Month: July 2015

Guest Room” Episode 6: EPCOT Colorful, Tomorrowland Inside Out, ECV Speed, and Tiki Room Hitch

In this episode of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, we talk about Tomorrowland getting ready to be turned “Inside Out”;  and a new sponsored exhibit in Innoventions at EPCOT and how it just might affect Spaceship Earth. We also report on changes to the ECVs at Walt Disney World, and about a marriage that took place clandestinely in the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/earsnewsnet/gr-episode_6.mp3

Cast:

Parker Byrd – Chris Laning
Erin Dole – Paige Laning

Intro Music:

“The Whip” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Transcript:

 

PARKER: EPCOT is getting colorful while Tomorrowland is about to be turned “Inside Out”. ECV’s pick up speed and the Tiki Room comes off WITH a hitch.
Hello and welcome to the August 1st edition of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, bringing you Disney news you won’t believe…..and probably shouldn’t. I’m your host, Parker Byrd.
What’s old is new again…even if it never exactly was…or so it will be thanks to some big upcoming changes to Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando.  Before Stitch’s Great Escape was Stitch’s Great Escape, it was ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, an attraction based off of the movie Alien. Before that it was an attraction called “Mission to Mars” that took guests on a simulated, if not rather quick, trip to Mars. That was an updated version of “Flight to the Moon” which took guests on a trip around the moon.  The Disneyland version of this had even one more previous version called “Rocket to the Moon”.
Now if you are wondering where this history lesson is going….its going back to the moon.  Stitch’s Great Escape will soon be closing to make room for “Rocket Wagon to the Moon” an attraction inspired by the recent Disney/Pixar hit, “Inside Out”.
In the new attraction, guest will be seated in the same circular theater currently there for Stitch, but of course, rethemed to match the movie.  An animatronic Bing Bong, the imaginary friend from the movie will tell guests about the great times he and Riley had when she was younger. He will also teach guests several cute songs.  Then something will occur that lands Bing Bong and the guests in the Memory Dump.  There, they will have to work together to sing and power the rocket sled out of the memory dump and all the way to the moon!

The title of the attraction “Rocket Sled to the Moon” is a nod to the original “Rocket to the Moon” but it also replaces the proposed name for the attraction “The Bing Bong Sing a Long.

Disney recently announced that there is a new sponsored exhibit coming to Innoventions in the Future World section of EPCOT in the Walt Disney World Resort.  Our Parks report Erin Dole has more. Erin…
ERIN:

Thanks Parker!  Disney recently announced a new exhibit coming to Innoventions in EPCOT called “Colortopia”. The exhibit is sponsored by the Glidden paint brand, which is owned by PPG Architectural Coatings.  Glidden currently makes a line of official Disney paints which is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.
This new exhibit will reportedly be interactive and hands-on though no specifics have yet been given. However, one cast member has reported seeing some advance Colortopia merchandise including a multi-colored dragon mascot named “pigment.” Colortopia is scheduled to open this Fall.
PARKER: Thanks Erin.
ERIN: Oh, I’m not done Parker…..Colortopia may just be a drip in the pan, as we are hearing that Glidden has plans stirring to shake things up.  Apparently they are negotiating with Disney to cover the sponsorship of the Spaceship Earth attraction and  brush aside current sponsor, Siemen’s when their contract dries up in 2017. Part of their proposal is to spruce up the laser projectors to splash crystal clear and vibrant color palettes on the exterior of Spaceship Earth. But plans are also rolling to give the attraction interior itself a major freshening. They plan to pour on the creativity to touch up existing scenes and spill out new exhibits which will give guests a solid primer on the discovery, history, innovations and future of ….paint. The new spread will be renamed to  “Paint Chip Earth”.
PARKER: Paint Chip Earth?  You can’t be serious Erin.
ERIN: Well Parker it is still all “rumor” right now, and we will have better coverage in the future. But with such good stuff in the can don’t expect them to keep a lid on it much longer.
PARKER:

Erin Dole everybody, ENN…color commentator.
Back after this.

Fauxmerical

(in style of high energy thrill ride commerical)

It may be a classic but it’s the attraction that set the standard for all others. With its near constant high-speed turns, variable elevation changes, sometimes as much as 15 feet in two seconds flat. And the best part is it’s a duel, side-by-side!

But no matter which one you get, it’s 100% pure thrill!

You could  lose your hat, you could lose your nerve, you could even lose your lunch! But whatever you do don’t lose your magic feather!

Dumbo the Flying Elephant! Now flying in a park near you.

