This Week in Disney News – Tom Staggs Promoted, Disneyland 60th Anniversary Artwork, and a New Disney Princess

the walt disney company logoWe’re eight days in to the shortest month of the year and it’s already been a newsworthy month!

The Walt Disney Company announced last week that Tom Staggs has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the company. Staggs was the Chairman of the Parks and Resorts division. Many see this move as positioning Staggs to replace Bob Iger as CEO in 2018.

Speaking of Bob Iger, the CEO confirmed that Star Wars Episodes 8 and 9 will in fact be released – in 2017 and 2019 respectively. These two episodes will reportedly finish this new trilogy that is starting with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December.

Moving from the big screen to the small screen, Disney has announced that it is introducing its first Latina-inspired princess next year when Princess Elena of Avalor debuts on Disney Junior. The princess will make her debut on Sofia the First and will then move on to her very own show on the network.

Last year Marvel sponsored the Super Hero September event with Disney Consumer Products but this year’s event is going to be even bigger. Disney Consumer Products has announced the Marvel Super Hero Spectacular which runs from the end of September until the end of October. Stay tuned to DisZine for more details.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Disneyland and Disney has released the special artwork that will appear on the Diamond Anniversary merchandise. Three different artwork designs will adorn new lines of merchandise for this special event.

And get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with some fun Disney Parks merchandise including plush toys, D-Tech phone cases, pins, and even a limited edition Vinylmation.

That’s all the big news for the week! Keep an eye on DisZine as we bring you the most up-to-date Disney news every week. And be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us over on Facebook.



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