Month: July 2017

“Guest Room” Episode 21: Guardians, Gondolas, MinnieVans and Cents

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Groot gives Ellen the boot, Disney planning to string along guests, an Uber great idea from Disney gives guests a Minnie lift, and a lack of cents in the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.

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Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/earsnewsnet/gr-episode21.mp3

Episode Cast

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

Intro Music

“The Whip” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Brightly Fancy” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Transcript


PARKER:

Groot gives Ellen the boot, Disney planning to string along guests, an Uber great idea from Disney gives guests a mini lift, and a lack of cents in the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.

Hello and welcome to the the July 30th 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.

One the many announcements coming out of D23 was cool news that a Guardians of the Galaxy themed ride is coming to EPCOT in the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. It’s going to replace Ellen’s Energy Adventure which is closing in August. Ellen’s Energy Adventure starred Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Not a ton of detail on the ride but it is supposed to be based on the premise that Peter Quill, you know Star-Lord, actually visited EPCOT as a kid.

Concept art also showed Rocket and Groot in the preshow.

Though ENN has learned that in a nod to Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Rocket’s friend will be referred to as Baby Groot the Living Root.

PARKER:

Also at the D23 convention a few weeks back Disney announced a new transportation system coming to the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. The new system, called the Disney Skyliner, is a gondola system, similar to a ski lift with an enclosed car, attached to a cable.

Now the concept is not new for this resort. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World used to have the “Skyway” ride which was an opening day attraction. It connected Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. It was a great way to skip over the crowds in between. It closed in 1999.

This new version won’t be in a park exactly. Rather it will connect the Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach,Pop Century and new Disney Riviera resorts with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT.

Of course some may be concerned about the safety of the Disney Skyliner? For instance if a thunderstorm suddenly blows in, will they be able to get everyone off the ride in time? And with numerous gondolas filled with guests on a line that stretches on for miles,, if it were to break down or the power goes out for a while, you are talking a massive evacuation spread over miles and miles of the resort.

Well ENN has learned that Disney has come up with a potential plan to deal with the evacuations. They are considering equipping each of the gondolas with an inflatable slide, similar to the ones used on commercial airplanes. Should a stoppage occur, guests will be instructed to pull a handle, deploy the slide and self-evacuate to the ground.

Now I see two potential unintended consequences with this. First, the allure of a thrilling slide to the ground could lead to guests wishing for. Or even causing ridestops. But more importantly , depending on where your gondola stops along the route, it could be less of an evacuation and more like air delivery of gator food.

Back after this.

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(Podcast resumes)

ERIN: Welcome back to “Guest Room” on ENN.

Yet another announcement coming out of D23 was the announcement of Disney’s new Minnie Van service coming to the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando.. Of course that is Minnie spelled M-i-n-n-i-e!

This ride-sharing like service seeks to mimic the services many have come to expect from service providers like Lyft and Uber. Guests will use an app to schedule a pick up that will take them to various places around the resort. The specially decorated vehicles will be driven by Disney employees . The service is expected to be in full operation later this month.

The promotional pictures showed Disney’s fleet of Minnie vans all bearing Minnie’s signature red with white spots scheme. Now that I think of it, it kind of takes Disneybounding to a whole new level.

PARKER:

And finally Tony S.., a cast member at the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Attraction over at Disney’s California Adventure in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California wrote to tell us about an encounter he recently had. Tony was working the exit of the ride when a group of four young boys, just barely tall enough to ride it by his estimation, came hurrying out excitedly chattering. Curious, Tony stepped closer to see what he could make out of the chatter. One of the boys said “Hey…I had a 5 cent piece in my hand and it floated up when we were dropping.”

Now, our lawyers would like us to point out that having loose objects in this attraction is ill advised, dangerous, and against Disney policy. You could even get expelled from the park if caught violating this rule. So JUST DON’T DO IT!

Anyway, Tony writes that a second boy responded “I pulled out my 10 cent piece and it floated too!”. A third boy also chimed in “I pulled out my 25 cent piece and it floated too”.

While dealing with little kids isn’t exactly Tony’s strong suit, he noticed that the fourth boy’s downtrodden look was in stark contrast to the other three. Tony approached the boy and asked him “Did you float a coin as well?”

“No sir!” said the boy.

Marveling in the fact that perhaps one young guest had actually obeyed the rules, and hoping it served as a message to the other three, Tony confidently asked the boy “Why not?”

