Starport75 - A Disney Podcast

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Dec 22, 2016
  • Recorded on 12/20/16
  • Minecraft
    • Special guest: Megan
    • Explanation of what Minecraft is
    • MCMagic server
      • WDW is built within Minecraft
      • You can visit and walk around, ride rides
      • The detail is fairly amazing because it’s so accurate
  • Disney Emoji Blitz Corner
    • Christmas Emojis are out
    • It’s still frustrating
    • Guess the Downloads game
    • Between 1-5 million downloads on Google’s Play store
    • Need emoji blitz
  • Chris Visits Disney Corner
    • Chris went to the MK on Friday with his family
    • Much better experience than last time
    • Arrived around 1 p.m. and it started to get crowded around 4 p.m.
    • Clearing the park of non-MVMCP guests
    • Got to see the Castle lighting before leaving at 7 p.m.
    • Ate at Columbia Harbour House while there (because it’s the best restaurant)
    • Discussion of Pinocchio’s Village Haus and Be Our Guest Restaurants
    • Alcohol at the Magic Kingdom
      • It doesn’t bother Glenn; Chris likes that there was a ban in place for such a long time and now it’s being lifted
      • Did Walt drink?
    • Photopass is part of the Annual Pass now, and it’s a great feature
      • Magic shots
    • Annual Passholder only entrance
    • Benefits of being a Passholder
    • Security is necessary, but it needs to be rethought so it flows better
  • Charity Pick
  • Picks of the week
  • The Simpsons - Itchy & Scratchy Land (1994-S06 E04)
    • Helicopter Pilot: We are now approaching our final destination, Itchy and Scratchy Land. The amusement park of the future where nothing can "possa-bly" go wrong. Uh, possibly go wrong. That's the first thing that's ever gone wrong.
Dec 18, 2016
  • Recorded 12/14/16
  • Emoji Blitz Corner
    • Hi, Sean!
    • Availability of Christmas emoji
  • The majesty of the Christmas season
    • Advent calendars, including Lego Advent calendars
    • R2-D2 Advent calendar
  • Chris Visits Disney Corner
    • Chris visited the Magic Kingdom on 12/10/16
    • The signs were there that Chris should just turn around and go home
    • It was very crowded at the Magic Kingdom
    • Chris visits the Cabanas!
  • What did Glenn do last weekend?
    • Played handyman
    • Helped with computer problems
  • Listener email
    • Email from Sean
    • Question about quality of the parks and movies
    • We attempt an answer
  • Pick of the week
Dec 8, 2016
  • Recorded December 6, 2016
  • Emoji Blitz Corner (not really)
    • Somehow, the conversation quickly devolves into Moana...
    • And what kind of VHS we had growing up...
    • And Glenn recording the resort channels at WDW…
    • And back to Moana (and Hawaii Five-O).
    • Come back for Chris’ Review Corner...
    • And Chris’ Reading Corner where he reads The Princess and the Frog [Little Golden Book](
  • Livestream of Spaceship Earth transforming into Death Star
    • Needed some practice for the livestream
    • The best part was the laser
    • Express bus transportation is being charged for
  • Candlelight Processional
    • Began in 1958 at Disneyland on Main Street
    • The living Christmas Tree was added in 1960 and was formed by the Western High School A’Capella Choir. The choir director retired in 1981 and in 1982 the Disney Employee Choir filled their place, and hold it to the present time
    • Celebrity narrators were added in 1961 and Dennis Morgan was the first narrator, and was the narrator through 1964. Dick Van Dyke was the narrator in 1965 (which would end up being the last that Walt attended), and it changed each year after that, with some repeats.
    • WDW has always had a celebrity narrator. Rock Hudson was the first WDW narrator in 1971.
    • It performed for two nights only in Disneyland and WDW.
    • In 1993, because of guest demand, WDW’s was moved to Epcot and ran two shows each night for 15 nights. It was so successful that in 1994, it was expanded to 30 nights with two performances each night.
    • The Disneyland Candlelight Procession and Ceremony moved to a new home at the Fantasyland Theater in 1998, returning to Main Street in 2003, and beginning in 2012 it was presented multiple nights.
