In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of August 8, 2014

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It’s already back to school time! I myself have enjoyed a little back to school shopping and stocked up on lots of fun new Disney notebooks and pens. There’s something about new school supplies, even for those of us who aren’t taking classes.

This week I bring you informative articles about Duffy the Disney Bear, and how Orlando tourism has been doing extremely well lately, plus more!

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

 

Coffee lovers! Joffrey’s has released nine new coffee blends all inspired by different Disney restaurants. They include coffees from California Grill, Tusker House, Steakhouse 55, and more! I’m super excited to try these new blends!

Good news for Orlando tourism. According to the Orlando Sentinel, hotel occupancy is the highest it has been since 2005 in the Orlando area overall.

For those who utilize the Orlando International Airport, a couple of the original people-movers, which transport guests around the airport, are being retired, and new versions will be replacing them. These are always a favorite of mine when I fly into MCO; they always symbolize the beginning of my vacation, so I’m glad to see they are getting some love.

Disney released its corporate earnings this week, and one very interesting piece of news came out from it. While we’ve known for some time that Disney is working on a new Star Wars expansion, we have so far been in the dark as to when this something will be announced. During the earnings call, Bob Iger mentioned that Disney will share the details of the expansion at some point next year. To find out more about the released Disney earnings, read this article in Time.

Have you ever wondered how Duffy the Disney Bear came to existence and how – while it was originally perceived as a flop – he ended up becoming super popular? This article explains the intriguing back story.

Are you someone who visits the Festival Center during Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival or the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival and wishes it was the Wonders of Life again? One of the attractions in the pavilion was Cranium Command. If you miss it or never got to see it, make sure to read this post.

For those sailing in Fall 2015 on the Disney Dream, it appears that the ship’s dry dock dates have been extended. I’m certainly curious to see what changes will be made to the ship.

We are almost one year out from the 2015 D23 Expo, and tickets will go on sale next week. Disney In Depth reflects back to the 2013 Expo and what he hopes will take place during the 2015 convention.

For those who have been watching “Girl Meets World,” it has been renewed for a second season. Are you enjoying the show? I have been!

Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet? If so, did you catch these 10 Easter eggs?

A while back, a video of the Australian cast of The Lion King singing on a plane went viral. Well recently making the rounds is a video of the Broadway cast of The Lion King singing “Circle of Life” on the subway. How cool!

 

In Case We Missed It

 

What did we miss? Attach your idea to a Darth Vader Backpack (gotta get awesome back to school stuff!) and send them to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.

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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

6 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of August 8, 2014

  • August 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm
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    I think it would be really cool if something like that (the subway Lion King performance) would break out on a park bus.

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  • August 10, 2014 at 1:39 am
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    Thanks again for this clever weekly column! I scour the internet, too, for Disney news and you always catch quite a few things I’ve somehow missed.
    …Cranium Command held such a treasured place in our hearts that we made a special trip just to be there for its final shows on New Year’s Eve, 2006. At least we can still hear the entire pre-show and attraction on mouseworld radio. 🙂

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    • August 10, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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      You are very welcome! Glad you are enjoying the fun! (And glad I can find some stuff you miss!) I never actually got to see Cranium Command, at least not that I can remember. I remember Body Wars, but I don’t think my family ever did Cranium Command. And by the time I was an adult going to WDW, the pavilion had just turned to seasonal and my trips never seemed to line up right. So, I unfortunately just missed getting to see it all one last time. 🙁 I’m glad the attractions from Wonders of Life (well most of them anyway) live on on Disney online stations, for sure. 🙂

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  • August 10, 2014 at 11:27 pm
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    Thanks for the link about Duffy Bear – of course we have one and have read the book and watch the show before bed while on vacay…but it was always a COMPLETE MYSTERY where this bear came from…pretty much everyone looks at me with blank stares whenever I even mention Duffy Bear! Finally answers! (although, I’m still not sure how it became such a big seller, since no one in the US would have ever seen it unless at a Disney park/cruise/etc…)

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    • August 12, 2014 at 10:51 am
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      I’m glad I could help share the story!

      Duffy was a big seller in Japan…that’s why Disney brought it over to the US. Supposedly he’s this huge rock star. So, Disney thought, well, we should try to bring Duffy back stateside to see if he gets a warmer reaction. He certainly hasn’t become as big as he is in Japan, but he’s more popular now that he’d been years before.

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