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Uncanny Valley meets Galaxy's Edge.

Animatronic CGI Tarkin arrives at Disneyland

The "reanimated" character will require "dumbing down" the animatronic technology. ANAHEIM, CA -- With Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge just months from opening, another less-than-exciting audio-animatronic figure has been spotted arriving at the Disneyland Resort. As Uncle Walt's Insider has reported, Disney already installed less popular figures from the Star Wars Universe: Jar Jar Binks and Bea Arthur's Ackmena from the Star Wars Holiday Special; old, frozen General Leia; dancing Han Solo; and, inexplicably, the Minions. Tarkin the low road This time, the new character arriving at ... Read more
Mickey and Minnie wave to the crowds. Photo source Depositphotos_69250695_original.jpg.

Disney character Cast Members: no costumes for Halloween!

If the Disney characters you meet at the parks are real to you, do not go there today. Or read this article. LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL -- Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, Consumer Products and Spas, has a special treat for certain Disney Cast Members: "You do not have to wear a costume today!" On a day when many people around the globe celebrate Halloween by putting on costumes, there are some folks in Disney Parks and Spas who spend every day wearing costumes. In fact, ... Read more
Disneyland bench. Okay, Hong Kong Disneyland bench. Photo by Xiquinho Silva [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Disneyland benches are going away – kind of

"Rethemed" is probably more accurate. ANAHEIM, CA -- The Disney fan universe has been all atwitter following stories that the Disneyland Park and Spa is eliminating benches. As usual, however, there is more to the story. And also as usual, Uncle Walt's Insider has all the super-reliable details the other theme park news sites miss. We reached out to our usual reliable source, Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation) for details: The real story "Yes, 'benches' are going away," Disney (no relation) confirmed. ... Read more
True Tales: from the files of Stupid Guest Tricks.

True Tales of Stupid Guests: Episode 2

"True Tales: from the files of Stupid Guest Tricks" is an ongoing series, where we share believable stories of park guests' unbelievable stupidity. FROM STUPID GUEST TRICKS -- StupidGuestTricks.com is a website founded to provide Disney Cast Members and other theme park employees a place to vent about some of the idiots they've dealt with. Most Cast Members will tell you that 99% of the guests they deal with are wonderful, but there's always that 1% that lead to aggravation -- and ... Read more
Cinderella Castle (inflatable) at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park. Public domain, via Pixabay.

Uncle Walt’s debunks Disney urban legends

We tackle the myths, legends, and tall tales that have sprung up about Disney parks. UNCLE WALT'S H.Q., SVALBARD -- Disney Parks and Resorts and Spas are, without question, the most popular parks, resorts and spas ever created by a rodent. With so many people attending every year, it's only natural that some rumors and stories pop up from time to time about the Disney parks. But are those stories true? Well, there is a relatively obscure fact-checking website out there that is ... Read more