Tag Archives: Magic Kingdom

In Defense of Theme Park Maintenance (And Hippos)

Are you furious every time you visit a theme park because things are constantly broken? Some items for weeks, months or years? Do you think theme park maintenance is a joke and you’re the only one who cares? Then today’s article is for you! We are going to dig in on theme park maintenance, guest

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Guest Hangs “Trump 2020” Banner at Main Street USA Train Station at Walt Disney World

We’ve talked several times about how politics and theme parks often collide here at Theme Park University. As predicted, someone shouting at a robotic Trump in the Hall of Presidents was not going to be the last time we saw radical behavior in the Magic Kingdom. Today we have a new chapter in the saga.

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What Happened To Talking Mickey?

On May 13, 2018, the Mickey Mouse meet and greet in the Town Square Theater at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World became decidedly less magical. Debuting in 2011, Mickey began making appearances on Main Street after Mickey’s Toontown Fair was demolished to make way for the New Fantasyland construction. When he appeared in

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Unpopular Opinion: Magic Kingdom Monorail Can’t Keep Up With Demand

This article will understandably ruffle some feathers but hear me out.  The recent viral video of a monorail door remaining open on virtually the entire ride through the Epcot loop has sparked some serious debate online. Nearly everywhere you looked on every article, the responses were pretty similar: “the monorails are outdated!”. Which may be

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“Going To Magic Kingdom” Perfect Book to Get Young Fans Hooked on Disney Details

Getting people, especially children, to fall in love with visiting Disney theme parks is easy. However, turning them into a true fanatic where they soak in all the details takes a little more work. This is what I love about the “Going to Guides” by Shannon Laskey who just released their latest title “Going To

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SURPRISE! New Broadway Style Theater Coming to the Magic Kingdom

In a surprise announcement, D23 announced a new Broadway Style theater will be headed to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The new theater will be located just behind Main Street and will be accessed via the new walkway between The Plaza Restaurant and the Tomorrowland Terrace. This new theater will be similar in

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Are Animatronic Shows Becoming Extinct?

TPU reader Jordan wrote in to ask, “Hi, I’m a huge fan I read all your posts. I’d like to throw a question your way that I’ve been stewing on for quite a while. Are the days of audio-animatronics shows dead? The most recent one I can really think of is Stitch/Alien Encounter, and even

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New show coming to Magic Kingdom Summer 2016

Dream Along with Mickey is the longest running show to take place in front of Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle which opened in 2006 when it replaced Cinderellabration and it’s officially getting kicked to the curb. Gone are the classic characters like Peter Pan and Maleficent and in are more recent favorites. Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Bungalows Preview

Even though they don’t officially open until April 1, 2015, a few select groups were allowed to tour the new Bora Bora Bungalows at Disney Polynesian Village Resort recently and sent the pictures to us! There are 20 bungalows total and each one is 1,093 square feet. Each bungalow has its own private front and

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Who Moved My Dole Whip?

An anonymous Theme Park University reader recently wrote in to ask, “I was recently at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando and noticed the dole whip stand was gone! I nearly had a heart attack until a Cast Member told me it had moved to exit of the Tiki Room. Why did Aloha Isle and Sunshine

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