Disney News You Need to Know: Weekly Roundup
1 – Disney World Denies Report Of Plans To Discontinue Resort Monorail System
January 12, 2018 • Walt Disney World officials have denied a report claiming the resort’s iconic monorail system may soon be coming to an end. Screamscape, a popular theme park information website, reported Friday that the transportation system which zips passengers around the resort has aged past it reliability point. The report claims Disney officials are considering a plan to discontinue the monorail due to high maintenance and upgrade costs. Read More
2 – Disney Will Allow Certain Guests To Buy More FastPasses, But Not Everyone Is Happy About It
January 12, 2018 • Guests at certain Walt Disney World resorts reportedly now have the option to buy additional FastPasses, allowing them to skip ride lines for an added cost. But not everyone is a fan of the new program. A spokesperson for Disney confirmed the new pilot program to Spectrum News 13 on Tuesday and said it is slated to be introduced this weekend. Currently, FastPasses are free with the price of admission and allow guests to reserve a specific time slot for certain rides and skip the long standby lines. However, this new option, available to club-level resort guests only, allows people to purchase three additional FastPasses for $50 per day. Read More
3 – Doreen Tracey, An Original Disney Mouseketeer, Dies At 74
January 12, 2018 • Doreen Tracey, a former child star who played one of the original cute-as-a-button Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s, has died, according to Disney publicist Howard Green. She was 74. Tracey died from pneumonia Wednesday at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, Calif., following a two-year battle with cancer. Read More
4 – Facebook’s Sandberg, Twitter’s Dorsey To Leave Disney Board
January 12, 2018 • Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) Chief Executive Jack Dorsey will not seek re-election to Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) board because of growing conflicts of interest between the media giant and the technology companies, Disney said on Friday. Read More
5 – Disney, Universal And SeaWorld Divulge More Details About New Rides
January 12, 2018 • A land of oversized toys where a slinky-dog roller coaster shoots you past a tower of monster Jenga blocks and Toy Story characters. A harrowing chase through San Francisco with the characters from “Fast and the Furious.” A ride up the side of a waterfall — before a 42-foot drop, then a giant splash. Orlando-area theme parks are sharing some details of new rides coming in 2018 to Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando. Read More
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