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Did these companies "borrow" decades-old self-driving technology from Disney? Photo includes image by Jishnuzz [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Disney outrage: ‘Tesla stole our self-driving technology’

Disney claims technology from several attractions has been 'stolen' by large companies Shocking news from the Glendale, California, offices of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) today: an Imagineer says that several major companies have stolen research about self-driving cars from WDI. The Imagineer pointed to several examples of self-driving technology in Disney parks, including Jungle Cruise boats and Tomorrowland Speedway cars. A race for the first (?) self driving car Several companies are currently in a race to develop the first widely-accepted self-driving cars. Notable ... Read more
The Honorary Dapper Dan card of Indiana native Gus Lozuk.

“Honorary Dapper Dan” gets Waffle House discount

There are some perks that come with singing with the Dapper Dans. SEYMOUR, INDIANA -- For Indiana native Gus Lozuk, singing with the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet was a highlight of his 2012 trip to Florida's Magic Kingdom Park... and the "Honorary Dapper Dan" card he received that day has brought unexpected benefits. "I was eating at the local Waffle House a few years ago and was showing a friend the card. The manager saw it, and told me that it was ... Read more
Atlantis at Epcot, or a rethemed attraction? Photo by Jerrye and Roy Klotz MD [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Local man touring Epcot discovers “lost city of Atlantis”

Florida native accidentally outs all new attraction at Epcot Local Orlando man Chuck Altuve thought he made the discovery of the century while on a recent visit to Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. Mr. Altuve told Uncle Walt's Insider about his find: "I was doing that dive quest thingy at the Nemo aquarium and as I was watching out for a shark who gave me the stink eye, I bumped into a huge temple looking thing! Turns out, I discovered Atlantis! I'm ... Read more
Disney Legend Ella, a feral cat. Inset image by Purrtacular.com.

Feral cat named Disney Legend

"Ella" is the first Legend who actually resides in a Disney park. ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA -- A cat living in California’s Disneyland Park has been officially recognized as a Disney Legend in a recent awards ceremony, after the honor was announced last fall. The brown and white cat, known by some cast members as “Ella” for how she plays with mice (before eating them), has been living in the park for at least eight years. The Walt Disney Company established the Disney Legends Award program ... Read more
Tesla's new self-driving ECV, coming soon to Disney parks.

Tesla bringing self-driving ECVs to Disney parks

No longer will the scooters be driven by humans. Ankles everywhere rejoice. Following the recent announcement of an overhaul of Mission: Space to feature a Tesla Roadster, Disney has announced another partnership with Tesla. Disney has contracted with Tesla to provide the tech company's new self-driving Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) for rent in the Florida and California parks. The new, fully automated ECVs, code-named ECV+, will completely replace the current fleet. Driver - and everyone else - beware One of the biggest problems with ... Read more