Theme Park Industry Guidelines

As the push to reopen intensifies, the theme park industry has released a set of guidelines to deal with the future post-coronavirus world. On top of this, Florida is about to implement a full “Phase 1” reopening, and is encouraging theme parks in the Sunshine State to submit reopening plans for approval.

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Disney Theatrical Movies

With movie theaters shut down for the time being, and so many movie release dates delayed, moviegoers are wondering if more and more titles will go directly to digital or streaming. Disney made this decision recently with one of their upcoming movies, Artemis Fowl, which is headed right to Disney+. Could that mean additional Disney theatrical titles will go straight there as well? According to Bob Iger, yes – but don’t expect that from huge tentpole movies like Black Widow or Mulan.

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disney plus india

Disney+ India is postponing its planned launch in the wake of news that the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament has been delayed due to the coronavirus. The plan was to launch the service on March 29 through India’s local streamer Hotstar, with hopes that the Hotstar audiences would then check out Disney+, but now Disney is taking a wait-and-see approach.

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disney non-scripted shows

While you wait for The Mandalorian to return, you should keep in mind that Disney+ has other original shows as well. And they’re already planning some new ones, too. These new shows are reality-based, which means Baby Yoda won’t be appearing in them (sorry). The new titles include The Quest, which is a reality show that somehow takes place in a fantasy world; The Team, which will pair teams of one adult and one teen; Meet The Chimps, which heads to the Chimp Haven wildlife sanctuary; and an untitled Pixar series that follows Pixar employees making their own animated short films.

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fox name change

Say goodbye to 20th Century Fox (and Fox Searchlight, too). Disney, which purchased Fox last year, is killing off the Fox name and rebranding the respective companies as 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures. Insiders suspect the move is an attempt to distance the studios from Fox News, which was not part of Disney’s acquisition.

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Disney+ is the Most Downloaded App in America

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Finally, things are turning around for Disney! Disney+, the new streaming service from the mega-company, has only been around for a few short months – and yet it’s already become the most downloaded app in America. Since it’s launch in November of 2019, the app has been downloaded over 30 million times. While this success can’t be chalked up entirely to Baby Yoda, we’re just going to pretend it is.

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weekend box office frozen II

This might come as a surprise to you, but Disney made a lot of money this year. I know, I know – who would’ve guessed the giant studio that owns nearly every popular franchise would turn a profit? With only a few measly weeks left in 2019, Disney has come out on top as the reigning global box office champ for the year, with Frozen II winning the weekend box office yet again, to boot. And that’s not even taking into account the potential windfall from the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In other words: it’s good to be Disney.

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Disney+ Adds Continue Watching Section

disney plus continue watching

It took a little while, but Disney+ finally has a Continue Watching section, so you can now keep track of how many times you’ve rewatched the latest Baby Yoda scenes from The Mandalorian. Subscribers were surprised when the Disney streaming service launched sans a Continue Watching option, and it’s just the latest “better late than never” addition to the service, joining a recently added “resume” button.

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hacked disney

Disney+ is one of the cheapest streaming services out there, but that hasn’t stopped people from selling hacked Disney+ accounts for even cheaper on the dark web. According to a new report, thousands of hacked Disney+ accounts are already for sale. In fact, hacked accounts were available for sale on hacking forums within mere hours of the Disney+ launch.

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disney plus subscribers

Oh, you thought we were done talking about Disney+? Well, guess again. After a big fiery launch for the Disney streaming service yesterday it’s time to sort through the ashes and see what’s what. According to Disney themselves, Disney+ netted 3.2 million app downloads yesterday. They also claim they’ve added 10 million subscribers in the last 24 hours. That’s nothing to sneeze at, but it’s also worth noting that Disney has no plans to release ratings for their Disney+ originals, either.

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