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Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights to reopen in Pandora – The World of Avatar

Fans of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights were saddened in 2016 when Disney ended the popular musical street attraction, but they now have reason to celebrate. In a press release Friday, the Walt Disney World Resort announced that the light show will return when holiday decorations appear this year, but in a new home -- the recently-opened Pandora - The World of Avatar in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. The Osborne Lights have a storied history. Originating at the home of a ... Read more

Lonely World: Tips for romance at the bus stops

Note: "Lonely World" is an ongoing series featuring romance tips for single adults visiting theme park destinations on their own. "Stan" (not his real name) visits the Walt Disney World Resort frequently. As a 32-year-old lifetime resident of Sanford, Florida, and an annual Passholder, he enjoys riding rides, splashing in the water parks, and dining at the World's many fine restaurants. But unlike most visitors to Walt Disney World, Stan doesn't visit with family or friends. Instead, his visits are almost always entirely ... Read more

New one-day “Mega Park Hopper” allows entrance into all 14 Disney Parks worldwide

The Disney Company announced today that guests wishing to visit more than one theme park on any given day will have an exciting new option: the so-called "Mega Park Hopper," which will give the bearer entrance to all of Disney's theme parks around the world on a single day. "Until now, if a guest wanted to visit multiple parks in one day, the options were limited," Disney spokesperson Brogan Marshall tells Uncle Walt's Insider. "If they were content to stay within the Walt ... Read more

Cinderella Castle briefly deflates

As Walt Disney World Resort continues to assess damage caused by the passage of Hurricane Irma earlier this week, resort officials at last confirmed that a flying palm tree had punctured Cinderella Castle, causing the structure to partially deflate. Since the opening of Disneyland in 1955 and throughout the creation of new Disneyland-like theme parks around the world, castles in Disney parks have officially been said to be constructed from sturdy materials such as stone, fiberglass, steel, and packing foam. With this deflation, ... Read more
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Walt Disney World guests describe hurricane experience

All Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and water parks were closed for two days, on Sunday and Monday, as Hurricane Irma pelted the state of Florida. Disney resort guests were urged to shelter in place in their resort hotels. Now that the storm has passed, several of these guests have shared their experience: Animal Kingdom Lodge guest Alan Friedrichsen of Grove City, Ohio, told Uncle Walt's Insider that he was glad he upgraded his family to a Savannah View room. "It was ... Read more