‘Tron,’ ‘Moana’ and ‘Zootopia’: D23 Expo details new attractions coming to Walt Disney World
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Disney officials shared details over the weekend about new attractions coming to Walt Disney World. Read: Disney+ subscribers can save on select Disney resort stays this holiday seasonDuring the D23 Expo in California, the company announced the Tron Light-Cycle Run roller coaster in Tomorrowland is set to open in spring. The Splash Mountain’s re-theming to “The Princess and the Frog? Read: Indiana Jones, Black Panther take spotlight at Disney expoThe company said it is also developing attractions at Animal Kingdom based on “Moana” and “Zootopia.”Read: ‘Great work, Pauly’: Firefighter saves man while on vacation at Walt Disney WorldOther projects include “Coco,” “Encanto” and the “Disney Villains” at Magic Kingdom. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.wftv.com
Disney+ subscribers can save on select Disney resort stays this holiday season
ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney+ subscribers can save up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels this holiday season. Walt Disney World officials announced the savings can be applied most nights between Dec. 11 and 25. As an added benefit for guests staying at Deluxe Resort hotels on the nights of Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, they can get extended evening hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the first time. Read: Disney+ ad-free subscription cost to rise by 38% in DecemberVIDEO: Disney+, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions and ‘Bruno’: Disney sees $21.8B in revenue in first quarter The Walt Disney Company made $21.8 billion in revenue in its first quarter. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Egypt demands Netflix, others adhere to 'societal values'
CAIRO — (AP) — Egypt’s media regulator demanded Wednesday that Netflix and other steaming services adhere to this majority Muslim county’s “societal values” — a veiled reference to programs featuring members of the LGBTQ community. The statement came a day after Gulf Arab countries asked Netflix to remove "offensive content" on the streaming service, apparently targeting programs that show gays and lesbians. According to the Egyptian government's statement, streaming services should comply with “societal principles and values of the country” they are streaming in. After that, the company's Disney+ streaming service said its "content available should align with local regulatory requirements" in Gulf Arab countries. At least one lawmaker, Mostafa Bakry, called for Netflix to be banned in Egypt.wftv.com
New this week: John Legend, ‘Serpent Queen’ and ‘Pinocchio’
This week’s new entertainment releases include fresh music from John Legend and Kane Brown, Samantha Morton stars as the 16th-century queen Catherine de Medici in an edgy Starz series and a race between two upcoming “Pinocchio” films begins with Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation.
Rudy Giuliani is a target of Georgia grand jury probe, lawyer says
Lawyers for Rudy Giuliani say he's a target in Georgia's investigation into alleged election interference by former President Donald Trump and his associates. CBS News reporter Graham Kates breaks down what this means for the former mayor of New York City.news.yahoo.com
New this week: 'House of the Dragon,' Lakers doc and Lovato
— AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSIC— Demi Lovato's next album flirts with NSFW. There's a Buss connection to the series: Jeanie Buss, his daughter and the Lakers CEO and controlling owner, is an executive producer. Familiar Marvel faces in the series debuting Thursday, include Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky-the Abomination, and Benedict Wong as Wong. The fans who've awaited its prequel, "House of the Dragon," finally arriving Sunday, on HBO. — AP Television Writer Lynn Elber___This story has been corrected to show that Jeanie Buss is the daughter of Jerry Buss.wftv.com
Disney hikes Disney+ ad-free subscription cost by 38%
The basic Disney+ service today costs $7.99 per month. Netflix’s most popular streaming plan in the U.S. is now $15.50 per month, and its top-of-the-line plan is $20 per month. Disney said it added 14.4 million subscribers to its Disney+ streaming service in the April-June fiscal quarter. Netflix ended June with 220.7 million subscribers after losing nearly 1 million subscribers in the past quarter. Disney reported revenue of $21.5 billion in the three months through July 2, up 26% from the same time last year.wftv.com
Disney+ counts 221M streaming subscribers, topping Netflix
Disney said Wednesday it added 14.4 million subscribers to its Disney+ streaming service in the April-June fiscal quarter, putting it just ahead of Netflix in the streaming wars with about 221 million total streaming subscriptions. Netflix ended June with 220.7 million subscribers after losing nearly 1 million subscribers in the past quarter. Disney reported revenue of $21.5 billion in the three months through July 2, up 26% from the same time last year. Earnings per share came to $1.09 when excluding certain items. Analysts polled by FactSet projected adjusted earnings of 97 cents per share on revenue of $20.99 billion for the quarter, according to FactSet Research.wftv.com
