MuggleCast 93 Transcript (continued)
Back to Rides
Andrew: I'm sure there's going to be plenty more to discuss over the coming three years [laughs] since being developed. I just really – I really - we need to hear more. We need to hear more about the rides, because they've got to have those down by now if they're going to be starting construction next year.
Laura: Yeah, they've got to have some idea as to what they're doing.
Micah: Well, it might be not able to be mentioned depending on if it includes any elements of Book 7. So, they may have to wait.
Andrew: I don't think Jo would be... See, in the article it said that – in the press release – they want to get the theme of Books 1 through 7, not just one book. So, I mean, when you are getting places like Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, that – those aren't book-specific. They've been in every book, give or take. So...
Andrew: So, you know? They probably will be general. I mean, think about...
Andrew: Think about rides in – I hate to go Disney again, but Disney. Pirates of the Caribbean. It's just a general theme. And – what are some other rides that – you know, like the Superman rollercoaster. Laura is that movie-specific? There's been a few Supermans.
Laura: Yeah, well, I mean, you just – they don't look into specifics when they are making these rides. They are just looking to make something entertaining and something that encompasses a general theme.
Laura: So, I think talking about, you know, having a Quidditch ride, that is definitely a huge possibility just because everybody associates Quidditch withHarry Potter. So, even if you don't read Harry Potter, you probably know what Quidditch is, or at least have some sort of idea.
Andrew: Right, and people will still want to go into this park. I mean, I don't think the snow theme...
Laura: Except Laura Mallory.
[Andrew and Laura laugh]
Micah: Speaking of her...
Andrew: Someone has got to pay her to get in. What?
Micah: She lost again, this week...
Andrew: She did lose again. Let's not talk about that right now.
Laura: [says, sarcastic] Darn!
Andrew: Who cares about her anymore?
Micah: She thinks she is going to have to start over, according to reports.
Andrew: Yeah, but again, who cares about her, anymore?
Hogsmeade Snow Theme
Andrew: Ummm, Hogsmeade, I don't think the snow theme is very good for a park down in Florida. Is that going to look interesting?
Micah: It's going to melt. It's going to flood.
[Andrew and Laura laugh]
Andrew: Well, it's obviously not real. It's not real snow.
Laura: They might – they might not do snow. I mean, that might just be part of the concept.
Laura: I mean...
Andrew: They do have the Hogwarts Express, though.
Andrew: That is going to be probably one of the big photo-op spots.
Laura: I imagine what they'll do – if they want to incorporate snow, they'll do it during the winter months.
Laura: Yeah, and not during the summer. That would look really stupid. [laughs]
Andrew: Yeah. Oh, can you imagine? In Universal do they sort of theme-up the park around Christmas time?
Laura: They do.
Andrew: Do they?
Andrew: Oh. Oh, that will look awesome around Christmas time.
Micah: That's when we're going to go. That's when we have to go...
Micah: ...if we do go.
Andrew: Yeah, definitely.
Micah: That'd be fun.
Andrew: I also like how Hogwarts is all the way in the back, so you have to walk to it. It's not just...
Andrew: ...right in the front where you just go, "Hey! Cheesy Hogwarts, right there. Right in front of you."
Laura: We can all spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Hogwarts.
[Andrew and Laura laugh]
Micah: Ha ha. Well it's set up kind of how it would be in the books. You know, the train pulls into Hogsmeade, you go through. The forest is there, so is the school.
Andrew: Yeah. I'm looking at the concept art of Hogwarts, and it's hard to tell the scale of it, because you see the Great Hall, and you see a couple towers, but then it's all up on this hill. And if you try to scale it to the people that you see walking below on the sidewalk, it's hard to tell actually how big this is. It doesn't look like...
Andrew: ...there's going to be much to Hogwarts besides the Great Hall.
Laura: Yeah, I think they're definitely just going to take some of the rooms that we've associated most with the books, and just sort of throw them in there.
Micah: Do you think Hogwarts...
Laura: Give you a couple of hallways...
Laura: ...and that kind of thing.
Micah: Is it going to be more of a walkthrough area, do you think?
Laura: I think so...
Andrew: I would think so. Cause I was just thinking, what are you going to do in the Great Hall? Like, there'll probably be music and...
Laura: They will probably...
Laura: ...serve food in the Great Hall.
