In case you haven’t listened to the Season 5 premiere yet, episode 209, we made two major announcements at the end of the show.
For the first announcement of Season 5, we’ve decided to continue the Year of a Million or So Limited Time Cadets. To further its resemblance to a certain ad campaign a few years ago, the Year will extend a little further, into two years, for maximum number of cadets to get prizes! Fairy Godmother Travel will continue to give away an awesome Disney prize pack every week, while the other weeks will continue to have more sponsored prizes, and prizes from our own collections, to send out to the greatest cadets ever.
Yay! More prizes!
But, with every fun announcement that involves people winning prizes, there is usually a sadder one. So now, it’s time for the sadder, bigger announcement, and one that may surprise some of you.
After a lot of thought and discussion, we’ve decided that Season 5 will be the last season of Communicore Weekly. For the last four years, we’ve brought you theme park history with our own unique twist, week in, week out. We’ve never missed a week of the show, And we never plan to miss a week.
But it’s a lot of work.
On top of that, there are only so many topics we can cover, and history segments to bring you. So, we’ve decided to take the Seinfeld route, and end the show on a high note, while we’re still doing quality work. We don’t want to find ourselves in year 8 covering the history of the bathrooms by the runaway mine train at Six Flags over Texas.
Granted, that IS a very Communicore Weekly thing to do, but we’d rather bring you the topics we find interesting as opposed to scraping the bottom of the barrel some weeks to find new things to talk about.
It was by no means an easy decision, because we love each and every single one of you, and we both enjoy doing the show. But we feel that, at the end of 5 years, we’d have covered a very significant portion of Disney and theme park history. On top of that, like I mentioned, it is a lot of work to do the show every week, and there are other avenues we’d like to explore, both in theme park stuff, and other areas not relating to theme parks, as well. As much as we love doing it, it’s almost time to move on to other things.
We’ve never been a normal show. You guys know that. In a way, we’ve always been the weird, red headed step child of the community, and we’re totally OK with that identity. If we were a news and happenings show, we could go on forever. But, because of the nature of the show, we’d like to end things on our own terms, and not become something else in order to sustain it.
So, what changes from here? Well, honestly, nothing. Communicore Weekly will continue every week, just like usual. You won’t even notice a change, really. We will, however, be counting down to the end from here on out.
Almost since the beginning, every season of the show has had a theme, in some way, however loose it was. The first season, it was the beginning, and we were finding our footing. The second second was the year of the serialized stories, where we started to get really crazy and it culminated in the release of the musical. The third season was the 50th anniversary of the world’s fair, and our look at it. Season 4 was the year of a million or so limited time cadets, where we celebrated you guys, got you more involved with the show, and also really began in depth looks at other theme parks. And Season 5, we’re billing as The Final 52.
The Final 52 are the final 52 episodes of the show, obviously, and the final topics we want to cover on Communicore Weekly. We have list of things we will be discussing for our history segments, things we’ve always wanted to cover but haven’t yet. But we also want to know what things YOU guys want us to cover.
Is there something we haven’t done yet that you’d like a history segment on, Disney or otherwise? Definitely let us know, and we’ll consider adding it to our list. While the list is filling up, we’re not done writing it yet, and we’d love to include stuff that you guys want to hear as well. We also still want to get you guys more involved, so if you think you’re an authority on a topic, we’d love to have you on! We did it a few times during Season 4 to great success, and we’d love to continue that.
In all honesty, you, and us, will probably forget that we’ll be ending the show in 2017, because it will be business as usual from now until then, so it won’t even be a thought in your minds. And that’s OK! We don’t want to make a big deal out of it, honestly.
Having said that, we’d like to make a big deal, and end the show on a really high note, and do something awesome. And so, since a lot of people were upset that they missed out on the CommuniTour in 2014 (where we took an Adventures by Disney trip throughout Southern California and the Disneyland Resort), we decided to put together another one.
We’d love for you to join us for CommuniTour 2: The CommuniCruise!
While we don’t have the exact details yet, we’re going to be going on a Caribbean Disney Cruise sometime toward the end of our run, in either late 2016 or very early 2017. We’d love for as many Cadets as possible to join us. If you’re interested in it, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can start planning and making accommodations. We’ll do all sorts or fun things together on the cruise, and will have some sort of live show during it, as well. It really will be a lot of fun, and we would love for you to join us.
So, again, nothing really changes right now. We’re still the same old world’s first pair of independently born identical twins. We’ll be bringing you theme park wackiness for another long while. But the end of the road is in sight, and we’re going to make it one heck of a final stretch.
We love you guys. Every single one of you. From the folks who have been here from the beginning to those who joined us recently. We’ve made some awesome friends, long lasting friendships, and will really cherish them for the rest of our lives. So, we thank you for that. Really. Thank you.