Closing credits roll on an opening day attraction, three is better than two, Orange and the New Green, "Pier"ing into Pixar, a touching tribute, and seeing spots all over the Walt Disney World Resort.
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ERIN: Closing credits roll on an opening day attraction, three is better than two, Orange and the New Green, Piering into Pixar, a touching tribute, and seeing spots all over the Walt Disney World Resort. Hello and welcome to the the August 25th edition of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network. Bringing you Disney News you won’t believe….and probably shouldn’t...I’m Erin Dole.
PARKER: And I’m Parker Byrd. And Erin, we have commented in the past that at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando so many attractions have closed one wonders what there really is to do at the park anymore.
ERIN: That’s for sure.
PARKER: Well, believe it or not, as of August 13th yet ANOTHER attraction is closed.
PARKER: And this was a biggie. The Great Movie Ride, the dark ride showing a cadre of the most notable scenes in cinematic history, and a scene from Alien, was the centerpiece of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (or Disney’s MGM Studios as it was called when it originally opened). It was housed in a replica of the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theater, where the whole putting footprints of Hollywood stars into cement began.
The Great Movie Ride was an opening day attraction when the park made its debut in May of 1989 and in fact was the only opening day attraction still in operation. While Star Tours and the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular show are still operating they did not open until later in 1989. So if I am not mistaken...
ERIN: And you usually are.
PARKER: This marks the very first time a Disney park has had all of its opening day attractions closed.
Now The Great Movie Ride is being closed to make way for “Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway”. While we will have more on that attraction as details become available early indications point to it being somewhat of an overlay to the current ride system. Essentially replacing the iconic movie scenes with those from Mickey Mouse shorts, and putting Goofy in charge of the ride vehicles. That should end well.
Anyway, they say it is always darkest before the dawn and certainly with this upcoming attraction, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and Toy Story Land in the offing, brighter days do seem to be ahead for Disney’s Hollywood Studios or whatever they may ultimately call it. But for now it seems like Disney has invented a whole new term for the industry…..the “¼ day park”.
ERIN: If that. Disney’s new ride sharing service, Minnie Vans, has begun operation at the Walt Disney World. This service, similar to Uber and Lyft, allows guests to make reservations through a mobile app for transportation to and from places within the resort. The vehicles carry the Minnie’s distinctive red with white dots pattern on the sides and a white roof with a black Minnie head outline with a red and white bow. These vehicles are not hard to miss. They take Disneybounding to a whole new level! An Uber idea from Disney to give guests a Minnie pick-up.
PARKER: This month also saw the relaunching of Mission Space in the Future World section of EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. The attraction’s previous versions “Orange team” and “Green Team” have been replaced with the names “Orange Mission” and “Green Mission”. The Orange Mission has pretty much the same storyline as it previously did, a simulated training mission to Mars, but the video has been upgraded to HD for a better experience. The Green Mission not only now has optional booster seats allowing the ride height minimum to be lowered to 40” it has a whole new mission. It is now an orbit of the Earth. You launch from Kennedy Space Center, cut through the middle of America where you pass over the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, the Hawaiian Islands, Japan, China, the Middle East, and Italy. You even see the northern lights. Then, weather permitting, you come in for a landing back at Kennedy Space Center.
Now it should be noted that ENN has learned that due to federal regulations surrounding the use of Kennedy Space Center in the film and the proximity of the park to that government facility, guest opting to ride the Green Mission will be required to purchase a one day ticket to Kennedy Space Center at $50 for adults and $40 for children.
ERIN: That's ridiculous!
PARKER: True Erin. But everyone knows that it usually costs a little more to go green.
ERIN: Really Parker? Already with this?
PARKER: Back after this.
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ERIN: Welcome back to “Guest Room” on ENN. Turning our attention to Anaheim, one of the announcements coming out of D23 was the rethemeing of Paradise Pier in the Disney’s California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort into Pixar Pier. It will essentially be some different “neighborhoods” that will allow you to get up close and personal with some of your favorite Pixar characters including ones from “The Incredibles”, “Inside Out” and “Toy Story”.
Pixar Pier will open in 2018 as part of a resort-wide “Pixar Fest” celebration which will also include a new Pixar themed fireworks show at the Disneyland Park and the Pixar Play It parade will move to the Disneyland Park too. Pixar Fest will be a limited time event, but Pixar Pier will be a permanent change….or at least as permanent as things are any more at Disney...(Great Movie Ride).
Now ENN has learned that keeping with the Pixar tradition John Ratzenberger has been given a role in Pixar Pier. He has been hired to be the Custodial Host for the Pier.
PARKER: I’ll bet he really cleans up in that role is he doesn’t Hamm it up too much.
ERIN: Parker, you really went off the Cliff with that one.
PARKER: Back over on the East Coast, a new memorial was recently erected off of the Seven Seas lagoon at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, to remember Lane Graves. He was the young boy who died in June of 2016 when he was snatched by an alligator as he was wading along the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon near Disney’s Grand Floridian hotel.
The memorial is a lighthouse, gold in color with two blue stars. It is the symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was started by the boy's parents in his memory and provides financial support for non-medical expenses to families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants at Omaha healthcare facilities.
The memorial is erected near where the attack took place. New safety measures and signage also came about as a result of this unfortunate event. It’s a beautiful memorial and one we hope will remain untouched in the future.
ERIN: And finally, over the past few episodes and on our YouTube series, Ears News Bites, we have covered many announcements coming out of the D23 Expo which was held last month in Anaheim, California. It ranged from a new ride themed off of Guardians of the Galaxy to a whole new transportation system at Walt Disney World.
But this announcement was a little different as it didn’t pertain to the parks but to another big part of Disney, the Cruise Line.
Disney announced that they are adding three new amazing ships to their cruise line. These ships are going to be bigger and even better than the newest ships, the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. Not much detail has been released about these ships but we have been told that there will be about 1,250 guest state rooms which is just slightly larger than the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. Disney Cruise line fans are expecting wonderful things from these new ships since the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy brought the Aqua Duck and the virtual portholes in interior rooms.
The Aqua Duck is a water coaster that goes out over the side of the ship for an amazing view while guests are riding. The virtual portholes provide guests in interior rooms with real time views from cameras on the side of the ship, with occasional surprise visits from animated characters.
Now most of the design has yet to be planned and even some of the names have not been thought of yet. But inside sources tell ENN that the recent close of the Disney Wishes fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, may actually have been not just to make room for a new fireworks show but to make room for a new cruise ship as well. There is speculation that one of the new ships will be named Disney Wishes, which, let’s face it, is all any Disney fan could ever wish for.
PARKER: (singing) Wishes!
ERIN: Parker! And that’s all for this edition of ENN’s “Guest Room”. If you would like to comment on this episode or would like to send along a news story for us to look into drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ERIN: And don’t forget to check out our ENN Youtube Channel where you can see our Ears News Bites. So until next time, I’m Erin Dole
And I’m Parker Byrd. Thanks for listening to the Ears News Network, the mistrusted name in Disney news. Goodbye everybody.