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Something of the Caribbean sign. Photo by Jonnyboyca [CC0] via Wikimedia Commons.

Pirates of the Caribbean ride update will remove all references to pirates

"It's the obvious next step, given the changes up until now." GLENDALE, CA -- It is well-known that the current Pirates of the Caribbean rides are different than the original versions. As society has changed and developed certain sensitivities, Disney Imagineers have altered the ride experience to avoid offense. Pirate men first chased the town's women, then their food, and now the women chase them. The Redhead is no longer up for auction, but is a pirate herself. And as society became ... Read more
Hollywood Studios adds thousands of bus stops. Photo ©2019 Disney Tourist Blog, used with permission; modified.

Hollywood Studios adds 2,730 bus stops to handle Star Wars crowds

A record number of bus stops is needed to handle record crowds. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Massive crowds are expected at Disney's Hollywood Studios when Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens in August. But the park will be ready -- not just for the guests in the park but for their arrival. In addition to adding the new Skyliner gondola system, and building additional parking lots that stretch to southern Osceola County, the park has added bus stops. Lots and lots of bus ... Read more
Johnny Depp surprises crowds at Turtle Talk with Crush. Photo by Josh Hallett [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr.

PHOTOS: Johnny Depp sneaks into more attractions as Jack Sparrow

"We can't seem to stop him" say park officials. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Disney fans may recall that actor Johnny Depp surprised Disneyland park-goers a couple of years ago by inserting himself into the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, dressed and in character as Captain Jack Sparrow. Well, he's at it again, but this time he's in Florida. And he's not limiting himself to Pirates. "No idea how he does it" Uncle Walt's Insider spoke with George Kalogridis, President of the Walt Disney World ... Read more
Disneyland's new smoking area. Can you spot the Hidden Mickey in the smoke? Photo by Ken Lund [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr.

Disney announces new 100% “all-smoking all the time” areas just outside of park entrances

It's all part of a plan. Just don't tell Chapek we quoted him. BURBANK, CA-- Disney Parks and Resorts and Spas has announced a new smoking policy affecting all 14 Disney parks worldwide. The new policy consolidates all the smoking areas formerly within the parks into one giant smoking area just in front of each park's entrance. For example, the esplanade between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be "all-smoking, all the time." That's according to Disney Parks and Resorts and Spas ... Read more
Dollywood becomes Dali-wood. Photo by Todd Van Hoosear [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr.

Dollywood sold, will become surrealist “Dali-wood”

The Salvador Dali-inspired theme park will be a radical change. PIGEON FORGE, TN -- Dolly Parton's country-themed park has been sold to investors from Dubai, and will soon get an extensive makeover. Gone will be the down-home, Tennessee mountain charm. Instead, the park will be renamed "Dali-wood" and rethemed to surrealist Salvador Dali's paintings. Why be normal? "Our investors are big fans of the artist," says park spokesperson Jun "Hello" Dali (no relation). "We've been looking for a park to buy rather than build ... Read more