With international travelers returning to Orlando, dinner theater entertainers hope to get back to something like normal
Last week, Disney World announced more live entertainment would be returning to the resort in the coming weeks. Character meet-and-greets, resort entertainment, live musical acts,...orlandoweekly.com
Disney confirms plans to build campus in Lake Nona, relocate 2K jobs here
The Walt Disney Co. has confirmed it will relocate roughly 2,000 jobs from its California headquarters to Lake Nona throughout the next 18 months, a master-planned community in southeast Orlando. Read: Disney World announces Summer Fun Ticket for Florida residentsInitially, the Disney campus will be home to imagineers and other professionals, but a specific site in Lake Nona has not been identified. Walt Disney Co.’s headquarters will remain in California and the relocating jobs will represent less than 5% of the total number of Disney jobs in California. Tavistock President Nick Beucher provided Channel 9 with the following statement:“With Disney’s move and large investment in our community, we are delighted to welcome one of the world’s most recognized brands to Lake Nona. By choosing to build a new regional campus in Lake Nona, Disney will become part of this smart city where cutting-edge ideas turn into realities.”Read: How many times has Walt Disney World had to close for a hurricane?wftv.com
Deputies search for missing 67-year-old woman out of Marion County
MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Authorities are searching for a missing 67-year-old Marion County woman. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s office, Hixon was last seen wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt and jeans. Several companies will hire hundreds at job fairs in Central FloridaIf you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Melody, contact the Marion County Sheriff’s office or call 911. Deputies search for missing 67-year-old woman out of Marion County According to the Marion County Sheriff’s office Hixon was last seen wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt and jeans. (Marion County Sheriffs Office)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
6 major announcements that came out of Bob Iger’s last Disney shareholder meeting
Iger will formally pass the torch to the company’s new CEO, Bob Chapek. Iger stepped down from his role as the Walt Disney Co. CEO in February 2020, citing a proper time for transition. He addressed shareholders in his last meeting, saying he knows Chapek will continue to make Disney the magical company it’s known to be. Disney cruises could come back this fallAdDuring the question and answer portion, a shareholder asked for a timeline for Disney cruises. Walt Disney World’s 50th AnniversaryThe most magical place on earth is preparing for its 50th-anniversary celebration.
Florida’s theme park industry is bouncing back faster than most states’, IAPPA study says
The study, conducted by an IAPPA historian, uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and compares employment numbers from 2019 and 2020. IAPPA found the attractions and theme park industry experienced an employment loss five times more than the average employment loss across all other industries. The IAPPA study specifically compares Florida and California as both states have similar attractions. The Employment Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Attractions Industry, IAPPA. Yet, the study notes, Florida’s theme park and attractions industry hasn’t fully recovered and likely won’t until 2022.
Add some Disney Magic or Hogwarts to your home with these frameable Lego sets
Harry Potter fans can now add a little Hogwarts to their homes with a new collection of Lego sets. [TRENDING: Video shows officer slamming student | Man shoots at ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend 94 times | These men are paying $55M to go to space station]Harry Potter-themed Lego sets. (Image: LEGO) (WKMG)Lego is also offering an immersive soundtrack for Harry Potter fans to get lost in as they relax and recharge while building. Make some room for Mickey and Minnie because once you finish building these sets, you’re going to want them on display. Mickey Mouse-themed Lego set.
Disney shows off new slide design at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, fixes misspelling
Imagineers work on the new design for the Keister Coaster slide at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. ORLANDO, Fla – Walt Disney World Imagineers are showing off the wacky new designs coming to one of the water slides at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. Imagineers work on the new design for the Keister Coaster slide at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. Imagineers work on the new design for the Keister Coaster slide at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. (instagram/thezachriddley)Disney’s BoardWalk Resort is currently closed to normal guests as Walt Disney World continues its phased reopening plans.
‘From our family to yours:’ Stuffed Mickey tugs at your heartstrings in Disney Christmas advert
The company packs all the holiday sentiment in its new Christmas advert that of course tugs at the heartstrings. The animated tale begins in 1940 with a little girl named Lola who was given a stuffed Mickey Mouse plushie as a Christmas gift. Fast forward to 2005 and Lola is a grandmother and even decades later, she still has her beloved stuffed Mickey. [WATCH BELOW: 2020 Disney Christmas Advert]Lola wakes up on Christmas day to annual holiday decorations that take her back to her childhood and her granddaughter’s Christmas gift -- a mended Mickey, almost as good as new. Additionally, the vintage Mickey Mouse toy in the advert is also available to purchase either at the Disney Store or via the online shop.
Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays now underway
ORLANDO, Fla – The Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is now underway at Walt Disney World. Full Screen 1 / 50 Guests can enjoy a Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie at Yukon Holiday Kitchen at the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FlaThe holiday cookie stroll will also return this season. Guests can grab a festival passport and travel around World Showcase to purchase cookies in a number of locations. Made especially for the cookie stroll is a new ceramic cookie jar featuring Chip and Dale. Cookie Stroll Cookie Jar (Disney Parks Blog)Also new this year is “Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition,” a festive scavenger hunt around World Showcase.
Deck the halls: Walt Disney World reimagines 2020 holiday celebration
ORLANDO, Fla – Walt Disney World released new details Tuesday about its upcoming holiday celebrations. Just like some of its popular fall events, leaders at Walt Disney World have had to adjust and change plans due to ever-changing coronavirus pandemic. Despite the cancellation a number of other holiday offerings will be available. (Walt Disney World)Minnie Mouse will put on a yuletide gathering for families at the Hollywood & Vine restaurant. Walt Disney World’s holiday offerings will be available till Dec. 30.
Festive fall fun coming to Walt Disney World
ORLANDO, Fla Walt Disney World said its set to roll out fall decorations and food offerings on Sept. 15. Guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida from Sept. 15 to Oct. 31 will welcome autumns arrival on Main Street, U.S.A. with fall dcor and other seasonal offerings. (Disney Parks Blog)Guests will get the opportunity to enjoy attractions like the Haunted Mansion, see special Halloween-themed cavalcades with Mickey and his pals, try delicious mouth-watering foods and purchase spooktacular merchandise. Disney posted on its blog the food offerings that will be available to guests at all four parks. Hitchhiking Ghost Premium Popcorn Bucket and Madame Leota Sipper.
Heres how you can meet your favorite characters during Walt Disney Worlds phased reopening
ORLANDO, Fla. Families are gearing up for the phased reopening of Walt Disney World which starts on Saturday. With the phased reopening guests will notice that the theme parks look a lot different than when they left in March. For its phased reopening, Disney will be putting normal meet and greets on hiatus and instead implement new ways for families to interact with their favorite characters. Below is information provided by Disney on where you can meet your favorite Disney characters. Magic Kingdom ParkThe Royal Princess Processional Several times daily, favorite Disney princesses travel through the streets of Magic Kingdom.
A mini feat: LEGO creates dynamic Mickey and Minnie collectible set
ORLANDO, Fla LEGO is set to begin selling a new collectible set that will bring joy to any Disney fan. The 1,739-piece set features Mickey and Minnie Mouse posing for the camera in their iconic outfits on top of an old-time film strip. This is not your average smaller LEGO set, the company said Mickey Mouse stands 14 inches high while Minnie Mouse stands at 13 inches. Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters (LEGO)LEGO shut down many of its retail stores due to the coronvirus pandemic but is in the process of reopening many stores soon. The new Mickey and Minnie set retails for $179.99 and will be available at select LEGO stores and LEGO.com on July 1.
Care-free days at theme parks giving way to virus safeguards
Disneys nearby parks will wait until next month, but there won't be any parades, firework shows or character greetings. Theme parks in many states have been among the last businesses allowed to reopen because of worries over crowds. We have to look at each and every situation.At most theme parks, the new normal will be apparent before visitors arrive, starting with online admission reservations to manage the daily crowds. Cedar Fair Entertainment, which operates theme parks across North America including Ohio's Cedar Point, will require guests to fill out health screenings before they show up and to go through temperature checks at the gate. While some parks will rely on state guidelines to determine whether their guests should wear masks, most of the big theme parks will require them, even on the rides.
