Groot gives Ellen the boot, Disney planning to string along guests, an Uber great idea from Disney gives guests a Minnie lift, and a lack of cents in the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.
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Groot gives Ellen the boot, Disney planning to string along guests, an Uber great idea from Disney gives guests a mini lift, and a lack of cents in the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.
Hello and welcome to the the July 30th 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.
One the many announcements coming out of D23 was cool news that a Guardians of the Galaxy themed ride is coming to EPCOT in the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. It’s going to replace Ellen’s Energy Adventure which is closing in August. Ellen’s Energy Adventure starred Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Not a ton of detail on the ride but it is supposed to be based on the premise that Peter Quill, you know Star-Lord, actually visited EPCOT as a kid.
Concept art also showed Rocket and Groot in the preshow.
Though ENN has learned that in a nod to Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Rocket’s friend will be referred to as Baby Groot the Living Root.
Also at the D23 convention a few weeks back Disney announced a new transportation system coming to the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. The new system, called the Disney Skyliner, is a gondola system, similar to a ski lift with an enclosed car, attached to a cable.
Now the concept is not new for this resort. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World used to have the “Skyway” ride which was an opening day attraction. It connected Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. It was a great way to skip over the crowds in between. It closed in 1999.
This new version won’t be in a park exactly. Rather it will connect the Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach,Pop Century and new Disney Riviera resorts with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT.
Of course some may be concerned about the safety of the Disney Skyliner? For instance if a thunderstorm suddenly blows in, will they be able to get everyone off the ride in time? And with numerous gondolas filled with guests on a line that stretches on for miles,, if it were to break down or the power goes out for a while, you are talking a massive evacuation spread over miles and miles of the resort.
Well ENN has learned that Disney has come up with a potential plan to deal with the evacuations. They are considering equipping each of the gondolas with an inflatable slide, similar to the ones used on commercial airplanes. Should a stoppage occur, guests will be instructed to pull a handle, deploy the slide and self-evacuate to the ground.
Now I see two potential unintended consequences with this. First, the allure of a thrilling slide to the ground could lead to guests wishing for. Or even causing ridestops. But more importantly , depending on where your gondola stops along the route, it could be less of an evacuation and more like air delivery of gator food.
Back after this.
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Yet another announcement coming out of D23 was the announcement of Disney’s new Minnie Van service coming to the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando.. Of course that is Minnie spelled M-i-n-n-i-e!
This ride-sharing like service seeks to mimic the services many have come to expect from service providers like Lyft and Uber. Guests will use an app to schedule a pick up that will take them to various places around the resort. The specially decorated vehicles will be driven by Disney employees . The service is expected to be in full operation later this month.
The promotional pictures showed Disney’s fleet of Minnie vans all bearing Minnie’s signature red with white spots scheme. Now that I think of it, it kind of takes Disneybounding to a whole new level.
And finally Tony S.., a cast member at the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Attraction over at Disney’s California Adventure in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California wrote to tell us about an encounter he recently had. Tony was working the exit of the ride when a group of four young boys, just barely tall enough to ride it by his estimation, came hurrying out excitedly chattering. Curious, Tony stepped closer to see what he could make out of the chatter. One of the boys said “Hey…I had a 5 cent piece in my hand and it floated up when we were dropping.”
Now, our lawyers would like us to point out that having loose objects in this attraction is ill advised, dangerous, and against Disney policy. You could even get expelled from the park if caught violating this rule. So JUST DON’T DO IT!
Anyway, Tony writes that a second boy responded “I pulled out my 10 cent piece and it floated too!”. A third boy also chimed in “I pulled out my 25 cent piece and it floated too”.
While dealing with little kids isn’t exactly Tony’s strong suit, he noticed that the fourth boy’s downtrodden look was in stark contrast to the other three. Tony approached the boy and asked him “Did you float a coin as well?”
“No sir!” said the boy.
Marveling in the fact that perhaps one young guest had actually obeyed the rules, and hoping it served as a message to the other three, Tony confidently asked the boy “Why not?”
The boy’s answer? “‘Cause I didn’t have any cents.”
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So until next time I’m Erin Dole
PARKER: And I’m Parker Byrd, thanks for listening to the the Ears News Network, the mistrusted name in Disney news.
ERIN: Goodbye everybody.