In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of December 13, 2013

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In Case You Missed It!

While you were watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for the 100th time this Holiday season (that wasn’t just me, right?), here’s what you missed this week in the Disney News and Rumors department.

In Case You Missed It – Disney News and Rumors

There are always hidden gems from Walt Disney World’s past that I didn’t know about, and this week Progress City, USA, had an interesting article about Bertha Mae, one of the early watercraft used at the resort as part of Mike Fink’s Keelboats. I love these little glimpses back in time!

Have you ever wanted to visit Walt Disney’s birthplace home? One couple is working to make that happen. Brent Young and Dina Benadon are working to restore the home that Walt’s father and mother (Elias and Flora) built in Chicago, Illinois, redoing it so that it looks exactly like it did when Walt would have lived there. It’s an interesting project and will be a great addition for those of us who want to get in touch with our inner Walt. (Much like the Walt Disney Family Museum or a visit to Marceline, Missouri, would be.)

Are you an “it’s a small world” fan? (You have that song stuck in your head now.) Well, for those who are, a brand new eight-episode webseries has been created to teach young kids about different countries and cultures. The animation was inspired by Mary Blair, and the theme song was written by Richard Sherman.

Disney has officially obtained the rights from Paramount to be able to market and produce new Indiana Jones movies after the studio bought LucasFilm last year. While there is currently nothing in the works involving the archaeologist, I think we’ll start hearing rumblings soon that something is in the works. Variety takes a look at what that could potentially be.

USA Today had an fascinating article listing the hot Facebook check in spots around the world for 2013. Not surprisingly, many Disney parks made it on the list, including Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Epcot Center. (The nerd inside me just smiled a little at the mention of Epcot Center.)

With one hit movie on its hands this holiday season (in Frozen), waiting in the wings here in the next couple of weeks is the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks, a film I am ecstatically looking forward to seeing. Moviefone has an unique review, if you will, all about the movie and why it is so enjoyable. If you like to avoid major spoilers, this review is fine to read, but if you don’t want to know even minor ones, then read it after you see the movie.

While on the topic of movies, did you (like me) think that Frozen‘s trailers seemed a bit juvenile, goofy, and made you think that Olaf was going to be the most annoying character in the world? Forbes has a great article that made me look at the other side of the coin and see why, just why, the marketing of the film was actually a win. (One plus was that because the the trailers focused on what they did, it really didn’t spoil much.)

Walt Disney World is always listed by the Themed Entertainment Association, which ranks theme parks worldwide by attendance, as the number one theme park in the world. Disneyland Resort is always situated at the number two spot. This week, in an article in the LA Times, Jay Rasulo, Chief Financial Officer of the Walt Disney Company, stated that Shanghai Disney Resort, which is currently under construction and expected to open at the end of 2015, could actually end up taking the number two spot. That would make it bigger than Disneyland! It’s a stimulating read, and the topic is something that I’ll be watching to see if it actually comes to fruition.

Did you know that Disney Animation celebrated 90 years this year? Over on NPR, there is a great interview with John Lasseter, asking about the use of female characters in these new animated movies, talking about technology and how they balance it against the characters, as well as some of his first interactions with the Disney company. The best part is that you can listen to the audio from this interview to give even more insight.

In Case We Missed It

What didn’t we mention here this week that you think we shouldn’t have missed? Write your idea on a copy of The Art of Frozen and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.

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Posted on December 13, 2013

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