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Disney replacing PhotoPass photographers with fixed selfie sticks

More and more people are leaving their digital cameras at home and relying on their cell phones to capture those magical memories. And why not? The camera in the latest smart phone is probably better than your aging digital camera. From weddings, child birth, and pictures with Mickey, iPhone-shaped video and photographs have become part of our daily lives. And now, the latest announcement from Disney Parks and Resorts shows that they understand this trend, as they plan to remove many ... Read more
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Slinky Dog car hopelessly tangled: News Brief for November 12

Slinky Dog coaster car irreparably tangled Just two months after the first vehicle for the upcoming roller coaster Slinky Dog Dash arrived at Disney's Hollywood Studios, park officials have announced that the vehicle has become "tangled beyond repair." Workers were cautioned against playing with the Slinky-themed vehicle, but apparently found it irresistible, making it walk down giant stairs and having it expand and contract. After the vehicle's springy shape hooked in on itself, the workers spent weeks trying to untangle it, but ... Read more
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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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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