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Country Bear Jamboree entrance, Magic Kingdom

Country Bear Jamboree closes after third mauling – News Brief for Dec. 3

Self-proclaimed Disney expert almost remembers names of the Three Caballeros Theo Vann, 26, of Riverside, California, calls himself the "ultimate Disney fan," having seen every Disney-branded movie and visited every theme park around the world at least twice. He is an annual Passholder at Disneyland and a member of the Disney Vacation Club, and has been on three trips organized by Adventures by Disney and on two Disney cruises. But could this self-proclaimed Disney expert handle the ultimate test of fan knowledge: ... Read more
Cast Members Only sign

“Backstage Family of the Day” regrets being chosen

Disney parks are known for surprising their guests with special, magical moments, and many of the people honored gain memories that they will cherish for a long time. The Ramirez family of Avon, Connecticut, however, wishes they would have passed on their recent "special opportunity." Magical families at the Magic Kingdom Many of Disney's theme parks will pick individual guests or families for special treatment, sometimes out of the blue. There are obvious opportunities, like being chosen out of the audience to be ... Read more
Swiss Family Treehouse at Magic Kingdom

Survey: not one guest has heard of Swiss Family Robinson

The Swiss Family Treehouse in Walt Disney World resort is one of the handful of attractions that has been in Magic Kingdom Park since it opened in 1971. If a new survey is to be believed, however, we soon may hear talk of changes to the experience -- not a single Adventureland guest in a recent month had read, seen, or heard of The Swiss Family Robinson. From screen to reality The Magic Kingdom's "Swiss Family Treehouse" is already a bit of an oddity. ... Read more

World Showcase may add New Jersey pavilion – News Brief for Nov. 26

Tinker Bell's flight from castle now requires Adventureland layover Federal Aviation Administration officials announced Friday that new regulations will prohibit Tinker Bell from traveling a direct route from the spire of Cinderella Castle to Tomorrowland. Instead, the diminutive fairy will be required to make a stopover of at least two hours in Adventureland. Disney sources state that the new regulations only affect Walt Disney World in Florida. Tinker Bell does not actually travel between lands at California's Disneyland, so her flight there ... Read more
Animal Kingdom Fastpass Return. Photo credit: Michael Gray via Flickr, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Restroom Fastpasses coming to Walt Disney World

From its beginning, Disney's Fastpass+ system has been exclusively focused on Walt Disney World Resort attractions, helping guests wait less to ride their favorite rides, or for reserved seating at some live shows. But now Disney is expanding Fastpass+ to other facets of the parks, and will soon issue Fastpasses for select popular restrooms around the World. Less wait for free First used in 1999, the Fastpass system provides Walt Disney World guests with an alternative to the traditional ride queue. In its ... Read more