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Sorting Hats already being sold at the Magic Kingdom. Photo courtesy of Uncle Walt, who reserves all rights to the picture and generally makes things really tough on us legally.

Walt Disney World to offer Wizarding World merchandise

Pictured: Sorting Hats already on sale at the Magic Kingdom. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Fans of the Harry Potter and Wizarding World books, movies, and spas will soon have access to wizard-themed souvenirs without having to leave Walt Disney World. For decades, Potter fans have been flocking to Universal to live out their dream of walking down Diagon Alley in search of their own robe and wand. This has naturally caused smaller crowds at the Walt Disney World Resort and Spa, especially ... Read more
The Russia Pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, with Spaceship Earth in the background. Photo by Eric Marshall [CC BY 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

Trump ties to Epcot’s Russia Pavilion being investigated

Did families of campaign officials visit Walt Disney World at some point in their lives? WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sources within the office of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller report that his investigation has expanded once again. Investigators are now researching possible contacts between families of candidate Donald Trump's campaign staff and the international pavilions at Walt Disney World's Epcot. "We've already uncovered repeated visits to Walt Disney World by families of campaign staffers at all levels, going back decades," one source told Uncle Walt's ... Read more
Miss Tilly before and after restoration. Before photo by Matthew Hull via wdwinfo.com. After photo courtesy of Magnolia Shrimping Ltd.

Miss Tilly repaired, returns to shrimping

Typhoon Lagoon's iconic shipwreck is fully restored and renovated! PORT SALERNO, FL -- It's a boat that is very familiar to fans of the Walt Disney World Resort's Typhoon Lagoon water park. Miss Tilly is a shrimp boat that was deposited on the top of Mount Mayday after 1989's storm, a storm that also conveniently created the ideal conditions for a water park. The Miss Tilly has been perched on top of the mountain ever since, useless and decaying. Until this year. It's a bit of a Fixer ... Read more
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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
New Global Entry at EpCoT cEnTeR. Photo by LtPowers, Peter Fitzgerald [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

Disney to offer Global Entry to guests returning from World Showcase

Finally guests can avoid long lines at Customs and Immigration when returning to Future World. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- With the start of yet another festival at Epcot [Ed.: Hey, copy and save that line. We can use it to start a new article every week!], Disney Parks and Resorts and Spas officials have some good news for guests. Beginning in November, individuals who have "Trusted Traveler" status through various government I.D. programs can enjoy expedited returns to the United States ... Read more