Disney News You Need to Know: Weekly Roundup
1 – Disney World Teases Toy Story Land in Adorable Oscars Commercials
March 4, 2018 • Disney World literally rolled out a major announcement on its next theme park project during Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards telecast. The Orlando-based resort teased the opening of Toy Story Land — first phase of its ambitious Hollywood Studios revamp — in a series of video shorts that aired during the ceremony, across which the iconic Pixar ball wheels through several American cities and landscapes en route to a mystery destination. Read More
2 – Disney Debuts New Mary Poppins Returns Trailer at the Oscars
March 4, 2018 • Mary Poppins Returns will be a huge focus for Disney this Christmas, a remake of one of its most beloved classics with Emily Blunt bravely taking on the iconic title role for which Julie Andrews won her Oscar in 1965. The brief promo that Disney pushed early on in the Oscars teased a slightly longer trailer online, which gives you a whole 90 seconds of pre-Poppinsgoodness. Read More
3 – Disney Donating $1M from ‘Black Panther’ to Boys & Girls Clubs
March 4, 2018 • Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ is a box office hit. And now Disney, the parent company of 6abc, is giving a cut of that back to children. Disney is donating $1-million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The donation will support youth STEM programs in Philadelphia and several other major cities. Read More
4 – Disney Announces $2.5B Upgrade to Paris’s Walt Disney Studios
February 27, 2018 • When Disney built Euro Disney (now Disneyland Paris), it was required to partner with a French company that borrowed heavily, couldn’t get out from under its debts, and ended up beholden to creditors who forced it to limit spending on the park, trapping it in a cycle of unpopularity and underinvestment. Disney now controls its French partner, having bought out the company’s debt, and this has sparked an ambitious across-the-board redevelopment of Disneyland Paris, which is about to enter a new phase with a €2B ($2.5B) expansion that will include a Star Wars land, a Marvel Comics, and a Frozen land. Read More
5 – Disney Theme Park Workers Are Picketing for Better Pay as Profits Soar
February 27, 2018 • Walt Disney Co. is finding itself in heated talks with union workers over pay and other issues as profits at the company’s theme-park division soar. Employees have picketed outside Walt Disney World and complained in writing about being shut out of Disneyland for the annual holiday party. Last week, unions representing park workers in Florida and California filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board over Disney’s decision to withhold a special $1,000 tax-reform bonus while contracts talks are underway, saying the company discriminated against those staffers. Read More
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