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!

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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 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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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 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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Episode 68: Vacations, Theme Park Openings, and More!

Hang on to your hats and glasses, because Beyond the Berm is back!

To start off Episode 68, Steve tells about his recent Florida vacation. Cocoa Beach, Disney Springs, Epcot, hotel visiting, Spirit of Aloha, and even a tropical storm – it’s all in there! Listen in to hear his thoughts.

Epcot for BTBNext up, we discuss a new theme park that just opened. Maybe you have heard of it – Shanghai Disneyland. Of course, neither of us was there for the grand opening, but we also talk about other park openings, including Matt’s story of going to Disney California Adventure on its opening day.

We also discuss some recent movies we have seen, such as Zootopia, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and The Jungle Book, as well as giving our thoughts on Finding Dory, which opens this weekend.

Join us for all the fun in Beyond the Berm Episode 68!

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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 66: We Are Cheap Sheep, Or Just Thrifty

Beyond the Berm is back! Did you miss us? Then take a listen to Episode 66!

For starters, Matt brings up the recent tiered ticket prices for the Disney Parks, with different prices for Peak, Regular, and Value seasons, whatever those happen to be. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? If you have listened before, you probably already know how we feel about that. And then there are other new fees, alternate charges, proposed fees, and so on. Such as paying extra for preferred parking, or a possible resort fee at Walt Disney World. Is it getting to be too much? Yes, it just might be. Listen in as we talk about it all.

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Also, along those same lines, we discuss if it ever is worth it to pay extra for extra things. Extra park benefits, closer parking spaces, more Blu-Ray features, better Blu-Ray picture versus DVD, and more. Maybe there are some things that we think it is worth paying extra for, as long as the extra charge isn’t all that much. Maybe.

And then we end on some slightly happier notes, such as a long awaited sequel or two (and not just Princess Diaries 3), thoughts about the newest trailers for The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon, a brief review of Zootopia, and more!

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