Guest Room

Episode 22: Closing, Opening, Building, Retheming, Remembering, Riding

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Closing credits roll on an opening day attraction, three is better than two, Orange and the New Green, “Pier”ing into Pixar, a touching tribute, and seeing spots all over the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Episode Cast

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

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“The Whip” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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ERIN: Closing credits roll on an opening day attraction, three is better than two, Orange and the New Green, Piering into Pixar, a touching tribute, and seeing spots all over the Walt Disney World Resort. Hello and welcome to the the August 25th 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. And Erin, we have commented in the past that at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando so many attractions have closed one wonders what there really is to do at the park anymore.

ERIN: That’s for sure.

PARKER: Well, believe it or not, as of August 13th yet ANOTHER attraction is closed.

ERIN: Seriously?

PARKER: And this was a biggie. The Great Movie Ride, the dark ride showing a cadre of the most notable scenes in cinematic history, and a scene from Alien, was the centerpiece of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (or Disney’s MGM Studios as it was called when it originally opened). It was housed in a replica of the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theater, where the whole putting footprints of Hollywood stars into cement began.

The Great Movie Ride was an opening day attraction when the park made its debut in May of 1989 and in fact was the only opening day attraction still in operation. While Star Tours and the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular show are still operating they did not open until later in 1989. So if I am not mistaken…

ERIN: And you usually are.

PARKER: This marks the very first time a Disney park has had all of its opening day attractions closed.

Now The Great Movie Ride is being closed to make way for “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway”. While we will have more on that attraction as details become available early indications point to it being somewhat of an overlay to the current ride system. Essentially replacing the iconic movie scenes with those from Mickey Mouse shorts, and putting Goofy in charge of the ride vehicles. That should end well.

Anyway, they say it is always darkest before the dawn and certainly with this upcoming attraction, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and Toy Story Land in the offing, brighter days do seem to be ahead for Disney’s Hollywood Studios or whatever they may ultimately call it. But for now it seems like Disney has invented a whole new term for the industry…..the “¼ day park”.

ERIN: If that. Disney’s new ride sharing service, Minnie Vans, has begun operation at the Walt Disney World. This service, similar to Uber and Lyft, allows guests to make reservations through a mobile app for transportation to and from places within the resort. The vehicles carry the Minnie’s distinctive red with white dots pattern on the sides and a white roof with a black Minnie head outline with a red and white bow. These vehicles are not hard to miss. They take Disneybounding to a whole new level! An Uber idea from Disney to give guests a Minnie pick-up.

PARKER: This month also saw the relaunching of Mission Space in the Future World section of EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. The attraction’s previous versions “Orange team” and “Green Team” have been replaced with the names “Orange Mission” and “Green Mission”. The Orange Mission has pretty much the same storyline as it previously did, a simulated training mission to Mars, but the video has been upgraded to HD for a better experience. The Green Mission not only now has optional booster seats allowing the ride height minimum to be lowered to 40” it has a whole new mission. It is now an orbit of the Earth. You launch from Kennedy Space Center, cut through the middle of America where you pass over the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, the Hawaiian Islands, Japan, China, the Middle East, and Italy. You even see the northern lights. Then, weather permitting, you come in for a landing back at Kennedy Space Center.

Now it should be noted that ENN has learned that due to federal regulations surrounding the use of Kennedy Space Center in the film and the proximity of the park to that government facility, guest opting to ride the Green Mission will be required to purchase a one day ticket to Kennedy Space Center at $50 for adults and $40 for children.

ERIN: That’s ridiculous!

PARKER: True Erin. But everyone knows that it usually costs a little more to go green.

ERIN: Really Parker? Already with this?

PARKER: Back after this.

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ERIN: Welcome back to “Guest Room” on ENN. Turning our attention to Anaheim, one of the announcements coming out of D23 was the rethemeing of Paradise Pier in the Disney’s California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort into Pixar Pier. It will essentially be some different “neighborhoods” that will allow you to get up close and personal with some of your favorite Pixar characters including ones from “The Incredibles”, “Inside Out” and “Toy Story”.

Pixar Pier will open in 2018 as part of a resort-wide “Pixar Fest” celebration which will also include a new Pixar themed fireworks show at the Disneyland Park and the Pixar Play It parade will move to the Disneyland Park too. Pixar Fest will be a limited time event, but Pixar Pier will be a permanent change….or at least as permanent as things are any more at Disney…(Great Movie Ride).

Now ENN has learned that keeping with the Pixar tradition John Ratzenberger has been given a role in Pixar Pier. He has been hired to be the Custodial Host for the Pier.

PARKER: I’ll bet he really cleans up in that role is he doesn’t Hamm it up too much.

ERIN: Parker, you really went off the Cliff with that one.

