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Disney News Round-up: D23 2018 Events Announced, Minnie Van Service Expands, and More

We're back with another news round-up and we're talking about the expansion of the Minnie Vans at the Deluxe hotels, a new slate of D23 member events for 2018, military discounts for 2018, and much more!

The Walt Disney Company Pledges $1 Million to Hurricane Harvey Relief

The Walt Disney Company and its Houston affiliate KTRK have pledged $1 million each to the American Red Cross for its Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in the wake of the devastation and catastrophic flooding in Houston and other areas in Texas. Harvey came ashore last Friday as a category 4 hurricane and has dumped more than 40 inches of rain on Houston and surrounding areas.

Pandora News Round-up: Disney Dedicates Pandora, New Pandora-Themed Wilderness Explorer Badges, and More

Pandora - The World of Avatar opens Saturday, May 27, and this week Disney held an official dedication ceremony for the new land as part of a media preview event. Disney CEO Bob Iger was joined by Avatar director James Cameron and cast members from the film for the dedication.

Disney News Round-Up: Cake Decorating at Amorette’s Patisserie, New Pixar Music Show, and More

Happy Friday! We've made it through another week and we're that much closer to the weekend. Today we have a lot of Disney news including a new cake decorating class in Disney Springs, a new musical show at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and much more! Let's dive in and check it out.

Disney News Round-Up: Planet Hollywood Observatory Opening Soon, MagicBand 2 News, and More

Happy Tuesday! We have a bit of news to share today including an update on the opening day for Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs and some news about the new MagicBand 2. Let's check out today's news.

Disney News Round-up: The Walt Disney Company Donates to Hurricane Recovery, Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary, and More

Happy Wednesday. We've made it to the middle of the week and it's time for another Disney news round-up where we give you some of the big news of the week so far in brief. Today we're talking about recovery efforts for Hurricane Matthew, a big celebration in Disneyland Paris, and much more. Let's check it out.

Disney Sports News Round-Up: AAU Boys’ Basketball National Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports, Olympic Athletes Training at Disney, and More

It's been a while since we took a peek at the sporting events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex so today we're checking out what's been going on. This weekend nearly 4,800 elite athletes are competing at the AAU Boys' Basketball National Championships!

Tom Staggs Leaving The Walt Disney Company

Tom Staggs, the man who many thought was the heir apparent to Disney CEO Bob Iger, has announced that he's leaving The Walt Disney Company after 26 years. The announcement was a shock to many in entertainment and business, and also sent the company's stock tumbling Monday afternoon.

The Walt Disney Company Announces Semi-Annual Cash Dividend

If you own shares in The Walt Disney Company, listen up! The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors has announced a cash dividend of $0.71 per share for the second half of the fiscal year 2015. The dividend will be payable January 11, 2016 to all shareholders of record at the close of business on December 14.

Christine M. McCarthy Named Chief Financial Officer at The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company has named Christine M. McCarthy the Chief Financial Officer, replacing Jay Rasulo who recently announced that he was resigning from the company. The promotion makes McCarthy the company's first female CFO and the most senior female executive in company history.

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Disney Mourns With The World Over Tragic Attack At Orlando Night Club

Today we at Walt Disney World for Grown-ups join the world in mourning for the lives lost in a senseless act of hate an violence. An early Sunday morning mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub in downtown left at least 50 dead and dozens more injured. Pulse is a popular hang out for Orlando's theme park employees and the victims included at least one Walt Disney World, and two Universal Orlando Resort cast members.

Star Wars Land Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios

No longer just a rumor, we're thrilled to share that Bob Iger announced at D23 that Star Wars Land will be coming to both the Disneyland Resort in California, and Walt Disney World in Florida!

Are you ready for Star Wars Land!?

Bob Iger to Remain Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Through June 30, 2018

The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors has extended the contract of Chairman and CEO Bob Iger through June 30, 2018.

Iger has been at the helm of The Walt Disney Company since 2005.

Under Iger's leadership Disney has acquired Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel. The company has also seen an expansion of its parks and resorts around the world, including the opening next year of Shanghai Disneyland.

Walt Disney Company Raises Annual Dividend by 15 Percent

The Walt Disney Company announced that it is raising its annual dividend by 15 percent to 86 cents from 75 cents.

This boost comes after the company's third consecutive year of record net income, earnings per share, and revenue.

The dividend is payable on January 16, 2014 to shareholders of record on December 16. It is the 58th consecutive dividend payment to shareholders according to the company.

Bob Iger Remains Disney’s CEO and Chairman through June 2016

Bob Iger will continue to helm The Walt Disney Company through June 2016 as Chairman and CEO. This is a change from his original contract which called for him to retire as CEO in April 2015 and transition to the role of executive chairman.

Iger has been CEO of the company since September 30, 2005, and during his tenure has overseen the acquisition of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm, in addition to theme park and resort renovations. In 2012, Iger was paid nearly $40.2 million.

Disney CEO Bob Iger Respondes to Inquires About MyMagic+

Disney CEO Bob Iger responded to inquires from Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on privacy concerns related to the upcoming MyMagic+ roll out that we discussed here last week.

Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus Questions Disney on MyMagic+

Last week Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger received a letter from the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, Edward Markey, (D- Mass). The letter called the company on the carpet and demanded answers to seven multi-part questions about the collection of personal date from guests, with a focus on youth.