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The Disneyland Band plays royalty-free music "Carefree" by Kevin MacLeod. Photo by Loren Javier [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flickr.

Disney parks switching to royalty-free music

The cost of licensing Disney songs was just too high. BR'ER BANK, CA -- Disney parks will no longer feature Disney music. That's the word from Disney Parks and Resorts and Spas president Bob "Bob" Chapek. Apparently the Disney Company charges quite a bit to license its music, and "it's just cost-prohibitive to pay for it any more." Another source "Fortunately, there's an abundance of public domain, royalty-free generic music online," says Chapek. "You can hear it in almost every bad YouTube travelogue out there ... Read more
Donald's Boat at Disneyland. Photo by Tours Departing Daily [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flikr.

Donald’s Boat to offer shore excursions

Disney Cruise Line brings a little corporate synergy to Anaheim. DISNEYLAND, CA-- Donald's Boat, a watery attraction at Disneyland's Toontown, will soon offer extra-cost shore excursions for its guests! The Boat, which recently reentered service after sinking last year, has been struggling to attract passengers after the mishap. Disneyland is hopeful that adding extra options for its guests during their cruise will entice them to return. Lots of, um, limited options! In a joint venture with Disney Cruise Line announced yesterday, guests will soon have ... Read more
Artist's concept of the extremely exclusive NBA Experience. Photo © Disney.

“NBA Experience” is realistic: most people won’t get in

Just like 98.8% of college basketball players! LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL -- The NBA Experience, Disney Springs' newest addition, opens on August 12. The attraction promises to let guests "live out their hoop fantasies" in a realistic simulation of pro basketball. And Uncle Walt's Insider has learned just how realistic it is: Most folks won't make it in the door, even after buying a ticket. Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation) tells us, "Most men's college basketball players' 'hoop fantasies' are to ... Read more
The new Disney/Google WDW Virtual Marathon! Photo © 2019 Disney & Google Street View.

Disney, Google Street View announce first ever WDW Virtual Marathon

Finally, a marathon for the rest of us. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Disney excels in providing races and events for athletic fans, and even some for slightly-less-athletic fans. But there have been no events for the couch potatoes among us -- until now. RunDisney.com has announced its 2020 slate of races at the Walt Disney World Resort and Spa and Track Arena, and for the first time, there is a "Virtual WDW Marathon" available for non-runners! Guests at large "We are very excited ... Read more
Promotional artwork for Quentin Tarantino's Song of the South.

NEWS FLASH: Tarantino will direct ‘Song of the South’ remake

We can't wait for the close-ups of Uncle Remus's feet. BR'ER BANK, CA -- As Uncle Walt's Insider reported last year, Song of the South is being remade, the latest of Disney's live-action reboots. The beloved film, set in the southern U.S. during a time when all races lived together in peace and harmony, is one of only a handful of films that has not been remade by the studio. And now the reboot, scheduled for a November 2020 release, has a director ... Read more