What We’re Talking About: Disney’s Earnings, Scarlett Johansson, & More

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What We’re Talking About – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

This week, we had the quarterly earnings call. Surprisingly, Disney beat expectations across the board. And yes, that means that the U.S. theme parks earned a profit for the first time since COVID. With that, Disney+ has hit 116 million subscribers! That is incredible. Becky shared her take on Disney+ though: We bought into Disney+ at the introductory price for 3 years. And don’t get me wrong, we’re loving a lot of it. Our kids have watched every episode of Mira, Doc McStuffins, Elena, and Bluey. And we eagerly log on every Friday to catch whatever Marvel content is new. But beyond the kids programming and Marvel, we’ve been disappointed with the volume of new content and have already started talking about whether or not it’s with it to renew a little over a year from now. I think they really need to supercharge their volume of new, quality content to hold on to the big subscriber numbers.

Disney has just announced that their Home Alone reboot will be called, Home Sweet Home Alone for Disney+. The reboot will air beginning November 12 and will feature a cast including Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson, Tim Simons, Pete Holmes, Devin Ratray, Ally Maki, and Chris Parnell.

Well, that Tower of Terror movie that was announced….yeah….it’s not happening now, as Disney has cut ties with Scarlett Johansson. What a bummer. Brian says: So Disney made lots of money, continues to make money, plans to make more money, and excommunicates anyone who dares challenge their money. Capitalism is very depressing. Julia was apparently not on the Tower of Terror movie bandwagon: But on the plus side, maybe we won’t get at Tower of Terror movie (again) after all? James was looking forward to it: I was looking forward to it.  But that’s mostly because of ScarJo :smiling_face_with_3_hearts:  James also said: This was pretty much inevitable given Disney’s legal department’s completely ham-handed response to this entire situation. They did themselves no favors, either legally or from a PR standpoint, and this is the natural result of all of it. It’s disappointing as a fan who was looking forward to this movie, but even more so as someone that expects better from Disney. Jennifer finishes up with: I doubt that Johanssen was shocked and I’m sure she knew this was a likely possibility.  It makes me grumpy that the bigger picture aspects of this suit (the precedent it sets about pay structures for people with a lot less star power than Johanssen) are not being more widely brought out in the reporting.

We finally got the remaining houses for Halloween Horror Nights 30 and let me tell you, there are some exciting ones. It’s great to see so many original houses announced for this year!

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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

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