    • It’s a presentation of the Christmas story in readings by a celebrity narrator and music by a Mass choir and 50-piece orchestra
    • It’s pure Christmas; the story of the birth of Christ
    • Current music set list for Epcot’s presentation:
      • Candlelight Carillon (Processional)
      • O Little Town of Bethlehem
      • Hark The Herald Angels Sing
      • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
      • Shout for Joy
      • O Come All Ye Faithful
      • Away in a Manger
      • O Holy Night
      • Angels from the Realms of Glory
      • Il Est Ne
      • Rejoice with Exceeding Great Joy (Glenn’s favorite!)
      • What Child is This
      • Do You Hear What I Hear
      • Silent Night
      • Joy to the World
      • Hallelujah
      • The Wonderful World of Christmas (recessional)
    • We listen to the music during the Christmas season since we can’t be there, and we watched a livestream of a production last week with Neil Patrick Harris
    • Celebrity narrators
Dec 4, 2016
Nov 27, 2016
  • Recorded on 11/22/16
  • Thanksgiving week
  • Emoji Blitz Corner
    • Psych! (Well, about a minute of discussion)
    • Waiting for the Christmas emojis to be released
    • Glenn is playing [Clash Royale]( again
    • Chris wants to get Glenn to play Tetris; Glenn will become obsessed with it if he starts playing it again
    • Future episodes: Retro video games and Walt Disney World Explorer
  • Chris’ visit to DHS and his review of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! - AKA "Chris Visits Disney" Corner
    • Star Tours
      • First ride on ST for Chris’ son
    • Great Movie Ride
    • Star Wars Launch Bay
    • Stormtrooper march
    • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
      • Chris enjoyed it
      • Gives it about an 8.5 out of 10
      • Prep and Landing is great
    • Other Christmas offerings that Chris is going to try to attend
      • Drones at Disney Springs
      • Maybe other things, but probably not
    • Chris’ Disney Adventure is the best segment
  • [Magic Bands 2](
    • Disney is trying to save expenses by not having to permanently have the RFID chip in every band
    • Will they pass the savings along to the guest?
    • Can put the pebble in other items
    • The data that comes from the Magic Bands must be incredible
    • Magic Band technology hasn’t made it to Disneyland yet
    • Why can’t Magic Bands for AP’ers be used for charging?
  • Pandora - The World of AVATAR
    • Opening Summer 2017
    • [Showed a clip of one of the AAs](
    • Opinions:
      • Glenn couldn’t care less about Avatar; should have spent the money on original IP
      • Chris: theming is a waste of talent for the Imagineers; does not agree with using Avatar
    • Our opinions aside: the AA looks fantastic
    • It’s a shame that technology isn’t being used on something with Disney theming
  • [Cabanas in the Magic Kingdom](
    • Glenn thinks it’s a huge money grab by the Walt Disney Company
    • Chris plays Devil’s Advocate and makes a case for it…and makes good points
    • It’s mainly the presentation of the current test of the cabanas in Tomorrowland that’s bugging Glenn
    • If they were themed and out of the way, it wouldn’t be bad
  • Charity Pick
  • [Epcot is the next park to be overhauled](
    • Finally!
    • It could be really cool or really awful
    • More show material! Yay!
  • A new festival at Epcot
  • Picks of the week
    • Chris - [The Tetris Effect: The Game that Hypnotized the World by Dan Ackerman](
    • Glenn - [Walt Disney's Epcot Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow by Richard R. Beard](
Nov 17, 2016
Nov 3, 2016
Oct 27, 2016
Oct 22, 2016
Oct 13, 2016
  • Follow Up - Last running of the MSEP on 10/9
    • Remembering WDW’s version vs. DL’s version
    • No nighttime parade at WDW now
  • Robin Hood - the Disney animated feature
    • Glenn hasn’t watched it in a long time
    • Glenn and family watched Alice in Wonderland last weekend - woof!
    • Robin Hood has a big place in Chris’ heart
      • He used to listen to the LP when he was a kid
      • The music was classic
  • Hurricane Matthew
  • Promotion: [Red Cross](
  • Refresh of Tomorrowland
    • New paint color on the rocks at the entrance
    • New paint and design on Carousel of Progress
    • New LED lighting on Space Mountain
    • New sign at Carousel of Progress
    • Glenn wants to go and photograph
    • Tomorrowland background music
  • Sponsor message
  • Book review - [“Bloodline - Star Wars”]( by Claudia Gray
  • Episodes 1-5 of Terrific Recordings of Nothing are now posted for download
Oct 10, 2016
  • Recorded 10/2/16
  • Disney Emoji Blitz
    • Chris discovered it and is trying to catch up to Glenn
    • What characters do we have?
