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Guests climb Tree of Life at Disney Animal Kingdom

Tree of Life on the chopping block; it’s a “hazard” after guests climb

Just three days after unidentified guests attempted to climb the Tree of Life at the Animal Kingdom (pictured above), Walt Disney World Resort announced that the iconic tree will be removed in order to avoid future incidents. A wonder of nature Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park opened in 1998, built around the 145-foot tall Tree of Life, which was discovered there in the late 1970's. Imagineers at the time marveled at the trunk of the Tree, the bark of which had grown in ... Read more
Multiple couples proposing marriage in front of Cinderella Castle

Frustrated boyfriend finds photogenic proposal spots already taken

Quinton Murphy has been planning for months to pop the question to his college sweetheart, and he knew the perfect place for the proposal to happen: Walt Disney World. But when the time came, Murphy found that other couples were already taking up the "good places." A "storybook romance" New Orleans native Murphy, 23, is a grad student at Louisiana State University. It was as an undergrad there that he met his girlfriend Isabel Lockwood of Mesa, Arizona. The two have been dating ... Read more
Country Bear Jamboree entrance, Magic Kingdom

Country Bear Jamboree closes after third mauling – News Brief for Dec. 3

Self-proclaimed Disney expert almost remembers names of the Three Caballeros Theo Vann, 26, of Riverside, California, calls himself the "ultimate Disney fan," having seen every Disney-branded movie and visited every theme park around the world at least twice. He is an annual Passholder at Disneyland and a member of the Disney Vacation Club, and has been on three trips organized by Adventures by Disney and on two Disney cruises. But could this self-proclaimed Disney expert handle the ultimate test of fan knowledge: ... Read more
The Matterhorn at Disneyland Park, Anaheim CA

Nine things you didn’t know about Disneyland

How well do you know Walt Disney's original theme park in Anaheim, California? Here are some new secret tidbits about the "Happiest Place on Earth." 9. Walt Disney had an apartment over City Hall - It seems as if every "Disneyland secrets" article mentions Walt's apartment over the Fire Station, but did you know that he had a separate apartment over the adjoining Disneyland City Hall? The main apartment was common knowledge, so if Walt saw someone coming to see him that ... Read more
Cast Members Only sign

“Backstage Family of the Day” regrets being chosen

Disney parks are known for surprising their guests with special, magical moments, and many of the people honored gain memories that they will cherish for a long time. The Ramirez family of Avon, Connecticut, however, wishes they would have passed on their recent "special opportunity." Magical families at the Magic Kingdom Many of Disney's theme parks will pick individual guests or families for special treatment, sometimes out of the blue. There are obvious opportunities, like being chosen out of the audience to be ... Read more