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Pyongyang Park. Photo by Kristoferb [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Rumor: Epcot to add North Korea pavilion!

The thaw in international tensions may affect Walt Disney World. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- As people around the world continue to closely watch the drama unfolding on the Korean peninsula, Disney fans may have an additional reason to cheer. With decades-old tensions relaxing, giving rise to the possibility of reconciliation between North and South Korea, rumors are flying that Epcot may add another country to World Showcase: North Korea! Given the success of Disneyland Pyongyang, it was likely only a matter of time ... Read more
Disneynature's all-new feature film "Penguins" is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he's targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind "Bears" and "Chimpanzee," Disneynature's "Penguins" opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019. Photo © 2018 Disney.

Fans react to DisneyNature “Penguins” trailer

A loveable penguin named Steve is coming to the big screens in 2019. DisneyNature has released its first glimpse into its 2019 EarthDay offering: an Antarctic adventure following the life and antics of a penguin they call "Steve." The movie trailer for Penguins (see the link below) suggests that the movie will be lighthearted, educational, packed with beautiful scenery and fascinating animals, and will have only a few cameos by the Avengers. Uncle Walt's Insider reached out to its devoted fans for their ... Read more
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 bigfloridacountry.com.

“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