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WDWNewsToday.com is reporting Disney will be increasing ticket prices in February though they don’t yet know the exact amount. They’re also reporting Disney will be introducing a water park hopper and removing the optional no expiration option.

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Japan Today writes this spring Disney will be opening a new branch of the Disney Store specifically geared towards adult women. The store will be opening in Harajuku, a Tokyo neighborhood known for its kawaii (“cuteness”) culture.

What sets this branch apart, though, is its focus on providing an enjoyable experience for adult women. In contrast to the vibrant colors of most Disney Store locations, Harajuku Alta’s makes use of sophisticated, subdued tones. The shelves will be stocked with jewelry, bags, and smartphone accessories, instead of the plastic toys of all-age Disney Stores.

Among the items for sale, of course, be a special set of Tsum Tsum toys. The store is set to open on March 7th with a second store opening in Osaka on April 2nd.

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The Disney Cruise Line Blog is reporting the Disney Cruise Line was involved in another rescue at sea yesterday. This time it was the Disney Wonder and the beneficiaries were five Cuban nationals traveling on a boat that appeared to be made with oil barrels.

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WFAA is reporting that Thomas Lucas, Jr. was indicted by a United States Grand Jury on charges of defrauding investors. Court documents show “Lucas knowingly devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud certain investors, and to obtain money and property from these investors, by making materially false and fraudulent pretenses…”

He had investors pay inflated land prices claiming he had sources that Disney was planning on building a theme park in the area. The parcel of land near Celina remains a horse grazing location. Thomas Lucas Jr’s uncle Beau Lucas told reporters that he wholeheartedly felt Disney was coming and that they even had their own family invest in the property.

The Walt Disney Company did not comment on the story.

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The music video for the original new song “Juntos (Together)” written and performed Latin rock superstar Juanes specifically for Disney’s MCFARLAND, USA, is now available exclusively on Vevo. The song will be the end title track of the film.

 

 

 

 

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Fortune is reporting that Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger is one of several business leaders accompaning President Obama on his second trip to India. Obama is traveling to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations as the guest of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi but the presence of corporate heavyweight underscores the economic opportunities american companies see in India’s $2 trillion economy.

Other business leaders on the delegation include Ajay Banga of Mastercard, Dave Cote of Honeywell, Indra Nooyi of Pepsi, Arne Sorenson of Marriott, and Vivek Ranadive of Tibco.

Since becoming CEO, international expansion has been one of Bob Iger’s strategic priorities. He has invested heavily in India having acquired Inidia’s UTV Software Communications.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a statement regarding the measles outbreak that is tied to the Disneyland Resort:

A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in California – and has grown to more than 50 confirmed cases in multiple states – is a stark reminder of our nation’s responsibility to protect our most vulnerable citizens. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its 62,000 member pediatricians urges parents, schools and communities to commit to protecting our nation’s infants, children, adolescents and adults with the most effective tool we have – vaccination.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that spreads easily through the air or on infected surfaces. It causes rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red watery eyes; people who are infected with measles can spread the virus up to four days before they develop symptoms. In rare cases it can cause encephalitis that can lead to deafness or mental retardation. Of every 1,000 people who get measles, 1 to 2 will die.

“A family vacation to an amusement park – or a trip to the grocery store, a football game or school – should not result in children becoming sickened by an almost 100 percent preventable disease,” said AAP Executive Director/CEO Errol R. Alden, MD, FAAP. “We are fortunate to have an incredibly effective tool that can prevent our children from suffering. That is so rare in medicine.

“Vaccines are one of the most important ways parents can protect their children from very real diseases that exist in our world,” Dr. Alden said. “The measles vaccine is safe and effective. The AAP urges parents to have their children immunized against measles, as well as other infectious diseases, and to talk with their child’s pediatrician if they have questions about any of their child’s recommended vaccines,”

The AAP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all recommend children receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at age 12-15 months, and again at 4-6 years. High immunization rates in a community will protect those who cannot be vaccinated, including infants under 12 months of age. These infants are at the highest risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death due to measles.

