Month: May 2017

Episode 17: Happy, Heroic, Marvelous and Small

No Wishes left, but you still can live “Happily Ever After”! Heroic things happening at California Adventure! Marvelous things happening on the open sea! And lessons learned by one young world traveler.

Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/earsnewsnet/gr-episode17.mp3

Episode Cast:

Parker Byrd – Chris Laning
Erin Dole – Paige Laning
“It’s true!” – Jon Laning

Fauxmerical Cast:

“Isn’t he cute” – Jeanette Gray
“You’re a good girl aren’t you” – Kevin Toler
“You made a new one?” – Steve Bach
911 Caller – Alisha Jones
911 Dispatcher – Rob Scardino

Intro Music:

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

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

ERIN:

No Wishes Left, but you still can live Happily Ever After, Heroic things happening at California Adventure, Marvelous things happening on the open sea, and lessons learned by one young world traveller.

Hello and welcome to the May 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, Erin Dole, Enn’s Disney cruise line expert

PARKER: And I’m Parker Byrd. But Erin there is no need for specific titles at ENN

ERIN: I just want to feel more important to ENN.

PARKER: Erin, you ARE important to ENN.

ERIN: Aw, thanks but I am still using that title.

PARKER: OK then….Last Thursday, May 11th marked a bittersweet occasion for Disney park fans. It was the final performance of Wishes, the nighttime fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Wishes ran some 13+ years, debuting on October 9th, 2003, which means it was seen…about…

ERIN: Wait Parker….I got this. Let’s see May 11th, 2017 minus October 9, 2003, subtract a bunch for rainouts and park hurricane closures, add a half dozen or so for some double show nights they ran around Christmas in 2007….carry the January….and we come up with approximately 4,873…. give or take a dozen…or two.

PARKER: Jiminy Cricket! That’s a lot!

ERIN: Really Parker?

PARKER: While the ending of Wishes was a sad day for many, it made way for a brand new fireworks show.

“Happily Ever After” made its debut last Friday, May 12th to the excitement of many. This new show combining fireworks and unbelievable projection mapping on Cinderella’s Castle and surrounding spires stunned the crowd.

Let me tell you, to be there in person and experience the excitement, energy, color, technology, fireworks and captivating soundtrack…well it is an indescribable experience!

ERIN: Wait! Parker! You were there????

PARKER: On what we get paid? No way. I watched it on YouTube. Which is why it is….

TOGETHER: …an indescribable experience.

ERIN: I see what you did there Parker

PARKER: You’re learning rookie. Disney Parks live streamed the opening night to eager fans who could not be there. But in case you didn’t see it I will keep the rest of the story spoiler-free.

ERIN: Good idea.

PARKER: As I said, the show makes tremendous use of the projection mapping technology. Some amazing digital effects and animation bring the castle to life! The show celebrates music and characters from some of the greatest Disney movies of all time.

ERIN: Which ones?

PARKER: Can’t tell you…spoiler-free..remember?

ERIN: Right.

PARKER: I can say though that while there are still some great fireworks

ERIN: Ooh…any new ones?

PARKER: Can’t say…

TOGETHER: Spoiler-free…

ERIN: Oh….but you CAN confirm there were fireworks in it?

PARKER: Yes Erin, I CAN confirm that there were fireworks in the FIREWORKS show. But, as I was saying before I was rudely interrupted, the projection mapping, in my humble opinion, was clearly the focus of the show.

ERIN: Well that’s new?

PARKER: Projection mapping? Not really…it’s been used in several other Disney fireworks shows over the last several years.

ERIN: I know that! What I meant was new was you having a HUMBLE opinion. (Long pause)….you can continue…….Parker?….

PARKER: I’m ignoring you…..I will say that half way through the show I became quite concerned that I had yet to see Tinker Bell make her appearance and wondered if they had removed that very historical mainstay. (Long pause)

ERIN: Well?

PARKER: Well what?

ERIN: Did Tinker Bell ever appear?????

