In this episode of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, we talk about the renaming of the Disney Springs parking lots, the return of the Three Caballeros animatronics to Walt Disney World and the recent changes to Mission Space. We also talk about the Finding Dory trailer and the Star Wars Galactic Grill in Disneyland. Finally, we wrap up with a great story about an encounter between a guest and a cast member at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party back in December.
Parker Byrd – Chris LaningErin Dole – Paige Laning
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PARKER: The Prodigal Hijos return, Parking is no longer a fruitless endeavor, Orange is the new Green, Dory’s Energy Adventure, Grilling Jedi Style, and Christmas Wishes Denied.Hello and welcome to the January 15th edition of “Guest Room” on ENN, the Ears News Network, bringing you Disney news you won’t believe…..and probably shouldn’t. Hope you had a great holiday season and are having a awesome 2016. I’m Parker Byrd.
ERIN:And I’m Erin Dole...Back in November, Disney began renaming the parking lots that surround the newly renovated and renamed Disney Springs. As an homage to Florida’s Fruit industry the parking lots all bear the names of Florida grown fruits. Starting with the parking lot on the far side of Disney Springs’ West Side section, the names are, in order: strawberry, watermelon, grapefruit, mango, orange, lime and lemon.
While the names are certainly easier to remember, in at least one case, the change has created quite a headache. Prior to the change, the lot outside of the Marketplace section of Disney Springs was quite full. But following the change the lot soon became empty and abandoned. This is likely due to the fact that guests believe it is bad luck to park their cars in a Lemon Parking Lot.
PARKER: I wonder why they don’t change the name to clementine. (singing)Oh my Darlin...oh my Darlin….
PARKER: Yes Erin?
ERIN: You just answered your own question.
PARKER: Everybody’s a critic…..On December 4th, a set of Animatronic figures returned to Walt Disney World after being gone for 35 years! The figures, representing the Three Caballeros, Panchito Pistoles, José Carioca, and Donald Duck, originally debuted at Walt Disney World on its opening day, October 1st, 1971, as part of the Mickey Mouse Review. They left there in September of 1980 when the show was moved to the new Tokyo Disneyland for its opening day and remained there until 2009.
The traveling trio actually came back to Florida a few years ago appearing at D23’s Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th event in 2011.
But now the three caballeros animatronics are appearing in public once again as they have become part of the finale of the “Grand Fiesta Tour” attraction in the Mexico Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase.
Now we asked each of the Caballeros how they felt about the return of the animatronics to Walt Disney World. Panchito, whose full name is Panchito Romero Miguel Junipero Francisco Quintero González...the third.. said that being Mexican he is overjoyed at being such an integral part of an attraction that features his home country. Brazilian Jose parroted Panchito’s excitement, though he did want to remind people that the three of them have actually been an integral part to the attraction since 2007. But he noted that the addition of their animatronics made the attraction feel complete.
Donald, however, said that he is just excited that the Frozen ride is opening soon. He thinks having Elsa for a neighbor will be...really cool.ERIN: Parker, I do believe he DUCKED the question.
In other news, late last year Disney increased the capacity of the Orange Team ride on Mission Space in EPCOT. Mission space has two types of rides, green and orange. Both take you through the same presentation and general motions, but the Orange ride has the added intensity of cars spinning to simulate the G-forces one would encounter on a trip to Mars. There are four ride bays in Mission Space. Prior to the change two sides were utilized for Green rides and two for Orange. But now Orange rides will take up three of the bays leaving just one for the green rides.
While this modification puts Disney in a better position to handle demand, it has unwittingly sparked a critical industry-wide shortage of air sickness bags…
Back after this.
The Christmas Season is almost over and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will soon be saying goodbye for 2015. You and your family just LOVE this event! Your son or daughter has even closed their eyes and wished it would never end! Well get ready...because that wish has just now come true!
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PARKER:Welcome back to ENN, the Ears News Network.
