Founder & Chief Historian
There's nothing quite like the feeling you get when you walk through Disneyland's gates first-thing in the morning. One of the first times my family visited, I remember clutching my sister's hand, handing over our tickets, and gazing down Main Street. I felt completely in awe of the crowds, the stores, the sounds, the smells, and the joy surrounding us. As a adult living in southern California, not much has changed. One thing I have learned since those early years, though, is that around every corner, there's a new story just waiting to be discovered. Everything around us--the rides, characters, music, food, architecture, costumes, designs, and decorations--has a history. Working on a PhD in US history has shown me that the past is present in everything we do. Walt Disney once said, "Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future." I could not agree more, which is why I started the Enchanted Archives. I get to link my love of Disney to my passion for history while featuring the work and expertise of historians who work on all sorts of topics. What could be better?
I’m an armchair Imagineer who spends his days creating museum exhibits and nights creating art for my side project, Big Thunder Designs. I’ve spent most of my life obsessing over pop culture and trying to infuse the things I love into the work I do (It’s kind of a sickness. I wrote my master’s thesis on zombie movies. No joke. It was called Race, Place, and Things that Eat Your Face: Racial and Cultural Stereotypes in Zombie Movies, 1932-1968. Having dabbled in art and graphic design for years, I recently decided to start sharing my work with the outside world, which has led me to an amazing community of fellow Disney nerds.