Month: June 2015

New Films for EPCOT’s Third “Soarin'” Theater

This article originally appeared in the  June 14th episode of the satirical Disney news podcast, “Guest Room on the Ears News Network”. (Listen to podcast)

Disney publicity photo of people on the Soarin' ride

“Soarin'”

Construction of the third theater for “Soarin” at EPCOT in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is still under way.  While that much is evident, other portions of the project are still unknown.

However, rumors have abounded for years about new videos coming to replace the Soaring Over California film. These new films will showcase different cities and sections of the country.

Films were apparently selected by states or cities submitting bids to represent their city or region. Three of the films that have been all but confirmed are “Soaring over Atlanta”, “Soaring over Chicago” and the hotly anticipated “Soaring over Secaucus”.

A fourth film, meant to represent the midwest, came down to a battle between two states, Iowa and Kansas. We are hearing however that Kansas has won the bid  because Disney felt a movie showcasing the best Iowa has to offer would be too…corny.

Disney, NOAA, and The Weather Channel Bring New Weather Exhibit to Innoventions West!

storm clouds gatheringThis article originally appeared in the  June 14th episode of the satirical Disney news podcast, “Guest Room on the Ears News Network”. (Listen to podcast)

Recently, Disney announced plans in cooperation with NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the The Weather Channel, to create an exhibit inside Innoventions, the technology display area in the Future World section of EPCOT in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The exhibit would be dedicated to the technology employed in the science of Meteorology, or the study of the atmosphere.

Guests will walk through an interactive display area where they can see up close and personal the instruments and systems used to gather atmospheric data.  Following that, they will see a movie entitled “The Forecast!” that illustrates how that data is translated into the weather predictions and forecasts they are used to seeing every day.

Dual theaters to feature the movie are being constructed. one on the left side of the exhibit space and one on the right.  However, its expected that the left hand theater will be the primary theater as “The Forecast” will only be right….once in a while.

“Tangled” Overlay to Tower of Terror

This article originally appeared in the  June 14th episode of the satirical Disney news podcast, “Guest Room on the Ears News Network”. (Listen to podcast)

Hollywood Tower Hotel in Disney's California Adventure.

Hollywood Tower Hotel in Disney’s California Adventure. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

On June 3rd, the Disney Channel announced a new animated series for kids, teens and families, based on the acclaimed feature film Tangled.  The news that got the Disney community really excited is that  Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi are reprising their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene (also known as Flynn Rider).

Even though it won’t make its debut until 2017, Disney already has some grand marketing plans in store.  For instance, Disney plans to release a new frying pan line called “I gotta Get Me One of These”. Each frying pan has a different shape, density, and weight. Personally I think they really hit it on the head with this one.

Plans are also in the works to do an overlay of a current attraction. In late 2016, both Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, will welcome the new Tangled Tower of Terror. The overlay will replace Twilight Zone scenes with memorable scenes from the movie. The ride will culminate with guests witnessing the climactic scene as Flynn Rider cuts Rapunzel’s hair with the chard of a broken mirror. And as Pascal pulls the hair to trip Gothel, guests will drop through the window just like she does.

Also, Disney Visa has gotten on board with it as well and will soon be offering a private meet and greet with Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Pascal, and Maximus at their private cardmember location in Innoventions West in EPCOT. It is not open to the general public but if you are a Disney Visa Card older than you will be IN LIKE FLYNN.

Peter Pan’s Flight to Add a Rough Start

Rendering of Peter Pan teaching Darling children how to fly.

Artist rendering of changes to the Peter Pan’s Flight attraction at Disneyland (Artists Rendering/Walt Disney Imagineering)

This article originally appeared in the June 14th episode of the satirical Disney news podcast, “Guest Room on the Ears News Network”. (Listen to podcast)

Peter Pan’s Flight at the Magic Kingdom in Disneyland is undergoing a refurbishment.  The ride which was an opening day attraction for Disneyland is a dark ride that takes guests through the story line of Peter Pan.  This renovation is supposed to include a revamped nursery scene and new special effects.

But rumor also has it that there have been some slight adjustments to the ride vehicles themselves allowing a little deviance from the normal track. This is to allow the ride to recreate some of the feel of the Darling kids first attempt to fly, when they ultimately tumbled due to Peter Pan forgetting one key ingredient, Pixie Dust.  The ride vehicles will simulate the effects in a series of quick short starts. First the car will start to the left and then back to the other side and repeat.

Those subject to motion sickness need not worry however, as this scene is brief and the ride will return to is normal smooth motion immediately following the second start to the right.

Disney Being Sued for New “Disneyland Forever” Fireworks Show

Photo of the Disneyland Forever Fireworks Show as seen on Main Street in Disneyland.

Disneyland Forever Fireworks Show. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

This article originally appeared in the  June 14th episode of the satirical Disney news podcast, “Guest Room on the Ears News Network”. (Listen to podcast)

“Disneyland Forever” is the latest incarnation of the fireworks show at Disneyland.  It combines a lot of unique fireworks, orchestrated props, fire effects and enhanced projection mapping to bring about an experience celebrating Disneyland.  Numerous animations and scenes are projected on to selected building throughout the Disneyland park to provide an immersive experience.
The scenes are often representative of the movie or characters being featured at that point of the show.

For instance, during a sequence celebrating the Lion King, sillouttes and ultimately full graphics of animals are seen running down the buildings.  You will see sillouettes for Bert and the chimney sweeps dancing a “step in time” during the Mary Poppins sequence.  And at one point, the buildings themselves seem to animate.  Its reported to be very impressive.

However, it is not without controversy.  Toward the end of the presentation Jiminy Cricket says about Disneyland, “Just think, all of this is yours forever”.

