Chip and Company Disney Week In Review for March 7th

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Time for another look back at the top Disney stories that we shared on Chip and Company over the last week. We take you from a Small World to Big Europe. From a long speech to a long walk. And from cartoons to charity.

All of this is only 11 clicks away:

  • Nordstrom and Disney Consumer Products celebrated the 45th anniversary of the beloved ‘It’s a Small World’ attraction at Disneyland park with a whimsical collection of stylish children’s apparel, accessories and footwear. The Collection is inspired by world-renowned Disney artist Mary Blair‘s original mid-century artwork created for the attraction.
  • The Chairman of WD Parks & Resorts, Tom Staggs, issued a written transcript of his speach to stockholders last week. We read it over, tried to make some sense of it, and gave this summary in plain english, along with a comment or two from yours truly.
  • The Disney Parks Blog announced the new Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It takes you into the deepest, most-remote reaches of Disney’s Animal Kingdom – a three-hour, expert-led adventure in groups of no more than 12. Check out the details here, and… there’s even a recipe!
  • Who likes Vinylmation? Silly question, I know! So for all those who love these little guys, there is now a new line based on the Disney Afternoon cartoons. Check out this link to see what is to come. My favorite: Darkwing Duck. “Let’s get… Dangerous!”
  • It’s always fun to see the evolution of an attraction. From renderings to construction to opening day – every step is Disney magic at its best. Be sure to check out the arrival of the Clamshells at DCA for the new Little Mermaid darkride.
  • A majority of Walt Disney World largest union coalition approved their contract after months of negotiations. After so many union disputes over the past few years, it’s nice to see one come to a good end. You can read the details here.
  • And now for a worthy cause: The Power of 10. They are a group of Disney fans who want to help share their passion for Disney with those who need it most: children with life threatening illnesses and their families. You can help! If you only make one click today, click here!
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse, one of the most popular EPCOT World Showcase restaurants, has a much-anticipated new chef and new dinner menu that debuted last week. It sounds good. It looks tasty. Can I take your reservation?
  • Disney has just unveiled some spectacular new images by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz, who continues to lend her vision to the successful Disney Dream Portrait series that began just more than four years ago. They look good!
  • March 3rd marked the 16th anniversary of the opening of Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland park. You can see a video of the Opening Cerimonies with George Lucas and other celebrities here.
  • Guests can explore Europe this summer with incredible itineraries aboard The Disney Magic. Check out this link for the ports of call, and all of the fun things you can do once there.

But we would like to round out this weeks Review with a few Views. Say that 5 times fast! While you’re mustering up the courage to try that, here are 4 articles from our Views section:

  • Our resident ‘Old Guy’, or if you prefer the PC term: Senior, had a good article about Disney Fatigue. What is that you say? Read Oldies But Goodies – Fatigue Is Our Enemy and find out.
  • Movie Review: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is the highly acclaimed masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki that launched his animation career into global success. We gave you an inside look with this article.

And there you have it: 15 suggestions to click your way to Disney happiness! But be sure to return next week for even more suggestions. Yes, we’re full of them!

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