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Mickey and Minnie wave to the crowds. Photo source Depositphotos_69250695_original.jpg.

Disney character Cast Members: no costumes for Halloween!

If the Disney characters you meet at the parks are real to you, do not go there today. Or read this article. LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL -- Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, Consumer Products and Spas, has a special treat for certain Disney Cast Members: "You do not have to wear a costume today!" On a day when many people around the globe celebrate Halloween by putting on costumes, there are some folks in Disney Parks and Spas who spend every day wearing costumes. In fact, ... Read more
Artist's conception of the remodeled "Cinderellschwanstein Castle." Photos from Pixabay & Pxhere.

Disneyland Bavaria invades France; Disneyland Paris surrenders

Troubling brewing in the European parks. PARIS, FRANCE -- French news agency Agence France-Presse is reporting that Disneyland Paris surrendered to its Bavarian counterpart earlier today. Details are still sketchy, but apparently the park was responding to an invasion into French territory by Disneyland Bavaria Cast Members. Check back here for details as they surface. UPDATE Officials at Disneyland Paris confirm the surrender. In a translated statement, they express the desire to "maintain their culture and avoid the loss of life that resisting an invasion would ... Read more
Artist's concept of Disneyland Hobbiton, the view up Main Street Middle Earth.

Disneyland Hobbiton coming to New Zealand?

Rumors... er, rumours fly about a new Disney/Peter Jackson venture. MATAMATA, NEW ZEALAND -- It sounds like amazing, and too good to be true. Insiders within the Disney company and Peter Jackson's Wingnut Films are passing along rumors that a new Disneyland-style park may be coming to New Zealand. Even better, the entire park will be both completely Disney, but themed to the Lord of the Rings stories and films. Sure, this may sound completely made-up, and fans desperate for this to be true will ... Read more
Disney guests videoing other guests videoing. Photo from Clifflix via YouTube.

Opinion: Stop videoing things that are already on YouTube

Stunning 4K professional videos are available of every ride, show, or other attraction. So why do people feel compelled to hold their phone up instead of, you know, just watching? WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- As the showtime approached, your reporter stood in a sea of guests in front of Cinderella Castle. The air was rife with excitement, and the smell of churros. Then the lights dimmed around us and music swelled. The crowd cheered, and suddenly the night was brightened by ... Read more
Disney's Castaway Cay -- now on every itinerary! Photo by Josh Hallett [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr.

Every 2019 Disney cruise will stop at Castaway Cay

Pacific and European itineraries will add many days at sea to reach the private island. CELEBRATION, FL -- Passengers on Disney Cruise Line's many Caribbean itineraries have long enjoyed a visit to Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Bahamas. But beginning in 2019, every Disney cruise, no matter where its primary destination, will included a day at the tropical paradise! Secluded and beautiful When Disney began operating cruise ships back in 1632 [Note: double-check this before publication], it was the very first cruise line ... Read more