Category Archives: Disney

Are Disney’s MagicBands A Flop?

Now that Disney is phasing out MagicBands, it begs the question: was it considered a flop? That’s an interesting question. Just because something gets phased out, does that mean it’s a failure? Will history look back on these as a novelty like Pal Mickey? For many, the answer is in the eye of the beholder.

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What Does Disneyland REALLY Want With Their DisneylandForward Project?

Recently Disneyland announced their DisneylandForward project. Yesterday, we debunked the headlines most of you have read by now that Disneyland is building a third gate. However, if it’s not a third gate, what is it? What was the point? What can we learn from the concept art and why was it so confusing to understand?

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Did Disneyland Just Announce A Third Gate? Not Exactly

Today, in a news briefing by the Disneyland Resort announced plans to expand and maximize their current footprint. In a project known as “DisneylandForward”, Disney officials are trying to get Orange County to let them allocate certain land use for future development. These are long term plans for the park that include expanded parking, retail

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Since Joe Rhode Has Retired: Will The Yeti Ever Get Fixed?

It’s an issue Disney fans have had for years. When will the Yeti finally move again at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? He’s been broken for well over a decade and with Joe Rhode’s retirement, it seems all hope is lost. TPU reader James sends the following email: With Joe Rohde now gone from Imagineering is there

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Why Are Disney Animatronics Breaking All The Time?

You’ve seen the pictures and video all over social media. Every time a Disney animatronic breaks, we know about it. TPU reader Alison writes “Hey Josh, what happened to Disney’s maintenance for their animatronics? They used to be the leaders in the industry. Now they seem to be a joke. Is this because of careless

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Fantasmic Could Be Returning To Disney’s Hollywood Studios March 2021 With Modifications

As Walt Disney World tries to slowly increase capacity, one thing has been sorely lacking: nighttime entertainment. Since the pandemic began, we have yet to see any kind of fireworks or true nighttime entertainment return. However, we are now hearing Fantasmic might make a return to Walt Disney World in March 2021 with some slight

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Rumor: Modified Version of Festival Of The Lion King To Return March 2021

We are hearing rumors that a fan favorite could be returning to Disney’s Animal Kingdom just in time for the spring break crowds. Festival of the Lion King has often been rated the number one show in Walt Disney World for years. However, it has not reopened at Walt Disney World since the pandemic began.

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When Will Disney Fans Be OK With Closing Walt Disney’s Classic Attractions?

This has always been something that makes me scratch my head. Every time someone mentions changing or closing an attraction that Walt Disney himself had a hand in, fans freak out. In a recent article I wrote about The Hall of Presidents, one of my readers left this comment: He’s not wrong, Walt had the

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“The Cynic’s Guide To A Reasonable Theme Park Vacation” A Must Read For Afficiandos and Newbies

The first non-childrens book I remember reading as a kid was “Birnbaum’s Official Guide To Walt Disney World.” Back before there was internet, there were very few ways to figure out to do a vacation in the most magical place on earth. Plus, there weren’t a lot of books out there on theme parks and

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Is It Time For Disney To Permanently Close The Hall of Presidents Yet?

Roughly four years ago we wrote an article asking the question: should Disney close the Hall of Presidents permanently? This was just after Donald Trump had won the election by a fairly thin margin. The country was divided more than ever and at the time it seemed like a topic worth exploring. Now here we

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