Comcast Counters 21st Century Fox’s Latest Bid for Sky News

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Coming just a day after 21st Century Fox increased their bid to acquire the 61% stake of Sky PLC that they don’t already own, Comcast has countered with their new offer.

According to today’s press release from Comcast, the offer is now £14.75 per Sky share, up from their most recent offer of £12.50 per share.

Comcast says that they have financing in place for the full cash consideration and that their cash offer has been recommended by the Sky Independent Committee of Directors.

“Comcast has long admired Sky and believes it is an outstanding company and a great fit with Comcast. Today’s announcement further underscores Comcast’s belief and its commitment to owning Sky.”

Comcast hopes to have the acquisition completed by October.



Yesterday, Fox increased their offer to £14.00, with approval from The Walt Disney Company and the agreement that would cover the difference between the bid and the actual value of the stock, should the current acquisition deal of Fox assets by Disney not happen due to regulatory concerns.

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Avengers: Infinity War Hits Blu-ray August 14, Digitally July 31

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Go ahead and cancel all of your plans for August 14 right now, because Avengers: Infinity War, the number four film of all time, will be released on Blu-ray and 4K UHD! If you prefer to purchase films digitally, you’ll be able to get in on the action on July 31. To celebrate the release, The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron is also being released the same day in 4K UHD.

The 4K Cinematic Universe Edition will will contain a 4K Ultra HD disc, a Blu-ray, and a Digital Copy. The Multi-Screen Edition, formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack, will include a Blu-ray and a Digital Copy. If you purchase the film digitally or redeem your digital copy, you’ll have access to a 30-minute roundtable featuring Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, James Gunn, Ryan Coogler, Peyton Reed, Taika Waititi, and Anthony and Joe Russo as they reflect on how their movies all contributed to the greater story in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is just one of the many bonus features (more than two hours worth), so take a look at the full list below!

  • Strange Alchemy (5:08)– Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU meeting for the first time—and discover why some were teamed up together.
  • The Mad Titan (6:34) – Explore the MCU’s biggest, baddest villain, his trail of influence through the stories, and the existential threat he represents.
  • Beyond the Battle: Titan (9:36) – Dive into the climactic struggle on Thanos’ ruined world, including the epic stunts and VFX, to uncover the source of its power.
  • Beyond the Battle: Wakanda (10:58) – Go behind the scenes to find out how the filmmakers pulled off the most massive and challenging battle Marvel had ever attempted.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (10:07)
    • Happy Knows Best (1:23) – Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming wedding—until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.
    • Hunt for the Mind Stone (1:24) – On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision attempt to hide from Thanos’ brutal allies.
    • The Guardians Get Their Groove Back (3:20) – As Peter Quill and Drax quarrel over their failed mission to Knowhere, Mantis interrupts with news.
    • A Father’s Choice (4:00) – Thanos confronts Gamora with a vision from her past—and with lying to him about the Soul Stone.
  • Gag Reel (2:05)– Watch your favorite Super Heroes make super gaffes in this lighthearted collection of on-set antics.
  • Audio Commentary (approx. 149 min.) by Anthony and Joe Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

If you weren’t one of the many people out there who contributed to the $2 billion in box office receipts for Avengers: Infinity War, definitely consider picking up Marvel Studios’ biggest movie yet when it hits home on August 14!

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A Defense of the Swiss Family Treehouse

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The Swiss Family Treehouse is a Walt Disney World Resort attraction in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland which is often overlooked entirely. This attraction exists in various forms around the world, inculding Disneyland California, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland.

It is a modest walk-through attraction, where one can climb into the home of the shipwrecked Robinson family built utilizing the few resources available to them, as well as their own ingenuity. Located near the entrance of Adventureland and Cinderella Castle, the Swiss Family Treehouse features rooms such as the family’s bedrooms, kitchen, jungle lookout, and best of all, the water system the family devised. There are 116 wooden steps; after one crosses a wooden bridge, they are transported into another world.

This attraction does not include any flashy screens, recognizable characters, and is most certainly not the most in-demand FastPass on property (and in fact does not participate in FastPass+ at all). The over-promoted and pompous Purple Wall in Tomorrowland probably gets more Instagram hits and overall attention than this attraction.

