1 – Pennsylvania man wins 25th anniversary Disney Marathon
January 7, 2017 • More than 25,000 runners from across the world braved temperatures in the 40s for the 25th anniversary of the Disney Marathon Sunday. Nicholas Hilton, wearing bib No. 2, was the first runner to cross the finish line at 7:49 a.m. Hilton, who is from Pennsylvania but has lived in Arizona, ran the marathon in 2:17:52. “It was a fun race,” Hilton said. “Once you know you’re in the lead, you get a big surge of energy.”Read More
2 – Disney’s Cruella Might Be Set in 1979 London
January 7, 2017 • There are rumors that Disney’s Cruella movie may be set in 1979 London. The last few years have seen Disney revisit some of their greatest animated classics, launching a series of live-action remakes. These have been critical and financial successes, none more so than last year’s Beauty and the Beast. But one of the most promising films is undoubtedly Cruella, a prequel to the beloved 101 Dalmatians. Now, intriguing rumors are giving a hint as to the film’s plot. Read More
3 – Fans Upset About Disney’s ‘Black Panther’ Pin
January 7, 2017 • Disney theme parks often have exclusive merchandise for visitors to purchase, but a new Black Panther collectible pin sold at Walt Disney World is upsetting fans. As reported by The Disney Pin Blog, a site used by the global Disney Pin collecting community to track the release of various pins available at Disney parks, the Black Panther pin became available last week, but an image shared by the blog’s Twitter revealed something a little off about the collectible. You can check out the image below. Read More
4 – Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ gets a new TV spot ahead of the Golden Globes
January 7, 2017 • Hey, look! A new peek at A Wrinkle in Time, Disney’s Ava DuVernay-directed adaptation of the literary classic by Madeleine L’Engle! This Golden Globes TV spot isn’t very long, but it’s yet another look at one of the year’s most highly anticipated movies. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling and — as you can see here — a gorgeous fantasy setting, there’s a lot to like here. A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters on March 9, 2018. Read More
5 – VR Experience: Disney Addition Hints at Theme Park Future
January 5, 2017 • Virtual reality (VR) has been talked about for decades, with most public uses of it being gimmicky or wholly underwhelming. The technology has promise in a variety of areas, but consumer uses of it have yet to make a major splash. That may well have changed as Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) has welcomed an immersive new VR experience to its Disney Springs shopping complex based on its Star Wars franchise. Called “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire,” the new offering makes full use of VR to deliver an experience that could ultimately change how theme parks operate. Read More
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