Wednesday, June 16, 2021

On this Date in 1989

Imagineers Tony Baxter and Bruce Gordon gave me and my friends our first ride on Splash Mountain, fulfilling a years-long quest, which is a long time for teenagers! It was before the attraction opened, before it even soft opened.

Hear about it on this early episode of The Sweep Spot podcast





Monday, June 14, 2021

How To Listen To The Sweep Spot Podcast

Please give us a listen! We are the NUMBER ONE Disneyland podcast hosted by two former Disneyland Day Custodial Foreman! The highest rated! The most downloaded! The most acclaimed!

(If you don't know what a podcast is, in our case, it is basically an audio recording you can access online. It's as easy as clicking to listen to it as it "streams." You can also download the file to listen any time you want.)

The Sweep Spot Podcast is a show that focuses on the past, present, and future of Disneyland. Each main episode typically catches you up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, and then we have a "main topic" that might involve one or more of the following: 

  • the history of an attraction or other Resort feature
  • what Disneyland was like in a specific year
  • an overview of a "land"
  • interviewing an author, former cast member or Imagineer
  • trip reports
  • and more!
Since we - Lynn and Ken - were Disneyland Day Custodial Sweeping Foremen and annual passholders for many years, we often include our personal experiences and insights from working and playing there.

Our magical travel and vacation planning partners, ConciEARS, often provide a quick overview of what is happening at other Disney destinations.

Those main episodes are usually released every two weeks.

Mini episodes are much shorter and usually deal with one topic, such as an interview or Lynn's thoughts related to something about Disneyland. These are generally released on the weeks we don't release a main episode.

Both our main episodes and our mini episodes are currently FREE! However, you can get a monthly BONUS episode by supporting the podcast by a certain amount via Patreon. The podcast costs us money to produce and provide, since we need equipment, online storage, and more. 

The first place new episodes will appear will be our official archive, where you and stream episodes and download episodes. Once you go to that archive, listening is as easy as clicking on an episode. Bookmark this archive!

The Sweep Spot can also be found on various podcast platforms, if you'd prefer to listen through these: 

So, subscribe or follow there, and/or bookmark us on your favorite platform. Also, it would be great if you could post a review of the podcast on those services, or leave comments, if you can.

If you like visiting Disney fan websites, we're there, too! Bookmark us at MiceChat or LaughingPlace and comment on the episodes there.

This is our YouTube Channel - subscribe to us there!

If those options still aren't enough, you can find us on the iHeart and Audacy apps, Spotify, and TuneIn if you like using those.

This is our Facebook Group, where you can discuss the podcast with other listeners. 

This is our official website, where you can find everything related to the show.

We have some clothing, mugs, and more with graphics that Disneyland fans will love.

You can e-mail the show at TheSweepSpot at gmail dot com

The Sweep Spot Podcast is an UNOFFICIAL Disneyland podcast, meaning it is in no way associated with or endorsed by The Walt Disney Company or any entity thereof.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Sweep Spot Episode #311 - Donna’s Disneyland Dispatches

We chat with Donna Baranyay, who worked with us in Disneyland Day Custodial. She started when she was 17 and stayed for 16 years, including many years in “Dispatch”, also known as Custodial Central. Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always.

We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt’s Dream Spotless and Cleaning The Kingdom: Night, Day, Past and Present.


The Sweep Spot is a podcast with full episodes every two weeks, focusing on the Disneyland Resort. Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman, former Disneyland Day Custodial Foremen are your hosts.

For more information and to order books, visit our official website: 

http://www.TheSweepSpot.com 

Monday, June 07, 2021

The Sweep Spot Mini Episode #21 - Amy!

Check out this latest mini episode of The Sweep Spot. I join Lynn to chat with Amy, who was a contemporary of ours in Disneyland Day Custodial. 

The Sweep Spot is the NUMBER ONE Disneyland podcast hosted by two former Disneyland Custodial Foremen. 


