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.