No baker’s dozen for Spaceship Earth, entire Tomorrowland Speedway to be recycled, red becomes black at Pirates of the Caribbean, three card monte for DVC members, and a new all inclusive resort of sorts from a galaxy far, far away.
Parker Byrd – Chris Laning
Erin Dole – Paige Laning
“It’s true!” – Jon Laning
“The Whip” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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No baker’s dozen for Spaceship Earth, entire Tomorrowland Speedway to be recycled, red becomes black at Pirates of the Caribbean, three card monte for DVC members, and a new all inclusive resort of sorts from a galaxy far, far away.Hello and welcome to the the July 18th edition of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network. Bringing you Disney News you won’t believe….and probably shouldn’t…I’m Parker Byrd.
ERIN: And I’m Erin Dole. And Parker, you always say “Bringing you Disney News you won’t believe….and probably shouldn’t.” But you really should. I mean, look at our amazing track record.
PARKER: I’m not sure what you are getting at.
ERIN: Hello! I am talking about our first story! All these Disney news outlets are falling all over themselves about it and we reported it like two years ago.
PARKER: Erin! A little context….
ERIN: Right. Let’s start with this clip from Episode 6, which is from EXACTLY 2 years ago where I was talking about Glidden Paint’s sponsorship of the Colortopia exhibit.
AUDIO Clip: (from Episode 6 of Guest Room on ENN)
ERIN: Colortopia may just be a drip in the pan, as we are hearing that Glidden has plans stirring to shake things up. Apparently they are negotiating with Disney to cover the sponsorship of the Spaceship Earth attraction and brush aside current sponsor, Siemen’s when their contract dries up in 2017. Part of their proposal is to spruce up the laser projectors to splash crystal clear and vibrant color palettes on the exterior of Spaceship Earth. But plans are also rolling to give the attraction interior itself a major freshening. They plan to pour on the creativity to touch up existing scenes and spill out new exhibits which will give guests a solid primer on the discovery, history, innovations and future of ….paint. The new spread will be renamed to “Paint Chip Earth”.
PARKER: Paint Chip Earth? You can’t be serious Erin.
ERIN: Well Parker it is still all “rumor” right now, and we will have better coverage in the future. But with such good stuff in the can don’t expect them to keep a lid on it much longer.)
PARKER; I do remember that story Erin
ERIN: Now consider that on July 3rd, the Orlando Sentinel reported that after 12 years, Siemens is ending their sponsorship of Spaceship Earth and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at EPCOT in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. See Parker, I totally nailed it!
PARKER: Um, Erin. The only thing announced was that Siemens is going away. No new sponsor has been announced. So what about Glidden and Paint Chip Earth?
ERIN: Patience Parker..once the ink has dried on this Siemens news, you can expect the key players to stopping glossing over it, pry the lid off, mix things up, and flat out spread the Glidden sponsorship coverage from coat to coat.
PARKER: Erin, are you quite finished?
ERIN: Semi. Why?
PARKER: No reason…just tired of walking on eggshells.
ERIN: Really Parker?
PARKER: This past weekend, July 14-16th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, D23, the Disney Fan event held every two years, was…uh…held. As you probably already know, a HUGE number of major announcements were made which virtually blew up the Disney blogosphere. Too numerous to cover on one episode, we will, like many Disney fans, be talking about them for weeks to come.
One announcement that came out was the confirming of a rumor that the Tomorrowland Speedway in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando Florida is being closed in 2018 to make way for a new attraction which will debut in 2021, which is also Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. That new attraction is the Tron Light Cycle Power Run which is currently only found in Tomorrowland at Shanghai Disneyland in China.
The attraction is a high-speed steel linear induction roller coaster that, at least in the Shanghai version, runs both indoors and outdoors. The outdoor portion in Shanghai is enclosed under a canopy however. The indoor portions are basically dark rides with numerous effects that put the riders into the heart of the action of the movie Tron Legacy.
The rollercoaster car seats themselves are shaped like motorbikes and guests hold on to handlebars. The ride is accompanied by high tech music and effects.
Now this change will undoubtedly be met with some sadness by longtime Walt Disney World fans. The Tomorrowland Speedway was an opening day attraction for Walt Disney World, though it was originally called the “Grand Prix Raceway” and was patterned off of the Autopia ride at the Magic Kingdom in the Disneyland resort in California.
Over its 45 plus years it has often been the very first car that many Disney fans have ever driven and is the source of numerous great memories. Recognizing this, Disney is rumored to be including at least one tribute to the Tomorrowland Speedway. At the end of the new Tron Light Cycle Power Run they plan to configure the returning cars to stop at the unload area, by ramming into the cars in front them. Nice touch.
(Story: PIrates Change – https://www.mouseplanet.com/11816/The_Redhead_to_Have_New_Role_in_Pirates_of_the_Caribbean_Attractions)
ERIN: Recently, Disney announced that the renovated Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Paris resort in Marne-la-Vallee (MON-la-va-lee) France would feature an updated scene. The scene in which the captain is auctioning off women to be brides is being changed. It will now feature a sign saying “Auction. Surrender Yer Loot”. The announcement regarding that change mentioned that that update would also be made to the Pirates attraction at both the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, and the Disneyland Park in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California when their versions are renovated in 2018.
News of the change worried Pirates fans, particularly those of the fan favorite “Redhead” featured in that scene.
PARKER: (In pirate voice) “We wants the redhead! We wants the redhead!”
ERIN: Well fear not Parker, as the announcement points out that the redhead is still there. Only now she is a pirate and the one making sure the townsfolk are bringing their possessions to the auction.
From victim to villain….interesting career move. What do you think Parker?