‘Deadpool’ movies, ‘Logan’ will be first R-rated films to stream on Disney+
Disney+ goes R-rated: Disney+ will add three R-rated films to its movie library beginning Friday. (The Walt Disney Company)Disney+ will add R-rated movies for the first time on its family-friendly streaming service beginning Friday, the company announced Thursday. >> Read more trending news“Deadpool,” “Deadpool 2″ and “Logan” will all make their debuts on Disney+, according to The Hollywood Reporter. We’re supposed to announce Logan and Deadpool will soon be the first R-rated movies on Disney+. But we all know some Disney movies should already be rated R for irreversible trauma.wftv.com
‘The Gray Man,’ the most expensive original film in the history of Netflix, is pretty much ‘The Winter Soldier’ minus tights
Everything new this week on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Shudder, Apple TV+ and Paramount+. Premieres Wednesday, July 20: It Was Always Me...orlandoweekly.com
‘We’re back, witches’: Disney releases trailer for ‘Hocus Pocus 2′
Disney releases trailer for ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ File photo. (Marvin Samuel Tolentino Pineda/Getty Images)Just in time for Halloween, the Sanderson sisters are returning. Nearly 30 years after the original movie debuted, Disney+ announced “Hocus Pocus 2″ would be released on September 30 on its streaming platform. The trailer released Tuesday features new teenagers holding a Halloween ritual to reignite the Black Flame Candle, summoning the trio once again. Tony Hale joined the cast for “Hocus Pocus 2″.wftv.com
James Earl Jones confirmed as voice of Darth Vader for ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’
Familiar voice: James Earl Jones reprised his role as the voice of Darth Vader in the Disney+ series "Obi-Wan Kenobi." (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)It’s time to return to the Dark Side -- James Earl Jones is back as the voice of Darth Vader. >> Read more trending newsJones, 91, officially reprised his role as the voice of the villainous Darth Vader in the Disney+ episode of “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” Deadline reported. ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’: James Earl Jones Confirmed As Voice Of Darth Vader https://t.co/C7TfvzjtWx — Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) June 1, 2022Jones first appeared in the episode during a holo-conference with Reva the Inquisitor, played by Moses Ingram, according to the entertainment outlet. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” sees the return of Ewan McGregor as the younger Obi-Wan, according to Deadline.wftv.com
New this week: 'Turning Red,' Ryan Reynolds and Mooski album
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Canadian rocker Bryan Adams and a Stephen Sondheim tribute from Betty Buckley, Ryan Reynolds starring as a time-traveling pilot in Netflix’s “The Adam Project” and a small-town murder case gets some big-star wattage in NBC’s “The Thing About Pam” with Renée Zellweger.
New this week: 'Ice Age,' Kevin James and 'The Gilded Age'
This week’s new entertainment releases include a new album from the legendary group The Temptations, the latest addition to the animated “Ice Age” franchise and a new series on HBO by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes called “The Gilded Age” and starring Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski.
New this week: 'Sex and the City,' Juice Wrld and Will Smith
This week’s new entertainment releases include a double album from Alicia Keys and a posthumous one from Juice Wrld, Sandra Bullock playing an ex-con in the Netflix film “The Unforgivable” and Will Smith testing himself in a wildlife documentary series.
New this week: 'Power of the Dog,' 'Annie' live and Kenny G
This week’s new entertainment releases include a new album from saxophone legend Kenny G, a documentary about the 12 young soccer players and their coach trapped in a flooded Thailand cave, and Jane Campion makes a triumphant return to filmmaking in “The Power of the Dog.”.
Disney shifts 'Black Widow' and doubles down on streaming
This image released by Disney/Marvel Studios' shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Black Widow." (Marvel Studios/Disney via AP)NEW YORK – The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday overhauled its upcoming film release plans, postponing some of its biggest films and shifting Marvel's “Black Widow," among other titles, to Disney+ the same time they arrive in theaters. “Black Widow," once planned to debut in May 2020, had been set to kickoff the summer movie season on May 7. In December when announcing an ambitious array of streaming programming, the company suggested that Disney+ would regularly be home to Pixar, among other brands. Warner Bros. earlier set a release plan for 2021 that, like Disney will with “Black Widow,” gives viewers the choice of paying for a movie at home or on the big screen.
Audiences hold back, even as more movie theaters open
Animated character Raya, voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, left, appears with Sisu the dragon in a scene from "Raya and the Last Dragon." (Disney+ via AP)Theaters reopening in New York City this weekend did not set the box office on fire. Walt Disney Animation's “ Raya and the Last Dragon ” earned an estimated $8.6 million from 2,045 locations in North America. AdWarner Bros. “Tom & Jerry,” which is available to stream free for HBO Max subscribers, brought in $6.6 million from 2,563 North American theaters in its second available weekend. Many areas in North America are not yet fully open, including Los Angeles, and most California counties, Washington D.C., and much of Canada.
Marvel's Wanda has a future, but 'WandaVision' fate unclear
This image provided by Marvel Studios shows Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in a scene from "WandaVision." (Marvel Studios via AP)LOS ANGELES – When “WandaVision” wraps its initial run next month on the Disney+ streaming service, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda will make her next appearance in the big-screen “Doctor Strange” sequel. It’s storytelling that determines how and when characters from the Marvel Comics universe hopscotch between TV and movies, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said Wednesday. Feige wouldn’t say whether “WandaVision,” Marvel Studios' first original series for Disney+, has a future after its March 5 season finale. Asked if Marvel Studios might be able to regain them, Feige said he believes it could happen, but added that “rumors online about things reverting” to Marvel aren't always true.
Disney 1Q profit falls but beats expectations due to Disney+
NEW YORK – The Walt Disney Co.'s net income fell sharply in its most-recent quarter, as the coronavirus pandemic still weighs heavily on many of its businesses, from theme parks to movies. But the results Thursday surpassed Wall Street's expectations thanks to subscribers flocking to Disney+ and other of the entertainment giant's streaming services. Disney+ subscribers totaled 94.9 million at the end of the quarter, more than double the subscriber base a year ago, when the service had been operating for only about two months. For Disney's fiscal first quarter, net income totaled $17 million, or 1 cent per share, compared with $2.1 billion or $1.16 cents per share a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, net income totaled 32 cents per share, compared with $1.53 per share in the prior-year quarter.
Disney Plus warns of racist stereotypes in its films
ORLANDO, Fla. – If perusing some Disney classics on Disney+, it may take you an extra 30 seconds to start some films. The streaming platform now has unskippable warnings giving users a heads up about racist stereotypes depicted in some of its original films. [THEME PARKS: Only true Walt Disney World addicts will ace this quiz | The Dos Caballeros: Donald Duck missing on Gran Fiesta Tour at EPCOT]Disney introduced this warning last year, with “Peter Pan”, “Dumbo” and “The Jungle Book” recently added to the list of films. Other movies like “Aladdin”, “Lady and The Tramp”, “The Aristocats” and “Swiss Family Robinson” also have the message. “These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now,” the advisory reads.
Disney+ subscribers reach 86.8 million worldwide
Chapek said Disney+ subscribers worldwide have reached 86.8 million, up from 74 million last month. But Disney also kept its biggest films — including Marvel's “Black Widow," Pixar's “Luca,” a “Lion King” prequel — on course for theatrical release. Jenkins becomes the first woman to direct a “Star Wars” film. Among the “Star Wars” series are two spinoffs of “The Mandalorian,” set during the series' timeline: “Rangers of the New Republic” and “Ahsoka,” with Rosario Dawson. Seven Disney films topped $1 billion worldwide.
Holiday movies, music specials arrive to light a bleak year
(NBC/Apple/HBO Max/Netflix/Disney + via AP)LOS ANGELES – Bring on the sentimental holiday rom-coms, the chorus of Christmas music specials and the nostalgia of last century’s animated charmers. HOLIDAY HARMONY— “My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood,” now streaming on HBO Max. — “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” Dec. 4, Apple TV+. Music, dancing, animation and surprise guest stars help create what the streaming service promises to be a heartwarming journey with the pop star. Dolly Parton sings hymns, holiday pop classics and tunes from her new album, and shares personal and faith-based Christmas memories.
