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Guardians of the Caribbean

“Pirates” rethemed: “Guardians of the Caribbean” now open

The whole "auction" update was just a ruse. ANAHEIM, CA & WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- The Disney Company announced last year that its popular Pirates of the Caribbean rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World would be renovated, to change the "bride auction" scene to something less likely to make Disney guests think about human trafficking. Now that both rides have been closed, Uncle Walt's Insider has learned that big changes were planned for the ride all along, and the auction ... Read more
Hamilton: An American Musical on Broadway. Inset photo by Travis Wise via Flikr [CC BY 2.0].

Confirmed: Universal will add Hamilton land

Harry Potter will have a new neighbor from the colonies. UNIVERSAL CITY, CA & ORLANDO, FL -- The rumors first reported here in December are apparently true: Universal Parks and Resorts has secured rights to build lands and attractions based on Broadway's smash musical Hamilton. In 2007, the Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood scored a coup over their Disney rivals when they obtained rights to the popular Harry Potter books and movies. The resulting "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" has been an unqualified success. ... Read more
Mickey and Minnie wave to the crowds. Photo source Depositphotos_69250695_original.jpg.

Update: characters, parks changing under “radical” Disney plans

Turns out the previously-announced changes were just the beginning. The winds of change continue to blow at The Walt Disney Company. After the controversial measures were first reported by Uncle Walt's Insider last November, Disney fans and detractors alike have been lighting up the internet arguing the pros and cons of the moves. In spite of the response, the company forged ahead with making the modifications permanent in January. And now, Uncle Walt's has learned, more radical changes are on their way that ... Read more
Did these companies "borrow" decades-old self-driving technology from Disney? Photo includes image by Jishnuzz [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Disney outrage: ‘Tesla stole our self-driving technology’

Disney claims technology from several attractions has been 'stolen' by large companies Shocking news from the Glendale, California, offices of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) today: an Imagineer says that several major companies have stolen research about self-driving cars from WDI. The Imagineer pointed to several examples of self-driving technology in Disney parks, including Jungle Cruise boats and Tomorrowland Speedway cars. A race for the first (?) self driving car Several companies are currently in a race to develop the first widely-accepted self-driving cars. Notable ... Read more
Tesla's new self-driving ECV, coming soon to Disney parks.

Tesla bringing self-driving ECVs to Disney parks

No longer will the scooters be driven by humans. Ankles everywhere rejoice. Following the recent announcement of an overhaul of Mission: Space to feature a Tesla Roadster, Disney has announced another partnership with Tesla. Disney has contracted with Tesla to provide the tech company's new self-driving Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) for rent in the Florida and California parks. The new, fully automated ECVs, code-named ECV+, will completely replace the current fleet. Driver - and everyone else - beware One of the biggest problems with ... Read more