(Disclaimer style) Dueling option only available at the Walt Disney World resort.

PARKER:

Welcome back to ENN, the Ears News Network.
Several Disney blogs are reporting the appearance of new models of the ECV, electronic conveyance vehicle, which guests needing assistance can use to navigate the parks. The vehicles really improve the quality of the park experience for those who need it, and are an important service.

The new models are reportedly easier to operate and more intuitive in their design.  However, some guests have noticed that the speed of the ECV has dramatically increased.  And,  that there has been a corresponding increase in noise for the normally quiet vehicles.

When asked about the increased speed and noise, a Disney spokesperson admitted that as part of a sustainable responsible resource usage initiative, the new ECV’s were recycled versions of the cars previously employed by the now shuttered Richard Petty Driving Experience.
Talk about a Fast Pass!

Now the Disney Parks are a prime location for those who are saying “I do”. But weddings there are not for the faint of budget, as even the smallest official affair can cost tens of thousands of dollars.  But what if you could quickly and quietly have your ceremony in the parks…without directly involving Disney.  Adam L. Brinklow, a writer with San Francisco Magazine, reported that earlier this month, a couple did just that in the Magic Kingdom in Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
Lex Emmanuel and Emily Rose of Oakland, California, along with 20 plus of their party guests, filed into the Enchanted Tiki Room and managed to pull off the entire ceremony within the four minute period of time between when the doors open and the show starts. Mr. Brinklow, who also happened to be the best man, reported that the vows were  “short and sweet” and the whole thing was actually over in 90 seconds.
No real fuss ever came about from this unauthorized act, but some guests did report on Twitter seeing a newlywed couple roaming the parks.  What made them so sure they were married? Well, there was a sign the groomsmen managed to slip on the back of the groom as he exited the Enchanted Tiki Room The sign simply read….”Under New Management”
And that’s all for this edition 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 us 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. 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.

Disney Announces Big Plans for National Social Media Day in 2016

Space Mountain in Disneyland (© Disney)

Space Mountain in Disneyland (© Disney)

Disney loves social media…and social media loves Disney. Some of the earliest podcasts and blogs centered around Disney and the parks. That relationship dates back even further to the days of usenet groups like RADP, Rec.Arts.Disney.Parks.

Now Disney has announced plans to celebrate the phenomenom of social media. National Social Media day is held annually on June 30th. And while Disney did not have any official observance of that day this year, they did announce big plans to celebrate Social Media Day in 2016.

From June 1st through July 31st of 2016, Disney will host a number of special events celebrating the different forms of this unique medium. But the news that was blowing up the blogosphere is that Disney is creating social media themed overlays to some of the favorite attractions in the Disneyland resort. Those overalys will only be available durng that two month celebration.

The announced overlays include:

  • The Facebook Land Canal Boats
  • Alice in Instagram
  • Great Moments with Mr. Linked In
  • The Tower of Twitter
  • Flicker’s Flyers
  • Big Tumblr Mountain.

Now if you are really old school and nostalgic, you definitely won’t want to miss the centerpiece for the event… MySpace Mountain.

This story originally appeared in Episode 5 of  the satirical Disney News podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network (http://www.EarsNews.net).

Old Rumor Now True? Cinderella’s Castle Armed?

Below is a transcript of a story  which originally appeared in Episode 5 of  the satirical Disney News podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network (http://www.EarsNews.net). The conversation is between the host Parker Byrd, and the ENN Field Reporter Erin Dole.

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PARKER:  As part of the Hub expansion in the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Disney has added 4 new towers, styled to look like extensions of Cinderella’s Castle. These free-standing towers arc off of each side of the castle and help frame the forecourt area.But new towers have brought the return of old rumors. For years Disney fan sites have thoroughly debunked the rumor that each of the towers in Cinderella’s castle secretly held a nuclear missile.  But with the debut of the new towers, social media is buzzing with that rumor once again.

We sent our field reporter, Erin Dole out to the Magic Kingdom to see if the average guest thought the same thing. However, what she came back with may just be the scoop of the century. Erin joins us now to explain.

ERIN: Hey Parker

PARKER: Hi Erin….so I understand you had an eventful assignment in the park. Tell us what happened.

ERIN:  It was eventful Parker…and I am still pretty excited about it.  Anyway, like you said, I was there to see what guests thought about the rumor of there being nuclear missiles in the spires of the castle.

PARKER: Right

ERIN: Well, I was just getting ready to do my first set of interviews when I spotted a small group of men in high-ranking military uniforms closely examining one of the new towers that was just built.

