He Kicked Walt Disney Out of the Disneyland Train Station, He’s Ben Harris–DD031

Forward! Ben Harris as a conductor on the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad. Photo by Ben Harris, used by permission.

Ben Harris Seen Here at the Disneyland Main Street Station

The Disney Dose podcast is joined by Ben Harris. While working for Disneyland and the team that opened Walt Disney World, he served in numerous positions from Disneyland Railroad conductor to operations manager. While there he was responsible for sharing the news of the tragic JFK assassination with all of Disneyland as the park announcer. Later, he gave Walt Disney and a group of executives the tour on the Jungle Cruise that got the new attraction script approved.

This interview is filled with a rollercoaster (or maybe, hilly train ride) of emotions. You really can't miss this conversation with Ben Harris if you are a fan of Disneyland, Disney history, or incredible stories.

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In this episode you will hear:

  • How he got his job at Disneyland
  • Why he drove Walt Disney on the Jungle Cruise
  • How he met Walt Disney for the first time
  • What he did at Disneyland when President John F Kennedy died
  • Why he was such a good announcer
  • How he helped to design the Disneyland tour guide program
  • Which heads of state he toured around Disneyland
  • How he changed the Jungle Cruise script
  • What he did when interviewing nervous Disneyland Cast Member candidates
  • Why Tinkerbell didn't land so gracefully after leading the fireworks
  • Who he introduced at the Plaza Gardens stage
  • And so much more…(check out another great article on Ben)

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Good luck to everyone. This contest is only open from August 26-September 3, 2015. Only US residents may enter.

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  1. Very excited about listening to this podcast. I recently had the pleasure of meeting an original Disneyland cast member and it was such a joy to visit with him during our time waiting to ride Pirates. So wish I could have had the chance to do an in-depth interview like this one!

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