RunDisney Changes and Disneyland Construction

Hello again from all of us at Beyond the Berm to all of you! Settle in and listen to Episode 83.



To start us off, Matt talks about the recent announcement of a hiatus for RunDisney events at Disneyland. The official stated reason is due to all of the construction going on at the resort, but is there more to it? We don’t actually know, but that doesn’t keep us from speculating. Regular listeners know of Matt’s involvement in past RunDisney events, and this is a big deal to all of those who have participated in the past.

We then talk about the previously mentioned construction at Disneyland, including a new 4-star hotel and several parking structures. While the end result will no doubt be good, there may be some interesting times ahead while construction is underway.

Next, we follow up a question from the last episode by asking the question, “Which of the now-closed attractions that you never got to see do you wish you had seen?” We have several answers from all of the parks, although our answers vary based on which parks each of us has visited. Listen in and see if you agree with our choices.

All of that and more in the latest from Beyond the Berm!

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Change is Coming

Hello, friends, and welcome to another exciting episode of Beyond the Berm! We are all the way up to our 80th episode now, if you are counting.

Change is Coming

This time around, we talk about changes, because change is coming. And in fact, change is already here.

Steve just returned from a visit to the Walt Disney World area, and although he did not visit any of the theme parks this time around, he did spend some time at Disney Springs, which of course has undergone major changes in the last few years from when it used to be Downtown Disney. Have the changes been good ones? And more importantly, what’s for supper? Here the answers to these questions and more.

Also, many theme park changes were recently announced at the D23 Expo. Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratatouille coming to Epcot, the end of the Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios, a Tron coaster in Magic Kingdom,┬áParadise Pier becoming Pixar Pier at California Adventure, and more. Are these good? Are we going to miss what they are replacing? Does Epcot even have a theme any more? We don’t know, but we share what we think about all of these changes that are coming.

Listen in to all the fun 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!

Beyond the Berm Episode 69 - Let It Go

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 64: Visiting Disney Parks and Other Places

Beyond the Berm rolls back around with Episode 64! Do we see our shadows? Oh wait, that only applies to the groundhog.

Anyway, we kick things off this time with Matt’s story of visiting Disneyland and breakfast at the River Belle Terrace restaurant one more time before the menu is changed. And that leads to a discussion about several of the changes coming to the park as a result of the new Star Wars Land. Here is some concept art, in case you haven’t seen what we are talking about:

rivers of america concept art

After that, Steve asks the question, “If you were going to only one of the Walt Disney World parks for only one day, which one would it be?” We think the answer is rather obvious, and you can listen to our reasons why. If you have some other reasons for other parks, we would be glad to hear them!

Matt then talks about his upcoming trip to Japan, including a few days at the Tokyo Disney Resort. As neither of us have been to any of the foreign Disney parks, this is all quite exciting. But then seeing the real Japan is exciting, too. Is visiting “real” places better than visiting “fantasy” Disney places? Hear our thoughts on this subject.

All of this and more in the newest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 43: iPhones, Walt Disney World Changes, and Trip Planning

Welcome back to Beyond the Berm for Episode 43!

For starters, we talk about the new iPhones, since both of us are iPhone guys. Have you gotten a new, bigger phone? Or even an even bigger phone? Hear our thoughts about them, and let us know yours.

Next up, we learned that Cast Members at Disney’s Hollywood Studios were informed that the final day for the Backlot Tour is this Saturday, September 27. Nothing has been announced to take its place, but that doesn’t stop everyone from talking about what it might be, including us. We also talk about some other changes around the resort, including the addition of Frozen in Epcot. Listen in to see what we think about all of this.

Matt is making a solo trip to Walt Disney World to take part in the Marathon in January, and he needs some help in planning what to do during the three days that he is there. Sort of a game, sort of asking for advice. What would you do? Matt would love to hear some suggestions! We talk about some starter ideas, but he would appreciate your feedback.

All this and more in this episode of Beyond the Berm!

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Steve’s Top Disney Photography

Following up on Matt’s post of his Top Disney Photography and our discussion in Episode 13 about our favorite Disney photographs, here are some of my favorites as well, along with an attempt to explain why I like them.

