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Composite photo of Disneyland's Matterhorn and its basketball court by JeroenZ85 [CC BY-SA 3.0] & jon smith [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

A REAL look at the Matterhorn basketball court

The hidden court in Disneyland's Swiss mountain ride is a bit more elaborate than most realize! ANAHEIM, CA -- It's been spoken of in hushed tones by Disneyland trivia aficionados for decades: "Did you know that there's a basketball court inside the Matterhorn?" The park was mum about its existence at first, but then Cast Members "leaked" photos of a small half-court inside a dark space. Disney fan sites ate up the news and published breathless articles like this one.  It was all a ... Read more

NO taping dates! Disney Christmas Parade to be live-streamed

"Slick production values and days of preparation are so 1990's." BURBANK, CA -- Every year, Disney fans on both coasts eagerly await the announcement of taping dates for the Disney Christmas Parade. Those are the days when guests vie to be one of the lucky thousands of crowd members for the Disney Christmas Day TV special. If they plan things right, they'll get to stand for endless hours in the sun for the privilege of maybe being a semi-identifiable blur in the ... Read more
A small sampling of John Ratzenberger's Pixar characters. Photo courtesy

Coming to Pixar Pier: “A Very Ratzenberger Adventure”

The new dark ride will incorporate every Pixar character voiced by John Ratzenberger. ANAHEIM, CA -- A brand-new attraction is on its way to Disney's California Adventure Park, and it promises to be the original, innovative ride that the park has needed. Just months after California Adventure rethemed its Paradise Pier area to be Pixar Pier, park officials have announced "A Very Ratzenberger Adventure." The ride will incorporate 3-D projection and trackless vehicles, much like Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy at Walt Disney ... Read more
Animatronic Dancing Han Solo arrives at Disneyland.

Animatronic dancing Han Solo arrives at Disneyland

We're starting to sense a pattern. ANAHEIM, CA -- In what is an apparent attempt to keep crowds manageable after the highly-anticipated opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, another less-than-exciting audio-animatronic figure has been spotted arriving at the Disneyland Resort. As Uncle Walt's Insider 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. But even the arrival of beloved central character Princess Leia was marred. Somehow the Imagineers ... Read more
Disney exterminates A Bug's Land.

A Bug’s Land closes; giant can of pesticide used

California Adventure rids the land of pests before repurposing the area. ANAHEIM, CA -- In closing the "A Bug's Land" area at Disney's California Adventure, park officials are taking no chances that the infestation may return. "We've seen this happen many times in our offices when we just sweep bugs out of the way," said Disney Parks and Resorts and Spas chairman Bob Chapek. "You think they're gone, and boom, a week or two later the place is crawling with insects. So we've ... Read more