Here is your latest News From the World of Disney for the period of February 24 – March 9, 2017. The news during these two weeks have been dominated mostly by entertainment news with the release of several new movie trailers.
WALT DISNEY WORLD PARKS NEWS
February 26 – During the presentation of the Oscars we got a sneak peek at Pandora – The World of Avatar. (Link)
February 26 – Disney’s Princess Half Marathon weekend was a special occasion for everyone especially the winner, Kaitlyn Johnson. She was running in her first-ever half marathon, along with 35 members of her family, to honor her cousin’s memory who was tragically killed in a car accident last summer. (Link)
March 1 – The Epcot International Festival of the Arts was a great success in 2017 and will return in 2018. (Link)
March 2 – ‘Miss Adventure Falls’ is opening March 12 at Typhoon Lagoon. (Link)
March 3 – The 24th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicked off on March 3 showcasing the amazing horticultural skills of the Disney cast members… oh and there are bunches of food too. (Link)
March 5 – A new link of Peter Pan-themed merchandise is not available at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. (Link)
March 9 – The 10th annual Disney Dreamers Academy began at Walt Disney World. The leadership conference selects 100 teens to participate each year. (Link)
March 9 – James Cameron gave Whoopi Goldberg a sneak preview of Pandora – The World of Avatar on this week’s The View which was recording at Disney. (Link)
March 3 – Disneyland will no longer allow guests to lay down blankets or other items to save places for parades. (Link)
March 7 – The Disney Parks Blog offered a sneak peek at the enhancement to guest rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. (Link)
WALT DISNEY CORPORATE NEWS
February 28 – The Walt Disney World Company has been listed by Forbes Magazine as the #3 more reputable company behind Rolex and LEGO Group. Others on the list includes Google, MicroSoft, Apple, Nike, Canon and Rolls-Royce. (Link)
March 8 – The annual Disney shareholders meeting was held in Denver. The meeting started with a sizzle reel of Star Wars: The Last Jedi footage. (You can watch the entire shareholders meeting here: Link)
DISNEY MOVIE/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
February 25 – The Beast from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is now available at Build-A-Bear. (Link)
February 26 – Disney had a big night at the Oscars. Zootopia won Best Animated Feature, The Jungle Book won Best Visual Effects and Piper won Best Animated Short Film. (Link)
March 2 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer was released.
(PHOTO) March 6 – First looks at the Mary Poppins Returns characters of Mary Poppins and Jack were released.
March 6 – The music video for the title song of Beauty and the Beast sung by John Legend and Ariana Grande has been released.
March 7 – The release date for Indiana Jones 5 has been set. Set your calendars for July 19, 2019. (Link)
March 7 – The highly successful Force Friday which preceded the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will make an appearance again to ramp up excitement for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Starting on September 1, 2017 at 12:01am, there will be toys, collectibles, books, apparel and more on sale. (Link)
March 10 – With one week to go before the nationwide release of Beauty and the Beast, Disney released a video of the new Celine Dion song “How Does a Moment Last Forever”.
DISNEY CRUISE LINE
March 9 – Disney Cruise Line is adding some more fun experiences on the Disney Fantasy including two new youth space in the Oceaneer Club: Star Wars: Command Post and Marvel Super Hero Academy, a new ice cream shop called Sweet on You, and Tiffany & Co. will have a new exclusive store on board. The changes will debut on the May 17 sailing out of Port Canaveral. (Link)
ADVENTURES BY DISNEY
March 1 – New themed river cruises for 2018 have been announced. There will be a Beauty and the Beast-themed cruise on the Rhine, a food & wine themed sailing also on the Rhine and a cruise on the Danube. (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.