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 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.

 

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”.