The boy’s answer? “‘Cause I didn’t have any cents.”

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.

ERIN:
We have also launched our YouTube channel and a new series called the ENN New Bite of the day. A daily news story…in an entertaining way….well…at least when I am hosting it.

And don’t forget me upcoming cruise…….

So until next time I’m Erin Dole

PARKER: And I’m Parker Byrd, thanks for listening to the the Ears News Network, the mistrusted name in Disney news.

ERIN: Goodbye everybody.

“Guest Room” Episode 20: Sponsorless, Carless, Brideless, Countryless and Windowless

No baker’s dozen for Spaceship Earth, entire Tomorrowland Speedway to be recycled, red becomes black at Pirates of the Caribbean, three card monte for DVC members, and a new all inclusive resort of sorts from a galaxy far, far away.

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Episode Cast:

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

Intro Music:

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

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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:
No baker’s dozen for Spaceship Earth, entire Tomorrowland Speedway to be recycled, red becomes black at Pirates of the Caribbean, three card monte for DVC members, and a new all inclusive resort of sorts from a galaxy far, far away.Hello and welcome to the the July 18th 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. And Parker, you always say “Bringing you Disney News you won’t believe….and probably shouldn’t.” But you really should. I mean, look at our amazing track record.

PARKER: I’m not sure what you are getting at.

ERIN: Hello! I am talking about our first story! All these Disney news outlets are falling all over themselves about it and we reported it like two years ago.

PARKER: Erin! A little context….

ERIN: Right. Let’s start with this clip from Episode 6, which is from EXACTLY 2 years ago where I was talking about Glidden Paint’s sponsorship of the Colortopia exhibit.

AUDIO Clip: (from Episode 6 of Guest Room on ENN)
ERIN: 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; I do remember that story Erin

ERIN: Now consider that on July 3rd, the Orlando Sentinel reported that after 12 years, Siemens is ending their sponsorship of Spaceship Earth and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at EPCOT in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. See Parker, I totally nailed it!

PARKER: Um, Erin. The only thing announced was that Siemens is going away. No new sponsor has been announced. So what about Glidden and Paint Chip Earth?

ERIN: Patience Parker..once the ink has dried on this Siemens news, you can expect the key players to stopping glossing over it, pry the lid off, mix things up, and flat out spread the Glidden sponsorship coverage from coat to coat.

PARKER: Erin, are you quite finished?

ERIN: Semi. Why?

PARKER: No reason…just tired of walking on eggshells.

ERIN: Really Parker?

PARKER: This past weekend, July 14-16th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, D23, the Disney Fan event held every two years, was…uh…held. As you probably already know, a HUGE number of major announcements were made which virtually blew up the Disney blogosphere. Too numerous to cover on one episode, we will, like many Disney fans, be talking about them for weeks to come.

One announcement that came out was the confirming of a rumor that the Tomorrowland Speedway in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando Florida is being closed in 2018 to make way for a new attraction which will debut in 2021, which is also Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. That new attraction is the Tron Light Cycle Power Run which is currently only found in Tomorrowland at Shanghai Disneyland in China.

The attraction is a high-speed steel linear induction roller coaster that, at least in the Shanghai version, runs both indoors and outdoors. The outdoor portion in Shanghai is enclosed under a canopy however. The indoor portions are basically dark rides with numerous effects that put the riders into the heart of the action of the movie Tron Legacy.

The rollercoaster car seats themselves are shaped like motorbikes and guests hold on to handlebars. The ride is accompanied by high tech music and effects.

Now this change will undoubtedly be met with some sadness by longtime Walt Disney World fans. The Tomorrowland Speedway was an opening day attraction for Walt Disney World, though it was originally called the “Grand Prix Raceway” and was patterned off of the Autopia ride at the Magic Kingdom in the Disneyland resort in California.

Over its 45 plus years it has often been the very first car that many Disney fans have ever driven and is the source of numerous great memories. Recognizing this, Disney is rumored to be including at least one tribute to the Tomorrowland Speedway. At the end of the new Tron Light Cycle Power Run they plan to configure the returning cars to stop at the unload area, by ramming into the cars in front them. Nice touch.
(Story: PIrates Change – https://www.mouseplanet.com/11816/The_Redhead_to_Have_New_Role_in_Pirates_of_the_Caribbean_Attractions)

ERIN: Recently, Disney announced that the renovated Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Paris resort in Marne-la-Vallee (MON-la-va-lee) France would feature an updated scene. The scene in which the captain is auctioning off women to be brides is being changed. It will now feature a sign saying “Auction. Surrender Yer Loot”. The announcement regarding that change mentioned that that update would also be made to the Pirates attraction at both the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, and the Disneyland Park in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California when their versions are renovated in 2018.

