In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of January 30, 2015

In Case You Missed It!
In Case You Missed It!

Who is ready for some football? Who is ready for commercials? Who is ready to gorge themselves in delicious food? (I’m ready for the last two…not really into the game this year…)

Anyway….I’m here with articles that run the gambit this week.  We take a look at the top hotels in Orlando, just who could take the whip from Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones movies, and much more!

 

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

 

A very thought-provoking article that asks many questions, as we move towards the end of Bob Iger stewarding the ship, such as has the Disney brand been diluted and should the company may be consider looking outside its walls for its next CEO? Lots of things to ponder from this one. A very good read indeed.

Disney is well known for its success in running its theme parks. Many executives have written books on how Disney achieves its success. One such executive is Lee Cockerell, who shares in this article just some of the tips executives and business owners should consider when managing their own company that Disney employs within their walls.

Last week, I mentioned how Disney and Starbucks have brand new mugs that guests can purchase, themed after the different theme parks. Well, the mugs for Epcot that were originally being sold have since been pulled. Find out the reasoning behind the move. (P.S.: I’ve read that new mugs will be on hand at Fountain View in March.)

U.S. News named its top hotels in Orlando. Picking up the number one slot…did you think I was going to tell you? Haha! You’ll just have to read to find out. Also, there are quite a few Disney hotels that made the list, some that surprised me. (In a good way.)

If you’ll be cruising on Disney Cruise Line during the Super Bowl find out where you can watch the big game according to USA Today.

Speaking of DCL, did you hear that the Disney Magic recently rescued a group of Cuban nationals? Check out the photos from DisneyCruiseLineBlog.com

This week’s viral video is just silly! Here is a mash-up of clips of Rowlf from the Muppets “singing” the song “Just a Friend” from Biz Markie. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what would.

You’ve heard that Len has a kitchen themed to Space Mountain’s post-show, right? Well, he also has a bathroom themed after the Senses spa! Check out the photos in this article!

I am okay with this…could Chris Pratt be the next Indiana Jones? This sounds like a fantastic idea, if it comes to fruition.

Could the first Star Wars spinoff film revolve around Hans Solo and Boba Fett? That’s what the rumors are indicating!

Casting has been moving along with the upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast. So, who was cast as Belle? Emma Watson!

If your kids are Disney Junior fans, they are going to have another fun new show to watch! (And Disney will debut a brand new princess character!) The series will be called Elena of Avalor and will follow a confident and compassionate teenager in a kingdom inspired by Latin cultures and folklore. The show will debut in 2016, and Elena will be introduced in an episode of Sophia the First.

Ever wonder the story behind some of your favorite Alan Menken tunes? Entertainment Weekly delivers and shares Mr. Menken’s thoughts behind songs like “Part of Your World,” “Zero to Hero,” and “Friend Like Me.”  Which is your favorite on the list?

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, but cannot make it down to Universal this weekend to catch the Celebration of Harry Potter 2015 event, you will be able to catch a live stream of the opening night event tonight!

In Case We Missed It

What did we miss? Attach your ideas to this ridiculously expensive Diamond Mickey Mouse Ring (I almost fell out of my seat when I saw that price tag, but Valentine’s Day is right around the corner…) and send them to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.

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

2 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of January 30, 2015

  • January 30, 2015 at 3:19 pm
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    Elena of Avalor? Does that mean the Mexico pavilion is going to be ruined (turned in to “Avalor” complete with a boatride feature Elena)? Arg.

    • January 30, 2015 at 5:46 pm
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      Oh no! Don’t give them any ideas! (Though some say it was ruined with the introduction of the Three Caballeros. I don’t mind them so much, personally.) I would suspect that we’ll eventually see Elena pop up in the parks though in a meet and greet opportunity at some point, at the very least.

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