Disney News -Week of Dec 18th, 2017

Ok, so this is my first of what I hope will be a weekly post sharing news stories about Disney and my thoughts about those stories.  So without further ado here are the news stories about Disney I found interesting this week.

First up is an article form the Orlando Sentinel.  Starting January 10, guest at seven hotels located near Disney Springs will now be able to take part in Disney’s Extra Magic Hours and be able to reserve Fast Passes 60 days prior to their vacation.  I have three thoughts about this.  1.  Now it will be even harder to score those coveted Flight of Passage fast passes then it is now. 2. Extra Magic hours will be even more crowded, making the park with Extra Magic hours the one to avoid. 3.  Disney must be doing this to increase traffic to Disney Springs.

Meanwhile, Also at Disney World the new President Trump animatronic was unveiled.  This article from Fox News is about people’s reactions to what the animatronic looks like.  Personally I don’t think I will make a judgement about this until I can see it from the Hall of Presidents and not from a picture taken with a telephoto lens.   After all we are talking about a figure that is meant to be viewed from a distance not close up.

This week Disney dominated the box office with “The Last Jedi”.  This Time article is about the record box office numbers as well as the critics’ and fans’ reaction to the film.  I have not had the chance to see “The Last Jedi” yet, even with some of the criticisms I have seen in the news I am still excited about it.  I think the continued success of the movie franchise will create more opportunities for us Disney and Start Wars fans to enjoy our favorite galaxy far far away in the theme parks and on movie screens in the future.

This is good news for those of you with Frozen fans in the family. Animation Magazine is reporting that “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” is already available on Movie Anywhere.  II have found Disney’s treatment of this short very interesting.  I think the inclusion of it before “Coco” was to help drive up ticket sales for that movie during the Holiday season.  Then after being removed from the theater before “Coco” was, Olaf’s Frozen adventure was aired on ABC as a Holiday special.  Now it is already avaiable for purchase on Movies Anywhere just in time for Christmas.  I am assuming this was all planned by Disney, and I think it is a very interesting model for the release of a short film.  I hope to see Disney do this in the future with other films.

Finally, while this is actually news from last week, that has been reported just about everywhere so I will not include any links.  Disney has agreed to purchase major portions of Fox including 20th Century Fox and it’s massive catalog.  This move does a lot as it get Disney control of the movie rights of even more of the Marvel characters.  Also even though Disney owns Lucas Arts and the Star Wars franchise, Fox actually owns the distribution rights to “A New Hope”.