Don’t be alarmed, but a part of Disney World’s monorail just *fell off*

Let’s start off by staying that everyone is fine, there were no major issues, and operations on mostly all Monorail tracks around the theme park have resumed as normal. But on Friday afternoon, part of Disney World’s monorail *fell off.* That certainly doesn’t happen every day.

A guest visiting EPCOT happened to be standing in the theme park’s parking lot — FYI, the Monorail passes over the EPCOT parking lot — when suddenly a metal piece from the overhead vehicle fell to the ground. There were no injuries when the piece fell, as there were no guests in the immediate area. (Guests onboard the Monorail didn’t even realize anything had happened.)

We were leaving Epcot at 12:55 pm walking to our car. We were directly under the monorail looking at it pass over us. It started making..

.making sounds and some little pieces flew off then the bigger piece flew off. Thankfully we were more to the left and it went right.

The guest flagged down cast members working in the EPCOT parking lot, who then alerted the monorail team. The Blue Monorail was stopped, but guests were not evacuated; the monorail was then towed back to a station where the guests safely unloaded. Still, no injuries, no one was hurt, just a little hot and shaken.

Numerous fire trucks and ambulances preparing to evacuate guests from monorail blue at Disney World

According to WFTV 9 in Orlando, Florida, Disney issued a statement saying that, “Blue Monorail had a malfunction and they don’t know what caused it to stop.” In a separate issue, to the Orlando Sentinel, Disney spokeswoman Wilma Colon explained that “The Epcot line will remain closed as workers investigate the problem.”

Exactly *what* piece fell from the Blue Monorail is still being investigated. While all parts of the monorail are pretty important, the fact that the monorail didn’t stop immediately signifies that it wasn’t a vital piece to keep the vehicle running. But still, you know, it’s probably kinda important.

We hope that Disney gets to the bottom of what exactly went wrong, and operations can resume as normal on all monorail lines. <3

Is a Haunted Mansion Restaurant Coming to Walt Disney World?

The WDW rumor mill certainly has been active these past few weeks. It seems that there’s a rumor of a new coaster or attraction based on the latest, hottest Disney IP popping up every other day.

The latest rumor involves the possibility of a Haunted Mansion themed restaurant coming to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Now, I put a little more stock in this particular rumor given the source. User WDW1974 on the WDW Magic Forums has proven to be a pretty reliable “insider” over the years, and this one comes from him/her/them.

From the forum thread

And before Tom Amity* decides to break news that was broken here a long time ago, let me again spell out that a new Haunted Mansion eating venue/experience is coming to the MK, despite the mixed reviews of the Skipper Canteen.

Given the popularity of The Haunted Mansion, I completely believe this could be a thing. In fact, my wife and I always joke that eating in the West Wing of Be Our Guest is pretty close to what a Haunted Mansion restaurant would probably be.

My question is — where would it be located? Would it be a new building, or would they re-theme an existing dining location? If we’re talking about a re-theme, I say it’s time to throw Columbia Harbour House overboard. It’s right across the street, and it’s pretty mediocre.

Some other quick rumors and updates from WDW1974…

As the talented Mr. Ripley used to say, you’re free to believe it or… or not.

Should any of these rumors turn out to be true, The Kingdom Insider (and the entirety of the Disney blogosphere) will be there to tell you so.

Stay tuned, foolish mortals…

(“Tom Amity,” I believe, is the codename for Tom Corless of WDW News Today. Apparently he’s not well-liked over on WDW Magic, though I didn’t follow the drama.)

[Hat Tip: Orlando Weekly]

2017 New DFB Video: Disneyland Secret Menu Items

I recently returned from Disneyland, where Dining in Disneyland expert Heather Sievers and I had the pleasure of being speakers at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival! And we had so much fun sharing our tips on Secret Menu Items in Disneyland that we had to share all about it in our latest DFB Video!

We love allllll Disney food, obvi. But there’s something really awesome about those secret menu items that you’ve gotta know about to get.

Tune into to our latest DFB Video on YouTube to get the details about our favorite secret drinks, snacks, and meals at Disneyland Resort!

But let’s make sure of one thing…have you subscribed? If not, this is a great time to do it! Subscribe to the DFB YouTube Page, and you’ll never miss all the fun, as we bring you an insider’s view to all of the delicious Disney treats and eats — even the secret ones!

Gelatoni Merchandise Arrives at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

We have some exciting news for fans who love to collect all-things Duffy the Disney Bear and his friends! Tomorrow, Gelatoni, a Disney friend of Duffy, will arrive at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai‘i. Guests who have visited Tokyo Disney Resort may recognize Gelatoni as the cool cat with an artistic flair for creating new masterpieces.

