Interview: “Weird Al” Yankovic Talks Disney, Jungle Cruise, And ‘Skipper Dan’

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Three hours before his July 21, 2010 concert at Hard Rock Live in Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, Grammy-award-winning artist “Weird Al” Yankovic sat down with me backstage for a one-on-one interview to discuss his recent Disney-themed song “Skipper Dan.”

Having been a fan of Al’s for more than 20 years, I tried to put my fanboy hat aside to have a serious conversation. Wait, never mind, this is “Weird Al” we’re talking about – the reigning king of comedy music. While there may not have been a need for seriousness, I did honestly want to learn a few details about why he chose to write a song about a Disney attraction, so I asked him that, along with plenty of other theme park-related questions:

Don’t miss the rest of my interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic on Show #277 of the Inside the Magic podcast, available for download beginning on Sunday, July 25, 2010. We discuss a little more about theme parks and dive into a few other topics, including online music downloads, Twitter, Transformers, and more.

For more “Weird Al” fans, I include another clip below from his Orlando concert that night (which was fantastic, as always). It’s “The Saga Begins,” during which Al and his band are joined by members of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers:

And despite not having time to slip away to ride the Jungle Cruise, Al did manage to work in a ride on the nearby “Slingshot” attraction earlier in the day:

With the new album still in the works, I recommend picking up a digital copy of “Internet Leaks,” the EP that features “Skipper Dan” and four other songs:

Photos from before and during the July 21, 2010 “Weird Al” Yankovic concert at Hard Rock Live Orlando:

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