Five Hopes for Walt Disney World in 2016

Sixteen is my lucky number, so I’m hoping that some fantastic things are on their way for this next year. In a previous blog, I noted the top 5 things that surprised me and delighted me in 2015. Let me share with you the 5 things I hope to see happen in 2016 for Walt … Read more

Change Around The Riverbend

There has been much said about the removal of the Big Thunder Ranch/Barbecue area and even more so about the shortening of the Rivers of America as Disneyland prepares to create a new Star Wars Land in that region of the park. On the outset, my belief was that not only will Star Wars Land … Read more

Visa Abuse at Disney

New York Times is reporting that Disney has cancelled the layoffs of some 35 technology employees at Disney/ABC in the New York and Burbank offices. Earlier, those employees were replaced by offshore workers who had been brought to the U.S. on H-1B working visas.  Now those employees are back at work “until further notice.” All of this … Read more

Central Plaza at Magic Kingdom: Park or Arena?

It’s been called Central Plaza. It’s the space at the center of Magic Kingdom parks that comes at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and lies before the castle. It also serves as the stepping off point for all other lands in the park. A plaza traditionally has been a large open space. But Disneyland’s plaza … Read more

Is MyMagic+ Bob Iger’s Folly at Disney?

All of the talk about MyMagic+ and Bob Iger’s efforts to re-invigorate the parks with new technology came to my mind the other day when I recently came across a June 30th, 1983 internal Disney news publication. It was for Cast Members and was entitled, “Experimenting with Computer Graphics.” It featured a photo of John … Read more

Disney’s MyMagic+ Initiative: Where’s the Magic?

It’s been talked about–so what is Disney’s MyMagic+? A recent Walt Disney World Eyes & Ears described Disney’s MyMagic+ program by summing up  by these main touch points: Set up My Disney Experience online and plan your vacation Receive customized MagicBands Make FastPass+ selections Receive the MagicBands Check in Online via My Disney Experience Breeze … Read more

Reflections of AVATAR

The D23 conference in Tokyo has released photos of the new AVATAR land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We brought you this article over the weekend, but we have since updated with several important new photos. It is an amazing look at the world of Pandora both day and night. As Imagineer Joe Rohde noted:  “Above and beyond … Read more

Is Disneyland Paris in Decline?

  In recent weeks, a team of Disneyland Paris fans have been petitioning Bob Iger of the Walt Disney Company to address four major problems facing the park: 1. Maintenance. Where attractions, theming, and decor are falling apart or deteriorating. 2. Budget Cuts. A number of shows and parades have been cut, while attractions are opening … Read more

Form Follows Parking–Rumors at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  There’s an expression in the architectural world, “Form Follows Function.” That principle suggests that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. Well, in Disney architectural circles there is a different phrase. Robert A.M. Stern, who played a major role in the development of Disney … Read more