Tonight we go through some Avengers 4 fan theories, we cut the ribbon on our new No Midnight Podcast t-shirt store, and we take a look at the past, present, and future of Disneyland’s PeopleMover!
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THE RUN SHEET
Kory: Welcome to Happy Hour Live, our completely live and interactive Wednesday night show. If you want to join the conversation you can join us in the Facebook Live on Wednesday nights at 8pm pacific. I’m Kory (Cast introductions (Adam, Albie, Philly, Jack) & Banter (to end of bed).
Kory Intro Package: Tonight Albie will take us through some Avengers 4 fan theories, we’ll cut the ribbon on our new No Midnight Podcast t-shirt store, and we take a look at the past, present, and future of Disneyland’s People Mover.
*package* Length: “3:41” Q: “…for the first time since the 60s. Only time will tell. *people mover outtro with crescendo*”
Kory: Like several of Disneyland’s timeless attractions, the PeopleMover was first introduced to us at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. There, it was sponsored by Ford and branded as “The Ford Magic Skyway”. Walt had big plans for this bold new transportation method; he had already set his sights on using a greatly expanded version of the PeopleMover to transport guests to every corner of the Florida property, where it would be a trademark fixture of the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Sadly, just like many of the world-changing innovations that Walt had in store, this concept was scrapped when Walt died of complications from lung cancer in December of 1966.
But, Walt’s legacy lived on with the opening of the PeopleMover at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland on July 2, 1967. Much like the Railroad did for the property as a whole, the PeopleMover gave guests a “grand circle tour” of the wonders of Tomorrowland. All told, the PeopleMover enjoyed nearly three decades as one of Tomorrowland’s signature attractions, but ultimately closed in 1995, as Imagineers felt it had aged poorly and was no longer a true prototype of a real-world future transportation solution. It was replaced by the Rocket Rods, which opened in fall of 1998. Rocket Rods had a similar concept to the PeopleMover, but it was flashier and faster. It was poorly received and was plagued by mechanical problems from day one; it closed in May of 2000, running for less than 2 years, compared to the PeopleMover’s 28. To make matters worse, the higher speed of the attraction resulted in irreparable damage to the track itself, making it impossible for Imagineers to revert back to the classic and sorely missed PeopleMover attraction.
Fast-forward to today and the People Mover still sits abandoned in plain view in Tomorrowland. Many people want the company to repair the attraction, and restore the People Mover to it’s former glory, others just want the damn tracks gone. It turns out, Disneyland management is in the latter camp. According to theme park blogger Matthew Gottula (@DLthings on Twitter), those tracks may vanish sooner than you think. His tweet says, “You might want to get your Christmas photos with and bid adieu to the Peoplemover / Rocket Rods track above Tomorrowland. It has been abandoned for most of the 21st century. I’m told management wants it gone, and the budget for its removal could be in place as soon as this fall.”
Whatever DIsneyland actually does with the People Mover, it will be a welcome change. We’ll either see the return of an iconic piece of Disneyland history, or more likely, but also on the positive side. We may soon see the skies above Tomorrowland without obstruction for the first time since the 60s. Only time will tell.
Topic 1: 10 minutes.
- The arguments for tearing the tracks down, vs. rebuilding the People Mover.
- Could they easily put in Orlando’s People Mover track.
- What would YOU do with Tomorrowland?
WARNING: This next conversation WILL contain spoilers…you’ve been warned.
Avengers Infinity War is still shattering box office records, at this moment it is sitting at more than 1 billion dollars worldwide. Variety says, “Disney and Marvel’s powerhouse will easily top the North American box office for the third weekend in a row, eyeing a range from $50 million to $60 million. As of Tuesday, “Infinity War” has made $472 million domestically and $754.9 million internationally. The film has earned $1.2 billion globally to date, becoming the 14th biggest worldwide release of all time. That’s not including the massive boost “Infinity War” will see this weekend when it bows in China.”
One thing that has come out of this film is a virtual mountain of fan theories about what will happen in the next film. Namely, everyone is freaking dead. Where do we go from here? We’re gonna unpack that, and if you want to chime in on the conversation, leave your comment in the chatroom on our Facebook Live and we will read your comments on the show.
Topic 2: 10 mins
- Each share our theories. Playback Angie’s theory/plug ModernMouseBoutique.
- Albie share some fan theories.
- Does Avengers 4 need to be a slam dunk?
- Who comes back to life, who doesn’t?
One of the best ways to support the No Midnight Podcast is by picking up some merch, and that wasn’t always the easiest thing to do for me. Thankfully, we’ve begun delegating responsibility around and Albie has taken over our merch department. In fact, this is the official debut of our t-shirt store. For those of you in the Facebook Live, you get a first look!
The new No Midnight Podcast t-shirt store goes live in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…it’s open!
Topic 3: 5-10 mins
- Albie: *preview designs/everyone can banter*
- Kory: *recap store info and do ask*
HOUSEKEEPING: 5 mins or less
- Kory: This past Monday I appeared on The DCC with Dale Wentland on Network 1901, we would love for you to check that show out. We will link to it in the show notes at No MidnightPodcast.com. Speaking of Network 1901. Angie and Josh, our friends at Modern Mouse Boutique have launched a new website. You can 10% with the promo code NOMIDNIGHT at ModernMouseBoutique.com.
- Adam: This Friday on the No Midnight Podcast channel, the final episode of our Disney v. Pixar brackets! The outcome, is pretty shocking. Make sure you tune in for that!
- Jack: The No Midnight Podcast is made possible by donations from Skyler & Josh at the $20 a month level, Leanne, Jody, and Barbara at the $5 level, as well as Samuel, Candice, Bradley and Christopher. Thanks so much for being a part of the No Midnight Podcast family!
- Philly: For info on how to support the show for as little as a dollar a month, head to NoMidnightPodcast.com and click support, or click merch to check out our brand new merch store. There are a bunch of specials on the site that are today only, so don’t wait.
- Albie: You can reach us on social media at TweetNoMidnight on Twitter, No Midnight Podcast on Facebook and Instagram, and catch up on past episodes, become a supporter, pick up some merch, or get in touch at NoMidnightPodcast.com.
Kory: *wrap show* Don’t forget to leave us a 5 star rating and review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, oh, and our channel is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and as of this week…we are back on Google Play Music. Just search No Midnight Podcast.