LEGO To Offer Disney Themed Products

Disney Consumer Products and the LEGO Group recently announced a multi-year licensing agreement that gives the LEGO access to an extensive portfolio of renowned Disney and Disney Pixar properties. LEGO and LEGO Duplo products are currently in development for three franchises — Disney Pixar’s Toy Story and Cars, and Prince of Persia. The products will launch in 2010.

Walt Disney Co. Acquires Remaining Shares of Jetix Europe

In order to expand its kids and family media business in Europe and extend its brand leadership around the world, The Walt Disney Company announced that one of its subsidiaries has entered into agreements to acquire outstanding shares of Jetix Europe for € 11 per share, which will bring Disney’s ownership of the pan-European kids entertainment company to approximately 96%.

Disney and Verizon Strike Deal To ‘Enhance’ Theme Park Visits

Walt Disney Company has struck a deal with Verizon Wireless that will allow it to remain in contact via mobile phones with visitors (guests) to its theme parks – even when they step outside the turnstiles in both Anaheim and Orlando. It is being pitched as a way to enhance the “theme park experience,” enabling parkgoers to use their mobile phones for tasks such as saving a spot in line at a popular ride and zeroing in on where Cinderella can be found signing autographs.

Disney Coming To Hawaii?

Disney is coming to the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. No it will not be another theme park but rather a Disney themed resort. Ko Olina Resort & Marina scheduled to be completed by 2011 will be a 830-unit resort on 21 acres of property.

Disney To Update Star Tours and Soarin’ Films has confirmed that both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will finally be updating Star Tours. I say finally as a new Star Tours experience is long overdue. Apparently Star Tours 2.0 is currently in production and should be announced in the fall for a summer ’09 launch. Currently only Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios have agreed to take the new movie.