runDisney Attire

On several podcast episodes, I’ve mentioned that I’ll be participating in the Walt Disney World Marathon and Star Wars Half Marathon. I’m often amazed at the creative attire that people come up with when running runDisney events. Usually, I just wear the tech T-shirt they provide as part of the event registration but this year I’ve decided to spice things up a bit and actually run in costume.

For the Walt Disney World Marathon, I’m running as the Big Cheese himself — Mickey Mouse. I’ll be sporting a solid black T-shirt, red shorts and yellow shoes. To accessorize, I’ve spray painted two buttons yellow and attached them to belt loops in my shorts. A pair of fuzzy white gloves and traditional Mickey ears completes the ensemble.

For the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon, I bought a Darth Vader costume T-shirt with cape from Target and will be pairing it with black shorts. I bought a Darth Vader helmet with Mickey ears at Disneyland and am borrowing my daughter’s Mickey light wand to act as a light saber. Black gloves, socks and shoes help me fulfill my turn to the Dark Side.

Neither of these outfits are particularly creative but are a fun way for me to participate in a runDisney event beyond simply running the distance. Of the two outfits, the regular Mickey is the most simple befitting the 26.2 miles I’ll have to endure while wearing it. I just hope the ears stay put, the 80-degree expected weather don’t make the gloves unnecessarily hot and the shoes turn out to be as much performance issue than just looking the part. The Darth Mickey will be more tricky with the rim of the helmet potentially striking my neck on every stride and the possibility that my light saber may be difficult to keep retracted. But as much as I’d like to pull decent times, I’m not running to win and these costumes will hopefully make the events even more fun than they already are.

~ Matt

Episode 28: A Few of Our Favorite Things

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the internet, Beyond the Berm returns!

To begin Episode 28, Matt asks a series of interesting questions about some of our favorite things, and we discuss our answers. How do our favorites compare to yours? Listen in to find out, and then let us know if you agree or disagree.

Next, Steve tells about some of the small touches at Disney that he enjoys, and Matt adds some of his own as well. Because it is the little things that make a difference, after all.

And then we talk for a bit about the recent passing of Diane Disney Miller, Walt and Lillian Disney’s older daughter, and we talk about the impact she has made over the last several years.

As we go along, we talk of traditions, tell some funny stories, and try not to talk too much about Christmas. Because Thanksgiving is still just around the corner, after all.

Come join us for Episode 28!

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Episode 21: Mickey, Walt, Lone Ranger, Legends

The Beyond the Berm Podcast is back with Episode 21!

To start things off, we discuss the new Mickey Mouse short cartoons that have been airing on the Disney Channel. Have you seen them yet? You can watch them all on the Disney website. See if your opinions about them match up with ours.

Next up, we talked about the just-released first trailer for the upcoming movie Saving Mr. Banks, about Walt Disney, P.L. Travers, and the story behind the making of the movie Mary Poppins. The trailer has been making quite a few waves on the internet. And once again, if you haven’t seen the trailer, you can watch it on the Disney website.

After that, Steve gives his review of the Lone Ranger. As you may know from listening, he has been looking forward to this movie for some time. Did it meet up with his expectations?

Also, the newest Disney Legends were announced the other day, so we go over the list a bit, giving some thoughts about those who are included in this year’s class.

All that and the usual fun await you in Episode 21!

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Episode 20: Monsters and Mickey

Time once again for the Beyond the Berm podcast!

In Episode 20, we spend a good bit of time giving our thoughts on the latest Pixar movie, Monsters University. We also talk a good bit about the short that was with it, The Blue Umbrella. Come here how we think it compares to Cars 2!

Also, Matt talked a bit about the new show at Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater, Mickey and the Magical Map. That brings up a discussion of some of the other live shows found at the parks.

After that, we have a potpourri of topics, among which are The Lone Ranger, Gargoyles, the Disney Movie Club, Zorro, and an attraction at Disneyland possibly named after the Mad Hatter.

All that, and maybe even some more, in Episode 13!

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Episode 12: What Makes a Movie a Disney Movie?

Beyond the Berm has returned once again with Episode 12!

Right off the bat, Matt asks a question to get us thinking: What makes a movie a Disney movie? We then do our best to come up with an answer to that thought-provoking question. If you have any thoughts on the issue, we would love to hear them!

We also talk about the upcoming Disney movie release, Oz the Great and Powerful, which also brings up some memories of a previous Oz movie from Disney, Return to Oz.