News of the change worried Pirates fans, particularly those of the fan favorite “Redhead” featured in that scene.

PARKER: (In pirate voice) “We wants the redhead! We wants the redhead!”

ERIN: Well fear not Parker, as the announcement points out that the redhead is still there. Only now she is a pirate and the one making sure the townsfolk are bringing their possessions to the auction.

From victim to villain….interesting career move. What do you think Parker?

PARKER: Well Erin, it just goes to show that there is a thin line between a pirate’s wife, and a pirate’s life.

ERIN: ..for she!

PARKER: Nice.

ERIN: Back after this.

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Erin: You know Parker, there is one thing that I hate about Disney.

Parker: (( A lot of surprise/loudy )) Erin, we are a Disney news channel, you can never say that. But tell me why anyway.

Erin: Well the fact that whenever you get bored and just want to see a character, there is never one around! Or, if you want to see a specific character you can’t ever find them. I mean it is ridiculous that WE have to find THEM. Shouldn’t THEY find those who want to see them. I wish there was something that you could use to create or summon the character.

Parker: (( commercial voice )) Well Erin, your wish has come true!

Erin: Uh no! Parker why are are you using your commercial voice?!

Parker: Because I would like to introduce to you the all new WIsh You Were Here Magic Character on Demand Rings. These stylish rings make the perfect souvenir in their own right. But it’s their magical powers that really raise the bar. These quiet unassuming rings have two Character on Demand modes. If you are on Disney property, any Disney property, you can use the full-service mode. Say you or your loved ones are frustrated that you haven’t seen your favorite Disney character. No problem! Just tap a button on the ring, whisper that character’s name, and within 60 seconds, that very character will magically walk right up to you…guaranteed! No more endless searching, no more waiting in long lines! The character you want…when and where you want them!

Erin: Wow that sounds amazing!

Parker: But wait, there’s more! Once you have returned home, these rings don’t just become another pretty souvenir as you can use them in self-service mode. Say your child is feeling a little sad, and you think a visit from their favorite Disney character will cheer them up. Just slip out of view of your prince or princess, press the button whisper the character’s name, and be magically transformed into that character for the next 4 minutes and 55 seconds, (except for Cinderella who will only revert back at midnight). Once again the character you want…when and where you want them! Now the rings themselves retail for $19.99 plus shipping and handling. But it’s A113 price for the Character on Demand function. This is because…

Erin: Wait! I got this. Because magic ALWAYS comes with a price.

Parker: The WIsh You Were Here Magic Character on Demand Ring. Get your’s today!

Erin: Hey Parker! Can I see that?

Parker: Sure!

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Parker: (( Dragon roar )) Erin!!


PARKER: Welcome back to “Guest Room” on ENN.

Disney Riviera Resort Coming to Disney World

DVC members got a nice surprise at D23 with the announcement of the 15th DVC resort. This one will be called the Disney Riviera Resort and will be located next to the Caribbean Beach resort and will be on the Disney Skyliner loop, a new gondola system that will connect this resort as well as the Disney Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts with both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. More about the gondola system on our next episode.

Now there was little detail about theming of the resort, aside from the name, a little concept art and that it would include a rooftop restaurant with views of both the EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios nighttime entertainment.

This has lead to fans wondering if the resort will be based off of the Italian Riviera and feature some great Northern Italian seafood and pesto, or off of the French Riviera and feature some fancy French cuisine.

However, ENN has learned that it is more likely that Disney will roll the dice, take a gamble, and race to theme the resort based on the tiny Principality of Monaco. This speculation comes as a result of several Disney bloggers observing Bob Chapek, the Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, leaving the D23 Expo, in a Chevy Monte Carlo.

ERIN: Sounds all but confirmed to me!  And finally….

At the D23 Expo it was announced that the official name of the Star Wars lands coming to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando and to the Disneyland Park in the Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California, will be Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Both are expected to open in 2019.

However, some of the most exciting resort news coming out of D23 was the announcement of a new Star Wars themed hotel. This will be a different kind of hotel, billed to be “100% interactive”.

