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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
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First Walt Disney World visit for twins conceived on Tomorrowland Transit Authority

Twin brothers Tyler and Timothy Braddock, age 4, are enjoying their first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort -- but in a sense, it is more of a return for them than a visit. "We're pretty sure they were conceived here," mom Emelia Braddock, 28, of St. Charles, Missouri, tells Uncle Walt's Insider. "They were born exactly nine months after Rudy [her husband] and I last visited, in 2012." Rudy Braddock, age 29, provides more details. "Yeah, she's leaving out the best ... Read more
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Heartbroken teen discovers MagicBands use common technology, not magic

Albuquerque resident Terry Rice had a major letdown on his recent vacation to Orlando-area theme parks. Rice, 15, describes himself as a fan of both Disney and Harry Potter, and was excited when his parents announced plans to take he and his younger sister to Orlando for the first time. Although he enjoyed his time visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, Rice was dismayed to learn that Disney's "MagicBands" were not magic at all. "That was like the coolest thing ever," Rice says ... Read more