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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Why Did Disney’s Stock Dive on Friday (Jan. 21)?

 by Ray Keating

Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

January 22, 2022

 

Disney’s stock price dropped by $10.24 – or by 6.94 percent – on Friday, January 21, to $137.38. That was the worst closing price for a week since early November 2020. (Full disclosure: I own Disney stock.)

 

So, what happened? Netflix happened.



Specifically, Netflix missed on market expectations for subscriber growth. The company projected subscriber growth of 2.5 million in the current quarter (first quarter 2022), which compares to 4 million in the same quarter last year. Also, subscribers came in at 8.3 million in the fourth quarter, slightly below projections of 8.5 million. Netflix tumbled by 22 percent on Friday.

 

Of course, Disney also had missed market expectations for Disney+ subscriber growth that was announced in November, with 2.1 million quarterly net adds coming in far below market expectations that topped 10 million. And since early November, the Disney stock price has dropped by nearly $40 per share, or by 22 percent.

 

Having said all of this, Disney differs from Netflix in that it is not only a streaming play. While CEO Bob Chapek has made it clear that Disney’s main emphasis moving forward will in fact be direct-to-consumer, streaming efforts, that doesn’t mean that the rest of this vast entertainment company, such as theme parks, the cruise line, resorts, merchandise, and so on, will somehow be neglected. Indeed, since the days of Walt Disney himself, Disney has been known for brand synergy, with one part of the company fueling growth and revenues in other parts. 

 

Given the various sectors covered by Disney, few entertainment companies seem better positioned to take full advantage of a post-pandemic, post-supply-chain-challenges, post-inflation environment. The only real question is the same one that all other businesses are trying to continue to figure out: Just when exactly will we be clear of this pandemic and its related problems?

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant novels and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

Get more out of 2022 with The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution! It combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more. Also, “The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution” comes with a handy spiral binding for easy use. 

 

Keating has three new books out. Vatican Shadows: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is the 13th thriller/mystery in the Pastor Stephen Grant series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed books at www.raykeatingonline.comPast Lives: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story is the 14th book in the series. Again, get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed book at www.raykeatingonline.com. And order the 15th book in the series What’s Lost? A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story – grab it at Amazon.com or signed editions at www.raykeatingonline.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Career Advice from Peter Pan


Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #262: Career Advice from Peter Pan – Yes, Peter Pan can provide some insight on moving ahead in one’s business and career.

 

The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Disney Expert Notes That Businesses Must Understand the Differences Among Employees



Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #261: Different Motivations for Workers – Managers need to understand the differences with each worker to tap their potential, per a Disney expert.

 

The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Stan Lee Found Happiness in Work


Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #260: Stan Lee Happiest When Working – Love your work, and you might feel like Stan Lee who said he was happiest when working. 

The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Walt Disney on Becoming an Entrepreneur

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #259: Walt Disney on Key Points of Entrepreneurship – Walt hits on some key reasons for becoming an entrepreneur.

The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A Warning from Alice in Wonderland


Check out the Latest Episode of the Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating … and All the Rest, Too! – Episode #258: Take Advice from Alice in Wonderland – Alice notes a shortfall that we all succumb to, and should work to overcome.


Monday, January 17, 2022

Dining Packages for EPCOT Garden Rocks Concert Series Go On Sale January 19

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

January 17, 2022

 

The list of performers for the 2022 EPCOT Garden Rocks Concert Series at the America Gardens Theatre has been set, and there are a number of first-time appearances, as well as a plethora of returning bands. There may even be a few much-loved artists from your youth (ahem…). The Garden Rocks Concert Series takes place during the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival from March 2 to July 4, 2022.

 


If you want to guarantee yourself a great seat to hear your favorites, or even discover a new talent, you might want to consider booking a dining package for the evening.  Packages are available at four EPCOT restaurants, ranging from $57-$69 for adults.  Guests may begin booking reservations online starting January 19, 2022. 