  • Happy 45th Birthday to Walt Disney World!
    • Giveaways: guide map and button
      • Guide map book is being released on 10/18
      • Review the book after it comes out
      • Our love of maps
    • Castle show
    • Merchandise for sale
    • Celebrations for the 10th, 15th, 20th, and 25th were big; the rest have just been merchandise release
    • Hoping the 50th is a huge blowout
    • The Disney fan community seems to be celebrating it more than Disney is
    • Remembering Epcot’s 25th celebration display in Innoventions
    • One Man’s Dream has less and less
  • Disney has disabled the MagicBand interactivity
  • Stitch’s Great Escape to operate seasonally
  • Chris’ life has become the final scene in “Carousel of Progress"
    • Home automation
    • Learning from TV/YouTube
    • Final scene needs to be updated, since it’s current now
    • It would be nice to have it completely redone by doing every 50 years (1900s, 1950s, 2000s, 2050s)
    • Or replace it with the original from the ’64/’65 World’s Fair
    • We can’t talk about the CoP, or they’ll just close it
    • “That guy” that’s our hero at Disney and is keeping it open
    • Other plans for the CoP
  • Disney Emoji Blitz. Again. (Sorry about this.)
    • With iOS 10, you can have them as stickers
    • Buying character emojis
    • The game has so many “gotchas"
    • The reason we had no agenda for this podcast. Sorry again, everyone.
Oct 10, 2016
  • Recorded 9/14/16
  • What’s on Glenn’s desk
  • Chris is feeling like a cold is coming on
    • The “benefits” of Airborne
  • Chris had pizza for dinner
  • Disney’s “gumbo” recipe
    • No kale in gumbo!!!
    • #gumbostrong
    • Thanks for nothing, Tiana
    • The complicated story of “Princess and the Frog” that Chris can’t figure out
    • Note for future episode: a reading of the “Little Golden Book” by Chris
  • Epcot Food and Wine Festival started
    • A few people attend
    • Annual Passholder exclusive glass
    • Merchandise
    • Listening to the bands
    • Early F&W Fest memories (ahh…the good ‘ole days)
    • More band talk
      • Christopher Cross
      • Muskrat Love
    • We’re old
    • Way off track: talk about The Beatles
    • But, we bring it back to talk about the Beatles tribute band in Epcot
  • Halloween at WDW & Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
    • 2005 was the last time Glenn attended
    • First ride for Glenn’s daughter. With Vanilla Ice.
    • Comparison of MNSSHP and MVMCP
    • Variable pricing
    • Attendance
    • Chris is thinking about going to MNSSHP
    • “Nightmare Before Christmas” - the kids love it
    • Glenn should come down for MNSSHP
  • Mardi Gras
    • Chris needs to visit
  • Aftershow
    • OS10 notifications
    • iPhone vs Android
    • Glenn’s going to send Chris his heartbeat
    • Mario Run
    • Stickers in iMessage!!!
    • Chris is Debbie Downer
    • Google +
    • Glenn is looking forward to seeing Designated Survivor on ABC
    • Hello Kitty Jewel Town!
    • Disney Emoji Blitz
Oct 10, 2016
  • Recorded 9/7/16
  • Chris’ visit to MK for his last Main Street Electrical Parade viewing with the family
    • Shortcut to MK from Chris’ house
    • Very crowded…according to Chris
      • Discussion of planning a Disney vacation and all the trials and tribulations
    • Found place to watch parade in Liberty Square
    • Moved to Main Street for Wishes
    • Frustration
      • Crowd control after the parade
    • Leaving park - choice of monorail or ferry
    • More talk about the crowds
    • How did Chris’ son like the parade?
      • He enjoyed it during the parade
    • How did Chris like the parade?
      • He likes it, but hates the music (how is this possible???)
      • The recording is different from the original
    • Timeline of MSEP
    • A row of lights at the Contemporary were out
      • More talk about lights
  • Glenn’s decision to work in the resorts during the WDWCP
  • Birthday button!
  • It’ll be a while before Chris heads back to the MK
  • Plug for Passport to Dreams ( and the latest post about Columbia Harbour House (
Oct 10, 2016

Discussion of Disney Hollywood Studios changes at Walt Disney World, Disney Vacation Club rumors, Main Street Electrical Parade leaving, and some Apple event stuff