Disney to start reopening its Florida theme parks with Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom on July 11
Disney said Wednesday it has proposed a phased reopening of its Florida-based theme parks in July. Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are expected to be the first to reopen on July 11. He did say the company would adhere to the CDC's 6 foot social distancing guidelines when limiting attendance. Disney's Florida parks will have additional hand washing stations, temperature checks and social distancing measures throughout, including at restaurants and lines for rides. Contactless payments via Apple Pay, Google Pay and Disney Magic Bands will be encouraged.cnbc.com
All masks, no fireworks: Shanghai Disneyland in muted reopening after coronavirus closedown
Thousands of visitors streamed into Shanghai Disneyland on Monday for the first time in three months as the Chinese park became the first reopened by Walt Disney after the coronavirus pandemic brought the Magic Kingdom to a standstill. Among the crowd on Monday was Shanghai Disneyland passholder Kay Yu. The reopening may provide a glimpse of how Disney can begin to recover from closures set to strip $1.4 billion from the company's profit. Visitors wearing face masks take selfies at Shanghai Disney Resort after the coronavirus pandemic on May 11, 2020 in Shanghai, China. Riders wearing face masks are seen on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Shanghai Disney Resort after the coronavirus pandemic on May 11, 2020 in Shanghai, China.cnbc.com
Disney just brought back its 'Bedtime Hotline' for these sometimes scary times
click to enlarge Photo via Disney"Go to bed," says Walt, probably. Has your kid ever asked for a goodnight message from Mickey Mouse? Well, heres one waiting for them now.ShopDisney announced the return of the Disney Bedtime Hotline on Friday in a blog post . Each phone call is limited to one message so, naturally, we called five times and listened to every character. (Disclaimer: They will all immediately hang up on your child.orlandoweekly.com
Disney warns that coronavirus is making it hard to predict future performance
Shares of Disney are down around 37% since January, falling below $100 per share for the first time since Oct. 2017. The credit rating agency also noted that Disney has an available revolver of $12.25 billion under three credit facilities. Its parks, experience and products segment, which includes its theme parks, hotels, cruise line and consumer products arm, is likely to take a big hit as well. Its theme parks across the globe are closed at least until April, but experts in the industry foresee those closures lasting even longer. It's unclear how the closure of the two California Disney parks will impact the opening of the Avengers Campus expansion at California Adventure.cnbc.com
Tokyo Disneyland to close through mid-March on coronavirus concerns
A visitor wearing protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, is seen outside Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, east of Tokyo, Japan February 28, 2020. Tokyo Disneyland will be closed from Saturday to March 15 due to concerns about coronavirus infections spreading in Japan, its operator said on Friday, leaving all of Walt Disney's theme parks in Asia temporarily shut. Both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will be closed after a government recommendation that big gatherings and events be curtailed for two weeks, park operator Oriental Land Co. said. Osaka-based theme park Universal Studios Japan also said it was closing down during the same period. Discosure: Comcast's NBCUniversal is parent of Universal Studios Japan and CNBC.cnbc.com
A look at Bob Iger's legacy at Disney as he steps down as CEO
Bob Iger is stepping down as CEO. Disney announced that Bob Chapek, the company's head of parks, experiences and products, would be his successor. He built up the company through a series of four acquisitions that seeded its parks, consumer products and theaterical releases. In the year that Iger was named CEO, Disney's net income was $2.5 billion. Shares of Disney are up more than 400% from $25 per share in 2005 to nearly $128 at the close on Tuesday.cnbc.com
Disney beats earnings expectations but does not update Disney+ guidance
In the earnings release, Disney CEO Bob Iger said the service has "exceeded even our greatest expectations." Disney+ now has 26.5 million subscribers, which is up from the 10 million sign-ups it registered for the service after it launched November 12. CEO Bob Iger said on the company's earnings call that by Monday, that number had climbed to 28.6 million subscribers. The company previously forecast between 60 million and 90 million subscribers by the end of its 2024 fiscal year. On the call, Iger said as of Monday, ESPN+ now counts 7.6 million subscribers and Hulu has 30.7 million total subscribers.cnbc.com
Canine Companions service-dog-in-training has the most magical Disney day meeting Mickey
Winnifred, a 1-year-old yellow Labrador retriever/golden retriever mix, is training to become a Canine Companions for Independence service dog. For the past few months, Winnifred and News 6 producer Haley Coomes have been working on their greetings in preparation for meeting Disney characters. During a recent visit to Epcot, Winnifred had several special photo ops, including ones with Mickey, Minnie and Pluto. Winnifred has lived with her puppy raiser Haley since April 2019 and was with another family before that. For more information on how to be a volunteer puppy raiser, click here.
