In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of January 15, 2016

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ICYMIWell, it’s official…I didn’t win big this week. Bummer!

I’ve got news this week about the Walt Disney World marathon (don’t miss the article about the double amputee veteran), Shanghai Disneyland, and much more!

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


This is super exciting! There will be a Disneyland Diamond Celebration Special that will be airing on ABC this February! This is one I’m very excited about!

Disney is attempting to achieve clearance to be able to fly drones as part of nighttime spectaculars. I’m curious to see how this will be rolled out in the future.

This guy was amazing. I saw him running this past marathon weekend and was just in awe. This is the story to read this week. Read about how this double amputee veteran completed the Walt Disney World Marathon.

Speaking of the Marathon, Fredison Costa won for the fifth time in a row.

There was a small fire at Paradise Pier Hotel this week. Everything is just fine though.

The date has been set! Shanghai Disneyland will open in 5 months! Are you excited and do you plan on going? (If you are, I can fit in a suitcase!)

This week has been a week of loss. We lost so many including Disney artist Frank Armitage. Learn more about his illustrious career with the company.

We also lost the voice of Robin Hood, Brian Bedford.

Speaking of loss, with this tribute to Alan Rickman at Universal Orlando Resort…when I saw it…I lost it. Just tears down my face.

This is an interesting development. Nike’s CEO has now joined The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors. Wonder what this could mean for the company going forward. (How long til we start seeing Nike stores at Disney Springs? Who wants to take bets?)

Curious who will be directing Black Panther? Marvel released the info this week. Is this a movie you are excited to see on the big screen?

Speaking of Marvel, it is being reported that a second Marvel comedy is being developed for ABC.

Quite a few Disney movies earned Oscar nominations this week. Find out which of your favorites made the cut. What are your thoughts?

Is Emma Stone going to be playing Cruella De Vil in an upcoming live action film called Cruella? Very interesting indeed.

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Rikki Niblett

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2 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of January 15, 2016

  • January 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    So so sad about Alan Rickman.

    And I’m at a loss about the casting of Emma Stone – I don’t see that as a fit at all 🙁

    Thanks for great updates!

  • January 15, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Odd pairing of Disney and Nike, since Reebok had the contract for Disney shoes.

    Ooops, I just checked Reebok online, no more shoes, just a Lightning McQueen hat.


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