Episode 26: Happy Halloween!

Join us once again for Episode 26 of Beyond the Berm!

For starters, Halloween is just around the corner, so we spend a few minutes talking about some Halloween memories. We then move on to talk about the recent television special “Toy Story of Terror.” Did we like it? Was it good? Was it scary? Listen in to find out.

Next, we look at the recently released updates about the Avatar-inspired World of Pandora coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’m not sure if “excited” is the right word, but we are interested to see what other changes it might bring to Animal Kingdom, such as an extension of park hours.

From there, we branch off into a discussion of park hopping at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts. Steve couldn’t remember at the time exactly where he had read something about park hopping comparisons, but it was at the Malloryland blog, if you want to check out the original inspiration for this conversation.

And on top of all that, there are a few other small items here and there, so listen in to catch them all in Episode 26!

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Episode 24: Disneyland Half Marathon

Time once again for Beyond the Berm as Episode 24 comes your way!

As you may have heard us mention before, Matt had been planning to participate in the Disneyland Half Marathon. Now that event has come and gone, and Matt gives us an informative look back at his experience with the race. Way to go!

Up next, Steve mentions the schedule change taking the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie off the summer 2015 calendar, and we discuss how this may have been influenced by The Lone Ranger, among other things. And we take a look back at the summer box office results as well.

Happy Halloween! Yes, it is still only mid-September, but you wouldn’t know it at the Disney parks. We talk a bit about how Halloween has become a major event at Disney.

All this and more at Episode 24 of Beyond the Berm!

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Halloween Through the Years

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!  We made it through another night of trick-or-treating through the neighborhood — and my daughter loved every minute of it.

I had mentioned in the podcast about the various costumes that Chelsea had worn through the years and thought I’d present a little fashion show of the ensembles below:

Chelsea’s first Halloween she was a cheetah.  My mom, Kathy and I all had cheetah-print Mickey Mouse ears to go along with her costume (2006).

Chelsea loved the show JoJo’s Circus that would play on the Disney Channel.  She’s always been a little leery of characters at Disneyland but gave JoJo a big kiss on the nose when she saw her (2007).

Chelsea’s first princess outfit was Snow White (2008).

Chelsea as Cinderella, with Cinderella (2009).

Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog (2010).

Rapunzel (with Pascal) from Tangled (2011).

Chelsea’s favorite princess is Jasmine from Aladdin so she was very excited that she got to dress up as her for this year’s Halloween.

It’s November 1 and Chelsea hasn’t mentioned who she wants to be for next year’s trick-or-treat festivities yet.  I wonder who’ll she’ll choose?  In the meantime, she’ll have lots of fun dressing up in her latest costume whenever we got out and about.

-Matt

I Forgot About Hades

In Episode 4, Matt and I were talking about our favorite Disney villains. During the conversation, I mentioned that my favorite of the recent villains was Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog. And I would still stick with that as my answer.

But one that I completely forgot about was Hades from Hercules. How could I forget about such an over-the-top villain like that?

Hades had such a cool design with his flaming hair, long fingers, and bulging eyes. There were even some nice touches with his flaming hair being a cool blue and then turning red when Hades lost his cool.

What really made Hades work was his voice, supplied by James Woods. He could be a smooth talker, make a quick passing joke, or really get overheated, and it all seemed perfectly natural. Before Hercules, I hadn’t seen James Woods in too many things. So a few years ago when he was starring in the television series “Shark,” which I greatly enjoyed, I often found myself thinking, “Hey, it’s Hades!” Sort of the reverse of when you hear an animated character speak and immediately think of the actor who provided his voice.

So, sorry I forgot about Hades, Lord of the Dead. He was always cool. Or hot.

Halloween Shorts

Steve and I discussed a number of Disney-produced Halloween goodies on our most recent podcast episode including some of the old cartoons that were themed to the holiday.

For your viewing pleasure, I’ve assembled links to YouTube videos featuring The Skeleton Dance, Lonesome Ghosts and Trick or Treat.  Enjoy!

The Skeleton Dancehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h03QBNVwX8Q

Lonesome Ghosts - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKOS530PpLA

Trick or Treat - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skdVouumMk4

-Matt

Episode 4 – Halloween!

Episode 4 of Beyond the Berm is now available!

Because it is the Halloween season, we have a whole episode themed to Halloween. We talk about trick-or-treating, Halloween costumes, childhood memories, and more.

We also spend a good bit of time exploring some of the different Halloween-related Disney offerings. The Haunted Mansion, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and even that growing classic Hocus Pocus. And that is just the short list – we cover several other Halloween subjects, too!

Be sure to check out this episode to help get you in the mood for Halloween.

Listen – if you dare!

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