EarzUp! Imagineering … again!

Every so often we like to take the helm of Disneyland and imagine how we can make the parks better.  At least, to us.  To that end, its time for …

EarzUp! Imagineering … Again!

But first …

Our resident Marvel expert, Anthony (AKA Kanye),  joins us to talk about Marvel’s new flick, “Civil War”,  and what that means within the Marvel Universe.  But since he’s family we lt him sit in on the whole show, which starts with some cool feedback, and a long trail of weirdness ensues like it always does.

Then we jump right into the EarzUp Imagineering show, trying to see who has the best ideas for breathing some new life into the Anaheim resort that doesn’t have “Frozen” in the title.   Autopia, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Matterhorn, Skyway Buckets, Shooting Gallery, sailing ship columbia, and more – are all on the chopping block for us.  Or at least are in need of a little love.

Taren does her research on our Main Street Windows segment, Jason pops his Fact of the Show, and that’s it.

See you in the Parks!

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Taren is back with another Main Street Window

(Thanks to Kyle for the photo of the window. Check out his Flickr page for more great Disney photos!)

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3 Replies to “EarzUp! Imagineering … again!

  1. The son of one of the original crew members from Tahitian Terrace has a dance group and they can be found at Downtown Disney every Friday night at 6,7,8,9 p.m. My dad and his dad use to do the fire knife dance there!

  2. I’m a little sad that I have to do this and be “that guy” but here goes.

    For a semester at my fake college known as SDSU I was given the opportunity to spend a semester studying disabilities and how they are talked about and dealt with in society. It was a great class and I think it should be a required course for everyone since it opened so many peoples’ eyes to this world that we “normal” people (be sure to mention the quotes if this gets read) never even have to think about.

    I’m not saying that people don’t abuse the system. They do. And I totally get the spirit of what you’ve said in this podcast. I know you guys are awesome, accepting people who would never mean any harm to anyone because I listen to the show ALL THE TIME. But some of the comments that you guys made about people not appearing to be disabled, while we’ve all thought them, need a second layer to clean them up a bit.

    Again, people do abuse the system. But please keep in mind that there are a number of real disabilities which cannot be seen. Some people have processing issues which would make standing in a long line unbearable and while they might seem to the outside observer as just like you and I none of us can imagine the nightmare that these people experience when they can’t manage it. I could give a laundry list of issues but I don’t intend for this to be a lecture. And yes: people abuse the system.

    Maybe it hit me a little bit harder because I took the class I took but it also probably hit because I’m not neurotypical myself (aka: my brain no worky like most people’s) yet it’s hard to get people to understand the very real struggles I have because I seem so normal and have learned to appear so. When on the inside it’s sort of a constant decoder ring to understand a world designed by people who see things in straight lines while I see nothing but circles.

    My point here – and again PEOPLE ABUSE THE SYSTEM – is that an able bodied, neurotypical person saying that certain people don’t “look” disabled comes off as a little gross. Think of it as a smaller version of white privilege.

    People don’t have to present a doctor’s note because asking them to do so would be legally problematic and sort of offensive in practice. At what point is a person “obviously disabled”? Should the person with no limbs and a breathing tube provide one? I understand that common sense tells us one thing but – having worked in customer service – the same standard has to apply to everyone, whether it makes sense or not. Otherwise they lawyers get called.

    So Disney (and the movie theatre chain I work for, and a bunch of other corporations) has come up with an imperfect solution to provide maximum access to those who need it. And I can’t stress this enough: people abuse the system. But they have also gone out of their way to make the impact of this solution minimal to the general public. Sadly, the people who do abuse the system are really only hurting the people who actually need the system. But I’d wager that they stand out as fakers to the people who actually know what it’s like. And the judgement they get thrown at them is the size of several white houses.

    So in the end it works a bit like our welfare system. Do people abuse it? Yes. But the very small amount of douchebags who have no soul are well worth the price of the life-altering help that we can give to the people who actually need it. At the end of the day it’s still a karmic win. And since I’m talking about karma, those douchebags will totally be reborn as the animal equivalent to Super Star Limo.

    Sorry to get all serious on you guys. I totally love the show long time but part of loving someone is telling them when you think they’ve stepped over a line – or in this case just sort of poked at it unknowingly. Peace and churros, peace and churros.

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