The Innoventions exhibit hall in Disneyland will close at the end of March, reigniting speculation among theme park fans about a much-rumored makeover of Tomorrowland. Disneyland officials declined to discuss Monday what they have planned for the exhibit space, saying only that “we regularly make modifications and enhancements throughout the resort.”
Big Frozen and Star Wars news at Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders
By Janelle Tipton of The Walt Disney Studios
Some big announcements were revealed during Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders in San Francisco.
Frozen 2! After months of speculation, Bob Iger, John Lasseter and actor Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) announced from the stage that Frozen 2 is officially in development at Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film will reunite the Oscar®-winning filmmaking team behind Frozen, including director Chris Buck, director/writer Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho. A release date and production details are yet to be announced.
Star Wars Bob Iger also announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII. Here’s the official recap from StarWars.com:
Bob Chapek Named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
By Disney Post Staff, The Walt Disney Company
Bob Chapek has been named Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, it was announced by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Thomas O. Staggs, Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company
A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Mr. Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the Company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.
North Texas man convicted in fictional Disney scheme
Disney had no intentions of opening a theme park in north Texas at any time.
by US Attorney’s office, Eastern District of Texas
A 35-year-old Plano, Texas man has been found guilty of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
According to information presented in court, from 2006 to 2010,Thomas W. Lucas, Jr., devised and executed an elaborate scheme to defraud more than 100 investors out of approximately $60 million by telling them he had insider information regarding a Walt Disney resort and theme parks planned for the North Texas area. Originally, according to Lucas, the Disney Resort and Theme Park was to be called, “The King Ranch Project,” but that changed in 2007 to “Frontier Disney DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth),” both of which were completely fabricated.
Thomas O. Staggs Named Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company
It was announced February 5th by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
by Disney Post at The Walt Disney Company
Thomas O. Staggs has been named Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company, it was announced today by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. A 25-year Disney veteran, Mr. Staggs is Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, overseeing the strategy, operations and creative development of the company’s iconic travel and leisure businesses. He will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer immediately, while continuing to lead Parks and Resorts until a successor is named. Continue reading Tom Staggs named COO of Disney→
For as impactful a movie as Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier was, it is amazing to consider how little critical thought has gone into it. Most studies are humble reminiscences of when 1950’s pop culture changed practically overnight and every child wore a coonskin cap, whistling the 28(!) stanzas of the famous tune. The extent to which the King of the Wild Frontier intersects with the historical David Stern Crockett is up to debate…