Episode 69: Let It Go

It’s time once again for another thrilling episode in the Beyond the Berm saga, so here we go!

To start with, Matt brings up several theme park rumors of the very juicy variety that have been popping up in the last week or two. Is Universe of Energy at Epcot going to be replaced by a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction? Are the Muppets coming to Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom? Is theme park life as we know it about to end? Well, the answer to the last one may be pretty clear, but the answer to the first two questions is a little more murky. But that doesn’t stop us from talking about them. Hear what we have to say!

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During the show, we also discuss some upcoming and recent movies, many of which are either sequels or reboots. Finding Dory, the just announced Wreck-It Ralph sequel, the Pete’s Dragon reboot, and some others. And with some of these (looking at you, Pete’s Dragon), are they taking what we have loved and changing it entirely?

And then, with all of the rumors and reboots and such, we start to realize that the things that we have loved are either going away or have already gone. The original EPCOT Center concept, character-free lands in the Magic Kingdom, a non-fuzzy dragon named Elliot. Maybe it is time to just Let It Go, as a certain song says, whether we want to or not.

Agree? Disagree? Not sure? Listen in as we discuss all of this and more in the latest episode from Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 68: Vacations, Theme Park Openings, and More!

Hang on to your hats and glasses, because Beyond the Berm is back!

To start off Episode 68, Steve tells about his recent Florida vacation. Cocoa Beach, Disney Springs, Epcot, hotel visiting, Spirit of Aloha, and even a tropical storm – it’s all in there! Listen in to hear his thoughts.

Epcot for BTBNext up, we discuss a new theme park that just opened. Maybe you have heard of it – Shanghai Disneyland. Of course, neither of us was there for the grand opening, but we also talk about other park openings, including Matt’s story of going to Disney California Adventure on its opening day.

We also discuss some recent movies we have seen, such as Zootopia, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and The Jungle Book, as well as giving our thoughts on Finding Dory, which opens this weekend.

Join us for all the fun in Beyond the Berm Episode 68!

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Episode 67: We’re Back!

Beyond the Berm is back with Episode 67! Did you miss us while we were out time travelling? Or whatever else it was we were doing? If your answer is “No,” you don’t have to say it.

Anyway, we have lots to cover since our last episode, and we go over a wide range of topics, jumping around from one thing to the next.

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For starters, we talk about the new Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Shanghai Disneyland. Not that we have seen it in person, of course, but there are several YouTube videos out there if you want to check them out.

We also talk about some of the movies we have seen lately, including The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War, giving our thoughts on those.

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Some sad news from the world of television, since ABC decided not to pick up Agent Carter for a third season. We discuss that decision, along with a look back at the most recent season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and what the future might hold for that show.

Matt tells about his latest RunDisney experiences, including a quick trip to Walt Disney World, and we wrap up with some quick talk about upcoming movies “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “Finding Dory.” And some other stuff, too, but you will have to just listen in to catch it all.

Be sure to join us for Episode 67 of Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 66: We Are Cheap Sheep, Or Just Thrifty

Beyond the Berm is back! Did you miss us? Then take a listen to Episode 66!

For starters, Matt brings up the recent tiered ticket prices for the Disney Parks, with different prices for Peak, Regular, and Value seasons, whatever those happen to be. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? If you have listened before, you probably already know how we feel about that. And then there are other new fees, alternate charges, proposed fees, and so on. Such as paying extra for preferred parking, or a possible resort fee at Walt Disney World. Is it getting to be too much? Yes, it just might be. Listen in as we talk about it all.

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Also, along those same lines, we discuss if it ever is worth it to pay extra for extra things. Extra park benefits, closer parking spaces, more Blu-Ray features, better Blu-Ray picture versus DVD, and more. Maybe there are some things that we think it is worth paying extra for, as long as the extra charge isn’t all that much. Maybe.

And then we end on some slightly happier notes, such as a long awaited sequel or two (and not just Princess Diaries 3), thoughts about the newest trailers for The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon, a brief review of Zootopia, and more!

Listen in to hear all the latest from Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 65: Birthdays and Anniversaries

Beyond the Berm returns with Episode 65. 65 episodes! Does that make us eligible for podcast retirement? No? Okay, then.

For starters, Matt brings up someone’s birthday, which leads to our reminiscing about past birthday and anniversary celebrations at the Disney parks, both for the parks themselves and for some of the characters. We talk about which ones we liked the best, and which ones weren’t quite as good. Which one wins? You be the judge.

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Somehow or other, that all leads to some further reminiscing about the good old days of when we worked at the Disney Stores. How did we get started in our respective Disney Store positions? Why did we leave? What did we like about it all? Listen in to find out.

