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Disneyland and Disney World have started accepting reservations for June 2020. The parks have both been shut down since March 14th due to current world events. The shutdowns led to a lot of family vacation plans hitting the skids and the Walt Disney Company is trying to help as many people as they can who already purchased tickets in advance and made travel accommodations. The parks originally thought they were going to be able to open this Wednesday, April 1st, but that is not going to happen, which they announced late last week.
Most of the world is practicing social distancing and staying indoors. President Donald Trump made the recommendation to continue to do so until April 30th, which is different from his earlier Easter plans. Disneyland and Disney World have not yet announced a reopening date, but they have already started taking reservations for June 1st. You can read part of the statement from the Walt Disney Company below.'Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney Resort hotels and Disney Springs area are currently closed and a reopening date has not been identified. For guests who are interested in modifying their existing travel dates or making a new reservation for a future vacation, reservations are currently available for travel dates June 1 and later. As always, Guests are able to modify these bookings if Walt Disney World Resort opens before or after that time.'
This could be a good sign of things to come. If people keep practicing social distancing, there could be a chance for North America to get back to some form of normalcy. It appears that the Walt Disney Company is thinking along those same lines. For people that may have already had Disneyland or Disney World plans, the company has revealed how they will be working with those situations. The statement goes on.'As we previously shared, unexpired multi-day theme park tickets with unused days, or date-specific theme park tickets with a valid use period beginning March 12, 2020 through the closure will automatically be extended to use any date through December 15, 2020. If you are unable to visit by December 15, 2020, you may apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date.'
Disneyland and Disney World have been paying all of their cast members since the shutdown two weeks ago and will continue to do so until April 18th. It is unclear what the Walt Disney Company has planned for afterwards in terms of taking care of their employees. Both parks are losing millions by remaining closed. With that being said, they are trying to make it as easy as possible for park visitors to make changes to their reservations. The statement concludes below.'The provide additional flexibility, we are waiving Disney-imposed change and cancellation fees up to the date of check-in for reservations with arrivals through June 30. As a reminder, most reservations can be modified or cancelled online. If guests...
Because studios can’t always be shelling out money for intellectual property that they hope to turn into the next blockbuster franchise, Universal Pictures opted for the public domain fairytale of Snow White to turn into a gritty fantasy film series by way of Snow White and the Huntsman. But try as Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth might, all we got was a movie that was nowhere near being the fairest of them all. Watch the Snow White and the Huntsman Honest Trailer below to really dig into the movie.Snow White and the Huntsman Honest Trailer
It’s a real swing and a miss when you’ve got three of the biggest stars in the world in one movie, and you don’t give any of them a single memorable thing to do. And you certainly don’t get rid of two of those stars and try to let Chris Hemsworth lead the franchise on his own, especially when he’s just a lame version of Thor with an axe that isn’t Stormbreaker and friends who are dwarfs instead of a talking raccoon and tree.
Honestly, I’ve seen both of these movies, and I don’t remember a single scene, line or plot point beyond the most basic details of the original Snow White fairytale, and those are holdovers from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Between Snow White, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, and King Arthur, I’d say we’ve had it with public domain characters on the big screen, but we know studios will keep making these movies every few years, and that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
Disney+ may benefit from further delays with the studio's theatrical releases as more movies may be going directly to the streaming service in the future. This, according to former Disney CEO and current Executive Chairman Bob Iger. It was recently revealed that Artemis Fowl will debut on Disney+ sometime this year, skipping a theatrical release. As Iger explains, that may not be the only title to make the move from theatrical to streaming, but don't expect to see it happen with the studio's upcoming tentpole releases.
Given what's going on in the world right now, most movie theaters are shut down entirely and virtually all major releases through June have been delayed. Some have wondered if Disney might put movies like Black Widow or Mulan on Disney+ instead. While that won't be happening, Bob Iger isn't ruling out other movies making the shift. Here's what Iger had to say about it in a recent interview.'There are some we've decided to put on Disney+. We already announced one, Artemis Fowl, that would have been released in theaters. Others we've simply delayed. In some cases we've moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have. Frozen 2 was one of them, but Onward would be the biggest example. It was in theaters when this happened.' 'We moved to a pay-per-view period for a couple of weeks where people could buy it and own it. And then we ended up putting it on Disney+. In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we'll simply wait for slots. In some cases we've announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar.'
There is a lot to unpack here. Black Widow and several other delayed movies were recently given new release dates as Disney reshuffled its 2020/2021 calendar. Black Widow and other big-budget tentpoles stand to make far more money in theaters, even with a relatively uncertain future ahead, than they could possibly generate via streaming. So putting movies like them directly on Disney+ doesn't make that much business sense.
In the meantime, taking riskier projects such as Artemis Fowl and giving Disney+ subscribers something flashy and exclusive is helpful. But what other movies might fit the bill for streaming debuts? The New Mutants perhaps? Whatever the case, as Bob Iger points out, the studio is content to wait until things return to normal. Disney, more than any other studio in Hollywood, is capable of raking in big dollars at the box office. So this truly isn't that surprising.
Other studios, on the other hand, may see value in doing a VOD/Digital release. Universal kicked that door wide open a couple of weeks back by putting recent releases such as The Invisible Man and The Hunt online. Trolls: World Tour, which was destined for theaters, will arrive digitally this month. Disney has not yet set a premiere date for Artemis Fowl, but it's...