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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of December 8, 2017

by on December 8, 2017

This week would have been Walt Disney’s 116 birthday.  Thank you for being the visionary you were and for coming up with the creations you did that have helped to make my life what it is. I think I can say with certainty that I wouldn’t be living the life I do without you. So, Happy Birthday Walt.

This week, we look at the latest Disney trend (rose gold ears were so last month), look at where you can dine with Marvel characters (hint, it’s not where you’d expect) and more.

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

 

Well this is a topic that I think would warrant a lot of conversation. Should Disney charge Guests to have the first access to ride new attractions? (I have have feeling there are some strong opinions about this one.)

According to Bloomberg, two Walt Disney World restaurants made the list as having the best food in Orlando. And let me tell you….they aren’t what you think. 

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of December 1, 2017

by on December 1, 2017

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It’s December!!! What?!

You know what that means though? No….not the holidays….it means that Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out this month! Who already has their tickets?

This week, we learn which Disney location is the most Instagrammed, see just how well Coco did at the box office, and more. Are you ready to dive in to what you missed because there’s a lot to get to!

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It may not be over…Disney may still indeed be eyeing a purchase of Fox.

With Bob Iger officially stepping down in 2019, the pressure is on for the company’s replacement. According to Bloomberg, there’s one name that could be at the top of the list. I’m not sure how I feel about this…personally, I think if you like IP in the parks, this is a decent choice, but if you miss the days of original concepts and were hoping that the next person would allow for more creativity, I don’t know if we’re going to be getting that with Mr. Chapek. If he is chosen, I would like to eat my words, but I don’t know that I will be. 

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

by on November 24, 2017

In Case You Missed ItHappy Black Friday! Have you been shopping since late last night? I stayed home and enjoyed the extra sleep! I might go see Coco this weekend though! Are you going to see the film?

This week, we got to see a TON of permits, see two new movie trailers for upcoming films, and more. Let’s not delay and get straight to the fun.

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

This week, we got to see a LOT of blueprints. Take a look at them for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Ratatouille, Tron, Main Street Theater, and Nintendo Land at Universal.

Using intellectual properties has become a huge staple for theme parks. At IAAPA, some of Disney and Universal’s top creative minds shared what it is that makes a great IP-based attraction. What are your thoughts on IP attractions and lands? 

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of November 17, 2017

by on November 17, 2017

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I can’t believe we are less than a week away from the holiday! What are you doing to celebrate? I hope that whatever you do, you are surrounded by friends and family.

This week, learn more about the film Coco from the directors, catch the story of The Force Awakens in a fun way, and more!

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Three Walt Disney World attractions have won TEA Thea Awards this year during the IAAPA Attractions Expo. Take a look at what won and in what categories.

Wow! The Disney Magic is going to be going through some changes, including the addition of a Tangled themed restaurant! What?!

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of November 10, 2017

by on November 10, 2017

I feel like this week has been crazy! Every time I turned around, there was another ridiculous news story after another ridiculous news story. I almost couldn’t believe what I was reading.

Not to mention the other craziness on DisTwitter (well Twitter in general) when they increased the ability to now tweet with 280 characters. Let me just give my piece of unsolicited advice. Just because you now CAN post with 280 characters doesn’t mean you have to. We’ll just leave it at that.

This week, we have news about which studio Disney was in talks with, see a sneak preview of Coco, and learn about two new hotels for Universal Orlando! And that’s just to start with!

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So, what a crazy roller coaster it was this week! First Disney banned the LA Times from their movie previews based on an article that the company didn’t like the the newspaper published. Then the critics said they wouldn’t include Disney films in their awards considerations because of said newspaper ban, then Disney pulled back after the backlash and said that the LA Times could attend previews again.

In other bizarre Disney news this week….21st Century Fox considered selling some of their movies and TV properties to Disney. This news was all the rage on Twitter this week…that is until like 30 minutes later when we all learned that no…the talks were dead. How odd! What would you think if Disney really had bought Fox?

What the…a new patent could indicate that Disney is trying to control the weather. Sort of.

Forbes wrote a follow up article sharing more good points for why Walt Disney World and the Disney Company should lead the way for self driving cars. What do you think?

Giovanna Martins made history this weekend as top overall finisher at the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. A huge congratulations to her!

Len’s making the article rounds! This week, TouringPlans was mentioned in a Southern Living article.

Thor: Ragnarok thundered into the box office this weekend! Did you see the film? What did you think?

Johnny Depp talked about his stint as Captain Jack Sparrow at Disneyland, but apparently he didn’t get the response he’d hoped for.

