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News From the World of Disney – January 13 – 26

In this issue of the News From the World of Disney entertainment news ruled the roost again with the release of the name of the new Star Wars offering and 11 posters from the upcoming Beauty & The Beast live action feature.

WALT DISNEY WORLD PARKS NEWS

January 13 – Just as quick as they came, the cabana rentals at Magic Kingdom Park are leaving on February 17. (Link)

January 16 – Several new breakfast options are now available at Magic Kingdom Park. The locations now open for breakfast are: Casey’s Corner (muffins, bagels & croissant donuts), Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Mickey waffles, Kelloggs cereal, donuts and a donut sundae) and Sleepy Hallow (Egg, ham and tomato waffle sandwich and a fruit & chocolate-hazelnut waffle sandwich. (Link)

January 18 – Disney Vacation Club has released a schedule of the after-hour events called “Moonlight Magic”. The dates are as follows: Magic Kingdom Park – February 3 & March 3; Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon – June 22 & 28 and July 5 & 13; Disney’s Animal Kingdom – September 6 & 13; Epcot – December 4 & 11; Disneyland Park – November 15. (Link)

News From The World of DisneyJanuary 23 – The Canada Pavilion of Epcot now feature new Totem Poles. Each pole tells a story one of an eagle and a beaver and the other of a whale. (Link)

January 23 – A personal shopper service is now available at Disney Spring. The service costs $250 per hour and includes style, make-up and skincare tips. (Link)

DISNEYLAND NEWS

January 9 – Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival dates were released. This year’s event will take place March 10 – April 16. (Link)

January 24 – AP Day are returning to Disneyland Park. Beginning on February 10, Annual Passholders will be able to take advantage of special meet -n- greets, activities, merchandise and much more. (Link)

January 24 – Could Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort be the sight for Walt Disney World’s next DVC resort? Recent permits filed by Disney make that seem possible. And even if this isn’t the site of the next DVC location CBR will definitely be getting a major overhaul either way. Possibly even a high rise hotel with sight lines into Epcot to view Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. (Link)

News From The World of DisneyJanuary 25 – If you and your traveling party have $15,000 to spare you can dine at the exclusive 21 Royal Street which was previously only open to Club 33 members and special guests. (Link)

WALT DISNEY CORPORATE NEWS

January 13 – For those interested we are taking up a collection for Bob Iger. His salary for the fiscal year 2016 fell a whopping $2.6mm from $46.5mm to $43.9mm. Poor guy.  (Link)

January 20 – Robert Langer has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Disney-ABC Television Group. Previously, Langer led all Disney operations and businesses in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. (Link)

News From The World of DisneyJanuary 25 – More Disney-related homes are for sale. The home of one of the “Nine Old Men”, Frank Thomas, is for sale in Flintridge, California. The home, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is listed at $3.228M. (Link)

DISNEY MOVIE/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

January 14 – The BBC is reporting that Star Wars: Episode IX will not recreate the role of General Leia through digital CGI effects as they did with Grand Moff Tarkin. (Link)

January 14 – The teaser trailer for the new Tangled TV series shows Rapunzel’s golden flowing locks are back. (Link)

January 19 – Taking advantage of the adult coloring book rage, Disney is launching an adult coloring book app. Color By Disney is free to download and does offer a small selection of free coloring pages – four at this time. However, they offer weekly ($2.99), monthly ($7.99) and yearly ($39.99) memberships which allow users access to all the pages and colors. (Link)

January 19 & 26 – Celine Dion and Josh Groban will be contributing songs to the Beauty & The Beast soundtrack. Dion famously sang the title song on the original 1991 soundtrack. Her new song, How Does a Moment Last Forever”, is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Groban’s contribution is Evermore, a soaring ballad that will play over the film’s end credits and be performed in the movie by the Beast after he releases Belle to her father.  (Link, Link)

January 19 – Using a trail of Easter Eggs, Disney has created a video which shows a connection between many of our favorite Disney and Pixar movies such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Cars, Brave, Up and Monsters, Inc. (Link)

News From The World of DisneyJanuary 23 – Star Wars Episode VIII has an official title. The new title is Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Just don’t ask Daisy Ridley what that means. Even Josh Gad couldn’t get her to open up on the true meaning of the title. (Link)

January 24 – Disney-related motion pictures received eight nominations for the 2017 Oscars (Link):

  • Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia & Moana
  • Best Original Song: “How Far I’ll Go” – Moana
  • Best Animated Short Film: Piper
  • Best Sound Mixing: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Best Visual Effects: Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

January 25 – Kelsey Ballerini, Jordan Fisher, Sofia Carson, Alex Aiono and Jenna Ortega will be co-hosting the Radio Disney Music Awards. The awards will be taped on April 29 and air on April 30 at 7:00pm. (Link)

January 25 – Star Wars-related toys repeated as the top toy property in 2016 with nearly $760 million in sales, a $60 million increase over 2015. (Link)

January 25 – Finding Dory is coming to Netflix on February 19. Finding Dory will be in good company with all of the existing Disney movies already migrated to Netflix. (Link)

January 25 – Legendary filmmaker Brad Bird, whose films include Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Up, Wall-E and Toy Story 3, will receive the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Director’s Guild. Previous winners include Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. (Link)

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January 26 – The character posters were released for the new Beauty & The Beast. The group of 11 total posters included Beast and Prince Adam, Belle, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Cadenza, Garderobe, Plumette, Mrs. Potts, Gaston, LeFou and Maurice.   (Link)

DISNEY CRUISE LINE

January 18 – Porthole Cruise Magazine has named Remy, the French-inspired restaurant on the Disney Dream and Fantasy, as the Best Specialty Cruise Restaurant. (Link)

January 19 – Disney Cruise Line received several awards from CruiseLine.com: Best Cruise Line – 2nd place; Best Cruise Line for Kids – 1st place; Best Ship Quality – 2nd Place; Best Onboard Activities – 2nd Place; Best Food & Dining – 1st Place; Best Entertainment – 1st Place; Best Service & Staff – 2nd place; Best Cabins – 2nd Place; Most Improved Line – 3rd Place. Port Canaveral also won 1st place for Best North American Departure Port. (Link)

January 23 – Disney Cruise Line has added more Marvel Day at Sea which will sail out of Miami. (Link)

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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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