In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of January 23, 2015

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I promise that this week’s “In Case You Missed It” has not be deflated in any way, shape, or form; it is perfectly intact. No DeflateGate here!

This week’s article features a plethora of fun including a cool relic from 1955 Tomorrowland, an article about what could be behind Frozen’s popularity, and more!

 

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

 

Congrats to the all new Four Seasons resort! It was named as one of AAA’s Five Diamond Award recipients, making it the only Five Diamond resort in Orlando.

Reports were released of the injuries associated with rides at the major theme parks in Orlando; here are this quarter’s results.

Oh my god, I’m in love! Have you seen the new Starbucks/Disney mugs? I’m not one who usually has to collect coffee mugs, despite my massive love for coffee, but these I think are gonna be must-haves. (I’m also gonna need that plastic tumbler too.)

Do you remember the “Clock of the World” from Disneyland? It debuted in Tomorrowland in 1955, but it didn’t last too terribly long. Find out why.

The measles cases from Disneyland are not going away, with the numbers increasing each week. So, California public health officials are urging people who haven’t been vaccinated to avoid Disneyland.

The “All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains” exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum has been extended! Find out the details on their website and make sure to experience this fantastic exhibit if you get the chance to!

USA Today ran a great article all about how to get the best cruise ship cabin. For a lot of people there are many variables which qualify a particular room as the “best” cabin. This article shares some of the things you should maybe consider when looking to book a stateroom, which could just make that particular cabin the best one for your family.

The pot is starting to stir. So, for those who are unaware, Bob Iger is supposed to retire in 2018, and it’s been said that he is expected to pick his successor this year, likely this spring. Why do I bring that up? Well, according to Variety, Disney CFO Jay Rasulo’s contract ends at the end of the month and he hasn’t yet signed a new contract with the company. So, he’s either not signed because he’s expecting that he’ll be offered a new contract as the big man in charge soon OR is it because if he’s not announced as the future CEO, then he will easily be able to leave the company and obtain a job somewhere else? Guess we’ll find out soon what will happen. Do you have any thoughts on who the future CEO should be? (Money is on either Rasulo or Tom Staggs, for those not aware.)

Speaking of Bob Iger…he’s making some moneySee just how much he earned in 2014. (Makes that successor race all that more important, right? Cause somebody’s likely gonna be making bank…well, even more so than they already are.)

Another change is taking place this year, as yet another longtime executive will be leaving the Walt Disney Company–Erin Wallace. She has been the executive vice president of operations strategy, planning and revenue management for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts since 2009.

This week, I came across the next video from Alex Boye (who brought us the tribal version of “Let It Go.”) This video is a beautiful cover of “Circle of Life” which was filmed in Kenya and features many beautiful animals and landscapes. It’s simply gorgeous.

Why is Frozen this insanely popular juggernaut? Many have been trying to figure out what’s causing children to connect so strongly to this movie. I found one intriguing article which shares the potential science behind the obsession of it all…and I have to admit that some of it makes sense. (Though really, can one ever figure out what creates these strong phenomenons? If someone could, they’d replicate the formula all the time.)

In Case We Missed It

 

What did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Mickey Mouse stapler (wait…shouldn’t you use the stapler to attach your idea…never mind) 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 23, 2015

  • January 23, 2015 at 4:54 pm
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    FYI: Bob Iger is CEO (Chief Executive Officer) not COO (Chief Operations Officer). Disney does not have an overall COO as they are organized into separate operating companies.

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    • January 23, 2015 at 6:13 pm
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      Thanks. I thought COO was wrong when I read it (and wrote it). 🙂

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