At Aulani Resort, guests can pick up an array of Gelatoni items created exclusively for Aulani—from adorable plush sporting Hawaiian vacation attire to must-have souvenirs and accessories. In total, there are 13 new items to discover. In fact, Aulani Resort is the only Disney Resort in the U.S. to offer Gelatoni merchandise!

Gelatoni Merchandise Arrives at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Also available exclusively at Aulani Resort are plush of Duffy the Disney Bear and his best friend ShellieMay. Duffy is ready for a relaxing Hawaiian vacation, dressed in his aloha shirt, and ShellieMay is wearing a coordinating dress. The Tori Richard-designed outfits depict various Aulani iconography in the tropical print designs, including the mischievous Menehune found throughout the resort.


Disney Will Delist Its Paris Theme Park

Walt Disney Co. will delist its first and only outlet in Europe, ending a 27-year run as an independent company for the Paris theme park that has struggled to match the popularity of its U.S. counterparts and had to be bailed out by its parent at least three times.

Disney now holds more than 97 percent of the capital of Euro Disney S.C.A. after it started a public tender offer for the European unit last year, the company said in a statement Tuesday. Disney raised its stake in February by buying 9 percent from Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding Co. for 2 euros ($2.24) a share in stock and offered other investors the same terms.

Under French stock market regulations, Disney can now force a mandatory buyout of the remaining shares it doesn’t own and delist the company as of June 19. Euronext Paris had suspended the trading of Euro Disney shares Tuesday before the market opening.

Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger is doubling down on the troubled Paris resort as part of a deeper commitment by Burbank, California-based Disney to its global theme-parks business. Hurt by sputtering European economies in recent years, the park’s finances were further damaged by the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and challenging business conditions that continued through last year.

The Paris resort’s history includes several financing maneuvers over the years. In 2012, Euro Disney consolidated debt from a number of banks into a loan from its parent. Prince Alwaleed bought a 10 percent stake in Euro Disney in a refinancing in 1994, two years after its opening. Disney said in February it will support Euro Disney’s recapitalization of as much as 1.5 billion euros. That followed a 2014 rescue package, when the resort was pledged at least 1 billion euros over 10 years to add attractions and spruce up grounds.

Last year, Disney opened the $5.5 billion Disney Shanghai Resort, the largest foreign investment ever from the world’s biggest theme-park operator.

Shares of Burbank, California-based Disney were down 0.5 percent to $106.48 at 1:22 p.m. in New York. The stock has advanced 2.2 percent this year.

Club 33 Is Coming To Disney World And You’ll Want To Join Immediately

The ultra-private restaurant and bar has a rumored $25,000 membership fee.

Club 33, Disneyland’s famously exclusive members-only hangout, is expanding with four new clubs at Disney World parks, a spokesperson confirmed to Viral Disney.

The original Club 33 is hidden at the top of a staircase in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, where it was originally intended as a hideaway for Walt Disney to host elite park guests. Becoming a member nowadays is nearly impossible, even if you’re ready to foot the rumored $25,000 membership fee and $12,000 in annual dues.

But soon, even more members will be able to join the fun if they choose.

There are plans to put a Club 33 outpost in each of Disney World’s four Orlando theme parks, each with its own unique look, the spokesperson said. There’s no word on membership fees or process yet, though an official announcement with more details will come in the next few weeks.

Based on what we’ve seen of Disneyland’s Club 33, these new clubs should be utterly secretive and swanky.

There are already Club 33 locations at Shanghai Disney and Tokyo Disneyland, but these new outposts will be the first U.S. locations beyond the California park.

Stateside, Disney parks seem to be going for a more exclusive angle lately: In December, Disney World piloted a set of luxe cabanas in its Magic Kingdom park, and in January, a hidden venue called 21 Royal opened in Disneyland, where guests can host dinner parties for $15,000 per night.

We may never be able to afford these experiences, but they certainly add to the allure that makes a Disney visit so magical. Here’s hoping we score an invite soon!


CANNES, France — The happiest place on Earth isn’t Walt Disney World.

In the eyes of The Florida Project‘s six-year-old heroine, Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), it’s just down the street at the Magic Castle motel in Kissimmee, Fla., where she lives week-to-week with her unemployed single mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite). Exploring abandoned houses with her friends and bumming money for ice cream from tourists, Moonee is blissfully unaware of their impoverished conditions or the heartbreaking measures Halley takes to scrape by.

The Florida Project, which earned 100% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes after its Cannes Film Festival premiere, is the latest film from co-writer/director Sean Baker to focus on marginalized groups, after 2012’s Starlet (about amateur porn stars) and 2015’s Tangerine (which followed trans sex workers). It’s also his first to star a well-known actor: Willem Dafoe, who plays the Magic Castle’s benevolent manager, Bobby.

USA TODAY caught up with Baker in Cannes on Wednesday afternoon to chat about his latest:

Your films shine a light on people living on the margins. Is that a goal of yours?

