Episode 13: Interview with Defunctland's Kevin Perjurer

August 5th, 2018

In this telling episode, Buddy and Alice are joined by YouTuber and recently minted author Kevin Perjurer to talk about his upcoming book, De…

Episode 12: Knott's Berry Farm, Local Identity, and Two Walters

August 1st, 2018

In this historic episode, Alice and Buddy examine the story of Knott's Berry Farm--its origins as an actual Berry Farm, its early role in pre…

Episode 11: Knott's Berry Farm, Tension, and Catharsis

July 8th, 2018

In this thrilling episode, Buddy and Alice return from a research expedition to Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, to talk a littl…

Episode 10: Ride Design Challenge and Imagineering Extravaganza

June 23rd, 2018

In this very special episode-versary, Buddy and Alice sit down in the same room for the first time in the show's history to pitch ride ideas …

Episode 9: Star Tours, Continuity, and Timelines

May 31st, 2018

In this episode, join Alice and Buddy as they discuss the finer points of Star Tours (1987) and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (2011), a…

Minisode 3: Alice in Disney World

May 25th, 2018

In this minisode, Alice White takes a family trip to Orlando for five days at the most magical place on Earth. Listen as she ponders coastal …

Episode 8: Rides as Games, Emergent Narrative, and the Loss State

May 12th, 2018

In this episode, Alice and Buddy discuss the Disneyland Resort's two game-type rides--Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Toy Story: Midway Man…

Episode 7: Screens, Immersion, and the Fourth Wall

April 30th, 2018

In this episode, Alice and Buddy tackle the oft-maligned presence of screens in rides and attractions. When do they work? When don't they? Pl…

Minisode 2: Alice and Disneyland's Map

April 23rd, 2018

In this second Minisode, Alice takes Ben, her Fiancee, to Disneyland, and discovers the exploratory potential of the park through fresh eyes.…

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