Next, we talk about some of the rumored business decisions going on at Disney right now. The rumors involve the idea that because Shanghai Disneyland is over budget right now, cuts are being made to offerings and cast member hours at the domestic parks. We aren’t sure if any of that is true, but that doesn’t keep us from talking about it.

And then we end up with a quick discussion about the upcoming movie Zootopia from Walt Disney Feature Animation. Does it look too much like like all of the others? Maybe. But maybe it will still be good. Maybe.

All this and more in the latest from Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 64: Visiting Disney Parks and Other Places

Beyond the Berm rolls back around with Episode 64! Do we see our shadows? Oh wait, that only applies to the groundhog.

Anyway, we kick things off this time with Matt’s story of visiting Disneyland and breakfast at the River Belle Terrace restaurant one more time before the menu is changed. And that leads to a discussion about several of the changes coming to the park as a result of the new Star Wars Land. Here is some concept art, in case you haven’t seen what we are talking about:

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After that, Steve asks the question, “If you were going to only one of the Walt Disney World parks for only one day, which one would it be?” We think the answer is rather obvious, and you can listen to our reasons why. If you have some other reasons for other parks, we would be glad to hear them!

Matt then talks about his upcoming trip to Japan, including a few days at the Tokyo Disney Resort. As neither of us have been to any of the foreign Disney parks, this is all quite exciting. But then seeing the real Japan is exciting, too. Is visiting “real” places better than visiting “fantasy” Disney places? Hear our thoughts on this subject.

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

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Episode 63: Trash or Treasure?

Welcome back to Beyond the Berm for Episode 63!

You have heard the old saying about one man’s trash being another man’s treasure, right? We start off by wondering if some of the Disney things we have kept through the years are actually trash or treasure. We are pretty sure they are treasure to us, but how will others look at them? And when our children have to go through our things, whenever that time may come, what will they think about these nice collections of Disney collectibles that we have amassed? What do you think? Trash or treasure?

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Next, Matt gives a review of his experience in the Star Wars Half Marathon a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Or actually last weekend at Disneyland. He tells about the different Star Wars characters that were out for photos and a look at the course for the race.

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After that, we take a look at the news that Star Wars Episode 8 has been moved back to December 2017, and we give some thoughts about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, too, since most everyone has seen it by now. However, if you haven’t seen it yet, there may be some minor spoilers in there, although we don’t give it all away. Listen at your own risk!

All that and more in Episode 63 of Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 62: Predictions for Disney for the New Year

Hello, friends, and welcome to our first episode of 2016!

Happy New Year! Listen in as we give some predictions for Disney movies and parks for 2016.

Since the year is all shiny and new, we decided to talk about the weather. Makes sense, right? Yes, California has had some rain, and Tennessee has had a good bit, too. But really, who cares all that much about the weather, so then we moved on to better things.

Matt thought it would be a good idea to make some predictions. And instead of doing things the easy way and making predictions for 2015, we decided to live on the edge and make some predictions for this year of 2016 that is ahead of us. We went through the different movies to be released, giving our thoughts on how each one might perform. Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia, Star Wars: Rogue One, Moana, Finding Dory, The BFG, Dr. Strange, and some others, too.

Also, we took the opportunity to make some predictions about the Disney parks as well. What lies ahead for Disneyland and Walt Disney World? We made some predictions, which would probably be more accurately called wild guesses.

Maybe we should do a recap at the end of the year, looking back through our predictions to see how we did? Hmm, gotta make a note of that for later on.

Listen in to Beyond the Berm Episode 62 to see what we think lies ahead!

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Episode 61: Data Collection, Star Wars, Security, and Newsies

Beyond the Berm is back with Episode 61! Which for the record is about 54 episodes ahead of Star Wars right now. Why are they getting all the attention and not us?

Anyway, to start things off, Matt discusses how we collect personal data with Fitbits, Garmin watches, and such, and then wonders just what Disney does with all of the data they are collecting from Magic Bands at Walt Disney World. While some people are worried about privacy for some reason, we think it is actually pretty cool. Hear our thoughts as we tell why.

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Next, you may have heard about a new movie opening this weekend. So after you go see the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, listen in as we discuss the opening of that new Star Wars thing. And don’t worry, you won’t find any spoilers here, because we haven’t seen the movie yet!

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After that, we discuss the new security measures which just went into effect at the Disney parks as well as other US parks. Scanners, no toy guns, no costumes – how will this affect all of us in the future? We don’t know for certain, but that doesn’t keep us from speculating a little.

This past weekend, Steve and his family went to see the touring production of Newsies, since they had enjoyed the movie way back when it first came out. Did they like the stage musical? Listen in as we discuss this and some other Disney musicals.

All that and probably a few other things in Beyond the Berm episode 61!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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