On Today’s show we discuss the current state of Disney animated films and what we think the future holds. We go back in time to talk about the Disney dark period that lasted 20 years from the mid 1960’s when Walt Disney died to the time that Michael Eisner and Frank Wells took over and turned the company around in the mid 1980’s. We discuss our favorite films from the Disney Renaissance era of the 1990’s and the second Disney dark time of the early 2000’s before John Lasseter stepped in as head of both Disney and Pixar studios. We try to determine what Disney’s process is for adding elements of Disney Films to the parks…Why do some films get more attention than others? Finally, we take a look at the future of the Disney/Pixar studios. Are we headed for another dark time in Disney animation history? Or is this just the beginning of our current period of hit after hit film? What do you think?

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This week’s news topics include:

  • Disney Considers having John Lasseter return
  • Toy Story Magic Bands released
  • It is rumored that Disney Cruise Line is looking to buy a second private Island
  • Toy Story Midway Mania is back at full capacity at Hollywood Studios
  • Main Street theater project is on indefinite hold and no long in future plans
  • New details on the space themed restaurant at EPCOT
  • Update on Disney Skyliner construction
  • Solo: A Star Wars story has a fairly low score among critics
  • Galaxy’s Edge opening time frame announced for Disney Land and Disney World
  • 2017 Them Park Attendance numbers have been released.