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New signage for the Express Sidewalk to the Magic Kingdom. Photo by M. Minderhoud [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia.

Walt Disney World replacing Monorails with “elevated sidewalks”

No handrails planned for now; Disney plans to "wait and see if they're needed." WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- It's no secret that the Walt Disney World Monorail system is in dire need of an upgrade. However, with the Covid-19 closures, Disney's ability to spend money on projects has greatly declined. Many projects have been delayed or modified to match projected budgets. One such project is the replacement of the Monorail fleet. Popular but pricey The Monorail transportation system, while popular, is expensive for ... Read more
Using a telephoto lens, a shy baby Simba One can just be glimpsed behind its mother. Photo by Michael Lowin [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomes newborn Safari Truck!

It will be months before handlers can get close enough to determine the gender. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Spa has announced an addition to the Kilimanjaro Safari ride -- a newborn Safari Truck! Disney (the company) spokeswoman Jun Disney (no relation) is "very excited": "The Safari Truck breeding program has been around since the park opened," Disney (no relation) explained, "but until this month Disney (the company) has been unsuccessful at breeding a new baby truck." What's ... Read more
Epcot's new Body Wars: the Covid Mission. Photo by Edward Russell [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia.

Sign of the times? BODY WARS is returning to Epcot!

Instead of investigating a splinter, you'll be fighting a virus of some sort. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Finally, some good Covid-related news! No, there's no vaccine yet. Yes, people are still panicking. But we'll get a really cool Disney ride back! Body Wars is coming back to Epcot! Not sure how this will work with the Epcot 2.0 plans The Star Tours-esque motion simulator ride used to "miniaturize" guests to be injected into a body to observe its functioning. Fun Fact: it was Michael ... Read more
One of the many barricades in the Reedy Creek Autonomous Zone. Photo by Michael Rivera [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia.

Florida moves to shut down Disney’s ‘Reedy Creek Autonomous Zone’

Lately its enforcers have even taken to wearing masks, so you know they're up to no good. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Local officials today hinted that the days are numbered for Disney's Reedy Creek Autonomous Zone. The lawless area has been in place since the 1960's, with its occupiers creating their own structures and "parks" within the Zone. They have actually built a fairly impressive infrastructure, but do not consider themselves subject to most state regulations. Furthermore, several of the areas within the ... Read more
Canada, "America's Hat," according to the Epcot Map. Image © Disney, perhaps modified a tad.

Epcot’s Canada Pavilion’s borders remain closed

It's like an embassy, right? So the border rules apply. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- In a press release filled with apologies, the Canadian government announced today that Epcot's Canada Pavilion's borders will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Park guests who hold Canadian citizenship or who are permanent residents will be allowed entry into the pavilion, along with essential workers. (The latter may include non-Canadian Cast Members who are assigned to work there, assuming they self-quarantine for 14 days.) Non-Canadians who wish ... Read more