Here is the latest News From the World of Disney parks and entertainment including Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line for January 12 – 24.
Highlights from the World of Disney:
- A new member of the family at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
- Historic Disneyland attraction getting an update
- New scavenger hunt announced at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
- Disney and its subsidiaries were well represented in the 2018 Oscar nominations
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WALT DISNEY WORLD
January 12 – A new multi-purpose facility has opened at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The 300,000-sq. ft. facility, name The Arena, will host events in basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and cheerleading and dance. (Link)
January 14 – For the first time in 13 years, a baby hippo was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. (Link)
January 16 – The quarterly theme park injury report revealed several injuries at Walt Disney World. While most were the result of preexisting conditions, there were a few falls including one which resulted in a broken elbow. (Link)
January 22 – The NFL Pro Bowl Week kicked off at ESPN Wide World of Sports with team practices and a Skill Showdown. There will also be a pep rally in January 27 at Disney Springs. (Link)
January 26 – Beginning March 16, Disney’s Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt will take place at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.99, plus tax. (Link)
January 26 – The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is introducing a new springtime scavenger hunt called Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration. In this hunt, you will follow Spike the honeybee along his pollination trail around World Showcase at Epcot. Map and stickers for this scavenger hunt at $5.99 plus tax. (Link)
January 19 – The promenade in front of it’s a small world is getting a much needed updated. The changes are expected to be complete in time with the introduction of the Pixar Play Parade on April 13, 2018. (Link)
THE WALT DISNEY CORPORATION
January 12 – No need to worry about how Bob Iger will ever get by when he retires. His 2017 compensation was just released. He earned approximately $36.2 million with the possibility for another $100 million before the fiscal year end. (Link)
January 23 – Disney will be giving 125,000 employees a one-time $1,000 bonus as well as investing $50 million in a new education program for its employees. Disney CEO Bob Iger said this one-time benefit was due to changes in the tax structure. (Link)
DISNEY CRUISE LINE
January 4 – Star Wars Day at Sea always has some great guest presenters and one of the biggest to announce for this season’s line-up is Warwick Davis. Davis, who played Wicketts the Ewok, will be cruising on March 17 – 24, 2018. (Link)
January 24 – Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea will be returning to Disney Cruise Line in 2019. Star Wars Day at Sea 2019 will only be on Disney Fantasy seven-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Port Canaveral, Fla., departing Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2. Marvel Day at Sea 2019 will only be on Disney Magic five-night Caribbean and Bahamian cruises sailing from Miami, Fla., departing Jan. 6, 11, 20, 25, Feb. 3, 8, 17, 22, March 3 and 8. (Link)
DISNEY MOVIE/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
January 12 – Two featurettes were released in advance of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Black Panther.
January 19 – It’s full steam ahead for Disney’s new streaming service. They have hired former Apple executive Kevin Swint to run the show. (Link)
January 22 – Minnie Mouse has finally received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Link)
January 23 – Disney and its subsidiaries were well represented in the 2018 Oscar nominations which included: Best Animated Feature Film: Disney Pixar’s Coco; Original Song: Remember Me ~ Disney Pixar’s Coco, Visual Effects: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; Original Score: Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Best Animated Short Film: Disney Pixar’s Lou; Sound Mixing: Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Sound Editing: Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Costume Design: Beauty and the Beast; and Production Design: Beauty and the Beast. (Link)
January 13 – Thor: Ragnarok is coming to Blu-Ray and DVD on February 20. (Link)
January 20 – Coco will have a split home viewing premiere. It will be coming to digital on February 13 and DVD and Blu-Ray Febuary 27. (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.