It happens every year. Disney World changes its pricing and fans complain that Walt’s Florida project is no longer affordable for the average family. Normally I’d tell people it’s important to save money for the things you want to do and blah, blah, blah. But this was a slow news week so I decided to do some math. [Powerpress] The Math Behind the Mouse The U.S. Census Bureau reported in September 2017 that real median household income was $59,039 in 2016, exceeding any previous year. During the last census, the average family size was 3.14. So if we were to plan a Disney World vacation for a family of 3 that makes $60,000 per year, what would that look like? Disney is currently running a 3 night 2 day special for a family of three. They get hotel and tickets for $1000.Assume […]

Disney World Is More Affordable Than You Think

We’ve talked a lot about The Last Jedi over the past 10 months. Some of us liked it. Some of us didn’t. All of us felt Star Wars fans were overreacting on social media sites by spewing hate-filled criticism at Director Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm Head Kathleen Kennedy, and the many actors ad actresses who brought the story to life. Turns out, some of the worst tweets may not have been Star Wars fans at all. [powerpress] According to a new study, Russian trolls are responsible for most of the hateful comments that came out of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. University of Southern California Ph.D. Research Fellow Morten Bay evaluated more than 900 Twitter accounts to discover where these accounts were based. Through the process, he found that only about 20% of the fans that tweeted at Rian Johnson had negative things to […]

Russian Trolls Targeted The Last Jedi

This week Disney World introduced a new way to buy tickets that has some fans up in arms. Meanwhile, Disneyland is slowly getting rid of benches to make way for Star Wars land. On the media side, Disney agreed to sell Sky to rival Comcast, which possibly makes the future of Hulu a little more clear. Plus, someone had the nerve to ask Terrence Howard if he would ever return to Marvel as War Machine. It’s all on this week’s podcast below. [powerpress] Does Jesus Want You To Go To Disney World? This question is less profound than it might seem. It all started when Disney World increased prices and changed its pricing structure so that every day has a price on it. Gone are the Peak and Moderate seasons. Say “Hello” to tickets where individual days that can cost […]

EP202: Jesus Says ‘Go To Disney World’

As an African-American man, I’ve always found it a little weird how little black males show up in Disney/Pixar animation. If you look over the animated films, we have White men, Asian men, Hispanic men and even Polynesian men, but very few black men. If you include Disney’s short films, the males get even more diverse. But there are still very few (any?) outside of The Princess and the Frog (of course!). Even then, the closest black men got to becoming a main character was as the sly villain. Hooray for representation I guess? We talk about this on the Podcast this week around minute 44:10 It’s estimated that black males make up 6% of the U.S. population. Compare that to Pacific Island Americans, who make up about 0.5% of the population and currently have a singing demigod and chief. So […]

Why Doesn’t Disney Have More Black Male Characters?

This week we break down all of the new trailers Disney released, including Mary Poppins Returns, Captain Marvel, and Ralph Wrecks the Internet. Plus Bob Iger gave an interview to the Hollywoood Reporter and he talks about James Gunn’s firing for the first time. And Disney is going to reanimate Princess Tiana in Ralph Wrecks the Internet. Mary Poppins Returns Trailer The best thing about the Mary Poppins Returns trailer was easily Dick Van Dyke. The worst was Ben Whishaw’s depiction of Michael Banks, but that probably wasn’t his fault. The trailer tried to force emotion for characters we don’t know enough to care about. But that is kind of nit picky. Overall this looks like a fun ride. Emily Blunt is sure to silence her critics as her depiction of Mary is spot on. She’s not Julie Andrews, but she shouldn’t be. […]

Why did Captain Marvel Punch Grandma?

This week was our 200th episode of the podcast! And as part of the celebration, I show you how to name more than 200 Disney characters in alphabetical order in under two minutes. As if that’s not enough, we get into a discussion about the societal differences between Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman. Take a listen to the full episode below. “The Future Is Female” This week Entertainment Weekly gave its cover to Captain Marvel — powers blazing — with the headline “The Future is Female.” It was an intentionally female-empowering cover and made a powerful statement regarding Marvel’s first female superheroine. EW even dubbed her Marvel’s “Most Powerful” hero. Captain Marvel is incredibly significant to the MCU. Even if you count The Wasp, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch, Captain Marvel is the first solo heroine. She will carry a […]

EP200: Captain Marvel is Not Wonder Woman

This week we sit down with Kim Hanley, Senior Systems Engineer for the Show Control Team of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Design and Engineering Department. She takes us back stage to look at the engineering that powers millions of magical vacations every year. Listen to the full episode below or check out a few of the excerpts. Listen to the full episode. How did you get into Disney as an outside hire? It took quite a few applications for a few different roles. I was applying to multiple departments for any job I could find that was under the Disney umbrella, trying to just get into the company. And I finally managed to land the job and it was where I want to be. How do you feel about new attractions taking the place of old attractions? I have […]

Why Disney Doesn’t Build Robots

This week Disney dug its heels in and said it will not rehire James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3. It ruins the MCU in more ways than one. Plus, we talk about why Consumer Products has passed ESPN to claim the title of Disney’s weakest business unit. That and more on this week’s podcast, which you can listen to below. James Gunn is Not Returning to Guardians The fan outcry has not changed Disney’s mind about Director James Gunn’s firing from Guardians 3, according to those in the know. That’s not incredibly surprising, but it is still disappointing. Since Gunn was fired for decade old tweets about pedophilia, rumors have swirled regarding back door meetings that were happening to bring Gunn back on board. Those rumors are now giving way to new rumors that the only meetings […]

EP197: Disney Won’t Rehire James Gunn for Guardians 3