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Clarence Farley, 102, the last surviving person to have seen Star Wars in a theater in 1977. Photo by Marg [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia, modified.

Last surviving person to see original Star Wars in theater honored

The only other known viewer passed away last month. SOUTHFIELD, MI -- Clarence Farley gets a far-away look in his eye when he talks about Star Wars. The 102-year-old lifelong resident of Southfield, Michigan, a Detroit suburb, is the last known person still living to have seen the original Star Wars movie in a theater during the year of its release, 1977. "That was something special, let me tell you," Farley told Uncle Walt's Insider. "To see that huge star destroyer passing overhead -- on ... Read more
New spray-on painted face masks at Walt Disney World. Photo [CC0] courtesy of pxhere.com & pxfuel.com.

Face-paint masks now offered at Walt Disney World

They're much easier to breathe in, also. DATELINE IN CAPS -- Gators may not be allowed, but now Walt Disney World is offering a mask alternative: face paint! Originally created by laid-off Photopass Cast Members as a way to pay their rent, the painted masks are proving to be extremely popular. Uncle Walt's Insider talked with one guest, Bruce Tomlinson from Lake Charles, LA, who asked not to be identified (pictured above). "These painted masks are awesome," the unnamed source said between coughing fits. ... Read more
The new "Red Team" option for riders of Epcot's Mission: Space. Photo by Vikki Tupay (@vikkimouse321) via Instagram.

Mission: Space introduces new Red Team option

The ride takes six months, but the Disney Dining Plan is accepted. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- An Epcot ride that's "out of this world" just added a more realistic space experience. Mission: Space, the spaceflight training simulator, has been dividing up guests into "Orange Team" and "Green Team" queues, based on each rider's enjoyment of vomiting. Well, now Disney has unveiled a new "Red Team" option, pictured above, which they promise will give guests the most complete space experience yet. Put your affairs ... Read more
Newsies Mountain? Photo primarily by Disney Tourist Blog, used by permission.

New Critter Country retheming — to Newsies?

You'll plummet to the sounds of "Seize the Day," perhaps? ANAHEIM, CA SOMEWHERE IN TEXAS -- In a rather odd announcement, Disney announced today that the "Critter Country" section of Texas' Disneyland Park will be rethemed, but the company would not say for sure what the new theme would be. Instead, they gave a cryptic hint at one of the possibilities. When Uncle Walt's Insider reached out to our normal contact, Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation), we discovered that she ... Read more
The new Hall of Presidents, featuring a Trump vs. Biden Animatronic Cage Fight. Photo by elisfkc [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia.

Hall of Presidents will now feature Trump and Biden animatronics in a cage fight

Perhaps this is how it should have been settled all along. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- The Magic Kingdom's Hall of Presidents is in limbo. With the Hamilton Live: Featuring the Muppets! makeover on hold due to budgetary issues, and America's future on hold due to political wrangling, Disney Imagineers have been debating what to do with the presidential attraction. "At this point we're usually are preparing a new presidential animatronic," said Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation). "In fact, we ... Read more