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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft Castle and Wizardry replica at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Attraction, at Universal Studio, Osaka, Japan.

Disney cast member celebrates 100,000th guest asking “Harry Potter land” location

Longtime Walt Disney World cast member Peter Mansur, 35, recently celebrated having his 100,000th guest ask him the location of "Harry Potter land." As a Magic Kingdom custodial cast member, Mansur not only looks out for the cleanliness of the parks, but often finds himself answering guest questions. "A lot of the questions are the usual ones we've gotten here forever," Mansur reports. "You know, stuff like 'Where's the nearest restroom?' when we're right in front of one, or 'What time does the ... Read more
Entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood to build new “Universal Studios Florida” area

West Coast residents will no longer have to travel to Orlando to be able to experience the fun and atmosphere of Universal Studios Florida, as the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park will soon be home to a new section devoted to its Florida cousin. Universal company officials announced today that construction will soon begin on the as yet unnamed area. "We've tossed around a few different ideas about how best to bring a new experience to our visitors," Universal Parks spokesperson Dante ... Read more
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Wisconsin family wishes they had spent more money at Walt Disney World

In a Twitter post that has since gone viral, being repeatedly shared on Facebook, Instagram, and having over 237,000 retweets at time of publication, a Wisconsin father expressed disappointment that his family hadn't spent more money on their recent trip to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Busman, who uses the Twitter handle @sbuswhatup, last Thursday posted this about his family's recent visit to Florida: "Just back from Disney. Really thought it would cost more. Huh. #confused" Cross Plains, Wisconsin, resident Steve Busman ... Read more
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Hollywood Studios adds “The Magic of Construction Walls” tour

With the ongoing construction of the new Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge areas, Disney's Hollywood Studios Park is in the middle of some major changes. And while most guests see the many walls blocking off the construction areas as an annoyance, Disney is finding an opportunity for making magic out of the nuisance. In a press release dated today, the Walt Disney World Resort has announced that they will soon begin offering a behind-the-scenes tour called "The Magic of ... Read more
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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