About Inside the Magic

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 11 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.

About the Owner & Editor-in-Chief

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 has become 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 moved beyond simply covering themed entertainment to creating it, also partnering with Pseudonym Productions to produce a variety of new and exciting interactive experiences.

But Ricky hasn’t left ITM behind by any means, still overseeing the day-to-day operation of the company while allowing a new passionate team to lead the site into the future.

Inside the Magic Team

Mike Celestino – Staff Reporter, Southern California

Mike lives in Los Angeles and has been contributing to ITM since April of 2015. His previous jobs include Rockefeller Center tour guide, video game tester, and film/digital projectionist. He loves Star Wars, Disneyland, The Muppets, and Lego, and yet he somehow legally qualifies as an adult.

JeniLynn Knopp – Staff Reporter, Central Florida

JeniLynn has been a staple in the theme park community for almost a decade through her writing, broadcasting and reporting from a personal and professional perspective. Her background in studio work as well as her experience raising three children in Orlando gives her unique insight as part of the team at Inside the Magic.

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.

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. Since then, there has been a new episode of Inside the Magic every week. The show started with a couple hundred weekly listeners and became the starting point for the growth of Inside the Magic, expanding far beyond a podcast to a popular web site, Facebook and Twitter following, and YouTube channel.

Today, ITM has more than 600,000 subscribers on YouTube, drawing 10 to 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 60,000 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, and even Perez Hilton.