Mr. Catfish Gets His Due

Once a lonely character actor toiling away in relative obscurity, this onstage performer at Animal Kingdom has recently received some eye-opening attention that may finally allow him to break free from small time notices in parkeological blogs and enter the mainstream. Known formerly (to me) as Mr. Catfish, this performer has been a fixture of […]

Who Needs American Idol?

The original Disney MGM Studios had a location to showcase guests’ musical performance skills long before Ryan Seacrest showed up, and I’m not talking about SuperStar Television.  It was a shop of sorts, very similar to those photo booths where they will green screen your head onto a movie poster.  Only in this case, you […]

Mount Rushmore of Disney World

The Disney company is always willing to exploit old characters in new mediums, so it’s a surprise to learn that of all the characters and personalities on property, only four are actually duplicated as Animatronic figures in different attractions. I’m talking strictly animatronics here.  For instance, Nemo appears in several attractions, but only as a […]

Muppet Lockers

The Stage 1 Company Store near the exit to MuppetVision is riddled with gags and in-jokes, just like the 3D theater.  But oftentimes it’s easy to overlook some of the nice touches hidden in the clutter. For instance, as you enter through the door pictured on the left, you pass through what is ostensibly a […]

Adventureland Veranda Uncovered

Crowds have been extremely high this holiday season, and one of the byproducts of the crushing masses is that Disney will occasionally get desperate enough to open up areas that were previously off-limits.  By sheer chance, I had the opportunity to set foot in one of the Magic Kingdom’s oldest and most dormant spaces yesterday.As […]

Jurassic Parks

Universal Studios may own the naming rights to Jurassic Park, but Walt Disney World has always been dinosaur friendly.  Did you know that all four theme parks have full-sized dinosaurs on display somewhere inside their gates? Animal Kingdom has the obvious ones.  And Epcot should also be easy.  The Studios may take you a moment, […]