New From the World of Disney: September 9 – 22

Disney News 

DISNEY PARKS NEWS

September 12 – Disney Doers and Dreamers applications are now open. (Link)

September 13 – Walt Disney World has named their new ambassadors. (Link)

September 16 – The Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon will be closing on October 3. It will be making way for a raft ride called Miss Fortune Falls. (Link)

Disney NewsSeptember 19 – The Walt Disney Company was issued a patent for a new fully-immersed environment for hotel rooms. Dubbed “Image Projecting Light Bulb”, it would turn a regular hotel rooms into a scene from a game or movie. (Link)

September 19 – The dates for 2017 Nights of Joy were released. Next year’s event will again be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex September 8 – 9. (Link)

September 21 – Sanaa will begin serving breakfast today (9/21). The breakfast will feature grab ‘n’ go items as well as casual menu offering. (Link)

September 21 – Stitch’s Great Escape is switching to “seasonal operation” on October 2. According to the DisneyWorld.Com the attraction will be open November 19 – 26 and December 17 – January 2. (Link)

September 21- A recent survey (which typically precede changes at Disney Parks) asked Disney Annual Passholders if they would be willing to buy an annual pass if attractions were blacked out for the first two months after opening. (Link)

September 21 – There are many auditions available at the Disney Parks. They include parade performers, look-alike performers, and even actors to play the “Citizens of Hollywood”. (Link)

September 22 – For the second news update in a row we are reporting on another change to Disneyland’s Annual Pass offerings. Disney is reintroducing the Southern California Annual Pass which will cost $459 and be good for approximately 200 days/year. Saturdays, Holidays, most Sundays and summer days are blacked out. The pass is only available for people living in zip codes 90000 – 93599. (Link)

September 22 – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is now sold out for Halloween Night. (Link)

September 23 – Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland begins today (9/23). Most dates are currently sold out including tonight. The dates with tickets available are 9/26, 9/28, 10/19, 10/24 and 10/26. (Link)

DISNEY CRUISE LINE NEWS

September 10 – The Disney Wonder is headed to Cadiz, Spain to complete a refurb session in the dry dock. It is expected to return on November 10 for a 4-night Western Caribbean cruise departing from Galveston. Some of the expected changes include the transformation of Parrot Cay to Tiana’s Place, Beach Blanket Buffet will become Cabanas which is the buffet restaurant on all the other DCL ships and Marvel Super Hero Academy is coming to the Oceaneer Club. (Link)

September 14 – Cruise Critic named Disney’s private island (and my absolutely favorite place on Earth) Castaway Cay as the “Best Cruise Line Private Island”. (Link)

DISNEY MOVIE/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

September 15 – A brand new trailer for Moana was released. (Link)

September 16 – Disney’s ABC Television Group has hired Bruce Rosenblum to be their President of Business Operations. Rosenblum, who was previously with Warner Brothers, will oversee several aspects of ABC, Disney Channel, Freeform and Disney XD. (Link)

2016-09-23-descendantsSeptember 16 – As we eagerly await the 2017 debuts of The Descendants 2 on the Disney Channel, Disney released a snapshot of our favorite characters including a decidedly not prim & proper Ben. This sequel will add the characters of Uma, the daughter of Ursula, Harry, the son of Captain Hook and Gil, the son of Gaston. (Link)

September 20 – The Disney vault has opened and out came Beauty & The Beast. This 25th anniversary edition will feature several versions including the original theatrical, theatrical sing-along and “Human Again” versions.  (Link)

September 20 – John Rood has been named head of marketing for Disney Channels Worldwide. Rood comes to Disney from DC Entertainment where he served as executive vice president. From 2000 – 2010 he served at senior vice president of marketing for ABC Family. (Link)

September 20 – After rumors were published that Zac Efron and Jennifer Lawrence were going to be cast to play Shang and Mulan in the new live action version on Mulan, an online petition was created to urge Disney to not ‘whitewash’ this casting decision. Since the petition opened nearly 100,000 people have signed it. (Link)

September 20 – Making it the first new Disney movie release to debut on Netflix, Zootopia is now available for viewing. (Link)

September 20 – In one of the most touching moments of this reporting period, Angela Lansbury reprised her role as Mrs. Potts for the film’s 25th anniversary celebration by singing her classic tune “Beauty & The Beast”. (Link)

