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The Dapper Dans perform. Inset photo by Daniel Orth via Flikr, Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 2.0).

News Brief: Dapper Dans to add hiphop, grunge to repertoire

The popular music styles have been around for decades, after all. ANAHEIM, CA & WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Sources within Disney Parks and Resorts have confirmed that the Dapper Dans, the popular barbershop quartet that resides on Main Street USA in California's Disneyland Park and Florida's Magic Kingdom Park, will be adding barbershop arrangements of hiphop and grunge classics to their repertoire. While some see the move as controversial and possibly out of place for Main Street's turn of the 20th ... Read more
Toy Story Land in Hong Kong, which is also being shipped to Florida. Photo by Laika ac from UK [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Florida Toy Story Land “Made in China,” imported from Shanghai

"Disney wants things to seem real, and toys are made in China." Disney fans in the United States are celebrating the recent announcement of the opening day of the new Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios (June 31, 2018), but international fans are not so excited. For months, guests at Shanghai Disneyland have been treated to views of what appeared to be construction of their own Toy Story Land. Now it appears, though, that Shanghai's construction was not for their own ... Read more
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News Brief: Snopes, Facebook rate Uncle Walt’s Insider ‘110% accurate’

We're, like, beyond true here. UNCLE WALT'S H.Q. -- In the wake of Christian satirical news site The Babylon Bee being threatened by Facebook for promoting "fake news," Uncle Walt's Insider released a statement today reassuring its readers that they can completely trust what they read here (see the full text of the statement below). In fact, as the statement says, both fact-checking website Snopes and the Facebook truthiness division (or whatever they're called) have evaluated every article ever appearing on Uncle ... Read more
Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom. Photo by HarshLight [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

Pizzafari, other restaurants to become “Deluxe Dining”

'Be Our Guest' was just the first to be announced. Disney foodies and fans of dining at the Walt Disney World Resort are still adjusting to the news that the Beauty and the Beast themed Be Our Guest Restaurant will become a prix-fixe, deluxe dining restaurant (requiring two table-service credits on the Disney Dining Plan). The move is widely seen as necessary to help pay off the multitude of legal fees and settlements of lawsuits filed by the Beast's support staff after ... Read more
News Brief: Wizarding World of Harry Potter

News Brief: Visit to Wizarding World ‘outs’ Potter fan as a Muggle

Local fan club leader and self-described "Potterhead" has no magical abilities. ORLANDO, FL -- Roland Fleestrom of Cross Plains, Wisconsin, was greatly disappointed to learn this week that he was a Muggle [Ed.: or "No-Maj" in the U.S; that is, having no magical ability] on his first visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. Fleestrom, 16, who heads the Dane County (Wisconsin) Harry Potter Society, describes himself as "the greatest Harry Potter fan ever" on social media accounts, and has ... Read more