That is now being put to the test as Mark Bellamy, an attorney from Ennis, TX, is in the process of filing a class action suit against Disney because he claims that the statement made, even in the course of an entertainment production, is a binding claim between Disney and the viewers of the entertainment. As such, Mr. Bellamy is insiting that legal and  interminable certifcates of ownership of Disneyland be granted to all parties who witness the event. These certificates would, by virtue of declaring a person an owner, grant that person free and limitless admission to the Disneyland Park, as well as a choice of assets to control based on a first come first served basis.  Mr. Bellamy, for his part,  has ironically enough requested control of the Jiminy Cricket character.

Now Disney has called the suit “meritless” and “disconnected from reality”. However, they also released a statement from Jiminy Cricket saying about Mr. Bellamy “..he doesn’t need me. What does a lawyer want with a conscience anyway?”

“Guest Room” Episode 3: How Long is Forever, the Yeti or the Flash, False Starts, Tangling with Terror, Impending Weather, and Soarin to New Heights!

In this episode of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, we talk about “Disneyland Forever”, the new nightime fireworks show at Disneyland which debuted as part of the Disneyland Diamond Celebration. We also talk about refurbishments to the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland.

We tell you about the new “Tangled” animated series on the Disney Channel and some of the marketing plans surrounding it. Then we hop over to EPCOT and learn about a new weather tech exhibit coming to Innoventions and get an update on Soarin’s new third theatre.

Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/earsnewsnet/gr-episode_3-sm.mp3

Cast:

Parker Byrd – Chris Laning
Erin Dole – Paige Laning
“it’s True!” – Jon Laning
Bark – Dixie

 

Intro Music:

“The Whip” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Fauxmerical Music:

“Call to Adventure” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Googlies: 

 

 

Transcript: 

