Walt Disney Company Buyout Offers

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

epcoticonMany companies and people worldwide are strugeling because of the crisis. No difference for the Walt Disney Company and its theme parks who are fighting a big decrease in future holiday bookings. The Walt Disney Co. has offered 600 of its executives, working for the domestic theme park market, to accept a buyout offer (Via Reuters). Depending on the reaction of this offer Disney might not have to consider layoffs. However, if after the buyout offer expires on February 6th there aren’t enough executives leaving voluntary Disney might still do so.

It is a vicious circle that will take a very long time to heal. Let’s hope change is around the corner so these dark days, that have impact on so many people around the world, will get to an end soon. But at the moment it looks grim everywhere…

No New Disney Resort for Oriental Land Company

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Every business wants to expand, Disney wants to expand, Oriental Land Co Ltd wants to expand, everybody would want to expand (and make more money). So it isn’t a surprise when the Oriental Land group looked into opening another park in a major city in Japan. However, a one year study convinced them that opening another park with Disney character running around would not bring them the investment return they want to justify the plans.

The Oriental Land company is now looking into other option without the Disney Characters.

Source: OLC group and Reuters.

The Princess and the Frog Artwork

Monday, August 11th, 2008

The Walt Disney Company has release some amazing looking artwork for their upcoming “The Princess and the Frog” animated movie.

Follow the link, where you can also see the funny teaser trailer, and click on Visual Development.

Well worth the visit as the artwork looks great.

Picture copyrights Disney

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

Monday, July 7th, 2008

The grand opening for the new Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is planned for tomorrow, the 8th July, but one photographer already posted some pictures of the exterior and interior of the awesome looking hotel. The hotel looks amazing and adds some more magic to the already fantastic Tokyo Disneyland Resort. “Well done Mickey”… or should we say, “Well done Oriental Land Company

For a collection of awesomeness follow the link to the album filled with pictures of the new hotel.

(Via The Disney Blog and Bleu Sky Disney)

Donaldson files for Bankruptcy

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Donaldson stands for quality and expensive clothing. One of the reasons it was so high priced is the fact that they needed to pay Disney a lot of money for licences to use Mickey on their clothing. During the 80 and 90 they did this with big success, but recently they have been in financial trouble, ditched the Disney licence and tried to start over with a unknown dog as a new symbol for their clothing.

Unfortunately, saving on the Disney licence didn’t help them as they have just filed for bankruptcy. The Belgium company has been given some extra time to come up with a sollution (in comparison with the chapter 11 in the US).

I wonder if getting rid of Mickey was the way to save the company in the first place as you can’t say Donaldson without thinking about the Disney characters in the first place…

Impact on the Mouse

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Mickey Mouse has a big impact on American history, an impact that goes far beyond American boundaries. Just look at the theme parks around the world, the movies playing in thousand theaters and the millions of toys in the shops. Even if you don’t have a Disney holiday, most likely you will still encounter some sort of Disney on your trip (or near your home). You can also ask what cartoon character is the most known in the world; I am pretty confident that Mickey Mouse will make it on the top spot as most well known cartoon character. Mickey (and his friends) are everywhere, even making an impact on our daily lives.

But what about the impact on Mickey Mouse and Disney from the outside? It’s a question that popped up in my head, more specifically the impact of today and in the (near) future! Let’s have a look at some possible theories (I think) that has have impact on the mouse and that might form the future look of Disney. Let’s do so starting with the biggest influence at the moment; PIXAR!

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The official (Italian) guide to DLRP

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

I’m Italian, I love Disney, live in the country which provides 75% of Disney comics worldwide and now comics are taking over the themeparks! HURRAY!

If that sentence had no sense to you let me clear this out; the Italian Disneyland Resort Paris office had the idea for the team up of a life time; a guidebook of Disneyland Resort Paris made by the publishing division with comic versions of the Disney characters guiding guests through the themepark, giving advices on what to do, where to eat, where to stay and so on!

Sure it might not be the equivalent of the “Imagineering field guides” we Disney fans worship so much but it sure is a nice way to give the first time guests which venture in the Paris resort a way of knowing what to do, how to do it and so on.

I’ve always been very critical about the whole idea of Disney needing to speak to guests in Paris in 200 plus languages! I have always been of the crazy (and never lickely) idea that Disney should just decide where to stand on it’s feet ; if all French or all English and stick to it without needing to play word game so to have characters state one sentence in English and then another character states a similar reply with the sense of the question in French.

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Fantastic Quarter!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Disney is doing very well again with a better than expected 22% rise in profit. Especially the movies National Treasure: Book of Secrets and the fairy tale “Enchanted” together with Disney theme park attendance are taking care of the big profits in their last quarter.

Even with the frightening economic situation at the moment, Disney seems unstoppable boosting their profits and making their shareholders happy.

