Episode 035 – Kyle Crocker, Part 1

Kyle CrockerStories of the Magic, Episode 35


Interview Guest: Kyle Crocker


Sponsored by Leaving Conformity Coaching.


Welcome to Episode 35 of Stories of the Magic! I’m Randy, your host. Thank you for joining me! And thank you for 1 year of Stories of the Magic!


OK, apparently I need to stop promising when I’ll get the next show out. Every time I do, something interferes. So instead, I’ll just say that new episodes will come out as often and as regularly as I can get them out. I value every single one of you who listens to Stories of the Magic, and I want to provide a quality product to you, and I’m doing my very best to do exactly that.


In this episode, we head back to the wilds of Adventureland for a fun conversation with Kyle Crocker, a former skipper on the World Famous Jungle Cruise at Disneyland, and current host of the Tales from the Jungle Crews podcast.


In this episode, Kyle talks about:
  • How he got started working for Disneyland and what he did there;
  • The special memory he has of the Jungle Cruise as a little kid;
  • Being a Disney California Adventure CM first—at the Maliboomer and the Orange Stinger;
  • Telling Shaq that he couldn’t ride the Maliboomer;
  • The difference between a “ride” and an “attraction”…sort of;
  • Starting on Jungle Cruise, including some of what training was like;
  • The most fulfilling thing he did while working at the Disneyland Resort—and what made it so;
  • What makes a good Jungle Cruise skipper;
  • How he kept the attraction fresh and interesting for himself and his guests;
  • Dealing with “off” days, both personally and from environmental challenges;
  • A funny story about doing “tours” with hearing impaired guests and their interpreters;
  • The Tales from the Jungle Crews podcast that he hosts;
  • And moving from Jungle Cruise to several other attractions.


Find Kyle and Tales from the Jungle Crews:


Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:


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Music and voiceovers provided by Rick Moyer.

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