PARKER: Can’t tell you…its.

ERIN: Spoiler free…I KNOW! I give up! MOVING ON!
ERIN: Over at Disney’s California Adventure Park in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California, things are getting quite…heroic as the park prepares for its “Summer of Heroes” celebration.

PARKER: Oooh…sounds delicious?

ERIN: Huh?

PARKER: Only where I come from they are called hoagies.

ERIN: Seriously Parker….they are talking about superheroes…you know…like from the Marvel universe.

PARKER: Oh right…of course. I knew that.

ERIN: Sure you did. Anyway, several awesome experiences will be going on during that time including

  • “Super Hero Encounters” which will allow guests to come face to face with heroes like Star Lord, First Avenger, Captain America, Spider Man, Black Widow and even Groot.
  • “Avengers Training Initiative” which will allow young recruits to see if they have what it takes to be Avengers
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” Where Star Lord will “fire up his old-school boom box to get the party started” It promises to be a “rock ‘n’ roll bash”
  • And the pièce de résistance, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” In it guests help Rocket get his pals out of the Collector’s Fortress. The attraction comes complete with randomized ride sequences.

Now, the randomized sequences will include music from the late sixties through really early 80’s. The songs include:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
  • And “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Now Disney claims their imagineers started with a list of over 100 songs and whittled them down to these six.

As an exclusive, ENN has learned the names some of the songs that just missed the cut. Great songs like:

  • Don’t Worry Be Happy
  • Feelings
  • Walking on Sunshine
  • Playground in my Mind

PARKER: Hey! I like that one.

ERIN: You would.

  • Pretty Woman
  • Karma Chameleon
  • And of course, the most insipid ear worm of all time….mmmBop.

Oh….and given the attraction’s past as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney Imagineers thought it would also be a good idea to remove from the list the song….The Final Countdown. What do you think of that one Parker?

PARKER: Mmmbop, ba duba dop ba du bop

ERIN: PARKER!

PARKER: Sorry…as you said….insipid….back after this!


(Fauxmercial begins)

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.

(Fauxmerical ends)


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

The Disney Cruise Line currently has a Star Wars Day at sea which is only on select cruises each year. Last year the Disney Cruise Line announced a new Marvel Day at Sea. This was to only happen on the seven cruises on the Disney Magic which are leaving from New York City in the fall of 2017. But recently DCL announced that it will also happen on an additional 8 cruises on the Disney Magic that depart from Miami in early 2018.

This event will also be accompanied by special viewings of certain Marvel movies and special Character meet and greets.

ENN has also learned that there will be themed decoration overlays to the ship’s restaurants.

We contacted the same designer that gave us the information on the forthcoming Granny’s “Once Upon a Line Diner” to get insight on some amazing designs being added to the restaurants for this special night. While the decor will change significantly, to avoid confusing guests Disney has opted to keep the restaurant names the same.

Animator’s Palate will be themed after Captain America. The much beloved changing walls will start the evening reflecting Captain America’s time during World War II before shifting into a significantly long icy period, and ultimately show scenes of his time with the Avengers and Iron Man.

Hulk will appear at Lumiere’s, the normally Beauty and Beast themed restaurant. That’s not right.

Thor will make his appearance in Cariocas where the South American themed restaurant will take on the look of the American Southwest.

And not surprisingly,  Palo, the adult-exclusive restaurant, will feature Deadpool.

While I am glad that they are giving Marvel its proper due, I think these restaurant themes are tenuous at best. Besides, this seems like a big renovation for only 15 select cruises, don’t you think so Parker?

PARKER: Well it does seem STRANGE that they would take on such COLOSSAL and DAREDEVIL changes as by going ROGUE they might create a STORM of FURY against them. But I guess they wanted to create that MARVELous X factor.

ERIN: Seriously Parker? It’s like you Googled a bunch of Marvel names and strung them together for that joke! You’re not going to fool me with your… Comic con.

PARKER: (long pause)….Nicely played rookie!

