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Summer heat.

Theme parks in summer: tips for beating the heat

Forget hi-tech towels and misting fans -- Uncle Walt's Insider tells you the best ways to stay cool. UNCLE WALT'S HQ -- As we approach the summer months, theme park visitors will soon be dealing with high temperatures (except at Universal Studios Idaho, of course). Although many travel sites provide tips for staying cool, Uncle Walt's brave correspondents aren't afraid to think outside the box when it comes to heat-busting ideas. [Ed.: Some aren't even aware there is a box, Ub.] Here are some tried and ... Read more
Dumbo the Flying Elephant, visiting Shanghai. Photo by Jeremy Thompson [CC BY 2.0] via Flikr.

TSA updates ‘No-Fly List’ policy for Dumbo ride

Pint-sized terror suspects no longer have to worry about being denied boarding. WASHINGTON, DC -- As Uncle Walt's Insider readers know, the Homeland Security Department's "no-fly list" kept a toddler off of the Dumbo ride in December. New rules issued by the Transportation Security Administration this week may avoid that issue in the future. As reported here, the Cooper family of Athens, Ohio, including both parents, one grandmother, and three children, were denied boarding on Magic Kingdom’s iconic Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride, ... Read more
The new zipline experience at Magic Kingdom. Photo via

“Cinderella Castle Zipline Experience” coming to Magic Kingdom

You can fly! You can fly! You can fly! Kind of. WALT DISNEY WORLD -- Many a guest at the Magic Kingdom Park has looked up during the day and spotted a long cable which passes overhead, from the tallest tower of Cinderella Castle towards Tomorrowland. Some have asked cast members about its purpose, and been given answers such as "It's a leftover telephone cable from when the switchboard was up there" or "That helps the castle not blow over in a ... Read more
Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. Graphic by Christianlorenz97 [CC BY-SA 4.0] viaWikimedia Commons.

Avengers: Infinity War tanks at the box office

"I Feel Pretty" surges to claim the #1 spot. In spite of fan anticipation, marketing hype, and tens years of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe building up to its release, Avengers: Infinity War opened nationwide yesterday in a disappointing fifth place, behind I Feel Pretty, Selfie Dad, I Can Only Imagine, and Tyler Perry's Acrimony. Uncle Walt's Insider reached out to moviegoers and self-described Marvel fans to see why the movie opened so low in the rankings. Here is a sampling of the responses: "Oh, was ... Read more
Teodor shows off his cast member name badge. Photo adapted from

Disneyland cast member certified in non-existent language

"I thought it came with extra pay." ANAHEIM, CA -- It's not uncommon to see cast members at Disney parks in the United States with an addition to their name badge indicating their fluency in a language other than English. But Teodor Kennard, a custodial cast member at Disneyland Park, is the only cast member able to speak Êçeþadüàño, and with good reason -- the language does not exist. "It's this gibberish thing my brother Trevor and I made up when we were ... Read more