Episode 60: Muppets, Music, Movies, and More!

Beyond the Berm returns with Episode 60! 60 episodes! That’s one episode for every year that Disneyland has been open! Not that we are old enough to have started the same year as Disneyland or anything, of course.

Anyway, to begin with, we talk about the new Muppets television show, which currently airs on Tuesday nights on ABC. It has been getting mixed reactions, but perhaps the strongest reaction so far is the announcement that they will replace the showrunner and go in a different direction for the final episodes of this season. We also talk some about the other Muppet offerings of the past few years and how they haven’t exactly hit the right mark for us. Do you agree or disagree?

The Muppets

Next, Steve brings up some of the live performers of the past and present at the Disney parks and talks about their effect on the parks. Names such as Rod Miller, Off Kilter, the Dapper Dans, Mariachi Cobre, Marimba Mayalandia, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, the Bibi LaCreme Trio, the Caledonia Bagpipe Band, Voices of Liberty, and more! And yes, we may have listed those in the hopes of bringing more traffic to our site, but some of those names may bring back memories for long time Disneyland and Epcot fans. We discuss some of the positives and negatives of these performers and talk about what they might add to the parks.

WDW Dapper Dans

Up next, Star Wars! If you haven’t heard, there may be a new Star Wars movie coming soon or something. We talk about some of the latest news, although we don’t go into too much detail because we are trying to keep from finding out any spoilers ourselves.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Han Solo

Going along with our Star Wars discussion is some Indiana Jones talk, including our opinions on whether they should recast the role or have some sort of successor to Indy. And we also compare Star Wars to Marvel movies as well, and look at how we aren’t as concerned about not learning plot points of Marvel movies before we see them. Why the difference? We’ll tell you what we think.

All of that, and yes, even more, in the latest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 59: Disney Tips

Welcome back to Beyond the Berm for Episode 59!

As we begin, Matt asks about some Disney tips, since we have both been to the parks several times, and we have been on a few cruises as well. Which line should you pick? Where should you get a Dole Whip? Which day is good for visiting a water park? Listen in as we share the tips we come up with!


Next, Steve mentions a book he got that was written and illustrated by his friend Kyle Gentry. The book, Tourist! Year 1, is a series of drawings that Kyle made while visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks every week for a year. It is pretty entertaining, so you might want to check it out! Tell Kyle you heard about it here on Beyond the Berm!

Up next, Matt has tickets for his family to see the new Star Wars movie, and we talk about that a bit. Do you have your tickets yet? Or are you going to take a chance on it not being sold out?

That leads to some discussion about planning things in advance, or perhaps not planning in advance, as Steve is doing more and more these days. Are you a planner, or do you just take things as they come?

Matt then talks about his family’s trip to Disneyland this past weekend, and about all of the fun that they had there, including seeing many of the Halloween-themed offerings that were there. After he talks about seeing some of the characters, we get into a discussion of face characters verses masked characters, and some other aspects of visiting with the characters as well, including the bizarre “head and feet” rehearsals for shows.

All this and even more in the newest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 58: Brother, Can You Loan a Dime?

Beyond the Berm is back for Episode 58!

To begin with, Matt is looking for some spare change, because the annual pass prices at Disneyland and Walt Disney World have once again increased, after the last increase not too many months ago. Disneyland prices in particular took a big jump. Is it good business, or a way to cut back on the number of passholders?


Also, Pixar and Marvel reported some updated release dates for some of their movies, including a newly announced sequel to Ant-Man. We talk some about all of this, and particularly about how many of the Pixar movies are sequels. Is it better to play it safe or to try something new?

We then shift slightly from Marvel movies to Marvel television shows to talk about the new season of Agents of SHIELD. After only two episodes of the new season, things are already getting exciting. Hear what we think about it, and what we hope to get out of the new season.

Also, we talk about Halloween, social media, and then get back to the annual passholder situation a little more.

And speaking of social media, if you ever want to follow us individually on Twitter, you can find Steve at @Burnsland and Matt at @StartedByAMouse.

Be sure to hear all the fun on the latest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 57: Running Away

Welcome back for another episode of Beyond the Berm! Unless of course this is your first episode, and in that case just welcome!

If you have been keeping up with Matt on social media, you know that he ran in the latest Disneyland Half Marathon last weekend. And even if he didn’t finish first, he is still first in our hearts. Sappy. Anyway, to start off our episode, Matt tells about his experiences in the run, along with his family weekend at Disneyland. And a great big “way to go” from all of us at Beyond the Berm to all of you who participated in the different races over the weekend!


Next up, we discuss how things have changed in the last few years in ways that we never would have expected. For example, who would have guessed that we would be discussing runDisney races and Marvel movies as much as we do around here? We certainly wouldn’t have guessed that. Listen in to see what other changes have taken us by surprise.

We also talk about the recent “Force Friday” promotion where all of the new Star Wars merchandise was given a great big push by Disney at all kinds of retail stores of both the physical and virtual variety. Did you get anything cool? Did we get anything cool? You will just have to listen to find out.

Plus, Steve gives his review of the book Dream It! Do It! by Marty Sklar, the retired head of Walt Disney Imagineering. And even though this is an “official” Disney release, Marty speaks rather candidly about some other Disney folks that he has worked with over the years. Listen in to hear more of what Steve thought of this book!

All this and much more in this latest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 56: D23 Expo in Review and More

Welcome back for another exciting episode of Beyond the Berm! What could possibly top our last 55 episodes? Well, we aren’t sure, but here we go anyway.


