RERUN: Two A-Peeling Skippers, pt 1; S05 E22

April 18th, 2019

What can I say about Freddy Martin? This guy has blown up and has become a major presence in the Disneysphere recently. He hosts a podcast called The Themed Attraction podcast where he interviews Imagineers and designers of the places we love to play. (Search for it on all your Podcast providers.) He's been involved in the recent Adventureland Days, and he is an incredibly pleasant chap. He brought Skipper Jeff Bailes with him and we had a lovely picnic in the park and recalled their days at the WFJC. 

Originally Published on May 23rd, 2016

So, here's a little story...

About a year after we started the podcast, back in 2012, Skipper Fred Martin reached out to me and said he'd like to come onto the show. After 4 years of passing emails back and forth, and having scheduling issues, he grabbed Skipper Jeff Bailes, and we had a lovely picnic in the park and chatted about their time in the early 90's at Jungle.

 Very little story. But a nice one, no? We had a great time with this interview, and it has one of my favorite stories I have ever had told to me. (Hence the name of the episode)

Enjoy!

RERUN: Swimming Against The River, pt 2; S05 E21

April 10th, 2019

This week is the second half of our chat with Skipper Larry Kaml. It also has what is perhaps the greatest single and most requested Jungle Cruise story that we have ever had recorded on the show. This episode is, in some ways, the "most essential" listening of any of our episodes. Genuinely hope you all enjoy...

Originally Released May 9th, 2016

Our first episode with Skipper Larry Kaml set records for it's first week, and we're expecting the second half of his episode to do the same. This episode features not only the best "Last Day" story in the history of the Jungle Cruise, but also perhaps the most expected Gerry York story ever. This one is an incredible roller coast of a ride, but instead of a roller coaster, it's a river, with botes on it. Enjoy!

RERUN: Swimming Against The River, pt 1; S05 E20

March 25th, 2019

When we started the podcast, Skipper Larry Kaml was one of those guests we never thought we could get. He was a heavy personality for years in the Jungle, and his devotion around the time of the Narrations program was the stuff of legends. After a few seasons of showing him what we were about, I got to drive up and sit down at his dining room table and listen to his stories. Some of the best of the Jungle is about to go into your ear-holes, so I hope you enjoy...

Originally Published April 25th, 2016

Well, it took us long enough, but we're back with a new episode. Also, it took us 3 years to line up this guest. Skipper Larry Kaml was a strong personality during the late 80's and early 90's, and his role in the Narrations program led to one of the most interesting times in Jungle history. He was universally regarded by those he worked with, and I have been chomping at the bit to get him on the show. All it took was a 7 hour drive to central California, and we were golden! 

Catch us over at Facebook.com/JungleCrews for more news and Jungle photos! We'll see you out in the river soon!

 Skipper Kyle

RERUN: Catching Up With The Skipperette; S05 E19

March 19th, 2019

First of all, there is no episode 18 in season 5. It's an April Fools prank we did, so we didn't want to mess up our numbering system.

Skipperette Jen Chavez is one of the best people I know, and she's back at the WFJC. (Seems like we all get brought back into the fold eventually.) She has been instrumental in all of our Facebook content, and has contributed a lot to the podcast. We are so excited to have her around, and this was her second episode on the podcast.

Originally Published April 4th, 2016

Hey everyone! We're back with all new Skippertainment. We chat with our very own Skipperette Jen about the Skipper Canteen, stand up comedy, her vacation to WDW, and the passing of beloved Skipper Andy Rinella... It's short, but it helps us catch up with you. Kungaloosh, friends!

RERUN: The Surprise Prize; S05 E17

March 11th, 2019

So, 3 years ago we did a Kickstarter for a little card game called "Jungle Rummy". We have wound up selling 500 copies, which wasn't bad for our first foray into game design. It still plays well, and I am really happy with how the art turned out. 

As part of the game, we did a backer reward for a pair of TFJC fans, and they got to share their Jungle memories and be a part of the podcast. It was a lot of fun, and we hope you enjoy...

Originally Published March 22nd, 2016

So, if you've been around the podcast for more than a few months, you remember Jungle Rummy, our card game that we did a Kickstarter campaign in the fall. One of the top rewards for pledging was an appearance on this very podcast. So this week we welcome Michael and Grace Steuver, the top supporters of the Jungle Rummy game, and the Jungle Crews podcast. We are thrilled to spend a few moments with them, and to welcome them to our family.

The first 6 minutes is a "dummy" episode that we made just to announce the appearance on the show to Grace. So, don't get confused and think that you're coming onto the show as a guest. Unless you want to. Then, give us a yell... We're always happy to have any Skips or ex-Skips on the show. 

RERUN: The Double Derail, pt 2; S05 E16

February 27th, 2019

The second half of our chat with Skippers Amanda Taylor and Skipper Kellie York... 