PARKER: Right…the free standing towers outlining the forecourt.

ERIN: Exactly. So sensing a great opportunity…I non-chalantely and surreptitiously sauntered over to them..little by little, step by step….focusing my eyes for the slightest glimpse, straining my ears for the slightest whisper, sharpening my keen powers of …..

PARKER: Ahem…Erin…in the words of Joe Friday…just the facts ma’am.

ERIN: Right.  Anyway, I marched right over to them and asked for an interview.

PARKER: Good for you.

ERIN:  And it turns out that he was….oh…nevermind…lets just play the interview.

ERIN (from interview): Excuse me sir…General right?

GENERAL: Affirmative. Lt. General to be exact. Lt. Gen Max Power, commander of the United States Army Space and Missile..uh…pardon me….I’m with the Army.

ERIN: Excellent Sir…you are just the person to ask this question of.  For many years people have speculated that there are nuclear missiles hidden in the spires of Cinderella’s castle. Is there any truth to that?

GENERAL: Well ma’am. Seems to me that has been dead and debunked for quite some time now.

ERIN: So it’s not true.

GENERAL: True? It’s absolutely absurd!  Do you know the kind of thrust a nuclear missile makes when it launches? That combined thrust in all the towers directly connected to the castle would cause a destabilization of the main structure resulting in structural failure of key supports within the castle itself. Which would likely lead to collapse and unacceptable civilian collateral damage.  No ma’am. If the US government were ever to hide nuclear missiles in a castle spire, it would have to be an individual free-standing tower…like these new ones…..uh…what I mean to say is that….uh…excuse me…the Secretary of Defense is calling me…..

ERIN: General….general…..general!

ERIN (back in studio): So what do you make of that Parker?

PARKER: Well, it certainly seems suspect…..did you follow-up?

ERIN: I’m no rookie Parker. Of course.  When I called the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command and asked to speak to the commander, Lt. General Max Power, I was told that he recently retired and is on a well-deserved two-month long cruise.

PARKER:  Interesting.  Well thanks Erin for your report.

ERIN: You’re welcome Parker

PARKER: And get back to us if you find out anything more about Lt. General Power’s…uh…Towers.

First American Adventure Removes Flag, Now Changes Show!

American Adventure, EPCOT

American Adventure attaction at EPCOT. (© Disney)

Earlier this month, and following the lead of several businesses across the nation, Disney removed a confederate flag from a display of American related flags. The display hangs above the hallways leading into the theater at the American Adventure Attraction in EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort. Now, it looks as though they have modified the Civil War sequence in the show as well.

While the confederate flag has always been controversial for some, it received renewed backlash in light of the horrific shootings that took place in June in Charleston, South Carolina. This backlash was a result of a Facebook picture emerging showing the shooter holding the Confederate Battle Flag.

The flag which hung at American Adventure was not the same flag. It was instead the last official flag of the Confederate States of America, although the confederate battle flag did appear in a quadrant of that flag.

Reactions to the removal by Disney have been mixed.  Loretta Walsh, a high school history teacher from Amory, Mississippi said “While I am sensitive to the current wave of public opinion, I find it highly disappointing and disturbing that Disney would take this step.  The American Adventure is supposed to be an attraction that takes our history seriously, good and bad. I know some argue that the Confederate Flag was technically that of a foreign country, since the South seceded. But those southerners were Americans before the war and Americans once again following the war. It is without a doubt part of the fabric of American History.”

But Pamela Wester, a university professor from Amsterdam, NY disagrees. She says “I’m glad its gone!  It’s offensive!  It’s disgusting! It has no business being part of an historical presentation. We can’t progress as an enlightened people until we have completely erased the darker moments of our past. Absolutely no good can come from teaching our children about it!”

And it hasn’t ended there. Several park guests have reported that in the American Adventure presentation, the “Two Brothers” segment, a touching tribute to how the Civil War tore families apart, has been replaced with a tribute to  the two brothers, Walt and Roy Disney. In fact, the lyrics to that iconic song have reportedly been changed to:

Two Brothers named Disney,
Two Brothers named Disney,
Two Brothers named Disney,
One kept the books one drew Mickey.

Michael Rogate,  a spokesperson with the Parks and Resorts Division of Disney, when asked why Disney would remove the Civil War segment from essentially a historical presentation, replied “Civil War? What Civil War?”

This story originally appeared in Episode 5 of  the satirical Disney News podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network (http://www.EarsNews.net).