PARKER: Back over on the East Coast, a new memorial was recently erected off of the Seven Seas lagoon at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, to remember Lane Graves. He was the young boy who died in June of 2016 when he was snatched by an alligator as he was wading along the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon near Disney’s Grand Floridian hotel.

The memorial is a lighthouse, gold in color with two blue stars. It is the symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was started by the boy’s parents in his memory and provides financial support for non-medical expenses to families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants at Omaha healthcare facilities.

The memorial is erected near where the attack took place. New safety measures and signage also came about as a result of this unfortunate event. It’s a beautiful memorial and one we hope will remain untouched in the future.

ERIN: And finally, over the past few episodes and on our YouTube series, Ears News Bites, we have covered many announcements coming out of the D23 Expo which was held last month in Anaheim, California. It ranged from a new ride themed off of Guardians of the Galaxy to a whole new transportation system at Walt Disney World.
But this announcement was a little different as it didn’t pertain to the parks but to another big part of Disney, the Cruise Line.

Disney announced that they are adding three new amazing ships to their cruise line. These ships are going to be bigger and even better than the newest ships, the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream.  Not much detail has been released about these ships but we have been told that there will be about 1,250 guest state rooms which is just slightly larger than the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. Disney Cruise line fans are expecting wonderful things from these new ships since the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy brought the Aqua Duck and the virtual portholes in interior rooms.

The Aqua Duck is a water coaster that goes out over the side of the ship for an amazing view while guests are riding. The virtual portholes provide guests in interior rooms with real time views from cameras on the side of the ship, with occasional surprise visits from animated characters.

Now most of the design has yet to be planned and even some of the names have not been thought of yet. But inside sources tell ENN that the recent close of the Disney Wishes fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, may actually have been not just to make room for a new fireworks show but to make room for a new cruise ship as well. There is speculation that one of the new ships will be named Disney Wishes, which, let’s face it, is all any Disney fan could ever wish for.

PARKER: (singing) Wishes!

ERIN: 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.

PARKER: 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 Ears News Bites. 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.

 

Lack of Cents in the Disneyland Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction

This news item originally appeared on Episode 21 of the Disney news SATIRE podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network with Parker Byrd and Erin Dole.

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.”

Minnie Vans Setting New Bounds

This news item originally appeared on Episode 21 of the Disney news SATIRE podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network with Parker Byrd and Erin Dole.

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Minnie Vans © Disney

ERIN: 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!

Disney to Leave Guests Hanging By a String

This news item originally appeared on Episode 21 of the Disney news SATIRE podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network with Parker Byrd and Erin Dole.

PARKER:

Disney Skyliner

Disney Skyliner ©Disney

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.

Emergency Exit Slide

Emergency Exit Slide

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.

 


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“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)
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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.

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

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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.

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Erin: Hey Parker! Can I see that?

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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!

“Avatar Flight of Passage” Secretly Soarin’?

This news item originally appeared on Episode 18 of the Disney news SATIRE podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network with Parker Byrd and Erin Dole.

Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage ©Disney

PARKER: The other attraction which opened is “Avatar Flight of Passage” which is essentially a flight simulator complete with 3D effects which has you flying on the back of a mountain banshee over the Pandora landscape. With a flight through a floating mountain, down a flowing river, overtop a running herd, and even over the ocean where a whale-like creature breaches the surface…..only one question will be on your mind….”Why didn’t they just call this Soarin’ Over Pandora?”.

ERIN: Parker there can only be one Soarin’!

PARKER: I’m just kidding Erin. This is definitely not Soarin’! But ending the ride with fireworks over the Tree of Life was a bit much.

Na’vi River Journey Warnings

This news item originally appeared on Episode 18 of the Disney news SATIRE podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network with Parker Byrd and Erin Dole.

Na'vi River Journey

Na’vi River Journey. Copyright: Disney

ERIN: Now of course there was a big opening on the East Coast as well.  On Saturday, May 27th, the same day Guardians opened, over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, the new land Pandora, World of Avatar made its official debut.  The area is themed to look like Pandora, the setting of James Cameron’s 2009 film, Avatar. It comes complete with floating mountains and bioluminescent vegetation.  

With a more detailed explanation here is ENN correspondent Natalie Azou who is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom checking out the new land.  So Nat, tell us what you think of the new theme, your overall impression of Pandora, your thoughts on the attractions,  and what the lines were like.

NAT:  Awesome. Awwesome! Awwwwesome!!! Not so awesome.  Back to you.

PARKER:  Uh thanks, Nat Azou, ENN correspondant.  That report was Awww….

ERIN: …Kward! That’s what that was Parker. I told you I should have gone!  Anyway, Pandora, World of Avatar sports two new major attractions.  

The first, “Na’vi River Journey” takes you on a slow boat ride through the bioluminescent forest. You see lots of wonderful colors, plants, and are even  greeted by a Na’vi shaman toward the end of the ride. And while you will want to reach out and touch all the wonderful things you see, like any attraction you will need to keep your hands, arms and legs inside the boat…..and please…whatever you do….don’t squeeze the shaman!

