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Steve, the replacement for Epcot's Illuminations. Photo © 2018 Disney (no relation).

Illuminations replacement: “a guy named Steve”

Disney goes low-tech for Epcot's new nighttime spectacular. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Illuminations: Reflections of Earth has been a crowd favorite at E.P.C.O.T. Center and Spa since the early 90's. Illuminations, a dazzling combination of music, fireworks, pyrotechnics, yogurt, lasers, torches, live marine mammals, and a rotating globe with continent-shaped video screens (which show scenes of earth's history, mankind's achievements, and occasional live sporting events), remains extremely popular. [Note: The yogurt thing might just be me. I always enjoy a drinkable yogurt during Illuminations.]  In ... Read more
Ticket pricing guide. Photo by numerologysign [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr.

WDW ticket prices to be based on horoscopes

Just one week after date-based ticket prices start, Disney changes the system again. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- It was only last month that the Walt Disney World Resort and Spa announced date-based pricing for its park admission. Shortly after that, the company responded to guest backlash by modifying the system, where admission was free but exiting the parks cost money. Now the system is changing again, to a variable-pricing system that a Disney spokesperson claims "takes all the guesswork out of it": ... Read more
A day of light crowds on Main Street USA. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force (www.af.mil).

2019 Walt Disney World crowd calendar

We show you the best time to go. If you're planning ahead, that is. UNCLE WALT'S H.Q., SVALBARD -- While Uncle Walt's Insider has been your go-to source for super-reliable theme park news for over 80 years*, we've only recently become aware that some folks actually like to plan vacations in advance? Some of you actually look for information online to help you decide when to travel to Disney parks. Huh, that's strange. We usually just chuck stuff into a duffel bag and ... Read more
Cinderella Castle (inflatable) at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park. Public domain, via Pixabay.

Uncle Walt’s debunks Disney urban legends

We tackle the myths, legends, and tall tales that have sprung up about Disney parks. UNCLE WALT'S H.Q., SVALBARD -- Disney Parks and Resorts and Spas are, without question, the most popular parks, resorts and spas ever created by a rodent. With so many people attending every year, it's only natural that some rumors and stories pop up from time to time about the Disney parks. But are those stories true? Well, there is a relatively obscure fact-checking website out there that is ... Read more
The mismatched socks of the Dapper Dans. Photo by Daniel Orth [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flikr.

Accusations of hazing among Dapper Dans

Troubling treatment of first-year performers. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Emil Horton*, 28, has been singing with the Dapper Dans at the Magic Kingdom for almost eleven months. While Horton describes his role as "loads of fun" and "the job of a lifetime," he tells Uncle Walt's Insider that rookie "Dans" can be subjected to some rough treatment. Mild to serious hazing "It starts pretty subtly," Horton shares. "The first week after training, I'm out performing on the street with the other three guys. ... Read more