Taylor Swift ‘folklore’ concert film coming to Disney+
NEW YORK – A concert film featuring Taylor Swift performing songs from her new album is coming to Disney+. The singer announced Tuesday that “folklore: the long pond studio sessions” will premiere on the streaming platform on Wednesday. The concert film will include guest appearances from Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver — acts who all appear on Swift's “folklore" album. Swift filmed “folklore: the long pond studio sessions” in upstate New York in September. The singer also directed the concert film.
Pixar's 'Soul' bypasses theaters, will stream on Christmas
NEW YORK – The Pixar film “Soul” will skip theaters and instead premiere on Disney+ on Christmas, the Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday, sending one of the fall's last big movies straight to streaming. The successive delays of the film industry's would-be blockbusters has only made the dire circumstances of movie theaters more acute. Without aid, the organization said, 69% of small and mid-sized movie theater companies will close or go bankrupt. “The stark reality is that many movie theaters will not be able to open again if they don’t receive government help,” says Esther Baruh, director of government relations for the association. It recently announced that it would lay off 28,000 workers, most of them at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
5 musicals that should be filmed for a streaming network since Broadway is still closed
Considering Disney+ saw a 72% increase in downloads of its app over the weekend, it’s safe to say that bringing musicals filmed on stage to a mass audience is a pretty good idea. Some will argue that theater is meant to be consumed live, but with so much uncertainty about when Broadway will return, it’s not a bad idea to start filming more Broadway musicals and plays for streaming networks. While it’s still a wildly popular musical, fans have been begging for some sort of movie version for years. Disney’s most popular and long-running show on Broadway is “The Lion King,” and it’s hard to imagine the people wouldn’t love to watch a filmed version of this production. Do you plan to watch “Hamilton?” Are there any musicals you’d like to see from the comfort of your home?
What you need to know before streaming ‘Hamilton’ on Disney+ over the weekend
Since there’s likely to be a good chunk of people who will watch “Hamilton” over the weekend who’ve probably never seen it before, here is a quick rundown of what you need to know before experiencing the phenomenon. The “Hamilton” on Disney+ is a filmed version of the show, not a movie. It’s easy to call the version of “Hamilton” coming out on Disney+ a movie, but technically, it’s the stage version, filmed. An actual movie version of “Hamilton” will probably happen eventually, but this is a great way to really capture the magic of the stage version of the show. And because the people at Disney are incredibly smart, free trials of the streaming service have ended, so if you want to watch, you’re going to have to sign up.
Baby Yoda-themed Monopoly now on sale
Toy brand Hasbro has introduced its Baby Yoda-themed Monopoly set. The beloved character from “The Mandalorian” series on Disney+ is technically called “The Child,” but he's commonly known as Baby Yoda. Regular Monopoly, of course, features game pieces like the classic top hat and wheelbarrow, but in this version, you get to choose from four adorable versions of Baby Yoda in different poses. Hasbro also changed up other aspects of the game like the playing cards to reflect “Star Wars” Mandalorian themes. Monopoly: Star Wars the Child is currently available on pre-order for $19.99 and is expected to ship out on its release date of Sept. 1.
Celebrate ‘Star Wars’ Day with new ‘Mandalorian’ docuseries only on Disney+
Disney is planning to drop a new eight-part docuseries called “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian,” beginning Monday. pic.twitter.com/gRSge03Hzn — Star Wars (@starwars) April 23, 2020The series takes a behind the scenes look at how the fan-favorite “ The Mandalorian ” series was created. “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. Disney along with every other company has had to alter day to day work amid the growing spread of the coronavirus. Production has been shut down on all of its shows, including some upcoming Disney+ series.
Disney+ to celebrate Star Wars Day with new 'Mandalorian’ docuseries
“Star Wars” fans are getting excited about a new release. Disney+ is debuting a new eight-part docuseries called “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian.”It's a behind-the-scenes look at how the popular “Mandalorian” series was created, including interviews and never-before-seen footage. Executive producer Jon Favreau hosts the series, which debuts May 4, the day fans celebrate all-things "Star Wars." After that, Disney+ will stream new episodes every Friday.
