In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of January 8, 2016

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ICYMIAre you ready to run? I’m ready to cheer! I’ve got my Mickey glove for high fives on as we speak…so swrry for typos. 😉

If you see my out on the race course while running any time this weekend, come over and give me a high five!

This week, you likely missed a lot! There’s a preview of the movies coming out from Disney this year, a look at the backstory of the new King Kong attraction, and much more! Let’s get to it because I’ve got to get back to cheering!

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

 

The Orlando Sentinel took a look at those of us fans who like to celebrate theme park attraction’s last days. Have you ever been in a park and celebrate the last day of an attraction? I’ve celebrated the last day of Maelstrom being open and it was bittersweet; very cool to be there the last day, but incredibly sad too.

Wow…The Motley Fool threw down. See why they say that Disney has been phoning it in lately and why it needs to stop. Do you agree?

If you’ll be flying, this is information you need to know. The TSA will stop taking Driver’s Licenses from 9 U.S. states. Find out if yours is one of them.

Looking forward to Disney’s movie slate for 2016? Here’s what you can expect to see in theaters this year.

Speaking of Disney movies for 2016, find out which Disney movies are some of the most anticipated ones for this year according to USA Today.

Holy frijoles! The Force Awakens has passed Avatar as the number one movie of all time domestically, in just 20 days.  Just wow! This article doesn’t think it will pass it in worldwide standings though….what do you think?

Universal and Disney have set new yearly records for worldwide grosses for 2015.

Yikes! A caricature artist stabbed another artist at Universal this week.

Universal shared some of the backstory of the upcoming King Kong attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Are you excited about this attraction?

In Case We Missed It

 

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7 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of January 8, 2016

  • January 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm
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    I think the Motley Fool article is uncomfortably true.
    A billion spent on MagicBands technology, but the Yeti is still busted.
    Slapping a Stars Wars banner over a once meticulously-themed gift shop is bad show.
    How many more dance parties does anyone really need? Or dessert parties?
    DHS is about to become half a park for a long time; Disneyland raised prices then shuttered huge sections (albeit for upcoming attractions).
    I get nervous when I see 14 acres set aside for the Star Wars Land…but only see 2 attractions mentioned.
    And while I agree the purchase of Marvel and Lucasfilm properties (not to mention Pixar) are very smart business decisions…remember why we gave our hearts (then our wallets) to Disney in the first place: home-grown talent.
    I love Disney. Of course I’ll be back. The Cast Members alone are worth the price of admission. But I dislike having to hope the suits will finally stop focusing on stock prices and once again focus on the guest experience.
    Ok, stepping off my soapbox.

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  • January 8, 2016 at 5:03 pm
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    I also agree that the Motley Fool article rings the bell of truth for me. We have been spending more and more time at Universal every visit to Orlando, and less time at WDW. Universal has better hotels that are much closer to the parks, and unbeatable hotel guest perks (unlimited express passes for guests of the 3 original hotels) which Disney is simply unable to offer. Add to that the wonderfully themed Harry Potter lands and the upcoming state of the art rides, and Disney looks like it is moving at a snail’s pace. As Universal adds more things, and Disney stays the same, we will continue to spend more and more time and money at Universal, perhaps popping into Disney for a short visit, for sentimental old times’ sake.

    Disneyland has a bit of a problem in that it’s simply run out of space, so I’m willing to give that park a bit more leeway. Certainly it is better than WDW, in that on-site hotel guests have a significant early-entry perk that makes a vast difference in park experience, the original (and much preferred) Fastpass system, and many, many more attractions per park. Because of this, I’m somewhat more generous with them, and willing to wait until the opening of Star Wars Land before making a final judgement call.

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  • January 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm
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    This fool article is yet another of same story that underestimates the WDW fan as needing eye candy wow to enjoy their WDW vacation. The Walt Disney Worl resort is a vacation experience that should never be judged on individual attractions …much less how the compare to resorts of incompatible size and scope. Can only hope more who want the quick in-your-face sizzle of Comcast Universlal production will move down the road…leaving more room for those who can enjoy what is there to explore at Walt Disney World.

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  • January 9, 2016 at 9:34 am
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    Wow I didn’t hear about the caricature stabbing!!! I honestly believe that Glenn was the one who did my family’s caricature when we were at Islands of adventure – he was so patient with my 70 year old parents!! He is incredibly talented! what a crazy story! Hopefully he gets well quickly!

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  • January 9, 2016 at 9:20 pm
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    Until Dismey sees a sharp decline in theme park profits, they have no reason to pour large sums of money into extravagant attractions. As much as thrill seekers love to say how much better USO is over SW, the crowds are still flocking to DW. You only need to check the weekly crowd calendar article to verify this.

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