In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of October 10, 2014

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So, now that we’re full into October, are you getting ready for Halloween yet? I’m slowly starting to decorate the house and I’m starting to see the neighbor’s decorations going up too. What are you doing to get ready for the spooky holiday? Do you carve pumpkins, go to haunted houses, hand out candy? I love hearing about what others do to celebrate! (PS: if you are carving pumpkins this year, consider making a pumpkin Olaf!)

This week’s collection of articles includes a look at the upcoming Tomorrowland movie, details on what potentially made Maleficent one of the best Disney villains, and more! There’s a ton I have to share with you, so make sure to let me know your favorite in the comments!

 

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

 

Napa Rose at the Disneyland Resort recently reopened for an extensive rehab. Read about what went into the refreshing of this popular restaurant, as well as additional details from Executive Chef, Andrew Sutton.

Speaking about fine dining restaurants, Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian was named by TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards as one of the “Top 5 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the United States.”

Disneyland Paris Resort has seemingly been plagued with troubles since it first opened and those troubles have continued almost non-stop ever since. In an effort to help the two parks, Disney has committed 1.3 billion dollars earmarked for new attractions and spruce up.

Two new Marriott’s are expected to break ground starting next week at Flamingo Crossing. This is supposedly the first link in the chain of developing this parcel of land, which was originally supposed to begin development before the recession hit.

Looks like Bob Iger will be in charge of the Walt Disney Company for a little while longer; he has decided to stay on as CEO until June 2018. According to the New York Times, this is the second time Mr. Iger has been extended as the chief executive with his original departure date being June 2016.

We all know that Maleficent is one of the all time favorite Disney villains, but what caused her to become this way? One answer: Marc Davis. This article takes a look in more detail how the wicked character was created. Also, for those of you who love reading Disney books, make sure you pick up a copy of the brand new book about Marc, called “Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man

One of the key players of the upcoming movie Big Hero 6 is also one that few people are talking about. What’s that, you ask? The created city of San Fransokyo! Take a tour of this fantastical hybrid city and see how Disney created it and how it really is a life-form all its own.

Holy wow. I didn’t realize how excited I would be for this movie, but now that details are starting to be released about this secretive project, I have to say, I now cannot wait for this one. Entertainment Weekly brings us a first look at the 2015 movie, Tomorrowland. Also released this week was a teaser trailer.  The movie has such an intriguing premise; I hope this release can connect with audiences in a major way and just maybe it can influence the land its named after in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, cause that concept art is fabulous.

Was Disney right to spend so much money on the Star Wars franchise? The Motley Fool takes a look at this question and it will depend on one thing…what is that one thing?  Read on to find out!

Speaking of Star Wars, “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” seemed to be a huge hit. The TV movie aired last week to 6.5 million viewers. Did you happen to catch it?

Is it or isn’t it happening? Robert Downey Jr. has sort of said both about Iron Man 4, but I think this ComingSoon.net article sort of sums up everything nicely. Would you want to see a fourth installment?

If you are getting married in 2015 and you want a wedding dress inspired by Elsa’s dress from Frozen, you are in luck! Debuting with the 2015 Bridal Collection of Disney Fairytale Weddings from Alfred Angelo is exactly the dress you are desiring. There are also some other gorgeous other dresses you can choose to say “I do” in that will be debuting too!

In a unique twist, a Halloween Horror Nights house actually serves as a sort of trailer to the upcoming Dracula Untold movie. See how Universal accomplished this and why the scenes look like they came directly from the set.  Have you visited this house yet? Did it make you curious about the film?

 

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

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