Have you seen the newly discovered Mickey Mouse sketch from the 1930s? We discuss that, too. Plus, Matt tells about reading one of the Kingdom Keepers books.

All that and more is waiting for you in Beyond the Berm episode 12!

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Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse

The first Mickey Mouse cartoon debuted on this date at the Colony Theater in New York City with a talking feature movie, Gang War, starring Olive Borden and Jack Pickford.  Eighty-four years later, it is the star of that short cartoon who we are all still talking about.  So it is my great pleasure to wish the Big Cheese a very happy birthday.

One of my favorite quotes from Walt Disney is when he said, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing … that it was all started by a mouse.”  To see how it all started, check out that first cartoon, Steamboat Willie, by clicking the link below:

Steamboat Willie on YouTube

In our latest podcast episode, I talked about an animated film by some Russian animators that was made as a tribute to Mickey’s enduring career in celebration of his 60th birthday in 1988.  The cartoon, by animators Mikhail Tumelya and Alexander Petrov, was called The Marathon and can be viewed at the link below:

The Marathon on YouTube

I also mentioned the special publication made to celebrate Mickey’s 60th birthday, Mickey is Sixty, the cover of which is pictured below:

And the extra copy I purchased in 1988, “protected” in a Disneyland shopping bag:

I wrote an opinion piece about Disney’s (lack of) celebration planning for Mickey’s 75th birthday, which features a decent recap about the celebratory things Disney did do for his 60th, which we touched upon in the podcast.  Click here to read all about it.

And, finally, I also wrote a very brief summary about Mickey’s origins, which is an appropriate read on the occasion  of his 84th birthday today.  It is available for reading here.

The success of Mickey Mouse really did prove to be the flash point for the success of the Walt Disney Company.  I’m excited that not only do we celebrate the historical significance of his debut but that he remains fairly relevant today, still going strong 84 years later.  Happy birthday, Mickey.  Thanks for so many years of happiness!


Episode 6 – Thanksgiving

It is time again for Beyond the Berm, and here is Episode 6!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we look at some of the past Disney movies that have been released around this time of year. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, and more!

Also just around the corner is Mickey Mouse’s birthday. The Big Cheese will be 84 on November 18. Does that make him Aged Cheese?

Plus, we talk about some of our own personal Thanksgiving traditions, as we approach the holiday. Hint: We aren’t big fans of Black Friday.

Be sure and join us for Episode 6!

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Photos from the Reagan Library – Part 1

I mentioned in Episode 3 that I would be sharing some of the photos I took of the D23 Treasure of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library here on the blog.  Below are some of the items that guests visiting the collection will see (click on each image for a larger view):

Treasures EntranceThe entrance to the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit features busts of Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney — fitting considering the venue and subject matter.

Steamboat Willie ScriptThe script from Steamboat Willie features illustrations made by Ub Iwerks and descriptions of each scene typed by Walt Disney.

Stuffed MickeyThe plush Mickey Mouse doll used by Walt Disney for promotional photographs of the inaugural run of the E.P. Ripley at Disneyland in June of 1955.  I guess because I had always seen the plush in black-and-white photographs, like the one hanging next to the doll, it never occurred to me that it would actually dressed so colorfully.

Walt's Formal OfficeA panoramic view of Walt Disney’s formal office using a new photo option on the iPhone.  This office used to be on display with Walt’s working office at the Walt Disney Story on Main Street at Disneyland for many, many years.  The working office is now on display at the One Man’s Dream exhibit at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

NautilusA 12-foot-long “miniature” special effects model of the Nautilus from the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  This thing was both massive and impressive for its scale and level of detail.

Model TThe Model T Ned Brainard flew to Washington D.C. using Flubber power in the 1961 film The Absent-Minded Professor.

King Brian's CrownThe crown of King Brian of Knocknasheega, as worn by actor Jimmy O’Dea, in Darby O’Gill and the Little People.  This is one of my favorite Disney films of all time so it was exciting to see a prop from the movie on display.

Emelius Browne's Display CaseProps from the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks, including Emelius Browne’s magician display case, book of spells, “Isle of Naboombu” cloth book and the bedknob.  I’ve always enjoyed this film and this display just struck me as the perfect example of the collection of treasures that do exist in the Walt Disney Archives.

The tour continued with displays from more contemporary films and the theme parks. Check out photos from that part of the exhibit in the following post by clicking here.