Disney characters say tourists inappropriately touched them
ORLANDO, Fla. Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists. "She barely touched him," said Scheer, adding his mother-in-law wouldn't intentionally hurt Mickey Mouse. The same day, the 36-year-old Disney employee who portrays Minnie Mouse posed for pictures with a man and his wife from Minnesota. Minnie Mouse gave the man a hug and he groped her chest three times, according to the sheriff's incident report. "As a result, he was trespassed from all of Walt Disney World property, to exclude the Saratoga Springs resort," the sheriff's report said.news-journalonline.com
Disney characters say tourists inappropriately touched them
ORLANDO, Fla. Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists. "She barely touched him," said Scheer, adding his mother-in-law wouldn't intentionally hurt Mickey Mouse. The same day, the 36-year-old Disney employee who portrays Minnie Mouse posed for pictures with a man and his wife from Minnesota. Minnie Mouse gave the man a hug and he groped her chest three times, according to the sheriff's incident report. "As a result, he was trespassed from all of Walt Disney World property, to exclude the Saratoga Springs resort," the sheriff's report said.ocala.com
Disney characters say tourists inappropriately touched them
ORLANDO, Fla. Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists. "She barely touched him," said Scheer, adding his mother-in-law wouldn't intentionally hurt Mickey Mouse. The same day, the 36-year-old Disney employee who portrays Minnie Mouse posed for pictures with a man and his wife from Minnesota. Minnie Mouse gave the man a hug and he groped her chest three times, according to the sheriff's incident report. "As a result, he was trespassed from all of Walt Disney World property, to exclude the Saratoga Springs resort," the sheriff's report said.dailycommercial.com
Disney characters say tourists inappropriately touched them
ORLANDO Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists. She barely touched him, said Scheer, adding his mother-in-law wouldnt intentionally hurt Mickey Mouse. The same day, the 36-year-old Disney employee who portrays Minnie Mouse posed for pictures with a man and his wife from Minnesota. Minnie Mouse gave the man a hug and he groped her chest three times, according to the sheriffs incident report. As a result, he was trespassed from all of Walt Disney World property, to exclude the Saratoga Springs resort, the sheriffs report said.ocala.com
Mark your calendar! Walt Disney World announces opening dates for new attractions
ORLANDO, Fla – Walt Disney World officials announced Tuesday new details about some of its anticipated new attractions set to open across the resort in 2020. (Walt Disney World)Join Mickey, Minnie and their pals in an all new adventure in March 4, 2020. This one of a kind attraction will be the first ride-through in Walt Disney World featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. In 2021, guests will board the starcruiser and be transported to a galaxy far, far away. “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in the France pavilion, guests will be able to participate in a twist on a tale as old as time.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is open but Disney isn't finished updating Hollywood Studios
The new land rounded out the final significant piece of a multi-year expansion of the television and film-based theme park. While Disney hasnt shared what this new theater will be screening, the name seems to indicate that the Mickey Mouse shorts, like those which inspired Runaway Railway, be screened in the theater. Disney also hasnt revealed the exact location of the reimagined venue but noted it was within the parks theater district, which is viewed as the area directly around the Chinese Theater. These future plans are far less set-in-stone, thanks to the shifting leadership and changing priorities within the parks division. Disney has so far not indicated if or when any these changes will take place.All of the confirmed additions should open within the next eight to twelve months.orlandoweekly.com
Disney gives first look at new 'Not So-Spooky Spectacular' show
Jack Skellington from Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas hosts the new Disneys Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks show at Magic Kingdom Park. (David Roark, photographer)ORLANDO, Fla - Walt Disney World gave their first look at their new upcoming "Not-So-Spooky Spectacular" fireworks show Friday. Disney said the new state-of-the-art show, debuting during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween parties, will feature Jack Skellington from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas." The new Disneys Not So Spooky Spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park invites guests to embark on a hair-raising Halloween adventure with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck. Disneys Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks show at Magic Kingdom Park.
Mickey Mouse likeness found on Mercury
Disney is known as the happiest place on Earth, but Mickey Mouse has seemingly left his imprint on Mercury, too. Three craters resembling the head of the iconic Disney character have been photographed by NASA's Mercury orbital spacecraft Messenger. Mercury, the planet nearest to the sun, has numerous craters, and the ones resembling Mickey Mouse's head are located in the southern part of the planet. The photo is part of the collection of almost 90,000 images taken by Messenger over the year-long preliminary mission of the spacecraft.