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Epcot's new Body Wars: the Covid Mission. Photo by Edward Russell [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia.

Sign of the times? BODY WARS is returning to Epcot!

Instead of investigating a splinter, you'll be fighting a virus of some sort. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Finally, some good Covid-related news! No, there's no vaccine yet. Yes, people are still panicking. But we'll get a really cool Disney ride back! Body Wars is coming back to Epcot! Not sure how this will work with the Epcot 2.0 plans The Star Tours-esque motion simulator ride used to "miniaturize" guests to be injected into a body to observe its functioning. Fun Fact: it was Michael ... Read more
One of the many barricades in the Reedy Creek Autonomous Zone. Photo by Michael Rivera [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia.

Florida moves to shut down Disney’s ‘Reedy Creek Autonomous Zone’

Lately its enforcers have even taken to wearing masks, so you know they're up to no good. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Local officials today hinted that the days are numbered for Disney's Reedy Creek Autonomous Zone. The lawless area has been in place since the 1960's, with its occupiers creating their own structures and "parks" within the Zone. They have actually built a fairly impressive infrastructure, but do not consider themselves subject to most state regulations. Furthermore, several of the areas within the ... Read more
Canada, "America's Hat," according to the Epcot Map. Image © Disney, perhaps modified a tad.

Epcot’s Canada Pavilion’s borders remain closed

It's like an embassy, right? So the border rules apply. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- In a press release filled with apologies, the Canadian government announced today that Epcot's Canada Pavilion's borders will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Park guests who hold Canadian citizenship or who are permanent residents will be allowed entry into the pavilion, along with essential workers. (The latter may include non-Canadian Cast Members who are assigned to work there, assuming they self-quarantine for 14 days.) Non-Canadians who wish ... Read more
The Trump animatronic; Inset photo: Boris Johnson. Photo by Foreign and Commonwealth Office [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr.

Epcot scraps Mary Poppins ride; adds “Prime Minister’s Questions Experience”

"How can we pass up the opportunity to create a Boris Johnson audio-animatronic?" WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Disney fans have been excited about the coming Mary Poppins ride at Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion. (It's apparently still there, even after Brexit!) Well, apparently the plans for that ride have been scrapped. Instead, the Pavilion will get a "Prime Minister's Questions Experience" animatronic show. "It's not that we don't like Mary Poppins," says Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation). "It's just that, ... Read more
No longer soon-to-be-appearing at the American Adventure Pavilion & Donut Shop. Photo by Thomas Hawk [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr.

Winchell’s Donut House, others on chopping block at EPCOT

No Timbits at Le Cellier, we're sad to report. EPCOT, FL -- As Walt Disney World slowly re-opens, fans everywhere are starting to wonder about the status of the various plans previously announced for the Disney parks. As Disney looks closer at their updated financials, we are said to report that some favorite donut chains will not be appearing after all. The Winchell's Donut House planned for the American Pavilion, the Tim Horton's planned for the Canada Pavilion, and the Mister Donut planned ... Read more