Walt Disney World Cast Members
Attendance is down at Disney World this year. We don’t need to wait for official figures. The discounts tell the story. What’s more, on-property Disney hotels have started appearing on Hotwire. Those are not signs of a thriving attendance. With a declining customer base, I was shocked to see Disney World increasing its signing bonuses to cast members. The company recently increased its signing bonus from $500 to $1,000 or $1,500 for new full-time and part-time employees in the culinary department. Disney is also paying $500 for new housekeepers and bus drivers who get part-time or full-time work with the company. We talk about this in detail on the podcast this week. http://traffic.libsyn.com/thedisneymoviereview/08_07_2017_Episode_144_A_True_Disney_Fan.mp3 Stopping a Strike Before It Starts I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Disney World released this announcement only a week after its union announced they were […]

Attendance is Down. So Why is WDW Offering Hiring Bonuses ...

Tom Holland stars as Spider-man in Spider-Man Homecoming
There is something odd that must be tingling the spider senses of Marvel and Sony executives when they look at summer box office. Spider-Man: Homecoming – a film that debuted with the fifth highest July opening of all time – is falling. Fast. Spider-Man: Homecoming had the second-highest opening for any Spider-Man film, earning more than $117 million. The next weekend it dropped 62 percent – the biggest weekend-to-weekend drop for any Spider-Man movie. In fact, the last two weekends of its opening month have brought in roughly $35 million for the franchise. Compare that to Wonder Woman, which brought in $65 million during the last two weekends of its opening month. (Even Frozen did $43 million during a similar time period). Admittedly, this is a domestic box office problem. Once the movie opens in China, it is sure to […]

If Spider-Man: Homecoming Is So Good – And it is ...

IMAX says it is making this move in response to customer demand. Viewers are beginning to shy away from 3-D films and their higher price tag. Production studios are also moving in that direction. Warner Brothers has already decided to release Blade Runner 2049 exclusively in 2D. With Disney releasing some of its biggest hits in the next few years (e.g. Avengers, Star Wars, etc.), the question is where Disney will fall on this spectrum. Listen to the full episode of this week’s podcast below: http://traffic.libsyn.com/thedisneymoviereview/07_31_2017_Episode_143_Thor_and_IMAX.mp3   Will Disney Still Make 3-D IMAX Movies? This leaves an open question as to how studios will react to this shift by theaters. Disney has an agreement with IMAX through 2019 to make sure some of its biggest films are played on the biggest screen. It will be telling if Disney releases any […]

IMAX Movies Are Leaving 3-D Behind. Will Disney Movies Follow? ...

D23 Expo waiting in line anaheim convention center
I was a little skeptical the first time I heard about D23 – the official Disney fan club. I figured it was just another way for Disney to make money of its dedicated fan base. When they announced the first D23 Expo, it became an instant bucket-list item for me. The D23 Expo happens every two years in Anaheim, California. It started in 2009, right around the time Disney bought Marvel. Thousands of dedicated Disney fans cram into the Anaheim Convention Center to learn more about everything Disney has planned for the next two years at the movies and in its parks and resorts. For first-timers like me, walking onto the convention floor at the D23 Expo is an experience unlike any other. But there are still some things that no one tells you about D23. The seasoned veterans know […]

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Going To The ...

With all the focus on the amazing announcements about the Disney parks, the D23 Expo animation and live action panels have kind of been left behind. We’re here to fix that. This week we do a little recap on what we think are the four biggest movie stories that came out of D23.We talk about the return of the Disney Princesses, the new documentary that celebrates Disney songs, the only trailer that was publicly released from D23, and the casting decisions of the live-action Aladdin. Plus, we talk a little about the parks for good measure. That and much, much more. For the week of July 24, 2017, this is Episode 141 of The Disney Movie Review. Listen to the full episode below: Kristin – Wreck-It Ralph 2 and The Return of the Disney Princesses Whether you were on the […]

The Four Biggest Movie Stories From the D23 Expo – ...

This week Ken was out at the D23 Expo, so we put our Disney brains to the test to win prizes for listeners! We ask and (sometimes) answer 32 questions about characters, quotes, odd knowledge, and random Disney facts. If you think you know Disney, hang on my friend because this is the episode where we separate the men from the boys. Below are the questions we ask in the episode. The answers to all of these questions are in the episode below: In Hawaiian, which character’s name literally means “Ocean” or “Sea”? What movie contains the line, “Could it be? Is it she?” “There is one in every family” is the tagline for what Disney classic? What quote is this movie from – “How many feet are in a mile? Five thousand, two hundred and eighty feet.” What quote is […]

The Ultimate Disney Trivia Quiz

Spider-Man: Homecoming review picture
The Good: Probably the best and most accurate Spider-Man that we’ve seen. It’s incredibly funny and had a ton of emotional heart. The special effects are incredibly well done. It forms strong ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe The Bad: The timeline appears to be a major mistake, but we’ll have to wait for more. It’s hard to follow the action in a few fight scenes. Spider-Man: Homecoming Spoiler Review This is the best Spider-man movie I’ve ever seen. There’s really no debating that. After six movies and three different spidey’s in the last 15 years, Sony finally got it right and Director John Watts has secured a $117 million opening weekend and likely a bright future for his career. Of course, this movie is really the product of an unprecedented partnership between Sony and Marvel Studios – a partnership […]

Spider-Man: Homecoming Is Best One Yet.

Marvels Inhumans Trailer Image
This week on the podcast we talk about how Marvels InHumans trailer missed its target audience. Walt Disney World is offering discounts that may point to a larger drop in attendance than we originally thought. And it looks like ESPN’s numbers may actually be improving….or it may just be our imagination. Plus we dive head first into the Pirates of the Caribbean controversy about the redhead. Check out the full episode below. Marvel Inhumans Trailer Misses Horribly on InHumans Around the time Guardians of the Galaxy came out, Saturday Night Live did a parody of Marvel that basically showed how they could not fail at the box office. A few years later, Marvel came to Netflix and further expanded their dominance to streaming content. We thought Marvel couldn’t miss. We were wrong. This week Marvel released a trailer for its newest […]

Marvel’s InHumans Trailer and ‘We Wants The Redhead’