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 36: Universal, Marvel, and MyMagic+

Welcome back to Beyond the Berm for Episode 36!

To start things off, Matt told about becoming an annual passholder for Universal Studios Hollywood and about his recent visit there. How does it compare to the Disney parks? Listen in to see what he thought.

Next, Steve brought up the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and that led into a discussion of Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which just finished up its first season. The show has been picked up for a second season, along with a new series about Agent Carter that will air in between the fall and winter/spring seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Hear what we thought about the first season and see if you agree.

After that, Matt shared the cheerful news as a follow-up to our last episode that he was in fact able to get FastPasses for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for his family’s upcoming Walt Disney World visit. We talked about the high demand for all of the new experiences, the intricacies and oddities of the new FastPass system, and the effect that it might all have on future visits to Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Come hear our thoughts on all of this.

Don’t miss any of the exciting, breath-taking moments in Episode 36 of Beyond the Berm!

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Photos From the Reagan Library – Part 2

Continuing our photo tour of the D23 Exhibit at the Reagan Library from my previous post, we descended a staircase to a large tented section of the exhibit that could host items of somewhat larger scale than in the upstairs building.

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives signageSignage welcoming guests into the next part of the exhibit was hung at the base of the stairs to the temporary structure.

Alice in Wonderland costumesThis section of the exhibit featured a bunch of costumes from various Disney films, stage productions and advertising campaigns.  Some were displayed in glass cases while these costumes from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland were featured in a scene that included props and set pieces from the film.

Captain America costumeI’m still getting used to the idea that Marvel is part of Disney but Captain America was always one of my favorite superheroes when I was a kid so it was fun looking at this costume.  The nice thing about this exhibit is that there are plenty of things for the hardcore Disney fanatic to enjoy as well as stuff for people who might appreciate more contemporary pop culture.

Iron ManAnother entry from the Marvel Universe was this Iron Man promotional statue created for Iron Man 2.  It looked impressive and I know that others found this piece a highlight of their visit.

Fantasmic DragonThe only mild complaint I may have had with the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at the Reagan Library is that there wasn’t enough on display from the theme parks.  This Maleficent dragon head from the Fantasmic show at Disneyland almost single-handedly made up for that.  Like others who were impressed by the Iron Man statue, this was an impressive display in both scope and coolness factor.

Hitchhiking GhostIt is always fun to get a good, up close look at some of the things that make the Disney theme parks so magical.  The Hitchhiking Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion attraction are iconic figures and it was interesting to be able to examine their features from outside a moving Doombuggy.

Pirates of the Carribean FigureheadOne of the more popular Disney film(s) from the recent era of the Studio is Pirates of the Caribbean so it was not surprising to find plenty of costumes, props and set pieces from the series.  The largest piece, towering high over visitors, was a special effects filming model of the Black Pearl.  Seeing this piece made me wish that I had taken wood shop in school so that I could perhaps build something 1 percent as cool.

Jasmine MaquetteI mentioned on the podcast that my least favorite thing to see on display at the exhibit was the set of animation maquettes.  Although beautiful made, we used to sell reproductions of these at the Disney Store when I worked there where they were on display in the collectibles case.  These figures are used by animators to help them get a three-dimensional view of the character when trying to animate them from different vantage points.

Hall of PresidentsA fitting conclusion to the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at the Reagan Library was memorabilia from Ronald Reagan’s connections to Walt Disney.  He served as one of the co-hosts of the opening of Disneyland television special.  He wrote a letter to the Postmaster General while governor of California asking for a stamp to be issued to commemorate the life of Walt Disney.  And his likeness appears in the Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  Reagan’s bust that served as his model for the Audio-Animatronic version at the Hall of Presidents was on display with busts of the other 43 presidents of the United States.

The above images are only a small sampling of what you’ll find at the exhibit.  There’s more than 500 items on display in the 12,000 square foot exhibition spanning from Walt’s boyhood days to Laugh-O-Gram Films, the Oswald Series, Mickey Mouse, animated films, live-action films, Disney theme parks and beyond.  (Including lots of costumes!)

D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Reagan Library is scheduled for exhibition through April 2013.  The Library is located in Simi Valley, California.  For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit the exhibit’s page at ReaganFoundation.org.

-Matt