In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of July 11, 2014

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In Case You Missed It!

This week, I absolutely have Potter fever! All I can think about are galleons, Platform 9 and 3/4, and butterbeer! Who else has the fever with me?

If you’ve been busy dreaming about Diagon Alley, then you may have missed some fun news and rumors. Let me know your favorite in the comments!

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


With Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World both competing this summer, who will win? The Motley Fool takes a look at this question, and I think the answer may surprise you.

For you Harry Potter fanatics who missed it, J.K. Rowling released a brand new story featuring an update on our favorite trio – Ron, Hermione, and Harry – via the website Pottermore. However, if you haven’t signed up for that, you can read the excerpt on The Today Show website. While devouring this new piece, I had a smile on my face the whole time. It’s so great to hear more about Potter and company, especially this week.

In addition, Jim Hill released a great interview with Tom Williams, Universal Parks Chairman and CEO, where he looks back on the progress that Universal has made over just the past few years. The parks really have grown leaps and bound,s and – from the looks of it – it is only just beginning.

Speaking of looking back, Buzzfeed actually had a great article! It compares some past Universal Studios attractions to what they now look like present day. It’s crazy to see how much some things have changed and how some look almost identical.

And this is why you keep your hands and arms inside the boat at all time. Yesterday, a gentleman lost a part of his finger while riding Pirates of the Caribbean. Please, while visiting theme parks, listen to and abide by the safety spiels. They are there for a reason.

We’ve all heard the rumors that the Norway Pavilion is more than likely going to get a re-theming to fit around Frozen. Well, apparently, there are some in Norway who are not super happy about the idea. Honestly, I’m not surprised that some Norwegians are upset about Frozen taking over the pavilion, but I also wonder if it’s a little too late. Personally, I would like to keep Frozen out of the Norway Pavilion, particularly Maelstrom, but I can absolutely see why Disney would be pushing the change-over. Time will tell on this one, but I think the change will be inevitable.

It appears that Enchanted 2 will be headed to theaters soon. According to Deadline, two writers have been hired to pen the sequel. I’m curious to see which characters will be a part of this second film.

Also, it appears that Disney will be making a live action Dumbo. This is just another in the long chain of live-action remakes, such as this summer’s Maleficent and the upcoming Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast. I’m not sure how I feel about this….I think they may be getting into the too many live-action remakes category, but that could just be my opinion.

A brand new version of launched this week. It features lots of articles, behind the scenes video, and an encyclopedia of the Star Wars cannon. If you are a Star Wars fan, you need to go check it out.

In Case We Missed It


What did we miss? Attach your idea to Lucius Malfoy’s Walking Stick Replica (you have to be prepared when you head down Knockturn Alley!) and send them to 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

3 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of July 11, 2014

  • July 11, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    So someone severs their fingers at Disney and the spokeswoman they assign to the media is Miss Finger…

    • July 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      I know…I was going to make a comment about that, but thought…no. Seriously though? The irony.

  • July 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Quick question:

    Have you figured out how days in advance certain rides/attractions run out of FF+? For example: all FF+ will be booked 10 days prior to arrival so any one trying to get a FF+ for SDMT need to book at least 11 in advance. Anything like that yet?


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