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Chaos at the first (and last) ever Magic Kingdom Balloon Festival. Photo by ErikAggie [CC0] via Pixabay & adventurejay.com

Chaos reigns at first Magic Kingdom Balloon Festival

It seemed like a good idea on paper. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL --The so-called "First Annual Magic Kingdom Royal Balloon Festival" is likely to be the last. The Magic Kingdom is still recovering from yesterday's debacle, where over 500 hot air balloons and their crews were added to the already heavy June crowds. "Not pretty" "We really didn't think this one through," says Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation). "It was not pretty. Someone in middle management had been to the Albuquerque Balloon ... Read more
Jar Jar Binks, alone at his meet-and-greet. Video still from ThemeParkReview via YouTube

No lines for Jar Jar Binks meet-and-greet

Most characters draw crowds of fans in an instant. Not this one. DISNEYLAND, CA -- Disneyland's new area, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, is a runaway hit, now that they've added churro light sabers. And guests absolutely love meeting their favorite characters from the hit movie series. And they're apparently shunning their least favorite. No love "We've got fans flocking around Chewbacca," says Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation). "If he stops walking around, a queue to meet and take photos with him forms ... Read more
Churros. Mmm... churros. Photo by Mark Mitchell [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr. Churros. Mmmmm....

We took the “Churro Challenge” – only churros for a month

And what did we learn? Not much, really. UNCLE WALT'S INSIDER H.Q., SVALBARD -- The challenge: Eat nothing but tasty, tasty churros, morning, noon & night, for thirty days. Participants: Ub, X, & Uncle Walt. (Marty eats nothing but churros anyway, so technically this wouldn't have been a challenge for him). Conclusion: Churros are extremely tasty. Didn't you know that already? Yes. So is the "Churro Challenge" really a thing? Probably not. We just wanted an excuse to eat churros all the time. Is there anything Uncle ... Read more
The newly renamed VOLT-cano Bay at Universal Orlando. Photo by Paolo Guereta [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr.

Universal Orlando tests shock therapy, wiping guests’ memory of Disney

The Volcano Bay shocks were not an accident. ORLANDO, FL -- Guests visiting Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay were recently subjected to low-level electric shocks while visiting the various pools, water slides, and spas. Park officials first pointed their fingers to cost-cutting and not following code during construction of the park. But thanks to some real investigative reporting, Team UWI is bringing you the truth behind this shocking news. [Ed.: Heh, "shocking."] Universal is shocking its guests on purpose. First, the back story When Universal Orlando ... Read more
The all-new Victoria & Albert's / Taco Bell joint venture! Photo courtesy DisneyTouristBlog.com,modified.

Five-star WDW restaurant Victoria & Albert’s gets corporate sponsor: Taco Bell

The new partnership between Disney and Taco Bell will bring some menu changes. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- The Disney Company has partnered with other companies in its parks since the earliest days of Disneyland. Some of those pairings were obvious fits for a family park, such as the lingerie store on Main Street operated by the Hollywood-Maxwell Brassiere Co. of Los Angeles. Others, such as the Philip Morris sponsorship of park smoking areas, were less well received. A new partnership has just ... Read more