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Churros. Mmm... churros. Photo by Mark Mitchell [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr. Churros. Mmmmm....

Disney raises food costs; churros still woefully underpriced

"How can you put a price on perfection?" WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- As several reliable theme park news sites are reporting, Disney Parks and Resorts and Spas have raised prices on food items. (Uncle Walt's Insider is, of course, the only super-reliable theme park news site, but occasionally the others will stumble onto something.)  Price increases reported so far include: Regular fountain drinks up $0.70 to $3.99 Large fountain drinks up $0.80 to $4.49 Dasani bottled water up $0.50 to  $3.50 Bottled soda up $0.50 to $4.50  ... Read more
Disney guests videoing other guests videoing. Photo from Clifflix via YouTube.

Opinion: Stop videoing things that are already on YouTube

Stunning 4K professional videos are available of every ride, show, or other attraction. So why do people feel compelled to hold their phone up instead of, you know, just watching? WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- As the showtime approached, your reporter stood in a sea of guests in front of Cinderella Castle. The air was rife with excitement, and the smell of churros. Then the lights dimmed around us and music swelled. The crowd cheered, and suddenly the night was brightened by ... Read more
Costume party or Nazi Party?

PR nightmare: photos surface of Donald Duck’s Nazi past

Was it real? A costume party? An old satirical cartoon during wartime? BURBANK, CA -- Supreme Court nominees aren't the only ones having to deal with allegations of a troubled past. The Walt Disney Company is now scrambling to respond to an uproar caused by photographs of Donald Duck dressed as a Nazi soldier. Ducking the issues "The timing is certainly suspect," says Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation). "Just after his uncle Scrooge McDuck becomes the fifth richest person in the ... Read more
The world's 5th richest man, er, duck. Photo © Walt Disney Productions.

Scrooge McDuck now the world’s 5th richest person

Still the only duck in the top twenty. NEW YORK, NY -- According to Money magazine, Scrooge McDuck has jumped two places in just six months in its list of the richest individuals in the world. At an estimated worth of $71.6 billion dollars, McDuck has passed Spanish fashion retailer Amancio Ortega ($70B) and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ($71B). Sources inside the McDuck organization cite a change in financial strategy for the increase. McDuck, long known for touting the benefits of "hoarding," ... Read more
The Disney Magic totally for real on Bay Lake. Photo by Brandon Randall, used and modified by permission, and Pjotr Mahhonin [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

Announcing the inaugural Uncle Walt’s cruise!

We'll set a date just as soon as we get enough readers to cover our fare. UNCLE WALT'S H.Q., SVALBARD -- Uncle Walt's Insider is pleased to announce its First Annual "Cruise with Uncle Walt & Friends"! We set sail next Spring!* Sailing on the majestic Disney Magic, readers who sign up for this event will enjoy a 4-day, 7-night cruise on Disney Cruise Line's wonderful Bay Lake itinerary, including a stop at Castaway Cay. Cruisers will enjoy special activities custom made for ... Read more