The last three, four films made me aware of that. It’s not as calculated as it might seem. This film was conceived even before Tangerine, but we couldn’t find the funding for it. So it’s not as if I say, “I finished this film and now I’m onto the next marginalized group!” No, it’s really where my interest goes. And also, I feel like it’s a reaction to what I’m not seeing in film and television. You don’t see nearly enough roles being written for women, women of color, anybody over 40, and people in the (lower) class. It’s my desire to hear those stories.

(Making The Florida Project), I went into the community first before writing to try to figure out what stories needed to be told. For this one, I had already set down the road of focusing on sex work in my last three films and I wanted to continue that. While we could’ve told millions of stories about Route 192 in Florida, we wanted to focus on the struggle of one mother who is going to do whatever she can to keep a roof over her child’s head.

You create such a lived-in world at this motel with authentic characters. What was your research process like? 

It’s really just interviews — taking time to hear stories and meeting as many people as possible. We met a young couple living in the motel that must’ve been in their 20s and they were barely holding on. They were both unemployed, trying to come up with $35 to $45 a night (to pay for a room). They’re the ones who inspired (Halley’s perfume “business”). I asked them how they got by and they said, “Every morning, we go to the wholesale perfumer, buy a bunch and try to sell them to the tourists.”

 Where did you find Bria?

Bria came from Instagram. Yes, she came from this background where she was a selfie girl, but she can be a masterful actor. When she came on board, I asked her to come down to Orlando and meet the kids and act through some scenes. I told her, “Just be that crazy Bria that I see in your Instagram. I want you to bring your youthful energy to this and be on equal terms with Brooklynn, because I want it to be not the traditional maternal relationship we always see. I want to see it as almost a sibling relationship.”

And then we had William Dafoe. I was questioning, “Will he be too recognizable? Would it be hard for the audience to buy into him?” But he was able to transform into Bobby and took the time to do it, too. He came in early before production started to meet with managers of other motels and absorb their mindset.

Top 10 Burgers to Celebrate Dad This Father’s Day at Walt Disney World Resort

Who doesn’t love a good burger? Luckily, there are dozens of delicious, juicy burgers to be found across Walt Disney World Resort! I’ve rounded up the top ten burgers – perfect for treating Dad this Father’s Day.

D-Luxe Burger Southern BurgerSouthern Burger, D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs

A D-Luxe Burger Signature beef blend (brisket, angus, chuck and short rib) patty, topped with fried green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce, grilled onion and bacon. Be sure to treat Dad to a salted caramel gelato shake too!

Sci Fi Dine In Falafel Burger

Vegetarian Falafel Burger, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Our favorite meat-free burger, this crispy chickpea falafel patty is topped with arugula, tomato, Tzatziki sauce and red pepper aïoli on a brioche bun.Grilled Wagyu Beef Burger, The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Available during lunch, this wagyu beef patty is topped with Gruyere cheese, pastrami, heirloom tomato, avocado, fried egg and cognac-mustard aïoli on toasted brioche, served with hand-cut steak fries.ABC Commissary Southwest BurgerSouthwest Burger, ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
A premium patty topped with pepper jack cheese, guacamole, bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheddar jalapeno poppers, served with steak fries.Island-style Beef Burger, Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Say aloha to this pressed beef burger topped with char siu pork belly, soft-poached egg, mustard greens, spicy mayonnaise and pickled onions served on a pineapple brioche bun.Geyser Point Bison BurgerBison Cheeseburger, Geyser Point Bar & Grill, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Topped with Tillamook cheddar, sweet onion straws, lettuce, tomato and Marion berry barbecue sauce, this burger is best paired with gorgeous views of Bay Lake, which can be enjoyed from the patio of Geyser Point Bar & Grill.Wagyu Beef Burger ‘Oscar,’ Le Cellier Steakhouse, Epcot
Part of the prix-fixe lunch menu, this burger is topped with Maine lobster, Blue Crab and Bernaise and is served with truffle fries, choice of appetizer (famous Cheddar Cheese Soup anyone?) and dessert.Smokehouse Burger, ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk
Who doesn’t love eating a burger while cheering on your favorite sports team? This burger features a grilled angus beef patty is topped with smoked Tillamook cheddar, chipotle aïoli, onion straws and smoked bacon, served on an onion bun. Be sure to ask your server about the weekly special, too!Patty Melt, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
A 7-ounce pressed angus beef patty, served on Rye bread with Swiss cheese and grilled onions, complimented with a creamy garlic-peppercorn ranch. Bonus points if you treat Dad to his favorite sundae after dinner.Lobster ‘Thermidor’ Burger, Grand Floridian Café at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
This 7-ounce artisanal burger patty is topped with lobster-parmesan thermidor sauce on a seared brioche bun and is served with Café’s signature seasoned French fries.What’s your favorite Walt Disney World Resort burger? Let us know in the comments below!