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Universal Orlando's new Vans Vans car service. Photo by qwesy qwesy [CC BY-3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

To counter Disney’s Minnie Vans, Universal introduces Vans Vans

"You see, they're like the Vans shoes. But a van." ORLANDO, FL -- Always trying to one-up their resort rival Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando announced today their own car service. Mimicking Disney's successful "Minnie Vans," Universal's fleet of vehicles will be patterned after Van's shoes, and will be known as "Van's Vans." Uncle Walt's reached out to Universal (the company) spokesperson Junie Versal (no relation) for the inside scoop. "The mindset is, if Disney has it, we should, too," Versal (no relation) ... Read more
Hollywood Studios guests wander right into the park. Photo by Brian Hubbard [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr.

Holiday blunder: all Cast Members given Thanksgiving day off

Guests were able to freely wander in and out of the theme parks all day. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- With the exception of Christmas Day, holidays are popular times to be at Walt Disney World. [Note: for planning advice, see our helpful 2019 WDW Crowd Calendar!] Cast Members at Disney (and employees at other, second-rate theme parks) sign on knowing that they won't be able to take time off when most people do. That's why Cast Members have familiar catch phrases like "We ... Read more
Disney's new hospice-care service. Photo from DepositPhotos.

Disney doubles down on death; Hospice coming to WDW

Our favorite vacation destination is now called the Walt Disney World Resort, Cemetery & Spa. BAY LAKE, FL -- There's been a surge in interest in destination memorial services, with even the Disney Company now putting the "fun" in funerals. With others jumping into the game, the increased competition has caught the eye of Disney officials. In a hastily prepared press conference [Ed:. Odd... we were the only ones there], Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation) announced the latest offering. That's right: Disney's new hospice ... Read more
Fireworks and CM softball. Photo by X.

Cast Member softball: winners get free admission to WDW!

They also get free clothing and a role to play! WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- In last week's article about the Cast Member Softball Tournament now underway at the Walt Disney World Resort and Spa, we reported that Cast Members were playing as if their very jobs were on the line. Because they are. However, we failed to report about the reward awaiting the winning team members. And we have to admit, the first-place prize makes the risk of unemployment totally worthwhile: The winning ... Read more
The only thing at Universal Orlando. Photo by Rstoplabe14 [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

Homesick British wizard not cured by visit to “Wizarding World”

Note: in accordance with the International Convention of Wizarding Secrecy, this article is only visible to wizards, squibs, and certain muggles who are already aware of the existence of magic. Most muggles will instead see another article about the price of churros. ORLANDO, FL -- As part of Walt Disney World's Cultural Exchange program, Scottish-born Hamish McFarlane, 18, is taking a year off from school to work at Epcot's United Kingdom pavilion. What makes McFarlane special is that his school is Hogwart's ... Read more