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Audio-animatronic of Jar Jar Binks arrives at Disneyland Park.

Animatronic Jar Jar arrives at Disneyland

Everyone's least favorite character will help keep crowds down. ANAHEIM, CA -- Another milestone in the construction of the new Star Wars-themed land at Disneyland Park: the arrival of a Jar Jar Binks audio-animatronic character. The life-size figure of the annoying Gungan will be positioned in the main entrance to the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge area, interacting with guests, telling bad jokes, and occasionally singing. And the placement is apparently intentional. Crowd control "We anticipate huge numbers of people trying to pack into Galaxy's Edge ... Read more
Artist's concept of Walt Disney World dome with color-change technology.

Disney experiments with various sky colors

More new technology for the Florida resort! WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- There are scores of eager Disney fans who watch government offices for permit filings and patent applications, hoping to discover the "next big thing" Disney does before any official announcement -- as they did with the new Skyliner gondola system last year. Those fans may have just uncovered another amazing technology coming to the Walt Disney World Resort: changeable sky colors! As Uncle Walt's Insider's regular readers [Ed.: all four of you] ... Read more
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Editorial: Please stop asking about our seasonings then and now. UNCLE WALT'S INSIDER H.Q. -- Thank you for your interest, but no, we are not now selling Cajun or Creole seasoning blends, nor do we intend to in the future. A little background: ever since Uncle Walt's Insider debuted, the many, many comments and emails we receive fall primarily into three categories. They either (1) are upset when they believe our stories are true, (2) are upset when they believe our stories are fake, or (3) want to have ... Read more
Chocolate river boat ride at Hershey Park, Pennsylvania.

Hershey adds chocolate riverboat ride; Wonka threatens litigation

"Oompa, loompa, doopity doo! If you cross Wonka, you know he'll sue!" HERSHEY, PA -- "We didn't say anything when they opened a chocolate themed amusement park. We turned a blind eye when they started hiring Oompa-Loompas. But this is too much!" That's the statement of Litigious Gloop, an attorney representing Wonka Enterprises Inc., on the new 'Chocolate River Boat Adventure' at Pennsylvania's chocolate themed Hershey Park. "They are being sneaky about it, that's for sure," Gloop tells Uncle Walt's Insider in an exclusive ... Read more

Dad blinked in all 237 PhotoPass photographs

"I honestly wasn't trying to have my eyes closed." WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Many families visiting the Walt Disney World Resort take advantage of the parks' PhotoPass service, where Disney photographers snap your pictures throughout the resort and make them available for purchase later. And while purchasing individual photographs can get pricey, Disney offers a "Memory Maker" all-inclusive package that allows downloads of every picture taken of your travel party plus some bonus ride videos, all for a set fee. The Washburn ... Read more