Andrew: Ohh. That's – that would be a very good idea. [laughs]
Micah: You can probably get sorted.
Laura: [laughs] Oh, that would be cool!
Laura: Yeah. Get sorted.
Andrew: Sorting Hat? I don't know, that'd be kind of – well, I don't know. I guess it would be cool. It'd be a long line if it's just one Sorting Hat, though. You know how in Disney one of the things they've been doing lately? They have this ride called the Monster's Inc. Laugh Factory, and you go in – it's a live audience – you're part of a live audience, and on the screen you'll see Mikey. Not our Mikey B, but Mikey from Monster's Inc. And he talks to the audience, and he puts on this little comedy show. And he also puts it on with these other characters, and they will actually interact with you. Obviously there's live people behind the scenes that are doing this – that are doing the voices, but they're improv comedians, and the show's actually hilarious because they're interacting with people and their actually making really funny jokes with these guys. And I actually went to it three times to see – figure out how they did it, and see how much it varies from show to show, and these guys who are doing the voices are actually really good improv people. They'll pick up on stuff right away when they interview these kids right in the audience. So, it'd be cool to have something like that in Hogwarts with the Sorting Hat.
Laura: So that it could kind of...
Andrew: Interact with you.
Laura: Yeah. Oh, that'd be cool. Maybe they'd ask you some questions, or something?
Andrew: Right. Right.
Laura: Oh, that'd be pretty cool!
Andrew: Yeah, you'd just have to hire some British guy, and...
Laura: Yeah. [laughs]
Andrew: ...you know, hire a few, because when I went to a couple of different shows, I went to two right after each other, and the voices changed. So...
Andrew: ...you know, they're obviously getting different people in there, because they can't do it all day, but it pretty much runs all day, I think. So, something like that would be pretty neat. There's one of my ideas for a ride. You guys got anything else you want to discuss? This is actually 41 minutes long, so this could almost be a...
Andrew: ...full show.
Laura: Almost. No, I think we pretty much...
Micah: Did you want to go through the...
Laura: ...beat it with a stick.
Micah: Didn't you want to go through those announcements about...
Micah: ...next week?
Andrew: Yeah. Yeah, so, I mean, this is a smaller show. We didn't really have time to put together a full one because, honestly, we have been busy trying to finish up school, and stuff like that, before the summer starts. So we do want to just bring up a couple of announcements. Jamie is going to be back next week and Micah already knows why, because of the rehearsals. But, Micah [laughs] I guess we can't really make the joke again, can we? Jamie...
Micah: Uhhh, yeah, because they didn't hear the joke the first time.
Andrew: Okay, so we'll just pretend like, Micah, you're clueless. Micah, why – do you know why Jamie has to be on next week no matter what?
Micah: I do.
Micah: Because he's going to be in your house.
Andrew: [laughs] That is correct. He will have no choice, whatsoever. Unless you guys don't want him on, then just e-mail me, andrew at staff dot mugglenet dot com, and he will not be on. But, he'll be back in the States next week to hang out with me for a couple of weeks. So, that'll be fun, and he'll definitely be on next week, along with Laura, Micah and I, and whoever else decides to show up. If they feel like it. Apparently nobody does, anymore.
Laura: Awww, you know that's not true.
Andrew: [laughs] I'm just kidding. Sort of.
Laura: I was devastated when I thought I couldn't do the show this week.
Andrew: Well at least you gave me fair warning [laughs]. That was nice of you.
Laura: I did.
National Wear Your MuggleCast T-Shirt Day
Andrew: Yeah. Also, what was today, guys?
Laura: It was June 2nd.
Andrew: No kidding. [laughs]
Laura: National Wear Your MuggleCast T-Shirt Day.
Andrew: Yeah. I checked the MuggleCast inbox just before we recorded, and there are 10 of people who already sent in pictures of themselves wearing their t-shirts today, so we will be posting those on MuggleCast.com sometime during the week. Laura and Micah, you guys wear your t-shirts today? I know I did.
Micah: Yes, we did.
Andrew: Sweet, and we'll...
Micah: And we took pictures, too, so...
Micah: ...we'll post those.