Guests will be given Star Wars attire, and their own character and storyline as they enter the hotel. Once inside they will encounter hotel staff who are also Star Wars attired and have their own storylines. There will be no windows to the “outside world”. Instead the windows will display scenery appropriate to the Star Wars universe.

To preserve the magic, guests will presumably be encouraged to remain within the confines of their hotel for the duration of their stay. In effect, the hotel stay becomes the attraction.

PARKER: They should of put the hotel in California.

ERIN: Why’s that?

PARKER: Well, it sounds like they’re programmed to receive. You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.

ERIN: I don’t get it….did I miss something?

PARKER: Apparently so.

ERIN: Anyway, the Star Wars themed hotel is all part of Disney’s new Disney 360 vacation concept. So this is likely just the first of many really cool experiences to come in the future.

Now despite there being little detail released an inside source has leaked to ENN a sampling of some of what awaits you in the resort.  Just imagine…

  • Grabbing some fried Calamari at the Admiral Ack Bar
  • Washing it down with an exotic fizzy drink from the popular Yoda Fountain in the DagoBar
  • Satisfying that sweet tooth with one of Chewie’s Chocolate Chip Wookies
  • Treating your muscles with a relaxing session at the Asajj parlor
  • Playing fun family games like Kamino Royale or Jango
  • Going WIndu shopping at Macey’s
  • Hitting the ATM’s at Jar Jar Banks
  • Or pIcking up little knick knacks at the Ami Dolla Store.

PARKER: Wow. Why am I sensing a running gag with this one?

ERIN: With your bad humor Parker I would assume this would be the kind of gag you would cheer.

PARKER: Nah….boo.

ERIN: Seriously Parker! You just had to get the last one in didn’t you?

PARKER: Always end with the best Erin.

ERIN: Yes. But was it the End…or just the beginning.

PARKER: Well played.

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.

ERIN: And don’t forget to check out our ENN Youtube Channel where you can see our shows and where I will share my upcoming adventure on a Disney Alaskan cruise with all of you. So until next time, I’m Erin Dole

PARKER: And I’m Parker Byrd. Thanks for listening to the Ears News Network, the mistrusted name in Disney news. Goodbye everybody.

 

 

 

 

Donald Duck in Cars 3 Almost happened

Cruz Ramirez at Cars Land in Disney's California Adventure.

Cruz Ramirez at Cars Land in Disney’s California Adventure. © Disney

This news item originally appeared on Episode 19 of the Disney news SATIRE podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network with Parker Byrd and Erin Dole.

PARKER: On June 16th, Cars 3 made its U.S. debut. The Pixar film, the third in the Cars franchise, centers around Lightning McQueen in the twilight years of his racing career. In it, he is faced with adversity that he must try to overcome.

ERIN: Wait! A main character faced with an adversity they must overcome? That’s original.

PARKER: I can relate to it. Anyway as part of his attempts to overcome this adversity, he is partnered up with Cruz Ramirez a young trainer who is eager to use her talents to help Lightning make his return. It is a partnership that ultimately just may be successful. But I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you.

ERIN: More than likely you stopped researching it so you wouldn’t spoil it for yourself.

PARKER: Anything is possible Erin.… The movie did take the number 1 spot on its opening weekend, even dethroning Wonder Woman for that spot. However, its $53.5 million in box office earnings from that opening weekend is lower than the $60.1 million dollar opening for Cars and the $66.1 million opening for Cars 2. Considering some had projected it would clear $80 million its first weekend there is some disappointment in the Pixar camp.

One Disney/Pixar insider says that they are beginning to second guess their decision not to go with an earlier plot twist. It seems that early on in the writing the idea was suggested to include classic Disney characters, namely Donald Duck, and a few of his singing friends in the movie.

Donald would have portrayed Mack Duck the cousin of Lightning’s original hauler, along with two new Piston Cup drivers Jose CARioca, and PanAlfa, which is short for PanAlfa Romero McLaren Fiero Toyota Ascari Volkswagen, the III. These would not have been mere cameos either. In fact, the trio’s presence in the film would have been so prominent, that plans called for changing the title of the movie from the rather bland sounding “Cars 3” to the more intriguing title “The Three Carburetors”.

ERIN: Really Parker?

PARKER: Hey, you can’t make this stuff up!

