the Darling of the Jungle, Pt 1

August 25th, 2015

Boy, have the Jungle Drums been busy beating out a lot of new Jungle and Disney news. This episode we are joined by Skipper Danielle Ernest, one of the Darlings of the website. Danielle has an amazing social media following, and she helps us make sense of the D23 Expo, as we discuss Star Wars Land, the Jungle Cruise movie, and other theme park developments. Skipper Danielle was a recent Skipper, and had a very short time in the jungle, but this lady is a Skipper, through and through, and I really loved chatting with her. We flipped the script this week, and we’re going to be doing our normal “Skipper” interview with Danielle in 2 weeks. So stay tuned for that. 

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RERUN: Westside Attractions Reunion, S02 E27

August 17th, 2015

Hey Adventurers! D23 Expo is come and gone, and the number of announcements was incredible. But mostly... STAR WARS LAND! (Opening in 2021 or some crazy thing like that.) 

As usual, we're dusting off an oldie-but-goodie for you guys in our off week. This one was from 2 years ago, at the 951/956 Westside Attractions Reunion. We chat with Skippers Phil, Cisco, and Chiefie. Lots of fun stories in a fun environment, as we get back into the 80's and 90's!
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Sullivan’s Travels; S05 E03

August 11th, 2015

Hey there, Adventurers! Today is a really great day in the history of our little community podcast. We welcome to the show our first bona fide "Disney Legend", Mr William "Sully" Sullivan. He was a member of the 1955 first year Skippers at Disneyland, and his 38 year storied career took him to every level and location of the company. On top of that, he's a charming guy who was a pleasure to chat with. We chat Walt, his time at the Jungle, the Squaw Valley Olympics, the 1964 Worlds Fair, and the birth of Magic Kingdom and Epcot. It's a fascinating travel to the early years of Disney, and we are thrilled to bring it to you.

Thanks so much to David Marley for connecting me to this great Skip, and we're looking at even more exciting interviews soon... 
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RERUN: Greetings from Club Mez, Pt 3; S03 E12

August 3rd, 2015

We gave you the middle part of our trip back in time last week, and this week we bring you the third part of our chat from last year. The lovely Sue B makes her second appearance on the podcast, and we get to chat with the incredibly wonderful John Malloy. This episode has one of my absolutely favorite dirty stories I have ever heard from a CM, and it turns into a devolved round table with a lot of Skips coming in and telling their stories. 

Next week's episode is going to be a biggie, but we know this one will keep you occupied and happy until then. Kungaloosh, Adventurers!
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A Stand Up Gal, pt 2; S05 E02

July 27th, 2015

Hey Skips, we're back!

This week we present the second episode of our 5th season, concluding our chat with the fantastically funny Jen Chavez. We talk about the Skipper Standup show, which already has happened now, and was a fantastic success. I had such a great time getting to know her, and I am sure you will too.
You can see some of the content that Jen curates for us over at the Jungle Crews Facebook page.
Our next episode is going to be a doozie for us. We chat with a genuine Disney Legend, learn about Disneyland in the 50's and 60's, and go on an incredible trip with a fantastic character. Come back August 11th for that exciting epsiode!
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RERUN: Greetings From Club Mez, pt2: S03 E11

July 21st, 2015

We're not dipping very far back into the vault for this one, but this episode from last April is very short on the listens it deserves. Skippers Jerry Whitfield and Jimm Vest met up with us at a Skipper gathering at a very wonderful Skip's South OC house. It was my first time meeting both of these fine gentlemen, and I really enjoyed the opportunity. We get into the history of the early 80's to the mid 90's at Disneyland, and it is a fine exploration. 

We have a bunch of new t-shirts available at the Merchandise from the Jungle Crews shop, and I hope you get a chance to swing over and take a peek.
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A Stand Up Gal, pt 1; S05 E01

July 13th, 2015

So, the clock keeps turning, and our fourth year of Skippertainment comes to a close. We had such an amazing year with you all, and our 5th season looks to be even better. New podcasts, new guests, new t-shirts, and some amazing surprises. Thanks, everyone for joining us on this ride.

In this week's episode, we sit down and chat with our very own Skipperette Jen Chavez. Jen is our content manager for our Facebook page, and she does an amazing job. Her tale at Jungle has some fun twists and turns, and her views on vintage Disney are great. She also just made her stand-up comedy debut on July 12th (hence the title) and she totally killed. We hope you enjoy her episode, and we'll be back in 2 weeks with the conclusion of her interview.
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RERUN: Holiday Noggins; S02 E09

July 6th, 2015

Well, this coming Sunday is the Skipper Standup show at the Brea Improv. Have you got your tickets yet? The show will sell out, but it is going to be a heck of a night. This week, we rerun the episode from one of the headliners, Skipper Kipp Hart, joined by Skipper Rex. We hope that you can join us at the show, we'd love to meet podcast listeners! Our very own Skipperette Jen will be one of the performers! ( for ticket information.)

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The State of the Jungle; S04 E23

June 30th, 2015

Our 4th year is wrapping up, and we had a busy busy weekend. We met with 120 cm's from the 80's and 90's. We had our Sunday Social at Sam's, and we got to hang out with a bunch of podcast listeners. 

So, this is a different episode, in the same way the Disney Family Museum episode was. This one is just me. I have been in a lot of discussions lately with people who ask me why I do the podcast, what I get out of it, why the Jungle has stuck with me the way I have, and if I am just an egocentric narcissistic maniac who can't hear enough of his own voice. (For the record, no...) So, as a way of wrapping up the first 4 years of this little experiment in niche podcasting, I just wanted to take 20 minutes and let you know a little about me, why Jungle is such a thing for me, and what the podcast means to me. This may totally not be your thing, and if it isn't, we'll have a new episode in 2 weeks to get you back in the stream and the regular Jungle Crews merriment. 
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RERUN: The Mayor of the Jungle; S03 E07

June 16th, 2015

Rerun time again, Jungle Fans!

When people ask me which episode of the show to start with, this is one of the 3 episodes I pull out of the bag right away. Still, over the last 3 months it hasn't had a lot of play, so I think a lot of new listeners might not have experienced it. So, let me introduce you to Mayor John Duran, one of the most genuine and charismatic people I have ever met. John's story weaves through many of the podcasts, as he was a very strong figure in the experience of many Skippers. This one was a genuine pleasure for me to record, and it has a special place in the podcast history for me.
Enjoy, and Kungaloosh!
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