“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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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Fauxmerical Music:

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

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




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.


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.

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