This week Disney announces plans to build a nature-inspired mixed-use resort on Bay Lake, prices increase on parking annual passes and more at Walt Disney World Resort and we get a sneak peek at the new Disney Skyliner transportation system. Take a look!
Those of you who are anxiously awaiting the release of Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” this fall will be happy to hear a portion of the film will soon be shown at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.
Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get to see this advance sneak peek, starting Friday, November 2, as part of the Walt Disney Presents attraction.
At Disneyland park, the preview of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” will be shown in 3D at the Tomorrowland Theater. This limited sneak peek experience will be presented by Mailchimp at Disneyland Resort, November 9 – December 9.
In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game. Their quest takes them to the vast world of the internet, a world Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces – so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” hits theaters on November 21, 2018!
Two new interactive experiences are coming soon to the Play Disney Parks mobile app, which turns wait time into play time and offers guests a variety of fun activities to enjoy together.
Stories of the Enchanted Gallery at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be the first Play Disney Parks experience based at a Disney Resort hotel and will allow you to bring the art-filled walls of the lobby to life while checking in or enjoying your stay. Through the app, you’ll become your own animator, creating themed art that transforms into living, breathing stories inspired by “Finding Nemo,” “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Cars.”
The ACE Guide to Pandora: Valley of Mo’ara Edition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will enable you to join Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) on an adventurous journey as you explore the colors, cultures and creatures of Pandora. Scan your surroundings for exotic lifeforms, create indigenous music and experience other interactive gameplay alongside your friends and family while learning all about this alien moon through interesting facts, trivia and activities. This experience can be accessed anywhere within the park, but is especially great when waiting in the queue line at the very popular Avatar Flight of Passage attraction.
Since debuting in June, the Play Disney Parks app has immersed guests further in the Disney stories they know and love, through themed games, Disney trivia, digital achievements, music and more – whether they are playing on Main Street, U.S.A. or waiting in line at beloved attractions.
Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations, and features may vary by handset, service provider or otherwise. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first. Some features require separate theme park admission.
*Some features require Apple Music subscription and are only available on iOS devices. Separate terms and conditions apply.
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced that several senior film executives of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (“21st Century Fox” —NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX) are joining Disney’s Studio Entertainment management team, conditional upon closing of Disney’s pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
“We’re pleased that these talented executives will be joining our incredible team of studio leaders once the acquisition of 21st Century Fox is completed,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “Under Alan Horn’s leadership, Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm have reached unprecedented levels of creative and box-office success, and adding Fox’s impressive film brands and franchises to our studio will allow us to create even more appealing high-quality entertainment to delight audiences.”
“The addition of these respected film groups under the umbrella of The Walt Disney Studios will create endless possibilities as we continue to deliver first-rate motion pictures to audiences around the world,” said Mr. Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “This is an experienced group of executives, and Alan Bergman and I look forward to welcoming them to our leadership ranks upon completion of the acquisition.”
Reporting directly to Mr. Horn will be:
Emma Watts, Vice Chairman, Twentieth Century Fox Film and President, Production, Twentieth Century Fox
Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula, Chairmen, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Elizabeth Gabler, President of Production, Fox 2000
Reporting to Mr. Horn and Ms. Watts will be:
Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird, Co-Presidents, Fox Animation
Vanessa Morrison, President, Fox Family
The executives will join Mr. Horn’s existing leadership team that includes:
Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios
Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production
Ed Catmull, President, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios
Jennifer Lee, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer, Pixar Animation Studios
Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios
Louis D’Esposito, Co-President, Marvel Studios
Kathleen Kennedy, President, Lucasfilm
Ken Bunt, President, Disney Music Group
Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer, Disney Theatrical Group
Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox has received formal approval from shareholders of both companies, and Disney and 21st Century Fox have entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice that allows the acquisition to proceed, while requiring the sale of the Fox Sports Regional Networks. The transaction is subject to a number of non-U.S. merger and other regulatory reviews.
About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company with operations in four business segments: Media Networks; Studio Entertainment; Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products; and Direct-to-Consumer and International. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $55.1 billion in its Fiscal Year 2017.
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income tax expense;
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