Intro “How Long is Forever, the Yeti or the Flash, False Starts, Tangling with Terror, Impending Weather, and Soarin to New Heights!”
Hello and welcome to the June 14th edition of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, bring ing you Disney news you won’t believe…..and probably shouldn’t. I’m your host, Parker Byrd.
Disneyland Diamond Celebration As we mentioned last episode, Disneyland is celebrating its 60th birthday this year. As such, Disney has a huge promotion going on calledl the Disneyland Diamond Celebration. On May 22, the same night as the 24 hours celebration, Disneyland debuted three new entertainment offerings: Disneyland Forever, Paint the Night, and World of Color – Celebrate. We will talk about Paint the Night and World of Color – Celebrate on future episodes.
Disneyland Forever Now Disneyland Forever is the latest incarnation of the fireworks show at Disneyland.  It combines a lot of unique fireworks, orchestrated props, fire effects and enhanced projection mapping to bring about an experience celebrating Disneyland.  Numerous animations and scenes are projected on to selected building throughout the Disneyland park to provide an immersive experience.
The scenes are often representative of the movie or characters being featured at that point of the show.  For instance, during a sequence celebrating the Lion King, sillouttes and ultimately full graphics of animals are seen running down the buildings.  You will see sillouettes for Bert and the chimney sweeps dancing a “step in time” during the Mary Poppins sequence.  And at one point, the buildings themselves seem to animate.  Its reported to be very impressive.
However, it is not without controversy.  Toward the end of the presentation Jiminy Cricket says about Disneyland, “Just think, all of this is yours forever”.
That is now being put to the test as Mark Bellamy, an attorney from Ennis, TX, is in the process of filing a class action suit against Disney because he claims that the statement made, even in the course of an entertainment production, is a binding claim between Disney and the viewers of the entertainment. As such, Mr. Bellamy is insiting that legal and  interminable certifcates of ownership of Disneyland be granted to all parties who witness the event. These certificates would, by virtue of declaring a person an owner, grant that person free and limitless admission to the Disneyland Park, as well as a choice of assets to control based on a first come first served basis.  Mr. Bellamy, for his part,  has ironically enough requested control of the Jiminy Cricket character.
Now Disney has called the suit “meritless” and “disconnected from reality”. However, they also released a statement from Jiminy Cricket saying about Mr. Bellamy “..he doesn’t need me. What does a lawyer want with a conscience anyway?”
Matterhorn BobsledsRehab Now there have also been some renovations going on as part of the Disneyland Diamond Celebration. Back on May 22nd, also as part of the 24 hours celebration, the Matterhorn Bobsleds reopened after a brief refurbishment. Among the changes were some serious improvements to the abominable snowman or yeti. These changes included enhanced projection scenes depicting the abominable snowman as well as updated, more lifelike animatonics.  While the reviews of the new yeti have been generally positive, Austin Mattson, a 10-year-old boy from Vivian, South Dakota didn’t find it authentic. According to Austin, “Its all wrong! Everybody knows that Yeti’s can only move where there is magical strobing lights! Look it up!”
Yes…well…it would seem our writers are in B show mode as well.
Googlies This might be a good time to point out a new feature on the EarsNews.net website.  Of course we are a serious news site and would never attempt to inject humor into the news….especially today it seems.  But theoretically, if we were to attempt to put some satire into our stories, we would imagine it would fall into one one of  three categories. One, a joke that is painfully obvious, usually in the form of a really bad pun. Two, a slightly more subtle joke, but one that the average listener is likely to get.  And finally, a joke so obscure or inside, that many listeners would only get it by actually researching it.
Those we like to call Googlies, since you’ll probably have to Google it.  However, in an effort to minimize, well, your effort, you will begin to find a list of Googlies in the show notes of each episode. These will be accompanied by a brief explaination of the joke or a link to a page that will possibly shed some light on it.  So look for Googlies in the show notes…just in case you missed something.
Peter Pan’s Flight Rehab Now another renovation is expected to open on July 1st. Peter Pan’s Flight at the Magic Kingdom in Disneyland.  The show which was an opening day attraction for Disneyland is a dark ride that takes the guest through the story line of Peter Pan.  This renovation is supposed to include a revamped nursery scene and new special effects.
But rumor also has it that there have been some slight adjustments to the ride vehicles themselves allowing a little deviance from the normal track. This is to allow the ride to recreate some of the feel of the Darling kids first attempt to fly, when they ultimately tumbled due to Peter Pan forgetting one key ingredient, Pixie Dust.
The ride vehicles will simulate the effects in a series of quick short starts. First the car will start to the left and then back to the other side and repeat.  Those subject to motion sickness need not worry however, as this scene is brief and the ride will return to is normal smooth motion immediately following the second start to the right.
Back after this.
Fauxmercial – “Dog and Dine Festival” In 1994, EPCOT held its first  annual International Flower and Garden Festival. In  1995, it added the International Food and Wine Festival. In 2016, EPCOT’s debuts is newest festival, the International Dog and Dine Festival
The Dog and Dine Festival brings you  the best cuisine from Disney resort  restaurants around the world. You can compare dishes from the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort,  Disneyland Paris Resort, Tokyo Disney resort, and Hong Kong Disneyland.  You’ll be amazed at the quality and consistency of Disney Macaroni and Cheese for example, .