Cinderella Castle at Night 2012I had mentioned this photo of Cinderella Castle in the podcast as being one of my favorites. I always like this side of Cinderella Castle, probably because you don’t see quite as many photos of it as you do of the “front” side. Also, I take many more daytime shots than night shots, so I don’t have as much practice with my night shots. So I was happy that this one turned out just about like how I wanted it to look.

Spaceship Earth at night 2011I also mentioned this shot of Spaceship Earth at Epcot in the podcast. Another example of nighttime photography turning out well for me, which it sometimes doesn’t. I always like Spaceship Earth photos, because the huge sphere is impressive to me. And the colored lights on Spaceship Earth at night make it even better.

Polynesian Night 2012This photo of the Polynesian Resort was another photo that I had mentioned in the podcast. To me, the Polynesian is full of great photo opportunities. I have always liked the lanterns on top of the posts near the water, and getting a photo with the lanterns illuminated at night was cool.

Polynesian 2011

I have another favorite Polynesian Resort photo, and it is this one. I really like it for the clouds and the sunset colors which are also reflected in the water. Interestingly, both of these Polynesian photos were taken from about the same location, but I used different lenses on my camera, which gives them quite different looks. And also, they were taken just about a year apart, too.

World of Motion 1992

This old photo of World of Motion at Epcot has always been a favorite of mine. It reminds me of the photos from the official photo souvenir guides that were sold at the time. And I also like how the sun was reflecting off the upper windows. Of course, this photo has a good bit of sentimental value as well, because World of Motion is long gone.

Nautilus 1994

Here is another old photo from the days of film cameras, this time of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at the Magic Kingdom. I loved the ride, and I loved the movie, too. And it was always cool to see these large submarines sailing through the lagoon.

Family at Cinderella Castle 2012

Family photos are always good, too. I like this photo of Laura and Jaylin in front of Cinderella Castle because it looks like there aren’t that many people around. Actually, it was a typical summer day that day, but I’m not sure why there weren’t that many people in front of the castle at the moment. But I’m not complaining.

Tomorrowland morning 2011

This photo from Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom in the early morning hours is a favorite of mine because of the almost dreamlike quality to it. The light was just right that morning, and you can see that the sun was just starting to hit the tops of the Tomorrowland structures. And also, Laura and Jaylin are there at the right, so that adds a personal touch to it, too.

Cinderella Castle evening 2011

One more Cinderella Castle photo, because you can’t have too many of those, can you? We happened to walk on the pathway from Liberty Square to Cinderella Castle at just the right time of the evening, so of course I had to stop for a photo. The people at the left of the photo are some of those from our group waiting patiently for me to finish.

As Matt said, choosing favorites isn’t always easy, because they can change from day to day. And it is hard to pick just one or two favorites, or even just a few, so these are just a sampling of my favorites. If you want to see more, head over to The Adventures of Steve, where new photos (not just Disney photos) are posted all the time.

Christmas Photos from Walt Disney World

In Episode 7, we talked about Christmas at the Disney parks. So here are a few photos of Christmas at Walt Disney World that I have taken over the years. Enjoy!

The Christmas Tree in Town Square in the Magic Kingdom.

The Osborne Family Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Nighttime on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom

Poinsettia “trees” and Spaceship Earth at Epcot

Mickey and Minnie in the Christmas Parade at the Magic Kingdom

The Toy Soldier Band in the Christmas Parade at the Magic Kingdom

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A large Christmas tree in the Grand Floridian Resort

Christmas stars decorate Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The “Dream Lights” on Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom

A closer view of some of the Osborne Family Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Mickey and Minnie topiaries decked out for the holidays

Christmas decorations at Italy in Epcot’s World Showcase

A large Mickey-shaped wreath at the Contemporary Resort

Holiday Wishes fireworks at the Magic Kingdom

Episode 3 – Disney Exhibits and EPCOT

Episode 3 of Beyond the Berm has arrived!

In this episode, Matt talks about his visit to the Reagan Presidential Library to view the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit currently on display. And he talks about some of the other Disney exhibits he has visited as well. I’m jealous.

We also talked about some upcoming movies, specifically Frankenweenie, Wreck-It Ralph, and The Lone Ranger. Hear our thoughts about those.

And then we talked a bit about Epcot’s 30th anniversary, and how cool it would have been to see Walt’s EPCOT completed.

All that and more await you in Episode 3!

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