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Disney Sorcerer’s Hat Is Being Removed From Hollywood Studios!

January 7, 2015 • By

Disney Sorcerer's Hat
OMG! At Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida the Sorcerer’s Hat is set to be removed! The iconic hat has been there since 2001.

Disney officials have said that they are removing it because they are working to bring new experiences to life at the park.

The 122-foot hat was inspired by Mickey Mouse’s hat in the 1940’s film “Fantasia” and has been a prime photo spot for guests of the park for years.

Crews will begin dismantling the hat this Wednesday and could continue on for a few days since it is so big.

Disney officials have not said if anything will replace the hat, which served as a roof for a souvenir shop, but until then you will once again have a clear view of the replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Fans had been wondering about the fate of the hat for months since it was noticeable absent from an updated Walt Disney World brochure.

We certainly will miss the iconic Sorcerer’s Hat, but we look forward to the changes that may come next!

Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Get New Presidents

November 19, 2014 • By

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Andrew Millstein has been promoted to president of Walt Disney Animation and Jim Morris has also been promoted to be the new president of Pixar.

Andrew had joined Disney in 1997 and was the executive VP and general manager of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Morris had been president of Lucas Digital before becoming the general manager and executive VP of production for Pixar.

Pixar Animation Studios

Both men will continue to oversee business operations and productions at their companies. They will report to Ed Catmull the president of both Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

Here’s what Ed had to say about the promotions,

We’re fortunate and proud to have an abundance of strong creative leadership at Disney, and Andrew and Jim are two incredible talents that embody the perfect blend of business and artistic focus. Not only have they done so much to ensure each of their studios is operating at peak condition, they continually push their teams to new heights of creativity, storytelling and innovation.

Congratulations to both men on their new positions!

Disney’s Legal Battle With Deadmau5

September 3, 2014 • By

Mickey Mouse Ears

Uh oh. The Walt Disney Company is in a legal battle with DJ Deadmau5 over the use of his famous mouse helmet. Deadmau5 is trying to trademark the helmet in the US and Disney has filed documents stating that the helmet is too similar to the Mickey Mouse ears logo.

Deadmau5

Deadmau5 has trademarked the helmet in a large number of other countries over the last 10 years, and he’s ready to fight back with Disney about his US trademark.

Deadmau5 posted to Twitter:

Disney thinks you might confuse an established electronic musician / performer with a cartoon mouse. That’s how stupid they think you are.

Yikes!

Share YOUR thoughts in the comments section!

Disney Channel Changes Its Logo And Celebrity Wand Videos

May 22, 2014 • By

New Disney Channel Logo

The Disney Channel has changed up its logo! The new design is arriving on the network tomorrow, and so are new celebrity wand videos!

Here’s the old logo and wand video:

Disney Channel New Logo

Ron Pomerantz, Disney Channel’s VP of Marketing and Creative, told Ad Week:

We took the ‘wand ID’ which is so important to our network, and made sure it could still work. Take Good Luck Charlie, for example. A lot of countries are still airing it new. Could we take the green-screen of a star like Bridgit Mendler and make a wand ID using the new logo? A lot of our interstitials that are more evergreen, we have to switch the packaging over to the new packaging. You don’t want inconsistency in your brand no matter what your brand is.

We can’t wait to see the new wand spots! You can see the new Disney Channel logo used in the summer promo spot below!

Walt Disney Company Spending Over $5 Billion On Shanghai Theme Park

May 3, 2014 • By

Disney Shanghai

Wow! The Walt Disney Company has just raised its investment in its Shanghai resort to $5.44 billion. The spike in cash will help to add attractions that will increase the capacity of the park when it is open.

According to Disney’s CEO Robert Iger it is believed that tourism in China will rise in the coming years, and Disney wanted to make sure they had space at the park for guests.

Shanghai Disney

The new Shanghai Disney Resort will have two hotels on site and will include 1,000 acres of space for guests.

The opening date of the park is set to be next year.

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