Episode 82: Farewell, Christopher Lee



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This is a celebration of the life and work of Chistopher Lee. We scoured the globe looking for clips and bits of history to share with you in a tribute to this amazing man. He has the distinction of being a two-time Guinness World Record-holder, legendary monster, accomplished swordsman and Count Dooku!

Star Wars Weekends may be over for 2015, but Skywalker Kevin Raider-Nerd Reitzel is here to give us the Week 5 Recap. Including the legendary FRANK OZ in his first-ever guest appearance to talk Star Wars and being the voice of Yoda. Be sure to check out our Bonus Content this week with full audio from the Frank Oz panels at Star Wars Celebration.

Also on this episode:

And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan!

Quick Episode Summary:

  • Star Wars Weekends #4 (7:35)
    • RebelForce Radio Meet-Up
    • Frank Oz
    • Collectibles
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs (42:51)
    • EndorCast
  • Farewell, Christopher Lee (45:48)
    • Biography
    • Movie clips and audio sound bytes
    • Good stuff!

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BONUS: Frank Oz at Star Wars Weekends 2015, Part 2



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On Saturday, June 13, 2015, Frank Oz spoke for a second time about his career as Yoda and so many Muppet characters. This took place at Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Week 5. James Arnold Taylor interviewed Frank Oz at the “Stars Of The Saga” Show and we have 2 full shows to share with you.

We want to thank Tricia Barr for getting her FastPass and recording this audio for us all. Be sure to check out Episode 81 for Tricia’s recap of SWW2015 Week 4!

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BONUS: Frank Oz at Star Wars Weekends 2015, Part 1



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Friday June 12, 2015 will go down in history as the day Frank Oz attended Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to talk about his career as Yoda and his many Muppet characters.  James Arnold Taylor interviewed Frank Oz at the “Stars Of The Saga” Show each day of SWW Week #5, and we have 2 full shows to share with you.

We want to thank Kevin Raider-Nerd Reitzel for being there to record when many Skywalkers and fans could not. Thanks for sharing with us all, Kevin! Be sure to check out Episode 82 when it airs, for Kevin Raider-Nerd Reitzel’s recap of SWW2015 Week 5.

Thanks to Chickaphant for the photos!

How head on over to BONUS: Frank Oz at Star Wars Weekends 2015, Part 2

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Episode 80: Top 10 Star Wars / David Letterman Cross-Overs



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Show 80 calls for a salute to DAVID LETTERMAN for over 30 years of Late Night Fun! After 3 decades Dave has had a great deal of Star Wars references and we give you…Our TOP 10 STAR WARS / DAVID LETTERMAN CROSSOVER CLIPS!

Our Fairy Podmother, Margaret Kerry, is back to help those in need with her segment – Ask Tink! The original animator’s reference model for Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan” is full of fun and showers everyone with pixie-dusted advice.

Star Wars Weekends #3 is complete! Tricia Barr, co-author of ULTIMATE STAR WARS, was there as a special guest, signing copies of ULTIMATE STAR WARS and generally having a #fangirlflail time. She tells us all about her experience!

Back To Tomorrowland! We take another look into the history of Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland from the 1950’s. Rebel Spy and Ghost Host Dave Skale brings us the history and sounds of Tomorrowland from 1959-1964. Thanks to DisneyChris.com for the awesome audio sound clips.

Also on this episode:

  • Star Wars Celebration – Autograph Hall Interviews with Bonnie Piesse, Deep Roy and Erik Bauersfeld.
  • Skywalking On TV
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs
  • Skywalker Of The Week
And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan!

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Episode 79: Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration



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On May 20th Disneyland kicked off its 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration with a special 2-day Media Preview event complete with premiere parties and interviews with Disneyland Imagineers. We take you with us as the Disneyland Resort debutes 3 new shows: the much-anticipated Paint The Night Parade, an all-new Disneyland Forever Fireworks, and World Of Color: Celebrate! Paul Barrie from Window To The Magic helps us recap the event.