But that’s just one of the dozens of dishes you will be able to sample at the International Dog and Dine Festival. Best of all, you not only can you enjoy this with your family and friends but with your furry friend too. That’s right, for just the cost of an additional adult ticket, you can bring Fido along for all the fun.Your dog will enjoy specially prepared, doggie safe versions of the very food you’re sampling. We’re not talking table scraps here!  And you and your dog can grow closer at the “Part of Your World” exhibit, where your faithful friend gets to dine on Oak-fired Filet of Beef from the California Grill, while you enjoy gourmet, gravy infused, Purina prepared kibble. You can even get a doggie bag!
But food is only a small part of the International Dog and Dine festival.  Entertain your canine companion by letting him enjoy the fun and interactive play throughout the event.Have your dog search for buried bones in the gardens of both the UK and Canadian pavillions, chase dog toys strapped to the minature trains near the Germany Pavillion, and cool off by splashing in the fountains of the France Pavillion or making the long swim across World Showcase Lagoon!
And,. on Sunday January 17th, you can be a part of history as representatives from the Guiness Book of World Records will be on hand to certify World Showcase as the largest Bark Park in the world!
But have no fear! The Dog and Dine Festival has great entertainment in store for human visitors as well!  Like  the Bowwow Powwow Concert Series. Featuring famous musical acts like Toto, Three Dog Night, Steppenworlf, Snoop Dog, Bow Wow,  Pet Shop Boys, Bloodhound Gang, The Breeders, Super Furry Animals, and Shaggy, as well as tribute bands like Beaglemania, Boston Terrier, the Good Good Dogs, Linkin Bark, Motley Shih Tzu, Destiny’s Puppy, and Steely Dane. With daily performances by George Thorogood and the Destroyers of the festivals theme song….Bad to the Bone!
Will all this music, food, and fun, the Dog and Dine Festival will be off the chain….so long as your dog isn’t!
The Dog and Dine festival runs from January 9th to February 23rd. For more information and tickets call 407-WDW-(dog barking).
Intro Erin regarding Tangled Welcome back to ENN. Recently Disney had a big annoucnement regarding a new series coming to the Disney Channel. Our teen reporter Erin Dole has more on this story…Erin?
Tangled TV Show Thanks Parker.  On June 3rd, the Disney Channel announced a new animated series for kids, teens and families, based on the acclaimed feature film Tangled.  The news that got the Disney community really excited is that  Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi are reprising their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene (also known as Flynn Rider).
Even though it won’t make its debut until 2017, Disney already has some grand marketing plans in store.For instance, Disney plans to release a new frying pan line called “I gotta Get Me One of These”. Each frying pan has a different shape, density, and weight. Personally I think they really hit it on the head with this one.
Plans are also in the works to do an overlay of a current attraction. In late 2016, both Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, will welcome the new Tangled Tower of Terror. The overlay will replace Twilight Zone scenes with memorable scenes from the movie. The ride will culminate with guests witnessing the climactic scene as Flynn Rider cuts Rapunzel’s hair with the chard of a broken mirror. And as Pascal pulls the hair to trip Gothel, guests will drop through the window just like she does.
Also, Disney Visa has gotten on board with it as well and will soon be offering a private meet and greet with Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Pascal, and Maximus at their private cardmember location in Innoventions West in EPCOT. It is not open to the general public but if you are a Disney Visa Card older than you will be IN LIKE Eugene.
Back to you Parker.
Innoventions Meteorology Story Let’s pop over to Florida now and discuss some new changes coming to EPCOT park in Orlando.  Recently Disney announced plans in cooperation with NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the The Weather Channel, to create an exhibit inside Innoventions, the technology display area in the Future World section of the park, that would be dedicated to the science and technology employed in Meteorology, or the study of the atmospehere.
Guests will walk through an interactive display area where they can see up close and personal the instruments and systems used to gather atmospheric data.  Following that, they will see a movie entitled “The Forecast!” that illustrates how that data is translated into the weather predictions and forecasts they are used to seeing every day.
Dual theaters to feature the movie are being constructed. one on the left side of the exhibit space and one on the right.  However, its expected that the left hand theater will be the primary theater as “The Forecast” will only be right….once in a while.
Soarin’s Story Speaking of theaters, construction of the third theater for “Soarin” at EPCOT is still under way. While that much is evident other portions of the project are still unknown. However, rumors have abounded for years about new videos coming to replace the Soaring Over California film. These new films will showcase different cities and sections of the country. Films were apparently selected by states or cities submitting bids to represent their city or region. Three of the films that have been all but confirmed are “Soaring over Atlanta”, “Soaring over Chicago” and the hotly anticipated “Soaring over Secaucus”.
A fourth film, meant to represent the midwest, came down to a battle between two states, Iowa and Kansas. We are hearing however that Kansas has won the bid  because Disney felt a movie showcasing the best Iowa has to offer would be too…corny.
I’m beginning to feel the same way about our writers.
So that’s all for this editon of ENN’s “Guest Room”.  If you would like to comment on this episode or would like to send along a news story for us to look into drop up an email at guestroom@earsnews.net.
You can listen to this and future episodes by finding us in the iTunes store, just search on Ears News Network. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed. Details can be found on the “How to Listen” page at EarsNews.net. As always you can listen to us right from our website at EarsNews.net. There you can find links to our Facebook page and Twitter account as well.
Until next time, I’m your host, Parker Byrd, saying thanks for listening to the Ears News Network, the mistrusted name in Disney news. Goodbye everbody.