PARKER: Well Erin, it just goes to show that there is a thin line between a pirate’s wife, and a pirate’s life.
ERIN: ..for she!
ERIN: Back after this.
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Erin: You know Parker, there is one thing that I hate about Disney.
Parker: (( A lot of surprise/loudy )) Erin, we are a Disney news channel, you can never say that. But tell me why anyway.
Erin: Well the fact that whenever you get bored and just want to see a character, there is never one around! Or, if you want to see a specific character you can’t ever find them. I mean it is ridiculous that WE have to find THEM. Shouldn’t THEY find those who want to see them. I wish there was something that you could use to create or summon the character.
Parker: (( commercial voice )) Well Erin, your wish has come true!
Erin: Uh no! Parker why are are you using your commercial voice?!
Parker: Because I would like to introduce to you the all new WIsh You Were Here Magic Character on Demand Rings. These stylish rings make the perfect souvenir in their own right. But it’s their magical powers that really raise the bar. These quiet unassuming rings have two Character on Demand modes. If you are on Disney property, any Disney property, you can use the full-service mode. Say you or your loved ones are frustrated that you haven’t seen your favorite Disney character. No problem! Just tap a button on the ring, whisper that character’s name, and within 60 seconds, that very character will magically walk right up to you…guaranteed! No more endless searching, no more waiting in long lines! The character you want…when and where you want them!
Erin: Wow that sounds amazing!
Parker: But wait, there’s more! Once you have returned home, these rings don’t just become another pretty souvenir as you can use them in self-service mode. Say your child is feeling a little sad, and you think a visit from their favorite Disney character will cheer them up. Just slip out of view of your prince or princess, press the button whisper the character’s name, and be magically transformed into that character for the next 4 minutes and 55 seconds, (except for Cinderella who will only revert back at midnight). Once again the character you want…when and where you want them! Now the rings themselves retail for $19.99 plus shipping and handling. But it’s A113 price for the Character on Demand function. This is because…
Erin: Wait! I got this. Because magic ALWAYS comes with a price.
Parker: The WIsh You Were Here Magic Character on Demand Ring. Get your’s today!
Erin: Hey Parker! Can I see that?
Erin: (( Beep )) (((( Whispered )))) Maleficent… Dragon Form
Parker: (( Dragon roar )) Erin!!
PARKER: Welcome back to “Guest Room” on ENN.
DVC members got a nice surprise at D23 with the announcement of the 15th DVC resort. This one will be called the Disney Riviera Resort and will be located next to the Caribbean Beach resort and will be on the Disney Skyliner loop, a new gondola system that will connect this resort as well as the Disney Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts with both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. More about the gondola system on our next episode.
Now there was little detail about theming of the resort, aside from the name, a little concept art and that it would include a rooftop restaurant with views of both the EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios nighttime entertainment.
This has lead to fans wondering if the resort will be based off of the Italian Riviera and feature some great Northern Italian seafood and pesto, or off of the French Riviera and feature some fancy French cuisine.
However, ENN has learned that it is more likely that Disney will roll the dice, take a gamble, and race to theme the resort based on the tiny Principality of Monaco. This speculation comes as a result of several Disney bloggers observing Bob Chapek, the Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, leaving the D23 Expo, in a Chevy Monte Carlo.
ERIN: Sounds all but confirmed to me! And finally….
At the D23 Expo it was announced that the official name of the Star Wars lands coming to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando and to the Disneyland Park in the Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California, will be Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Both are expected to open in 2019.
However, some of the most exciting resort news coming out of D23 was the announcement of a new Star Wars themed hotel. This will be a different kind of hotel, billed to be “100% interactive”.
Guests will be given Star Wars attire, and their own character and storyline as they enter the hotel. Once inside they will encounter hotel staff who are also Star Wars attired and have their own storylines. There will be no windows to the “outside world”. Instead the windows will display scenery appropriate to the Star Wars universe.
To preserve the magic, guests will presumably be encouraged to remain within the confines of their hotel for the duration of their stay. In effect, the hotel stay becomes the attraction.
PARKER: They should of put the hotel in California.
ERIN: Why’s that?
PARKER: Well, it sounds like they’re programmed to receive. You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.
ERIN: I don’t get it….did I miss something?
PARKER: Apparently so.
ERIN: Anyway, the Star Wars themed hotel is all part of Disney’s new Disney 360 vacation concept. So this is likely just the first of many really cool experiences to come in the future.
Now despite there being little detail released an inside source has leaked to ENN a sampling of some of what awaits you in the resort. Just imagine…
- Grabbing some fried Calamari at the Admiral Ack Bar
- Washing it down with an exotic fizzy drink from the popular Yoda Fountain in the DagoBar
- Satisfying that sweet tooth with one of Chewie’s Chocolate Chip Wookies
- Treating your muscles with a relaxing session at the Asajj parlor
- Playing fun family games like Kamino Royale or Jango
- Going WIndu shopping at Macey’s
- Hitting the ATM’s at Jar Jar Banks
- Or pIcking up little knick knacks at the Ami Dolla Store.
PARKER: Wow. Why am I sensing a running gag with this one?
ERIN: With your bad humor Parker I would assume this would be the kind of gag you would cheer.
ERIN: Seriously Parker! You just had to get the last one in didn’t you?
PARKER: Always end with the best Erin.
ERIN: Yes. But was it the End…or just the beginning.
PARKER: Well played.
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ERIN: And don’t forget to check out our ENN Youtube Channel where you can see our shows and where I will share my upcoming adventure on a Disney Alaskan cruise with all of you. So until next time, I’m Erin Dole
PARKER: And I’m Parker Byrd. Thanks for listening to the Ears News Network, the mistrusted name in Disney news. Goodbye everybody.