PARKER: And finally, Duffy B. a cast member who works in World Showcase in EPCOT at the World Disney World Resort in Orlando emailed “Guest Room” to tell us this cute story. He was working the KidCot Fun Stop in the Mexican pavilion one day and was helping an 8 year old guest who was coloring. Duffy asked her how many of the stops she had visited.

The girl held out her fingers and started counting. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven…..eight, nine….and ten. Ten!

“Wow!”,  Duffy said, “That means you did them all! A complete trip around the world. Did you learn anything?”.

“Uh huh” replied the girl, whose eyes were slowly closing as she stifled a yawn.

“What’s the biggest fact you learned today?” , he asked.

The girls eyes flew open, her face got serious. She grabbed his arm and leaned in to whisper. “It’s not a SMALL world after all!”

ERIN: You just had to get one more ear worm in didn’t you?!?
PARKER: 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 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 me Parker Byrd.

ERIN: And me, Erin Dole, thanks for listening to the Ears News Network, the mistrusted name in Disney news. Goodbye everybody.

“Pirates of the Caribbean” Attraction Gets the Hook?

This news item originally appeared on Episode 16 of the Disney news SATIRE podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network with Parker Byrd and Erin Dole.

Pirates of the Caribbean sign

Pirates of the Caribbean ©Disney

PARKER: And finally, in related news, LJ Silver, a cast member at that same “Pirates” attraction at the Magic Kingdom in the Disneyland Resort, told us about an interesting encounter he recently had with a guest. One particular day he noticed a young girl who came through the queue numerous times. Now a lot of people like to reride this attraction, but LJ noticed that each time she seemed to be more and more frustrated. Finally LJ’s curiosity got the better of him. As she approached he said to the girl “Aye there Lass, why you been looking so salty?”

The girl gave him a stern look and said “I have ridden this ride many times and I still can’t find the Captain”.

LJ smiled and said “Aye, he is a tricky one to find. But if you keeps your eyes sharp when they are dunking the mayor in the well, you just might spy that sly Capt. Jack Sparrow”

“Not him!” snapped the girl, “Capt. Sparrow is really bad at hiding. I’m trying to find Hook.”

LJ was confused at first, but finally replied “Oh Lassie, you won’t be finding Capt’s Hook in these seas, he only hangs out with Peter Pan in Fantasyland.”

“Not true!” yelled the girl, “Hook has to be here!”

“And why is that lassie?” asked LJ

“Duh!”, she explained, “Because this is Pirate of the Carabiner right?”

ERIN: Parker, I’m beginning to think we should have stayed on hiatus.

Jack Sparrow Animatronic Updated in Disneyland “Pirates of the Caribbean”

This news item originally appeared on Episode 16 of the Disney news SATIRE podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network with Parker Byrd and Erin Dole.

Pirates of the Caribbean sign

Pirates of the Caribbean ©Disney

ERIN:  E! News has reported that on Wednesday evening, April 26, riders of Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Magic Kingdom in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California were the first to see a newly upgraded Captain Jack Sparrow being tested out. They noticed it where Sparrow makes his appearance while the mayor is being dunked.

PARKER: (In bad spanish accent) Don’t tell him Carlos! Don’t be cheekin!

ERIN: Seriously Parker! We don’t need your “poultry” comments.

PARKER: Sorry.

ERIN: Anyway,This version was so natural and lifelike that many people swore it was Johnny Depp…because it was.  The popular and versatile actor had taken the place of his animatronic counterpart and was even mimicking the motions and lines that normally appear there.  Fans were going crazy!

While many suspect the stunt was to help generate buzz for the upcoming release of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” it turns out it was actually part of an exchange program.  While Depp was standing on golden sands and watching the ships that go sailin’. Somewhere beyond the sea the animatronic, nicknamed Johnny….. 5, was preparing to replace Depp in the filming of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2.

PARKER:  Wow! Sounds like Depp may have “stiff” competition there.

