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Disney Fabulous Five - Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto - dressed as their new theming requires, in pinstripe suits for the transition from the Mickey Mouse Club to the Mickey Mouse Mafia. Goofy has a Tommy gun

Mickey Mouse Club rethemed to Mickey Mouse Mafia

Controversial changes to the Fab Five and the Mickey Mouse Club. BURBANK, CA -- The Roaring 20s are back, after almost a century. With pandemics, division, and cynicism all around, darker approaches to storytelling are all the rage. Even popular, positive characters are being given gritty reboots. (See, for example, the recent Batman and Superman movies, and the upcoming Revenge of Mary Poppins.) It stands to reason that the executives at Disney are exploring some new theming options for its main characters. With the ... Read more
What Would Walt Do? Special Report - Inside the WDW Shutdown

Visiting Walt Disney World during a shutdown – Part 3: Hollywood Studios

Our Uncle Walt is at Walt Disney World — but no one else is! This is the third installment of Walt’s trip report from inside the (closed) gates. DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS, 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 shut down indefinitely. The most frequent question we continue to receive during this time is, “What are the parks like during a shutdown?” I am still isolating ... Read more
What Would Walt Do? Special Report - Inside the WDW Shutdown

Visiting Walt Disney World during a shutdown – Part 2: EPCOT

Our Uncle Walt is at Walt Disney World — but no one else is! This is the second installment of Walt’s trip report from inside the (closed) gates. EPCOT, 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 shut down indefinitely. The most frequent question we continue to receive during this time is, “What are the parks like during a shutdown?” I am still isolating myself at ... Read more
Where Cinderella Castle used to be. Photo © 2020 Google Earth (modified a bit).

Cinderella Castle “sent out for cleaning”

Disney takes advantage of the park shutdown to do some major maintenance. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- The Disney parks, like so many businesses during the coronavirus shutdown, are taking a financial hit without guests (other than our Uncle Walt, of course). Still, they are finding some advantages to the closure. With no guests around, Disney is able to do some major repairs and cleaning to the parks. A recent aerial photograph shows that Cinderella Castle is not in its usual Magic Kingdom ... Read more
Prototype of new Disney walk-through hand sanitizer tank. Photo courtesy freeskins.co.

Disney buying “walk-through vats of hand sanitizer” for park reopenings

It's "the easiest way to stop our guests from bringing disease." BURBANK, CA -- While many companies are retooling to create masks or ventilators, the Disney Company is going a different route. They have contracted with several manufacturers to build hundreds of "walk-through submersion vats." "We're just looking ahead, to try to get the parks open as soon as possible," says Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation). "Even before this Chinese virus, we've always known the biggest 'ick' factor on our ... Read more