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!

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 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 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 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 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 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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Episode 58: Brother, Can You Loan a Dime?

Beyond the Berm is back for Episode 58!

To begin with, Matt is looking for some spare change, because the annual pass prices at Disneyland and Walt Disney World have once again increased, after the last increase not too many months ago. Disneyland prices in particular took a big jump. Is it good business, or a way to cut back on the number of passholders?

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Also, Pixar and Marvel reported some updated release dates for some of their movies, including a newly announced sequel to Ant-Man. We talk some about all of this, and particularly about how many of the Pixar movies are sequels. Is it better to play it safe or to try something new?

We then shift slightly from Marvel movies to Marvel television shows to talk about the new season of Agents of SHIELD. After only two episodes of the new season, things are already getting exciting. Hear what we think about it, and what we hope to get out of the new season.

Also, we talk about Halloween, social media, and then get back to the annual passholder situation a little more.

And speaking of social media, if you ever want to follow us individually on Twitter, you can find Steve at @Burnsland and Matt at @StartedByAMouse.

Be sure to hear all the fun on the latest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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