 

Originally Published March 7th, 2016

Two weeks ago we got a whole lotta love for our two Skippers, Skipper Amanda Taylor and Skipper Kellie Pitts(York). Well, as promised, here is the second half of that episode with these two lovely ladies. As I warned you the last time, this episode has a LOT more of me geeking out and being a fanboy than usual, and these amazing Skips are the reason why. I loved catching up, and am so glad that I get to share that with you. 

 
Thanks for all the support, and remember to rate us on iTunes. 

RERUN: The Double Derail, pt 1; S05 E15

February 27th, 2019

It's crazy that we're at this point in the podcast. I've been back at the Jungle Cruise for over a year now, and we're back to the episode with my original trainer from 2003. Skipper Amanda Taylor was one of my big influences in how I started in the Jungle, and Skipper Kellie York was an incredibly popular and well thought of Skip from the era just before mine. I had such a good time chatting with them, and although this episode has a little bit more in-chatting and references that are specific to a certain era of Skips, I still feel like it's a great episode and something fun to put out there. 

(Posting Episode 1 and 2 at the same time)

Originally posted February 22nd, 2016

Such a fun episode this week. I get to catch up with my Jungle trainer, Skipper Amanda Taylor, and good friend of the podcast Skipper Kellie York. These ladies were right in my generation of Skippers, and we get to go through the usual exploration of their time in the Jungle, as well as catching up on so many of our comrades from our time together. Lots of personal stories, and a bit more banter and gossip than we normally have, but a great time spent with two really fantastic Skippers. 

RERUN: Rai Know What You Did Last Summer; S05 E14

February 21st, 2019

We still keep cranking out the hits, and it's hard to believe that this has been 3 years since I met Skipper Raisa. The only Skip I've known who has worked at all 6 US parks, and who has had such an amazing story to tell about her times with the company. She's super fun, and I'm always so happy when our paths cross. I hope you all enjoy...

So much going on at the SkipCast headquarters, can't wait to share all the news with you in March. (No clue when, still putting things together, lots of vaguery)

Originally Published February 9th, 2016

Such busy times here at SkipCast headquarters. Besides work on our new card game, Tales From The Jungle Crews; The Game, we are also busy lining up great interviews for your podcast pleasures. This week, we chat with Skipper Raisa, a recent departure from the docks of Orlando. But she's not just any Skipper. She's been a cast member at all 6 US parks, as well as the 2 water parks. She also has a super sharp wit and a lot of great views of the Jungle experience. We were super excited to finally get her onto the show. 

 Make sure you catch her YouTube channel, YouTube.com/Raisa_Lynn. Lots of great Jungle and Disney videos!
 
Skipper Kyle out!

RERUN: Three Waterlogged Skippers; S05 E13

February 9th, 2019

It's been a rainy start of the year in Southern California, and it reminds me of the time 3 years ago when I sat down with a pair of great Skips and we talked Jungle of yesteryear. Skipper Jeff Rhoads returned to the podcast with Skipper Tom Halligan and we talked a very interesting bit of Disney history with some really unique twists and turns for this podcast. Oh, and it was raining. Cats and dogs. So, some good throwbacks to the rainstorms and Jungle trips of the past... 

Originally Published January 26th, 2016

Welcome back for another episode of Skippertainment. This episode we taped in the middle of the biggest downpour that SoCal has seen in years, and Skippers Tom Halligan and Jeff Rhoads hung in there like troopers. Tom has a unique Disney story and an experience that really is a globetrotting perspective. I was happy to get a little wet to come see these great Skips.

 

RERUN: The Weather Report; S05 E12

January 30th, 2019

Greetings Adventurers, and welcome back to "We're still doing Reruns"... but we're getting ready for the relaunch of new content. Just a lot of life happening as we ramp up and get interviews scheduled. 

In the mean time, enjoy this rerun of our time with Skipper Rob Ferre. A fantastic WDW Skip with a flair for self promotion and a great bunch of stories about the Orlando rivers. It was a pleasure having him on the show.

Originally Published January 12th, 2016

Happy New Year, Adventurers...

 This year's Winter Hiatus was shorter, and we're back with exciting new content. We have 4 episodes in the bag now, and we keep lining up really great stories for you.
 
So, 2015 was a gigantic year for us. We started with Warren Asa, a Skipper who was there on Day 1 of DIsneyland. Then we had our boost from The Nerdist podcast, which helped us grow our subscriber base, and we saw downloads as high as 40k per day. We had an amazing Kickstarter campaign, and we were able to get Jungle Rummy out into the hands of nearly 400 players. And through that all, we were able to bring you 22 episodes of our podcast. Thank you all for an incredible year. 
 
Today's episode starts 2016 out at Walt Disney World in the early 2000's, as Skipper Rob Ferre joins us on the podcast. A contemporary of some of the other WDW Skips we have had on the show, Skipper Rob shares his experiences in the College Program, and some of the challenges of working in Orlando. I love making new friends and opening up my view of the other parks, and this episode is both.
 
See you every other Tuesday for Skippertainment! Kungaloosh!

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