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The new open-air gondola cars on the Disney Skyliner. Video still courtesy Passport to the Parks via YouTube.

UPDATE: Skyliner to feature open air ride vehicles

Makes sense, if they're also going to have open-air monorails. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- The Walt Disney World Resort and Spa continues to innovate in transportation, as new open-air Skyliner cars were revealed last week. Concept art for the new gondola system previously showed enclosed cars with Disney characters on the outside. However, Uncle Walt's Insider can now report that the cars will be completely open to the elements, with no walls or ceiling. And no restraints! "Not just a ride, but a ... Read more
N*Sync narrating the Candlelight Processional. Photo courtesy Zannaland.com.

Squee!!! N*Sync to sing-narrate Candlelight Processional

Disney is getting more adventurous with the concept of "narration." WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Walt Disney World and Disneyland have been telling the true story of Christmas in spoken word and song since the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. [Ed.: Hey, check this before publishing. I thought it didn't start until after the Reformation.] The Candlelight Processional features a full orchestra, a massive choir of Cast Members and random locals who own gold robes, the Voices of Liberty, jugglers, ... Read more
The Leave a Legacy Cemetery at E.P.C.O.T. Photo by Sam Howzit [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr.

Removal of Leave a Legacy stones delayed by cemetery regulations

Disney encounters unforeseen consequences at Epcot. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- Renovations to the second-oldest theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort and Spa have run into some difficulties. The so-called "EPCOT Center 2.0" strategy, which features new attractions and a completely re-imagined aesthetic in the walkways, was to have included removal of the pink marble "Leave a Legacy" stones from the entrance courtyard. But that facet of the plans is currently on hold. Cemetery regulations "Well, of course they're burial sites," says ... Read more
Favorite Disney holiday traditions by state!

Every state has a favorite Disney park holiday tradition! What’s yours?

Part of an ongoing state survey series! See here and here. Ah, Christmas time at Disney! There's nothing like December at Disneyland or Walt Disney World! Okay, November is a lot like it. And the first week or so of January, too. But, the point is, holidays are special in Disney Parks and Resorts and Spas, and there's nothing like November, December, or the first week or so in January when visiting them! Most folks have a favorite holiday decoration or tradition in the ... Read more
SunRail - still not popular! Photo by Artystyk386 [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

SunRail execs celebrate WDW Railroad closure

SunRail is actually safe now? ORLANDO, FL -- Officials for SunRail, a seldom-used commuter rail line in the Orlando area, are celebrating this week following the temporary closure of the Walt Disney World Railroad. The Walt Disney World Railroad at the Magic Kingdom is an iconic attraction, but has been temporarily closed for several months. The closure is due to construction of a new Tron attraction in Tomorrowland, which will require some minor re-routing of the railroad tracks. The Railroad's last day of ... Read more