(Long pause)….Well??

PARKER: You’re on a roll.

ERIN: Really Parker.

“Guardians” Attraction Quite the Collection

This news item originally appeared on Episode 18 of the Disney news SATIRE podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network with Parker Byrd and Erin Dole.

Collector's Fortress at Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at Disney's California Adventure.

Collector’s Fortress at Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at Disney’s California Adventure. © Disney

ERIN: The re-theming of the Hollywood Tower of Terror into a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction officially made its debut on May 27th. This updated attraction, now called “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!” utilizes the same ride mechanism of the old Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror attraction, essentially a crazy elevator ride, but is much friendlier in tone and appearance. The idea is that the “Collector” is showing off his newest finds, the Guardians of the Galaxy. Rocket has escaped and is enlisting your help in freeing the other guardians. The elevator stops at several floors and we see each character on display.

The collector has seemed to have traveled throughout the entire galaxy because we see many artifacts from past avengers and x-men. There are even a few artifacts that represent battles.
Now I want to see you marvel knowledge Parker. And any listeners out there can try this too. The answers will be in the show notes on our website.

The collector has gathered a few items throughout the galaxy.  Try to figure out who or what these items refer to, ready Parker?

PARKER: Ready Erin!

ERIN: A damaged Ultron Sentry:

PARKER: The battle in New York?

ERIN: No. Terrigen Crystals?

PARKER: Asgard?

ERIN: No. A red leather jacket and a pair of silver shoes?

PARKER: Black Widow?

ERIN: No. Eye Patch?  This one is so easy you have to get it .

PARKER: Captain Jack Sparrow!

ERIN: Last time i checked Captain Jack Sparrow wasn’t a superhero. He didn’t even wear an eye patch. You don’t really seem to be getting any of these right so I am just going to list them:

  • Compass with a picture of a women in the lid
  • Royal Guard’s uniform
  • Car battery
  • Cracked Rolex
  • World War I dog tags
  • A red notebook with a star on the cover
  • Pair of White gloves
  • Hearing aids
  • Smashed Walkman
  • And finally Captain America trading cards

Ok well anyway the answers the this Marvel trivia of sorts will be in the show notes. It is amazing how much the collector managed to gather from the avengers. These are all references back to other marvels movies that they have thrown into this ride. We heard that the collector himself doesn’t even know where most of these items came from. All he knows is that these items were special at some point in time so he collected them, I guess his name does suit him then right Parker.

PARKER: “Suit” him? I see what you did there!

 

Episode 18: Marvelous Dutch Blue Paint

Guardians get a lift, Disney Magic goes Dutch, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a little blue, and the Magic Kingdom could be in for a slightly used paint job.

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Erin Dole – Paige Laning
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Collector’s Marvel Quiz Answers: Coming Soon.

Transcript:

PARKER:
Guardians get a lift, Disney Magic goes Dutch, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a little blue, and the Magic Kingdom could be in for a slightly used paint job. Hello and welcome to the the June 8th 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 on this episode two big openings! One at Disneyland in Orlando, California, and the other at Walt Disney World in Anaheim Florida.

PARKER: Erin, it’s actually Disneyland in Anaheim California and Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida.

ERIN: Are your sure?

PARKER: Positive!

ERIN: Well that’s embarrassing…..

PARKER: I suppose it is.

ERIN: For whoever wrote the script I mean. COME ON CARL! You are SO FIRED!!!!!!  Anyway…..At Disney’s California Adventure in….. The Disneyland Resort?

PARKER: Correct

ERIN: In Anaheim…..California?

PARKER: Ok.

ERIN: Sorry….in Anaheim, Oklahoma

PARKER: I give up.

ERIN: The re-theming of the Hollywood Tower of Terror into a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction officially made its debut on May 27th. This updated attraction, now called “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!” utilizes the same ride mechanism of the old Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror attraction, essentially a crazy elevator ride, but is much friendlier in tone and appearance. The idea is that the “Collector” is showing off his newest finds, the Guardians of the Galaxy. Rocket has escaped and is enlisting your help in freeing the other guardians. The elevator stops at several floors and we see each character on display.

The collector has seemed to have traveled throughout the entire galaxy because we see many artifacts from past avengers and x-men. There are even a few artifacts that represent battles.
Now I want to see you marvel knowledge Parker. And any listeners out there can try this too. The answers will be in the show notes on our website.

The collector has gathered a few items throughout the galaxy.  Try to figure out who or what these items refer to, ready Parker?

PARKER: Ready Erin!

Erin: A damaged Ultron Sentry:

PARKER: The battle in New York?

Erin: No. Terrigen Crystals?

Parker: Asgard?

