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Walt Disney Imagineering is very serious when it comes to play testing
Did you hear about the play test that WDI ran at The Magic Kingdom last month? Where the Imagineers used Guests who were waiting in line for a character meet-n-greet right outside of Pooh’s Playful Spot to try out a new entertainment-based queuing system? Though the Imagineers are being pretty close...
19 Jan 2010
Last call (and I mean the VERY last call) at WDW’s Adventurers Club
Feeling pretty smug (or – at the very least – hung over) because you spent last night at some hoity toity New Year’s Eve party? Well, take a gander at these shots. Which were taken on the very last night that members of the general public were allowed into WDW's Adventurers Club. Photo by Jeff Lange...
1 Jan 2010
What gloom & doom? It's still "Happy Poly Days" over at Disney's Polynesian Resort
Alright. I know. It's been kind of a scary week for all you folks who live and work in Central Florida. What with all the stories that are making the rounds about Walt Disney World 's projected occupancy rate for the month of January as well as how miserable things have gotten for all those hotels &...
5 Dec 2008
"Dream Castle Lights" dazzle at night, disappear during the day
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to break out all of those Christmas lights and start decorating the exterior of your home. Mind you, Rob Hamberg got kind of a headstart on the rest of us. This Walt Disney World Entertainment show producer didn't wait 'til turkey time to start his holiday decorating...
2 Dec 2008
"When You Wish Upon a Wishbone" and other Turkey-related tales
Are you like me? And after you finish carving the turkey ... Well, it looks like that once-beautiful bird has just been through the blender? Let's face facts: Most of us haven't had enough knife time to properly carve a turkey. Which is why we make such a hash of things whenever the holidays roll around...
27 Nov 2008
IAAPA Attractions Expo showcases the spectacular and the surreal
What can one say about IAAPA 's Attractions Expo ? Let's start with Ai-yi-yi-yi-yi. Photo by Nancy Stadler The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions' annual conference & trade show is big. Scarily big. So big that it fills the entire North / South Building at the Orange County...
20 Nov 2008
Disney World now offering discounted Merchandise Credits to select Guests
It's all that anyone in Central Florida can talk about these days. The huge impact that the current consumer spending slump is having on the tourism industry. And with people now admitting that they're cutting back on toys and apparel purchases ... Well, that's not what the folks at Walt Disney World...
13 Nov 2008
Monday Mouse Watch: Will Pop Century be rebranded as Disney's Animation Inn and Suites?
Okay. I know. This is a really tough time to be a Disney World fan. Especially with last week's news about how advance reservations for the Resort were 'way down and WDW officials were already getting ready for what looked to be an incredibly lean 2009. But -- you know -- it's not always going to be...
10 Nov 2008
Will Disney World's new "Buy 4 Get 3 FREE!" promotion really be enough to get you to book a trip to Orlando in early 2009?
Bob Iger didn't mince words during yesterday's earnings call . Though Disney's CEO said he was pleased with the Company's overall performance in fiscal 2008, 2009 looks to be a very different story. What with advance bookings at the Walt Disney World Resort down almost 10% from what they were a year...
7 Nov 2008
Is Disney looking to trade its 5th Avenue store in for a brand-new retail location down on Times Square?
As you might expect, NYC's World of Disney is currently all tricked out for trick-or-treat time. Photo by Jim Hill And as you wander all three floors of this 5th Avenue store, you'll find all sorts of Halloween-related materials. From 15th anniversary " Nightmare Before Christmas " merch ... Photo by...
21 Oct 2008
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