Disney News February 2018

In this latest news brief I will start with the 500 pound gorilla or err mouse in the room.  Disney World has raised prices of tickets again.  This latest ticket price increase affects the cost of the peak season 1 day tickets the most.  This is apparently part of Disney’s strategy to spread the crowds more evenly throughout the year.  You can see the entire list of new ticket prices at All Ears Net.  One thing I have noticed in articles that I have seen about the ticket price increase is the news source comparing it to the price of the 1971 general admission ticket.  In 1971 it cost $3.50 for a general admission ticket to the Magic Kingdom (Epcot did not open until 1982).  What none of these articles mention however, is that in order to get on most attractions you needed a ticket, a ticket book at the time cost $5.50.

In Disney Movie news Coco which one the BAFTA for best animated feature, was released for digital download on Feb 13, 2018 and will be released on Blu-Ray on Feb 27, 2018.  In theaters The Black Panther was released on Feb 16, 2018.  The Black Panther has had a massive marketing campaign and is highly rated on rotten tomatoes.  It opened with record ticket sales and appears to be positioning itself to be one of Disney’s top earning movies of 2018.

Oh My Disney has published a video showing clips of the cast from “Frozen the Musical” signing with the orchestra for the first time.  You can see the video here.

The LA Times is reporting that the Disney Wonder will be sailing from San Diego to Mexico in 2018 and 2019.  For those of you on the West Coast this will be an opportunity to go on a Disney cruise without having to fly all the way to Florida.

Disney has announced that Toy Story land will officially open on June 30, 2018, just in time for the fourth of July, one of the busiest weeks of the year for Disney World.  This is huge improvement for Hollywood Studios, just in time for the holiday, as at the moment there are so few attractions that are open there.  The park will still be wanting for entertainment choices, but for the first time in years the count of attractions there will increase instead of decrease.  You can read more in this Fox new article.  Also in Hollywood Studios Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and Mickey’s runaway train are supposed to open sometime in 2019.

The new Pixar Pier in Disney’s California Adventure is scheduled to open on June 2018.  Also the popular Paint the Night Parade will be moving to Disney’s California Adventure from Disneyland in April 2018.  Paint the Night will include a new Incredibles float.

That is all the news that I have for now, I will update this post throughout Feb with any interesting stories that pop up in the last few weeks of the month.  Please share and comment.

Disney News – week of Jan 15, 2018

This week I would like to start with this bit of news out of Animal Kingdom and reported in the Travel and Leisure.  For the first times in 13 years a new baby hippo was born in Animal Kingdom.  The baby hippo can be seen from Kilimanjaro Safaris, as well as the Wild Africa Trek.

USA today is reporting that Adventures by Disney will be partnering with Amawaterways to offer cruises on France’s Seine River.  The cruise can be combined with a stay at the Disneyland Paris resort.  The cruises will include a trip to the D-day beaches.

Did you know that the “Last Jedi” is doing poorly in China?  I know a lot of people in the US and other markets were not happy with it, but the film still did well at the box office.  Well according to The Hollywood Reporter, the Last Jedi is doing poorly in China and they speculate on the reasons why.

Do you want to help educate children from low income families.  Now is your chance, and it will not cost you anything.  Disney and ABC (WFTV 9) are donating one book for every person that post a selfie with their favorite book to twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MagicofStorytelling to First Book (up to 1 million books).  First book is an organization that provides books and educational materials to low income families.

So this week I would like to try something new, not that I have many readers to see it. I would like to include a tip of the week with my News blog post. Mostly these will be answers to questions I have received or seen somewhere that I can not justify an entire blog post for. So here it goes the Tip of the week. On intercot.com I saw a question about Magical Express. The person asking the question was renting a car, but wanted to know if they could use Magical Express to deliver their luggage to their resort. The simple answer is no, Magical Express is not a baggage handling service. It is meant to deliver you and your luggage to the resort. The person asking the question was concerned that the luggage would not fit in the car that they were renting, so I suggested that the take Magical Express, then get a rental car when they arrive at their resort. Alamo rental has two locations on Disney property (one at the Swan and the other at the Magic Kingdom car care center). And other car rental companies will also come to your resort to pick you up.

So what do you think? If you like my site please comment and share.

Disney News – Week of Jan 7, 2018

In an early post I said I wanted to try to make Disney News a weekly post.  So far that has not happened.  In fact I was not planning on doing one this week as I am working on some ideas I have had for this website.  Then I saw this from WFTV channel 9.  Disney is planning on selling additional Fastpasses to guest that are staying on the club-level of the deluxe resorts.  These additional fastpasses will cost $50 per person per day, and the guest will be able to reserve their fastpasses 90 days before their stay.  I don’t like this primarily because if Disney starts to make a lot of money doing this, I can see a time when all fastpasses will have to be purchased, similar to the system that Six Flags parks use.  My fear is that unless you are willing to pay up for the extras, you will find it almost impossible to ride the most popular attractions.

Also happening this week as reported in the Orlando Sentinel, a door on Monorail Red opened while the train was in motion and nowhere near the station.  Guest recorded the incident and posted it to Youtube.  At the end of the video you can see the train pulling into the Epcot station and guest that were on that car trying to flag down a cast member to make them aware of the situation.  There seems to be a lot of issues with the current monorail trains. The current Mark VI model that is being used went into service in 1989.  I think that maybe it is time for Disney to consider replacing the current monorails with new ones.