Andrew: Perfect. [laughs] So we'll put those online later this week. Also – let's see what else. Don't forget Pickle – time is running out to sign up for Pickle Pack, the official membership thingy of MuggleCast, as I've been calling it. We will be taking sign-ups until June 16th, and then they will be closed probably forever. At least it won't be open until June 16th, 2008, if we decide to reopen it. So, definitely sign up today. It costs $30.00. If you're a big MuggleCast fan and looking for a good way to support the show, this is definitely the way to do it. All the proceeds from the sign-ups will be going to covering expenses for the summer and any future events that we do, so we thank everyone for signing up. A lot of people have been enjoying it. Right guys? What's some of the things...
Andrew: ...that we've been putting in lately?
Laura: Oh, well, I mean, we have bonus audio content. You know? We all have our daily video blogs. Oh, yeah, you can see Andrew when he was 13.
Andrew: Yeah. [laughs]
Laura: That was amusing.
Andrew: I posted a video of when I was 13 years old, hosting my middle school news program.
Laura: You looked so little.
Laura: I saw that and was I like, "Are you kidding me? Oh my gosh, he's, like, 10."
Andrew: You know, I thought I was really good.
Andrew: I was realty impressed with myself for being in seventh grade and being able to read that well.
Laura: Yeah. It's very impressive.
Andrew: Read a PowerPoint slide that well. And, also this week, we released a piece of audio from last week's show – a 13-minute clip of Eric going on a spiel about the movies, and how Warner Bros should be...
Andrew: ...and the length on them.
Micah: And various hosts trying to calm him down...
[Andrew and Laura laugh]
Micah: ...to no avail whatsoever.
Andrew: And Micah bringing up a good point about Snape that Eric also went off about. [laughs] So, it's actually a pretty funny clip, but...
Micah: Yeah. We can talk about that in some future show, though.
Micah: Because it is big news and it is a relevant point to bring up concerning the movies.
Andrew: Yeah. So, visit PicklePack.com for more information. We do promise that you will get your money's worth big time. There's a lot of stuff going in there every week. So, PicklePack.com, sign up today.
Andrew's Wizard Rock Single
Andrew: Let's see, what else? I regret to inform everyone that my wizard rock single will be coming out next week, not this week, because, like I've said...
Laura: Oh no.
Andrew: ...we've been busy this week. I promise you it will be next week. I am so sorry. I hate when I say that something is coming out next week and then it doesn't.
Exciting MuggleCast Changes to Come
However, on a positive note, we are working on a couple things for MuggleCast, for this summer - don't want to say what yet, but we should have some announcements within the next few weeks. We're all very excited about what's coming up. Again, don't want to say much, visit PicklePack.com and see my latest Blickle for a little teaser about one of those things. [lauhs] And next week we'll also be continuing the Road to Deathly Hallows, and we'll be having a dueling club up and the wizard rock premiere.
Andrew: So, I think that is it for this week's show. A pretty easy show to do at that, as we try to catch up with our real lives, we will see...
Laura: We have real lives?
Andrew: Some of us do, Laura. I do. I guess you don't...
Andrew: ...apparently. That's okay, though, we still love you. Some of us.
P.O. Box Update
Andrew: So, we do want to remind everyone about our contact information. Laura, what's the P.O. Box, and do you have a little P.O. Box update for us, maybe?
Laura: Oh yeah, I do have a P.O. Box update, I can't believe I didn't think of it. Okay, yeah, we did get several items in our P.O. Box this week, and I'm sure some other stuff has come in since I got this, but something else - something that we got that I didn't open, because it was not addressed to me. It was - looks like a birthday card for Andrew from Laurie. So, there you go, Andrew.
Andrew: Ah, thanks, Laurie.
Laura: We did get a really nice little drawing from Rachael P., who actually lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, and it says: "I love MuggleCast." And it has a pickle drawn on it - and it says: "Pickles love MuggleCast." So, that's really great. I actually have that hanging up in my closest right now. Also the first piece of mail that we got - I know that we promised a t-shirt to the first person who wrote to us and that would be Kirsten from Suwanee, Georgia. Actually, most of the mail we got was from Georgia. So...
Laura: ...that's pretty cool. So, congratulations, Kirsten, we'll get your contact information and all that.
Laura: I also got a nice little letter from a girl who got out her calligraphy set and actually wrote me an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, so that was pretty cool. That was from Karen, who is in Athens, Georgia. And then possibly my favorite thing that we got was from - I don't know how to say her name, Wafa? [laughs] W-A-F-A. So, I'm so sorry if I butchered that, but she actually made puppets out of all of us, like, stick puppets.