September 21 – In what was almost a footnote in an investor gathering, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a writer had been hired to develop another stand-along Star Wars movie scheduled for a 2020 release. (Link)

September 22 – Disney Channels Worldwide will be airing a series of shorts with the characters from series such as The Lion Guard, Miles from Tomorrowland, and Star Wars Rebels designed to teach kids about proper food choices and the benefits physical activities. (Link)

Disney NewsSeptember 22 – ABC’s black•ish premiered its third season last night with an episode where the Johnson family travels to Walt Disney World. Short of some continuity issues (sorry but Soarin’ Over The World and Dumbo ARE NOT next to each other), it really was a fun episode. After the episode, The Wrap did an analysis how much this fictional vacation would have cost and came up with $22,155. If you weren’t able to see the episode try your cable/satellite OnDemand or Hulu. (Link)

September 22 – Bob Iger, Disney CEO, has confirmed that plans for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is underway. These include Iron Man 4 and Guardians of the Galaxy 3. (Link)

Current Refurbishment of Note:

ATTRACTION LOCATION DATES
Monorail Express Beams Overnight Closures – 11:30pm Sundays – 9:30am Monday; 11:30pm Mondays – 9:30am Tuesdays

 

Resort Beam Overnight Closures – 12:00am – 8:30am Mondays; 12:00am – 8:30am Tuesdays

 

Monorail Shutdown – 11:30am – 6:00pm Tuesdays – Thursdays

Planet Hollywood WDW – Hollywood Studios 1/6 – Fall 2016
Disneyland Railroad Disneyland 1/10/2016 – Summer 2017
Fantasmic! Disneyland 1/10/2016 – Summer 2017
Mark Twain Riverboat Disneyland 1/10/2016 – Summer 2017
Sailing Ship Columbia Disneyland 1/10/2016 – Summer 2017
Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes Disneyland 1/10/2016 – Summer 2017
Pirates Lair Disneyland 1/10/2016 – Summer 2017
Pizza Planet WDW – Hollywood Studios 1/19 – 11/7, 2016
Flying Fish WDW – Boardwalk 2/1 – 9/30, 2016
Fulton’s Crab House (Paddlefish) WDW – Disney Springs 4/4 – 12/31, 2016
Swiss Family Treehouse WDW – Magic Kingdom 7/6 – 9/24, 2016
Dinosaur WDW – Animal Kingdom 7/25 – 10/16, 2016
Big Thunder Mountain WDW – Magic Kingdom 8/8 – 11/18, 2016
it’s a small world WDW – Magic Kingdom 8/22 – 9/15, 2016
The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adv. Disneyland 9/6 – 9/29, 2016
Disney Wonder Disney Cruise Line 9/9 – 11/10, 2016
Wilderness Lodge Hidden Springs Pool WDW 10/26/2015 – 2017

 

Upcoming Refurbishments of Note:

ATTRACTION LOCATION DATES
Goofy’s Sky School Disneyland 9/26 – 9/28, 2016
Stitch’s Great Escape WDW – Magic Kingdom 10/2 – 11/19, 2016
Splash Mountain Disneyland 10/3 – 11/5, 2016
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster WDW – Hollywood Studios 10/27 – 11/9, 2016
Blizzard Beach WDW 10/23 – 12/24, 2016
Stitch’s Great Escape WDW – Magic Kingdom 11/27 – 12/17, 2016
Haunted Mansion WDW – Magic Kingdom 11/28 – 12/2, 2016
Splash Mountain WDW – Magic Kingdom 12/7 – 8, 2016
Typhoon Lagoon WDW 12/25 – 3/11, 2016
 

Upcoming Permanent Closures of Note:

ATTRACTION LOCATION DATES
Shark Reef Typhoon Lagoon 10/3/2016
Main Street Electrical Parade WDW – Magic Kingdom 10/10/2016
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney’s California Adventure 1/3/2017
Stitch’s Great Escape WDW – Magic Kingdom 1/3/2017

That’s all the news for now. Follow us on Twitter @MQPodcast for breaking Disney news.

Sue Nowicki is an alumnae of the 2014/15 Disney Parks Moms Panel. She splits her time between planning her next Walt Disney World vacation and being team mom to ten high-energy volleyball players where she fills the roles of secretary, navigator, head cheerleader, treasurer, athletic trainer and team psychologist. You can follow her on Twitter @JazzinDisneyMom.

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