ERIN: No I CAN but apparently YOU can’t!

Episode 19: Cars, Rafts, Floats and Music Boxes

Cars 3 ducks box office projections, Tom Sawyer is an island once again, three equals two, and a tale no longer as old as time.

Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/earsnewsnet/gr-episode19.mp3

Episode Cast:

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

Intro Music:

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

ERIN: Cars 3 ducks box office projections, Tom Sawyer is an island once again, three equals two, and a tale no longer as old as time. Hello and welcome to the the July 6th edition of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network. Bringing you Disney News you won’t believe….and probably shouldn’t…I’m Erin Dole.

PARKER: And I’m Parker Byrd.  On June 16th, Cars 3 made its U.S. debut. The Pixar film, the third in the Cars franchise, centers around Lightning McQueen in the twilight years of his racing career. In it, he is faced with adversity that he must try to overcome.

ERIN: Wait! A main character faced with an adversity they must overcome? That’s original.

PARKER: I can relate to it. Anyway as part of his attempts to overcome this adversity, he is partnered up with Cruz Ramirez a young trainer who is eager to use her talents to help Lightning make his return. It is a partnership that ultimately just may be successful. But I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you.

ERIN: More than likely you stopped researching it so you wouldn’t spoil it for yourself.

PARKER: Anything is possible Erin. Now, Cars 3 did take the number 1 spot on its opening weekend, even dethroning Wonder Woman for…

ERIN: Hold it Parker! We have some breaking news!

PARKER: Well, why didn’t you play the REAL ENN Breaking News sounder.

ERIN: Because I have no clue where it is. Seriously, when was the last time we used it on this podcast?

PARKER: I’ll find it..go on.

ERIN: This just in to ENN even though it happened on Friday, June 16th. Way to be on top of things there Carl!!!

Anyway, several outlets are reporting that a rather large piece fell from Monorail Blue as it departed EPCOT in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Jim Parker who goes by the Twitter handle @iOSTrade posted a picture of himself holding the piece which had fallen into the EPCOT parking as he and his friends were exiting the park. He indicated that the piece was eventually turned over to park security.

The monorail was then stopped as it approached the Ticket and Transportation Center and an evacuation was begun. However, some sources say the monorail was moved into the station to complete the evacuation. Needless to say, the entire line was shut down while this all took place, but was reopened later in the day.

Now Disney fan reactions are mixed, though many are concerned that the monorails may have reached the end of their use-able lives and should be replaced in the very near future. One thing is for sure though, closer attention needs to be paid to the structural integrity of the monorail cars, and you probably shouldn’t stand under the tracks.

PARKER: It does kind give a bigger meaning to the warning “Please stand clear of the doors”.

ERIN: Really Parker?

PARKER: Oh hey…I found the sounder….

SOUNDER: This is Breaking News on ENN. When news breaks count on ENN to clean it up.

ERIN: Well that was worth the effort.

PARKER: It’s all about production values Erin.

ERIN: So you keep saying

PARKER: Now back to Cars 3. The movie did take the number 1 spot on its opening weekend, even dethroning Wonder Woman for that spot. However, its $53.5 million in box office earnings from that opening weekend is lower than the $60.1 million dollar opening for Cars and the $66.1 million opening for Cars 2. Considering some had projected it would clear $80 million its first weekend there is some disappointment in the Pixar camp.

One Disney/Pixar insider says that they are beginning to second guess their decision not to go with an earlier plot twist. It seems that early on in the writing the idea was suggested to include classic Disney characters, namely Donald Duck, and a few of his singing friends in the movie. Donald would have portrayed Mack Duck the cousin of Lightning’s original hauler, along with two new Piston Cup drivers Jose CARioca, and PanAlfa, which is short for PanAlfa Romero McLaren Fiero Toyota Ascari Volkswagen, the III. These would not have been mere cameos either. In fact, the trio’s presence in the film would have been so prominent, that plans called for changing the title of the movie from the rather bland sounding “Cars 3” to the more intriguing title “The Three Carburetors”.

ERIN: Really Parker?

PARKER: Hey, you can’t make this stuff up!

ERIN: No I CAN but apparently YOU can’t.

ERIN: On Friday June 16th, over at the Magic Kingdom in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California the Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyers Island was reopened.

