Disney News You Need to Know: Weekly Roundup
1 – Luke Skywalker Surprising Star Wars Fans Is the Best Thing You’ll See All Day
November 15, 2017 • With the release of The Last Jedi only a month away, Star Wars lovers are already in an elevated state of excitement. So when Luke Skywalker himself showed up to surprise a group of unsuspecting fans at Disneyland’s Star Tours attraction — a flight simulator ride that takes passengers on a journey through the galaxy far, far away — they were completely overwhelmed. Read More
2 – Disney’s New Pixar Movie ‘Coco’ Already Set a Box Office Record
November 16, 2017 • Walt Disney’s latest animated Pixar movie has already made box office history in one country. Coco, a movie set in Mexico during the country’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday and featuring several Mexican voice actors, has performed extremely well in Mexico since its release in the region on October 27. While Coco‘s success in Mexico is not at all unexpected, the movie has already set a box office record by pulling in $43 million after less than a month in theaters. Read More
4 – Disney employees laid off amid restructuring at parks and resorts
November 16, 2017 • More than 145 Disney employees were notified today they are being laid off amid restructuring at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the company said. Disney said the restructuring involved more than 0.1 percent of the division, meaning more than 145 people are losing their jobs. The cuts were made to the human resources, finance, marketing and sales and operations departments for the global division of more than 145,000 employees at 12 theme parks and 52 resorts in North America, Europe, and Asia. Notices were not seen on a state website where large-scale layoffs must be posted in Florida. Read More
5 – Disney Parks and Superstars to Light Up ABC’s Primetime Special ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration’ Nov. 30
November 16, 2017 • Merry holiday moments from Disney theme parks around the world and a star-studded cast of entertainers will launch a “25 Days of Christmas” countdown when “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” airs Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, from 9:00–11:00 p.m. EST on The ABC Television Network. Read More
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