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However, if one wants immersion in the Magic Kingdom, this is the place to be. When one crosses over the bridge out of Adventureland, one can quickly forget they are in the heart of one of the world’s busiest theme parks. Especially as one begins to climb the steps (it’s not as bad as it sounds or looks); the hustle and bustle of Adventureland melts away, and all of sudden we are transported to the jungles of the East Indies. Hearing the iconic organ immediately makes one feel as if they have stepped right into the movie and into another world. One finds themselves totally enveloped in tropical flora and fauna, and can get opportune views of Cinderella Castle, Space Mountain, and Adventureland, if they choose to look past the foliage.



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Johann David Weiss first published the bookThe Swiss Family Robinson in 1812, about a Swiss family shipwrecked in a storm en route to Australia. The later film adaption (along with a slew of other film and television adaptions of varying quality) has cemented this popular book into the register of Disney history. Swiss Family Robinson’s release in 1960 was a commercial and critical success for Walt Disney, and solidified Disney as a creator of high quality action adventure films. While most are rather loose adaptions of the original novel, the spirit of family bonds, resilience, and education are consistently maintained.

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This attraction is both a key facet in the Magic Kingdom as well as larger Disney history. Hopefully, as Imagineers continue to churn absolute magic, relatively mature attractions such as this one will not be overlooked. The fates have allowed Swiss Family Treehouse to avoid a state of neglect and disrepair, and for those of us who visit Walt Disney World particularly to enjoy sun and lush tropical environs, this is a must-do place.

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I have never experienced any kind of wait and can feel free to wander through at a leisurely pace. (How often do we say that at Disney?) The 116 steps are only about 5 stories up and 5 stories down, depending on how you measure.

There is a quiet simplistic quality which many treat with scorn and mockery on attractions such as this. And those who take that stance are seriously missing the details and immersion which Walt Disney World continues to provide. So often, we talk about how we can stop and enjoy the little details while at Disney, and how smart phones have both negatively and positively impacted our experience. I implore anyone looking to connect with Disney and really appreciate their surroundings to put their phone away, cross the bridge, and enjoy what this marvelous and vintage attraction has to offer.

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VIDEO: Cheeseburger Egg Rolls in Adventureland | Magic Kingdom

Join Craig and Ryno as they try out Cheeseburger Spring Rolls (which they repeatedly refer to as Egg Rolls) from a cart in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom! Watch and see what they thought of their tiny, yet expensive, snack and whether they think it’s worth giving trying! Have you had the Cheeseburger Egg…I mean Spring Rolls in Adventureland before? What’s your favorite creative snack at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!

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Walt Disney World Restaurants Featured in Visit Orlando’s Annual Magical Dining Month

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Orlando has an awesome culinary scene and during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month sponsored by American Express, you can indulge in a lot of goodness for a special prix fixe price.

Beginning August 24 and continuing through September 30, 2018, select Orlando-area restaurants will offer a prix fixe dinner for only $35 (does not include tax or gratuity) per person.

In 2018, Magical Dining Month will benefit Best Buddies and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida; two organizations that work tirelessly to help children and families living with disabilities in Central Florida. Stories of these incredible charities will be shared throughout the month and just in time for Down Syndrome Awareness Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Here is a look at the restaurants on Walt Disney World property that will be participating in this year’s event:

Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins who request a Magical Dining Month menu will be accommodated like any other walk-in guest.



Don’t forget to request the special Magical Dining menu upon arrival at the restaurant.

Take a look here for the participating restaurants at Universal Orlando Resort.

For those interested in dining outside the theme parks, look for the full list of Orlando restaurants taking part in the special event here.

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Exclusive: Dan Cockerell’s Exit Interview and Life After Disney – Part One

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After walking countless miles around three of Walt Disney World Resort’s Theme Parks, as well as Disneyland Paris, Dan Cockerell put on his Cast Member name tag for the last time, this past May, after 26 years with The Walt Disney Company. From parking cars to managing resort hotels and finally closing out his career as Vice President of the Magic Kingdom, Dan has ventured out on his own with a public speaking and consulting company. I recently sat down with Dan to discuss his career, the Walt Disney World Resort, and what lies ahead.