Tuesday, June 01, 2021

The Sweep Spot Episode #310 - Adventureland at Disneyland

We discuss one of the original and ever-changing lands of Disneyland! What makes Adventureland so special? What was it like for us to keep Adventureland clean? Plus, we catch up on current events at the Disneyland Resort, as always.


We have authored two books: Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt’s Dream Spotless and Cleaning The Kingdom: Night, Day, Past and Present.


The Sweep Spot is a podcast with full episodes every two weeks, focusing on the Disneyland Resort. Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman, former Disneyland Day Custodial Foremen are your hosts.

For more information and to order books, visit our official website: 

http://www.TheSweepSpot.com 


Monday, September 07, 2015

Where to Buy Cleaning the Kingdom

This is how YOU can  get Cleaning the Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt's Dream Spotless by Ken Pellman and  Lynn Barron.

1) Autographed softcovers can be bought from our official website: http://www.thesweepspot.com - Those will be delivered within a few mailing days.

2) It's on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Cleaning-Kingdom-Insider-Keeping-Spotless-ebook/dp/B0134TK7J2

3) It's on Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cleaning-the-kingdom-lynn-barron/1122508782

4) If you must buy softcovers through Amazon, be sure to get them from seller The Sweep Spot for quick delivery and an autograph.

5) "Like" this Facebook page to stay updated on book signings and other appearances at which you'll be able to buy copies.



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Friday, July 31, 2015

Cleaning the Kingdom



Cleaning the Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt’s Dream Spotless has been a long time in the making.

I can’t recall exactly how long I’ve wanted to write a book – a certain book in particular. It’s been at least fifteen years. When we had our first Custodial Reunion a few years ago, I even took down some contact info as potential interviews. Working full time and having the responsibilities of a young family didn’t leave a lot of time to research and write.

Enter in my fellow jani, Lynn. The friendship we developed while working together in Disneyland Custodial has survived my becoming “apart of the magic” and his also doing the same and moving to Utah.

Lynn took the initiative in creating and hosting a podcast, The Sweep Spot, which is focused on Disneyland history, Disneyland Custodial, and also has covered Disneyland news and current events. He had me on as a recurring guest co-host as he went through two regular co-hosts. Then I became the regular co-host.

Now having some perspective distance from our time as cast members, we also started collaborating on a book.

Lynn explored how to get a book published.

Getting some input from podcast guests and through private communications with some of our former coworkers to infuse into what we were writing about our own personal experiences, we cobbled together a book that’s over 450 pages.

It’s an UNAUTHORIZED, honest, and affectionate tribute to the men and women we worked with and those who came before and those who’ve come after – the people who’ve kept the original Magic Kingdom clean. The book is partly our memoirs as well as a detailed look at how the world famous Disneyland Custodial team operates.

There are now many books on Disneyland, but no other book is like this. We share with you things you can’t find anywhere else.

This book is for:

1) Anyone interested in Disneyland.
2) Anyone interested in theme parks.
3) Anyone interested in Anaheim history.
4) Anyone interested in an effective custodial operations for high-traffic venues.
5) Current, former, and future Disneyland Custodial cast members.
6) Anyone who wants to know more about the authors.

You can order the softcover book (and t-shirts for our podcast) at The Sweep Spot official website.

You can order the Kindle version here.

The book’s official Facebook page is here.

As of this writing, the 2015 D23 Expo in Anaheim is ahead of us. We’ll be there Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16. Bring your cash or credit card to buy a softcover, or if you already have your softcover, I will autograph that copy, too.

If you want to order the softcover through Amazon, be sure you're getting it through The Sweep Spot as a seller, so you can get it more quickly, complete with autograph.\

By the way, here’s the official Facebook page for The Sweep Spot, which is our free podcast. You can find the podcast here, on iTunes, on MiceChat.com, TuneIn, and Stitcher.