“Guest Room” Episode 5: Flag Out of Play, Cindrella’s Castle Armed, Disney Getting Social, and Rock and Roll Anticipation

In this episode of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, we talk about Disney removing the Confederate flag from the American Adventure, missiles in the new towers of Cinderella’s Castle, Social Media themed attraction overlays, and Rock and Roll anticipation.

Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/earsnewsnet/gr-episode_5.mp3

Cast:

Parker Byrd – Chris Laning
Erin Dole – Paige Laning
Lt. Gen Max Power – David Crosby

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:

“Brightly Fancy” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Googlies: 

Transcript:


PARKER:
Flag out of play, Cinderella’s Castle may now be armed, Disney getting very social, and Rock and Roll Anticipation.Hello and welcome to the July 15th edition of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, bringing you Disney news you won’t believe…..and probably shouldn’t. I’m your host, Parker Byrd.
Earlier this month, and following the lead of several businesses across the nation, Disney removed a confederate flag from a display of American related flags. The display hangs above the hallways leading into the theatre at the American Adventure Attraction in EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort.While the confederate flag has always been controversial for some, it received renewed backlash in light of the horrific shootings that took place in June in Charleston, South Carolina. This backlash was a result of a Facebook picture emerging showing the shooter holding the Confederate Battle Flag.

Now, the flag which hung at American Adventure was not the same flag. It was instead the last official flag of the Confederate States of America, although the confederate battle flag did appear in a quadrant of that flag.

Reactions to the removal by Disney have been mixed.  Loretta Walsh, a high school history teacher from Amory, Mississippi said “While I am sensitive to the current wave of public opinion, I find it highly disappointing and disturbing that Disney would take this step.  The American Adventure is supposed to be an attraction that takes our history seriously, good and bad. I know some argue that the Confederate Flag was technically that of a foreign country, since the South seceded. But those southerners were American’s before the war and Americans once again following the war. It is without a doubt part of the fabric of American History.”

But Pamela Wester, a university professor from Amsterdam, NY disagrees. She says “I’m glad its gone!  It’s offensive!  It’s disgusting! It has no business being part of an historical presentation. We can’t progress as an enlightened people until we have completely erased the darker moments of our past. Absolutely no good can come from teaching our children about it!”

And it may not end there. Just before we began our broadcast, several park guests tweeted us to report that in the American Adventure presentation, the “Two Brothers” segment, a touching tribute to how the Civil War tore families apart, has been replaced with a tribute to  the two brothers, Walt and Roy Disney. In fact, the lyrics to that iconic song have reportedly been changed to:

Two Brothers named Disney,
Two Brothers named Disney,
Two Brothers named Disney,
One kept the books one drew Mickey.

Wow. Hmmm. Sometimes its a good thing we don’t have an editorial segment on this show. Moving on.

As part of the Hub expansion in the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Disney has added 4 new towers, styled to look like extensions of Cinderella’s Castle. These free-standing towers arc off of each side of the castle and help frame the forecourt area.But new towers have brought the return of old rumors. For years Disney fan sites have thoroughly debunked the rumor that each of the towers in Cinderella’s castle secretly held a nuclear missile.  But with the debut of the new towers, social media is buzzing with that rumor once again.

We sent our field reporter, Erin Dole out to the Magic Kingdom to see if the average guest thought the same thing. However, what she came back with may just be the scoop of the century. Erin joins us now to explain.

ERIN: Hey Parker

PARKER: Hi Erin….so I understand you had an eventful assignment in the park. Tell us what happened.

ERIN:  It was eventful Parker…and I am still pretty excited about it.  Anyway, like you said, I was there to see what guests thought about the rumor of there being nuclear missiles in the spires of the castle.

PARKER: Right

ERIN: Well, I was just getting ready to do my first set of interviews when I spotted a small group of men in high-ranking military uniforms closely examining one of the new towers that was just built.

PARKER: Right…the free standing towers outlining the forecourt.

ERIN: Exactly. So sensing a great opportunity…I non-chalantely and surreptitiously sauntered over to them..little by little, step by step….focusing my eyes for the slightest glimpse, straining my ears for the slightest whisper, sharpening my keen powers of …..

PARKER: Ahem…Erin…in the words of Joe Friday…just the facts ma’am.

ERIN: Right.  Anyway, I marched right over to them and asked for an interview.

PARKER: Good for you.

ERIN:  And it turns out that he was….oh…nevermind…lets just play the interview.

ERIN (from interview): Excuse me sir…General right?