MIRARCHI: In 1989, as part of the Disney College Program, you worked at the front desk at the Contemporary Resort Hotel at Walt Disney World. At the time, you were studying poly sci at Boston University – so what made you choose to work at Walt Disney World during this time?

COCKERELL: The poly sci was kind of like alright go get a liberal arts degree because you’re not sure what you want to do with your life and political science seemed interesting. It certainly wasn’t a strategic decision. My dad had been with Marriott when I was growing up so I had been close to the hospitality industry. When I was in college I waited tables and I worked for Marriott at Champions Bar at the [Boston] Copley Marriott and then I worked at Disney. So I always have been extroverted and I love the service industry and connecting with people.

MIRARCHI: I understand that after graduation from BU, you headed back down to Walt Disney World and got a job parking cars at Epcot. Were there any other roles you held between your first job parking cars and being transferred in 1991 as an assistant manager at Disneyland Paris?

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COCKERELL: I was only there for six months. I got there in July and left in January. I parked cars as my main job, but I also got trained in the ticketing area because that’s kind of all part of the arrival experience. So between parking cars, and selling tickets, and working at the gate at the greeter positions – those were the three roles I had – and they were hourly positions. We have used that model since then. We’ve used it for Disneyland Paris. We’d bring over European Cast Members who have worked for Disney previously or came out of a hospitality school to work in Florida and who understand the culture and the brand and then go to this new site to open in with the belief that many would eventually move into leadership roles. We did it for Hong Kong and we did it for Shanghai. We brought hundreds of Cast Members over from China to Walt Disney World to work in front-line roles just to get an idea of what – the kind of – I won’t call it the original because Disneyland is the original, but what it looks like in the United States. Knowing that the culture they are going to create in either Hong Kong, Shanghai, or France is going to be uniquely associated with the country but with a Disney twist. I think that’s what we learned from Disneyland Paris. Those are the three jobs I had there and when I went to Disneyland Paris I was a management trainee. So, yeah, still pretty green.

MIRARCHI: Talk about some of your responsibilities and experiences working at Disneyland Paris.

COCKERELL: My wife and I – well she was my girlfriend at the time and we ended up getting married there [Disneyland Paris]. I was in the front – pretty much the whole time – front line manager roles. About once a year I went to a new job. When you first open a new park there is a lot of turnover and people are there and they open then they leave and new people come in. So I was in parking, then I moved into ticketing, and then guest relations. I was also in human resources for a year – which was a good experience to learn and I worked in food and beverage. I was in front line manager roles, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do long term. However, I knew that getting diverse experiences was going to help open doors later on. So it was just good old-fashioned meat and potatoes operations and just learning the technical pieces of each of those businesses.

MIRARCHI: You covered quite a few departments over at Disneyland Paris Resort?

COCKERELL: Yeah, and that basically was the idea because I didn’t know what I wanted to do long term so I kept moving and learning it will make me more flexible. It’s kind of a good way about approaching life. It kind of equips you to be more open and to do more stuff.



MIRARCHI: Upon returning to the U.S., you became the Ops Manager at Epcot. During your four years there what areas did you work in? Did you find one area more challenging than another?

COCKERELL: My first job there, I was the area manager for the American Adventure and the Japan pavilions. We’ve had all kinds of different organization structures over the years, however, at the time, these operational manager roles had geographical responsibilities. So you had an opportunity to run food and beverage, merchandise, custodial, and attractions. In that case, I got to work with the management of Mitsukoshi Corporation. They operate the food and beverage and retail operations in the Japan Pavilion. In 1683 they opened up their first department store in Japan – so they are incredibly old. I ran those operations and a year later I got additional responsibilities to run the Germany and Italy pavilions. I operated those for another year. Then I moved up to the front and ran the outdoor food operations. I don’t know if many people remember, but it’s where Mission: Space is now. And also, at the time, Ellen’s Energy Adventure. That whole side of the park was my responsibility. I also ran the Electric Umbrella – once again those geographic responsibilities. So, I spent a couple year back in World Showcase and then a couple of years in Future World.

