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85th Annual Disney Social Media Awards

THE GOLDEN CHURROS: 85th Annual Uncle Walt’s Disney Social Media Awards

Honoring the Best of the Best ... or was it the Rest of the West? Test of the Best? For 85 years now, the editorial staff at Uncle Walt's Insider has been recognizing the best things in the Disney Social media atmosphere. Here are the long awaited winners of this year's Golden Churros awards. About The Awards Following a 6-week nomination period, each member of the staff here at Uncle Walt's each takes the time to visit and review each entry. The entries are ... Read more
Newsies, a Disney Theatrical Production under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Newsies, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein, starring Dan Deluca (Jack Kelly), Steve Blanchard (Joseph Pulitzer), Stephanie Styles (Katherine Plumber), Angela Grovey (Medda), Jacob Kemp (Davey), Zachary Sayle (Crutchie), Anthony Rosenthal or Vincent Crocilla (Les) and Matthew J. Schechter (Les) under the direction of Jeff Calhoun, choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, North American Tour premiere Thursday October 30 Philadelphia.

Lost attractions: Newsies-themed roller coaster

"Lost Attractions" is a recurring feature on Uncle Walt's Insider, where we shine the spotlight on planned attractions that were never built. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park in Florida is an unqualified success, remaining tremendously popular and generating lengthy standby queues almost four years after its debut. But until now, only a select few people knew that Mine Train's unique roller coaster / dark ride combination was not original, but was based on an unbuilt attraction originally ... Read more
By elisfkc from Orlando, FL, United States (Hall of Presidents on Election Day) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Attraction Spotlight: The Muppets Present: Great Moments in the History of Ballbearings

Note: "Attraction Spotlight" is an ongoing series of articles telling the history of favorite theme park attractions.  Everyone loves the Muppets, and the success of The Muppets Present: Great Moments in American History has proven that any topic can be made entertaining with snarky humor and glorified sock puppets. "Great Moments," which debuted in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square in October 2016, was an instant success. Guests gathered multiple times a day to hear Kermit and his friends tell the story of the ride ... Read more

Spotlight: Music in the Disney Parks

Never count the Disney Company out when it comes to creativity, especially when it comes to music. Going to a Disney park has always been a treat for all the senses. Just by strolling onto Main Street USA, your eyes take in the themed buildings, the landscaping, the castle ahead of you; there are smells of baked goods, cinnamon churros, and cast members sweating in polyester costumes; your sense of touch is engaged as you are jostled by eager children racing down ... Read more

Lonely World: Tips for romance at the bus stops

Note: "Lonely World" is an ongoing series featuring romance tips for single adults visiting theme park destinations on their own. "Stan" (not his real name) visits the Walt Disney World Resort frequently. As a 32-year-old lifetime resident of Sanford, Florida, and an annual Passholder, he enjoys riding rides, splashing in the water parks, and dining at the World's many fine restaurants. But unlike most visitors to Walt Disney World, Stan doesn't visit with family or friends. Instead, his visits are almost always entirely ... Read more