Back in November Disney Pixar released one of what is sure to be several trailers promoting the upcoming film, Finding Dory, which is set to be released on June 17th, 2016.
In the trailer, Dory seems to flirt with getting pieces of her memory back. It appears that she remembers having a family and Nemo and Marlin join her in trying to find them.
Now unconfirmed rumors say the opening could be delayed as Pixar is desperately trying to enhance their audience interaction technology. It seems the movie’s star, Ellen Degeneres insists the movie must open with Dory out among the audience…...dancing.
ERIN: Dancing in the audience (amused). I have got to admit, that was a pretty good story Parker. You agree?
ERIN: Agree that was good?
ERIN: in the story
ERIN: Ok Parker. I get it! You are doing your lame impression of John Travolta as Vinnie Barberino in that old TV show “Welcome Back Kotter”.
PARKER: Yeah….Love that one
ERIN: Really Parker! This is NEWS show...get it...NEWS. There is absolutely NO PLACE in this show for talking about some piece of entertainment dreamed up way back in the 70’s!
ERIN: Good news for Star Wars Fans..
PARKER: Um Erin….
ERIN: Shut it! Over in Disneyland, the Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant has been been converted to the Galactic Grill during the Season of the Force events.
The Galactic Grill serves a bunch of items with Star Wars inspired names. For example during breakfast you can get items like:
For lunch and dinner, some of the entrees include:
But ENN has discovered, that like any great restaurant these days, the Galactic Grill has a “secret menu”. These are dishes fans will just have to know the name of if they want to order them. This menu includes entrees like:
It also includes some specialty drinks like:
The Galactic Grill is scheduled to be there throughout the Season of the Force event. But who knows. The force might be strong in this one.
And finally, at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party held on December 11th of this year, Guest Services Cast Member Holly Ann Deivy was working in the lobby of City Hall on Main Street. At 10:45 that evening, right in the middle of “Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade”, a young boy wandered in. Holly Ann noticed that he was clearly upset.
Assuming he had gotten separated from his parents, she approached him calmly and asked him “Sweet Prince, is there something I can do for you?”
He quickly pleaded with her. “Yes...please! I don’t know where else to look?”
“Don’t worry Prince. “ Holly replied reassuringly, “ We will find your King and Queen!”.
“My what?” said the boy, clearly confused.
“Your parents.” Holly explained, “I will help you find your parents”.
“No need.” replied the boy, “They are right outside, watching the parade.”
Holly, now confused herself, asked the boy “I don’t understand….what do you need help looking for.”
“The candy bar drawings!” he excitedly replied, “I can’t find them”.
“The candy bar drawings?” inquired Holly.
“Yes.” said the boy, “You know...the drawings of the candy bar.”
Holly, having often in the past had to try to decipher obscure questions from guests, thought about it for a minute. She quickly ran through an inventory in her head of all the merchandise she had seen in the stores and even through the list of special merchandise for the event. But she could not come up with anything that was even remotely similar to a drawing of a candy bar.
After a few moments she shook her head sadly at the boy and said “I’m sorry my Royal Prince, I don’t believe we have any drawings of a candy bar anywhere in the kingdom.”
The boy began to tear up. “What a horrible party this turned out to be!”
Holly’s heart ached for the boy, so she tried to turn things around. “But my dear Prince, how can you say such a thing? Look out there. Beautiful decorations, toy soldiers marching by as we speak. Great Christmas music everywhere you go! Santa right next door….and wonderful, magical snowfall on Main Street! What more could you ask for?”
The boy looked Holly straight in the eye. “Yes….I suppose those are really cool things. But ever since my parents told me two months ago that we were coming to this party there was only two things I wanted!”
“What were those?” asked Holly curiously.
Before bursting into tears the boy managed to finally choke out, “Hot chocolate…..and a Snicker’s Doodle!”
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So until next time, for my co-host Erin Dole and me, Parker Byrd, thanks for listening to the Ears News Network, the mistrusted name in Disney news. Goodbye everybody.