The Disney Holiday specials are coming! Which one are you looking forward to the most?

If you are excited about Coco, you’re going to want to view this exclusive clip from USA Today. Also, make sure to check out the final trailer, if you haven’t already.

This is cool. Blue Man Group will be offering a special autism-friendly show in December.

It now appears that Universal’s Dark Universe may be over before it even really started. What do you think about this turn of events?

Two new hotels were announced for the former Wet & Wild location! Oh and the best part is that they will be value hotels and will open the summer of 2019. I feel like I keep saying it, but things are getting interesting.

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of November 3, 2017

by on November 3, 2017

In Case You Missed ItDo I say Jingle Halloween? I feel like this week really is like The Nightmare Before Christmas….what happens when two holidays collide! You have the remainder of the Halloween festivities, but Christmas is quickly approaching with decor appearing quite rapidly. My head is spinning!

So….who is going to see Thor: Ragnarok this weekend? Are you totally excited, or what?

This week, we have news about a restaurant closing at Universal Orlando, a look at who Kristen Bell dressed up as for Halloween, and more.

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

Just call Len Testa, The Disrupter! Make sure you read this recent Popular Science article that talks about TouringPlans and what the author learned. You may learn some things too.

Big changes are coming to Disneyland Resort and the OC Register looks at some other changes that need to happen before the bigger changes start coming on line and crowds get even bigger. What do you think and which suggestion do you think is the best overall?

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of October 27, 2017

by on October 27, 2017

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Halloween is upon us! I ask that you remember to keep your eye out for little ghouls and goblins who may be out on the roads! Also, trick or treat! (You can’t see it, but I’m holding out my bag for candy!)

See why Disney should be a leading force in self driving cars, see which Disney character will be a part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and more.

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The TSA has announced that there will be some changes made to the way they operate at MCO that include stronger screening procedures for carry-on items. Learn what items will need to be taken out of your carry-ons to be checked going forward.

Work will begin on the new theater that was announced for the Magic Kingdom back during the D23 Expo. Take a look at what you can expect to see this new venue. What do you think of the addition?

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of October 20, 2017

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In Case You Missed ItIt’s a good week! Why? Well because I’m in Walt Disney World this weekend! It’s always a good week when you can say that!

This week, we have a new trailer to watch, got to see Disney night on Dancing With the Stars, and more. Let’s get on with the news!

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

 

Wow! Crazy news out of runDisney. All races for Disneyland have been put on hiatus. What do you think of this turn of events? The rumors had been floating around for a while that something big was going on behind the scenes. Looks like that was true.

This quarter’s theme park injury report is out.

The 2017 Disney Accelerator program’s recent Demo Day showcased eleven companies that help to provide an insight into where Disney sees the future of theme park technology. What from this intrigues you?

The week, the Disney Company was recognized for innovation on workplace equality.

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of October 13, 2017

by on October 13, 2017

In Case You Missed ItWell, today is Friday the 13 and so with that, I have a pressing question. Now, the saying is it’s bad luck for a black cat to cross your path on Friday the 13. How does that work if I have a black cat the crosses my path every day and is certain to cross my path today too? I think I’ll risk it. My cat, Professor Snape (yes, I did name my cat after a Harry Potter character and yes, Professor Snape is his actual full name) is pretty loving, you know…when he wants to be.

This week has been chock full of news! Take a look at a new patent that could signal a new attraction on the horizon, see which Disney film has been shelved, and find out which celebs you can see at Universal’s celebration of all things Harry Potter, plus so much more!

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

 

Victoria & Albert’s received the number two spot in TripAdvisor’s top 10 fine dining restaurants in the United States. (Yep…that’s right, I said out of the entire U.S., not just Orlando, or Florida.)

This week, Disneyland had a very interesting and eerie looking backdrop thanks to those awful fires in California. We hope that those impacted are remaining safe.

A droid named Jake is currently being tested around Disneyland. Is the something we will see in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?  

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of October 6, 2017

by on October 6, 2017

In Case You Missed ItThis week was a hard one. I’m not going to lie. Please, let’s take care of one another going into this weekend. Do a random act of kindness. I think we all could use it.

This week, see which shows are filming at Walt Disney World this month, see which remakes are coming to the Disney Channel and more.

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

 

This past week, we said goodbye to the longest tenured Cast Member at Disneyland. Thanks for everything Oscar.

Ugh…the sound of the crunch. Yikes! Did you hear about how the Disney Dream smacked into the dock in Nassau?

It’s official. The Guardians of the Galaxy attraction for Epcot will be some sort of coaster.

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