Disney releasing ‘Onward’ movie early for download, streaming
Movie theaters around the U.S. have shut down due to the spread of the coronavirus, and recently released movies did not get a lot of airtime prior to the closures. Because people are stuck at home practicing social distancing, Disney announced it is releasing its latest movie “Onward” early for digital download and streaming, according to a post on the Oh My Disney Facebook page. “Onward” will be available for digital download in the U.S. Friday night and available on Disney+ on April 3, according to the Facebook post. Onward is coming to the US tonight on digital download and will be streaming on Disney+ on April 3rd. Posted by Oh My Disney on Friday, March 20, 2020To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
‘Frozen 2’ arrives on Disney+ 3 months before anticipated release
The Walt Disney Co. announced Friday that it would be releasing “Frozen 2” onto its streaming service, Disney+, months before its anticipated release. The long-awaited sequel to the animated hit "Frozen" wasn't expected to hit the streaming service until late spring or early summer. Now in the form of a virus miracle, the animated hit will be available in high definition Sunday, then in Ultra HD on Tuesday. RELATED: POLL: What song from ‘Frozen 2’ is stuck in your head? “Frozen 2," which opened on Nov. 22, had already completed its theatrical run and hit video-on-demand on Feb. 25.
Baby Yoda coming to Build-A-Bear
IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY – In a search that took longer than finding Luke Skywalker on Ahch-To, the hugely popular Baby Yoda stuffed animal will soon be available to purchase off store shelves. Build-A-Bear announced Tuesday it will start selling Baby Yoda plush toys in company stores over the next few months, Business Insider reports. The Baby Yoda character jumped to superstardom via hyperspace as one of the mysterious central figures on “The Mandalorian,” a Disney+ that takes place within the Star Wars universe. Failing to see the oncoming Baby Yoda phenomenon, Disney had no toys waiting in the wings for those who wanted to take the cute li’l guy or gal home.
What’s new on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and more in 2020
You might be using the same streaming services this year, but luckily, there are tons of new movies, TV shows, documentaries and so much more available on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and Amazon Prime. ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’This obviously isn’t a Netflix original movie, but sometimes Netflix puts on a good throwback movie that is too good not to mention. “The Goop Lab” is actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her lifestyle brand, Goop, all teamed up with Netflix to bring us six episodes of Goop-related content. You probably haven’t seen it since the ’90s, but that’s the best thing about Disney+. What TV shows and movies are you most excited to see this year?
Jason Sudekis is the internet’s most wanted after his cameo with Baby Yoda in ‘The Mandalorian’ finale
The Second City does not condone the punching of Baby Yoda by alumnus Jason Sudeikis. Don’t touch a hot stove, don’t run with scissors, and most importantly don’t mess with Baby Yoda. From constantly missing their targets to arguing back-and-forth about getting to look at Baby Yoda. In the opening scene of the first-season finale, Baby Yoda has been snatched by Sudeikis and Pally. Jason Sudeikis is a scout trooper in #TheMandalorian finale and is the only actor I’ll forgive for his dispicable act to wee baby Yoda.
These baby Yoda memes are driving the internet crazy
Whether you’re a fan of “Star Wars” or not, we’re sure you have fallen prey to the baby Yoda craze that is sweeping social media. Thus, the baby Yoda craze was born, but we’re not complaining. Well, we’ve scoured the web looking for the best baby Yoda memes the internet had to offer. Every single baby Yoda meme has been me like HOWWW pic.twitter.com/z4yLusRgYv — scandal (@eskandalowithak) November 29, 201921. We know the internet is full of other baby Yoda memes, so share your favorite in the comments below.
Netflix, Nickelodeon team up after launch of Disney+
One day after Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ launched, Netflix had a big announcement of their own. Netflix announced a deal with Nickelodeon to produce animated television shows and movies that would be based on new characters and old favorites from the network, according to the New York Times. A “SpongeBob SquarePants” spinoff is one part of the multiyear deal that is estimated to be worth more than $200 million to Nickelodeon, the New York Times said. According to the New York Times, Nickelodeon opted for a strategic shift to partner with an established streaming service instead of creating its own. With this being a done deal, let us know in the comments which Nickelodeon shows you want to see on Netflix.