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Former Disney Employee Allegedly Used Tunnels to Steal $14K in Costumes

May 21, 2019 |

A former Walt Disney World employee with backstage access stole about $ 14,000 worth of costumes and items from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks, authorities said Friday. Patrick Allen Spikes, 24, faces burglary, grand theft, and trafficking in stolen property charges, the AP reports. The Orange County Sheriff’s…

Disney won’t push VR at its theme parks, CEO Robert Iger says

May 15, 2019 |

In the Star Wars land, rock spires tower in the landscape and a visit to the bar means you might run into characters from the films.

“We’re not trying to fake immersion,” Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger said at a New York conference Tuesday. “We’re trying to make it as real as possible…

L.A. Times – Business

Disney unveils a new annual pass that aims to ease crowding

May 9, 2019 |

Hoping to ease crowding, Disneyland Resort is introducing an annual pass that lets visitors in on slow days but requires reservations for weekends and other popular times.

“We are trying to smooth demand,” said Annika Chase, vice president of marketing and commercial strategy at the resort.


L.A. Times – Business

After hyping a $1-billion Star Wars land, how does Disney get visitors to leave?

May 9, 2019 |

“Star Wars” fans have spent years waiting for Disneyland to let them enter a galaxy far, far away.

How then does the Magic Kingdom get them to leave?

Disneyland’s May 31 launch of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will test the park’s efforts to open a highly anticipated expansion without the crushing crowds,…

L.A. Times – Business

Disney writes off its Vice stake in latest sign of trouble for digital media firm

May 9, 2019 |

Walt Disney Co. wrote off the rest of its investment in Vice Media, reflecting the ongoing troubles at the onetime media darling.

The charge of $ 353 million in the fiscal second quarter marked the second time in the last year that Disney has taken a hit on the investment.

Vice, which produces a…

L.A. Times – Business

Disney Fires Opening Shot Against Netflix

April 12, 2019 |

Disney+ is a steal—or so the company apparently wants you to think. The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday announced that its streaming service will launch Nov. 12 at a cost of $ 6.99 a month (or $ 69.99 for a year), a price tag that Variety reports comes in…

Disney+ streaming service launches on November 12, with a price of $6.99 per month

April 12, 2019 |

Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming strategy took center stage today at the company’s investor day. That strategy includes Hulu (where the recently-closed Fox acquisition has given Disney a contyrolling stake), ESPN+ and the Indian streaming service Hotstar, but executives spent most of their time hyping the upcoming launch of Disney+.

The company said the service will launch in the United States on November 12, and will have a monthly streaming price of $ 6.99 per month.

Executives confirmed that unlike Hulu and ESPN+, Disney+ will be entire ad-free, making all its money from subscriptions. Kevin Mayer, Disney’s direct-to-consumer chairman also said the company is “likely” to offer a bundle of Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney+ at a discounted product.

Mayer and other Disney executives also offered the first look at what they said is a “working prototype” of the Disney+ service. To a large extent, it looked like any other streaming app, but they made it clear that all the content will be available to download for offline viewing.

The service will also emphasize Disney’s portfolio of entertainment brands — there will be separate sections for Disney animation, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel and National Geographic. In each case, the speakers emphasized the existing library of films. Not all of those films will be available at launch, but many will be, with more added over the first couple years of operation (presumably as they’re freed up from deals with third parties like Netflix).

Disney+ rollout

Disney+ rollout

For example, Disney said that at launch, the service will include the entirety of the animation studio’s 13-film Signature collection, plus the first two Star Wars trilogies and “The Force Awakens,” plus “Captain Marvel” and other Marvel films.

In addition, Disney is creating a number of original shows for the service (much of it highlighted in clips and sizzle reals that were not included on the webcast). Those include a whole lineup of Marvel shows that Marvel President Kevin Feige said would be closely tied to the studio’s films, plus the Star Wars series “The Mandalorian” and a show about the “Rogue One” characters Cassian Andor and K-2SO.

As for when viewers will actually get to watch all this content, Disney Streaming President Michael Paull said the plan is to roll out across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America throughout 2021.

Oh, and Disney+ will be the exclusive streaming home of “The Simpsons.”

Updated with launch date, pricing and “The Simpsons” exclusivity.


Disney Parks Are Getting Rid of Smoking Areas

March 29, 2019 |

Disneyland may no longer be the “Happiest Place on Earth”—if you’re a smoker. Disney Parks announced in a blog post Thursday that as of May 1, there will no longer be smoking areas “inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex…

The Fox lot is one asset Rupert Murdoch wouldn’t sell to Disney — with good reason

March 23, 2019 |

In the end, the legendary Los Angeles birthplace of what became the vast Fox film empire was just too dear to part with.

The historic Century City lot on Pico Boulevard was retained by the newly formed Fox Corp., even as Walt Disney Co. absorbed much of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets in…

L.A. Times – Business

Disney Cuts Compensation for Iger in Fox Deal

March 7, 2019 |

Disney tweaked Robert Iger’s pay package, removing $ 13.5 million in potential salary and incentive awards available for the CEO after the company closes its acquisition of Fox assets. US Business