 

While seating at the concert is free, the dining package guarantees you a first come-first served seat in the theatre.  Dining package guests enter through a separate queue than guests waiting for stand-by seats.  (You will also need EPCOT tickets and a park reservation for that day to attend the concert. EPCOT tickets are not included in your dining package price.) Seating is based on availability, due to limited capacity in the theatre.

 

Dining Packages are not offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, and are only available Friday to Monday.  Packages can be booked for either lunch or dinner, and each package includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert or one (1) full buffet (depending on the restaurant), along with a non-alcoholic beverage. After dining, guests will be given a concert badge that will admit them to one Garden Rocks concert performance on the same day. The date and time of the concert will be listed on your badge.

 

Dining Packages are available at:

Adult
(ages 10 and up)

Child
(ages 3 to 9)

Biergarten Restaurant

Germany Pavilion

$57.00

$32.00

Coral Reef Restaurant

The Living Seas

$69.00

$22.00

Garden Grill Restaurant

The Land Pavilion

$66.00

$43.00

Rose & Crown Dining Room

United Kingdom Pavilion

$58.00

$22.00

 

 

Scheduled performers for 2022 include:

 

  • The Guess Who (March 4 & 5)
  • Rick Springfield (March 6 & 7)
  • Melina León – NEW to Garden Rocks! (March 11 & 12)
  • TBD (March 13 & 14)
  • Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel – NEW! (March 18 & 19)
  • Kool & The Gang – NEW to Garden Rocks! (March 20 & 21)
  • The Orchestra starring former members of ELO (March 25 to 28)
  • The Spinners (April 1 & 2)
  • The Pointer Sisters (April 3 & 4)
  • Blue October – NEW to Garden Rocks! (April 8 & 9)
  • TBD (April 10 & 11)
  • TBD (April 15 & 16)
  • Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles (April 17 & 18)
  • STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas (April 22 & 23)
  • Claudia Leitte – NEW! (April 24 & 25)
  • Berlin (April 29 & 30)
  • TobyMac (May 1 & 2)
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears (May 6 & 7)
  • The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks!  (May 8 & 9)
  • Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – NEW! (May 13 & 14)
  • TBD (May 15 & 16)
  • A Flock of Seagulls (May 20 & 21)
  • Collin Raye – NEW!  (May 22 & 23)
  • Thelma Houston – NEW!  (May 27 & 28)
  • Little River Band (May 29 & 30)
  • Simple Plan (June 3 to 6)
  • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone (June 10 to 13)
  • Plain White T’s (June 17 to 20)
  • TBD (June 24 & 25)
  • TBD (June 26 & 27)

 

Obviously, Disney still has a few holes to fill before March, so keep an eye out for concert updates. (Performers are also subject to change.)

 

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Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

 

Please support the efforts of DisneyBizJournal.com to bring news, analysis and commentary on Disney to readers such as yourself. Make a contribution right here via PayPal. Thanks!

 

For you and as a gift! The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution is here! It combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more. Also, “The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution” comes with a handy spiral binding for easy use. 

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Disney Updates Vaccine Requirements for Cruise Line

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

January 13, 2022

 

Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean may have cancelled some of their current sailings, but Disney Cruise Line is still steaming ahead with its current schedule. However, a November Disney Cruise Line policy update to passenger boarding requirements has kicked in as of today, January 13, 2022.



Disney Cruise Line passengers ages 5 and up are now required to show proof of full vaccination status, while pint-sized sailors 4 and under must show a negative COVID test within the previous 3 days to 24 hours before sailing.  

 

Following the CDC and FDA’s approval of vaccines for children ages 5 and over, all Disney Cruise Line guests ages 5 and up will need to be fully vaccinated by their sail date, starting January 13, 2022. Disney Cruise Line’s website advises:

 

“Currently, Disney Cruise Line continues to require all vaccine-eligible Guests (based on US eligibility requirements) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the time of sailing. This is a requirement for all Guests (US and international) ages 5 and older. Guests who are not vaccine-eligible because of age must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken between 3 days and 24 hours before their sail date. Guests ages 4 and under must complete the testing requirements. The test should be a NAAT test, rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.”