GENERAL: Affirmative. Lt. General to be exact. Lt. Gen Max Power, commander of the United States Army Space and Missile..uh…pardon me….I’m with the Army.

ERIN: Excellent Sir…you are just the person to ask this question of.  For many years people have speculated that there are nuclear missiles hidden in the spires of Cinderella’s castle. Is there any truth to that?

GENERAL: Well ma’am. Seems to me that has been dead and debunked for quite some time now.

ERIN: So it’s not true.

GENERAL: True? It’s absolutely absurd!  Do you know the kind of thrust a nuclear missile makes when it launches? That combined thrust in all the towers directly connected to the castle would cause a destabilization of the main structure resulting in structural failure of key supports within the castle itself. Which would likely lead to collapse and unacceptable civilian collateral damage.  No ma’am. If the US government were ever to hide nuclear missiles in a castle spire, it would have to be an individual free-standing tower…like these new ones…..uh…what I mean to say is that….uh…excuse me…the Secretary of Defense is calling me…..

ERIN: General….general…..general!

ERIN (back in studio): So what do you make of that Parker?

PARKER: Well, it certainly seems suspect…..did you follow-up?

ERIN: I’m no rookie Parker. Of course.  When I called the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command and asked to speak to the commander, Lt. General Max Power, I was told that he recently retired and is on a well-deserved two-month long cruise.

PARKER:  Interesting.  Well thanks Erin for your report.

ERIN: You’re welcome Parker

PARKER: And get back to us if you find out anything more about Lt. General Power’s…uh…Towers.

Back after this.

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PARKER:Welcome back to ENN, the Ears News Network.

Disney loves social media…and social media loves Disney. Some of the earliest podcasts and blogs centered around Disney and the parks.  And that relationship dates back even further to the days of usenet groups like RADP,  Rec.Arts.Disney.Parks.

Now Disney has announced plans to celebrate the phenomenon of social media.  National Social Media day is held annually on June 30th.  And while Disney did not have any official observance of that day this year, they did announce big plans to celebrate Social Media Day in 2016.

From June 1st through July 31st of 2016, Disney will host a number of special events celebrating the different forms of this unique medium.  But the news that was blowing up the blogosphere is that Disney is creating social media themed overlays to some of the favorite attractions in the Disneyland resort. Those overlays will only be available during that two month celebration.

The announced overlays include The Facebook Land Canal Boats, Alice in Instagram, Great Moments with Mr. Linked In, the Tower of Twitter, Flicker’s Flyers, and Big Tumblr Mountain.  Now if you are really old school and nostalgic, you definitely won’t want to miss the centerpiece for the event… MySpace Mountain.

And finally, Dawn Mallons, a cast member at the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando sent us a story about a recent guest encounter she had.While  monitoring the queue outside the of the show building, Dawn saw an older woman, dressed in an Aeorsmith t-shirt and ripped up jeans, standing outside the door where guests exit the ride and gift shop.  The woman, who had a notebook and pen in her hand appeared to be earnestly looking for someone.

Dawn approached her and asked if she had lost a member of her party.  The woman said no and explained that she saw Steven Tyler in the control room when she went through the ride and was waiting for him to come out so that she could get an autograph.

Dawn, torn between maintaining the magic of “the show” and helping this guest who was apparently confused about the situation, answered cautiously.

“Ma’am”, she said “I don’t quite know how to tell you this, but Steven Tyler isn’t exactly…here”

The woman smiled, patted Dawn on the arm with a knowing look and said “Its ok dear, most old rockers aren’t, but I want to meet him anyway”.

And that’s all for this edition 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 us 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. 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.

Original Name for New EPCOT Relaxation Spot Was Rejected

Spaceship Earth at EPCOT

Spaceship Earth at EPCOT. (Copyright Disney)

On June 28th, Disney opened a new relaxation area in the Future World section of EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Located in Innoventions West in the corridor between Club Cool, the exhibit/store sponsored by Coca-Cola where you can try various flavors of soda from around the world, and the Character Connection, where you can meet many of your favorite characters, the new relaxation area gives guests a place to sit down, cool off, and charge their electronics.

Disney has decided to call this new relaxation area the “D-Zone”. That’s after Coca-Cola objected to the originally proposed name, the “Beverly Recovery Center”.

This story originally appeared in Episode 4 of  the satirical Disney News podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network (http://www.EarsNews.net).

