Month: November 2015

“Guest Room” Episode 14: Star Wars , Star Tours, and Star Source…code, Hondas, Hyenas, and Holiday

In this episode of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, we talk about the Star Wars “Season of the Force” event at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  We also talk about the update to “Star Tours” and a new Star Wars theme for a website that teaches programming to students.

On a non-Star Wars front we tell you about a new sponsor for Autopia in Disneyland and some new hyenas in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We round it out with news of a Thanksgiving event for selected Cast Members.

Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/earsnewsnet/gr-episode14.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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Fauxmercial Music: 

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

PARKER:
Star Wars , Star Tours, and Star Source…code, Hondas, Hyenas, and Holiday.

Hello and welcome to the November 30th edition of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, bringing you Disney news you won’t believe…..and probably shouldn’t. Happy Cyber Monday. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and a productive Black Friday. I’m Parker Byrd.

ERIN:
And I’m Erin Dole…

‘Tis the Season….of the Force that is . On November 16th, Disneyland officially opened its “Season of the Force” event. Several elements make up this new event.

The first is Star Wars Launch Bay which gives guests a chance to visit Star Wars characters, check out special exhibits and get some behind the scenes looks at the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie.

The second is Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, the newest incarnation of the former “Jedi Training Academy”. This version adds new characters including ones from the Star Wars Rebels animated series.

The third is “Hyperspace Mountain”, a Star Wars themed overlay to the popular coaster attraction “Space Mountain”.

The fourth is a new addition to Star Tours which we will discuss in more detail a just minute.

The “Season of the Force” will launch officially on December 1st at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and will contain many of the same features with an addition of a new Star Wars fireworks presentation entitled “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular”.

Despite a myriad of rumors within the Disney Blogosphere, there will be no Star Wars overlay to the Tower Of Terror. Even though Disney Imagineers Alderan away with the idea, they Disney could not settle on a good concept. They first tried “Tower of the Force”…choked that one! And then they tried “Cloud City Air Shaft of Terror” but it too didn’t work……… so they went…. hands off.

PARKER:
As Erin mentioned a moment ago, the Star Tours attractions in both Tomorrowland at Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida are currently running a new sequence “inspired” by the upcoming new Star Wars, the Force Awakens film. While Star Tours generally runs a random sequence with over 50 possibilities, for the next few months the new sequence will be the only one run, ensuring as many fans as possible can see it. However, the film, which has prided itself on secrecy won’t open until December 18th, which has led some to wonder if the new sequence contains spoilers….and if so…will those be leaked to hungry Star Wars fans world wide.

Disney spokesperson, Ann Akinsky Walker, has confirmed to ENN that the sequence does include several things which would be considered “spoilers”. However, she added that precautions are being taken to mitigate the danger of those details being leaked. Guests will be required to check their cell phones and cameras as they enter the attraction. This is to prevent them from recording…or even Periscoping the scene. But, those electronics will be returned when the guests leave the attraction….which is expected to be at 12:01am on December 18th.

Those with questions about this policy should see Quester Relations…..uh…I mean Guest Relations.

Erin?

ERIN:
Last month, Code.org, a non-profit website that offers online tutorials to teach computer programming, or “coding” to students, recently launched Star Wars themed coding tutorials.

One of the tutorials, geared to ages 6-10, allows students to create Star Wars games. They do so by dragging around blocks of actions, like “Move Up” or “Move Down”.

The tutorial geared to ages 11 on up also allows students to create Star Wars programs by dragging around blocks of code in the common programming language called Javascript.

Though given this is Star Wars…maybe they should call it “Jawa Script”!

PARKER:
“Jawa Script” really Erin?

ERIN:
Hey…I tried. Maybe I should have gone with “Jabba Script”, or “JarJar Script”…or….

PARKER:
More news, and none of it Stars Wars, right after this.

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(Podcast resumes)

PARKER:
Welcome back to ENN, the Ears News Network. The website MousePlanet reported earlier this month that the Autopia attraction at Disneyland is getting a new sponsor. Honda, which was recently forced out of Innoventions, due to the pending takeover of that area by the forthcoming Star Wars Land, has agreed to sponsor the attraction which allows guests to drive cars through a winding course.

The partnership will bring about cosmetic changes to the attraction including new paint schemes and signage as well as a change to attraction related merchandise. Starting January 1st all Autopia themed items will be available for no money down! (Disclaimer voice) For qualified buyers based on 0.9% APR for 36 months .

ERIN:
Earlier this month, the Disney Parks Blog reported that a pair of spotted hyenas were added to the Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. The pair is similar to the hyenas which were the bullies and villains in the animated movie “The Lion King”.