Disneyland Creative Directors & Imagineers included in this episode:

  • Mary Niven, Vice President, Disneyland Park
  • Steve Davison, Executive Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment
  • Sayre Wiseman, Executive, Parades & Spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment
  • Scott Trowbridge, Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Kim Irvine, Art Director, Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Jeff Shaver-Moskowitz, Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Larry Nikolai, Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment
  • Randy Wojcik, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment

(Stay tuned for BONUS CONTENT of the full hour-long interview with these Imagineers)

Richard is SUPER excited about this next interview: in 1978 Lucasfilm commemorated the one-year Anniversary of Star Wars with the now iconic poster. This poster included Kenner action figures surrounding a cake with the Star Wars logo.

Star Wars 1st Anniversary Poster

That very cake was made by our next guest Tom Rosa, the owner of Cake and Art located right here in Los Angeles. What stories he has to tell!

Star Wars Weekends #2 is in the bag! Dan (of Podcast 66) and Lindsay Berry drop by to tell us all about the happenings on the East Coast, and give us a virtual tour of The Rebel Hangar.

Episode Breakdown:

  • 0:00 Disneyland60 with Paul Barrie from Window To The Magic: World of Color: Celebrate!
  • 15:33 Disneyland60: Paint The Night Parade
  • 32:03 Disneyland60: Fireworks “Disneyland Forever”
  • 42:00 Disneyland Ride Updates: Hatbox Ghost at Haunted Mansion; Matterhorn; Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Disneyland60 Merchandise
  • Disneyland’s 24 hour Party Diamond Celebration Kick-Off
  • 1:06:53 Shoutouts
  • 1:19:14 Star Wars Celebration #2 with Dan and Lindsay Berry
  • 1:50:00 Interview with Tom Rosa, Star Wars 1st Anniversary Cake-maker!

And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan!

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Episode 78: Author James Kahn, Star Wars Weekends #1 and the World of Tomorrowland



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Author James Kahn has a full resume from helping to save E.T.’s life, creating original music and writing the best-selling novelization of RETURN OF THE JEDI. We are so excited to welcome him to the show and listen to his fantastic career in storytelling.

Star Wars Weekends #1 Recap! John Fowler is back to tell us all about his time, and whether or not he saw Han Solo.

NEW segment – we take a look into the history of Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland from the 1950’s. Rebel Spy and Ghost Host Dave Skale is back with this new series and each week we will look at another decade of Tomorrowland leading up to the NEW Disney film of the same name.

Also on this episode:

  • Lightspeed To Main Street: Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary Prep
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs
  • Skywalker Of The Week
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Episode 77: Skywalking To Star Wars Weekends 2015



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DJ Elliot and Mark Daniel have entertained the masses at Star Wars Celebration conventions and Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They’ve made you laugh, dance and throw objects at large stuffed Star Wars Angry Birds. Today they are our special guests! You want to talk about an entertaining episode? This is it!

Skywalker John Fowler (@StarWarsFanFL), one of our correspondents covering Star Wars Weekends 2015, gives us survival tips, tells us what he’s expecting and his game plan for each weekend. If you are attending, make sure to find John to grab a Skywalking Through Neverland button!

Sarah flies through the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland and the new Pixie Dust Challenge. And we also recap our day at Regal-Con 2015. Head over to Once Upon A Time Fan Podcast to hear their Podcast Stage at Regal-Con, on which we were one of their guests!

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Episode 35 Audio: The Carbon-Frozen Lunch Box



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You know those awesome Darth Vader Popcorn Buckets people have been posting from Star Wars Weekends? Well, we found the man in charge of designing those buckets and steins! Marcus Gonzalez, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Food and Beverage Product and Concept Development Manager, tells us all about his fascinating job. And if you wish hard enough, he just might tell us all about some new concepts for STAR WARS WEEKENDS 2015!!  

The Star War Weekends Giveaway WINNER is announced! The final week of STAR WARS WEEKENDS 2014 was a CLONE WARS voice-actor reunion.  Dan Berry tells us all about their terrific but tearful stage show.  Matthew Clifton tells his story of interacting with STAR WARS REBELS voice-actor Zeb (Steve Blum) on Twitter before being first in line to meet him, and how Steve Blum had a special gift waiting for him!