“All of the big media companies are doing fundamentally very well and the market just refuses to acknowledge it,” (Reuters)

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Dead man tell no (French) Tales

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

So it now seams that Captain Jack and his crew have set there sights on yet another pirate cove; and this time, instead of being “at worlds end” it is in Tokyo Bay!

The Oriental land company had in fact released a press release stating that

“Jack Sparrow Comes to Tokyo Disneyland Pirate of Caribbean Attraction on July 20, 2007. Oriental Land Co., Ltd. announced on March 23, 2007 that the characters from the Disney movie “Pirates of Caribbean” would appear at the renewed attraction “Pirates of Caribbean” of Tokyo Disneyland on July 20. Due to renewal, the attraction will be closed May 7 through July 19. In renewal, in addition to Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones from the 2nd movie “Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and Captain Barbossa who revived surprisingly at the end of the movie, will also appear in the attraction.“

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First “The Frog Princess” Picture

Friday, March 9th, 2007

frogprincess.jpgYahoo.news has release a Associated Press photo of the Frog Princess. The scene was shown on a big screen when Randy Newman and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band played a song from the Walt Disney Company’s animated musical fairy tale called “The Frog Princess” during the Walt Disney Company Shareholders meeting in New Orleans.

If you click on the picture you will see Newman on the piano playing the song together with the band.

Disney Announces “The Frog Princess”

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

The Walt Disney Company has officially announced the new feature animation “The Frog Princess” with a release planned for 2009.

The Walt Disney Studios will continue its fairy tale legacy in animation by taking moviegoers on an all-new “once upon a time” musical adventure with its 2009 release of “The Frog Princess,” it was announced today by Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, and John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. A musical set in the legendary birthplace of jazz – New Orleans — “The Frog Princess” will introduce the newest Disney princess, Maddy, a young African-American girl living amid the charming elegance and grandeur of the fabled French Quarter. From the heart of Louisiana’s mystical bayous and the banks of the mighty Mississippi comes an unforgettable tale of love, enchantment and discovery with a soulful singing crocodile, voodoo spells and Cajun charm at every turn. (Walt Disney Company)

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New Walt Disney World Projects and impact on Celebrations “Island Village”

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

The Walt Disney Company has announced expansion plans for the Walt Disney World resort. Two new big projects will see the day of light. The first and biggest one will be the 900-acre location at the northeast border of the World, where Disney plans to convert Eagle Pines and Osprey Ridge golf courses into a luxury resort that will house the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, including a golf community.

The residents of Celebration have been informed with an official mail by Disney about these changes and the impact it would have on another project that was in development by the Celebration Company. There are plans of a new project “Island Village” that, if the mutual terms are met regarding the above project, will not see the day of light as it was intensely planned. No replacement plans for “Island Village” are on the table but the company is looking into alternatives and is inviting its key members, the home owners of Celebration, to give their input on the situation and to make sure the development of “Island Village” will be able to continue.

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Lost: The End

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

lostseries2dvd.jpgWhen writing on the blog I sometimes think about adding some “Lost” entries too. After all it is ABC’s best series (personal opinion), even if it didn’t win any Golden Globe awards. With so much Disney related babbling I am doing, Lost entries have not really been something I managed to do but the next little news did get my attention and I felt I wanted to share my thoughts on it.

‘Lost’ Will End … Sometime”… and it should. While many series tell stories about lives inside the “real” world that could go on until the viewer had enough or the actors want to stop I feel that Lost is a story that is about 1 certain chapter that has a beginning, a middle and an end. Dragging it into an ongoing series without an end in sight isn’t such a good idea, even if the ratings are good. The producers always said that they had a full story ready where the end is known. Making the story longer could only resolve in bad episodes or even damage the whole Lost idea.

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And the 64th Golden Globe Award Nominees are…

Friday, December 15th, 2006

goldenglobeweb.jpgThe Nominees for the Golden Globe Awards are known and the Disney Company is doing well. Some of the nominations are for the following (together with my personal thoughts on the chances to win it);

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musical; Johnny Depp for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead man’s Chest. Personally I think he makes a good chance of winning this title even with the other names in this category.

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Robert Iger CEO Of The Year

Friday, December 8th, 2006

igerdisney.jpgMarketwatch.com has named Robert Iger the CEO of the year. Like we already mentioned in two previous entries (Only Good Words, Can’t Do Wrong) it looks like the man has golden hands and is making the Disney Company shine. Since he has been given the title he reached the news with positive input and has been praised ever since. One of his biggest business decisions was the Pixar deal…

The Pixar buyout was just one of many moves made this past year that have won plaudits for Iger from all quarters…

…Once Iger made up with Pixar and the dissident shareholders, and made it clear that it was a new day for Disney corporate culture, the rest just seemed to fall into place.

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