A Letter from the new Editor-in-Chief of Inside the Magic

in Inside the Magic

Dear Inside the Magic readers,

My name is Mike Celestino. If you’re a regular visitor to this website, chances are you’ve seen my steady stream of movie reviews, news updates, celebrity interview articles, and more than 1500 additional posts (plus countless supplemental videos) over the past three years. As a resident of Southern California, Disneyland Resort has become my home away from home, and I visit on average about once a week to bring you the type of enthusiastic coverage you’ve come to expect from our dedicated enterprise.

Like many of you, I was first exposed to Inside the Magic via Ricky Brigante’s now-legendary podcast, which ran for a decade and helped foster a still-expanding community of theme park fans who eat, sleep, and breathe Disney, Universal, and various other cherished parks. But back then I wanted to be more than a fan: I wanted to do what Ricky did. I would listen to that podcast and think, “I wish I could go to theme parks for a living.” And now I do.

Having contributed to and grown with Inside the Magic since April of 2015 (first as a freelancer and then full-time starting that October), I am beyond pleased to announce that as of today I am stepping up to assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of ITM’s website, YouTube channel, and social media feeds. What that means is I will be partnering with our new owner Kurt Schmidt to help make creative and strategic decisions, guide our talented staff, and oversee the day-to-day output of the business.

The first step in that process will be to reorient and refocus the aim of Inside the Magic’s coverage, concentrating our content on the topics we know our audience loves as much as we do. Moving forward through the coming months our emphasis will be on quality over quantity, eliminating some of the more extraneous information to ensure only the truly meaningful stuff gets through, and that when it does it has the chance to really shine.

The next few years are going to amount to one of the most exciting times in the history of theme parks. I say that because of how excited I am for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Super Nintendo World, the Marvel expansions, and all the rest of the big things headed our way very soon. But I also say that knowing how much this community means to me and how much my appreciation of these parks has grown since I entered into this field and began to learn more about the sheer amount of effort and skill that goes into those kinds of projects.

In the end, our goal here at Inside the Magic is to put as much thought and care into our coverage as theme park designers do into their work. We want to be the conduit between you and the minds behind your favorite destinations. We want to help you decide how best to spend your hard-earned money and vacation time. And most of all we want to be on the front lines for every change, addition to, and fond farewell from the happiest places on Earth.

Thank you and see you around the parks,

Mike Celestino
Inside the Magic


  1. Susan Milne

    Congratulations Mike! It shows by all of your articles and videos how dedicated you are to your work at Inside the Magic. I have been very proud of you and enjoy your articles and videos posted these past few years. Wishing you now – all the best in your new position. Is break a leg appropriate here?- then, break a leg. (but I would rather you did’t) – Your mother.

  2. David

    Awesome news! Mike’s articles and especially his interviews always find that perfect mix between professionalism and geeky excitement. Happy for him and ITM.

  3. A wonderful evolution of ITM that I couldn’t imagine going to a more deserving successor. I had no say in this decision, but if I did I would have made sure Mike had the job. There is no one else I’d rather see take the editorial position than Mike Celestino. I believe he will steer ITM in exactly the direction it needs to become something even greatet than anything I would have dreamt up. Congrats and I hope to see you in Batuu.


  4. walter

    I would like to see the focus back on disney and not other theme parks!

  5. Jason

    Congrats! Maybe you can do something about the insane amount of ads that have come upon the site over the past 6 months or so. I have taken to visiting other sites, although I preferred this site not that long ago.

    FYI, it took **45** presses of my trusty Pg Dn key to make it from the end of the article down to the comments! That is utterly ridiculous.

  6. Mike Celestino

    The majority of our focus is definitely on Disney, but right now we do also cover Universal and a few other parks in Central Florida and Southern California.

  7. Mike Celestino

    The site has an auto-scroll function that will continually add internal links as you move down the page. There’s a quick link to comments at the very top. It says “Leave a comment” or “_ comments” depending on how many have commented already. If you click that it will instantly take you to the comments section.

  8. Zachary Eslick

    Yes Please Bring The Podcast

  9. Damion

    ditto to what Jason said, this site has become unbearable to navigate with all the ads and links to other articles

  10. Kurt Schmidt

    Thank you for all of the comments and I hope there are more to come. I too am excited for Mike as our Editor-in-Chief. I know he will contribute so much to Inside the Magic.

    I’m also thankful for everyone who has offered suggestions and opinions to help us improve the site. I wanted to let you know Mike and I are carefully considering these and others. In fact we often agree with the comments about ads, content, etc.

    We are currently in some phase of working on 4 solutions that I believe will help address some of these concerns. One of these solutions should be coming soon.

    Kurt – Owner of Inside the Magic

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