Ep335: Meeting The People Inside

Nov 18, 2020 | Podcast episode, Podketeers

In this episode: In this episode we talk a little about Star Wars Life Day, Josh D'Amaro's (Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products) comments during his keynote at the IAAPA conference this year, the two newest honorees in the IAAPA Hall of Fame, plus we talk about the latest Disney Plus series Inside Pixar!

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Returning the magic!

Sadly, the Disney Company laid off over 28,000 cast members (and counting) at Disneyland and Walt Disney World due to the pandemic. There have been many initiatives setup to help cast members and in this episode we talk about shifting our current Teamboat Willie fundraising efforts to help cast members in need.

We’ve setup our own food drive to try to help as many cast members as possible, One of the things we love about what Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is doing is that for every dollar donated will provide the equivalent of 3 meals per person. That’s amazing! To help, you can click the image below to make a donation or help us out by sharing our donation page with your friends and family so that we can try to help as many cast members as possible.

Below are other resources you can use to help furloughed and recently laid off cast members. 


Cast Member Food Bank, Hosted by Workers United Local 50

Walt Disney World

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central FL

Cast Member Food Pantry

Cast Member Small business and services

Laid off and furloughed CM Support Sheet

How to help Disney Cast Members – Resource List

If you would still like to donate to our CHOC Walk fundraiser to help the Children’s Hospital of Orange County the information is listed further down in this post.


The Star Wars Holiday Special

On November 17, 2020, the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special will be released. This new film pays homage to the original special in it’s own LEGO way.

On November 17, 1978, the Star Wars Holiday Special was released. Since its release, the special has been negatively received by Star Wars fans but even with a current score of 2.1 on IMDb, the special has developed almost legendary status within the Star Wars community.

The special has never been re-aired and an official release is not available, however, a quick internet search will find many copies. Most of the copies available are poor quality or missing segments (mainly a Boba Fett cartoon). The uploader of the video below claims to have pieced together this version of “better” versions they have found.

Here’s the a brief description from the Star Wars fandom website:

The Star Wars Holiday Special is a 1978 made-for-TV movie based on a story by George Lucas. The main storyline of the film transpires on the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk. Chewbacca and Han Solo visit the planet to celebrate the Wookiee holiday Life Day with his family, which includes his wife Malla, his son Lumpy, and his father Itchy. As Chewbacca and Han are known Rebel agents, they are pursued by the Galactic Empire, who in the process invade Chewbacca’s household. The plot is strung together by a series of musical numbers, celebrity appearances, and other variety-show acts, including songs and comedy routines by such 1970s celebrities as Jefferson Starship, Diahann Carroll, Art Carney, Harvey Korman, and Bea Arthur.

If you’ve seen the special, let us know what you think!

Congratulations to the IAAPA Hall of Fame Honorees!


This year, Tony Baxter, Greg Hale and Mats Wedin were all honored by becoming honorees in the IAAPA Hall of Fame! Congratulations to all and thank you for your contributions to the theme park industry! 

Inside Pixar on Disney+

Disney+’s latest docuseries Inside Pixar gives you a sampling of the diverse group of people that form Pixar. 

Directed by Erica Milsom (Loop) and Tony Kaplan, the 4 part docuseries has will highlight different themes. The first 5 episodes concentrate on being “Inspired”.

So far, we’ve really enjoyed what this series is bringing us. It gives us a look at how stories and collaboration from all walks of life weave into the fabric that becomes a Pixar masterpiece. You can watch the trailer below.

Season 1 of Inside Pixar is available now on Disney+.

Join us on Discord!

Our new Discord server is now live! We’re looking forward to hanging out, chatting with all of you and doing some game streaming! Click on the image for the image link:





We are excited to announce that we’ll be participating in the first ever Virtual CHOC Walk to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Orange County!

 or the first time, this year’s walk will be a virtual experience! Even though this year has been a less than optimal we still want to do what we can to help the children at CHOC!  

You can make a difference by making a donation using the link below or by joining our team to help raise money! Our current goal is to raise $1000. We would also like to encourage you to share our donation link as we work towards building a better future.

Together we can MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Thank you for your support!



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