Black Panther, Changes, and More!

Beyond the Berm 86: Black Panther, Changes, and More!

Welcome back to Beyond the Berm and Episode 86! Here’s hoping we don’t get eighty-sixed!

To start with, Matt gives his review of the latest Marvel blockbuster movie, Black Panther. Does it live up to the hype? Is it the best Marvel movie ever made? Listen in to see how Matt feels about it all.

The only constant is change, or so they say, and we discuss some of our changes or potential changes. Whether it is potentially dropping an annual pass or actually dropping DirecTV, we talk about how some of those changes are affecting our lives, if any.

If you haven’t heard Toy Story Land will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30. Will this land be the next great thing, or will it just be average? We offer our best guesses, just in case you are wondering what we think. Which is the whole purpose of this podcast, after all.

And then we finish up by talking about Disney live shows. Matt and his family just saw Aladdin, and we compare it to some of the other shows that we have seen.

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

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Past, Present, and Future

Beyond the Berm returns in a timely manner with Episode 85!

Beyond the Berm Episode 85: Past, Present, and Future

To begin with, Matt talks about the past year of Disney movies and the seemingly low number of movies that they released in 2017. We talk about which movies that we saw, and look briefly at which movies we might be looking forward to in 2018.

Next, Steve talks about living in the future with all of the technology that we have these days and compares that with past EPCOT Center predictions. And we also look at the present and the future of Epcot, wondering what might come next.

We also talk about the future of Walt Disney World, and how different it will be when all of the current construction projects have ended. Will there be new projects to start once these are finished, or perhaps even before these are finished? Who knows.

Going back to the past once again, we talk about how we watched old Disney movies back in the old days when we were in school, and how watching movies whenever you want is different now in the present. Good memories.

Listen to Beyond the Berm Episode 85 as we jump all over the timeline!

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Movie Reviews, Fox, Television, and More!

Beyond the Berm (finally) returns with Episode 84!

Beyond the Berm - a podcast about Disney and More - episode 84Lots of things have happened since our last episode, so we cover lots of ground this time around! Hopefully, it all makes sense in the end.

We start off with some reviews of some of the big holiday movies from Matt, but with no spoilers since Steve has not seen them yet. In particular, Matt gives his thoughts about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Listen in to see how he felt about it, and how it compares to some of the other recent movies.

Next up, in case you haven’t heard, Disney is buying most of 21st Century Fox. Is this a good move? Why are they doing this in the first place? How will Fox fit in under the Disney umbrella? We give our thoughts to the best of our ability.

The latest season of Agents of SHIELD has been underway for a while, and Steve gives his thoughts on that. How does it compare with Inhumans? How does it compare with past SHIELD seasons?

Plus, we cover all sorts of other small topics here and there. You will just have to listen in to hear all of those.

Be sure to check out all of the latest in Episode 84 of Beyond the Berm!

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RunDisney Changes and Disneyland Construction

Hello again from all of us at Beyond the Berm to all of you! Settle in and listen to Episode 83.

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To start us off, Matt talks about the recent announcement of a hiatus for RunDisney events at Disneyland. The official stated reason is due to all of the construction going on at the resort, but is there more to it? We don’t actually know, but that doesn’t keep us from speculating. Regular listeners know of Matt’s involvement in past RunDisney events, and this is a big deal to all of those who have participated in the past.

We then talk about the previously mentioned construction at Disneyland, including a new 4-star hotel and several parking structures. While the end result will no doubt be good, there may be some interesting times ahead while construction is underway.

Next, we follow up a question from the last episode by asking the question, “Which of the now-closed attractions that you never got to see do you wish you had seen?” We have several answers from all of the parks, although our answers vary based on which parks each of us has visited. Listen in and see if you agree with our choices.

All of that and more in the latest from Beyond the Berm!

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TV, Movies, and Old Attractions

Join us for Beyond the Berm Episode 82!

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The fall television season is here, and we talk about some of the shows we have been watching or hope to watch. Have you caught the new Marvel series Inhumans? Are you looking forward to Agents of SHIELD when it returns? Dancing with the Stars? Or some other shows?

Also, the holiday movie season is quickly approaching. Thor: Ragnarok will be here in early November, followed by Pixar’s Coco and a new movie about Star Wars something or other – maybe you have heard of it? We talk about what we are looking forward to without giving away any spoilers that we may or may not have heard.

Lastly, Steve brings up the question of which closed attractions that we got to experience at the Disney parks do we miss the most? See if any of your favorites make our list!

All that and more awaits you in Episode 82 from Beyond the Berm!

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Disney, Netflix, and More Charges

Welcome back to Beyond the Berm and Episode 81!

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To start things off, Matt talks about his recent visit to Disneyland, considering how although it seems like summer is almost over with schools starting back, new things are still opening at Disneyland. Is there an off-season any more? Was there a reason that some new things opened right in the middle of summer? Interesting.

