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Theme parks in summer: tips for beating the heat

Forget hi-tech towels and misting fans -- Uncle Walt's Insider tells you the best ways to stay cool. UNCLE WALT'S HQ -- As we approach the summer months, theme park visitors will soon be dealing with high temperatures (except at Universal Studios Idaho, of course). Although many travel sites provide tips for staying cool, Uncle Walt's brave correspondents aren't afraid to think outside the box when it comes to heat-busting ideas. [Ed.: Some aren't even aware there is a box, Ub.] Here are some tried and ... Read more
Neuschwanstein Castle, the centerpiece of the new Disneyland Bavaria. Inset photo by Preetam Chakraborty [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

Neuschwanstein Castle acquired by Disney

History comes full circle, as Disney now owns the inspiration for its own theme park castles. BAVARIA, GERMANY -- A real-life fairytale castle, long said to be the model for Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland and later Disney castles, is now in the hands of Mickey Mouse. The Walt Disney Company announced yesterday that it had acquired the picturesque 19th-century castle set in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. "We've built fiberglass castles, inflatable castles, and stone castles," Disney spokesperson Jun Disney [no relation] ... Read more
A churro cart at Disney's California Adventure. Photo copyright 2018 Google / Street View.

Study: Street View in Disney parks most used to stare at churro carts

"We thought people would go all over the parks, but once they find a churro cart, they stop." Just two weeks after Google announced that its Street View service was expanding to feature the interior of all 14 Disney parks worldwide, an internal study shows that most folks use the service to find and then stare at churro carts. The next best thing to being there Google launched Street View in 2007, providing a way for viewers to see the world from street level ... Read more
Mickey and Minnie wave to the crowds. Photo source Depositphotos_69250695_original.jpg.

Update: characters, parks changing under “radical” Disney plans

Turns out the previously-announced changes were just the beginning. The winds of change continue to blow at The Walt Disney Company. After the controversial measures were first reported by Uncle Walt's Insider last November, Disney fans and detractors alike have been lighting up the internet arguing the pros and cons of the moves. In spite of the response, the company forged ahead with making the modifications permanent in January. And now, Uncle Walt's has learned, more radical changes are on their way that ... Read more
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