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    COVID-19 and Theme Parks: Latest Updates

    UPDATED 1/12/2021 — The COVID-19 novel coronavirus that began in Asia has spread to America, and has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Obviously, there are more critical public health concerns right now than theme parks. However, for the millions of guests who were planning on visiting attractions this season, not to mention the employees

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    The Importance of Being Goofy: Part V

    Bob Sehlinger, founder of the Unofficial Guides Series, shares with us his sense of humor in every Unofficial Guide. Today, he delivers his latest installment of The Importance of Being Goofy, which has been a staple in The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World over the years. You see, what really makes writing about Walt Disney World fun is that the Disney people

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    Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents Closed on Inauguration Day

    It’s been a staple of the Magic Kingdom ever since Walt Disney World opened in 1971, but as of Inauguration Day 2021, the classic Hall of Presidents attraction in Liberty Square has closed to prepare for the arrival of President Joseph Biden.

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    Unofficial Guide to the 2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts

    Ever since the Walt Disney World Resort reopened last spring, visitors to Epcot have been enjoying socially distanced editions of the park’s popular seasonal events. That’s now carried into the new year with the January 8th kickoff of the 2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts, and we’ve got the full scoop on this fifth annual edition of

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    Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando’s Endless Summer Resort Dockside Inn and Suites

    After a year filled with closures and capacity restrictions, large crowds returned to the Orlando attractions for the 2020 holiday season, and Universal Orlando was ready to welcome them with a brand-new hotel. Dockside Inn and Suites, the second phase of Universal’s value-priced Endless Summer Resort, finally opened on December 15, following months of delays, and we paid the new

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    A Closer Look at American Theme Parks’ Greatest Rivalry

    Universal Studios did not set out to challenge The Walt Disney Company in the theme park business. The men who ran the Music Corporation of America (MCA) were quite happy with the industrial tour they created in 1964 at Universal City. The Universal Studio Tour took visitors behind the scenes of the largest and busiest back lot in Hollywood to