In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of August 9, 2019

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What an epic week….with new theme parks being announced and missing quarterly projections, following the theme parks has certainly gotten interesting. What are your thoughts on the theme park competitions?

This week you may have missed news about new additions for Disney+, find out what ABC has up its sleeves, and there’s a new patent from Universal that has us intrigued. Let’s dive in!

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

The Orlando Sentinel interviewed Disney’s Animal Kingdom VP, Djuan Rivers. Find out just how close he is to Expedition Everest and why.

This week was a big week for Disney as they announced their quarterly earnings…and things were a little….interesting, as attendance fell at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World this time, with earnings per share much lower than expected.  Due to the missed projections, Disney stock also took a hit this week.

This makes me very excited. You’ll be able to bundle Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month!

If you are going to be purchasing Disney+, it has been announced that there will be Home Alone, Night at the Museum, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid reboots. Thoughts?

The Lion King had another big weekend, earning $72 million and it is now the second-biggest movie of the year globally with $1.195 billion. In addition, Toy Story 4 is nearing a box office milestone of it inches closer to the $1 billion mark. Its international box office is currently sitting at $959 million.

There’s going to be another live action The Little Mermaid, but it won’t be where you think…this version will air on ABC and will feature Auli’i Cravalho, Queen Latifah, and Shaggy. The Little Mermaid will air on November 5.

This is going to be awesome. The Goldbergs will be headed to Disneyland on the season premiere this year. My DVR will be set!

Blooloop spoke to Patrick Braillard who is a Creative Development Show Director and Writer at Universal Orlando Resort, to see what’s in store for Halloween Horror Nights 29. What are you looking most forward to this year?

Oh my goodness…this looks intense. Universal has filed a patent for two new tower rides – one with interactive features, and one with rooms stacked up a tower with a rotating lift system. Curious to see if and what they’ll use it for.

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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

One thought on “In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of August 9, 2019

  • August 9, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    I was already excited for the Ghostbusters maze, and the opportunity to finally see a Stranger Things maze, but I lost my mind when they announced Jordan Peele’s Us. I LOVED the movie and can’t wait to see it recreated. Honestly, Depths of Fear and Killer Klowns are the only mazes I’m lukewarm about, but I got an Express pass, I’m staying on site for two days and three nights, and I’m going to do my best to hit every one this year.


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