The View at Animal Kingdom
What better way to celebrate International Women's Day here at MinkFlamingos than giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the incredibly fun morning I had at Animal Kingdom this week attending a live broadcast of the all-female-led The View?
I'd seen the photos circulating instagram: the hosts had been spotted all over the parks, recording segments for the shows. When I was invited to attend as a guest, I have to own up that I had to google who was hosting the show. In my defense this show has been on the air a whopping NINETEEN YEARS, and my days of being at home at 11 am to watch TV? They've passed. We cut the cable cord over a year ago, and now I have no DVR (side-note: anybody catch me Tuesday? Send me a screen grab!). Whoopi Goldberg?! In case you missed the memo, we're a Trek family, and Whoopi is one of the only cast members from TNG we haven't met. Cue my internal squealing.
I arrived nice and early and got walked back to the seating area of the show about an hour before the start. My "media" reserved seating was pretty schweet. Turns out a nice couple sitting in front of me were actually host Sara Haines' parents, who are locals.
It's been AGES since I got to be in the audience for a network show (circa Late Night with Conan O'Brien, 1997-ish?). It's been about 8+ years since I worked live broadcast myself, so I enjoyed playing "figure out this crew person's job" and "how much has the technology changed."
They gradually filled the rest of the audience seats, and the audience warm-up guy came out. Again, since my only experience was in a studio almost 20 years ago, this was sort of new. The View wants a high-energy audience, and without the walls of a studio to help amplify the sound of reactions? We had to go over the top. My arms are a little tired from all the clapping and my voice is hoarse from woo-ing.
The hosts were ushered out on stage moments before the start of the show. WHOOPIIII I LOVE YOUUUUUU. (No, I didn't shout Sister Act, Ghost, or Star Trek quotes at her. It's called self-restraint, and apparently I have it). The View people were pretty cool about phones and cameras: shoot away on commercial breaks, just not while they were on live. During commercial breaks, one or two of the hosts would break away from the talks with Producers at the table to take questions from the audience. (Sara's favorite Disney movie is the Little Mermaid. Whoopi's favorite attraction at WDW is the new Avatarland stuff which she says will "Melt Your Face.")
The first guest was former cohost, Sherri Shepherd. Wearing the world's cutest freakin' dress that she declared she got ON ETSY (and now I love it even more, and that Sherri shops on Etsy, bless her).
Host and former assistant US Attorney, Sunny Hostin (rocking a seriously gorgeous pink jumpsuit), found a woman in the crowd that she'd gotten tickets for via Twitter. Social media is an amazing thing, y'all.
The last guest was Ariel Winter from Modern Family (but Disney-philes will recognize her as SOFIA THE FIRST). As her name would suggest, Ariel is quite the Disney-phile. Her favorite Disney food is Mickey Ice Cream (Whoopi later waxed poetic about her love of the Dole Whip, my kind of girl).
The women talked politics at the beginning, but most of the show was geared toward the guests and being at Disney. Joy had a great pre-recorded segment to educate herself about Star Wars from kids at the parks (she's decided she's ready to watch it for "Emperor Al Pacino").
Before I knew it, the show was off the air and lunch was being called for crew. I was taken with a handful of other media people over to Flame Tree Barbecue for lunch (Thanks, Disney!). As we wrapped up and walked back past the Tree of Life, the crew was already in full swing to tape another episode.
You can catch The View on ABC all week (through March 10th) broadcasting from Walt Disney World. Check your local listings.