Disney’s Selfie Stick Ban May Only Be Temporary

Selfie Stick

Selfie Stick. (Public Domain)

On June 30th, Disney began banning the “selfie stick” in all of their parks.  The contraption which first started appearing a couple of years ago, has really taken off in the last several months. It allows guests to mount their smartphone to the end of a stick which they can then hold out in front of them in an effort to take a selfie from a distance.  The stick usually has a trigger on the end connected to the smartphone allowing the guest to snap the picture.

While selfie sticks are popular and provide some great shots, they are also hazardous to park operations as many guests attempt to use them while on attractions.  In fact, back on June 24th, California Screamin, the looping roller coaster at Disney’s California Adventure in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, was emergency stopped when a passenger pulled out a selfie stick.  The cars were stopped at the top of the hill, and passengers were reportedly evacuated before the ride resumed  operation an hour or so later.

Selfie stick enthusiasts are a little dismayed at this change however. Helen Mitre, from Delevan, California, said that taking selfies on various Disneyland attractions has become her passionate hobby. She says “I post them on my Facebook page and I’ve gotten a lot of hits!  I wouldn’t be such a celebrity without the selfie stick.  I’m just devastated.  Its nothing more than a stupid knee jerk reaction!”

But selfie stickers like Ms. Mitre, may not have to suffer very long. Reports say that Disney is currently working with DuPont, the maker of Teflon, to develop a new  NON-STICK selfie.

This story originally appeared in Episode 4 of  the satirical Disney News podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network (http://www.EarsNews.net).

Disney Considers Radical Admission Procedure Changes in Ticket Tax Battle

Main Street USA, Disneyland

Main Street USA, Disneyland. (Copyright Disney)

Over in California, the Orange County Register is reporting that Disney is trying to entice the city of Anaheim, where the Disneyland Resort is  located, to continue their current exemption of tax on admission tickets to the theme park. Disney is promising a $1 billion  investment to their California parks between 2017 and 2024, a move believed to create thousands of additional jobs in the area.

Disney’s current exemption was put into place in 1996 as part of a deal with the city for assistance in building the California Adventure theme park. It was a 20 year deal and is set to expire in June of 2016. Disney is requesting the exemption be extended for another 30 years. The Anaheim City council is reportedly split on the issue, with Mayor Tom Tait opposed to the plan, two members in support of the exemption, and two still undecided.

Currently none of Disney’s parks have a tax on park admission tickets, a position they seem keen on maintaining. To that end, rumors have it that should Anaheim vote to impose a tax on admission, Disney will take extreme measures by reversing the admission procedures.  Borrowing from a model being used effectively by the state of NJ, Disneyland Parks would be absolutely free to enter,  but cost you an arm and a leg to leave.

As one unnamed Disney Executive put it,  “Hey, they want to tax admission. but they said nothing about egression”.

This story originally appeared in Episode 4 of  the satirical Disney News podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network (http://www.EarsNews.net).

 

Star Wars Makes Its Way Into the Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion queue at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Copyright Disney

Haunted Mansion queue at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  Copyright:  Disney

With the impending release later this year of  Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Disney and Star Wars fans alike are anticipating some additional permanent integration of the Star Wars characters and story lines into the existing Disney parks.

One of the persistent rumors  has been the introduction of Star Wars characters into various existing park attractions, even classic ones, similar to the way Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow was woven into the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

While there has been wild speculation, we have finally received our first confirmation.  It was quietly released, late last week,  that in the run-up to the movie premiere, producers of the film seek to alleviate any concerns fans might have about a not so popular character from Episodes 1 through 3 and the Clone Wars appearing in Episode 7, despite the passage of time.

This fall, in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, a new tombstone will be added to the cemetery in the queue line for the Haunted Mansion. The tombstone will simply read:

Here below lies Jar Jar Binks
The worst character ever, me so thinks!

This story originally appeared in Episode 4 of  the satirical Disney News podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network (http://www.EarsNews.net).

“Guest Room” Episode 4: Star Wars, Selfie Sticks, Ticket Tax, Animal Poop, and the Hall that Refreshes

In this episode of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, we talk about a Star Wars character being introduced into the Haunted Mansion and about the new selfie stick ban at Disney parks and what the future may hold for that. And we report on efforts to renew Disney’s tax exemption on admission tickets in the Disneyland Resort.

Disney recently introduced candy that looks like animal feces. We find out whether guests will eat it.

