In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of February 27, 2015

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

Congrats to Big Hero 6 and Feast for their big Oscar wins! Super exciting for Walt Disney Animation!

This week, we’ll take a look at the recently announced Chairman of Parks and Resorts, how Disneyland fans reacted to a ticket price increase in 1996, and the trailer for Frozen Fever, plus more!

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

 

Congrats to Disney Cruise Line!  They won multiple awards from Cruise Critic’s Cruiser’s Choice Awards for 2015, including the big one…Best Overall…an award they’ve won for 3 years in a row! Check out all the honors they received.

Disney has filled the role left vacant by Tom Staggs move to Chief Operating Officer. This week, Disney announced their new pick for Chairman of Parks and Resorts, Bob Chapek. It will certainly be interesting to see what this means for the parks…one thing I noticed off the bat is that he’s awful light on parks experience. What do you think about this move?

Disney tickets prices increased again this week…but let’s go back in time…back to 1996…when it cost a family of four $126 total to visit Disneyland. It’s interesting to see the same concerns we voice now are still being voiced, almost 20 years later. (I wish we were still paying $34 a ticket!)

Ever wonder where the magic happens at Walt Disney World? A lot of it actually occurs at Central Shops! Take a look at this section of the resort that not  many people get to experience! These really are the “Can Do” people of Disney!

Could Hong Kong Disneyland be expanding soon? If the Hong Kong government has their way, the answer is yes.

So, you knew I’d find an article that ties together Disney and the Oscars, right? Well, here it is: “Disney’s 10 Most Memorable Oscar Moments.”

While many may know these facts about Walt Disney, it’s still fun to share because, well, some of you may not know them! Let’s take a journey and learn about the life of Walt Disney, shall we?

Duck Tales…whoo ooo! Are you ready to go back to Duckburg? You’ll be able to starting in 2017!

Did you catch the Frozen Fever trailer? What are your thoughts about the short which will air before Cinderella?

It’s an interesting idea…should Disney continue to re-release their films in theaters?  OR do they have enough mojo going with new film releases now that they don’t need to re-release classic animated movies in theaters and DVD sales are just fine? What do you think?

Disney’s prices increase…so do Universal’s. See what you can expect to pay the next time you want to visit Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Spider-man, the minions, and more down in Orlando.

It’s official! It was also the worst kept rumor ever. King Kong is coming back to the Universal Orlando Resort! Are you excited to see the infamous ape once again?

Speaking of seeing old banana breath…do you remember the first version of King Kong? Take a look at the video of the former attraction, as well as some others that are sorely missed by fans from Universal.

In Case We Missed It

 

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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

2 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of February 27, 2015

  • February 27, 2015 at 3:13 pm
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    $34 in 1996 is the same as $50.64 in 2015 (using the CPI inflation calculator provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Think Disney is raising prices much? (Though, I think the park experience is better in 2015 than in 1996.)

  • February 28, 2015 at 10:29 am
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    On Bob Chapek … there is a meme about moving into a house and instantly taking down a fence. There are two sides … side one is that you shouldn’t instantly take down the fence because you don’t understand the reasons why it is there, and there may be very good reasons to leave it standing. The other side is that sometimes it takes a newcomer to think of taking the fence down, as the people who are otherwise living with the fence are so accustomed to it that it might not occur to them to change it.

    I think Chapek’s lack of park experience could play either way. If he comes in and instantly starts proposing changes without enough understanding of the park mechanics, it could be a negative. If he brings a fresh perspective and works with people who have all the necessary tribal knowledge, it could be great. I suspect we are more likely to see the latter, as I am sure that Disney management is well aware of the meme about the fence.

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