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Disney In Depth: Embracing More Marvel and Muppets In The Parks
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Play the music and light the lights. The emergence of more Marvel and Muppets in the Disney theme parks is enough to make the future look very bright! Disney must balance so many properties these days that there is only enough slots during the yearly theatrical schedule to place movies. A few are reserved for “Disney proper,” whereas others must account for Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar.

Likewise, many of the Disney theme parks’ newest offerings are not “originals,” but rather come from preexisting brands. Two Disney brands gaining more exposure in the parks come from arenas that have been relatively absent in Disney parks: Marvel and the Muppets.

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Disney In Depth: Examining Tom Staggs’ Unexpected Exit
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This week Disney announced that Tom Staggs, chief operating officer of The Walt Disney Company, would be stepping down from his pivotal role. Disney sees major players change jobs within the organization all the time – sometimes even switching key positions entirely – but this exit is monumental.

Staggs had been viewed as the probable successor to CEO Bob Iger, to retire from the Mouse House’s top spot in 2018. What Staggs’ departure from Disney means for the company requires examination.

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Disney In Depth: 13 Ways To Add Disney To Your Halloween
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As Jack Skellington’s gang would be chanting, “this is Halloween!” The sensationally silly and spooky holiday nears, and what better way to celebrate this terrifying time of year than by finding ways to incorporate Disney into the mix?

Here are 13 Ways To Add Disney To Your Halloween, all sure to bring about that Oogie Boogie side of you.

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Disney In Depth: Epcot’s Evolution, A One-Year Thesis Project
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Twelve months in the making and one unforgettable experience, in November 2014 I completed an enriching project that catapulted my Disney fervor into something quite scholarly. As a student of Arizona State University’s Barrett, The Honors College, I was to spend two semesters developing a thesis on a subject of my choosing. What better way to combine entertainment and education than to add some fantastic flavor to an academic endeavor?

An Epcot enthusiast, I realized I could translate my passion for the community-turned-theme park into a piece of research that would explore its evolution. More specifically, I wanted to identify the interrelations between technology and culture in this artificial, yet awesome environment. Thus I set off on a one-year journey that would be as amazing and personally fulfilling as venturing to Epcot for the first time some 15 years ago.

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Man Challenges Gaston From ‘Beauty and The Beast’ To Push-Up Contest, Gets Put To Shame (Video)
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Gaston in Beauty and the Beast

Recently a man decided to declare to Gaston from Beauty and the Beast at Walt Disney World that he was in fact stronger than him. LeFou immediately fainted.

Gaston of course was having none of this, and asked the man what his challenge was to prove such a claim. The response: push-up contest! It did not end well for the man.

Click on over the other side to see the video, as well as the video this gentleman clearly did not watch before deciding to foolishly challenge Gaston and his magnificent chin.

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