Inside the Magic – We know FUN.
ITM is the ultimate source for the most interesting, entertaining, and unique entertainment experiences, covering theme parks, movies, TV, video games, conventions, special events and so much more.
Based out of Orlando, Florida, ITM launched in 2005 with a tiny web site and short podcast and has grown to the multimedia-driven experience it is today, focusing on bringing you all things fun.
We don’t try to cover everything. Instead, we carefully select only the most exciting and unique stories to write about.
More than Disney
While ITM began covering primarily Disney, over the past 13 years we have continued to grow and expand, frequently reaching out to feature many other theme parks, independent attractions. Then our attention further grew to bring in the fun and excitement of the cinema, television, and gaming worlds.
Inside the Magic Team
Mike Celestino – Editor-in-Chief
After growing up on Long Island, Mike has spent his adult life in Southern California. He’s been fascinated by theme parks since a very early age, and has contributed to Inside the Magic since April of 2015. His other interests include Star Wars, LEGO, and The Muppets.
Michael Gavin – Staff Reporter & Photographer
Photographer, Writer, Actor. Armchair historian and Halloween fiend, often found wandering cemeteries, camera in hand or directing/shooting fiendishly fun photo shoots. Michael has had his images and stories published in Playboy, Forbes, The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly and St Augustine Entertainer. An alumni of Orlando’s famous Terror on Church Street haunted attraction and co-founder of Orlando Hauntings – Orlando’s very first haunted history/ghost tour, he now resides in Jacksonville, FL.
Cristina Sanza – News Writer
Cristina is a writer living in New York City. She’s an expert on Disney, comedy, pop culture, and travel. You can find some of her other work at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Popularium, Ranker, and The Cnnekt.
Sean Sposato – Staff Reporter & Videographer
Photographer. Videographer. Editor. Grew up in Orlando, FL loving everything theme park related.
Kurt Schmidt – Owner
Love for Theme Parks drew Kurt to Inside the Magic. As the owner he is committed to sharing his love for everything fun. Leading this amazing team of writers and videographers, he hopes readers will find the magic of the theme parks throughout the site.
About the Founder
Inside the Magic was founded by lifelong theme park fan, Ricky Brigante. Since growing up in Miami, Florida and ultimately moving to Orlando after college, Ricky became an expert on Orlando’s many theme parks and attractions.
Inspired by the many talented designers he had the privilege to get to know over a decade of devotion to ITM, Ricky Brigante has now moved beyond Inside the Magic, going from covering themed entertainment to creating it, now working with Pseudonym Productions to produce a variety of new and exciting interactive experiences.
History of Inside the Magic
The weekly Inside the Magic podcast was the second Disney themed show to hit the Internet. For years there existed hundreds of news and rumor sites related to Disney and theme parks, but the birth of podcasting offered a new opportunity to reach interested fans in a new, more directly connected way.
Our first podcast episode was released on April 13, 2005. For more than 10 years, there was a new episode of the Inside the Magic podcast released every week. The show started with a couple hundred weekly listeners and became the starting point for the growth of Inside the Magic, which has since expanded far beyond a podcast to become a popular web site, social media following, and YouTube channel.
Reach of Inside the Magic
Today, ITM has more than 950,000 subscribers on YouTube, drawing 15+ million views each month there. The Inside the Magic web site brings more than 1 million page views per month. ITM’s social presence reaches more than 600,000 followers on Facebook and over 80,000 followers on Twitter.
Inside the Magic has been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, on FOX35 and Local 6 news in Orlando, and won Best Best Produced Podcast in the 2011 Podcast Awards, in addition to being nominted for Best Travel Podcast numerous times. Our articles, photos, and videos have been referenced and linked to by popular web sites and news outlets including LA Times, New York Times, Fox News, USA Today, Yahoo!, MSN, Huffington Post, Boing Boing, Gizmodo, SlashFilm, MovieWeb, Cosmopolitan, The Verge, Mashable, and even Perez Hilton.
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