But as the blog post points out their villainy is just bad press. In reality hyenas are a very powerful species with a unique social structure that ranks all the females in their “clan” as a higher status than all of the males in the clan……(pause)…as it should be.

Now the new pair will only be available for brief periods of the day as they are still adjusting to the Savannah. While sightings have been limited so far neither one of them appears to have a “scar”.

But one thing is for sure, the pair of hyenas is a great addition to Kilimanjaro safari and that is no laughing matter.

PARKER:
And finally Phil Graham, an EPCOT cast member from Plymouth, Massachusetts, and one of the original American Adventure cast members, sent us an email about a really cool event that took place on Thanksgiving.

Phil writes that early in the evening on Thanksgiving, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald each went to one of the parks and randomly selected cast members who were invited to a special Thanksgiving feast, which took place after the parks closed. Phil was selected by Minnie who personally escorted him to the event.

According to Phil, the room was festively decorated and more than ample amounts of the traditional Thanksgiving fare could be had.

Toward the end of the meal, Mickey stood up and asked that they go around the table and say what each of them were thankful for.

Mickey lead it off by saying he was thankful for all the boys and girls of all ages who came to visit the parks. Minnie said she was thankful for all the wonderful cast members who made that visit so magical for all the guests.Goofy, for his part, said that he was thankful for all the family and friends that make each of our lives so special.

The rest of guests at the table in turn vocalized what they were thankful for. Phil writes that it was an interesting study to see the wide variety of what people found gratitude in….particularly Donald.

What was Donald thankful for? That they were all eating turkey……..and not roasted Duck.

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 and now on Stitcher, just search on Ears News Network. 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.

So until next time, for my co-host Erin Dole and me, Parker Byrd, thanks for listening to the Ears News Network, the mistrusted name in Disney news. Goodbye everybody.

Haunted Mansion Cast Member Confronts Immortality

Haunted Mansion ©Disney

Haunted Mansion ©Disney

Barney Steger, a Disneyland haunted mansion Butler, recently had a humorous encounter with a guest.  While ushering guests into the stretching room he instructed them all to “drag their wretched bodies to the dead center of the room”. While most of the guest complied, Barney noticed a teenage girl defiantly standing by one of the hidden doors to the room.  Barney positioned himself next to her, stared her fiercely in the eyes and In his menacing tone repeated the command. “Drag your wretched  body to the dead center of the room!”

The girl didn’t even flinch, held Barney’s gaze, and confidently replied back “Sorry, but no. I am not one of your foolish mortals! I am immortal and plan to live forever.”

Unfazed by her response, Barney simply asked her “And what if you find out you’re not immortal?”

The girl, clearly stunned by the thought and quickly flushing in extreme embarrassment stammered out “oh! I would just die!”

This article originally appeared on Episode 13 of the Disney news satire podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network.

Jingle Jungle Cruise has a New Ending

Jingle Jungle Cruise.  ©Disney

Jingle Jungle Cruise. ©Disney

The holiday overlay to the Jungle Cruise,  making it the Jingle Jungle Cruise has already taken place and guests are experiencing what has become yet another popular annual event. The holiday overlay appears in the Magic Kingdoms at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts.

Guests will notice holiday decorations, placed by the Skippers all throughout the rivers.  The Skippers have even changed up their narrations to include some  seasonal banter as well.

But the piece de resistance is found near the end of the ride as an appearance is made by Trader Santa who comes bearing gifts: two mistletoes for one of yours.

Come to think of it…that’s a lot cheaper price than he usually charges.

This article originally appeared on Episode 13 of the Disney news satire podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network.

Fauxmercial: “Attraction of Fear”

For this Fauxmercial Friday, we feature the very first ENN fauxmercial, “Attraction of Fear”. This fauxmercial promotes a Disney Attraction that brings fear to many!  Enjoy!

Fauxmercial Music:

“Return of Lazarus” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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New Twenty Eight & Main Features the Hottest New Accessory

Twenty Eight and Main Logo ©Disney

Twenty Eight and Main Logo ©Disney

A new store recently opened at the Disney Springs Marketplace in the Walt Disney World Resort featuring “fine quality goods for the discerning gentleman”.

Known as Twenty Eight & Main, the store features Disney apparel and accessories targeted to men. This include things ranging from polos and t-shirts, uh…I mean…athletic and casual wear, to scarves, hats, ties, and even briefcases.

But the signature piece to the Twenty Eight and Main collection is the highly coveted, Mickey-shaped MAN BUN.

This article originally appeared on Episode 13 of the Disney news satire podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network.

