DCL disappointment: Magic Portholes do not actually use magic - Uncle Walt's Insider

DCL disappointment: Magic Portholes do not actually use magic

Not-So-Magical Porthole aboard the Disney Dreamship. Photo © 2012 Disney, if you can still believe anything they say.

A four-year undercover investigation reveals the truth.

CELEBRATION, FL — The Walt Disney Company uses the word “magic” a lot — the Magic Kingdom Park; their first cruise ship, the Disney Magic; the Remember the Magic parade; the “magic underwear” worn by Cast Members who work with characters in the parks so they never have to take potty breaks; and that whole Disney’s Magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter thing. But to what extent do they actually use magic?

Uncle Walt’s investigates

As our loyal readers [Ed.: three of you now? two?] know, Uncle Walt’s Insider has been at the forefront of investigative reporting for decades. We’re the ones who broke the story about the new Disney parks in Pyongyang, North Korea, and Escanaba, Michigan, after all. [Ed.: One of those places is a despotic hellhole, right? Note: check which is which before visiting.] And we were the first to report the lack of actual magic in Walt Disney World’s “Magic Bands.”

So when the Disney Cruise Line announced back in 1753 [Ed.: fix this.] that their new ships the Disney Dreamboat and Disney Fantasia would feature “magical portholes,” Uncle Walt’s sent an intrepid unpaid intern onboard undercover as a low-level deckhand to find out the truth.

Four years at the mast

The “magical portholes” are fake windows in otherwise windowless inside cabins onboard these Disney ships. They provide live views of the scenery outside, along with the occasional animated character. [Ed.: Oh, is that what they are? Huh. I first heard “magical porthole” and assumed it was something naughty.]

For the past four years, intern “Phil” [not his real name; it’s actually Kevin] worked long hours as a Disney Cruise Line Crew Member, living off of the food supplied onboard and sending his meager paychecks to us to cover his “expenses.” All the while, too, Phil/Kevin was spending his limited free time digging through schematics, searching restricted offices, all to try to find documentation on how the magical portholes worked.

The secret revealed

Finally, last month, he had a breakthrough. Using the incredibly clever technique of asking one of his fellow Crew Members, he learned the secret — and it’s not “magical” at all! It turns out that Disney just puts a round video screen on the wall and pretends that it’s magic. So disappointing!

So there you have it — another amazing bit of inside knowledge from Uncle Walt’s! Thanks, Phil/Kevin, and enjoy the rest of your ten-year contract with DCL! And keep those paychecks coming!

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Cover photo of Not-So-Magical Porthole aboard the Disney Dreamship © 2012 Disney, if you can still believe anything they say.