Now the island had been shut down, as several attractions were, including the Disneyland Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat, and Sailing Ship Columbia. This was due to the draining of the the Rivers of America and reconfiguring of the railroad track, to make room for the upcoming Star Wars land. With the Rivers of America now refilled, rafts could one again make their way to the island.

Captain Jack Sparrow was on hand to make the inaugural return to the island. Guests were excited to return and see the slightly freshened up island. However, some things were still closed including the treehouse and Fort WIlderness. The fort is expected to remain closed permanently as it is being used for dressing rooms for the cast of the Fantasmic show.

While most fans are happy that the island is reopened and are enjoying the nostalgia, some are little frustrated by the tree carving that said Tom and Becky being replaced with Han and Leia. Back after this.

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ANNOUNCER: Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage… only at the Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California.

PRODUCER: Can you make up a tag for me.

ANNOUNCER: Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Taking you nearly 20,000 Leagues….(sung) Under the Sea…………how was that?

PRODUCER: Wrong on so many levels!

(Podcast resumes)

PARKER: Welcome back to “Guest Room” on ENN.
Several Disney news sites noticed a change when Disney released its Walt Disney World Resort park calendar for August. The “Festival of Fantasy Parade” at the Magic Kingdom which generally runs everyday at 3 pm is listed as being at 2 pm starting on August 20th. The change did not come with any formal announcement or explanation which has resorted in, as you would expect, wild speculation.

As we alluded to last episode, some people believe the Paint the Night parade which was replaced, supposedly temporarily, by the Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom in Disneyland in California, would actually be coming to to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Florida which currently has no night time parade. Those folks believe the afternoon parade is being moved forward to allow more time to set up for Paint the Night.

Other rumors have pointed to the fact the change takes place just days before the very first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween event of 2017 and that perhaps moving the parade earlier will facilitate that.

Still others have suggested that 2 pm is usually cooler than 3 pm, albeit very slightly.

But ENN has learned the true reason for the move. Inside sources tell us that move was being done as a social experiment. When cast members get that inevitable question “What time is the 3 o’clock parade?” they can now answer “2” …..and track how long it takes for the guest to realize something isn’t right.

ERIN: That seems mean!

PARKER: Hey. What can I say? Disney loves their research!

ERIN:
By now everyone, whether they grew up with Disney or not, should know about the old classic story, Beauty and the Beast. Disney Cruise Line has decided to create their own retelling of this classic tale. They have put together different parts of both the animated and live-action film. ENN recently found out that they are taking this to a whole new level.

PARKER: Really?! I mean how much can they change without completely changing the story. They already made it live-action how many more levels are there?

ERIN: Well Parker they decided to tell it through a certain perspective. They are trying to tell the story through Belle’s father’s narration. They have even been working on a specific set design that has not been used in the movies so far. In the recent live-action movie they showed that Belle’s father had a music box. The set designers for this show have decided to use the music box as a key element. They plan to start the show by having Belle’s father open up his music box to tell us the story as the audience goes inside the music box. Rotating doors or walls in the set will remind us of how a music box winds up.

PARKER: Wow they really are adding SOMETHING THERE aren’t they?

ERIN: Well there are a couple more things. Some of the songs are getting redone to match the new style of the show. There are going to be more music box like rhythms in some songs like, “Something There,” “Belle,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Now there were a few extra songs in the live-action film and our sources say that they will stay in this production too. We got a quote from the song director, Adam B. East who believes that “The new songs added more feelings into the movie that we decided to keep them for this production to keep that charm alive.” Even though they are remaking some of the songs, the joyful familiar songs like, “Gaston” and “Be Our Guest” will pretty much remain the same.

Visually we have been told that the show’s makers are advancing video projection to make the characters seem that they are actually moving from place to place. The costumes are also taking on a whole new design though we have been told that some elements may remain the same. So even if you are a little hesitant about the new update of this classic tale don’t worry, the same iconic characters, songs, and scenes are going to give you that same classic feeling that we all know and love!

PARKER: So Just a little change?

ERIN: Small, to say the least

PARKER: I’m a little scared

ERIN: I know I’m not prepared for this Beauty and the Beast.

PARKER: On that note….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.

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ERIN: We have just launched our YouTube channel where you can see videos of us recording the podcast. Also, I will be posting some vlogs from my upcoming Disney cruise to Alaska. So until next time, for my confused co-host Parker Byrd and me, Erin Dole thanks for listening to the Ears News Network, the mistrusted name in Disney news. Goodbye everybody.