Star Tours Canonical Conundrum

Star Tours is one of those rare Disney attractions based on a property owned by someone else.  George Lucas officially sanctioned the ride, with this level of detail, there’s no doubt the Lucasfilm archives were opened to the Imagineers for reference.  Costumes were scrutinized, props were painstakingly recreated, and original actors like Anthony Daniels were […]

Hands-On Animation

Almost everyone who passes through the gates at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is familiar with the celebrity hands-in-cement that grace the courtyard of the Chinese Theater, right at the entrance to the Great Movie Ride.  But most guests don’t know that there is another courtyard honoring some of the greatest actors in movie history.  This courtyard […]

Hack Your Speedway Wait Time

The puttering little cars of Tomorrowland Speedway is notorious for its slow-loading passenger turnaround.  CMs have to manually move each car up to a station, make sure the next driver is buckled in, and then flag them on their way.  It can add up to an interminable wait in line.  However, there is one hack […]

Walt’s Mystic Rune

Almost everyone gets their picture taken with Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.  The Partners statue in the Hub of the Magic Kingdom has to be one of the most photographed spots in the World.  But how many people even notice the arcane symbol hidden in plain sight, etched onto Walt’s tie? What is this strange […]

Street Magic Revealed

Test Track is one of Epcot’s most popular attractions, but its best illusion may be an overlooked part of the scenery in the exit area.  Most visitors hurry through the factory set on their way to the GM showroom, yet the factory contains more detail than most of the ride: everything from plant employee lockers, […]

Alternate Dimension Discovered at EPCOT

Parkeologists have discovered something truly incredible in a nearly deserted corridor of Innoventions West.  Yes, low-traffic restrooms.  But also something even more amazing:  evidence of an alternate dimension. Sharp-eyed visitors can find this evidence near one of the lesser ruins of Walt Disney World.  Note the nondescript blue doors in the picture below. Back when […]