July 22nd, 2014
Damn, that is one long episode name. But, if there's another Skipper we could get on the show who epitomizes the Jungle Cruise experience better, it's not clear to me who that is.
Skipper Don Chapman and his wife, Lois, sat down with me for a whole 2 hours for a trip down the River of Memories. Don was a fixture at the Jungle for nearly 2 decades, and was at Disneyland from 1981 to 2003. Stories of his no-nonsense style were passed down even after he left the park. He was held in the highest regard by his co-workers, and it was such an incredible pleasure chatting with him.
We've got 3 whole episodes with Don, and we'll have more good stuff coming in September. Our 4th year promises to be amazing, and we're looking forward to lots of great Jungle Goodness. Let us know what you thought of the episode.
July 8th, 2014
Well, we've come to another year, here at the Jungle Crews. (Technically it's August 1st, but there's a reason we're calling this the last episode of the year... read on.)
This episode we are back with the second half of our interview with Skipper Chris Egan, a man of two worlds... Disney and Knotts. Each one fighting for survival within him. Which shall win? The world may never know.
Anyway, the other reason we're calling this the last episode of the year is that in 2 weeks, we start a 3 part series with a truly amazing gentleman. He was part of Jungle history from 1981 to 2003, and this is a super special chat with someone who means a lot to so many at Jungle. So, join us on July 22nd to find out who will be starting our 4th year telling these stories.
Thank you, as always, for being so incredibly supportive. Our numbers are the best they've ever been, and we have such fantastic listeners. If you have any comments you want read on the 4th anniversary show, send us an Email at JungleCrews@gmail.com.
June 24th, 2014
Hello out there to all the members of our Podcast family! Is it time for another podcast?
This week we're chatting with a very recent JC cast member. Skipper Chris Egan was at the Jungle Cruise from '07 to '09. So why are we chatting with yet another member of the post-millennial Skipper generation? Well, it's because Chris is the first cast member we've had who also works at Knott's Berry Farm, and we get to chat about his experiences as free form roaming entertainment there.
This one is part 1 of 2 episodes, and we'll have part 2 up on July 8th. After that, we should have a very special treat on tap for you, and I'm making all the last arrangements for a truly fantastic interview.
June 11th, 2014
Hey Adventurekateers, it's time for more Skippertainment! (Yeah, I know, I'm sorry about both of those words...)
So, this week we sit down with Skipper George Trullinger. Buddy Holly impersonator, competitive eater, and winner of the Newberry award for young readers. Well, one of those things, anyway... he's also an incredibly nice guy, and has more stories than we could ever cram into an hour long podcast.
But we tried. For you. Because... You.
May 27th, 2014
Part two of our chat with Skipper Kevin Cavanaugh about his time in 1975-76, as well as a bit of editorializing from me about Disneyland price hikes, National Parks, and cast member pay raises. If you don't want to hear me getting all Andy Rooney, then Skip to 9 minutes in. It's been a year or so since I got up on a Soapbox, and I kind of like the view from there.
See you all again in 2 weeks, and please let us know your comments either here, or over at Facebook.com/JungleCrews.
Skipper Kyle Esq.
May 13th, 2014
So, this is the first of a two-part episode with Skipper Kevin Cavanaugh. Kevin worked in the Jungle in 1975 and 1976, and is the Skipper who worked at the Jungle the earliest in it's history, of all the people we've sat down with. We had a great chat about his time there, and it's amazing how so much of his story mirrors what we hear from people who trained at Disneyland 40 years after.
April 29th, 2014
Hey everybody! Is it Tuesday, already?
We are so chock full of Skippertainment today. We've got Jungle Jesse himself on the podcast! Back to the late 90's and early 00's for a fun romp through pop culture where we discuss cosplay, the mating habits of Disney waterfowl, the future of Disneyland, and some great Jungle stories. (This one is the first episode in a year to get the "Explicit" tag, but it's not too bad...)
Lots more to come in the following weeks. We've got about 3 months of episodes stockpiled, so this "every other Tuesday" schedule is looking good for a while.
April 15th, 2014
This week we have our last part of the 3 part nostalgia fest that was the March gathering at the Casa De Mez. We chat with John Malloy, who is just SO adorable. Like, seriously, I would have loved to have worked with him. And of course, the beautiful and well opinionated Sue B joins us as well. We also have a half dozen other great people bouncing in and out of this episode...
So, I don't think we really *have* to say this any more, but this episode features a few stories that are too salacious for the wee ones. But, seriously, are there any kids who come across our podcast and actually think it's for them? (Although, frankly, I'd be happy to have the extra listeners...)
All is good in Jungle Crews land, and we'll see you guys in a few weeks!
April 2nd, 2014
Here's part 2 (of 3) of our sit down with the Skippers I got to meet in March. Skippers Jerry and Jim sat down with us to talk about their time in the Jungle in the early 80's to mid 90's. These guys were very warm and funny, and I really hope we get to chat with them in more detail as time goes on...
We're going to an bi-monthly schedule for the time being, so every other Tuesday until we can build up more episodes.
Thanks everyone, as always,
March 23rd, 2014
So, I'm going to address something that people have been asking about. Here's one of the Emails I received...
"Dear Skipper Kyle,
We've been listening to your podcast for the last year, and we love it. Lately we've noticed a trend that you are tending to have more serious topics and guests on the show. We were just wondering if that was on purpose, or just the guests you happened to have on. Oh, and we love Joey and Trevor's podcast too, and when they are on yours.
Irene and Lila" (Names changed to protect the innocent)
Well, honestly, yes I have been trying to "class up the joint" recently. We've had a lot of great guests that span a lot of experiences, but the first year or so we got fairly silly a times. I'm just trying to balance that out by focusing on stories that may have more of an emotional impact or more a more historical feel. I think this has happened naturally as I expanded the guests outside of my friends and co-workers, but it is something I do keep in mind as I am taping.
Send your questions or thoughts to JungleCrews@gmail.com. (I'm also going to start putting up more links, pictures, and things here on the site, in between all the Podcast episodes)
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