In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of May 9, 2014

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While you’ve been busy shopping for your mother or the mother figure in your life (remember, this weekend is Mother’s Day), I’ve been busy finding all the interesting reads I could pack into this article! What are they? Take a look!

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

FastPass+ usage has increased by 40% over Legacy FASTPASS. Read more about this story in the Orlando Sentinel.

This past week, Disney reported its earnings, which were obviously exceptional, thanks in large part to the success of Frozen. Read more about the higher than expect profits here.

If you are a Walt Disney World fan, you have probably heard about the Little Orange Bird. If you don’t know who he is, here is the backstory on his existence. And when you head over to Sunshine Tree Terrace the next time for a Citrus Swirl, be sure to say hi for me!

This week I ran across a fantastic podcast that I must be included in your rotation! Called WDFM Podcast, it’s from the Walt Disney Family Museum! This monthly show is dedicated to further Walt Disney’s story and features interviews with people who knew or admire him.

his monthly podcast will endeavor to further Walt’s story. From interviews with people who knew or admire him—such as Disney Legends, animators, Imagineers, and more – See more at: http://www.waltdisney.org/podcast#sthash.dCaXUByn.dpuf
his monthly podcast will endeavor to further Walt’s story. From interviews with people who knew or admire him—such as Disney Legends, animators, Imagineers, and more – See more at: http://www.waltdisney.org/podcast#sthash.dCaXUByn.dpuf

If you are a fan of Pixar movies, you’ll know the story behind A113. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s the full story. (Along with some other places you’ll find the infamous letter and numbers.)

Star Wars Day (May the Fourth), was this week and Bob Iger had a little fun with everyone’s favorite Wookie!

The world lost an icon with the passing of Bob Hoskins, who was famous for many roles, but for Disney, he was famous for playing Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His influence on this movie was huge. He will be missed.

If you are a fan of ABC shows, you know that now is the time of year where some shows get the pick up for the next season and some get the axe. Here’s the list of pick ups, along with new shows premiering next season and which shows will not be returning. Which shows are you excited about seeing next year or which ones will you miss that got cancelled?

Thinking about taking a cruise? Digital Journal shares “Five Cost-Saving Cruise Tips for Families.” (My favorite tip is getting the Spa Pass. (Known as the Rainforest Room aboard Disney Cruise Line. It really is like getting the spa experience for a minimal price, without paying for the super expensive spa treatments. Who doesn’t love taking advantage of a hot tub that looks over the water or those fantastic heated chairs?!)

Are you as excited as I am for Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort to open? We have three peeks at this new area. The first was a peek for a contest that the Today Show is hosting. Here, Al Roker discusses a brand new sweepstakes, which starts May 13, where guests can win a chance to be on hand for the opening day ceremony of Diagon Alley. (No official opening date has been announced just yet, but I would expect it to be announced very soon.) To enter, you’ll need to watch the Today Show and entering the code word mentioned on the show, at the sweepstakes website.

The second and third were videos released by Universal themselves. The first one shows the goblins up close, including one of the goblins (named Bogrod) who was instrumental in what took place during the Gringotts scene featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2. Holy wow does he look realistic! The goblins are a part of the queue of the new attraction, Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts. In the last video that Universal released, it showed behind the scenes of the Hogwarts Express. It will be so exciting to step foot into this infamous train.

 

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Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs