Disney News You Need to Know: Weekly Roundup
1 – New Disney Stores Bring Theme Parks To You
September 26, 2017 • Not planning a trip to a Disney theme park in the near future? You could just go to one of the company’s revamped stores instead. And while you’re there, you could buy a slow cooker with Lightning McQueen on it or a Mickey Mouse leather bag from Coach. Disney unveiled Tuesday a prototype for its re-imagined retail store — as well as the shopDisney e-commerce site, which was previously DisneyStore.com. Read More
2 – Disney is Remaking ‘Hocus Pocus’ Without the Original Cast
September 28, 2017 • In 1993, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy introduced the world to the singing, broom-flying and children-murdering Sanderson sisters in “Hocus Pocus.” Despite bad reviews — Gene Siskel called it “dreadful,” and our own Kenneth Turan was barely bewitched — the evil trio quickly became a cherished Halloween staple. And now, because we live in a world where everything treasured is rebooted or reimagined, “Hocus Pocus” is getting a remake. Read More
3 – Disney releases DisneyNow, a New App that Combines Live TV, On-Demand, Games, and Music
September 29, 2017 • Disney’s streaming service may still be years away, but the company this week has launched a new app for streaming Disney’s series, Disney Channel movies, live TV and music all under one roof, with the release of DisneyNow. The app is designed to consolidate Disney’s existing “Watch” streaming apps into one, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Radio Disney. Read More
4 – Disney Channel to Produce Musical Version of Freaky Friday
September 29, 2017 • The Disney Channel has announced the cast for an upcoming film based on the stage musical adaptation of Freaky Friday. Friday Friday tells the story of a mother and daughter who magically switch places for a day. Heidi Blickenstaff, who originated the role of Katherine, the mom, in the stage version will reprise her role. Cozi Zuehlsdorff (Dolphin Tale) will play her daughter, Ellie. Read More
5 – How the Walt Disney Company Makes Most of Its Money
September 30, 2017 • The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is well known for its movies and theme parks. It consistently puts out the highest-grossing blockbusters. It took four of the top five spots for highest-grossing films last year, and it has two of the top three so far this year. Its theme parks typically see rising attendance numbers every year. This past year, attendance took a step back after Disney changed its ticketing policy to increase rates during peak periods. That translated into higher operating profits, which climbed 18% in the third quarter. Read More
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