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The NBA's new logo, alongside Lebron's favorite Epcot Pavilion. Photo via DepositPhotos.

Next year’s NBA “Global Games” will be held at Epcot

"This whole trying to make a buck without ticking off a tyrannical Communist regime thing is hard!" -- Adam Silver, maybe WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Seeking to avoid the international controversy this year's China tour has brought, NBA Kommissar Commissioner Adam Silver announced that next year's Global Games would be held in the World Showcase portion of Epcot. Courts will be set up in each of the twelve country's pavilions, and the games will be played as if they are in the ... Read more
Empty promises on a Skyliner sign. Photo by wdwnt.com.

Skyliner reopens; riders advised to pack for an overnight stay

Repairs now give "better than 50%" chance of completing your journey. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Just a little over a week after the Great Skyliner Immobility of One-NinerTM (and Disney's unpopular attempt to turn it into an attraction), the Disney Skyliner gondola system has reopened to guests. Park officials report that repairs and changes made to the system now give it much higher reliability rating, "better than 50%." Your humble reporter [Ed.: Who?] called to ask what length of time the 50% ... Read more
Ford, seen here napping between ride vehicles. Photo by Loren Javier [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flickr.

Harrison Ford retiring from Indiana Jones Adventure

He'll be replaced by audio-animatronics. DISNEYLAND, CA -- Actor Harrison Ford, age 77, has informed Disneyland officials that he will no longer be playing Indiana Jones in the Indiana Jones Adventure ride. A spokesperson for the actor says that the repeated performances for each ride vehicle, involving rope climbing and outrunning large boulders, was becoming too much for Ford, especially when combined with his multiple daily performances in Florida's Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. The ride will be closed for "refurbishment" in early November. ... Read more
A newly Bahamian-registered Friendship boat at Epcot. Photo via DepositPhotos.

Disney reflags Friendship boats, requiring foreign port call

Docking at the Morocco and Germany Pavilions may not satisfy the "non-U.S. port of call" requirement, though. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- In what is being called a cost-saving measure, the Walt Disney World Resort and Spa has reflagged its fleet of "Friendship boats." The boats now are officially registered in the Bahamas. Having foreign-flagged vessels operating in U.S. waters is not unusual. Most cruise lines, including Disney's, have non-U.S. flagged ships, so that U.S. labor laws will not apply to their crew. Foreign ... Read more
The unique unload system for SUSPENDED; guests still exit through a gift shop. Photo by Blog Mickey.

“SUSPENDED: a Skyliner Adventure®” debuts at WDW

At over three hours, it's Disney's longest ride! WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Normally, Disney publicizes new attractions well in advance of their unveiling. Disney fan sites also try to find out about new rides before any official announcement, and of course Uncle Walt's Insider usually scoops them all. But this one took everyone by surprise! On Saturday, the Walt Disney World Resort and Spa debuted a brand new thrill ride without any fanfare or announcement at all: SUSPENDED: a Skyliner Adventure®. So many firsts The ... Read more