Disney Testing New Holiday Party at the Magic Kingdom

Wishes Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. ©Disney

Wishes Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. ©Disney

On November 8th, the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party of 2015 was held, a mere week after the last Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of 2015. The popular hard ticketed event surrounds guests in the magic of the holidays with sweet treats, performances of the Christmas parade, and snow on Main Street.

But despite its popularity, some fans have complained over the years that they feel a little left out as religious or cultural backgrounds prevent them from attending a “Christmas” event. Disney has apparently been listening and is testing a new party this season, one that allows guests to celebrate the one fall holiday universally accepted by all.

On November 27th, and for one day only, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World will be closed for a special hard ticketed event: Mickey’s Very Very Wild and Crazy Black Friday Fiesta.

Festivities will include a veritable obstacle course of kiosks down Main Street, ridiculously low priced deals on Disney merchandise and a parade featuring crowds of shoppers dancing and acting out the popular seasonal hit, Dan Fogelberg’s “Auld Lang Syne”.

Food will be an important part of the party as well. A temporary food court will be erected in the Hub area featuring Black Friday favorites, like hot dogs and a can of soda, bad coffee, Chick-Fil-A, slices of Sbarro pizza. and variations on turkey leftovers.

But the real gem of the event will be character meet and greets exclusive to the party. Rare characters making an appearance include Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet from the “Make Mine Music” Disney short anthology, Dodger and Sykes from “Oliver and Company” , Scrooge McDuck and Flintheart Globgold from Duck Tales, and a very special first time ever appearance by “Store Manager” Mickey.

Now, if you are lucky enough to score tickets to this event you want to be there when the gate opens at 6 AM because in the true spirit of the holiday the meet and greets, the food and the special discounts will all be gone by 6:05.

This article originally appeared on Episode 13 of the Disney news satire podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network.

Innoventions East Now in Color

Colortopia at Innoventions East in EPCOT. ©Disney

Colortopia at Innoventions East in EPCOT. ©Disney

On Episode 6 of Guest Room on the Ears News Network, we told you about a new sponsored exhibit that was coming to the Innoventions East area of the Future World section of EPCOT in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. The exhibit, known as “Colortopia” and sponsored by Glidden paints, made its official debut on November 13th.  The interactive exhibit is divided into three zones.

“The Power of Color Theater”  entertains guests with a short film talking about the psychology behind color.

“The Color Lab” features both an interactive game called Color Mix ‘n Match which will let guests actually invent their very own color and  an interactive display called “Spinning Spectrums” designed to teach guests about persistence of vision.

The third area is called “Color Our World” which will feature a “magic paintbrush” that will allow guests to paint scenes using the colors they choose.  A special Colortopia app will let them take that creation home.  There is even an interactive website to go along with the exhibit as well.

Now early reactions to the exhibit have been mixed with some guests finding the whole spread delightfully entertaining with shades of old school EPCOT blended in.
Others however say it pales in comparison to previous exhibits and at its base seems a poor primer into color with a presentation that seems canned. Which just goes to show that creating a consistent branded educational experience isn’t always black and white and that it can be difficult to find success when operating in this spectrum.

This article originally appeared on Episode 13 of the Disney news satire podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network.

“Guest Room” Episode 13: Innoventions Now in Color, A New Holiday Party Being Tested, New Buns,Two Cruises, and Limited Immortality

In this episode of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, we talk about the new Colortopia exhibit at Innoventions in EPCOT and a new holiday party being tested. We also talk about a new store in Disney Springs and what they offer.  Then we go “cruising” as we discuss the Christmas overlay to the Jungle Cruise and new details about the upcoming Na’vi River Journey at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We end things with a great cast member story from the Magic Kingdom.

Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/earsnewsnet/gr-episode13.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
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Fauxmercial Music: 

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

Transcript: 

PARKER:

Innoventions Now in Color, A New Holiday Party Being Tested, New Buns,Two Cruises, and Limited Immortality.

Hello and welcome to the November 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 Parker Byrd.

ERIN:

And I’m Erin Dole.

On Episode 6 of Guest Room on the Ears News Network, we told you about a new sponsored exhibit that was coming to the Innoventions East area of the Future World section of EPCOT in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. The exhibit, known as “Colortopia” and sponsored by Glidden paints, made its official debut on November 13th. The interactive exhibit is divided into three zones.

“The Power of Color Theater” entertains guests with a short film talking about the psychology behind color.

“The Color Lab” features both an interactive game called Color Mix ‘n Match which will let guests actually invent their very own color and an interactive display called “Spinning Spectrums” designed to teach guests about persistence of vision.

