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!

Be sure to listen in to the latest from Beyond the Berm!

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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)

Beyond the Berm presents FOMO (fear of missing out)

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.

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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.

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Photo swiped from Steve’s¬†website

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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Episode 73: Christmas Time’s A-Coming

Beyond the Berm returns one again with Episode 73! We’ll vote for that!

We start things off by trying to avoid talking about the recent election (maybe you heard about that), but we can’t help talking about the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World and wondering about what changes might be coming there. Will it be a completely new show? Will they keep what they had and just switch out the speaking President? We will have to wait and see.

We then talk about upcoming trips to Walt Disney World, just in time for the holidays. What do we have planned, and what are we looking forward to seeing? Unfortunately, not the Osborne lights, because those are gone. But there are still cool things to see, and we talk about some of them.

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Also, there are some security changes coming to the Disney parks. Security is a necessity in these times we live in, but are the changes going to help smooth things out a bit? And is there perhaps an even better way to do things? Maybe.

Plus, at the end Matt gives a quick review of the latest Marvel movie, Doctor Strange. How does it compare to the others? Hear what Matt has to say.

All that and more in Episode 73 of Beyond the Berm!

(By the way, if you didn’t get the reference, the title of this episode is taken from an old Bluegrass song by Bill Monroe.)

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Episode 72: Catching Up

Time for another exciting episode of Beyond the Berm! Hang on to your hats and glasses!

Because it has been a little while since we have done a general podcast, instead recently focusing on our summer trips, we decided to try to catch up on all that has been going on lately, particularly in the world of Disney.

For starters, we discussed some of the recent changes, coming changes, and rumored changes at the Disney Parks. Guardians of the Galaxy at California Adventure, Muppets in the Magic Kingdom, Halloween and Christmas happenings, and some other stuff, too!

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Guardians of the Galaxy take over the Tower of Terror. Image (c) Disney, by the way.

We also discussed some upcoming movies and new movie trailers, such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Are we looking forward to them? Listen in and see.

Next up, we discussed the fall television season. While we largely focused on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we also talked about some of the other shows we have watched, how things like Netflix affect programming, and the lack of standalone episodes these days.

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

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Episode 71: Steve Cruises to Mexico

Welcome back to Beyond the Berm for our International Edition Part 2!

As you may remember from our last episode, Matt had gone on a family vacation to Japan, including visits to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea. Around the same time, Steve and his wife Laura went on a cruise to Mexico, and that trip is the focus of our discussion for this episode.

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Steve has been on four Disney cruises, but this was his first non-Disney cruise, this time choosing Carnival. Why did he do it? Was it worth it? How did it compare to Disney? Would he go back again? How was the food? And why can’t you take a box of cans of Coca-Cola on an escalator?

All these questions and more get answered (except that we couldn’t come up with a good answer for that last one) in this exciting episode of Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 70: Matt Goes to the Tokyo Disney Resort

Hello again from Beyond the Berm! We have been traveling the world to bring you the best that we can bring you! Literally. Matt went to Japan on a family vacation, and Steve went to Mexico on a cruise. The lengths we go to so that we can entertain our listeners!

This episode is all about Matt’s Japan trip, specifically focusing on his experiences at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. He went to some other places in Japan as well, but who really wants to hear about those? Actually, we will cover those later on, because we ran out of time in this episode!

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How do these parks compare to the American parks? Do they live up to the hype that you may have heard about them over the years? How was the food? What were Matt’s favorite attractions? All these questions and more are answered in this International Episode of Beyond the Berm!

(Hopefully, Matt won’t mind that Steve swiped one of his Facebook photos for this post.)

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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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