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A fake Legacy Award name tag? Photo credit: Cory Doctorow via Flikr, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0), modified.

Cast member grants Legacy Award to self using blue magic marker

Disney's highest employee award is just one arts-and-crafts project away! We here at Uncle Walt's Insider love and appreciate Disney cast members and other dedicated theme park employees. As such we especially watch out for cast members who have won the highest award available to them: the Legacy Award, which allows the cast member to wear a special white-on-blue name tag. Imagine our surprise, then, on encountering one such winner who appears to have made his own Legacy Award name tag using ... Read more
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Disney: controversial changes will be ‘permanent’

Uncle Walt's Insider reported in November about radical changes coming to the Disney company, with far-reaching and controversial impact throughout the resorts, theme parks and even upcoming movies. Disney fan sites and forums, including our own, have been ablaze with heated discussions, with most of the comments being negative. In spite of the controversy, however, Disney announced yesterday that the changes would be permanent. Too much, too soon? When Uncle Walt's first reported the news, blowback was immediate. Although the modifications and additions ... Read more
Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure Park, soon to be Pixar Pier. Photo by Carlyc999 via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).

New “Pixar Pier” to be entirely computer rendered

Most of the former Paradise Pier area at Disney California Adventure Park has been closed, ostensibly to convert it to "Pixar Pier," a celebration of that animation studio's biggest hits. However, Uncle Walt's Insider has learned that the new land will actually be digitally rendered in real time, rather than constructed usually traditional techniques. Falling short of Paradise Paradise Pier was one of California Adventure's original lands -- and one that drew heavy criticism from Disney purists. Up until the park's 2001 opening, ... Read more
The on-again, off-again Earfful Tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Earfful Tower to return “seasonally” – News Brief for Jan. 14

Na'vi protest lack of cast members Representatives of the Na'vi people from Pandora have filed a written protest with the administration of the Walt Disney World Resort, saying that the Na'vi should be hired as cast members in the new Pandora - the World of Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. The protest letter notes that in the past, Walt Disney World has staffed its various pavilions and hotels representing different countries and areas of the world with cast members ... Read more
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