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Tales of Trader Sam: Brandon Kleyla Interview
Part 1
Jim Korkis

Jim spends time learning stories about the origins of the popular bar.

Brandon Kleyla was the Walt Disney Imagineer responsible for set dressing, writing, and giving life to Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel (that opened May 2011) and Trader Sam's Grog Grotto (that opened April 2015) at Walt Disney World's Polynesian Village Resort.

A former Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland, Kleyla incorporated the same sense of humor and Disney references into both establishments. He is an actor, writer and director among many other accomplishments.

He has five THEA awards for his work on Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, The Walt Disney Family Museum, Shanghai Disneyland, and two for Pandora: The World of Avatar.

He is currently working on the Universal Beijing project as a Props Manager/Art Director, as well as serving as creative director, art director, and media director for one of the lands of the new park.



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Language en
Document type Interview
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Id 4530
Availability Free
Inserted 2019-12-12