Storybrooke Dining on One Disney Cruise Ship

This news item originally appeared on Episode 16 of the Disney news SATIRE podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network with Parker Byrd and Erin Dole.

Disney Cruise Line Fleet

Disney Cruise Line Fleet ©Disney

ERIN: Disney Cruise Line currently consists of four amazing ships, the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic which are sister ships, and the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream which are also sister ships.

Disney recently announced two new sister ships were going to be built. We hear that both are going to be big…and I mean big!! Recently ENN got special access to one of the designers of these amazing ships. This designer told us that there is going to be a special surprise for all of the Once Upon A Time fans out there.

PARKER: I love Once Upon A Time! I am so excited! It’s like my “Maine” show!

ERIN: Parker please! Just stop!

Anyway, the designer told us that they are going to feature Granny’s Diner from Once Upon A Time as one of the three restaurants that you rotate through for dinner on the ship. They are calling this restaurant Granny’s Once Upon A Line Diner. That sounds like something you would come up with Parker.

PARKER: Why do you say that?

ERIN: Because it is a bad joke about the diner being on the cruise line. Anyway some of the light entrees will include:

  • Emma’s Savior-y Chicken
  • Charming Shepherd’s Pie
  • Regina’s Split-Me Soup
  • and Wicked Western Spicy Green Pepper Salad

Darker entrees include:

  • Rumpel Roast
  • Queen’s Artichoke Hearts
  • And Hades’ Flaming Bar-b-que

Best of all, you will be able to finish your meals with either a slice of Snow White Chocolate Cake or a scoop of Really Icy Rocky Road.

This restaurant was originally supposed to be included in the Disney Wonder’s renovation but due to numerous difficulties in the design of the restaurant they opted to go with Tiana’s Place instead.

PARKER: So you could say that for the Disney Wonder the Once Upon a Line restaurant was cursed from the start.

ERIN: True. But clearly Emma stepped in.

Magic Kingdom Guests Getting Bagged Even Earlier

Cinderella's Castle

Cinderella’s Castle. ©Disney

This article originally appeared on Episode 16 of the Disney news SATIRE podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network.

PARKER: Last month new security changes were put into place at the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  Previously, guests went through metal detectors and bag checks directly in front of the entrance to the Magic Kingdom.  Those have now been relocated.  Guests who drive to the Magic Kingdom will be screened at the the Ticket and Transportation Center prior to boarding the ferry or Monorail.  Guest staying at resorts on the Monorail Resort Loop will be screened at their respective monorail stations before boarding.  Guest arriving on resort boats will be screened as they exit the docks. A new screening area has been added between the resort bus unloading area and the front of the park for guests arriving that way, and even one added to the top of Cinderella’s castle for arriving pixies.  What do you “Tink” of that one Erin?

ERIN: Really Parker? Anyway, why do you think they made the changes.

PARKER: Well Erin, first and foremost it keeps the entrance of the park from getting so overcrowded.

ERIN: Makes sense.

PARKER: Second, let’s face it. Bag check can be stressful and it’s really annoying to be putting everything back in your bag and zipping up all the pockets while you are entering “The Most Magical Place on Earth”.

ERIN: I can definitely see that.

PARKER:  And third, and most importantly, it frees up the area in front of the entrance to put in something really cool.

ERIN: Really? What?

PARKER: Personally I am hoping it’s the location of yet another Florida Wawa. Because nothing says Main Street like some good coffee and a Philly soft pretzel!

ERIN:  Or maybe they could put in another Starbucks!  Then the one on other end of Main Street could be used for a second cup.

PARKER: Really Erin? You do remember what happened on Episode 2?

ERIN: Good point.

 

Episode 16: Bags, Brooke, Sparrows and Hook

An amazing, beloved and humble Disney podcast returns, Magic Kingdom guests are now getting bagged even earlier, good and bad food on one Disney Cruise ship, and an a”Depped” Jack Sparrow in the Pirates attraction which some fans get hooked on.

Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/earsnewsnet/gr-episode16.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/

Sponsor:

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Main Street Travel Company

This episode of “Guest Room” is brought to you by Main Street Travel Company., an authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Main Street Travel’s experienced planners will help you build your dream vacation to Disney or anywhere in the world! Main Street Travel Company. Where do you imagine yourself?

 

Transcript:

PARKER:

An amazing, beloved and humble Disney podcast returns, Magic Kingdom guests are now getting bagged even earlier, good and bad food on one Disney Cruise ship, and an a”Depped” Jack Sparrow in the Pirates attraction which some fans get hooked on.

Hello and welcome to the May 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.

ERIN: And I’m Erin Dole…

PARKER: Now before we get started, Erin we should recognize that this is the first episode we have done since January 15th of 2016.

ERIN: That’s correct Parker.

PARKER: And we think we owe to you, our listeners, an explaination of why that is.

ERIN: This should be good….

PARKER: We here at the Ears News Network take our job very seriously. We recognize that in this busy world, you have a limited time to consume Disney information. So we have committed ourselves to deliver high quality truth-breaking news when it happens.

ERIN: Are you going somewhere with this Parker?

PARKER: Yes I am Erin’. I am trying to explain to our listeners that we haven’t put out an episode in over 15 months because well, lets face it. Nothing has really happened in the Disney community since then…

ERIN: Wait! Parker are you kidding?
What about “Finding Dory”?
The opening of Shanghai Disneyland?
The “Frozen Ever After” ride in EPCOT?
Hello! Um “Rogue One”?
Like a Bazillion Marvel Movies.
Moana.
The “Soarin’” and “Midway Mania” expansions
The closing of Streets of America, Honey I Shrunk the Audience Playground and Lights Motor Action stuntshow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Removal of Sum of All Thrills and StormStruck at EPCOT.
Not to mention all the stuff coming out about Pandora and the Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom
All the changes to the Food and Wine and Flower and Garden Festivals.
What do you mean nothing has really happened?!?!

PARKER: Erin…..Erin…..!

ERIN: Yes Parker?!?

PARKER: Welcome back…..(aside) rookie.
Last month new security changes were put into place at the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Previously, guests went through metal detectors and bag checks directly in front of the entrance to the Magic Kingdom. Those have now been relocated. Guests who drive to the Magic Kingdom will be screened at the the Ticket and Transportation Center prior to boarding the ferry or Monorail. Guest staying at resorts on the Monorail Resort Loop will be screened at their respective monorail stations before boarding. Guest arriving on resort boats will be screened as they exit the docks. A new screening area has been added between the resort bus unloading area and the front of the park for guests arriving that way, and even one added to the top of Cinderella’s castle for arriving pixies. What do you “Tink” of that one Erin?

ERIN: Really Parker? Anyway, why do you think they made the changes.

PARKER: Well Erin, first and foremost it keeps the entrance of the park from getting so overcrowded.

ERIN: Makes sense.

PARKER: Second, let’s face it. Bag check can be stressful and it’s really annoying to be putting everything back in your bag and zipping up all the pockets while you are entering “The Most Magical Place on Earth”.

ERIN: I can definitely see that.

PARKER: And third, and most importantly, it frees up the area in front of the entrance to put in something really cool.

ERIN: Really? What?

PARKER: Personally I am hoping it’s the location of yet another Florida Wawa. Because nothing says Main Street like some good coffee and a Philly soft pretzel!

ERIN: Or maybe they could put in another Starbucks! Then the one on other end of Main Street could be used for a second cup.

PARKER: Really Erin? You do remember what happened on Episode 2?

ERIN: Good point.

Disney Cruise Line currently consists of four amazing ships, the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic which are sister ships, and the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream which are also sister ships.

Disney recently announced two new sister ships were going to be built. We hear that both are going to be big…and I mean big!! Recently ENN got special access to one of the designers of these amazing ships. This designer told us that there is going to be a special surprise for all of the Once Upon A Time fans out there.