MIRARCHI: Your next move on the Disney ladder was in resorts. That’s a big switch from park operations. Did you feel prepared to handle being the rooms manager at the All-Star Movies Resort? Was it challenging?

COCKERELL: Oh tell me about it. I still tell people, I think being the operations manager at the All-Star Movies – Front Desk – was probably one of the hardest jobs I have ever had. The volume you do at the All-Stars, if I remember correctly, that resort has 1,920 rooms per theme – times three is 5,760 rooms. At the time I was only responsible for one-third of it. What I really learned in the couple of years that I was ops manager there was the importance to attention to detail. When guests go to a theme park, they don’t always know what is supposed to be happening. Everything is so magical, so immersive, and so overwhelming – everything just looks great. But when you get to the hotel, it’s a lot more of a familiar environment for the guests, it’s an intimate space they are living in and they know what their expectations are. So if something isn’t right – like if there is a hair in the shower that can be an issue because people expect their room to be clean and they get to come back to it every night and see it. So I learned a ton about holding people accountable and demanding excellence. You had to. You couldn’t afford to not have an incredibly clean resort because that’s a basic expectation for people who stay in a hotel – especially a Disney hotel. You also had to be efficient and have a great sense of hospitality. These two years for me were formative in learning about statistics and the importance of having really good processes to run an operation.

Additionally, at the time, the general manager of that hotel was Djuan Rivers. Currently he’s the vice president of Animal Kingdom Theme Park. So, he was my boss for a couple of years and he was great. I remember, after the first year, thanking him for being so patient with me. In the beginning, I figured it’s a hotel, you check people in, you give them their room, you clean the room, and you get the next guest so I thought ‘man, how hard could this be?’ Man, it’s hard.



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MIRARCHI: After one year at the All-Star Resort, you were promoted to general manager at the Wilderness Lodge. Typically managers will have worked in a number of departments before moving to a GM position. How did you adapt yourself to all these new responsibilities?

COCKERELL: It was very interesting. Like I said, the All-Star [Resort] was a fantastic training ground and a lot of people thought ‘I don’t want to be in a value resort because it’s not classy, it doesn’t have a lot of the fancy stuff,” but I think it was a fantastic place to train.

When I went to the Wilderness Lodge, I brought with me a lot of the operations experience. I brought with me the food and beverage and merchandise experience I previously had. It was quite helpful. And the great thing about getting experience – you don’t know how valuable it’s going to be and when it’s going to be valuable until later. You just got to have faith and learn new stuff and it will pay off at some point. For me, it really did pay off at that point because I was able to go in and have some technical understanding of the business, as well as a bunch I had to learn. Some of the pieces I had to learn were the Disney Vacation Club piece of the Wilderness Lodge and Artist Point, which is one of our signature restaurants.

At that point though Fort Wilderness Campground was also my responsibility. They had put both of those resorts together. So I started learning about the camping business, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Dinner Show, and the entire RV business. I think this was the first time I started to realize that your technical expertise is important, but you also have to start trusting the people who are working for you. You get to a point where you can’t be technically more competent than the people working for you because you just don’t have that span of experiences. It’s at that point you have to change your leadership style. You realize I am going to have to focus less on how we get stuff done now and focus more on what we get focused on and what the priorities are. That shift was the start of me understanding who my direct reports were, their expertise, and then let them do their jobs. Because you have to remember that many of them have been in that one line of business for decades and I was never going to know more than they did. It was never my goal. I had to take a step back and be more responsible for the environment and the leadership culture environment than the expertise in the individual line of business.



MIRARCHI: Out of all of the resorts you worked at from 2001-2006, which one was your favorite and why?

COCKERELL: Although I always have trouble picking a favorite from anything, I can say that it was my time working at the All-Star Resort and the Wilderness Lodge. The All-Star Resort was probably the best education I had on how to improve my leadership and management skills.

The Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Campground was probably one of the most fun jobs because of the breadth and the diversity of what you had to deal with every day. From the Vacation Club business, the hotel business, signature restaurants, dinner shows, and camping – one minute you’re getting a report that there was a brown bear on the campgrounds and the next minute you had someone in the VIP suite at the Wilderness Lodge that needed something. Every day was a new day. The way that place is designed is incredible. You walk in [to the Wilderness Lodge] and all the guest’s stress just goes away. It’s such an incredibly relaxing, authentic environment.