 

Changes for cruise requirements are happening frequently, and often suddenly, and the CDC has a number of ships under surveillance for reports of COVID cases, so if a cruise – Disney or otherwise – is in your future, you need to stay on top of changing regulations. 

 

For current Disney Cruise procedures, head to the Disney Cruise Line website. The website also offers instructions for uploading COVID test results to the Safe Passage website, as well as discounts for a special rate of $98.33 per PCR test (which includes a 3.5% processing fee) through the third-party vendor, Inspire Diagnostics. Guests are also welcome to use their own choice of independent test suppliers for their pre-sail COVID test.

 

  • In addition to pre-sailing tests, Disney says, “All Guests, regardless of age and vaccination status, are required to take a COVID-19 test (paid for by Disney Cruise Line and administered by Inspire Diagnostics) at the terminal before boarding.”

 

According to The Orlando Sentinel, Norwegian Cruise Line, “the first cruise line to cancel sailings on active ships during this wave of COVID-19,” has expanded its list of cancellations, “including the first ship sailing out of Port Canaveral and more ships from PortMiami and Tampa as the omicron variant of COVID-19 surges. Norwegian Escape, the line’s sole ship sailing from Port Canaveral, had its next two sailings taken off the board.”   

 

Last week, Norwegian pushed planned restarts on some of its other ships to March amidst the current wave of COVID infections.

 

The Orlando Sentinel also reports that Royal Caribbean has seen some shuffling and cancelling of sailings, including “the world’ largest ship, Symphony of the Seas,” which was due to sail out of Miami, but is now “offline until Jan. 28, and Jewel of the Seas also out of Miami out of commission until Feb. 20.”   Other ships on the Royal Caribbean line have had changes of sailing dates as well.

 

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Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

 

Please support the efforts of DisneyBizJournal.com to bring news, analysis and commentary on Disney to readers such as yourself. Make a contribution right here via PayPal. Thanks!

 

For you and as a gift! The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution is here! It combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more. Also, “The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution” comes with a handy spiral binding for easy use. 

Eisner on Risking the Company


Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #254: Risk the Company? – Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner makes a point about innovation and risk, though he might have gone too far.

The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Jack Kirby and Bob Iger - Managing Creativity and Transcending Limits


Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #252: Jack Kirby on Reaching Beyond Limits – The comic book great, Jack Kirby, had some good advice on transcending self-imposed limits.

 

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #253: Iger on Managing Creative Enterprises – Bob Iger says it’s not hard to manage a creative enterprise like Disney, if you stick to key principles.

 

The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Chapek Lays Out a Walt-Like Vision for Disney with the Question Being Execution

 by Ray Keating

Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

January 12, 2022

 

Bob Chapek offered a memo to Disney staff on Monday (January 10) that outlined his vision for the company. And as much as this comment will aggravate Chapek’s legions of critics, the Chapek memo clearly was influenced by Walt Disney.


Photo Source: Walt Disney Company


To say that Bob Chapek took over the reins of The Walt Disney Company during a challenging time would be to vastly understate matters. Chapek assumed the role of CEO on February 20, 2020. What quickly followed was a global pandemic with near-economy-wide shutdowns, and an ongoing struggle to emerge from a pandemic featuring variants and spikes, supply-chain challenges, labor shortages, and raging inflation.

 

While Chapek has come under sometimes withering criticism, it’s hard to get a real feel for his performance as CEO given the unique circumstances. Other than World War II, when Disney was still exclusively a movie studio, it’s difficult to think of a more exacting time for the company.

 

So, what about the memo?

 

Chapek starts off by thanking staff for their “talent, dedication, and optimism during the most disruptive time in our company’s history,” and for what they were able to achieve during the pandemic.

 

He then goes on to note that the company is getting set to celebrate its 100th anniversary, and offers three pillars to “ensure Disney’s next 100 years are as successful as our first.”

 

Chapek describes the first pillar of the company as “storytelling excellence.” He describes one of the tools he will implement to “continue to set the creative bar higher and higher,” that is, “I am establishing a new standing monthly meeting with our senior creative leaders to discuss the opportunities we face as a storytelling enterprise. This will encourage collaboration, sharing of best practices, and stimulate cross-studio ideation.”