“Measles virus is one of the most contagious viruses in humans,” said Yvonne Maldonado, MD, FAAP, vice chair of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases. “Delaying vaccination leaves children vulnerable to measles when it is most dangerous to their development, and it also affects the entire community. We see measles spreading most rapidly in communities with higher rates of delayed or missed vaccinations. Declining vaccination for your child puts other children at risk, including infants who are too young to be vaccinated, and children who are especially vulnerable due to certain medications they’re taking.”

More information about MMR vaccine is available at http://www2.aap.org/immunization/ and www.HealthyChildren.org.

– See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Urges-Parents-to-Vaccinate-Children-to-Protect-Against-Measles.aspx#sthash.iz7n5Yll.dpuf

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WARZONES!

The future begins here! When everything ends, there is only Secret Wars. Today, Marvel is proud to announce WARZONES!, the final umbrella of titles launching during Secret Wars! WARZONES! joins LAST DAYS and BATTLEWORLD as the three different categories of titles launching throughout Secret Wars, each with their own unique type of story to tell!

“If you want a glimpse of what the future holds, you’ll find it in the WARZONES titles,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  “Our creators let their imaginations run wild as they lay down the foundations for the future.  Whether we’re revisiting the most popular events from Marvel’s past or telling completely new stories, you won’t believe what we’ve got in store for you.”

All that remains in the cosmos is Battleworld, the strange, patchwork realm playing host to countless realities, all existing side-by-side, fused into a single planet! Titles carrying the WARZONES! banner tell stories of the individual dominions of Battleworld. What happens within their borders? What heroes guard their skies? What villains conspire within? How does over 75 years of Marvel’s epic history play out now that Battleworld is all there is?

“To be clear, WARZONES! titles are NOT fill-ins. These are the event caliber books, magnified to the Nth degree,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Secret Wars has afforded us a completely unique opportunity to tell huge, epic, event-sized stories within the framework of this new, patchwork planet – events within events. These titles will lay the building blocks and groundwork for what’s next, if that gives any indication of how important they are!”

While the Secret Wars rage on, the foundation of a new Marvel Universe take shape within the war-torn domains across Battleworld. The future of Marvel begins in the WARZONES!

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Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios are proud to announce the follow up graphic novel to the massively successful Once Upon A Time: Shadow of the Queen ONCE UPON A TIME: OUT OF THE PAST is an all new graphic novel inspired by ABC’s popular television series “Once Upon a Time.”  This 112-page hardcover hits comic shops and bookstores everywhere on April 1st, 2015.

Welcome to Storybrooke, a small New England town where seemingly regular people go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are – the fabled storybook characters we all grew up with! But Fairy Tale Land is not the “happily ever after” you may have read about – their stories continue, and the Evil Queen has set a dark curse upon their homeland.

Travel back in ONCE UPON A TIME: OUT OF THE PAST to the origin stories of your favorite characters from the show!

Board the Jolly Roger on an adventure with the young Killian Jones, before he was known as the notorious Captain Hook, as he uncovers the mysteries of theLeviathan Shoals and the monster that lurks beneath the surface.

Witness the early sparks of Rumplestiltskin’s and Belle’s star-crossed romance, when Belle was just a servant in Rumplestiltskin’s castle.

Travel to the Enchanted Forest with the Evil Queen, Regina, where she faces down demons from her past.  Will the skeletons in her closet haunt her forever?

Experience Wonderland in the unforgettable origin tale of Jefferson, the portal-jumping Mad Hatter, and witness the loss that caused him to lock away his magical hat for good.

ONCE UPON A TIME: OUT OF THE PAST brings together the best graphic novel creators in the industry, including “Once” series writer Kalinda Vazquez, returning writer Corinna Bechko (ONCE UPON A TIME: SHADOW OF THE QUEEN, PLANET OF THE APES), and featuring the lush art of Eisner award winning Janet Lee (DAPPER MEN, EMMA), Pascal Campion (PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, SHERMAN AND PEABODY), Vanesa Del Rey (HIT, SINATORO), and Betsy Peterschmidt (BOYS WITH WINGS) with cover artist Stacey Lee (SILK).

ONCE UPON A TIME: OUT OF THE PAST will arrive in comic shops and bookstores everywhere on April 1st, 2015.

Currently in its fourth season, ONCE UPON A TIME returns with all new episodes Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 8|7c on the ABC Television Network.

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