The third area is called “Color Our World” which will feature a “magic paintbrush” that will allow guests to paint scenes using the colors they choose. A special Colortopia app will let them take that creation home. There is even an interactive website to go along with the exhibit as well.

Now early reactions to the exhibit have been mixed with some guests finding the whole spread delightfully entertaining with shades of old school EPCOT blended in.

Others however say it pales in comparison to previous exhibits and at its base seems a poor primer into color with a presentation that seems canned. Which just goes to show that creating a consistent branded educational experience isn’t always black and white and that it can be difficult to find success when operating in this spectrum.
PARKER:

On November 8th, the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party of 2015 was held, a mere week after the last Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of 2015. The popular hard ticketed event surrounds guests in the magic of the holidays with sweet treats, performances of the Christmas parade, and snow on Main Street.

But despite its popularity, some fans have complained over the years that they feel a little left out as religious or cultural backgrounds prevent them from attending a “Christmas” event. Disney has apparently been listening and is testing a new party this season, one that allows guests to celebrate the one fall holiday universally accepted by all.

On November 27th, and for one day only, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World will be closed for a special hard ticketed event: Mickey’s Very Very Wild and Crazy Black Friday Fiesta.

Festivities will include a virtual obstacle course of kiosks down Main St., ridiculously low priced deals on Disney merchandise and a parade featuring crowds of shoppers dancing and acting out the popular seasonal hit, Dan Fogelberg’s “Auld Lang Syne”.

Food will be an important part of the party as well. A temporary food court will be erected in the Hub area featuring Black Friday favorites, like hot dogs and a can of soda, bad coffee, Chick-Fil-A, slices of Sbarro pizza. and variations on turkey leftovers.

But the real gem of the event will be character meet and greets exclusive to the party. Rare characters making an appearance include Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet from the “Make Mine Music” Disney short anthology, Dodger and Sykes from “Oliver and Company” , Scrooge McDuck and Flintheart Globgold from Duck Tales, and a very special first time ever appearance by “Store Manager” Mickey.

Now, if you are lucky enough to score tickets to this event you want to be there when the gate opens at 6 AM because in the true spirit of the holiday the meet and greets, the food and the special discounts will all be gone by 6:05.
ERIN:

A new store recently opened at the Disney Springs Marketplace in the Walt Disney World Resort featuring “fine quality goods for the discerning gentleman”.

Known as Twenty Eight & Main, the store features Disney apparel and accessories targeted to men. This include things ranging from polos and t-shirts, uh…I mean…athletic and casual wear, to scarves, hats, ties, and even briefcases.

But the signature piece to the Twenty Eight and Main collection is the highly coveted, Mickey shaped, man bun.

Back after this.

(Fauxmercial begins)

For the last several years Disney fans have enjoyed the aesthetics and convenience of the Magic band. These designer ID bracelets allow you to enter the parks, get fast passes, check in for fast passes, open your hotel room door and even purchase food and souvenirs.

But it’s not all sunshine and Dole Whips. Traditional magic bands can be cumbersome, make your wrist all sweaty, and even break! Not to mention, take them off and they’re easy to lose! There has got to be a better way!

But What? Tattooing a barcode to your wrist seems a little unappealing, And planting an RFID chip in the hand seems a wee bit invasive. Well, now there is a better way.

Introducing the Derma Magic Band, a new technological advance from the dreamers and doers at ??? Labs.

Derma magic band is a unique, electromagnetic sensitive ink that you can apply directly onto your skin. It stores information just like a real magic band and can be used at all the same touch points.

Since the information is stored electromagnetically you can print it in any design! You could choose Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Pluto or any of 147 Disney licensed characters. Or choose from famous Park icons or attractions or resorts or movies or, well, anything. The possibilities are limitless!

Best of all, you don’t even have to put it on your wrist! You could put it on discrete locations like the ankle or underarm. Or show your Disney pride in conspicuous locations like the hand or the face. Heck. You could even put it on the backside….of your neck.

Derma Magic Band comes in every color imaginable, except purple, and is conveniently available wherever ink is slinged.

Try Derma Magic Band risk free for 30 days. If you’re not satisfied we will return your money and you can keep your Derma Magic Band as our gift to you.

So throw those old magic bands away, and get Derma Magic Band today!

(Fauxmercial ends)

PARKER:

Welcome back to ENN, the Ears News Network.

The holiday overlay to the Jungle Cruise, making it the Jingle Jungle Cruise has already taken place and guests are experiencing what has become yet another popular annual event. The holiday overlay appears in the Magic Kingdoms at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts.

Guests will notice holiday decorations, placed by the Skippers all throughout the rivers. The Skippers have even changed up their narrations to include some seasonal banter as well.

