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Disney World Has a Problem Visitors Won't Like

Navigating you and your family's experience at a Walt Disney (DIS) park is virtually impossible without some kind of device. With Disney's MagicBand, park visitors should be able to breeze through their park experience with nary a worry and conveniently access all the experiences on their itinerary. Disney is now on its third version of the MagicBand, simply called the MagicBand+. And with several sparkly new interactive features, fans were very responsive. But like many of Disney's MagicBand plans, the latest Band's production is struggling to meet fans' expectations.
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Disney's CEO Was Asked About The Big Ten Decision

With the Big Ten's media rights deal with FOX and ESPN set to expire in 2023, the conference is close to finalizing a new agreement. It was reported this week that the Big Ten's new media rights deal will be with CBS, FOX and NBC. ESPN, meanwhile, is on the outside looking in.
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Disney’s Kareem Daniel, Tracee Ellis Ross and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum and Abhijay Prakash Join Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit

Click here to read the full article. Variety is pleased to announce the in-person return of its annual Entertainment and Technology Summit, presented by City National Bank in West Hollywood on Sept. 15. This year’s summit features keynote speakers Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution; Tracee Ellis Ross, actor, producer and CEO and founder of Pattern Beauty; Jenna Fischer, actor, producer and host, “The Office,” “The Office Ladies” podcast; Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions; and Abhijay Prakash, president of Blumhouse Productions.  The summit brings together leading entertainment executives and creative talent for a full day...
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Disney+ is getting more expensive... unless you want ads

(CNN) -- Disney+ just got more expensive. Unless you're willing to watch ads. The Disney+ new ad-supported subscription tier will debut in the US on December 8 at a cost of $7.99 a month, the company announced on Wednesday. If that price point looks familiar, it should. That's what consumers are paying for Disney+ right now without the ads. The Disney+ premium tier that comes without commercials will now jump by $3 to $10.99 per month, the largest price increase for the channel since its November 2019 debut. It raised prices by $1 in March of 2021. Disney+'s price increase...
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Disney is increasing the price of its ad-free Disney+ subscription to $10.99

Disney notes that the ad-supported tier will be called “Disney+ Basic” and the ad-free subscription plan will be called “Disney+ Premium.”. Earlier this year, Disney promised to limit total ad load to an average of four minutes of commercials an hour. The company also revealed that preschool programming will not have any commercials whatsoever. Disney+ will have fewer ads than its sister service Hulu’s ad-supported tier, which shows ads for nearly twice as much time (approximately 7.4 ads).
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Disney adds subscribers but warns over cricket loss

Disney will launch a new ad-supported streaming service in the US in December, as it overtakes Netflix in the race for subscribers. The firm said it had 221.1 million subscriptions across its three streaming platforms as of 2 July. That contrasts with rival Netflix which has been losing customers. But...
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Disney+ ad-free subscription cost to rise by 38% in December

Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday it is raising prices for streaming subscribers in the U.S. who want to watch Disney+ without ads, as more viewers switch to what CEO Bob Chapek described as the “best value in streaming.” The price increases are tied to a new tiered service Disney will launch in December for U.S. subscribers. The basic Disney+ service today costs $7.99 per month. Starting in December, that basic service will run ads, so a subscriber who wants no ads will have to upgrade to a premium service that starts at $10.99 per month, a 37.5% rise over current prices. An annual plan will cost $109.99. “We expect the ad tier to be popular and we expect some people to want to stay with ad-free,” Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy said on a conference call with analysts. Netflix’s most popular streaming plan in the U.S. is now $15.50 per month, and its top-of-the-line plan is $20 per month. That follows several rate hikes to help pay for its original programming, which has become even more important since Disney pulled its programming and classic movies from Netflix after licensing agreements between the companies expired.
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Disney Parks and Experiences See Dramatic Revenue Increase

Disney shared their third-quarter earnings report today, and the news for Parks and Experiences looks promising. Revenue has risen 70% since the third quarter of last year. The pandemic travel slump is clearly over. Disney partially attributes the increase in revenue to the launch of Genie and Lightning Lane and...
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Disney's Newest Cruise Ship, The Wish, Literally Has Something For Everyone

There's plenty for the kids, but there are also clubs and lounges, spa and salon services, designer shopping spots and live entertainment for adults too. For years, my sister has raved to me about the perks of Disney cruises. They’ve been a favorite of hers, as well as for her husband and son (now two sons) for quite some time. “They have a lot of things not just for kids to do, but adults as well,” she once told me. When I had my first child, I became intrigued by the idea of a cruise truly for the whole family, so when Disney offered the chance to test out their newest ship, the Wish, I grabbed my husband and my energetic toddler, and we hopped on board the 1.2 million square foot vessel.
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Disney blows away Q3 earnings expectations on theme parks and streaming growth

Disney reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings Wednesday, aided by its theme parks and continued growth of its all-important Disney+ service. The Burbank, Calif.-based company posted earnings per share of $1.09 on revenue of $21.5 billion. Wall Street expected adjusted EPS of 96 cents on revenue of $21 billion.  The Mouse House said Wednesday that Disney+, which boasts flicks like “Lightyear,” “Encanto” and “Turning Red,” nabbed 14.4 million new subscribers in the quarter for a total of 152.1 million. Analysts expected 10 million new sign-ups.  Disney CEO Bob Chapek previously predicted Disney+ to add between 230 million to 260 million subscribers by fiscal 2024.  “We had...
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This Week In Wild Disney Parks Guest Hijinks: See A Guest Climb Into A Fountain And Pretend To Be Part Of The Scenery

Theme parks are supposed to be fun places where you can just relax and do what you like. But let’s be honest, some people take this a bit too literally. From people who jump off of Epcot rides to steal vegetables to people who jump off of Universal Studios rides to retrieve their sunglasses, people seem to get the impression that because they paid to be in a theme park they can just do what they like. On the plus side, it often makes for fun video to watch.
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Per Guest Spending and Hotel Occupancy Increased for Q3 2022 at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort both experienced a increase in per guest spending during the third fiscal quarter of 2022. It was revealed during The Walt Disney Company’s quarterly earnings report that per capita spending at the domestic parks increased 10% versus Q3 of 2021, while it makes a 40% increase versus the same quarter of 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, hotel occupancy at the resorts currently sits at 90%.
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