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[17 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
The Week in Disney News: Hurricane Irma Impacts on Disney World, Holiday Events Announced, and More

Happy Sunday! We’re back with another recap of the week’s biggest Disney news stories!
Last Sunday Hurricane Irma meant the closure of the Walt Disney World Resort for two days. The theme parks reopened on September 12 with mostly minimal damage.
The Walt Disney Company announced a $2.5 million donation to the relief efforts following Hurricane Irma.
In non-hurricane news, J.J. Abrams was announced as the writer and director for Star Wars: Episode IX.
An extended sneak preview of Disney/Pixar’s Coco is coming to the Disney Parks in November.
The Magic Kingdom is hosting several …

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[13 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
The Walt Disney Company Commits $2.5 Million to Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts

The Walt Disney Company has announced it will donate $2.5 million in aid funds to the Hurricane Irma relief efforts.
The funds will go to relief organizations including the American Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children, and others.
Eligible Disney employee donations to organizations involved in Hurricane Irma relief will be matched dollar for dollar by the Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.
The Company also matched employee donations for Hurricane Harvey relief, and to date has raised nearly $16 million for Harvey relief.
Disney will also be …

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[12 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
Disney Animator and Imagineer Francis Xavier ‘X’ Atencio Dies at Age 98

Disney Legend Francis Xavier “X” Atencio passed away on September 10 at the age of 98.
X was a Disney Imagineer and animator who worked on iconic Disney attractions including Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, in addition to animated films including Pinocchio and Fantasia.
He got a job at Disney in 1938 – after moving to Los Angeles to study at the Chouinard Art Institute. His first work was Pinocchio and after he was promoted to assistant animator for Fantasia.
X left Disney – temporarily – to join the Army Air …

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[3 Sep 2017 | One Comment | ]
The Week in Disney News: Disney Announces Hurricane Harvey Donations, Slink Dog Dash Ride Vehicle Arrives, and More

Happy Sunday! We hope you’re enjoying an extended three-day weekend. Let’s check out the latest in Disney news in our weekly recap!
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, The Walt Disney Company has pledged $1 million to the relief fund of the American Red Cross.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness is hosting a ‘Return to Sleepy Hollow’ Halloween event on select nights in September and October.
The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival kicked off Thursday and there are new Disney Gift Card designs available plus a limited-edition $200 Disney Gift Card set. Guests can …

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[29 Aug 2017 | One Comment | ]
The Walt Disney Company Commits $1 Million to Hurricane Harvey Relief

The Walt Disney Company and its ABC affiliate KTRK-Tv have pledged $1 million each to Hurricane Harvey Relief via the American Red Cross.
Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast last Friday evening as a category 4 hurricane and has subsequently dumped nearly 50 inches of rain on the Houston area since Saturday. The entire region is covered with flood waters.
On Thursday, August 31, Disney|ABC Television Group will hold a ‘Day of Giving’ to benefit those impacted by Harvey.
There will be a call-to-action to donate to the American Red Cross that will …

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[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Disney to Launch ESPN Streaming Service and Ending Netflix Agreement

The Walt Disney Company announced this week that it agreed to acquire majority ownership of BAMTech, LLC.
The Company will launch its ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service next year and will also launch a Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019.
This mean that Disney’s current agreement with Netflix will end with the 2019 calendar year theatrical slate.
Disney will pay $1.58 billion to acquire an additional 42% stake in BAMTech. The company is a leader in direct-to-consumer streaming technology.
The ESPN-branded service debuting in 2018 will feature an “array” of sports programming including about …

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[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar Dies at Age 83

Legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar died Thursday, July 27, at age 83.
Sklar has a 54-year career with the Walt Disney Company, working closely with Walt Disney himself early in his career. He was named a Disney Legend in 2001 and will be remembered for his contributions to the Disney theme parks around the world.
Born on February 6, 1934, Marty Sklar was a student at UCLA when he was recruited to create The Disneyland News for Disneyland.
In 1956, Marty joined Disney full-time and would work “as Walt’s right-hand man” and eventually …

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[26 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Disney Vacation Account Discontinued

Disney Vacation Account – the online program that allowed guests to save money for their Disney vacation – has been discontinued.
According to a post on the program’s website, the Disney Vacation Account program is being discontinued and “no new accounts or contributions are being accepted.”
Disney is giving users four options to choose from when it comes to the money they’ve saved in the Disney Vacation Accounts.
Guests can either: use the total amount in their account to purchase a Disney Gift Card by September 27 and Disney will add 5% to …

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[15 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Announce Upcoming Film Slate at D23 Expo

Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios announced the upcoming animated film slate at the D23 Expo on Friday.
The first film slated for release is Coco which arrives in theaters on November 22.
The film tells the story of Miguel, an aspiring musician whose family has banned music. Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead where he meets “charming trickster” Hector, and the duo sets off on a journey to find the story behind Miguel’s family history.
Coco features the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, and more, and features songs …

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[13 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Mickey’s of Glendale to Feature Disney Parks Merchandise at D23 Expo

Fans attending this weekend’s D23 Expo will have a chance to visit a pop-up shop from Mickey’s of Glendale.
The store, Mickey’s of Glendale, is normally only open to Disney Imagineers and cast members, but the pop-up shop will be open to everyone and will feature an assortment of Disney Parks-inspired merchandise.
The pop-up’s merchandise includes camp shirts featuring artwork and patterns created with the symbols of Adventureland and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Other items include apparel honoring the 30th anniversary of Star Tours and more.
The store will also feature bronze collectibles celebrating …