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Concept art for Russia's Island of Dreams theme park.

Unopened Russian theme park most visited in the world – News Brief for Jan. 7

Texas teen tries to find a "Last Airbender" ride in Pandora - Land of Avatar Most guests at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park have been dazzled by the park's new Pandora - The World of Avatar area, and particularly its two blockbuster attractions, Avatar: Flight of Passage and Na'vi River Journey -- but not Tyler Roth. Roth, a 16-year-old high school student from Round Rock, Texas, is a "huge fan" of Avatar: The Last Airbender ("the TV series and comic books, not ... Read more
Lamar Price's "best picture" from a recent Walt Disney World vacation.

Dad fired as family vacation photographer (photo feature)

Lamar Price is out of a job -- as his family's vacation photographer. A 44-year-old Boston native and father of two, Price has always tried to capture the special moments and everyday magic on each vacation. However, following a recent nine-day trip to the Walt Disney World Resort, his family unanimously voted that on future trips, someone else should handle the camera. A perfect record "Nine days!" Price's wife Beatrice told Uncle Walt's Insider. "Nine days we were at Walt Disney World! You know ... Read more
Toontown Power House at Disneyland Park, California.

Disneyland power outage intentional; exposes Toontown/Fantasyland rift

Last week's power outage at Disneyland Park in California was not due to a "transformer problem," as Disney spokespersons initially reported. Uncle Walt's Insider has learned that the power supply was cut off intentionally by the Toontown Power House (pictured), and that the disruption was just the latest in an ongoing squabble between the park's Toontown and Fantasyland residents. Not a new issue "The bosses at Disney like to put out this perfect image of Disneyland, where everyone lives in harmony," Toontown spokesbunny ... Read more
Non-organic fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle

New California law requires organic fireworks – News Brief for Dec. 31

Disney Board divided: will Frozen, Star Wars or Guardians win? Sources close to the upper administration of the Disney Company are reporting that over the past few years the Board of Directors has fractured, with gangs of directors forming to promote their favorite properties. "Right now they're fairly balanced, with Team Star Wars, Team Guardians, and Team Frozen all having success in pushing their franchises into the parks," one board member shared anonymously. "But we're all a little worried about what happens ... Read more
Hall of Presidents at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park.

Hall of Presidents reopens; one President to be eliminated each week

The Hall of Presidents, Disney's tribute to all who have served as chief executive of the United States of America throughout history, reopened on Tuesday, December 19, at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. The newly-refurbished attraction not only adds current President Donald Trump, it now features enhanced projection, sound, lights, and a new twist -- the elimination of one President each week. History come to life Building on Disneyland's animated tribute of Abraham Lincoln, Disney Imagineers created The Hall of Presidents in ... Read more