In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of August 15, 2014

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In Case You Missed It!

In Case You Missed It!

This week, my own world (as well as many others) was rocked by the news of Robin Williams passing. I grew up with Robin, entertaining me, making me laugh. Robin was such a huge part in my Disney experience. Matter of fact, Aladdin was the first movie I remember seeing with my whole family together. (My family didn’t go to movies often growing up, especially not all together.)

To honor his memory today, I share videos of both “Back To Neverland” which was shown at Disney-MGM Studios and Timekeeper, which could be found in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom.

I would just like to put out there a simple thanks to him for being the bright, shining star that he was, but unfortunately couldn’t always see himself.  I believe The Academy put it best on their social media: “Genie, you are free.”

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

 

To honor Robin Williams, the cast of “Aladdin” on Broadway, led by James Iglehart, who portrays the Genie in the show, invited the audience to participate in a sing-along of “Friend Like Me.” Here is that touching video.

Have you ever played The Great Piggy Bank Adventure found in Innoventions at Epcot and wished you could have your very own cute piggy bank?  Well, now you can finally purchase your own! He’s so adorable!

With the release of theme park revenue numbers last week, CNN takes a look at whether the U.S. economy is doing better. They believe it is because people seem to be spending more on their vacations, in places like both Disney Parks, as well as in the entertainment mecca that is Las Vegas. According to the post, “when America’s popular playgrounds are doing well, it’s a good indication that the middle class is feeling better.”

Spooky and cool all at once. The Haunted Mansion is a fan favorite, so it was neat when news broke that a family got to spend the night in this ghostly haunt at Disneyland. What attraction would you want to spend the night in?

If you have a Radio Disney station in your town, it’s going to be saying goodbye. (Unless you live in L.A.) The Walt Disney Company is selling all but one of their radio stations and will be moving to a digital distribution method.

Muppets Most Wanted was released on DVD/Blu-ray this week, but also released was this little gem that someone created of The “Muppets Rock ‘So What’cha Want’ In Beastie Boys Mashup Video.”

According to Box Office Mojo, Guardians of the Galaxy has had the biggest 10 day total of the year! In just 10 days, Guardians of the Galaxy  has nearly topped the lifetime grosses of  Thor, as well as Captain America. Have you seen Guardians yet?  What did you think?

Frozen fans, get ready to set your DVRs! ABC will air “The Story of Frozen: Making A Disney Animated Classic” on September 2 at 8 p.m. EST. The show will take a look at the story and how it has evolved over time, as well as a sneak peek of the upcoming Disney release, Big Hero 6. I’ll certainly be watching.

If you are someone who pre-orders Disney movies from Amazon, and you want them as soon as they are released, you may want to pre-order elsewhere for the time being. You see, according to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is in a dispute with Disney, halting pre-orders of upcoming titles.

In Case We Missed It

 

What did we miss? Attach your idea to the Aladdin Soundtrack and send them to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.

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Posted on August 15, 2014

11 Responses to “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of August 15, 2014”

  • Also related to Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix Vol. 1 was #1 on the Billboard charts this week (which I happen to be listening to a type this).

  • Any word on what’s going on with Maelstrom in Epcot? I hear it’s closing.

    • Still all rumor. Some say it may close as early as the end of September. Still waiting for more confirmation. My guess…like with the AIE announcement today, they will announce it only a couple of weeks before, if/when it closes.

    • As far as I am aware, nothing official had been shared yet. However the rumours seem to point towards a Frozen attraction which would be…erm… Cool. Get it ;)

    • The rumors I’ve heard is that it is closing at the beginning of October. I’m going to Disney World mid-October and I was unable to book FP+ for Maelstrom at exactly midnight 60 days in advance for the entire length of my stay. Makes me a little curious! From what I’ve read the attraction may be reversed, so it would begin in the film area, and include a Frozen overlay. It should be interesting! :)

  • I’d like to spend the night on Tom Sawyer Island – provided I had a tent and a sleeping bag. I think that’s one of the few attractions where you’d have a decent chance of getting some sleep. Unless I got attacked by Injun Joe.

    • Have you read Kingdom Keepers? It might make you change your mind! ;)

      • by Sandra from Germany on August 17, 2014, at 5:24 pm EDT

        The Kingdom Keepers series changed quite the veiw at few attractions for me. We are going to Disney World in October for the first time after I read the books and I’m not sure if I want to go on Small World ;-)

        • You’re right! After I read the series, I never quite look at Small World or Pirates of the Caribbean the same. Have a wonderful first trip to Disney World! October is my favorite month to visit…beautiful fall decorations, not as hot and fewer crowds plus the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. :)