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Dad Wins Halloween by Building a Working Replica of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Ride

A week ago, we thought no one would ever best a Disney-obsessed railroad engineer who built a miniature replica of Disneyland’s Fantasyland in his basement. And then we discovered Dan Schmidt—who, for the past couple of years, has created a working version of the Haunted Mansion ride in his garage for Halloween.

Walt Disney World's Union Won the Fight to Raise Their Minimum Wage to $15 Walt Disney World's Union Won the Fight to Raise Their Minimum Wage to $15

Thanks to a hard-fought battle between the Walt Disney World workers’ union and Disney, all park, food service, and resort workers will be paid a minimum wage of $15 by 2021.

Watch Michael Jackson's Classic '80s Sci-Fi World Evolve in This Rough Cut of Captain EO Watch Michael Jackson's Classic '80s Sci-Fi World Evolve in This Rough Cut of Captain EO

When I was a kid, my favorite movie in the world was 1985's Captain EO. Yes, the 17-minute Michael Jackson sci-fi fantasy played at the Disney theme parks, but it also made an appearance on TV. My parents recorded it on VHS for me, and I honestly wore out the tape rewatching it so many times. And if you loved the…

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Will Open Summer 2019 at Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Will Open Summer 2019 at Disneyland

Opening day for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney theme parks in the US is getting closer and closer. First we heard it would be in 2019. Now, we know the seasons—and soon, we’ll have the specific dates.

Disney is Livestreaming the Sunrise at Magic Kingdom and Honestly It's Just What I Need Today Disney is Livestreaming the Sunrise at Magic Kingdom and Honestly It's Just What I Need Today

Disney is currently broadcasting a livestream of the sunrise at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Florida. I have no idea why Disney is doing this, but it’s honestly just what I needed this morning.

These Real-Life Walking Mech Suits Are Finally a Reason to Visit Disney's Avatar World

Sure, Avatar made $2.78 billion during its box office run almost a decade ago, but did anyone really walk out of the theater wanting to visit James Cameron’s Pandora? We still can’t figure out why “The World of Avatar” was built at Walt Disney World, but now that the park has these towering mechs walking around, it…

Thrawn: Alliances Is Sending Darth Vader and Thrawn to Disneyland, Kind of Thrawn: Alliances Is Sending Darth Vader and Thrawn to Disneyland, Kind of

We at io9 pray to the altar of Grand Admiral Thrawn. This is a well-known fact. So when the first excerpt from Timothy Zahn’s new book, Thrawn: Alliances came online, there was quite a bit of excitement followed by pure elation at its awesome revelations.

Here's a Sneak Peek of Donald Trump in Disney's Hall of Presidents

After months of delay, Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents will reopen tomorrow with a controversial addition. Yes, President Donald Trump has been immortalized in robot form and will stand next to other presidents like Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. And a Disney superfan, Scott Gustin, just posted a preview

This Time-Lapse Video of Disneyland Transforming for the Holidays Is Truly Magical This Time-Lapse Video of Disneyland Transforming for the Holidays Is Truly Magical

In a rare peek behind the curtain, Disney just released a time-lapse video showing the holiday transformation of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland.

Disney's Star Wars Lands Are Set on the New Planet of Batuu Disney's Star Wars Lands Are Set on the New Planet of Batuu

When the Disney theme parks open their two Star Wars themed lands in 2019, the name in the brochure will be “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” But Galaxy’s Edge is actually a new planet, revealed today to be called Batuu.

Disney's Star Tours Ride May Be Making Some Huge Changes Disney's Star Tours Ride May Be Making Some Huge Changes

This week, The Last Jedi planet of Crait is being added to the Star Tours ride at Disney parks in Florida and Anaheim. However, that may be just one of several changes coming to the 30-year-old attraction.

Disney Releases Vintage EPCOT Video From Before the Park Opened in 1982 Disney Releases Vintage EPCOT Video From Before the Park Opened in 1982

I’ve seen a lot of EPCOT concept art in my day. But a new video released by Disney has some behind-the-scenes shots that I’ve never seen before, including scale models of everything from the Horizons attraction (RIP) to the countries of the World Showcase. It’s all pretty cool.

What's Your Favorite Extinct Epcot Song? What's Your Favorite Extinct Epcot Song?

When I was a kid in the 1990s I’d listen to the Epcot soundtrack on repeat. It had so many amazing songs that would instantly hit all the nostalgia centers of my brain, even if this particular brand of nostalgia was for something as recent as my last trip to Epcot from a year earlier.

Marty Sklar, Disney Legend and Futurist, Dies at 83 Marty Sklar, Disney Legend and Futurist, Dies at 83

Marty Sklar, arguably one of the most influential people to work at the Disney Company aside from Walt Disney himself, died yesterday. He was 83.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Ratatouille, and Tron Are All Coming to Walt Disney World Guardians of the Galaxy, Ratatouille, and Tron Are All Coming to Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is getting a bunch of brand-name upgrades in the next few years leading up to the 50th anniversary in 2021.

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida Is Opening a Completely Immersive Star Wars Hotel Walt Disney World Resort in Florida Is Opening a Completely Immersive Star Wars Hotel

Disney just announced that the Star Wars areas of their theme parks will be called Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. The studio also gave a few more teases of how this highly interactive land will work. Also opening: the world’s first totally immersive Star Wars hotel.

Not Even Disneyland Can Escape Marvel's Love of Teasers Not Even Disneyland Can Escape Marvel's Love of Teasers

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s penchant for relentlessly teasing future films has already taught moviegoing audiences to keep their butts in their theater seats until the very end of the credits. Now, it’s also going to teach theme park attendees to keep an eye out for clues to their next ginormous queue-generator.

You May Not Care About Avatar, But Its New Theme Park Is a Glimpse Into Disney's Future You May Not Care About Avatar, But Its New Theme Park Is a Glimpse Into Disney's Future

Disney’s foundation may have been built on animation, but these days, Disney is powered by franchises. That’s especially true in the theme parks; where major expansions have recently been announced based on some of Disney’s newer, blockbuster franchises like Star Wars, Marvel and... Avatar. And while you may have no…

The New Guardians of the Galaxy Ride Exists in Its Own Unique Marvel Universe  The New Guardians of the Galaxy Ride Exists in Its Own Unique Marvel Universe 

This week, Disney opens their first Marvel Studios theme park ride in the United States, called Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout! Though it features many, many elements from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, don’t let that fool you: the ride is in a world all its own... and it’s only the beginning.

Your Decisions at the New Star Wars Theme Parks Will Have Consequences Your Decisions at the New Star Wars Theme Parks Will Have Consequences

When Star Wars themed lands open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019, things are going to be interactive. Maybe, a little too interactive.

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