Hello everyone, and welcome to a special Saturday post on My Dreams of Disney! It isn’t often that we have a post on Saturday, but I have been granted an interview with Dennis Hansen, the creator of the Disneyland Videos Podcast on iTunes! While many of us haven’t heard the name Dennis Hansen before, you will definitely want to look up his podcast after you read this interview! 

MDOD: Dennis, thank you so much for taking the time to answer some
questions for me, it is really great that you would agree to do so!  I found out about your series of Disney
videos in the Facebook Group “You Might Be A Disney Addict…” and I think that,
with the number of videos you have in your podcast, you might just be an Addict
yourself!  Is this the case?
DH: I decided a few years ago that I would go to Disneyland in
California and video tape some attractions and upload them to YouTube and
iTunes. After being there myself I did fall in love with Disneyland. After
seeing how my video views were growing I went to Disney World 2 years later and
videotaped attractions there. When I finish editing those videos, I will go
back to Disneyland and film new attractions and ones I missed the first time. I
find myself addicted to some of my own videos, especially the ones with great
Disney music!
MDOD: Did you have to get any special permission to make these
videos, or to publish them on your podcast?  For those that need the address, you can find it on iTunes.
DH: I did check with Disney but received no reply but I saw a
lot of people were already uploading videos to YouTube.  Disney has always encouraged people to
take photos with the sale of Kodak film back in the old days. It continues with
Disney encouraging people to upload their own photos and video to their
Memories website. (http://memories.disneyparks.disney.go.com/). A lot of people
tell me that after seeing the videos they plan on going there. Some attractions
clearly state there will be no videotaping allowed and I always respect that.
MDOD: When you record your videos for a particular event, such as
the one you did for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, do you record in one
sitting, or do you find you need to ride the attraction (or watch the parade,
etc.) multiple times and then edit it all together?

DH: It depends on the attraction. When I want to get close-ups
of the Disney cast members I will go back for a 2nd taping with a close-up
lens.  I might even film a 3rd or
4th time using a different camera. Then I bring them all together in an editing
program and add original Disney soundtracks to enhance the music.
MDOD: Do you have a favorite video that you produced that you
remember fondly, and would you like to talk about what makes that video
DH: I like “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade”
since it uses a lot of Disney cast members, and has some great music. It took
me about 30 hours to edit this video and get the music just right.
MDOD: From a technical aspect, it would seem that in some of the
videos it would be almost impossible to keep your camera still.  Do you have any tips for amateurs like
myself on how to make your videos incredible?

DH: I try to use my tripod wherever I can. It makes a big
difference. If I can’t use a tripod I hold the camera very still. I also take
along a sound recorder. My hobby is videography and I learned a lot from the
internet. I am always trying to improve myself.
MDOD: When you take a vacation to Disney (World or Land), how much
time do you spend recording your videos? 
Do you find that your videotaping adds to your vacation, or does it
sometimes feel like a job to you?
DH: Last year I went to Disney World for 12 days.  I was there every day filming but I
really enjoyed it! I have enough for 60 videos but have only edited about 40 so
far! This year I let my wife take the kids go there, but I stayed at home
editing.  I feel I am doing a
service since a lot of people around the world cannot afford to go there but
they still get to see the attractions. I don’t make any money off it but I have
the time and expertise to do it. I also have made my videos available in China
(where Disney is planning to build the next park).
MDOD: Dennis, I would like to thank you for providing access to
your videos to all of us Disney enthusiasts.  During the cold winter months when we are far from our
favorite vacation hangout, these videos work wonders to keep the Disney Magic
alive at home!  Thanks for
answering my questions!
DH: Your Welcome!

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Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever. His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion! Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for six years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and . Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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