Spotlight Archives - Uncle Walt's Insider

14 surprising new requirements to work as a Disney Cast Member

So many changes to keep up with. And some of them might make sense! BR'ER BANK, CA - There have always been standards that Disney Cast Members have to meet. For example, there once was a restriction against facial hair, except for a tasteful mustache on your face if your name was Walt and you founded the company. Then mustaches were allowed for female Cast Members. (We assume - we just saw a lot of them back in the day.) And now ... Read more
Churros. Mmm... churros. Photo by Mark Mitchell [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr. Churros. Mmmmm....

Celebrating Collaboration: A Refreshing Look at Disney’s Uncle Walt’s Insider’s History with Coca-Cola Churros

Huh, kind of looks like Disney Parks Blog stole this idea from us. And then published it first. UNCLE WALT'S INSIDER H.Q., SVALBARD -- Only one cinnamon-sugar, fried dough treat has been with us since Magic Kingdom Park Uncle Walt's Insider opened its website at Walt Disney World Resort on the internet nearly 50 years ago. There are none that date back to UWI's opening in 1955, because, as far as we know, we weren't around at that time. UWI history buffs like yourself may ... Read more
Totally not fake before and after photos of this guy. Churro photo by Mark Mitchell [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr; Before photo [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0] from probaway.com; After photo Public Domain via Wikimedia.

California man loses 350 pounds on the Churro Diet!

Really? This type clickbait headline is what Uncle Walt's Insider has sunk to? GARDEN GROVE, CA -- Uncle Walt's Insider recently learned of a man who lost 350 pounds on the Churro Diet! This is his story. Tom "Tommy" Thomason (pictured above, maybe) started his weight loss journey in late 2019, vowing to make use of his Disneyland Annual Pass to walk the parks daily and only eat one churro a day. While some would say this diet lacked vitamins and any ... Read more
Little-Known Facts about the Walt Disney World Railroad!

Top 15 little-known facts about the Walt Disney World Railroad!

Our little-known facts series "continues"! Ah, nothing says you've arrived at Walt Disney World like hearing the whistle from the steam train as you go through the gates at the Magic Kingdom! ... Except passing under an entrance arch. ... And seeing the purple road signs. ... Oh, and catching a glimpse of the monorail for the first time, smelling freshly-made churros, meeting Mickey Mouse... Okay, fine, there are actually lots of things that say you've arrived at Walt Disney World. Hearing ... Read more
Flavor Flav's favorite castle. Photo © 2021 Disney.

13 surprising ways Walt Disney World is celebrating its 50th Anniversary

The number one tourist destination in the world is solidly middle-aged now! WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL - Fifty years! A lot has happened since Walt Disney World first opened its gates so long ago. There was Nixon, and, uh, disco, ... something about the Berlin Wall... The moon landing? No, that was before. We really should have paid more attention in school. Anyway, we at Uncle Walt's Insider are so excited to be able to celebrate our favorite celebrity born in October of ... Read more