In happier news for the Disney Company.  Pixar film Coco won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Motion picture Sunday evening.  If you have not seen it I highly recommend it.  I particularly liked the soundtrack which I bought the day after I saw the movie.  I was going to tell you about the story here, but I could not think of a way to do so without spoiling the plot.

ABC news is reporting that UCF celebrated their self proclaimed National title with a parade in the Magic Kingdom.  I don’t want this to become a sports blog, but really UCF.  Prior to your bowl game your best win was Memphis.  Now I get a home town team celebrating a perfect season at Disney World, but national champions, give us a break.

Finally, Mediapost is reporting that Ben Sherwood (President of the Disney-ABC TV Group) has revealed some of the details of Disney’s streaming service that is set to launch in 2019.  They plan to launch with 7000+ episodes from the Disney-ABC group library as well as three or four original shows.  I think this is a good start for a streaming service.  Especially, is a portion of those shows they have at launch are the kids shows from the Disney Channel.  My children are teens now, but about ten years ago I would have loved to have been able to stream old episodes of children shows (instead of the same four episodes of Bear in the Big Blue House that we had on DVD).

So what do you think?  Can you believe that 2019 is just next year? Please leave a comment and share.

 

Things for Disney Fans to look forward to in 2018.

With only a few days left in 2017 I thought it would be fun to look things that Disney fans can look forward to in 2018.

In Movies from Marvel:

  • “The Black Panther” staring Chadwick Boseman in February
  • “The Avengers: Infinity War” in May.  Looks like this one has all of our favorite characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • “Ant-Man and Wasp” in July.  This has Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly reprising the roles from “Ant-Man”.

From Pixar:

  • The “Incredibles 2″in June.  This has most of the voice talent returning from the first movie.

From Lucasfilm:

  • “Solo: A Star Wars Story” staring Alden Ehrenreich in May.  I have heard rumors that this movie is in trouble, but I heard the same type of rumors about “Rouge One” which I feel is one of the better Star Wars films.

From Walt Disney Studios:

  • “A Wrinkle in Time” staring Reese Witherspoon in March.
  • “Disneynature: Dolphins” in April.
  • “Ralph Breaks the Internet:  Wreck-It Ralph 2” in November.  I find the cast of this very interesting as Disney has the voice talent of several of their more recent films in this movie.  For example Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel are playing Anna and Elsa in the “Ralph Breaks the Internet”.
  • “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” staring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, and Morgan Freeman in November.
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” staring Emily Blunt in December.

Both Disney’s California adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have new lands opening in the Summer of 2018. California adventure will be getting Pixar Pier, while Hollywood Studios will be getting Toy Story land. Pixar Pier will be the replacement or rebranding of most of the Paradise Pier attractions.  For example California Screamin will be replaced by the Incredicoaster.  The areas of the Paradise Pier that are not part of the transformation will become a new land named Paradise Park.  Toy Story Land is mostly replacing backstage areas, it will incorporate the current Toy Story Mainia attraction as well as get the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster, the Alien Swirling Saucers and a new quick service dining location named Woody’ Lunch box.  This addition will help Hollywood Studios a lot, it has suffered from a lack of entertainment options since construction of Toy Story Land, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge began.

In February Disney on Broadway will be bringing “Frozen” to the stage. Caissie Levy will be staring as Elsa and Pattie Murin will star as Anna.  You can visit the show’s web page at frozenthemusical.com.

So what do you think? Does this get you excited about 2018? Please comment and share, and have a Happy New Year!

Disney News – Week of December 25th

So the first news item this week comes from the Orlando Sentinel.  Disney is removing the do not disturb signs from rooms in some of it resorts.  Disney housekeeping will now be entering the rooms everyday, it appears this has to do with tightening security.  I have no issue with this, I almost never use the do not disturb sign at a hotel anyway.  Also the Disney hotels all have safes in the room, so if you are concerned about money or valuables being stolen just make sure to lock it in a safe.

If you are planning on visiting Disney World for New Year’s Eve, AllEars.Net has the list of all the parties, dinners and fireworks.

USA Today is speculating that with Disney’s acquisition of Fox, that Fox content will be removed from Netflix as early as 2019.  Disney currently owns 30% of Hulu and with the Fox deal will own 60% of Hulu.  If USA today is correct, I might have to drop my Netflix subscription in favor of picking up a Hulu subscription. Though if Netflix keeps making shows like Stranger Things I just night drop cable and replace it with Hulu.

Variety is reporting that Disney is the top earning movie studio for the second year in a row.  With the Lucas Art, Marvel, and Pixar all owned by Disney it is not difficult to see how Disney is the top earning studio again.   Fox was the fourth highest earning studio for the year.  Related to this story Business Insider is reporting that the three “Star Wars” movies that Disney has produced have made more than $4 Billion.  Disney bought Lucasfilm in $4.06 billion in 2012 so that has been quite the return on investment in five years.

For any college students out there, that are interested in the Disney College Program Study Breaks has an article about what to expect while you work there, and during the application process.

Have a great week, and have a Happy New Year.  If you like this content please comment and share.

 

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”.