What if the happiest place on earth was your worst nightmare? [Rebroadcast - #79]

“It’s almost like you can’t stand the meaninglessness of the situation, and so you justify it by saying ‘well this must be all my fault.'”


Producer: Whit Missildine


Episode Summary: A woman recounts her childhood dealing with a mentally ill father obsessed with Disneyland.


This episode is part of the Summer 2021 rebroadcast series, featuring listener favorites from the back catalogue. All episodes in this rebroadcast series were released prior to episode #130, which are currently exclusive to the Wondery Plus. Today’s episode originally aired as #79 in September, 2016.


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Content/Trigger Warnings: mental illness, explicit language


Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

Music Bed:   "Re-Entry” – Lee Rosevere



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