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A random building at Disneyland. Photo by Carterhawk [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

The 12 best amusement parks in Southern California, 2019 edition

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. UNCLE WALT'S INSIDER H.Q., SVALBARD -- Okay, yeah, just yesterday we were berating a certain newspaper for making a "best of" list that was actually just a list of everything. "We have integrity!" we cried out. "We would never do such a thing!" we said. But then we also cried out, "We have deadlines! We have one more article to write! We have parties to get to!" [Ed.: Christmas and New Years parties in Svalbard are off ... Read more
Disneyland candy cane pulling. Photo by Loren Javier [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flickr.

Do-it-yourself kits replace fresh-made candy canes

Now a fresh, handmade Disney candy cane can be yours without the hassle! ANAHEIM, CA -- Ah, fresh-made candy canes at Disneyland! They are probably our second-favorite Disney Christmas treat! (A very, very distant second behind churros, but still.) Although they are incredibly tasty, they are also incredibly popular, thanks in part to a Food Network special a few years ago that featured them. Now everyone wants one, and lines began forming in June of this year for people waiting to buy them. Wait no more Fortunately, ... Read more
The soon-to-be Big Pile O' Puddin'. Photo by HarshLight [CC BY 2.0] via Wikipedia Commons.

Switzerland sues; Disneyland loses right to Matterhorn

The International Court rules that the mountain and its name are a Swiss trademark. ANAHEIM, CA -- In a legal blow to the original Disney theme park, the Disneyland Resort and Spa will be forced to change and rename its iconic Matterhorn peak. The country of Switzerland filed suit many years ago alleging that the miniature mountain infringed upon its rights as a national trademark. On Wednesday, the International Court agreed, ordering Disneyland to change the name and appearance of the park's version ... Read more
Animatronic Grinch arrives at Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Animatronic Grinch arrives at Disneyland

Just in time for the holidays! Kind of. ANAHEIM, CA -- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is still just months away from opening, and we've spotted another audio-animatronic figure 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 CGI Grand Moff Tarkin. Stink, stank, stunk Today's character spotting is more in line from ... Read more
The monorail goodwill tour visits the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Hollywood. Photo by Jeremy Thompson [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr.

Photo feature: Monorail goodwill tour resurfaces in California

And for some reason visits every non-Disney theme park. UNIVERSAL CITY, CA -- Fears that Monorail Blue was lost in a volcano after its goodwill tour reached Hawai'i were thankfully unfounded. The Monorail goodwill tour has resurfaced in southern California. The tour continues to raise controversy over its stop choices (not to mention the continued rate of highway accidents in its wake). Somehow, the monorail has been spotted visiting every major theme park in the area -- except Disneyland? Please enjoy these photos ... Read more