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What Would Walt Do? Special Report - Inside the WDW Shutdown

Visiting Walt Disney World during a shutdown – Part 1: Magic Kingdom

Our Uncle Walt is at Walt Disney World -- but no one else is! This is the first installment of Walt's trip report from inside the (closed) gates. What is Walt Disney World like during a shutdown? Our own Uncle Walt explores this question in a very special four-part series of What Would Walt Do? MAGIC KINGDOM, FL -- Hi loyal readers, thanks for asking. By now you've probably received a communication in the post that states that all Disney parks are shutdown ... Read more
A much, MUCH cheaper Walt Disney World vacation. Photo by Julian Tysoe [CC-BY-2.0] via Wikimedia.

Parents discover YouTube videos of Disney parks: “No need to go there!”

It's the next best thing to being there. LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Darlene Burke, a Little Rock mother of four, has changed her mind about going to Walt Disney World. And not just for the short term. "We had a trip planned for May, after the kids got out of school," Burke explains. "But with this virus thingy, Steve (her husband) and I decided to cancel while we could. Sure, the kids were disappointed -- us, too -- but they understood when we ... Read more
Universal's Volcano Bay now has a heated pool. Photo (modified) by Disney Tourist Blog, used by permission.

“A shutdown miracle”: Universal’s Volcano Bay erupts during closure

"If the park had been open, who knows how many guests would have died." ORLANDO, FL -- In what some are calling "a shutdown miracle" (and to be fair, others are calling "fake news"), Volcano Bay erupted on Tuesday. The volcano is a feature of a water park at the Universal Orlando Studios, Theme Park, School of Witchcraft & Wizardry and Spa. Although it was not thought to be dormant, since it regularly belched smoke, steam and fire, park officials did not ... Read more

UWI Guide to Avoiding Coronavirus in Disney Parks

Pfft. Like any of us would stay home from Disney. UNCLE WALT'S INSIDER H.Q., SVALBARD -- From our frigid island home in the North Sea [Seriously, Walt, let us turn up the heat in the office!], we've been monitoring the health crisis sweeping the globe. And we know that nothing will stop rabid Disney fans from getting their park fix (though closing the Shanghai and Hong Kong parks have slowed a few people down). Because of that, we've assembled a few tips on ... Read more
A promotional graphic for DIsney's new Coronavirus Dance Parties. Photo [CC0] via Pixabay.

BREAKING: Disney announces “Coronavirus Dance Parties”

It's like the old chickenpox parties, but with dancing! BURBANK, CA -- With the ever-growing news on the COVID-19 pandemic, many public gatherings are being canceled, including NCAA & NBA sporting events, churches and schools. But Disney leadership has decided to take a different path. There will be an all-new offering at all Disney theme parks in the U.S.: The Coronavirus Dance Party. Each park will hold these dance parties nightly. Not unprecedented "Do you remember the chickenpox parties from when we were kids?" asked ... Read more