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The new open-air gondola cars on the Disney Skyliner. Video still courtesy Passport to the Parks via YouTube.

UPDATE: Skyliner to feature open air ride vehicles

Makes sense, if they're also going to have open-air monorails. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- The Walt Disney World Resort and Spa continues to innovate in transportation, as new open-air Skyliner cars were revealed last week. Concept art for the new gondola system previously showed enclosed cars with Disney characters on the outside. However, Uncle Walt's Insider can now report that the cars will be completely open to the elements, with no walls or ceiling. And no restraints! "Not just a ride, but a ... Read more
N*Sync narrating the Candlelight Processional. Photo courtesy

Squee!!! N*Sync to sing-narrate Candlelight Processional

Disney is getting more adventurous with the concept of "narration." WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Walt Disney World and Disneyland have been telling the true story of Christmas in spoken word and song since the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. [Ed.: Hey, check this before publishing. I thought it didn't start until after the Reformation.] The Candlelight Processional features a full orchestra, a massive choir of Cast Members and random locals who own gold robes, the Voices of Liberty, jugglers, ... Read more
Animatronic Grinch arrives at Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Animatronic Grinch arrives at Disneyland

Just in time for the holidays! Kind of. ANAHEIM, CA -- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is still just months away from opening, and we've spotted another audio-animatronic figure arriving at the Disneyland Resort!  As Uncle Walt's Insider has reported, Disney already installed less popular figures from the Star Wars Universe: Jar Jar Binks and Bea Arthur's Ackmena from the Star Wars Holiday Special; old, frozen General Leia; dancing Han Solo; and CGI Grand Moff Tarkin. Stink, stank, stunk Today's character spotting is more in line from ... Read more
The monorail goodwill tour visits the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Hollywood. Photo by Jeremy Thompson [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr.

Photo feature: Monorail goodwill tour resurfaces in California

And for some reason visits every non-Disney theme park. UNIVERSAL CITY, CA -- Fears that Monorail Blue was lost in a volcano after its goodwill tour reached Hawai'i were thankfully unfounded. The Monorail goodwill tour has resurfaced in southern California. The tour continues to raise controversy over its stop choices (not to mention the continued rate of highway accidents in its wake). Somehow, the monorail has been spotted visiting every major theme park in the area -- except Disneyland? Please enjoy these photos ... Read more
The Leave a Legacy Cemetery at E.P.C.O.T. Photo by Sam Howzit [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr.

Removal of Leave a Legacy stones delayed by cemetery regulations

Disney encounters unforeseen consequences at Epcot. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Renovations to the second-oldest theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort and Spa have run into some difficulties. The so-called "EPCOT Center 2.0" strategy, which features new attractions and a completely re-imagined aesthetic in the walkways, was to have included removal of the pink marble "Leave a Legacy" stones from the entrance courtyard. But that facet of the plans is currently on hold. Cemetery regulations "Well, of course they're burial sites," says ... Read more