Disney Castles Reach New Heights in Shanghai, Causes Internal Jealousy

The following news item appeared as an item on Episode 2 of “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network, the satirical site that is your source for Disney News you won’t believe and you probably shouldn’t.

Picture of Enchanted Storybook Castle

Disney rendering of Enchanted Storybook Castle in Shanghai Disneyland Resort, China.

There are other big things happening with the Disney parks and we do mean big!  Over in Shanghai, China, Disney, along with the Shanghai Shendi Group is busy building the Shanghai Disneyland Park which is scheduled to open some time next year.

But on tuesday, May 19th,  a “topping off” ceremony was held as construction workers placed a golden finial, that looked like a Chinese peony flower, on top of the tallest of the eight towers that will make up the Enchanted Storybook Castle. The ceremony, which was attended by Disney’s chairman Bob Iger and Chief Operating Officer Tom Skaggs, officially made the Enchanted Storybook Castle the tallest of the now six Disney castles worldwide (or is it seven because of Beast’s castle in new Fantasyland….Oh wait…I guess he is a dude so that doesn’t count).

Of course the impressive size of the new castle is sparking some jealousy and good-natured ribbing at the other parks. Jeffrey Anders,  cast member at the Magic Kingdom in the Disneyland Resort said, “It’s a matter of quality vs. quantity. Yes, our castle might be tiny compared to the one in Shanghai, but flip theirs over and you’ll probably find a sticker saying ‘Made in China’!’
One thing is for sure, the Enchanted Storybook Castle, at least within the Disney corporate environment, has given new meaning to the phrase “Being Shang..Highed”

 

“Guest Room” Episode 2: 60 Years, 104 Days, 24 Hours, Castle 6 (or 7), and an Extra 20%

In this episode of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, our field reporter Erin Dole gives us live updates from the 24 hour event at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. We meet  a listener who was at the opening day preview of Disneyland 60 years ago. We also hear about the now tallest Disney castle, a new Phineas and Ferb app released just in time for the “104 days of summer vacation” and find out how “taxing” a Disney Cruise from New York City can be.

Download:http://traffic.libsyn.com/earsnewsnet/gr-episode_2.mp3

 

Cast:

Parker Byrd – Chris Laning
Erin Dole – Paige Laning
Eileen Buoy – Alice Kelly
Cast Member – Kristen Gray
“it’s True!” – Jon Laning

Special Thanks:

Daphne Kuzminsky
Steve Bach

Intro Music:

“The Whip” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

Transcript: 

 

 

