In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of September 19, 2014

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One of my favorite days is here!!!! It’s the start of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! And you can bet your booty I’m at the park today! Do you look forward to the Festival? Let me know what you think should be on my can’t miss list this year, since I’m actually lucky enough to have two trips scheduled to Walt Disney World right now within two weeks of each other!

Besides my obvious excitement for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, there was a lot of other Disney excitement this week.  There’s a new manatee at Epcot, a great article about how Universal’s CityWalk was created, and more!


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


When guests visit Epcot, it seems like there will be a new animal on display at The Seas! A manatee by the name of Lil Joe! Can’t wait to see the big guy in his (hopefully) final home.

I found out something completely new this week! Did you know that The Morocco Pavilion has its very own website? It’s pretty basic, but interesting to know it exists.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Dapper Day by now. It’s a day when people get dressed to the nines and celebrate the parks in a fun and vintage way! Last week was the most recent Dapper Day at Disneyland, and USA Today College shares a great article featuring just a few of the guests who attended.

Have you ever wondered why in Disney movies, most of the time one of the character’s parents (or both) are deceased. Producer Don Hahn shares why he thinks this is the case and why it has stuck as a major plot point in most films. What a sad, sad story!

This is such a beautiful video. It shows the colors of Pixar movies like the rainbow that they are. It’s simply gorgeous, and a ton of work that went into this project.

As Disney continues attempts to continue its box office prowess, the studio is focusing its attention towards the China marketplace. Also discussed are Star Wars and expectations fpr that movie. Read all about it in The Hollywood Reporter’s article.

Speaking of Star Wars…sort of…Sesame Street recently created a parody of the movie…featuring Cookie Monster as its star! There’s Princess Parfaita, Chewie the Cookie, and you can’t forget Groda! It’s a silly and cute skit.

Kristin Wiig and Ellen DeGeneres attempt to sing “Let It Go” this week…I say attempt because neither claimed to have heard it before they tried to sing it. Hilarity ensues.

Universal Orlando Resort is currently just finishing a renovation of CityWalk, but have you ever been curious about how the original version came to be? Read about the early days in this article. As someone who didn’t know a lot about Universal’s history, this was a great article.

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4 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of September 19, 2014

  • September 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    What are “like two weeks”??

  • September 20, 2014 at 2:55 am

    The reason Disney movies lack a mother figure has nothing to do with Flora Disney’s untimely death, at least according to Snopes:

    “Simply put, the “motherless character” aspect of children’s films is far from unique to Walt Disney’s conscience — it’s a long-established literary form that is a central feature of many non-Disneyfied works, everything from Charles Perrault’s version of Cinderella to L. Frank Baum’s Oz books to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.


    It makes a nice story, but much like the recent hoopla about the coming winter being the “worst winter in 83 years”, it’s basically bs….


    • September 20, 2014 at 6:30 am

      Agreed. Walt and Roy’s tragedy certainly colored their lives as deeply as anyone might reasonably expect; however, as Lee & note the trope of the deceased or missing parent(s) has been a fixture in literature and drama for centuries.


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