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Breaking: Thomas Staggs named COO of The Walt Disney Company

This just in. Thomas Staggs has been named the new Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company. This makes him the front runner for replacing Bob Iger. More later,  the full press release is below: Thomas O. Staggs has been named Chief Operating Officer… Read More »Breaking: Thomas Staggs named COO of The Walt Disney Company

Disneyland Paris holding emergency meeting re: its very future

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Update: the other shoe dropped for Disneyland Paris, the good news? It was a glass slipper from TWDC: http://bit.ly/1xVukOG

What is going on at Disneyland Paris? It’s the most popular theme park in Europe in terms of attendance, but it continually struggles with profitability. This year has been particularly rough. It lost its president Phillipe Gas to Shanghai Disneyland, has been in the news for the shoddy condition of many of its attractions, and is down over a million visitors from the previous year. There is no way to put a silver lining on it. The situation is not good.

On the other hand, the park’s second gate recently opened a Ratatouille attraction that has breathed some life into that park, there are rumors of a major Star Wars addition being planned, and it’s having a Halloween Festival that is getting good reviews. All signs that the park is on the right track.

So which is it? Unfortunately, it appears that the storm clouds are gathering for the park. It will be holding a special meeting with the workers’ council on Monday to discus the park’s cash crunch. The meeting is timed for just before the Paris Stock Exchange opens.
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Could Southwest Airlines Turn to Disney After Leaving SeaWorld?

Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld recently mutually agreed to end their multi-year marketing partnership. No more airship Shamu. Disney currently has similar partnerships with WESTJET (see Sorcerer Mickey), but what if SWA wants to move in on that deal? It could happen, one of my anony-“mouse”… Read More »Could Southwest Airlines Turn to Disney After Leaving SeaWorld?

Will Disney’s Copyright on Mickey Mouse Ever Expire?

Fifteen years ago Congress passed a 20 year extension of copyright in the USA. The Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act was also known as the Mickey Mouse Copyright Extension as The Walt Disney Company’s desire to keep Mickey Mouse protected by copyright was a significant… Read More »Will Disney’s Copyright on Mickey Mouse Ever Expire?