Bob Iger & Willow Bay Donating $5 Million to Los Angeles Small Businesses

Walt Disney Company executive chairman Bob Iger and his wife Willow Bay are donating $5 million to help Los Angeles small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made the announcement on Thursday. https://twitter.com/MayorOfLA/status/1349887845662486530?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1349887845662486530%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxbusiness.com%2Fbusiness-leaders%2Fdisneys-bob-iger-donates-5-million-to-los-angeles-small-businesses-strugglign-in-pandemic Iger and Bay, the dean of USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, previously donated $500,000 to the... Continue Reading →

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BREAKING: Disneyland Cancels Annual Passholder Programs

Disneyland is cancelling its annual passholder program due to the pandemic. Once the California Parks reopen, there's concern the demand by fans could overwhelm the company's capacity guidelines. Therefore, annual passes will be ruled out. According to OC Register, Disneyland will start issuing prorated refunds to annual passholders starting Thursday, Jan. 14. A new Disneyland... Continue Reading →

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Blizzard Beach to Reopen March 7, 2021

Blizzard Beach is set to reopen March 7, 2021 after closing in Spring 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Disney has not released safety guidelines or capacity restrictions for the planned opening, which is still months away. This will be the 25th year of operation for the water park, after opening April 1, 1995. Disney... Continue Reading →

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Pixar Announces “Turning Red” Original Film

Pixar is working on a number of animated original features that will debut over the next few years. One of those films was just announced, "Turning Red". The film is directed by Domee Shi, who led the Academy Award-winning short "Bao". The film will follow the life of Mei, who experiences the awkwardness of being... Continue Reading →

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“Raya and the Last Dragon” Will Debut on Disney+ With Premier Access in March 2021

A big decision by Disney regarding an upcoming animated original feature. "Raya and the Last Dragon" will bypass a theatrical debut and instead will head straight to Disney+ with premier access on March 5, 2021. The company announced it during Disney Investor Day 2020. https://twitter.com/DisneyAnimation/status/1337152644050087936/photo/1 The animated original movie features Kelly Marie Tran who lends... Continue Reading →

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Disneyland Paris to Close October 30th Due to France COVID-19 Restrictions

Disneyland Paris is forced to close its gates once again due to coronavirus in France. French President Emmanuel Macron officially announced lockdown measures for the entire country starting this Friday October 30. https://twitter.com/emmanuelmacron/status/1321549055785377793?s=21 This decision will force closures at Disneyland Paris starting October 30th. There is currently no end date for these new restrictions put... Continue Reading →

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Walt Disney Studios Releases First Trailer for “Raya and the Last Dragon”

With Pixar's "Soul" set to premiere exclusively on Disney+ this Christmas, Walt Disney Studios is giving a sneak peek at their next release planned for theaters. Today on Good Morning America, Walt Disney Studios released the first official trailer for "Raya and the Last Dragon". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BPMTr-NS9s The Asian-pacific film follows Raya, voiced by Kelly Marie... Continue Reading →

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Disneyland President Responds to State’s Theme Park Reopening Guidelines

California’s newly-released, strict guidelines show a dark future for large theme parks like Disneyland and Universal. Those parks have been closed since the spring, and according to the new guidelines released by the state’s health department, it’s not known when they’ll be able to reopen. Disneyland President Pen Potrock released a statement following the health... Continue Reading →

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ESPN Airs Exclusive Trailer for Season 2 of “The Mandalorian” During Monday Night Football

“Wherever I go, he goes.” Star Wars isn’t holding back when it comes to building hype around season 2 of “The Mandalorian”. ESPN aired a special look at the upcoming season during Monday Night Football during the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys. https://twitter.com/i/moments/1318340873935966208 The action-packed trailer shows new settings as Mando... Continue Reading →

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Disney Reorganizing Entertainment Operations

The Walt Disney Company is reorganizing its operations to give priority to its streaming video businesses and create new units that will produce content for digital and traditional platforms. Under the new structure, Disney is creating content groups for its major film franchises, general entertainment and sports, as well as a distribution arm that will... Continue Reading →

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California Attractions and Parks Association Asks State to Seek Feedback on Reopening Guidelines

The California Attractions and Parks Association, which represents Disneyland and other parks, is asking state officials to listen to theme park operators’ recommendations and modify some protocols before issuing reopening guidelines. The Orange County Register acquired this quote from the group: “We ask the governor not to finalize guidance for amusement parks before engaging the... Continue Reading →

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“Pete’s Dragon” Actress Helen Reddy Dies at 78

Helen Reddy, who played the role of Nora in "Pete's Dragon", has passed away at the age of 78. Reddy’s children Traci and Jordan announced that the actor-singer died Tuesday in Los Angeles. “She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and a truly formidable woman,” they said in a statement. “Our hearts are broken. But we... Continue Reading →

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BREAKING: Disney Parks Announces 28,000 Layoffs

Disney Parks announced 28,000 layoffs, citing hardships from the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the massive amount of layoffs, Disney directed some of the blame at California’s government, saying in part “the state’s unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen, we have made the very difficult decision to begin the process of... Continue Reading →

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Aulani to Begin Phased Reopening November 1, 2020

Paradise is preparing to reopen. Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is working towards a phased reopening beginning November 1, 2020. Disney says safety measures upon reopening will be similar to those in place at Walt Disney World and other parks around the world. Our gradual, phased approach to reopening considers the guidance of local... Continue Reading →

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Disney Adds 5th Key, Inclusion, to Cast Member Training

For more than 60 decades, Disney has trained cast members to follow four keys in order to be a successful employee. Those keys included: SafetyCourtesyShowEfficiency Now, Disney has added a fifth key in what seems to be a landmark addition: inclusion. The Four Keys were described as an integral part of cast members’ professions across... Continue Reading →

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Adidas Releasing “Toy Story” Collection October 1st

Adidas is hopping on the Pixar Fest promotion along with Disney, by dropping “Toy Story”-themed merchandise in October. The footwear collection features styles from the most popular characters from the franchise. There is also a Pixar-themed basketball in the new collection. The new collaboration drops October 1, 2020.

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Marvel Slides Back Release Dares for Three Films

The coronavirus pandemic had put Hollywood on hold during the spring of 2020, and lasting impacts are still being felt as we enter the holiday season. Marvel is pushing back release dates for three upcoming films, including the long-awaited “Black Widow” origin story. “Black Widow” was originally slated to hit theaters in May 2020. It... Continue Reading →

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Amy Adams Returning for “Enchanted” Sequel

The long-awaited sequel for "Enchanted" has officially been announced. According to Disney, Amy Adams is reprising her role as Giselle for "Disenchanted". https://twitter.com/Disney/status/1337186827686522880?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1337186827686522880%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Few.com%2Fmovies%2Famy-adams-returning-enchanted-sequel-disney-plus%2F The original film stars Adams as Giselle, a princess from the animated fantasy world of Andalasia, who finds her life turned upside down when she accidentally lands in modern-day New York and... Continue Reading →

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