Tag Archives: Walt Disney Company

Disney Lays Off 28,000 Employees At California Parks

CNBC reports: Prolonged closures at Disney’s California-based theme parks and limited attendance at its open parks has forced the company to lay off 28,000 employees across its parks, experiences and consumer products division. In a letter sent to employees on Tuesday, Josh D’Amaro, head of parks at Disney, detailed several “difficult decisions” the company has had to make in the …

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Hong Kong Disneyland To Re-Close Amid Small Spike

Forbes reports: When Walt Disney World opened its doors to greet park guests to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, the decision was met with no small amount of criticism. Florida is in the midst of its largest coronavirus surge yet. Critics of Disney’s plan were vocally opposing the resort’s reopening before the July 13 announcement that …

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Disney Signs Production Deal With Colin Kaepernick

ESPN reports: The Walt Disney Company today announced an overall first-look deal with Colin Kaepernick’s production arm Ra Vision Media. The partnership will focus on telling scripted and unscripted stories that explore race, social injustice and the quest for equity, and will provide a new platform to showcase the work of Black and Brown directors and producers. The first-look deal …

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Disneyland Postpones Reopening Due To COVID Spikes

Los Angeles’s ABC News affiliate reports: Disney on Wednesday announced it is postponing next month’s phased reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The Anaheim theme parks, which have been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, had planned to welcome back visitors on July 17, with enhanced health and safety measures in place. However, the company decided to …

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Disney To Furlough 43K, Free Health Benefits For Year

The Orlando Sentinel reports: About 43,000 unionized Disney World workers will be furloughed starting April 19, the largest wave of employees in Central Florida to be sent home without pay because of the coronavirus crisis. The Service Trades Council Union, a coalition of six locals, announced the news Saturday on Facebook Live. The coalition said Disney had agreed to provide …

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Disney To Begin Furloughing Workers On April 19th

The Associated Press reports: Saying they don’t know when they’ll be able to re-open many of their businesses with the coronavirus spreading, Walt Disney Co. officials announced they will start furloughing some workers in two weeks at its theme parks resorts in Florida and California. The statement released late Thursday from The Walt Disney Co. said the first wave of …

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Disney Extends Closure Of Theme Parks Indefinitely

Orlando’s NBC News reports: Walt Disney World and Disneyland will remain closed until further notice, the company announced Friday afternoon. Disney said in a statement Friday that hourly employees will continue to be paid through April 18. The parks were closed earlier this month through the end of the month due to the coronavirus outbreak. “As a result of this …

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Disney To Close California Theme Parks On Saturday

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Disneyland will shutdown operations due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday. The closure takes effect March 14. The drastic move comes on the heels of more cases of the deadly virus being reported. “While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the …

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Disney’s Frozen 2 Sees Record Global Box Office

Yahoo News reports: The long-awaited Frozen 2 has landed in cinemas, a full six years after the first movie became the biggest animated film of all time. And thanks to a sterling turnout worldwide over the weekend, Frozen 2 has already nabbed some records of its own. Making just over $350 million worldwide overall, it makes it the biggest ever …

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Disney+ Sees Over 10 Million Sign-Ups In First Day

Deadline Hollywood reports: Disney revealed Wednesday that streaming service Disney+ has already drawn 10 million sign-ups. That number, which the company ascribed in a press release to “extraordinary consumer demand,” may help explain why the service experienced widespread outages after launching early Tuesday. The glitches, which the company attributed to unexpectedly high interest that overloaded its technological infrastructure, diminished over …

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Disney Networks Ban All Netflix Ads Ahead Of Disney+

Market Watch reports: Disney is banning Netflix ads across its TV networks, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, ahead of the launch of the entertainment and media giant’s Disney+ streaming-video service next month. Citing people familiar with the matter, the WSJ report said Disney told staffers not to accept ads from any rival streaming services, but later …

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Hate Group Asks For 1M Petition Signatures To Stop Disney’s Parks From “Celebrating The Gay Lifestyle”

Via press release: Disneyland Paris just celebrated Disney’s first sponsored “Gay Pride Parade.” CitizenGO supporters started an opposition campaign that caught on like wildfire, and now inside sources at Disney have confirmed that Disney’s leadership is very worried about the global mobilization that CitizenGO is leading against their future Pride events. So, let’s double down on the pressure. In just …

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Avengers Shatters Global Box Office With $1.2B Debut

Variety reports: It’s truly the Avengers’ world. The opening weekend of “Avengers: Endgame” demolished box office records with a stunning $350 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide. Disney-Marvel’s fourth and final Avengers superhero movie has captivated moviegoers, accounting for more than four of every five tickets sold domestically. “Avengers: Endgame” topped the year-old “Avengers: Infinity War” records by …

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Disney CEO: Hitler Would Have Loved Social Media

Variety reports: Bob Iger didn’t mince words while being honored Thursday by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Upon receiving the Humanitarian Award at the organization’s National Tribute Dinner from Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO delivered a scathing critique of social media and the current state of political discourse. “Hitler would have loved social media,” Iger said. “It’s …

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Disney Bans Smoking And Vaping At All Theme Parks

The Orlando Sentinel reports: With Disney’s theme parks becoming more crowded, the company announced it is banning smoking and vaping inside the gates and oversized strollers, moves meant to free up space and make visitors have a better time. The sweeping changes were announced Thursday. One change took effect immediately — prohibiting dry or loose ice, typically brought in coolers …

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Disney Finalizes $71B Acquisition Of 21st Century Fox

Variety reports: Disney has set March 20 as the closing date for its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Disney announced the formal closing process Tuesday morning, indicating that the company has received the last major approval for the deal from regulators in Mexico. Disney said current 21st Century Fox shareholders will have until 5 p.m. ET Thursday to choose the …

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Disneyland Paris To Hold First Official Pride Celebration

The Orlando Weekly reports: Although Gay Days has been celebrated at the Disney parks for decades, ever since the first one in 1991 (right here in Orlando!), Disneyland Paris has just made history by becoming the first to organize an official LGBTQ Pride event, finally acknowledging openly that pink money pays their bills, too. Magical Pride happens June 1, 2019, …

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Disney Wins Battle To Acquire 21st Century Fox

Variety reports: Comcast Corp. said it would bow out of its bidding war with Disney to acquire major 21st Century Fox assets, and instead focus on acquiring the European satellite TV provider Sky, likely clearing the way for Disney to take control of the Murdoch family’s Fox assets and intensify a looming battle with Netflix and other video-streamers for media-industry …

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