Disney News You Need to Know: Weekly Roundup
1 – ‘Solo’ Box Office May Hand Disney First ‘Star Wars’ Loss
June 4, 2018 • Box-office receipts for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” sank 65 percent from the film’s debut weekend, setting it on course to be the first “Star Wars” movie to lose money. Walt Disney Co.’s Han Solo origin story collected weekend sales of $29.4 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, ComScore Inc. said in an email Monday. That was below the $30 million projected by the research site Box Office Mojo and a steeper decline than other big Memorial Day releases historically. Read More
2 – ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Trailer Shows Off The Disney Cinematic Universe
June 3, 2018 • The latest trailer for Wreck-It Ralph 2 is notable not just for its clever depiction of the internet giants as looming skyscrapers in a digital city, but for the all the iconic characters shooting around the screen and interacting in ways we’ve never seen before, outside of shows like Robot Chicken. The Disney Kingdom has expanded into a vast empire over the years, as it swallowed up Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and recently, 21st Century Fox, giving them the rights to, well, just about everyone. Read More
3 – Parking a Stroller at Disney World Just Got a Bit More Complicated
June 4, 2018 • Disney World is the No. 1 family destination in the world, and with those numbers it’s no surprise that stroller parking throughout the theme parks can be a hassle. At some rides parking and retrieving one’s stroller can be more time-consuming than the actual attraction. This past weekend, Disney debuted a new pilot program to help alleviate some of the hassles around stroller parking. At Animal Kingdom, now the third busiest theme park in the Western Hemisphere, the new stroller parking test has guests using multiple smaller stroller parking areas. Read More
4 – Disney Embraces $15 Minimum Wage in Negotiations with Workers
June 3, 2018 • Disney is embracing the idea of a $15 per hour minimum wage in its latest contract negotiations with unions — but workers aren’t won over yet.
Service Trades Council Union representatives in Florida head to the bargaining table this week to discuss the latest offer from Disney, which would include wage hikes for about 34,000 workers at Walt Disney World in Orlando. It would lift their minimum wage from $10 per hour to $15 per hour by fall of 2021. Read More
5 – Date Set for 21st Century Fox Shareholders to Vote on Disney Deal
May 30, 2018 • A firmer timeline for the expected tug-of-war for 21st Century Fox has been established. Fox on Wednesday set a date — July 10 — for shareholders to vote on its $52.4 billion plan to sell most of its assets to the Walt Disney Company. The special meeting is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. Disney shareholders will simultaneously vote on the plan 12 blocks away at the New Amsterdam Theater. Read More
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