Weekend News Round Up December 9th, 2018! This week has been another busy news week for Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars! Follow us through as I review this week in news.
1). Avengers Endgame Trailer Breaks Viewing Records! The Avengers Endgame trailer was released yesterday and has all of the internet buzzing with speculation on what the future is for our beloved super squad. Will Tony be lost forever in space? Will Ant-Man be part of a huge rescue? Is it possible that those who have been snapped into oblivion can be returned to us? (I really hope so)
2). Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride coming to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will have pods with just a few passengers but they will be able to handle approximately 1800 people per hour. Update! Blooloop is reporting that Bill Zanetti an Orlando, Florida university teacher who studies theme park design, operations and management expects 200,000 people to line up to be the first inside the new themed land. This could mean the longest wait times in the history of Disney Parks!
3). The Walt Disney Company has raised the bar for Chief Executive, Bob Iger, in order to win his bonus. Disney has announced Monday, after shareholder pushback, that more rigorous benchmarks are required for Iger. Iger was slated to collect a $100 million equity grant in 2021, a grant that has been previously criticized by the Disney Company’s shareholder advisory groups. However, in the new agreement, Iger has to show that his company’s total shareholder return outperforms 65th percentile of companies in the S&P 500 index. In the original agreement granted to Iger, The Walt Disney Company had to outperform in the 50th percentile. Which is a significant increase.
4). Satu’li Canteen at Animal Kingdom has added some huge allergy options to their menu! This is huge news for those who struggle to find dietary options at the parks! Check out the full menu here for details: HERE
5). Chris Evans may not be done with his role as Captain America after all… or is he? Back in October Chris said his goodbye to the shield in an emotional tweet and all of us died a little inside. Chris has brought the role to life and after eight years as Cap we can’t imagine another replacing him! We have word that he may actually not be done with the franchise… Find out more here.
6). Get excited folks! Another live-action film is coming our way! This time the feature film will be the classic story of 101 Dalmatians. Disney Addicts first saw the popular classic in 1961 as an animated classic. The animated film was then made into a live-action film in 1996 starring Glenn Close as the evil villain, Cruella De Vil. In this live-action, produced by John Hughes, De Vil was featured as the head of a fashion house. However, in this new live-action film remake Emma Stone will be playing the evil infamous villain with a more 1980’s punk vibe.
7). We are bringing the magic of Kingdom Hearts to DisneySprings at Walt Disney World Resort from December 14~January 31! The Kingdom Hearts pop-up experience will feature a playable demo, a special Keyblade exhibit, and artwork from the game! Stay tuned for more info!
8). Meet Amira, the newest giraffe calf at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! The new darling giraffe calf born October 1st at Animal Kingdom now has a name! Amira, which means “princess” in Swahili was introduced to us last month and we are told she is doing great with mom Kenya! We can’t wait to meet her on the Savanna. Just a couple months old and Amira is already standing at more than five-feet tall. Since her birth, Amira has been bonding and nursing with mom Kenya in a backstage habitat.
9). Liberty Tree Tavern Has Changed Up Their Lunch Menu! Whoa, that is a lot of brown bread… We sat down at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom today and noticed a little change of their lunch menu! Check it out here
10). Calling all Coffee Lovers – 2nd Starbucks Returns to Downtown Disney Getting your coffee fix is going to be easier soon! Slated to reopen on December 10th, the location had closed in June. The space the coffee shop occupied was scheduled to become a new hotel. However, issues plague the project and it was scrapped. Java junkies rejoice knowing they can find their favorite cup of Joe in two locations at Downtown Disney in Anaheim.
Stay tuned for even more news next week at Chip and Co!