Down To Disness: Fun And Fancy Free

This week, Sarah takes us to the history of Fun And Fancy Free, a package film released in 1947. Sarah gives details on the history behind the film, the studio’s financial situation at that time, and how both short films were originally planned as full length films.

Recently, I’ve enjoyed rewatching several Disney package films. Sarah gives you enough reasons why you should watch Fun And Fancy Free the next time you want some classic Disney in your life.

You can watch the video here:

Source:Sarah Sterling

Toy Story Land Set To Open At Shanghai Disneyland in 2018

Just two years after the opening of Shanghai Disneyland, a major expansion will open in 2018. Toy Story Land will offer three new attractions: Slinky Dog Spin, Rex’s Racer and Woody’s Roundup. Guests can take pictures with Woody and Jessie in the Meeting Post. Dining and shopping options will be available in Al’s Toy Barn.

Having a Toy Story themed hotel, it makes sense that they expand the characters in the parks. Still, I wonder what might come next. The free space between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland seems to be earmarked for a future expansion. Even though the park is only two years old, there’s a lot of possibilities to create new experiences or improve upon existent attractions.

Source:Inside The Magic

Disney And The Union Without A Deal Regarding Hourly Wage

As of now, cast member have a $10/h per hour wage. The Union wants a contract with a $15/hour wage. The Disney Parks management always face problems dealing cast member’s wages. It is sad that many employees have been loyal to the company for decades, but they get few benefits from it.

WFTV reports:

Disney has offered a 5 percent raise over two years, which the union has rejected.

Both sides were hoping Wednesday that some sort of compromise will be hammered out to avoid the possibility of a union strike.

“I’m optimistic that we’ll get to something that both the company and the union will agree on,” Magic Kingdom parking hostess Susie Easton said. “As far as how long that will take, I don’t know.”

Disney representatives have said they agree employees deserve a raise, but the amount is what neither side can agree on.

When asked about the possibility of a strike, Magic Kingdom parking coordinator Jeff Clayton said that was not a step employees wanted to take.

That doesn’t mean it’s out of the question, Clayton said.

Disney know that the parks and resorts need employees to make the magic happen. They better handle this situation as smooth as possible to keep the loyalty of thousands of employees. And their park fans too.

Source:WDW Info, WFTV

2017’s Box Office In Decline, Even With The Last Jedi On The Horizon

According to Variety, this year’s Box Office might be lower than last year, even with The Last Jedi expected to be the highest grossing movie in the holiday season.

Variety explains:

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has been tracking for a $200 million opening on Dec. 15 to Dec. 17, which would be the fourth-highest domestic launch of all time, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $248 million, 2015’s “Jurassic World” at $208.8 million, and 2012’s “The Avengers” at $207.4 million.

Other potentially strong end-of-the-year entries include Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and Fox’s Hugh Jackman musical “The Greatest Showman,” both opening on Dec. 20, and Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 3,” which launches two days later.

Should the industry make it to $11 billion by the end of the year, it will be only the third time that’s happened. Grosses hit $10.8 billion in 2012 and $10.9 billion in 2013, then slid to $10.4 billion in 2014.

“This year is not an end of days scenario, where people have stopped going to the movies,” Dergarabedian said. “But it has been a perplexing year with lots of unpredicability.”

It’s impressive that The Last Jedi isn’t estimated to top The Force Awakens in its first weekend. In my personal experience, I’ve found that many non-Star Wars fans are interested in watching the movie, slowly watching all the episodes. Maybe this could be turned over. Still, The Last Jedi will win big at the box office compared to other films released this year.

Source: Variety

Tokyo Disneyland Will Introduce Facial Recognition For Annual Passholders

As technology moves forward, the theme park experience changes accordingly. Inside The Magic reported that, according to The Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo Disneyland will implemente a new system for facial recognition for Annual Passholders. This decision has been made to improve the experience and eventually reduce the use of cast members at the ticket booths.

I’m curious how facial recognition technology could be used in other parks. Instead of using the Magic Band, you’re ticket, card transactions, and other information is linked to your face. With Face ID being introduced with the iiPhone X, facial recognition technology is catching fire among technology companies.

Tokyo Disneyland might currently plan on using it only por AP’s, but we could see how this technology can scale as it gets cheaper and easier to implement.

Source: Inside The Magic, The Asahi Shimbun