PARKER: I love Once Upon A Time! I am so excited! It’s like my “Maine” show!

ERIN: Parker please! Just stop!

Anyway, the designer told us that they are going to feature Granny’s Diner from Once Upon A Time as one of the three restaurants that you rotate through for dinner on the ship. They are calling this restaurant Granny’s Once Upon A Line Diner. That sounds like something you would come up with Parker.

PARKER: Why do you say that?

ERIN: Because it is a bad joke about the diner being on the cruise line. Anyway some of the light entrees will include:

  • Emma’s Savior-y Chicken
  • Charming Shepherd’s Pie
  • Regina’s Split-Me Soup
  • and Wicked Western Spicy Green Pepper Salad

Darker entrees include:

  • Rumpel Roast
  • Queen’s Artichoke Hearts
  • and Hades’ Flaming Bar-b-que

Best of all, you will be able to finish your meals with either a slice of Snow White Chocolate Cake or a scoop of Really Icy Rocky Road.

This restaurant was originally supposed to be included in the Disney Wonder’s renovation but due to numerous difficulties in the design of the restaurant they opted to go with Tiana’s Place instead.

PARKER: So you could say that for the Disney Wonder the Once Upon a Line restaurant was cursed from the start.

ERIN: True. But clearly Emma stepped in.

PARKER: We would like to welcome a new sponsor to Ears News Network….Main Street Travel. (ad copy)

Back after this.


FAUXMERICAL:

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, 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. Dueling option only available at the Walt Disney World resort.


(Podcast resumes)
ERIN:
Welcome back to ENN, the Ears News Network.

E! News has reported that on Wednesday evening, April 26, riders of Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Magic Kingdom in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California were the first to see a newly upgraded Captain Jack Sparrow being tested out. They noticed it where Sparrow makes his appearance while the mayor is being dunked.

PARKER: (In bad spanish accent) Don’t tell him Carlos! Don’t be cheekin!

ERIN: Seriously Parker! We don’t need your “poultry” comments.

PARKER: Sorry.

ERIN: Anyway,This version was so natural and lifelike that many people swore it was Johnny Depp…because it was. The popular and versatile actor had taken the place of his animatronic counterpart and was even mimicking the motions and lines that normally appear there. Fans were going crazy!

While many suspect the stunt was to help generate buzz for the upcoming release of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” it turns out it was actually part of an exchange program. While Depp was
standing on golden sands and watching the ships that go sailin’. Somewhere beyond the sea the animatronic, nicknamed Johnny….. 5, was preparing to replace Depp in the filming of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2.

PARKER: Wow! Sounds like Depp may have “stiff” competition there.

And finally, in related news, LJ Silver, a cast member at that same “Pirates” attraction at the Magic Kingdom in the Disneyland Resort, told us about an interesting encounter he recently had with a guest. One particular day he noticed a young girl who came through the queue numerous times. Now a lot of people like to reride this attraction, but LJ noticed that each time she seemed to be more and more frustrated. Finally LJ’s curiosity got the better of him. As she approached he said to the girl “Aye there Lass, why you been looking so salty?”

The girl gave him a stern look and said “I have ridden this ride many times and I still can’t find the Captain”.

LJ smiled and said “Aye, he is a tricky one to find. But if you keeps your eyes sharp when they are dunking the mayor in the well, you just might spy that sly Capt. Jack Sparrow”

“Not him!” snapped the girl, “Capt. Sparrow is really bad at hiding. I’m trying to find Hook.”

LJ was confused at first, but finally replied “Oh Lassie, you won’t be finding Capt’s Hook in these seas, he only hangs out with Peter Pan in Fantasyland.”

“Not true!” yelled the girl, “Hook has to be here!”

“And why is that lassie?” asked LJ

“Duh!”, she explained, “Because this is Pirate of the Carabiner right?”

ERIN: Parker, I’m beginning to think we should have stayed on hiatus.

PARKER: 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 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.