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[20 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]
Party for the Plant this Weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

This weekend Disney’s Animal Kingdom is celebrating the Party for the Planet, April 21 through April 23.
Guests visiting the park this weekend can pick up a Party for the Planet times guide to help them plan their day.  Guests can also choose one of 10 animal cut-outs to use while taking photos throughout the park.
There will be an activity along the Maharaja Jungle Trek focused on snow leopards, and guests can get a free activity packet based on the new Disneynature film Born in China.
PhotoPass photographers will be creating special …

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[26 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
The Week in Disney News: FastPass+ Opens for Pandora Attractions, New Live Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and More

Happy Sunday! It’s been another week full of exciting Disney news, so let’s check it out!
If you’re making plans to visit Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the FastPass+ reservations have opened for guests staying at Disney World resort hotels.
The Music of Pixar Live! is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this summer. This limited-time live show will feature music and characters from Pixar films.
Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs has announced plans to bring more “star sightings” and a counter service option to the recently refurbished …

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[24 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
The Walt Disney Company Extends Bob Iger’s Contract to 2019

The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors voted this week to extend the contract of CEO and Chairman Bob Iger to July 2019.
Iger,66, has served as the CEO of The Walt Disney Company for 11 years.
The new contract has him serving until July 2, 2019.
Iger’s contract was slated to end in 2018, but industry insiders are reporting that there is no “heir apparent” for the long-time CEO.
Former Disney COO Tom Staggs was largely considered by many to be Iger’s replacement until his departure from the Company last year.
A few of …

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[20 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
‘Beauty and the Beast’ Breaks Several Box Office Records in Opening Weekend

Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast earned $170 million on its opening weekend, with a global box office of $350 million.
The film broke several box office records during its incredible opening weekend.
Beauty and the Beast is now the top domestic opening of all time for a PG-rated film. The previous record holder was Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory.
Beauty and the Beast was also the top opening of all time for a PG-rated film at the international box office.
The film is now the no. 7 launch of all time for any movie, beating …

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[8 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
‘Indiana Jones’ Returns to Theaters in 2019

Indiana Jones is returning to the big screen in 2019!
The Walt Disney Studios made the announcement this week that a new Indiana Jones film will be released in two years. And, Harrison Ford is returning in the iconic role.
The as-yet-unnamed film will be released on July 19, 2019.
Steven Spielberg – the director of the four previous Indiana Jones films – will direct the new film. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will also return.
In the statement from the Studios, chairman Alan Horn said: “Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes …

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[1 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
‘Star Wars’ Force Friday II Announced for September 1

Disney and Lucasfilm recently announced the date for Star Wars Force Friday II – the global fan event that celebrates the launch of the new products inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The date is September 1 – that’s when toys, collectibles, books, apparel, and more will go on sale as of 12:01 a.m.
The first Force Friday event in 2015 was a global event, uniting fans across five continents during a global unboxing event.
During the 2015 Force Friday event, merchandise inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens was revealed in …

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[20 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]
The Walt Disney Company Named “Most Admired” for Second Year in a Row

Disney has once again been ranked as the number one entertainment company on Fortune’s list of the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies.’
This is the second year in a row that Disney has been named as one of the “most admired” companies in the world.
The company was ranked number five overall and this year marks the fifth consecutive year that Disney has been in the top 10.
The ‘most admired’ list was compiled by Fortune and the global management consulting firm Korn Ferry Hay Group. The corporate reputation of 680 companies in 28 …

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[7 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]
Disney Recognized in 11 Categories at Annie Awards, Wins 12 Awards

It was a big night for Disney at the annual Annie Awards this past weekend.
Disney animated films were recognized in 11 categories at the annual awards that “recognize animation’s biggest and brightest stars,” winning 12 awards.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia won six awards including Best Animated Feature.
Pixar Animation Studios’ Piper won Best Animated Short Subject, and Moana was honored for animated effects and voice acting.
Zootopia also won for character design, directing, storyboarding, voice acting (Jason Bateman), and writing in an animated feature.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange was awarded for Outstanding Achievement, Animated …

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[31 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]
Winners Announced for Annual Walt Disney Imaginations Design Competition

The winners for this year’s Walt Disney Imagination Design Competition have been announced.
This annual competition brings college students from around the country to Walt Disney Imagineering headquarters for a chance to showcase their skills. Areas covered include engineering, technical, and artistic.
Participants also have a chance to interview for a spot in Disney Imagineering.
More than 330 projects were submitted this year and just six teams were selected to visit Imagineering’s campus in Glendale, California.
The students were challenged to “apply the same design principles used in Disney parks and resorts” while they …

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[17 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]
Country Music’s Little Big Town Helps Kick Off Fourth Annual Music in Our Schools Tour at Walt Disney World

Country music artists Little Big Town kicked off the fourth annual Music in Our Schools Tour at the Walt Disney World Resort last week.
The band surprised a group of students from Wadsworth (Ohio) High School as they finished a Disney Performing Arts workshop at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. The visit was part of Give a Note Foundation’s 2017 Music in Our Schools Tour.
The band shared their experiences with music education and the importance of music for all students.
The Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour is founded by the …