Andrew: Oh, wow. That's awesome.
Laura: [laughs] So yeah. Yeah. It's like they've got all of our faces on them and...and...
Andrew: You should take a picture of this.
Laura: ...it's pretty cool. Yeah, I should. I was actually going to use them - have them in my Blickle this week, but yeah. I was going to take some pictures of those and put them up on the site, so thank you for that!
Andrew: Also, if you would like to call the MuggleCast hotline, you could always dial 1-218-20-MAGIC. That's 1-218-206-2442. If you're in the United Kingdom, you can dial 020-8144-0677. If you're in Australia, you can dial 02-8003-5668. You can also Skype the username MuggleCast. If you're contacting us in any of those ways just be sure to keep your message under 60 seconds and take out as much background noise as possible. We'll try to get to some voicemails next week.
You can also contact us via the handy MuggleCast feedback form located on the lovely MuggleCast.com created by Greg Porter of XalerStudios.com. That's X-A-L-E-R Studios.com. That's "relax" backwards Studios.com.
Andrew: I don't know why he made it - called it that, but it's a cool name, if you ask me.
Laura: Very cool.
Andrew: Let's see. We also have the MySpace. We've got the
Facebook, the YouTube, the Frappr, Last.fm, Fanlisting and Forums. I just want to do a quick check here to see the popular bands over on Last.FM.
[Show music begins playing]
Andrew: Right now, it's looking like - top artists right now, besides us, number two is Fall Out Boy, number three is The Beatles, four is Muse, and five is Death Cab for Cutie. See the rest of the list over at MuggleCast.com. Just click on the Last.FM link, then click on "Charts," which is pretty cool. Last.fm does a great job handling everyone's music.
Laura: We've got to fix that Fall Out Boy problem.
Laura: I'm serious. Come on, guys.
Andrew: [sings] This ain't a scene. It's a god darn MuggleCast, yeah...
Andrew: I like that song.
Laura: Oh my god, it's so stupid. But anyway...
Andrew: You're stupid. Okay, well, thank you, everyone, for joining us.
Laura: My god.
Andrew: We will be back next week with a lazy Brit and a silly Georgian, and a guy who has a really...
Laura: You're having Laura Mallory on?
Andrew: ...low voice that's from New York. That's funny, Laura.
Andrew: Once again, I'm Andrew Sims.
Laura: I'm Laura Thompson.
Micah: And I'm Micah Tannenbaum.
Andrew: We'll see everyone next week for Episode 94. Heck, let's call this one 93. I don't think we...
Micah: Yeah, why not? The trio.
Andrew: I think this is a full episode.
Laura: Yeah, let's do it.
Micah: The trio do 93.
Andrew: The MuggleCast Trio. [laughs]
Micah: You're Ron.
Andrew: Okay. No, I'm not.
Andrew: I'm hairy!
[Laura keeps laughing]
Andrew: And I'm also Harry Potter. All right, we'll see everyone next week.
Micah: [laughs] Wow.
Laura: [laughs] Okay.
Micah: Did we ever intro the show?
[Show music concludes]
Andrew: Let's see, what else? Next week we'll have more of a discussion on the theme-park, we'll have a little favorites segment, Road to Deathly Ha... Okay, every time I change how I pronounce it I get an e-mail saying I'm doing it wrong.
Laura: Yeah, "Hallows."
Laura: Not "hollows." Not "hollow"...
Laura: ...like a hollow in a tree.
Andrew: I don't - I never say, "hollow."
Laura: Yeah, you do.
Andrew: I say, "hallow," I say, "hallow."
Laura: Hallow. But that's still a hollow in the tree. Hallow.
Micah: "Deathly Hallows."
Andrew: Hallow. Okay. [laughs] I'll never get it right, I'm telling you.
Micah: I just say, "Deathly Hallows."
Laura: [laughs] You should just say it that way from now on. Hallow.
Andrew: Yeah. [laughs] Next week we'll also be doing the Road to Deathly Hallows. See, but then it sounds unnatural, because I'm, like, trying too hard.
Written by: Micah, Briana, Christina, Cindy, Eloise, Haley, Hannah, Jessalyn, Jessica, Jessie, Karen, Laura, Leah, Luke, Margaret, Marya, Rebeca, Sapna, Shannon, Shelly, and Tina