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Lost guest discovers ultra-exclusive “Club 34”

Fans of Disney theme parks have long been aware of the existence of the exclusive Club 33 in California's Disneyland Park, a members-only retreat of fine dining tucked away in the Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. But Hugoton, Kansas, native Melvin Plank insists that he has discovered an even more exclusive "Club 34" within the park. A storied history The more-known Club 33, which opened in 1967, was created at the behest of Walt Disney himself as a lounge where he could entertain ... Read more
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Every state’s favorite Disney character – what’s yours?

Uncle Walt's Insider has discovered the favorite Disney character for each state in the United States, as revealed by social media analysis and random telephone surveys. The most popular character by far is Anastasia from the 1997 Disney animated feature by the same name. Anastasia, the movie, has recently been adapted into a Broadway musical by Disney Theatrical Productions, which may account for the character's popularity. Here are your favorite Disney characters by state: Alabama - Anastasia Alaska - John Darling Arizona - Anastasia Arkansas - Anastasia  ... Read more
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News Brief: Updates for November 5

Maelstrom's displaced trolls file grievance Union officials representing trolls displaced by the reworking of Epcot's Maelstrom ride into Frozen Ever After have filed a formal grievance against the Walt Disney World Resort. The grievance lists several issues, including that the new attraction is not actually about Norway (the pavilion in which it is located), and that non-union trolls were brought in for the Frozen ride. No arbitration date has been set. Test Track rider ticketed for speeding Orange County deputies issued a traffic citation for "Unsafe ... Read more
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12 annoying things people do at Disney Parks

We've all been there -- we pay big bucks for our theme park vacation, and then we find our Disney-induced coma of happiness interrupted by some yahoo who thinks they also paid big bucks to be there, or a gung-ho cast member on a power trip just "enforcing the rules." Special guest writer and longtime Disney fan Sal Antonino of Fort Lee, New Jersey, shares his biggest annoyances: 12. Cheerful people - Hey, when I'm at Disney, I can get cranky. I ... Read more
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Attraction Spotlight: The Muppets Present: Great Moments in the History of Ballbearings

Note: "Attraction Spotlight" is an ongoing series of articles telling the history of favorite theme park attractions.  Everyone loves the Muppets, and the success of The Muppets Present: Great Moments in American History has proven that any topic can be made entertaining with snarky humor and glorified sock puppets. "Great Moments," which debuted in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square in October 2016, was an instant success. Guests gathered multiple times a day to hear Kermit and his friends tell the story of the ride ... Read more