Intro (Host – Parker Byrd)
60 YEARS, 104 DAYS, 24 HOURS, CASTLE 6 (OR 7), AND AN EXTRA 20%.
HELLO AND WELCOME TO MAY 31ST, 2015 EDITION OF GUEST ROOM ON ENN, THE  EARS NEWS NETWORK, WITH DISNEY NEWS YOU WON’T BELIEVE, AND PROBABLY SHOULDN’T. I’M YOUR HOST, PARKER BYRD.
“24 Hours Log Intro and drop 1” THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT THINGS TAKING PLACE IN THE DISNEY COMMUNITY THE LAST FEW WEEKS, SO LETS DIVE IN AND GET RIGHT TO IT.
ON MAY 22ND, THREE DISNEY PARKS OPENED FOF 24 STRAIGHT HOURS. BOTH THE MAGIC KINGDOM AND CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE IN THE DISNEYLAND RESORT IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA WERE OPEN 24 HOURS TO CELEBRATE THE 60TH BIRTHDAY OF DISNEYLAND, WHILE THE MAGIC KINGDOM IN THE WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA WAS OPEN 24 HOURS TO AS PART OF DISNEY’S “COOLEST SUMMER EVER” CAMPAIGN. OUR FIELD REPORTER, ERIN DOLE, DECIDED TO TAKE ON THE 24 HOUR CHALLENGE AND GO THE DISTANCE AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM IN ORLANDO. ERIN JOINS US NOW. ERIN?(Erin Dole)
THANKS PARKER!  ITS 5:59AM, MAY 22ND, 2015 HERE AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM IN WALT DISNEY WORLD, AND I PLAN TO ENTER THE PARK AND NOT LEAVE IT UNTIL 6AM TOMORROW MORNING.  THATS RIGHT, 24 STRAIGHT HOURS OF FUN AND MAGIC!(Parker)
WELL, YOU CERTAINLY SOUND ENTHUSED ERIN, THINK YOU CAN MAKE IT THE WHOLE 24?
(Erin)
ABSOLUTELY PARKER!  I’M NO ROOKIE!  I HAVE BEEN IN TRAINING FOR THE LAST TWO STRAIGHT MONTHS. ALTERNATING MY SLEEP PATTERNS SO THAT I WOULD BE AWAKE 24 HOURS AT A TIME, AND TIMING IT PERFECTLY SO THAT MY NEXT 24 HOUR CYCLE STARTED PRECISELY AT 6AM THIS MORNING.
(Parker)
DID YOU ALLOW FOR THE TIME IT TOOK YOU TO GET FROM HOME TO THE PARK….I MEAN THAT COULD…
(Erin)
WHAT’S THAT PARKER? OH, NEVERMIND, THEY ARE GETTING READY TO LET US IN. I’LL CHECK IN WITH YOU LATER!
(Parker)
OK ERIN.  AND GOOD LUCK!
60th Anniversary AS WE MENTIONED EARLIER, THE 24 HOUR CELEBRATIONS IN THE DISNEYLAND RESORT IN CALIFORNIA, WERE TO CELEBRATE DISNEYLAND’S 60TH BIRTHDAY.
ON JULY 17TH, 1955, THE MAGIC KINGDOM AT DISNEYLAND OPENED TO THE PRESS AND SELECTED GUESTS. GIVEN THE NUMBER OF GUESTS THAT ARRIVED AT THE PARK, RUMORED TO BETWEEN 25 AND 30, 0000,  FAR EXCEED THE 6,000 GUESTS INVITED, MANY CLEARLY SAW THIS WAS GOING TO BE A POPULAR DESTINATION.OUR RESEARCHERS WENT TO WORK TO FIND ONE OF THOSE LUCKY FEW THAT MADE IT TO THE PARK THAT DAY.  ON THE LINE WE HAVE MS. EILEEN BUOY, FROM  ALTAVISTA, VA.
HELLO EILEEN AND WELCOME TO THE GUEST ROOM ON ENN.(Eileen)
THANK PARKER. I’M A LONG TIME LISTENER TO YOUR PODCAST.
(Parker)
THAT’S NICE HEAR EILEEN AND WE ARE SO GLAD TO HAVE YOUR AS A GUEST ON OUR SECOND EPISODE.  SO, TELL ME WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE THERE ON OPENING DAY OF DISNEYLAND.
(Eileen)
OH MY, THE EXCITEMENT WAS UNREAL. I WAS ONLY 9 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME, BUT I REMBER FEELING LIKE I HAD WON A GOLDEN TICKET OR SOMETHING.
(Parker)
I’LL BET.
(Eileen)
AND WHAT YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IS THE WEATHER WAS UNSEASONABLE THAT DAY.
(Parker)
I’VE HEARD THAT.
(Eileen)
YES. WE WERE BUNDLED UP IN SWEATHSHIRTS AND COATS, AND HATS, AND STILL FELT LIKE WE COULDN’T GET WARM(Parker)
WAIT! WHAT? I’M CONFUSED. IT WAS REPORTED THAT IT WAS OVER 100 DEGREES THAT DAY.
(Eileen)
WELL, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THINGS LIKE THAT. NEVER WAS GOOD WITH THE METRIC SYSTEM. ALL I KNOW IS I WAS COLD!
(Parker)
WELL, SETTING WEATHER ASIDE. TELL ME WHAT YOU DID THAT DAY.
(Eileen)
WELL, LIKE I SAID. WE WERE EXCITED. SO FIRST WE WENT SKIPPING DOWN MAIN STREET AND TOOK IN ALL THE SITES. THEN WE WENT INTO TOMORROWLAND. WE DROVE THE LITTLE CAR THINGY THERE
(Parker)
AUTOPIA?
(Eileen)
I’M SORRY…I OUGHT TO WHAT? I DIDN’T HEAR YOU.
(Parker)
NEVERMIND, PLEASE CONTINUE
(Eileen)
SO AFTER THAT WE POPPED OVER AND RODE THE MATTERHORN BOBSLEDS.THOSE WERE REALLY FUN.
(Parker)
SORRY TO INTERRUPT EILEEN BUT…THE MATTERHORN BOBSLEDS DIDN’T OPEN FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS.
(Eileen)
YES, LINES WERE LONG THAT DAY.  SO AFTER THAT WE WANDERED OVER TO FANTASYLAND AND HOPPED ON MR. TOADS WILD RIDE, PETER PAN, SNOW WHITE, THE TEA CUPS, AND FINISHED OFF FANSTASYLAND WITH A RIDE THROUGH ITS A SMALL WORLD.
(Parker)
Ms. BUOY, IT’S A SMALL WORLD DIDN’T OPEN UNTIL 1966.(Eileen, very agitated)
AM I TELLING THIS STORY OR ARE YOU?
(Parker)
I’M BEGINNING TO BELIEVE YOU DEFINITELY ARE TELLING A STORY(Eileen)
SO, WE THEN WANDERED OVER TO PORT ORLEANS SQUARE(Parker)
NEW ORLEANS SQUARE
(Eileen)
WHATEVER! AND WE TOOK THREE TRIPS IN A ROW THROUGH THE HAUNTED MANSION(Parker)
WHICH OPENED IN 1967.  WELL EILEEN ITS BEEN GREAT CHATTING WITH YOU…(Eileen)
THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON PARKER! COULD YOU GIVE A QUICK SHOUT OUT TO MY HUSBAND BOBBY?(Parker)
WHY NOT? THAT WAS MS. EILEEN BUOY, WHO ALLEGEDLY ATTENDED THE OPENING PREVIEW OF DISNEYLAND. AND AS PROMISED, HERE IS A SHOUT OUT TO HER HUSBAND BOBBY BUOY……BOBBY BUOY…
“24 Hours Log Intro and drop 2” WHY DON’T WE CHECK BACK IN WITH CORRESPONDENT ERIN DOLE AND SEE HOW SHE IS MAKING OUT AT THE 24 HOURS EVENT.  ERIN?
(Erin)