MIRARCHI: Next you were promoted to General Manager of the All-Star Resorts (Movies, Music, and Sports) – that’s a much bigger portfolio of hotels to run and brings all sorts of new challenges and situations. Can you talk about some of the things you experienced during this time?

COCKERELL: The sheer size of the All-Star Resort was something that I came to realize and respect. With 5,760 rooms in the hotel, I came to realize the importance of perfection. To put it in perspective, at the All-Star if we cleaned 99% of the rooms perfectly every day, we still had 57 rooms that were dirty. That 1% is a lot of rooms!



With an operation like this, it would be easy to work more hours, micro manage and try to get involved in everything. However, there were not enough days in the week or hours in the day for me to do that.

I learned quickly the importance of having the right leadership in place, trusting them to do their jobs well and then let go and give them the freedom to do what they did well.

It truly takes a village to make a place that big run well every day. The General Manager is just one small piece of that huge effort.

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MIRARCHI: Starting in 2006 and through to your retirement this year – you were in parks (Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the Magic Kingdom). Can you talk about some of the challenges and responsibilities that came with each of these different parks?

COCKERELL: After two years running the All-Star Resorts as the General Manager, I was asked if I’d liked go to the Magic Kingdom and run merchandise. I did that for a year and a half and then I was the operations general manager for another year and a half. I was then promoted and went to Epcot, then [Hollywood] Studios, and then back to the Magic Kingdom as the vice president. From then on out [it] was parks business.

Each of these parks is similar and different at the same time. They each have their own personalities and priorities. When I was at Epcot, the Food and Wine Festival had been around for a while – I think I was there for the 14th and 15th anniversaries of the festival. It just kept growing. The last year I was there we had a record year. I remember thinking and we were all saying, ‘this has gotten as big as it could get and it just can’t get any bigger.’ I think they doubled it since then. [Laughing] It’s unbelievable what you can do.

The challenges or the fun parts of it [Epcot] was being able to lead all the Cast Members from all the International Pavilions. You had to learn all these interesting cultural traditions and how to deliver a Disney experience in an authentic way. That was always fun for me. We [Disney] ran some of the International Pavilions and [for the] other pavilions, those were run by third-party operating participants. I got to meet a lot of entrepreneurs and learned a lot from them and how they ran their businesses.

Then obviously, [at] the front of the park – [in] Future World – we were always trying to figure out what’s next. When I was there, we had opened Test Track and we opened Mission: Space after I had left Epcot. The time I was there we were in discussions about what the next chapter of Epcot would be – the Blue Sky phase. After I left, they put pen to paper and started designing what that would look like.

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MIRARCHI: In the past three years you were the VP of the Magic Kingdom. Were you involved in any of the planning for the upcoming 50th Anniversary in 2021? If so, anything you can share?

COCKERELL: Yeah, we’ve talked about it. We are starting to get – in earnest – the planning around Walt Disney World’s 50th in the past six months. We were benchmarking Disneyland’s 50th and 60th and we also looked at Disneyland Paris’s 25th Anniversary. We started gathering information on those events, what they did, and what was compelling for the guests. We started to have conservations about what [Walt Disney World’s] 50th would look like.

I think what you’re going to see is that the 50th really is the Magic Kingdom’s 50th, but we really want it to be a Walt Disney World celebration. It will be a tilt with a nod to the past, but really looking ahead. There is so much more ahead of us and [we’re] really looking towards the future.

I think that a lot of people like their traditional, sentimental look at it [the Magic Kingdom]- which we’re going to give a nod to, but there are so many great things coming — there is so much stuff under construction. I think for many years people said, ‘Walt Disney World is sort of built out and all the growth in the future is going to be internationally,’ but obviously that strategy changed five or six years ago. We said, ‘no, no there’s a lot more room for growth at Walt Disney World’ and you can see that now in the investment.

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In Part Two, Dan talks about Epcot, Festivals, and venturing out on his own.

