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Disney’s new dog-friendly hotel policy also includes horses

The Walt Disney Company startled its fans earlier this month when it announced that guests at select Walt Disney World resorts would be able to keep dogs in resort hotel rooms, beginning on October 15th. Uncle Walt's Insider has learned that the policy is actually broader than announced, and also includes many other animals, up to and including horses. Even when the policy was thought to only include dogs, it received mixed reactions, with guests arguing on both sides of the issue. Uncle ... Read more
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Prequel fever: Production announced for “Big Heroes” 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Banking on a repeat of the success of the Star Wars prequels, Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced five new films taking place in the Big Hero 6 universe. Each of the films will be set in time before the events of Big Hero 6, and will correspondingly be titled Big Hero 1, Big Hero 2, Big Hero 3, Big Hero 4, and Big Hero 5. The first of these prequels, Big Hero 1, is scheduled to be released in December ... Read more
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Mystery land purchase points to new Texas-themed Disney park

For decades, theme park fans have traded tales of a rumored third Disney property to be built in the central United States, with Texas being the most likely location.  While Disney parks in California and Florida consistently rank as the most attended theme parks in the world, enthusiasts living midway between the coasts do not have easy access to their favorite parks, so the rumors have continued despite repeated denials by the Walt Disney Company. Well, Uncle Walt's Insider can now ... Read more
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Local man held for observation after emerging from “it’s a small world” smiling, humming theme song

Local health authorities have detained a 37-year-old Garden Grove man at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, citing concerns for his mental health and stability, after he was spotted emerging from that park's famed "it's a small world" attraction smiling and humming the theme song. The man, who has not been identified, is being held for observation. "It was the weirdest thing," reported Disneyland guest Ileana Campos of Mesa, Arizona. "My family and I had just exited the ride, and we all had ... Read more
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Disney inks new sponsorship with tobacco giant Philip Morris

In a surprising move, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and tobacco giant Philip Morris have announced a new partnership. Soon all Disney parks in the United States will feature re-themed and re-imagined smoking areas. These all new areas will also be getting a new name: "Light Up Your Life - Fueled by Philip Morris." The areas will feature logos from Philip Morris' most popular brands, all new seating, and special ashtrays featuring lighters and cup holders. In an exclusive interview with Uncle ... Read more