 

The second pillar, according to Chapek, is innovation, specifically, to continue to be “the world’s foremost innovative storytellers,” using technology to give “our creative teams new canvases like the metaverse on which to paint.” He adds, “We should be especially innovative as we seek to bring stories to life in new ways—particularly if they enhance what many call our ‘franchise ecosystem,’ which is one of the things that sets us apart.”

 

And the third pillar is a “relentless focus on our audience.” Chapek is very clear here, writing that “our most important guide—our North Star—is the consumer. Right now, their behavior tells us and our industry that the way they want to experience entertainment is changing—and changing fast thanks to technology and the pandemic. We must evolve with our audience, not work against them. And so we will put them at the center of every decision we make.”

 

The Chapek memo is very “Disney,” in that it hits on three big points that started with Walt Disney himself – great storytelling, innovation, and focusing on the consumers, that is, on the Disney guest. Keep in mind that Chapek was promoted from within the company, having spent almost 30 years with Disney in a variety of areas. That’s a very different background compared to the two previous CEOs, Bob Iger and Michael Eisner. So, the fact that his vision memo aligns with long-held company culture is in no way surprising. 

 

Again, his critics already have written Chapek off. But a fair and sober assessment of his performance must wait until the economy returns to something much closer to normal, and he is given some time to advance his agenda. That will include, for example, a significant amount of content scheduled to arrive on Disney+ later this year and going forward, and expanded theme park, cruise line and merchandise operations, for example, as we deal more ably with the pandemic and, hopefully, supply-chain, labor and inflation problems.

 

Indeed, there’s little to argue with in terms of the vision Chapek laid out in his memo to Disney staff. The question remains: What will Chapek’s execution look like? At this point, a sound assessment just isn’t possible.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant novels and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

Get more out of 2022 with The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution! It combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more. Also, “The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution” comes with a handy spiral binding for easy use. 

 

Keating has three new books out. Vatican Shadows: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is the 13th thriller/mystery in the Pastor Stephen Grant series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed books at www.raykeatingonline.comPast Lives: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story is the 14th book in the series. Again, get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed book at www.raykeatingonline.com. And order the 15th book in the series What’s Lost? A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story – grab it at Amazon.com or signed editions at www.raykeatingonline.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Marvel Movies Saved the 2021 Box Office

 by Ray Keating

Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

January 11, 2022

 

Superheroes saved the 2021 box office – specifically, Marvel heroes did so.

 

The pandemic obviously has devastated the movie theater business, and while the 2021 domestic (U.S. and Canada) box office take was double what was earned in 2020, the numbers remained well off the pre-pandemic 2019 level.



In fact, the $4.58 billion earned in domestic movie ticket sales in 2021 registered the same level as was garnered in 1992, according to the Hollywood Reporter. However, that fails to factor inflation into the equation, meaning that the 2021 earnings were even less than the 1992 take in real terms.

 

Compared to pre-pandemic 2019, the 2021 domestic box office was off by 60 percent.

 

As for a studio breakdown, CNBC noted that Disney led the way with 26 percent of the 2021 box office, followed by Sony’s 23 percent.



But let’s be clear, it was the Marvel Cinematic Universe that truly ruled. Five of the top six movies in terms of domestic gross were MCU movies, with three from Disney and two from Sony.

 

Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony) topped all domestic earners with $573 million, followed by $225 million for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Disney), $213 million for Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony), $184 million for Black Widow (Disney), and $165 million for Eternals (Disney). 

 

That tallies up to 30 percent of the 2021 domestic box office for MCU films. 

 

By the way, the Sony MCU movies outgrossed the Disney MCU films - $786 for Sony’s and $574 for Disney’s.

 

As for the other top films, F9: The Fast Saga was number five at the domestic box office (Universal at $173 million) and number seven was the James Bond film No Time to Die (United Artists at $161 million).

 

So, we’ve learned (or relearned) a couple of things about movies during a pandemic. First, big blockbusters (in particular, superhero blockbusters) will draw some audiences into theaters – mainly, younger moviegoers. 