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How Pepsi Helped Shape the Disney Parks

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Did you know that from 1955 until 1990 both Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola were sold at Disneyland and Walt Disney World? Coca-Cola now dominates the Disney market being sold exclusively in the domestic parks, but Pepsi’s past sponsorship and presence had a huge impact on the creation of the Disney parks we know and love today.

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While preparing Disneyland for opening day in 1955, a decision had to be made between constructing more restrooms or more water fountains. Plumbers had recently gone on strike limiting the manpower to build both in time for the park’s opening. Walt responded by simply saying, “People can buy Pepsi-Cola, but they can’t pee in the street.”

Before the 1964 World’s Fair, the Pepsi Board of Directors only trusted one man to create an attraction they felt would fit their brand, and that was Walt Disney. Walt and his team at WED Enterprises (now Disney Imagineering) created the now iconic “it’s a small world” attraction. Obviously, “it’s a small world” went on to be not only one the most popular pavilions at the World’s Fair but also one of the most beloved Disney parks attractions.

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In 1967 Disneyland opened their private club, Club 33. Some have assumed the name Club 33 derived from the originally 33 sponsors of the park, one of which was Pepsi-Cola. Oddly enough another one of the 33 original sponsors was Coca-Cola.

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There were 23 opening day attractions in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. One of them was the Country Bear Jamboree. Pepsi sponsored the attraction until 1981, and the script even featured a nod to the Pepsi slogan. Until 2012 just as the show was starting the Master of Ceremonies Henry said, “Just refrain from hibernating, and we’ll all enjoy the show. Because we got a lot to give.” It is believed that this line was in reference to Pepsi’s old slogan, “You’ve got a lot to live. Pepsi’s got a lot to give.” During Pepsi’s sponsorship, they even created a Country Bear Jamboree inspired drink cooler. Next door to the Country Bear Jamboree is Pecos Bill’s Café, which was also sponsored by Pepsi-Cola until 1981.

Pepsi aired multiple commercials in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. A quick search on YouTube brings up Pepsi commercials filmed inside Disneyland going back to the 1960s. For many people, Coca-Cola and Disney are now so closely associated with each other that this imagery is just bizarre.

Jumping forward to 2016 when Disneyland Shanghai opened. Many guests immediately noticed that the park sold Pepsi products exclusively, juxtaposing the other Disney parks around the world. While this really has no bearing on the domestic parks it was odd once again seeing the Disney brand next to the Pepsi logo, as it was something that hadn’t been seen in over 25 years.



While the domestic parks now exclusively sell Coca-Cola, the history between Disney and Pepsi remains intriguing. I personally prefer Coca-Cola products, but I hope you found the connection between Pepsi and Disney as fascinating as I did.

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Explore Three New Ports When Disney Cruise Line Visits Quebec This Fall

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The Disney Magic will embark on two special cruises to Quebec this fall that will take the ship to three new ports that are new to Disney Cruise Line passengers and the Disney Parks Blog is sharing some of the Port Adventures that will be available in those brand new stops.

For the first sailing, guests will board in New York City and stop at Halifax, before visiting the new ports of Saguenay and Baie-Comeau, then stopping in Quebec City after an overnight stay there. The second sailing will return to New York City from Quebec City and visit the same four ports.

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Saguenay features rich wildlife, mountains, forests, and the only fjord in North America that is inhabited on both shores. The harbor city is known for its culture, with museums and art galleries, cultural opportunities that highlight the French heritage, and mouthwatering cuisine.

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With the Best of Saguenay Port Adventure, guests will be able to visit the Saguenay Fjord and the Fjord Museum, explore a historic paper mill, check out a local family wool business, and make a stop at the home of painter Arthur Villeneuve.

Guests can explore the local waterways with the Zodiac Adventure or Sea Kayaking. The deep waters of the fjord are home to a multitude of sea life, including seals and whales.

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For the grown-ups, the Microbrewery and Vineyard tour is a relaxing way to discover local spirits, some featuring local ingredients like blueberries and maple.

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Baie-Comeau, a young city near the Manicouagan Crater, boasts rushing rivers, dense forests, and glacial retreats.

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Guests can take a closer look with the Experience Glacier and Shell Valley Port Adventure, with a stop at the Garden of Glaciers, that includes a multi-sensory exploration of glaciers, and Seashell Valley, a geological site featuring piles of seashells in the middle of the forest.

