In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of April 3, 2015

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Did you get fooled by the fantastic joke we posted for April Fools’ Day this year? (Hee, hee!) Or did you have another favorite April Fools’ Day Disney story? Either way, I’ve learned a long time ago…don’t ever believe anything that gets released on April 1. It’s more than likely going to be false!

This week, I found a lot of movie news, a new app you’ll likely want to download, and what was Universal up to last weekend?

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

 

Feeling nostalgic? Take a look at this fantastic video that shares a historic tribute to the Studio Backlot Tour.

My best friend sent me this article and I wanted to share it with you. Make sure you read “9 Things to Never Say to an Adult Disney Fan, Unless You Want an Elsa-Level Cold Shoulder.”

Duck Tales….whoo ooo! Are you ready to play DuckTales: Remastered, a remake of the 1989 game, on your favorite iOS, Android, or Windows device? Now you can…of course, for a price.

Is Mulan the perfect choice for a next live action Disney film? Well, this article seems to think so. Are you happy to see Mulan make its way into the live action arena?

Oh and now there’s one more. Winnie the Pooh is also becoming a live action film, focusing on Christopher Robin as an adult. (Hmmm…this makes me think that maybe it could be like Hook? If that’s the case, that could be an interesting take with the film and feel less like a remake.)

Speaking of all these remakes, Variety takes a look at the question I think we all may be asking…well I know I am…Is Bob Iger playing it too safe? They ask in the realm of the repeated fairytale movie releases specifically, but personally, I wonder about this overall. Is he playing it too safe in everything that he’s done during his tenure at the company? What’s your thought about all this?

While we’re talking about sequels….I think this one may be taking things a little too extreme. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is Bambi! (Thanks SNL for the laughs.)

Well, I didn’t know this sequel was coming. Apparently there’s going to be a Tron 3and it has a title.

While the characters of Song of the South have been made popular thanks to Splash Mountain, the movie has been shelved by Disney thanks to questionable material. However, animator Floyd Norman shares on his blog why he wouldn’t mind seeing it released again.

Universal Orlando held a unique contest this past weekend called Hackathon. Find out what the competition was all about and what unique augmented and virtual reality products were created and who managed to win. Would be interesting to see if any of these technological advances make their way into the theme parks.

 

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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

4 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of April 3, 2015

  • April 3, 2015 at 7:56 pm
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    I think Bob Iger has made a lot of very successful decisions, which can make it look like he’s playing it safe in hindsite. Acquiring Pixar and putting Lasseter in charge of animation for Disney was pretty safe. Acquiring Marvel and Lucasfilm for the sums Disney paid? Significantly more risky. My Magic+ was a huge program that a lot of fans were very skeptical about, but it looks good now. Adding a whole land in AK based on Avatar, not even a Disney property? Ya, I think Iger takes risks. Not dumb risks, but he’s not playing it completely safe.

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      • April 5, 2015 at 5:59 pm
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        I specifically recall Len stating that per person spending was up and that this rise was attributed to MM+. While overbudget, getting the desired outcome would seem to look good.

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    • April 4, 2015 at 2:24 pm
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      I agree with you Tim. If he is playing it safe with movies then no need to look further than who’s running that division (not so subtle hint: families with kids focus groups).

      The Pixar/Marvel/Lucasfilm buys are all great and gutsy moves. It certainly helped that they were all looking for the perfect purchaser.

      Our family LOVES MM+! Make/change dining reservations, FP+ experiences, integration with smartphone apps. We are techies so we are enjoying the new paradigm of “removing the friction” in a WDW experience. We make 2-3 trips to WDW a year so the odds of us having a poor experience may not be as great as a local, frequent visitor.

      Sorry Derek, MM+ will be the standard across not only Disney parks but also Universal parks within the next decade. It will push RFID as a standard to all smartphones (or smart watches/whatever device we carry with us all the time). Or maybe imbedded in a wizard’s wand?

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