Finally, we tell you about a new relaxation spot in EPCOT and relate another cast interaction story.
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Cast:

Parker Byrd – Chris Laning
Erin Dole – Paige Laning

“Isn’t he cute” – Jeanette Gray
“You’re a good girl aren’t you” – Kevin Toler
“You made a new one?” – Steve Bach
911 Dispatcher – Rob Scardino
911 Caller – Alisha Jones
“What kind of disgusting question is that?” – Liz Lloyd
“Poop! Absolutely not!” – David Crosby
“How Wude!” – Jar Jar Binks
“..unless its 100% natural” – MaryKate Kirkpatrick
“it’s True!” – Jon Laning

Intro Music:

“The Whip” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Fauxmerical Music:

“Arcadia” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Undaunted” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Googlies: 

Transcript: 

 

PARKER:“Star wars invades classic attractions,  Disney Parks are now less sticky, Disneyland could find being in Anaheim taxing, a new eating adventure in the Animal kingdom and the hall that refreshes!”Hello and welcome to the July 1st edition of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, bringing you Disney news you won’t believe…..and probably shouldn’t. I’m your host, Parker Byrd.
With the impending release later this year of  Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Disney and Star Wars fans alike are anticipating some additional permanent integration or the Star Wars characters and storylines into the existing Disney parks. One of the persistent rumors has been the introduction of Star Wars characters into various existing park attraction, even classic ones, similar to the way Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow was woven into the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. While there has been wild speculation, we have finally received our first confirmation.  It was quietly released late last week,  that in the run-up to the movie premiere, producers of the film seek to alleviate any concerns fans might have about a not so popular character from Episodes 1 through 3 and the Clone Wars appearing in Episode 7, despite the passage of time. This fall, in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, a new tombstone will be added to the cemetery in the queue line for the Haunted Mansion. The tombstone will simply read: “Here below lies Jar Jar Binks. the worst character ever, me so thinks!”
Earlier this week, Disney changed its policy regarding selfie sticks. Our Parks Policies and Procedures reporter Erin Dole, filed this report.ERIN:  On June 30th, Disney began banning the “selfie stick” in all of their parks.  The contraption which first started appearing a couple of years ago, has really taken off in the last several months. It allows guests to mount their smartphone to the end of a stick which they can then hold out in front of them in an effort to take a selfie from a distance. The stick usually has a trigger on the end connected to the smartphone allowing the guest to snap the picture. While selfie sticks are popular and provide some great shots, they are also hazardous to park operations as many guest attempt to use them while on attractions. In fact, back on June 24th, California Screamin, the looping roller coaster at Disney’s California Adventure in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, was emergency stopped when a passenger pulled out a selfie stick.  The cars were stopped at the top of the hill, and passengers were reportedly evacuated before the ride resumed  operation an hour or so later. Selfie stick enthusiasts are a little dismayed at this change however. Helen Mitre, from Delevan, California, said that taking selfies on various Disneyland attractions has become her passionate hobby. She says “I post them on my Facebook page and I’ve gotten a lot of hits!  I wouldn’t be such a celebrity without the selfie stick.  I’m just devastated.  Its nothing more than a stupid knee jerk reaction!” But selfie stickers like Ms. Mitre, may not have to suffer very long. Reports say that Disney is currently working with duPont, the maker of Teflon, to develop a new  NON-STICK selfie.
PARKER: Over in California, the Orange County Register is reporting that Disney is trying to entice the city of Anaheim, where the Disneyland Resort is  located, to continue their current exemption of tax on admission tickets to the theme park. Disney promising a $1 Billion investment to their parks between 2017 and 2024, a move believed to create thousands of additional jobs in the area.Disney’s current exemption was put into place in 1996 as part of a deal with city for assistance in building the California Adventure theme park. That deal was a 20 year deal and is set to expire in June of 2016. Disney is requesting the exemption be extended for another 30 years. The Anaheim City council is reportedly split on the issue with Mayor Tom Tait opposed to the plan, two members in support of the exemption, and two still undecided. Currently none of Disney’s parks have a tax park admission tickets, a position they seem key on maintaining. To that end, rumors have it that should Anaheim vote to impose a tax on admission, Disney will take extreme measures by reversing the admission procedures.  Borrowing from a model being used effectively by the state of NJ, Disneyland Parks would be absolutely free to enter,  but cost you an arm and a leg to leave. As one unnamed Disney Executive put it “Hey, they want to tax admission. but they said nothing about egression”.Back after this.
FAUXMERICAL:ANNOUNCER: Imagine a world where you can walk, run, and play with creatures you once thought impossible.WOMAN 1: Ah, isn’t he cute?

ANNOUNCER: Where majestic beasts you previously only read about stand before you in vivid  living color.

MAN 1: Ah, you’re a good girl aren’t you?

