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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
The new Uncle Walt's Insider gondola car, nicknamed "Churro One." Photo courtesy Disney Parks.

Disney unveils Uncle Walt’s Insider Skyliner car!

The new Uncle Walt's Insider Skyliner gondola is the most popular one, naturally. REEDY CREEK, FL -- It's been a long time in coming, especially since Uncle Walt's Insider was founded over 80 years ago. But the Disney Company is finally honoring our humble website with it's own Skyliner gondola car!  Finally, the recognition we deserve At a special ceremony yesterday, Mickey Mouse and Bob "Robert" Chapek, chair of Disney Parks, Experiences, Consumer Products, and Spas, unveiled the all-new Uncle Walt's wrap on one of ... Read more
The former Illuminations fountains and video globe at the State Fair of Texas. Photo by Walt, used without permission, and TheOneVader [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia.

Illuminations fountains, video globe, etc. given to State Fair of Texas

The new "Illuminations, Y'all: Reflections of Texas" debuts this weekend. DALLAS, TEXAS -- Texas fans of the Walt Disney World Resort and Spa are seeing some familiar gear at Dallas's Fair Park lately. The video globe that once was the centerpiece of Epcot's Illuminations fireworks show is the most recognizable, but apparently all of the fountains, lasers, barges, and other effects from the show have been packed up and sent to the State Fair of Texas. "We are deeply grateful to the Disney ... Read more