We also have Journal Of The Rich, our countdowns and a request for all you Skywalkers on a world-wide collaboration of lip-synching to Ariana Grande’s song of the summer, ‘Problem’.

And remember, #NeverLandOnAlderaan!

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Podcast Guests

Marcus Gonzalez – Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Product Concept and Development Manager

Daniel Berry and Matthew Clifton – Star Wars Weekends Correspondants. Matthew also wrote a Blog recap of his entire Star Wars Weekends experience – check it out here.

Robert Bapst of The Bald Solo Podcast

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GUEST BLOG: The Star Wars Weekends That Almost Wasn’t

Written by Matthew Clifton

“I think I’m skipping this year’s Weekends.”

That’s what I told my best friend. Blasphemy, right? There’s definitely no shortage of activities this year for this Florida fanboy. Honestly, there was always something going on this year during ALL the Weekends. Tree sales, family gatherings, birthdays, holidays. May is always hectic for me. 

Good thing I’m adaptable.

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Weekend número uno!

I had work and had promised to help for a weekend tree sale. So it was Friday or nothing. No problem.

Thursday evening. Off from work at 6:30, I hit the road and got to Hollywood Studios at 8pm.

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I lugged my lawn chair through the parking lot to the entrance of the park where the autograph lines were already set up for the next day. This is one of my favorite things, if not my favorite thing about SWW (Star Wars Weekends). I love “camping out” in the signature lines for SWW. Something I started doing on a whim one year. Now I do it every year. Most of the people who do it know each other. I’ve made some great friends doing so.

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That night I was there for Ahmed Best. Wasn’t to sure how popular his sig would be, so I decided to play it safe and I am glad I did. He was a popular one. By morning, his line had stretched to the boat dock. With a 10 o’clock FastPass for a guaranteed signature, I was set.

 

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I was dying to meet Vanessa Marshall that day but the rules of the celebrity FastPasses are one FastPass per person and I already had one for Ahmed. I decided to chance it for a standby. If a celeb has any time left over in their set, they’ll take some standbys. That changed when a Cast Member gave me a wristband and FastPass for a guaranteed sig in the evening. She said they had some leftovers from this morning. I was ecstatic! It truly made my day. 10 o’clock rolled around and I got Ahmed Best to sign my Clone Wars poster that I’ve been working on. Eleven signatures strong and still growing. The Rebels panel was a big highlight. Seeing the new footage with Hera was really awesome.

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Eventually it came time to meet Vanessa Marshall. I’m always a bit nervous meeting new celebs. No clue how they are around new fans. I quickly found out just how awesome she was. She’s definitely one of us. Afterwards, it was time for me to zip on home. Weekend One was over for me. Endorphins were running high. I just kept wondering, how could I top today? Little did I know the best was yet to come.

SWW: Weekend Two!

I left work Thursday evening to get to Hollywood Studios at 7pm, rinse and repeat. A FastPass for Tiya Sircar and the day was on.

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But this weekend was different. This was the big Rebel Force Radio meet up! I wasn’t too sure what to expect. The parade rolled around so it was time to pick a spot. When I got to my spot, low and behold, everyone was there! Jimmy Mac, Teresa, Tricia, Steve Glosson. Getting to meet all the podcasters before hand really helped break the ice. It was the perfect preview to the meet up.

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Before I knew it, it was time for the meet up. It didn’t matter that it was 100 degrees with a choking percentage of humidity. It really did feel like a mini Star Wars Celebration. I got to meet so many great people and made brand new friends.

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Having a surprise visit from James Arnold Taylor while we were podcasting was the cherry on top.

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After stories and pictures, we headed over to Star Tours. 25 people into one car. It is possible.

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After two more shows in the day, I had to say goodbye to my friends. Once again, I had to hit the road early. Work and an annual trip to Atlanta prevented me from attending Weekend 3 and 4. It was all good. I had my sights set on Weekend 5.

Or…….. So I thought.

SWW: Week Five.