For starters, we take a look back at last week’s D23 Expo, which neither of us attended, by the way. Specifically, we look back at the announcements about new things coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World to see how our predictions from our previous episode matched up with what was announced. And we share some thoughts about the new lands and attractions that were announced, too. We also talked about some of the other stuff from the Expo, such as movie announcements, crowds, and other stuff that we heard about. How do you feel about all of the upcoming things? Let us know!

Next, we talk some about different Disney collectibles, as Matt tells about trying to find some of the new Tsum Tsum characters. That leads us to a discussion of mini bean bag plush, pins, Vinylmation, Funko Pop, and whatever else they might come up with to separate us from our money. Do you collect any of these things? Or something else?

We also talk about some of the recent Disney Channel movies and shows, such as Descendants, Teen Beach 2, and Girl Meets World, among others. And don’t get us started on Dog With a Blog. Which ones do we like more than the others? You may or may not be surprised.

And we talk about some other little things here and there in among all of those major things, and end with a bit of silliness, too. So you will just have to listen in for all of that.

Find it all in Beyond the Berm Episode 56!

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Episode 55: Changes Ahead for the Disney Parks?

Welcome back to another episode of Beyond the Berm! It didn’t even take us 3 months to get out another one as it did the last time!

Maybe you have heard rumblings about changes coming to the Disney Parks, both at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Disneyland has committed to expanding the resort in some form in exchange for a tax break from the city of Anaheim. And Walt Disney World keeps closing things at Disney’s Hollywood Studios without announcing something new on the horizon. What does all of this mean? Listen to us as we comment on some of the speculations, and as we do some speculating ourselves.

disneyland 60th anniversary logo

In keeping with the Disney Parks theme, Matt tells about his recent visit to Disneyland to see some of the new additions and extravaganzas that were added for the 60th anniversary celebration. Listen in as he talks about parades, fireworks, and crowds!

Also, following up on our conversation about summer movies in Episode 54, we give our reviews of the latest Disney/Marvel movie, Ant-Man. Did it live up to our expectations?

All this and more goodness in Episode 55 of Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 54: Differently Different In the Same Kind of Way

Just when you had given up on us completely, Beyond the Berm returns with Episode 54!

Why were we gone for so long? We talk about that to start off the podcast. We had some scheduling issues and things like that at times, but it was mainly Steve’s fault as he was off on the Burnsland World Tour. He tells some about his visit to Bangkok, Thailand, as well as his family’s recent Disney cruise. After the cruise, they also spent a week in Florida, seeing such Disney things as Typhoon Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom. Hear all about his first experiences with MyMagic+, and lots more about his travels.


After that, we give our opinions about all of the Disney summer movies that have been released so far starting with Cinderella (which was actually a spring movie), and also including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, and Inside Out. Which ones did we like? And which ones didn’t quite work for us? Listen in to find out. And we also talk about the upcoming Marvel movie Ant Man, too.



And what is the meaning of the title of this episode? You will just have to listen to find out!

Be sure and join us for all this and more in Episode 54! And hopefully, you won’t have to wait quite as long again for Episode 55. Maybe.

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Where Is Beyond the Berm?

Recently, the Beyond the Berm World Headquarters has been flooded with calls, cards, and letters asking where we have gone. No, wait – those are just bills and junk mail.

But never fear – Beyond the Berm hasn’t fallen off the earth. That would be impossible, because we believe the earth is round and therefore with its gravity it is impossible to fall off of it. No matter how high we jump.

Anyway, Beyond the Berm is taking a bit of a break due to some interesting schedules that we are having right now. But we will return. Really. Just probably not for a few more weeks.

In the meantime, feel free to go back and listen to our past episodes. But don’t go backwards, because we think that we have gotten at least slightly better as we have gone on. So if you listen to the episodes in reverse order, you might think we are getting worse.

Sorry for the lack of new episodes lately. If you desert us, we understand. And if you dessert us, we like chocolate cake and ice cream.

Video: Recording a Podcast

The other day, I shared this video at Burnsland as part of the Burnsland Boring Video series. But because it is Beyond the Berm related, I thought I would share it here as well, just in case you don’t visit Burnsland very often.

Quite a while ago, this Behind the Scenes post revealed how we do things around here. And this video shows one side of that. Just in case you are curious.

But don’t worry – this video compresses a 50 minute podcast into about 30 seconds, thanks to time lapse photography. Because who would want to sit through a 50 minute video of me apparently talking to myself?


Episode 53: Newsies Go Into the Woods with a Selfie Stick

Beyond the Berm returns with all the witty banter and insightful, um, insights that you have come to love! Hopefully you love it. You do love it, right?

Anyway, Episode 53 kicks off with Matt telling about seeing the stage production of Newsies recently. Interesting how a movie that almost no one saw has gone on to be a successful stage production, isn’t it? Hear what Matt thought about the show, and then what he thought about the recent movie version of Into the Woods, too.


Next, Steve talks about Walt Disney World’s recent clarification that selfie sticks are indeed still allowed in their parks, although you can’t use them on rides. We then talk a little about photography in parks in general and look at the more strict regulations that Six Flags parks now have about photography. Do you use a selfie stick? Do we need to invest in a selfie stick for the Beyond the Berm office?

We then talk about one of our favorite subjects, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Lots of interesting events have happened on the show, and now there is word of a spin-off show, although no important details about that are known. This, of course, leads in to a discussion about Avengers: Age of Ultron, which you may have heard is coming out very soon. Lots of good Marvel stuff going on right now.

All that and lots more in the latest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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