 

Second, non-blockbuster, more adult-oriented movies, if you will, are having a very tough time, including The Last Duel (Disney’s 20th Century Studios) and West Side Story (Disney’s 20th Century Studios), which were both excellent. Part of this, no doubt, is less willingness among older moviegoers to sit in theaters while pandemic issues still rage on. To be less generous, such films also require more of an attention span than what might be needed for at least some superhero movies.

 

What does any of this mean post-pandemic? Speculation can, and has, run in all kinds of directions, but the safest take is that the pandemic has accelerated a shift among consumers to viewing more content at home. However, the degree of this shift and what it will mean for movies being released in theaters remains anyone’s guess at this point in time. The general direction of greater in-home viewing is great for consumers (who are ultimately driving the trend), and for content creators who are seeing and will continue to see increasing opportunities to create via streaming services.

 

But as anyone in the buggy whip industry would have told you with the arrival of the internal combustion engine, when these kinds of upheavals of innovation dramatically alter the economic landscape, matters of survival emerge for businesses who were entrenched in doing things the old ways. This all points to theater owners facing considerable challenges in creating an environment that will get people off their couches and into theaters.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant novels and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

Get more out of 2022 with The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution! It combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more. Also, “The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution” comes with a handy spiral binding for easy use. 

 

Keating has three new books out. Vatican Shadows: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is the 13th thriller/mystery in the Pastor Stephen Grant series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed books at www.raykeatingonline.comPast Lives: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story is the 14th book in the series. Again, get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed book at www.raykeatingonline.com. And order the 15th book in the series What’s Lost? A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story – grab it at Amazon.com or signed editions at www.raykeatingonline.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Minnie Anniversary Sippers Spotted at Animal Kingdom

 by Beth Keating

Lifestyle

DisneyBizJournal.com

January 10, 2022

 

We’ve been looking for the Minnie Mouse 50th Anniversary Sipper to accompany our Mickey 50th Anniversary popcorn bucket for weeks now, but between block out dates, holiday crowds, and sold out locations, we hadn’t had much success.  On Saturday night, we thought we had a lead on one at D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs (it was on their menu…), but they, too, were sold out.



The following day, though, quite unexpectedly, we discovered Minnie popping up all over Animal Kingdom. Rows upon rows of Minnie Mouse in her bright blue 50th Anniversary outfit were lined up on kiosk counters across the park, like little soda soldiers. We bought ours at Corn-ivores in DinoLand, but they were also available at Mahindi in Africa and The Thirsty River Bar in Asia, among others.  

 

For $17.00, you’re able to not only take home the adorable Minnie Mouse Sipper, but you get a bottle of your choice of Coke, Diet Coke or Sprite to go along with it.  (You are handed your soda bottle separately, so don’t worry about getting Minnie full of soda and trying to rinse it out in a theme park bathroom sink before getting on a plane… Minnie stays pristine unless you want to pour the soda in yourself.) She does come with a twist off cap on the back of her head that is attached to a long straw for your dining enjoyment, as well as a handy shoulder strap for toting around the park.

 

If Minnie Mouse sippers aren’t quite your thing, but you are looking for something a little more rugged and adventurous, there were also Animal Kingdom canteens for sale at kiosks throughout the park.  (We found ours at the Kali Ice Cream kiosk, not far from the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck in the Asia section of the park.) For $14.75, you can get a bottle of soda, with a side of Animal Kingdom Canteen. 



The canteen features a cute little logo of Mickey and Minnie with the rest of the Fab Five in a safari jeep, and while the canteen doesn’t have a convenient shoulder strap like Minnie, it does have a nifty loop on the back for strapping it onto your belt like a real explorer!

 

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Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

 

Please support the efforts of DisneyBizJournal.com to bring news, analysis and commentary on Disney to readers such as yourself. Make a contribution right here via PayPal. Thanks!

 

For you and as a gift! The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution is here! It combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more. Also, “The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution” comes with a handy spiral binding for easy use.