I had hit a snag. It was Father’s Day weekend and family comes first. Saturday and Sunday were out of the question and I worked Friday. This was the weekend Steve Blum was attending. I had missed out on meeting him before at several anime conventions. I’ve been a fan of his since Toonami, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, etc etc etc. I’d been looking forward to it since it was announced. I was going no matter what. But how? Easy. A closing shift till 10 o’clock on Thursday. My next shift started 2pm on Friday. As soon as I was done on Thursday, I drive up there, camp out, get a guaranteed FastPass for Steve for his 10 o’clock set, get any merch I want at Darth’s Mall, meet Steve and get his sig at 10, then immediately hit the road, be home by 12, freshen up, and hit work.

I had a plan.

And that’s just what I did. When I arrived at Hollywood Studios at 11:30pm on Thursday, I was the only one in Steve’s line. I had gambled and won!

Just for the heck of it, I tweeted the pic to Steve’s account. Why not? Morning came and I was ready.

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Rain had deterred the crowds and the  lines were small. It was a cake walk getting into Darth’s Mall which was usually packed. I also had my eyes on the limited edition Magic Bands that were only being sold that weekend. They were all mine.

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With a trash bag of merch (It was the only bag big enough), I was on my way to the celeb tents. First in line for the 10 o’clock set, everything had gone right that morning. And it was about to get better.

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After tweeting him the night before, Steve Blum had a Zeb print. Just for me. Just because. I was at a loss for words. He was one of the nicest, coolest celebs I’ve ever met. The trip, and exhaustion, had been 100% worth it!

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In summation, it had been one of the best SWW for me. Hectic, hot, and spontaneous. While I’ve had fun past years, this one was extra special. Getting to meet so many fans, podcasters, writers, cosplayers, and it wasn’t even a Star Wars Celebration! The memories and mementos from this year’s trip are priceless. My non fan co-workers heard of my escapades this year and called me crazy. Why drive all that way just to spend two hours in the park? You sleep outside, are you crazy? They may not understand, but that’s ok. Those of us who have done it know that it’s all part of the magic that makes Star Wars Weekends exactly what it is. Although I’m sad to see it come to an end, I can’t wait to see what next year’s Weekends has in store for me.

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We want to thank Matthew Clifton for his great recap of Star Wars Weekends 2014! If you’re interested in reading more about Richard and Sarah’s time at SWW Week 2, please check out our Blog Post about it. And if you want to hear SWW recaps, check out Episodes 31-35 of our Podcast. Thanks for reading!

Episode 34 Audio: Mark Hamill – Then And Now



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This was a big week at Disney’s STAR WARS WEEKENDS: we saw the first appearance of Luke Skywalker himself, MARK HAMILL (complete with Jedi beard)! And we have SWW Veteran Dan Berry to give us a recap from ‘a certain point of view’. There was also some drama at the park and Fangirls Going Rogue’s Teresa Delgado tells us all about it.
Continuing on with our Mark Hamill theme, you will hear audio from Mark’s very first autograph signing in 1995. And if you check out our Youtube page you’ll see his very first convention stage appearance.

We also hang out in the TIKI-CANTINA as we continue our series delving into fan films. The one we’ll be talking about today is our Star Wars fan film – TPZ! This is our the first anniversary of when we released it on youtube. We are joined by TPZ editor, co-producer and swearing Stormtrooper #2 (as well as Skywalking Through Neverland’s creative consultant) Mark Oguschewitz. We’ll also be joined by the visual effects supervisor – Roy Unger. (He also worked on some film called TITANIC.)

In honor of Father’s Day this weekend we have Skywalking Through Neverland’s official fairy godmother, MARGARET KERRY in her next installment of ASK TINK.
We also have Journal Of The Rich, our countdowns and a call-out to all you Skywalkers on a world-wide collaboration of lip-synching to Ariana Grande’s song of the summer, ‘Problem’.

And remember, #NeverLandOnAlderaan!

Podcast Guests

Daniel Berry – Star Wars Weekends Correspondant

Teresa Delgado of Fangirls Going Rogue

Roy Unger of UngerFilm

Mark Oguschewitz – Skywalking Through Neverland Creative Consultant

Mark Hamill Star Wars Weekends 2014

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