WELL PARKER, ITS NOW 12:15 AND I ALREADY HAVE OVER 6 HOURS UNDER MY BELT. THE CROWD, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, IS QUITE HEAVY. IT IS SAFE TO SAY WE ARE ALL PLAYING THE WAITING GAME TODAY.  LINES FOR JUST ABOUT EVERY ATTRACTION ARE RUNNING AT LEAST AN HOUR. THE BIG ONES LIKE SPACE AND SPLASH MOUNTAINS PUSHING TWO HOURS. WANT TO MEET A DISNEY CHARACTER? PLAN ON WAITING AT LEAST AN HOUR.  WANT TO MEET ANNA AND ELSA?  WELL, THERE GOES YOUR AFTERNOON! WE ARE TALKING THREE TO FOUR HOUR WAITS.  ITS ABSOLUTELY NUTS!
(Parker)
HOW’S THE WEATHER?
(Erin)
NICE….NICE AND HOT!  BUT HEY, ITS FLORIDA, ITS MAY…WHAT ARE YOUR GONNA DO.  DESPITE THE HEAT AND THE LINES EVERYONE IS HAVING A GREAT TIME AND THAT’S WHAT MATTERS.  BACK TO YOU PARKER.
(Parker)
THANKS ERIN
Shanghai THERE ARE OTHER BIG THINGS HAPPENING WITH THE DISNEY PARKS AND WE DO MEAN BIG!  OVER IN SHANGHAI, CHINA, DISNEY ALONG WITH THE SHANGHAI SHENDI GROUP IS BUSY BUILDING THE SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND PARK WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN SOME TIME NEXT YEAR.
BUT ON TUESDAY MAY 19TH,  A “TOPPING OFF” CEREMONY WAS HELD AS CONSTRUCTION WORKERS PLACED A GOLDEN FINIAL, THAT LOOKED LIKE A CHINESE PEONY FLOWER, ON TOP OF THE TALLEST OF THE 8 TOWERS THAT WILL MAKE UP THE ENCHANTED STORYBOOK CASTLE. THE CEREMONY, WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY DISNEY’S CHAIRMAN BOB IGER AND CHEIF OPERATING OFFICER TOM SKAGGS, OFFICIALLY MADE THE ENCHANTED STORYBOOK CASTLE THE TALLEST OF THE NOW 6 DISNEY CASTLES WORLDWIDE…..OR IS IT SEVEN BECAUSE OF BEAST’S CASTLE IN NEW FANTASYLAND….OH WAIT…I GUESS HE IS A DUDE SO THAT DOESN’T COUNT.
OF COURSE THE IMPRESSIVE SIZE OF THE NEW CASTLE IS SPARKING SOME JEALOUSY AND GOOD NATURED RIBBING AT THE OTHER PARKS. JEFFREY ANDERS,  CAST MEMBER AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM IN THE DISNEYLAND RESORT SAID, “ITS A MATTER OF QUALITY VS. QUANTITY. YES, OUR CASTLE MIGHT BE TINY COMPARED TO THE ONE IN SHANGHAI, BUT FLIP THEIRS OVER AND YOU’LL PROBABLY FIND A STICKER SAYING MADE IN CHINA!’
ONE THING IS FOR SURE. THE ENCHANTED STORYBOOK CASTLE, AT LEAST WITHIN THE DISNEY CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT, HAS GIVEN NEW MEANING TO THE PHRASE “BEING SHANG..HIGHED”
BACK AFTER THIS.
Fauxmerical ARE YOU TIRED OF WAITING IN ENDLESS THEME PARK LINES?  DON’T YOU HATE IT WHEN YOU FINALLY GET TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE ONLY TO HAVE 50 FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF THE GIRL IN FRONT OF YOU RUSH IN? WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO A WAY TO MAKE THOSE LINES GO QUICKER?NOW YOU CAN! INTRODUCING “LINE BUDDY”, THE SMART, ENTERTAINING, AND PROACTIVE WAY, TO MAKE THOSE LINES DISAPPEAR! LINE BUDDY IS SMART BECAUSE IT USES PATENT PENDING BLUETOOTH DATA GATHERING ALGORITHMS TO SNOOP THROUGH THE MOBILE DEVICES OF ALL THE PEOPLE IN LINE. BY FIGURING OUT WHO IS IN A HURRY, WHO IS NOT FEELING WELL, AND WHO IS TEXTING THEIR ENTIRE DANCE TROUPE, LINE BUDDY CAN TELL YOU WITH 92.7% ACCURACY JUST HOW LONG YOUR WAIT WILL BE. LET’S SEE THOSE BIG THEME PARK COMPANIES TRY THAT!LINE BUDDY IS ENTERTAINING BECAUSE WHILE YOU WAIT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CAN PLAY INTERESTING TRIVIA GAMES LIKE “WHERE’S THAT FAMILY FROM” OR “IS THAT HIS DAUGHTER OR HIS WIFE?”. YOU’LL BE GUESSING BUT WITH ITS UNMATCHED SMAT TECHNOLOGY LINE BUDDY WILL KNOW FOR SURE.JUST THINK! YOU COULD BE ENTERTAINED FOR HOURS! BUT THANKFULLY YOU WON’T NEED TO BE. BECAUSE LINE BUDDY IS PROACTIVE! LINE BUDDY PROMPTS YOU WHICH OF ITS LINE BUSTING FEATURES TO USE. TOO MANY NOISY KIDS IN LINE? PRESS THE KIDSPERSE BUTTON AND LINE BUDDY WILL EMIT A HIGH PITCHED SOUND INAUDIBLE TO ADULTS BUT ONE THAT WILL MAKE THE KIDS RUN FAR AWAY!TOO MANY THEME PARK FANBOYS CLOGGING YOUR LINE, TRYING TO LOOK SMART AND SPITTING OUT USELESS TRIVIA? TRY THE INSTAWORKS BUTTON THAT DISCREETLY THROWS OF SOME QUICK FLASHES WHILE EMITTING LOUD BOOMS. WHAT SELF RESPECTING FAN BOY WOULD MISS A FIREWORKS SHOW? PARTICULARLY AN UNSCHEDULED ONE!LINE BUDDY IS AVAILABLE FOR IOS AND ANDROID. WINDOWS PHONE USERS SHOULD JUST GET IN LINE.NEVER WORRY ABOUT ATTRACTION LINES AGAIN. DOWNLOAD LINE BUDDY TODAY AND WATCH THOSE LINES MELT AWAY.
“24 Hours Log Intro and drop3” WELCOME BACK TO GUESTROOM ON ENN.  LET’S CHECK IN OUR OUR CORESPONDANT ERIN DOLE. ERIN YOU THERE?
(Erin…quite tired)(yawning) YES PARKER….I’M HERE. iTS….I DON’T KNOW…10 O’CLOCK OR SO
(Parker)WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW ERIN?
(Erin)I THINK I’M ON FANTASY ISLAND.
(Parker)YOU MEAN FANSTASYLAND?
(Erin)I’M NOT SURE
(Parker)WHAT DO YOU SEE AROUND YOU?
(Erin)ITS REALLY HUMID, POURING RAIN, I’M SOAKING WET AND I’’M PRETTY SURE I SEE RICARDO MONTALBAN AND THAT TATOO-DEE-2 GUY
(Parker)WAIT…WHAT??
(Erin)YEAH…RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. A REALLY TALL GUY AND SHORT ONE NEXT TO HIM.
(Parker)RIGHT, BUT RICARDO MONTALBAN AND HERVE VILLACHEZ ARE BOTH…
(Erin)OH, NEVERMIND….(LAUGHS)….ITS JUST THE PARTNERS STATUE.
(Parker)THE PARTNER’S STATUE…AH…SO YOU ARE IN THE HUB.  YOU SOUND REALLY TIRED ERIN
(Erin)NO….I’M….FINE…AND…UH….
(Parker)YOU STILL HAVE A LITTLE LESS THAN 8 HOURS TO GO…YOU GONNA MAKE IT.
(Erin)

