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Unrealized World Showcase Part 4: American Adventure

Throughout the development of EPCOT Center, the one shining constant was a pavilion representing the United States of America. The park layout did indeed change several times in the planning stages and it placed the host pavilion in various spots until it landed in the center of World Showcase. However, The American Adventure we know

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Unrealized World Showcase Part 1: The Philippines

If you’re a fan of theme park history, you know that getting Epcot’s World Showcase created was a far more difficult process than Disney Imagineers had originally hoped for. Sure, getting nations of the world to come together and exist side-by-side sounded like a great idea on paper, but getting them to sign on the

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Dine With Disney Legend Charlie Ridgeway at Epcot March 18

If you’ve never had the pleasure of having lunch with a Disney Legend, now is your chance! Charlie Ridgeway, author of “Spinning Disney’s World” will be the guest of honor at a special event in March for D23 gold members. For those unfamiliar with Ridgeway, he was the director of press and publicity for Walt

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Pixar kicks Captain EO to the curb at Epcot on December 6 2015

It was only a matter of time. As we reported on earlier this year, Captain EO retuned to Epcot after taking a hiatus to promote Disney’s summer flop “Tomorrowland”, followed by the blockbuster “Inside Out” by showing brief clips from those films. Michael Jackson and crew returned to the Magic Eye Theater in late July

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Disney World to Reopen Captain EO and Sells Poop

There I was, sitting in my luxurious home in Central Florida in mid-April 2015 when stories like this started coming across my Twitter newsfeed. I was blown away. Disney hadn’t announced that Captain EO was closing for good at Walt Disney World, just that it was going to host a temporary attraction previewing the new

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Connecting More Dots: Character Meet and Greets That Separate FastPass From Standby

In July 2014, Princess Fairytale Hall in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom ran a test where if a guest didn’t have a FastPass, they needed to get a return time to come back. Once gone, no one was allowed in once they handed out all the return time cards. I wrote on Saturday, March 7 about

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Top 10 Reasons Epcot’s Horizons Was The Greatest Dark Ride of All Time

On January 9, 1999, I took the day off of work and headed to Epcot with a small bag filled with snacks. After just over 15 years in operation, Horizons was announced to be having its last day of operation. I spent the entire day continuing to go around and around, clinging to the memories

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Clarification on the Recent Soarin Standby Return Test

It seems my trip to Epcot a few days ago caused quite a stir within the Disney fan community. Mind you, no one (and I mean literally no one) responded to the story on my website. However, thousands of people either shared the story on Facebook or various message boards and as a result, thousands

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Standby Return Test Continues at Soarin

As Theme Park University reported on earlier, Soarin’ at Epcot tested a new standby wait time test on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Just like with Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairy Taile Hall, this was only a test to see how guests would react to being given a time to come back and wait instead

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Virtual Magic Kingdom Unofficially Reborn on Minecraft

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In 2011, a gentleman by the Minecraft username “therealduckie” began laying the virtual blocks for what would eventually become the largest recreation of Walt Disney World on any of the game’s servers. The McMagic server boasts the ability to visit all four theme parks, several resort hotels, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney Cruise Line ships and even some backstage buildings. However, the server does

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