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What role did Great Wolf Lodge play in the development of MagicBands for Walt Disney World?
Pauline S. dropped me a note the other day to ask: I've read lots of stories lately about all the testing that's being done at Disney World for MagicBands . And while there's been a lot written online about how everyone's WDW vacation experience will supposedly be changed forever once...
25 Nov 2013
There's just one week left to catch that whimsical march-of-the-ducks at the Peabody Orlando
There are lots of hotels along International Drive. Photo by Jim Hill But there's only one hotel in Orlando that has ducks etched in its front windows ... Photo by Jim Hill ... and a marble mallard inlaid right in the floor of its lobby. Photo by Jim Hill When you see this many ducks outside of WDW...
22 Sep 2013
How Mark Renfrow brewed up "Unleashed the Villains" for Disney's Hollywood Studios
By now, you've no doubt heard about what happened at Disney's Hollywood Studios this past Friday night. How a New Year's Eve-sized crowd turned out for this " Limited Time Magic " event. Which led to some pretty interesting challenges for the very unlucky WDW cast members who were...
15 Sep 2013
"Building Tall" reveals the challenges that Tishman Realty & Construction faced while building EPCOT Center
Since sinkholes are back in the news again in Central Florida , Hungry Howie was inspired to drop me a line earlier today to ask about the sinkhole that almost swallowed EPCOT Center back during the construction of that theme park: For years now, I've been hearing stories about EPCOT's sinkhole...
5 Jun 2013
My Disney Experience delays are having a domino effect on several Magic Kingdom projects
"The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray." This oft-quoted line from Robert Burns ' 1785 poem applies to an awful lot of aspects of modern day life. But none more so than the work that's recently been done in & around WDW 's Magic Kingdom Park . Take -- for example...
7 Apr 2013
Theme Park University website now offering insights about how the themed entertainment industry actually works
The Internet is really a wondrous place. Especially if you're a young person who's considering a career in animation. If you've ever considered becoming a character designer someday, you can always swing by Tom Bancroft 's Character Mentor Studio or Stephen Silver's blog and then...
3 Mar 2013
The Land of Oz garden & play area is a colorful addition to the 2013 edition of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
You've probably already seen the pictures from Sunday's Princess Half Marathon event at the Walt Disney World Resort . Where 26,000 runners raced through Epcot and the Magic Kingdom during the early morning hours ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... only to have Rachel...
26 Feb 2013
Walt Disney World pushes back the initial roll-out / in-park test of MagicBands to late February / early March
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Which is why Walt Disney World's initial roll-out / in-park testing of the MagicBands component of MyMagic+ -- which was supposed to begin being offered to Guests staying at Disney's Boardwalk Resort next month -- has quietly been pushed back...
28 Jan 2013
Walt Disney World is using its NextGen program to try & win over the next generation of theme park goers
Thanks to a WDW-Cast-Members-Only document that got leaked to the Web over the weekend and today's New York Times story , a lot more people suddenly know a whole lot more about FastPass+, My Disney Experience and MagicBand. Mind you, there are a few questions that have yet to be answered. Like when...
7 Jan 2013
Huffington Post - The Tinker Bell drone that Disneyland almost got
The Tinker Bell drone that Disneyland almost got Over the past week or so, there have been a number of stories out there about media companies and drone technology. With TMZ insisting that it wasn't really in the market for a celebrity-seeking missile, Mid-Missouri NPR affiliate KBIA revealed that...
4 Dec 2012
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