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Universal's Volcano Bay now has a heated pool. Photo (modified) by Disney Tourist Blog, used by permission.

“A shutdown miracle”: Universal’s Volcano Bay erupts during closure

"If the park had been open, who knows how many guests would have died." ORLANDO, FL -- In what some are calling "a shutdown miracle" (and to be fair, others are calling "fake news"), Volcano Bay erupted on Tuesday. The volcano is a feature of a water park at the Universal Orlando Studios, Theme Park, School of Witchcraft & Wizardry and Spa. Although it was not thought to be dormant, since it regularly belched smoke, steam and fire, park officials did not ... Read more
UWI Step Moms Panel

(Step)Moms Panel: “How do my kids and I stay sane while stuck at home?”

The Uncle Walt's Insider (Step) Moms Panel answers your real questions with their own totally reliable advice. [Lawyer-mandated disclaimer: do NOT rely on this advice. Our panel of experts may or may not be actual stepmoms, but they are definitely evil.] "Dear (Step) Moms: Okay, so I'm cooped up in the house with my kids while they are home from school for this extended time, and we've had to postpone our Walt Disney World trip. What should we do to keep from ... Read more
Uncle Walt's Insider Week in Review

Uncle Walt’s Insider Week in Review for March 22

Here's what you missed while doing something much less important!  Appearing this past week on Uncle Walt's Insider: Monday (STEP) MOMS PANEL: WHAT DO CAST MEMBERS DO WHEN THEY'RE NOT WORKING? - Do Disney employees have a life outside of the parks? The (Step) Moms know! Tuesday UWI CORONAVIRUS POLICY: NO MORE THAN 50 READERS ONLINE AT THE SAME TIME - Finally, a quarantine goal that's easily reachable! Wednesday REVEALED: JOE ROHDE & TERRY GILLIAM ARE THE SAME PERSON - Like Clark Kent is Superman with glasses, Joe ... Read more
Entrance to the soon-to-be-demolished Hong Kong Disneyland. Photo by Joel [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flickr.

CNN: Saying “Hong Kong Disneyland” and “Disneyland Shanghai” is racist

Like Will Rogers and Congress, we never lack for material. ATLANTA, GA -- CNN commentators have denounced Uncle Walt's Insider for describing Disney's two Chinese theme parks as "Disneyland Shanghai" and "Hong Kong Disneyland." They claim that using description of the parks' foreign location is racist. In our defense: (1) The terms are just a description of a geographic fact; and (2) CNN itself has used those names (here & here, from just the past 30 days). We'll keep you posted as the ... Read more
另一家大公司向中國政府傾斜!Photo by Daderot [CC0] via Wikimedia.

Chapek: “Dang, why didn’t we charge more for Disney+?”

"If only we'd known." BURBANK, CA -- Newly minted Disney CEO Bob "Robert" Chapek is kicking himself right now. (Figuratively, we presume.) The problem? The inexpensive pricing of Disney+, the Mouse's new streaming service. "It's the whole supply and demand thing," Chapek told Uncle Walt's Insider. "We set the price really low to entice people to subscribe -- and it worked, at least until season one of The Mandalorian ended. We set the price low to drive up demand." Nothing to do but watch "But ... Read more