About Steve Burns

Steve is a fan of Disney, photography, beaches, the internet, and lots of other things.

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,¬†Paradise 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

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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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Episode 76: FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

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Beyond the Berm is back again with Episode 76!

To start with, someone around here just had a birthday (Hint: it wasn’t Matt). Matt asks the question of what Disney-related thing would you want to do on your birthday if you could? So many possibilities, but Steve manages to eventually come up with an answer. What would you choose?

Also, we briefly touch on the hot rumor right now of a gondola-type transportation system possibly coming to Walt Disney World, although we are slightly skeptical of how much truth is there. Here where we stand on this rumor, and see if you agree or disagree.

We then talk about some of the new offerings at the Disney parks, specifically those that now have concrete opening dates, such as Pandora: World of Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout, and Rivers of Light. All of that brings up the question of if the new things excite us or not. And that leads to a discussion of FOMO, the fear of missing out. Does that drive attendance these days? Do you have a fear of missing out on all of the new stuff that all of your friends have done and have posted about over and over on the internet? Hmm.

Matt also asks about Disney games for mobile phones and devices, and apparently Steve does not have FOMO for those, since he doesn’t play any. Matt talks about some of the ones that he enjoys. Are you currently playing any?

All this and more in the latest episode of Beyond the Berm! Don’t let FOMO get to you – listen today!

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Episode 75: Disney Television and Movies

It may come as a surprise to some of you that Beyond the Berm is back only two weeks after our previous episode, but here we are again with Episode 75!

To start off, Matt comes clean with the revelation that he has been watching the Disney Channel at night sometimes. That may come as a surprise to some our regular listeners as well. We are just full of surprises, as it turns out. We talk about some of the shows that are good, some of the shows that are otherwise, and try to make some guesses about what direction the Disney Channel is taking for the future.

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Oops, wrong logo. But this one is much better than the newer one, anyway.

After Steve asks the somewhat rhetorical question of whether Disney may be looking at any major acquisitions in the future, we discuss some of the different animation studios out there, wondering what it would have been like if Disney had not bought Pixar, or perhaps if Disney had bought Dreamworks Animation a few years ago.

Awards season is here, and we watch those about as much as we watch the Disney Channel these days. But that does lead to a discussion of Zootopia vs. Moana, since they are going up against each other for different awards. Zootopia already has one under its belt, so who might win the next one? Hmmm.

Also, remake season is here. But instead of just being a short season of the year, this season has been going on for a while, and it looks to continue far into the future. What are our pre-release thoughts about the Beauty and the Beast remake? And what about some of the other, remakes, reboots, and sequels? Listen in to find out.

All of this and more in Episode 75 of Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 74: Walt Disney World for the Holidays

Beyond the Berm has finally returned! Let’s see if we can remember how to do this whole podcast thing!

For Episode 74, we start with a discussion of Matt’s recent RunDisney events at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. He completed the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World, even though they canceled one of the races, and then he also ran three more runs at Disneyland the next weekend. We are trying to figure out how to power our computers from all of the energy of his runs, but we aren’t quite there yet. Listen in as Matt tells about his experiences, mostly at Walt Disney World because we never did come back and pick up the discussion about the Disneyland runs. Oops! At least we have something to talk about for next time.

Matt with his RunDisney medals

Photo swiped from Matt’s Facebook page

After that, we discussed our trips to Walt Disney World for the Christmas holidays. Steve and his family and their friends the Riedels went to Walt Disney World for a vacation the week before Christmas, visiting all four of the parks and the Hoop Dee Doo Revue, too. Matt and his family went to Walt Disney World right after the New Year for the previously mentioned RunDisney events, and they spent a few days in the parks as well. Where did we stay? What did we do? What did we like? What didn’t we like? Did we see any fireworks? How does Art of Animation compare with Animal Kingdom Lodge? All of these questions and more get answered, so listen in if you want to know.

Main Street at Walt Disney World at Chrsitmas

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By the way, somewhere in there is also a brief review of sorts of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and there may be some slight spoilers if you haven’t yet seen the movie. Just to warn you. But if you are a Star Wars fan, you could probably already figure out what was going to happen, anyway.

So if you are still out there listening even though we have been gone for a while, thanks for sticking with us! And if you are new around here, welcome! We will try not to be so long in between episodes for a while. Maybe. If we can.

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