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Disney-Fox deal gets China’s approval

Walt Disney Co. said it has received unconditional approval from Chinese regulators for its blockbuster deal to buy much of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc., clearing another key hurdle …


Disney details new ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ attractions

“Star Wars” fans will soon be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon and face off against Kylo Ren in battle.


EU approves Disney’s deal to buy Fox entertainment assets

European Union authorities say they have cleared Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets, provided Disney sells off some TV channels it controls in Europe to maintain competition.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

‘Instead of going to a grave, I go to Disney World’: Disney parks popular spreading of ashes; Spokanites favor Mt. Spokane

Everyone knows Disney theme parks as “the happiest place on Earth,” but for some Mouseketeers, it may also be the happiest place in the afterlife, according to a report by …


Walt Disney banned alcohol, but now theme parks say ‘drink up’

For the first time, Disneyland will break its prohibition on alcohol and begin selling drinks to the general public, the California theme park recently announced.


Disney offers tuition for hourly workers in tight job market

Disney is offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers who want to earn a college degree or finish a high school diploma.


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

Shareholders approve Disney’s $73.1B acquisition of Fox entertainment

Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox’s entertainment division is one step closer after shareholders overwhelmingly approved the deal Friday.


Comcast drops Fox bid, paving way for sale to Disney

Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox’s entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men.


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 12:29 p.m.

Disney-Comcast battle for Fox dominates Sun Valley gathering

Media and tech titans turned up in good spirits at the billionaire’s summer camp at the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, even though the U.S. just started a trade war …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 9:53 a.m.

To Infinity: Toy Story Land opening at Disney in Florida

For children of the mid-1990s, Disney’s new Toy Story Land offers the opportunity to visit the imaginary world they grew up in. For their parents, it brings back sweet memories …


Fox shareholders to vote on $71 billion Disney bid July 27

Time is running short for Comcast Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts. Now that a date is set for shareholders of 21st Century Fox to vote on Walt Disney Co.’s $71.3 …


Disney ups Twenty-First Century Fox to more than $70.3B

Disney is upping the ante for Fox, making a $70.3 billion counterbid for Fox’s entertainment businesses following Comcast’s $65 billion offer for the company.


Comcast challenges Disney with $65B bid for Fox

Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday for Fox’s entertainment businesses, setting up a battle with Disney to become the next mega-media company.


Labor board says Disney can withhold bonuses during talks

Walt Disney World didn’t violate the law when it withheld $1,000 bonuses to workers in a coalition of unions currently renegotiating wages, even though it paid the bonuses to other …


Comcast v. Disney: a fight for Twenty-First Century Fox

Comcast may make an offer for Twenty-First Century Fox, potentially putting it in a head-to-head bidding war with Disney.


Dorothy Dean Home Cooking Show: Disneyland chef tells stories with culinary characters

John State is the culinary director of food and beverage for the Disneyland Resort in Southern California, in charge of everything from fine dining to the best corn dog you’ve …


UPDATED: Sun., April 29, 2018, 7:31 p.m.

Former Spokane actress Morgan Keene appears on ‘American Idol’

The actress and singer performed as part of D Cappella, a new Disney Music group that tours and performs a cappella arrangements of Disney songs.


Prepping pillowcases for emergencies

Red Cross chapters bring emergency preparedness activities to schools and libraries to help elementary-age kids learn basic information about natural disasters. The program was first created by the agency’s Southeast …


Will Disney’s streaming service roar – or squeak?

While Disney is trying to brace for the future with the streaming services, questions remain about if they will offer enough to take on well-established services such as Netflix.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 14, 2017, 8:55 p.m.

Disney-Fox deal expected to get close antitrust scrutiny

Walt Disney Co.’s proposed takeover of 21st Century Fox is likely to raise thorny regulatory concerns at a time when the Justice Department has been putting media mergers and acquisitions …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 14, 2017, 8:54 p.m.

Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses, …


Jamie Tobias Neely: Feminism comfortably mingles with royal weddings

Asking why I do these things may be as pointless as wondering why my husband, who much prefers basketball, will always gravitate to a certain over-the-top football game every winter.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 6:32 p.m.

Disney Animation, Pixar chief John Lasseter taking leave

Just days before Pixar’s “Coco” is set to hit theaters, Pixar co-founder and Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter announced he is taking a six-month leave of absence citing “missteps” …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

Beyonce to play Nala in Disney’s ‘The Lion King’

Beyonce Knowles-Carter is joining the cast of “The Lion King” to voice to role of Nala.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 6:16 p.m.

Disney streaming service just got a lot bigger

Disney is adding more firepower to the kids streaming service expected in the U.S. in late 2019.


Union in strife as Disney and Teamsters prepare for talks

As negotiations start this month over wage increases at Walt Disney World, rebellion is brewing in one of the six unions that advocate for the resort’s 70,000 workers.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 4:31 p.m.

Disney to launch streaming services for movies, live sports

Media and entertainment giant Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced a move to bolster its subscription and streaming empire as it plans to end its relationship with Netflix and ramp …


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 11:14 p.m.

Leading Disney parks ‘Imagineer’ Martin Sklar dies at 83

Martin A. “Marty” Sklar, one of the central figures behind Disney’s theme parks around the world, has died.


‘DuckTales’ is back. Yes, ‘DuckTales.’ Woo-ooh.

“DuckTales” executive producer Matt Youngberg and co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones were tasked with taking a classic cartoon they both loved and making it fresh for a new generation while also …


Disney says Kermit the Frog puppeteer fired over ‘unacceptable business conduct’

The Muppets Studio released a statement Monday revealing a bit more about its decision to part ways with longtime Kermit the Frog puppeteer Steve Whitmire.