Page 206 – Uncle Walt's Insider
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
A PhotoPass picture from Universal Orlando. Photo by Oksana Yarysh [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons & Emily May [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr, modified.

PhotoPass photographer quietly working at Universal

Disney finds a subtle way to profit from the success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- Steven Weeber, 25, is a Disney cast member, but on his work days you won't find him anywhere at the Walt Disney World Resort. Instead Weeber, a photographer for Disney's PhotoPass service, is assigned to work at rival Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure. "My leads found out I have an annual pass to Universal, and they said they'd pay me to set ... 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
The Honorary Dapper Dan card of Indiana native Gus Lozuk.

“Honorary Dapper Dan” gets Waffle House discount

There are some perks that come with singing with the Dapper Dans. SEYMOUR, INDIANA -- For Indiana native Gus Lozuk, singing with the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet was a highlight of his 2012 trip to Florida's Magic Kingdom Park... and the "Honorary Dapper Dan" card he received that day has brought unexpected benefits. "I was eating at the local Waffle House a few years ago and was showing a friend the card. The manager saw it, and told me that it was ... Read more
Atlantis at Epcot, or a rethemed attraction? Photo by Jerrye and Roy Klotz MD [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Local man touring Epcot discovers “lost city of Atlantis”

Florida native accidentally outs all new attraction at Epcot Local Orlando man Chuck Altuve thought he made the discovery of the century while on a recent visit to Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. Mr. Altuve told Uncle Walt's Insider about his find: "I was doing that dive quest thingy at the Nemo aquarium and as I was watching out for a shark who gave me the stink eye, I bumped into a huge temple looking thing! Turns out, I discovered Atlantis! I'm ... Read more