Erin: (ad libbed response)    A red leather jacket and a pair of silver shoes?

Parker: Black Widow?

Erin:(ad libbed response)  Eye Patch?  This one is so easy you have to get it .

Parker: Captain Jack Sparrow!

Erin: Last time i checked Captain Jack Sparrow wasn’t a superhero. He didn’t even wear an eye patch. You don’t really seem to be getting any of these right so I am just going to list them:

  • Compass with a picture of a women in the lid
  • Royal Guard’s uniform
  • Car battery
  • Cracked Rolex
  • World War I dog tags
  • A red notebook with a star on the cover
  • Pair of White gloves
  • Hearing aids
  • Smashed Walkman
  • And finally Captain America trading cards

Ok well anyway the answers the this Marvel trivia of sorts will be in the show notes. It is amazing how much the collector managed to gather from the avengers. These are all references back to other marvels movies that they have thrown into this ride. We heard that the collector himself doesn’t even know where most of these items came from. All he knows is that these items were special at some point in time so he collected them, I guess his name does suit him then right Parker.

PARKER: “Suit” him? I see what you did there!

On May 25th the Disney Magic made its first ever stop in Amsterdam which is the capital of the Netherlands. The stop was part of an Eastbound Transatlantic cruise which left Port Canaveral on May 13th. The city is rich in culture and history and contains many canals throughout the city. The stop afforded guests a chance to see Dutch culture up close and personal. However, some guests were confused as in Disney’s truly family atmosphere, Cruise Line employees were instructed to refer to the port strictly as AmsterDARN.

ERIN: Well that joke was a real “Dutch Treat”.

PARKER: Stick a finger in it Parker!

ERIN: Back after this.


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

Now of course there was a big opening on the East Coast as well. On Saturday, May 27th, the same day Guardians opened, over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, the new land Pandora, World of Avatar made its official debut. The area is themed to look like Pandora, the setting of James Cameron’s 2009 film, Avatar. It comes complete with floating mountains and bioluminescent vegetation.

With a more detailed explanation here is ENN correspondent Natalie Azou who is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom checking out the new land. So Nat, tell us what you think of the new theme, your overall impression of Pandora, your thoughts on the attractions, and what the lines were like.

NAT AZOU: Awesome. Awwesome! Awwwwesome!!! Not so awesome. Back to you.

PARKER: Uh thanks, Nat Azou, ENN correspondant. That report was Awww….

ERIN: …kward! That’s what that was Parker. I told you I should have gone! Anyway, Pandora, World of Avatar sports two new major attractions.

The first, “Na’vi River Journey” takes you on a slow boat ride through the bioluminescent forest. You see lots of wonderful colors, plants, and are even greeted by a Na’vi shaman toward the end of the ride. And while you will want to reach out and touch all the wonderful things you see, like any attraction you will need to keep your hands, arms and legs inside the boat…..and please…whatever you do….don’t squeeze the shaman!

(Long pause)….Well??

PARKER: You’re on a roll.

ERIN: Really Parker?

PARKER: The other attraction which opened is “Avatar Flight of Passage” which is essentially a flight simulator complete with 3D effects which has you flying on the back of a mountain banshee over the Pandora landscape. With a flight through a floating mountain, down a flowing river, overtop a running herd, and even over the ocean where a whale-like creature breaches the surface…..only one question will be on your mind….”Why didn’t they just call this Soarin’ Over Pandora?”.

ERIN: Parker there can only be one Soarin’!

PARKER: I’m just kidding Erin. This is definitely not Soarin’! But ending the ride with fireworks over the Tree of Life was a bit much.

And finally, rumors continue to persist that the “Paint the Night Parade” which was replaced at Disneyland in January of this year by a limited run of the Main Street Electrical Parade, may actually be destined for Walt Disney World instead of resuming in Disneyland after the Main Street Electrical Parade’s plug gets pulled.

ERIN: Wait Parker….how is that again?

PARKER: It’s really quite simple Erin. The “Paint the Night” parade which was at Disneyland until January of this year when it was replaced with a limited run of the Main Street Electrical Parade, could be heading to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World which currently has no night time parade just Festival of Fantasy, the 3pm parade which is moving to 2pm but more about that on another episode. Which, if this rumor is true begs the question as to what the nighttime parade at the Magic Kingdom in Disneyland will be once they end the limited run of the Main Street Electrical Parade which has already been extended to August 20th. We know it won’t be Spectromagic, which ran for a long time at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World as we heard reports 4 years ago that they permanently destroyed all the floats. Spectromagic was replaced by the Main Street Electrical parade which then up and left in 2016 to go to Disneyland to replace Paint the Night parade which may now becoming to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Which begs the question….

ERIN: Parker!

PARKER: Yes Erin?

ERIN: I think this where we came in……

PARKER: Right.

ERIN: Don’t you just love rumors???

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.
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