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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Walt Disney on Being Amazed

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #28: Walt Disney on Being Amazed at the Wonders – Ray Keating loves what Walt Disney has to say about still being amazed at the wonders of the world.


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, May 4, 2021

Star Wars Stuff on Star Wars Day

 by Ray Keating

News/Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

May 4, 2021

 

May the 4th! Happy Star Wars Day! Here’s an opportunity to take stock regarding what you’re most excited about in the Star Wars universe. As it turns out, there’s a heck of a lot on the way.

 

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

 

First, what’s the deal with the “real” lightsaber, created by Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development? Well, we might not find out the full story until Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser starts embarking on two-night journeys in 2022. 



And with or without that new lightsaber, I’m exceedingly interested in finding out how guests’ personal adventures will play out on the starcruiser, given the various descriptions that Disney has served up – including this latest one at the Disney Parks Blog – about this immersive experience. 

 

Over at StarWars.com,  there’s even more info. Ann Morrow Johnson, an architect and artist at the Disney Parks, reported, “This is the Coruscant, Canto Bight, Dryden’s yacht, Orient Express of space. The food, the dining, the overall experience is an upscale, refined version of Star Wars that guests haven’t gotten a chance to step into yet.” Orient Express of space? Yes, please. I look forward to dining at the Halcyon’s (the name of the starcruiser) Crown of Corellia dining room.



Merch from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

 

Star Wars merch always grabs my attention, and starting today at the Star Wars Galactic Outpost at Disney Springs, as well as at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, new stuff from a galaxy far, far away was made available, including apparel featuring the new Disney+ series “The Bad Batch” (more on that in a moment).

 

Oh, yes, new Star Wars desserts, including the Grogu Mini Dome Cake at Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs, sound inviting.



Star Wars Lounge at Sea

 

For good measure, might a Disney Cruise be on the agenda? Hmmm. Well, perhaps your decision will be helped by the Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge that will be on board the new Disney Wish cruise ship when it ventures onto the high seas in the summer of 2022. This lounge is being billed as “a high-end, immersive Star Wars bar for adults.”

 

From an interview at StarWars.com, Imagineer Danny Handke provides some intriguing details. Here’s a taste for what people will enjoy: “Some of the galactic destinations that fans can look forward to include Tatooine (set during The Mandalorian), Batuu (‘almost a day in the life of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ featuring the Star Destroyer from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Hondo Ohnaka’s ship), and Mustafar (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story era). And Handke reveals one more locale exclusively to StarWars.com: the home of the Ewoks, Endor.”



What’s Coming Regarding Stars Wars on Screen?

 

Finally, let’s serve up a reminder of what’s coming to Disney+ and/or in theaters to enhance the Star Wars joy…

 

“The Mandalorian” – Season 3 has been approved without a release date set on Disney+.

 

“The Bad Batch” – a 16-episode series arriving on Disney+ on May 4 (today!).

 

“The Book of Boba Fett” – a spinoff from “The Mandalorian” that will debut on Disney+ in December 2021.

 

“Star Wars: Visions” – a 10-part anime series on Disney+ due to land in 2021.

 

“Andor” – a 12-episode prequel series to Rogue One due on Disney+ in 2022.

 

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” – a six-part limited series with Ewan McGregor back as Obi-Wan. It’s due on Disney+ in 2022, and takes place ten years after Revenge of the Sith.

 

“Rogue Squadron” – a movie about X-wing pilots is scheduled to hit movie theaters in December 2023.

 

“Ahsoka” – another spinoff from “The Mandalorian” will star Rosario Dawson on Disney+, but it has no release date as yet.

 

“Rangers of the New Republic” – another spinoff from “The Mandalorian” is supposed to bring a group of New Republic soldiers to Disney+. (No release date.)

 

“The Acolyte” – a mystery/thriller series on Disney+ dealing with the Dark Side a century prior to The Phantom Menace. (No release date.)

 

“Lando” – a series about Lando Calrissian, which also is expected to come to Disney+. (No release date.)

 

“A Droid Story” – a Disney+ movie featuring C3PO and R2D2. (No release date.)

 

In addition, Taika Waititi is supposed to direct his own Star Wars film, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige is developing a Star Wars film. No specifics or release dates have been announced.

 

If that’s not enough Star Wars for you on Star Wars Day, no doubt, more projects will come along (with a few, by the way, likely never becoming a reality).

 

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Advice from Marvel's Stan Lee

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #27: Listen the Stan Lee – Ray Keating embraces Stan Lee’s simple advice on being a writer – read and write a lot.

 


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.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Disney and Quality Escapism

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #26: Disney and Quality Escapism – Ray Keating goes back and forth on a quote from Martin Sklar on Disney and escapism, and comes down in favor of “quality escapism.”


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.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute to Debut New Exhibition for 100th Anniversary of Disney Company

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

May 1, 2021

 

In the northeast, it’s not unusual for schools to bus students and scout groups to The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for science-based field trips.  I’ve been on at least three to the location myself as a chaperone.  



The Institute is part traditional museum, and part hands-on exploration for students, with the walk-through model of a giant beating heart among students’ favorites. In 2023, there may be a new favorite gallery for guests to visit. 

 

In cooperation with The Walt Disney Company, The Walt Disney Archives’, and SC Exhibitions, The Franklin Institute will play host to an exhibition in celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. 

 

D23, the official Disney Fan club, reports that hundreds of artifacts from The Walt Disney Archives’ extensive collection will be featured in the exhibit. As is often the case with The Franklin Institute’s other galleries, “The exhibition will feature an immersive environment of sight and sound spanning 15,000 square feet, showcasing stories and characters from The Walt Disney Company’s last century.”

 

The showcase promises to be an exciting one, with memorabilia, props, costumes and other works of art among the displays. According to D23, co-curator of the exhibit Paula Sigman Lowery noted that “many of these objects have never before been seen outside the company’s archival, animation, and Imagineering vaults.”

 

In 2019, SC Exhibitions worked in partnership with Studio TK on the “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” exhibit at The Franklin Institute, and the Disney 100th anniversary collaboration brings those two companies together again on this venture.

 

The Franklin Institute, located in Philadelphia’s Parkway Museums District, is one of the leading science centers in the country. It was founded in 1824 to honor Benjamin Franklin, and opened to the public as a museum in 1934. It was one of the first museums to offer a hands-on approach to visitors, and today is dedicated to science and technology education in a facility with more than 400,000 square feet of exploration space. The Institute includes the galleries, an IMAX Theater, a STEM education and conference center, lecture halls, and the Fels Planetarium, the second oldest planetarium in the western hemisphere. 

 

More details on the new Disney exhibit will follow as the project gets underway.

 

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Details and Disney

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #25: Disney on the Details – Ray Keating agrees with Walt Disney: It’s about the details. 


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.