Outsourcing on hold at Disney

Tech job outsourcing plan on hold at Disney

Controversial temporary work visa program being investigated

by Ezra David Haith

According to a series of articles in The New York Times, Disney suddenly cancelled the layoffs of 35 internet technology employees at ABC Television.  The IT workers received word of the change after they had already begun training immigrants from an outsourcing company to do their jobs.

The immigrant trainees suddenly stopped coming to the office, and the employees were read a “precisely worded statement” that the layoff had been cancelled and their jobs would continue until further notice.  No explanation was given.  It’s been speculated that controversy over immigration and labor laws may be the reason.

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Oswald cartoon screenings in Los Angeles

Watch Classic Walt Disney cartoons at the Ace Hotel’s Theatre

The entertainment giant presents a full evening of animated shorts with a soundtrack supplied by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

by Craig Byrd at Los Angeles Magazine

On Saturday June 13, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is celebrating Walt Disney Animation with the first showings of two Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shorts in over 50 years. LACO will be performing orchestral scores written by Mark Watters who is also conducting. The evening will take place at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.

The two short films are 1927’s Poor Papa and 1928’s Africa Before Dark. “Poor Papa was the first Oswald that Walt and his team animated,” reveals Bossert. “It was not released initially. It was released at the end of the 26 [cartoons] that he created.

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24-Hour Magic Kingdom

24-Hour “Coolest Summer Ever” event at Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World kicks off 24-hour event Memorial Day Weekend

by Kayla Becker at WESH Orlando

Rock out all night long dressed as your favorite Disney character at Magic Kingdom’s ultimate all-nighter during Memorial Day Weekend. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday and until 6 a.m. on Saturday, the park will help guests celebrate around the clock with popular attractions, special entertainment and dance parties.

The celebration kicks off the popular summer “Coolest Summer Ever” event. “Frozen” favorites Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff will welcome guests into the park at 6 a.m., right after an opening show and ceremony.

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Recent injury and disability cases

by Ezra David Haith at Visions Fantastic

In today’s edition of LAWSUITLAND:

Disneyland’s Pluto is accused of hugging an 8-year-old guest so tightly that the boy was badly injured and had to be sent to the hospital. (Orange County Weekly)

A wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a maintainance employee who was struck and killed by a ride vehicle at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been cleared to go to trial. (Orlando Sentinel)

58 families are suing Disney Parks & Resorts because their Disability Access Service fails to serve people with cognative impairments such as autism. (Deadline Hollywood)

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Indiana Jones themed lounge

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar set to open at Walt Disney World this fall

Bar set to ‘Indiana Jones’ and aviation theme

by Kayla Becker at WESH Orlando

We’ve heard rumors of this new aviation-themed spot coming to Downtown Disney, but we now have official confirmation that Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is opening this fall. The bar is located between Paradiso 37 and the recently opened Boathouse restaurant.

But what is the story behind the new establishment? Well, Jock Lindsey is Indiana Jones’ frequent pilot in the franchise. He’s also the owner of a pet snake named Reggie, which we are told is a detail to note.

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Incredibles 2

Director Brad Bird: “Incredibles 2 will be my next film”

Mr. Incredible and his family are about to get back into the red spandex.

by Ryan Gajewski at The Hollywood Reporter

Brad Bird, who wrote and directed 2004’s Pixar hit The Incredibles, told Collider that his next film will be its sequel. He revealed that he already has “a bunch of pages” written for the film’s script.

“I had a lot of ideas for the original Incredibles that I didn’t get a chance to use, that I like,” Bird said. “I have ideas that I wanted to pursue a little bit, and there wasn’t enough time in Incredibles. There are new ideas I have, and I think there are enough of those together to make an interesting movie.”

Bird said he is currently focused on the May 22 release of his film Tomorrowland, and then he will start “playing with the Incredibles sandbox again.”

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