Next, we talk about the recent announcement about Disney parting ways with Netflix to start their own streaming service in a couple of years. Is this the way of the future? Are cable and satellite television dying out? Will the original DuckTales series be on the new streaming service? Is this something that we would pay for?

That leads into a discussion about other extra charges. Matt talks about the new pay structure for parking at Downtown Disney at Disneyland, and we discuss changes such as paying for Park Hopper tickets versus not having to pay for that privilege in the old days, the rising cost of after-hours events, and more. All of these charges are starting to add up, although those who have not been before might not realize the difference. Are these starting to price us out of Disney? Or are we just turning into grumpy old men? Or both?

Listen in as we answer these and other important questions in the latest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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Change is Coming

Hello, friends, and welcome to another exciting episode of Beyond the Berm! We are all the way up to our 80th episode now, if you are counting.

Change is Coming

This time around, we talk about changes, because change is coming. And in fact, change is already here.

Steve just returned from a visit to the Walt Disney World area, and although he did not visit any of the theme parks this time around, he did spend some time at Disney Springs, which of course has undergone major changes in the last few years from when it used to be Downtown Disney. Have the changes been good ones? And more importantly, what’s for supper? Here the answers to these questions and more.

Also, many theme park changes were recently announced at the D23 Expo. Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratatouille coming to Epcot, the end of the Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios, a Tron coaster in Magic Kingdom,┬áParadise Pier becoming Pixar Pier at California Adventure, and more. Are these good? Are we going to miss what they are replacing? Does Epcot even have a theme any more? We don’t know, but we share what we think about all of these changes that are coming.

Listen in to all the fun in the latest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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Disney Cruises and Summer Movies

Beyond the Berm - our podcast about Disney and more

Beyond the Berm is back with Episode 79!

Since last we left our intrepid podcasters, Steve and his extended family (and some friends, too) have been on a cruise on the Disney Dream. How did this compare to the previous cruises? Did they have a good time? Did they survive the rain? And did they enjoy an extra day at Castaway Cay? Listen in to find out!

Disney Cruise LineAlso, the summer movie season is upon us. Listen in as we discuss what we have seen and what we have not yet seen of the current crop of summer movies. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Cars 3, Wonder Woman (in keeping with the “and more” part of our title), Spider-Man: Homecoming, and even the live action Beauty and the Beast, which technically was a spring movie. What have we liked? What have we not liked? What have we not seen yet? Check out our opinions.

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

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Summer Fun

Beyond the Berm Episode 78: Summer FunBeyond the Berm returns with the latest episode of our podcast about Disney and more!

For this episode, we look at some of the many opportunities for summer fun that are out there. For example, you may have heard something about a Pandora addition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, or maybe a Tower of Terror retheme to Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout at Disney’s California Adventure. If you haven’t heard about those yet, then you most likely will as the Disney promotional machine ramps up in the next few weeks. Are these the sort of thing that cause you to want to make another visit to the Disney parks, or do you just plan to see them on your next visit, whenever it may be?

Also, there are several big movies coming out this summer: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Cars 3, just to name a few. Are you getting excited for what looks to be a busy summer movie season? And then there are Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming later in the year, too. Almost too many interesting movies to keep up with!

We also discuss our upcoming summer plans, as Steve talks about interrupting his relaxing summer with a 4-night Disney cruise with his extended family. What might be new or different this time around? Stay tuned to find out.

Plus, some updates from Matt about the latest runDisney happenings, that Spider-Man movie that we forgot to mention earlier, and some other things to keep things interesting!

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Disney Snobs?

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Welcome back for another exciting, nail-biting episode of Beyond the Berm!

To start right out of the gate, Matt asks a probing question: Are we Disney snobs? Do we do things just because of the Disney name? Do we avoid other, perhaps similar things just because they do not have the Disney name? Or the name of a Disney subsidiary, for example, Marvel?

Would we choose a Disney cruise over a non-Disney cruise just because the one cruise is a Disney cruise? While Matt is weighing the possibilities of future travels, Steve chimes in with a bit of his experience on a Carnival (i.e. non-Disney) cruise last year. Did that break him of any previous Disney snobbery that he might have had?

And how about movies? Do we go to Disney animated movies just because they are Disney movies? Do we avoid other movies, such as Dreamworks or Illumination, just because they aren’t Disney movies? Or have we learned from experience that the name means more than just the name?

Or how about Marvel movies versus other superhero movies? Past experience has often taught us a lesson, but is that always true? Will the new Marvel Studios-produced Spider-Man movie be better than the last 5 Spider-Man movies? Is it actually a “Disney” movie, since it is mainly produced by Marvel Studios but still distributed by Sony?

Moving along to theme parks, are some of the other parks actually inferior to Disney parks? Are the Disney rides and attractions actually better-made than those from the other guys?

Are there too many question marks in the above paragraphs? Yes there are! But we do have a lot of questions, don’t we? So won’t you listen in and see if you agree with us?

Don’t question your decision to listen in to the latest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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