In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of March 24, 2017

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I have Beauty and the Beast fever. It really is like I’m back to being a kid! I’ve had the songs from the film on repeat (now, of course, on Spotify versus my cassette tape that was at one time constantly rewound!), and I keep belting them out like I really am Belle! It’s a sickness that I’m absolutely not ashamed of!

This week, come with me down the Beauty and the Beast rabbit hole, as there are a bunch of stories about the film, as well as quite a bit of news/rumors coming out of Universal! Come with me on this journey!

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

 

Disney is planning to overcome those of us (myself included) who think…really….you went with Avatar as a themed land? See why they say Pandora ties in perfectly with Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Planet Hollywood Observatory is doing everything it can to increase its social presence. The restaurant is going to keep bringing in celebs to enhance visibility.

Dole Whip flavored cotton candy…it’s a thing…at least at Disneyland

The Disney Parks have been playing up the S.E.A. story lately. Learn the history behind Disney’s Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

Disney presented at the South By Southwest conference this past weekend and they highlighted how they are want to tell a new generation of Disney stories by using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning to enhance storytelling and extend experiences for guests.

Disney will pay $3.8 million in back wages after feds allege wage and hour violations.

As I previously reported, the Road to the Races tour kicks off this weekend starting at Disney Springs, but if you have a Cars fan in your family, you’ll want to take a look to see if this fun experience will be taking place near you!

If you were in Walt Disney World last weekend, you may have caught Josh Gad who was there promoting Beauty and the Beast. If you did see him, how surprised were you?

Speaking of Beauty and the Beast…yeah….so that pulled in some pretty good money. Did you see it? What did you think? (I personally loved it!)

Curious as to why the film is connecting with so many of us? The film’s producer, Don Hahn shares his take on why.

What the heck did I just watch? See Josh Gad, Luke Evans, and Dan Stevens perform Beauty and the Beast with James Cordon in a crosswalk. Literally, in a crosswalk.

Rumors are swirling fast and furious this week about changes coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Could Dragons Challenge be closing for a new attraction (or expansion of Hogsmede?) Would you miss Dragons?

Or would you prefer to see something like this that includes a chance to take part in a Floo Network ride?

Universal has started demolishing Wet and Wild. Oh and they filed plans to build a new hotel in its place.

 

In Case We Missed It

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Posted on March 24, 2017

2 Responses to “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of March 24, 2017”

  • Not sure “allege” is the right word in the wage violation case. Disney was basically caught red-handed subtracting costume fees from employees paychecks, which put them below the mandated minimum wage. This is a classic case of the “company store” where workers in old mill towns often ended up owing the company money at the end of the month because everything they bought or used was deducted from their paycheck. Disney clearly messed up here, and they got caught.