ANNOUNCER: But this world has a darker side.

MAN 2:  Wait, you made a new one? That doesn’t seem like a good idea!

ANNOUNCER: One that turns this fantastic dreamland, into a horrific  nightmare!

DISPATCHER: 911, what’s your emergency?
WOMAN 2: I’m being chased by a creature.

DISPATCHER:  Can you describe it?

WOMAN 2: It’s big, tall, has spots, and a giant ugly purple tongue!

(animal yell is heard)
ANNOUNCER: Giraffic World. A new interactive nighttime experience. Coming soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Giraffic World is copyrighted by Disney. Any similarity to a Universal property is purely intentional.

 

PARKER: Welcome back to ENN, the Ears News Network. Back in June two new food related establishments opened up at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.  The first is Creature Comforts, Animal Kingdom’s new Starbucks location, which can be found in the Discovery Island section of this park.  It will serve many items from Starbuck’s regular menu as well as some special unique Disney treats. The second establishment, Zuri’s Sweets Shop is located in the Africa section of the park.  This shop features some 80 plus different candies, confections, and other sweets with a bit of an African theme. But what has really captured the attention of guests is the “poop” candy.  Edible candy treats designed to look like the feces of a given animal.  Among the offerings are giraffe poop and elephant poop. So our question is: Will guests take to this new novel treat? We sent our ENN field reporter Erin Dole out to Animal Kingdom to find out.  Erin?ERIN: Thanks Parker!  But as you can hear I am actually in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom.PARKER: Wait! Why are you there instead of Animal Kingdom?

ERIN: Seriously Parker, if you got to go to the parks on the company dime where would you pick?

PARKER: Probably the place where I was SUPPOSED to go I would think.

ERIN: Well anyway Parker, lets see what people think about the new poop candy. Excuse me ma’am. Would you eat poop?

WOMAN 1: Excuse me???? What kind of disgusting question is that?

ERIN: Uh…never mind…..sir…sir….would you eat poop?

MAN 1: Poop!  Absolutely not! Twice is enough for any man.

ERIN:  Ooooo….Kay……um….excuse me…ma’am…yes you… the tall one…would you eat poop.

JAR JAR: How Wude!

PARKER: Erin…Erin

ERIN: Yes Parker.

PARKER: Think back to journalism school.

ERIN: OK

PARKER: Remember how they taught you that sometimes context matters?

ERIN: Of course…..

PARKER:   Now might be one of those times.

ERIN:  Oooohhhhh…yeah….good point. Excuse me ma’am….Disney recently began selling candy that was shaped like animal poop….do you think that is something you would try?

WOMAN 2: Oh really??? I guess it depends on what’s in it.

ERIN: Well, for example, the elephant poop is made out of chocolate peanut butter fudge, oats and coconut flakes.

WOMAN 2: Oh…then no…I don’t think I would eat it.

ERIN: Why? You don’t like the peanut butter fudge, the oats? The coconut?

WOMAN 2: No, its not that. I won’t eat anything unless it is 100% natural.

ERIN: 100 % natural elephant poop? Um..Parker…I am thinking the answer to the question of whether guests will eat the poop candy is a resounding no!  Maybe they should just put it on a stick and call it a lollipoop…..Back to you Parker.

PARKER: Thanks Erin….I think….lollipoop…..hm.

On June 28th, Disney opened a new relaxation area in the Future World section of EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Located in Innoventions West in the corridor between Club Cool, the exhibit/store sponsored by Coca-Cola where you can try various flavors of soda from around the world, and the Character Connection, where you can meet many of your favorite characters, the new relaxation area gives guests a place to sit down, cool off, and charge their electronics.  Disney has decided to call this new relaxation area the D-Zone. That’s after Coca-Cola objected to the originally proposed name, the Beverly Recovery Center.
Recently, in the Magic Kingdom at the Disneyland resort in Anaheim, Jungle Boat Skipper Reggie overheard two female guests, one blonde and the other a redhead, arguing over the name of the ride with the abominable snow man. “Do you mean the Matterhorn ladies?”, he asked helpfully. The red headed woman wheeled around, looked sharply at him and demanded angrily. “What’s the Matterhorn?” Now Skipper Reggie, always one with a quick retort, and trying to lighten the mood, quickly replied “Nothing Dear, What’s the matter with you?”
Skipper Reggie has since been reassigned, but he did learn one valuable lesson, to watch out for Ginger, because Ginger Snaps.
And that’s all for this edition 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 us 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 everybody.