YEAH…I’M…FINE…I’LL…OH….WAIT..WHATS THAT SMELL…..
(Parker)

ERIN? ERIN? HMMM….NOT LIKING HER CHANCES. ROOKIE. OH WELL, LETS CONTINUE WITH THE NEWS.

NYC Tax (Host – Parker Byrd)
RECENTLY,  DISNEY CRUISE LINE ANNOUNCED THAT IT IS RETURNING TO NEW YORK CITY.
STARTING IN FALL 2016, AND CURRENTLY INDICATED FOR A LIMITED TIME, DISNEY CRUISES WILL DEPART NEW YORK CITY FOR EITHER THE CANADIAN COAST OR THE BAHAMAS. THE BAHAMIAN CRUISE EVEN INCLUDES A STOP IN PORT CANAVERAL FLORIDA AND A ONE DAY TRIP TO THE PARKS.
BUT CRUISE GOERS LEAVING NEW YORK CITY MAY FIND IT A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THEY ANTICIPATED. NEW YORK CITY MAYOR, BILL DE BLASIO IS LOBBYING FOR A NEW ENTERTAINMENT TAX SPECIFICALLY TARGETING THE DISNEY CRUISES.  THE PROPOSED ENTERTAINMENT TAX PART D, NO DOUBT FOR DISNEY, LEVIES A 20% TAX ON THE CRUISE FARES AND ONLY APPLIES TO DISNEY OPERATED CRUISES.
WHEN ASKED WHY DISNEY WAS TARGETED SPECIFICALLY, THE MAYOR’S SPOKESPERSON REPLIED, “OUR RESEARCH SHOWS DISNEY CRUSIE SHIPS ARE ON AVERAGE 20% MORE ENTERTAINING THAN OTHER CRUISE SHIPS THAT LEAVE NEW YORK CITY.  THEREFORE, GUESTS SHOULD PAY US 20% MORE FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO BOARD THEM. ITS ALL ABOUT FAIRNESS. “
CRITICS OF MAYOR DE BLASIO CONTEND HOWEVER THAT THE TAX IS PURLY PUNITIVE SINCE RUMORS ABOUND THAT DISNEY REFUSED TO COMPLY WITH HIS REQUEST TO OFFER HONEYMOON CRUISES TO HAVANA, CUBA.
“24 Hours Log Intro and drop4” NOW I’M BEING TOLD WE HAVE ERIN BACK….ERIN…ARE YOU THERE?
(Erin, rapidly)YEP PARKER, I’M HERE! HIYA PAL! I1AM AND I’M HAVING A GREAT TIME!  WHAT AN AWESOME EVENT. PEOPLE EVERYWHERE STLL DRYING OUT FROM THE STORMS THAT ROLLED THROUGH AROUND 10,  BUT A LOT OF THE ATTRACTIONS THAT WERE CLOSED DUE TO THE WEATHERHAVE REOPENED.  THERE ARE A LOT LESS PEOPLE AROUND BUT STILL ENTHUSIASM IS HIGH. ITS AMZAING! ITS AWESOME! ITS INCREDIBLE..ITS…ITS…
(Parker)ERIN…ERIN…SLOW DOWN!  WOW YOU WERE PRACTICALLY ASLEEP THE LAST TIME WE TALKED AND NOW YOU ARE RUNNING LIKE A CAR AROUND TEST TRACK. WAIT…..DID YOU FIND THE STARBUCKS BY ANY CHANCE?
(Erin)DUH! THATS WHAT I MEANT WHEN I SAID ITS AMZAING! ITS AWESOME! ITS INCREDIBLE!  YOU BUY ONE THOSE AWESOME DRINKS AND THEY ARE PERFECT.  I DRANK IT WHILE STANDING IN LINE AND FINISHED IT JUST AS I GOT TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE.
(Parker)THATS CONVENIENT. SO WHEN YOU FINISHED DRINK IT AND WERE AT THE FRONT OF THE LINE WHAT DID YOU DO NEXT?
(Erin)BOUGHT ANOTHER ONE OF COURSE AND DRANK THAT IN LINE….AND ANOTHER….AND ANOTHER…AND ANOTHER….
(Parker)ERIN! YOU’RE TELLING ME THAT FOR THE LAST 3 HOURS YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT STAND IN LINE AND DRINK STARBUCKS!
(Erin)NO! I WENT OTHER PLACES TOO….LIKE THE LADIES ROOM MAYBE ONCE OR….SEVEN TIMES
(Parker)ERIN DOLE EVERYBODY, FORMER ENN FIELD REPORTER!
Phineas and Ferb MOVING ON, WITH MEMORIAL DAY IN OUR REAR VIEW MIRROR WE ARE WELL INTO WHAT PHINEAS AND FERB CALL OUR “104 DAYS OF SUMMER VACATION”.  AS AN ASIDE  IF YOU COUNT FROM MEMORIAL DAY TO LABOR DAY YOU GET 105 DAYS. SO THATS WRONG. PLUS THOSE SCHOOLS THAT GET OUT BEFORE MEMORIAL DAY USUALLY START BEFORE LABOR DAY AND THOSE THAT GET OUT IN MID-JUNE START BACK BY LABOR DAY SO..ANYWAY YOU SLICE, YOU OR YOUR KIDS ARE PROBABLY NOT SEEING ANYWHERE CLOSE TO 104 DAYS WHICH MEANS THE WHOLE SONG IS BASED OFF OF A GIANT LIE AND THAT MEANS…HUH…WHAT…SORRY…BACK TO THE STORY…RIGHT.  AS I WAS SAYING, WE ARE EITHER WELL INTO OR SHORTLY WILL BE INTO THIS YEAR’S SUMMER VACATION.
AS ONE OF THE MANY “COOLEST SUMMER EVER PROMOTIONS”, DISNEY IS JUMPING INTO THE LATEST SOCIAL MEDIA FAD WITH A BRAND NEW PHINEAS AND FERB BRANDED MOBILE APP THAT WILL BRING A DAILY LIVE STREAMING VIDEO RIGHT TO YOUR MOBILE DEVICE. THE VIDEO WILL BE FROM THE CAST OF PHINEAS AND FERB DETAILING WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING THAT DAY. WHT IS THE DISNEY IS CALLING THIS NEW APP? PERRYSCOPE….OF COURSE.
“24 Hours Log Intro and drop5” THEY SAY CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT, AND IT WILL PROBABLY DO THE SAME THING TO MY CAREER, BUT LETS CHECKING IN ONE MORE TIME WITH ERIN DOLE, EVEN THOUGH I SAID I FIRED HER, TO SEE IF SHE MADE IT THROUGH THE 24 HOURS EVENT.  ERIN?(Erin)THANKS PARKER. ITS 5:59AM.  JUST ONE MORE MINUTE TO GO TO MAKE THE FULL 24 HOURS, AND I AM TIRED, BUT HANGING IN.(Parker)ERIN, WHY DON’T YOU RECAP FOR US WHAT YOU DID TODAY.
(Erin)WELL, I ENTERED THE PARK AT 6 AM, WENT IMMEDIATELY TO TOMORROWLAND AND SPACE MOUNTAIN. I ALSO RODE THE TTA PEOPLE MOVER, AND POPPED INTO STITCHES GREAT ESCAPE.  (starts slowing down and eventually nods off) BY THEN THE CAROUSEL OF PROGRESS WAS OPEN. I DID THAT HEADED TO INDY SPEEDWAY, HAD LUNCH, WALKED TO NEW FANTASYLAND, DID THE SEVEN DRARFS MINE….TRAIN…..AND…STORYTIME……….WITH…..BELLE…..
(Parker)ERIN?  ERIN?   UNBELIEVABLE!  ALL THAT TIME AND EFFORT…AND SHE CAME UP 20 SECONDS SHORT.
(Park employee, under Parkers next lines)MAAM,  MAAM,  YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WAKE UP.  THE PARK IS CLOSED…..MAAM, MAAM,  YOU CAN’T SLEEP THERE….MAAM…THAT’S NOT REALLY A BENCH…THATS A STATUE OF ROY DISNEY….AND MINNIE MOUSE….MAAM….MAAM…….
Outro (under this we hear the park employee dialogue above)I GUESS THAT’S ALL FOR THIS EDITION OF ENN’S GUESTROOM. IF YOU’LD  LIKE TO COMMENT ON THIS EPISODE OR WOULD LIKE TO SEND ALONG A NEWS STORY FOR US TO LOOK INTO, DROP US AN EMAIL AT GUESTROOM@EARSNEWS.NET.
YOU CAN LISTEN TO THIS AND FUTURE EPISODES ON OUR WEBSITE AT EARSNEWS.NET. THERE YOU CAN FIND LINKS TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND TWITTER ACCOUNT AS WELL.UNTIL NEXT TIME I’M YOUR HOST, PARKER BYRD SAYING THANKS FOR LISTENING TO THE  EARS NEWS NETWORK, THE MISTRUSTED NAME IN DISNEY NEWS.  GOODBYE EVERYBODY.