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Baie-Comeau Heritage includes a photo stop at the Saint-Pancrace harbor and an exploration of life in a lumberjack town, complete with a hearty lumberjack meal.



The Baie-Comeau Historical Walking Tour features a tour of the town, the Sainte-Amelie Church, and traditional tea at a local hotel.

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Quebec City is nestled in the valley of the Saint Lawrence River. Reminiscent of France, guests will find Quebec City to have a unique European charm.

The Historic Quebec with Montmorency Falls Port Adventure will take guests to the historic Place-Royale square, the Chateau Frontenac hotel, through the countryside of Quebec, and to the Montmorency falls, which are taller than Niagara Falls.

Learn about the Native American culture of the area with a visit to the Huron-Wendake Village and Onhoua Cheteke8e. There the Huron people will share their home and their heritage.



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The Quebec City Food Tour includes a food crawl across Old Quebec and features samples of over a dozen French-Canadian dishes. Finally, for the grown ups, the Microbrewery Tour will take guests to some of the trendy local breweries in the Saint-Roch district.

The first 7-Night Quebec Cruise leaves from New York City to Quebec City on September 20th, and the Magic returns from Quebec City with another 7-night sailing on September 27th.

For more information about these special cruises to Quebec, or any other Disney Cruise Line vacation, visit Dreams Unlimited Travel.

Source: Disney Parks Blog



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Disney-ABC Television Group Nominated for 31 Emmys

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On September 17, Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Michael Che will be hosting the 70th annual Primetime Emmys on NBC at 8 p.m. EST. It was recently announced that the Disney–ABC Television Group received 31 nominations.

The full list of shows, with the total number of their nominations, is listed below:

black-ish – 5 nominations

  • Outstanding Contemporary Costumes
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Anthony Anderson
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Tracee Ellis Ross
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Wanda Sykes
  • Outstanding Comedy Series

Dancing with the Stars – 6 nominations

  • Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality or Reality-Competition Series
  • Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
  • Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series

Grey’s Anatomy: B Team – 1 nomination



  • Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

How to Get Away with Murder – 1 nomination

  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Cicely Tyson

Jimmy Kimmel Live! – 2 nominations

  • Outstanding Variety Talk Series
  • Outstanding Techincal Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series

Modern Family – 1 nomination

  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation

Once Upon a Time – 1 nomination

  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Orginal Dramatic Score)

The Oscars – 8 nominations



  • Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special
  • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
  • Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within an Unscripted Program
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special
  • Outstanding Music Direction
  • Outstanding Variety Special (Live)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special
  • Outstanding Techincal Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or Special

The Oscars: All Access – 1 nomination

  • Outstanding Creative Achievement in Inactive Media Within an Unscripted Program

Roseanne – 2 nominations

  • Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Laurie Metcalf)

Scandal – 1 nomination

  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Viola Davis)

Shark Tank – 2 nominations

  • Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program
  • Outstanding Structured Reality Program

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The First Purge Heading to HHN Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood has announced another house to their lineup for Halloween Horror Nights 2018! Blumhouse has been a very important part of HHN for several years now and it will continue this year in Hollywood with the addition of The First Purge, which will be based on Universal Pictures’ new thriller that was released in theaters on July 4, 2018!

If you’re unfamiliar with The First Purge or The Purge in general, the series explores the annual event established by the New Founding Fathers of America where murder and all other crimes are legal for 12 hours throughout the country without any police, fire or emergency services to help out. The First Purge focuses on the very first year that the NFFA tried to establish the event. We won’t spoil the movie for you, but you’ll probably want to check in out in theaters before it is brought to life at Halloween Horror Nights.

This maze will be joining Stranger Things and Trick ‘r Treat, but there will be plenty more announcements leading up to September 14, the first night of the event.

Blessed be our New Founding Fathers and America, a nation reborn. Also, don’t forget about The Purge television series coming to USA Network on September 4, 2018!

"The First Purge" maze at Universal Studios Hollywood's "Halloween Horror Nights," beginning Friday, September 14, 2018
“The First Purge” maze at Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights,” beginning Friday, September 14, 2018
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