But the piece de resistance is found near the end of the ride as an appearance is made by Trader Santa who comes bearing gifts: two mistletoes for one of yours.
Come to think of it…that’s a lot cheaper price than he usually charges.

ERIN:

And on a similar track…….at the D23 Expo in Japan Disney released more details about the upcoming Na’vi River Journey, which is part of the new Pandora – The World of AVATAR section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

According to a press release from Disney:

“The adventure begins as guests set out in canoes and venture down a mysterious, sacred river hidden within the bioluminescent rainforest. The full beauty of Pandora reveals itself as the canoes pass by exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures. The journey culminates in an encounter with a Na’vi shaman, who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora and sends positive energy out into the forest through her music.”

Though the press release fails to mention it, the exit of the ride is rumored to contain a Na’vi salesman offering you two shrunken avatars for one of yours….

Wait! The same joke? Are you kidding me?

PARKER:

Apparently our writers were lazy this week. But look at it this way Erin, when it comes to the Na’vi River Journey, at least the guests won’t be in da Nile.

ERIN:

Really Parker?

PARKER:

Annnnddd…..finally.

Barney Steger, a Disneyland haunted mansion Butler, recently had a humorous encounter with a guest. While ushering guests into the stretching room he instructed them all to “drag their wretched bodies to the dead center of the room”. While most of the guest complied, Barney noticed a teenage girl defiantly standing by one of the hidden doors to the room. Barney positioned himself next to her, stared her fiercely in the eyes and In his menacing tone repeated the command. “Drag your wretched body to the dead center of the room!”

The girl didn’t even flinch, held Barney’s gaze, and confidently replied back “Sorry, but no. I am not one of your foolish mortals! I am immortal and plan to live forever.”

Unfazed by her response, Barney simply asked her “And what if you find out you’re not immortal?”

The girl, clearly stunned by the thought and quickly flushing in extreme embarrassment stammered out “oh! I would just die!”

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 and now on Stitcher, just search on Ears News Network. 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.

So until next time, for my co-host Erin Dole and me, Parker Byrd, thanks for listening to the Ears News Network, the mistrusted name in Disney news. Goodbye everybody.

“Mickey’s Not So Scary…” Cast Member in Hot Water!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. ©Disney

Walt Disney World Cast Member Adrian Raab from Clermont, FL, unexpectedly found himself in a lot of trouble following an incident during his shift at the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party on October 22nd.  

Adrian was passing out candy to guests.  Now being a stickler for quality, if Adrian spotted a piece of candy that was oddly shaped, or not quite tightly wrapped, he would remove it from the candy barrel and put it into a well worn out reusable sack he kept on the ground near him.

The guests that night had an incredible collective sweet tooth, and soon Adrian’s barrel was beginning to run out of candy.  Much to his relief, he soon spotted his supervisor coming toward him with a fresh supply.  

Upon arrival, his supervisor asked him where his “non-show worthy candy” was.  Adrian gestured behind him and said “It’s in the old bag”, an unfortunate choice words. Because unbeknownst to Adrian, but clearly seen by his Supervisor, the sack of misfit sweets, had just been emptied by a grandmother with a clear case of the munchies.  

Candlelight Processional will have a Hawaiian Connection

Candlelight Processional at EPCOT

Candlelight Processional at EPCOT. ©Disney

With the passing of Halloween, the Disney Parks have, or will shortly make their miraculously transformation into Christmas Wonderlands.  On Episode 10, we told you how one of the great Holiday traditions, the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights is making its last appearance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios this year, leading to a lot of last minute trips to “The World” to see it one more time.

Happily, the future does not seem in doubt for another fan favorite Holiday tradition, EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional. The event, held in the American Gardens Theatre, which is part of the American Pavillion area in EPCOT’s World Showcase, features a celebrity narrator telling the story of Christmas while accompanied by a huge choir and orchestra.  

This year’s event will run from November 27th through December 30th and will feature a dozen different celebrity narrators. Veteran narrators include  Gary Sinise, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Morton, Ana Gasteyer, Edward James Olmos, Blair Underwood and Amy Grant. New this year are talk show host Meredith Vieira, actress America Ferrera who starred in the TV show Ugly Betty, and actress Chandra Wilson who plays Dr. Miranda Bailey in Grey’s Anatomy. Rounding out the list is actor Daniel Dae Kim, formerly from the show Lost. Currently he  can be seen on Hawaii Five-0 where he plays Detective Lt. Chin Ho Ho…Ho…Kelly.   

Sorry I just had to do it.  You see, there is  a little “Claus” in my contract.