The Walt Disney Co was founded by Walter Disney, who is best known for creating such cartoon characters as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and for pioneering theme parks. The group has theme parks in the US, Europe, Japan, China and Hong Kong.

Mystery hangs over Shanghai's Magic Kingdom

The castle of the Shanghai Disney Resort is under construction. Photo: AFP

The towers of Disney's planned Magic Kingdom in Shanghai are wreathed in scaffolding and mystery after the US entertainment giant pushed back the opening of its first mainland China theme park to next year.

Monday, 9 February, 2015, 5:02am 3 comments

Parents have explaining to do as Disney delayed

An artist's impression of Shanghai Disney Resort

A delay to the opening of Shanghai Disneyland has disappointed residents who were eagerly awaiting the completion of the long-heralded theme park.

5 Feb 2015 - 5:54am 1 comment

Disney coins prove a money spinner for Pacific nation of Niue

Disney coins minted in Niue. Photo: AFP/New Zealand Mint

The Pacific nation of Niue has released new coins with images of Disney characters on one side and Queen Elizabeth on the other - and no, they're not taking the mickey.

14 Oct 2014 - 4:34am

Struggling Euro Disney gets one billion euro cash injection

Visitors asked to pay €70 per adult and €64 a child. Photo: AFP

Mickey Mouse is in trouble again. Despite welcoming more than 275 million visitors through its wrought iron gates since 1992, Disneyland Paris has been forced to ask for a €1 billion (HK$9.73 billion) emergency rescue to save the Magic Kingdom.

8 Oct 2014 - 4:33am

Disney takes on new glow after dark with light-up parade

Disneyland's light-up parade will see performers don glow-in-the-dark costumes, wigs and even eyelashes. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong Disneyland will step up its appeal to the night owls among the city's youngsters in October with its launch of a light-up parade - the first in all Walt Disney parks around the world.

15 Aug 2014 - 10:56am

Disney faces challenge to its motives in fight against more Florida casinos

A Star Wars promotion on a slot machine. Photo: SCMP

Just around the corner from the poker room and within shouting distance of the greyhound track at the Mardi Gras Casino, the Amazing Spider-Man slot machine beckons gamblers with its spinning masked superhero and his nemesis, the Green Goblin.

28 Oct 2013 - 4:47am

Key Chinese cities and provinces set to receive stimulus - on the quiet

Agbank signed an agreement with Shanghai last week to provide loan credit worth 250 billion yuan. Photo: Bloomberg

Government and banking industry sources familiar with the situation told the South China Morning Post that Agricultural Bank of China (Agbank), one of the big four state lenders, signed an agreement with the city government last week to provide loan credit worth 250 billion yuan (HK$314 billion) - equivalent to about 12.5 per cent of Shanghai's GDP for last year.

12 Aug 2013 - 7:23am 2 comments

Shanghai's Disney park major beneficiary of HK$314b Agbank loan

Shanghai's Disney park major beneficiary of HK$314b Agbank loan

The Agricultural Bank of China has just sprinkled a lot of magic over Shanghai in the form of a huge loan, and the beneficiaries will include Mickey and Minnie and friends.

6 Sep 2013 - 8:00am 1 comment

Cash boost for Shanghai park no threat to Hong Kong Disneyland, say bosses

Cash boost for Shanghai park no threat to Hong Kong Disneyland, say bosses

The Shanghai park will be one of the beneficiaries of the huge loan package from the Agricultural Bank of China. But the Hong Kong park has big plans of its own and the Hong Kong government, the majority shareholder, announced earlier this year that a new zone featuring Marvel superheroes - including the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor - will be built.

12 Aug 2013 - 7:33am 2 comments

Disney's 'Lone Ranger' a balance-sheet danger

Johnny Depp poses on the red carpet before the British premiere of 'The Lone Ranger' in London. Photo: AFP

It was billed as one of the season's biggest blockbusters, reuniting Johnny Depp - as Tonto in The Lone Ranger - with the team behind the huge success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

9 Aug 2013 - 2:31am

Disney's spat with axed Hong Kong film veterans

Two veteran Hong Kong filmmakers are embroiled in a legal battle with the Walt Disney Company on the mainland after their jobs were axed.

The case is a wake-up call for Hongkongers signing labour contracts across the border where employment rights differ, lawyers warned.

16 Jan 2013 - 5:41am

Rewind film: 'Cujo'

Rewind film: 'Cujo'

The dog gets little respect in the world of film. If it's not accompanying a cat on some crazy adventures to find their way home, it's playing up its role as the ultimate companion - or worse, animated in a Disney tale. Which makes Cujo such a strange and enticing beast.

25 Nov 2012 - 6:07pm

New screenwriter for Star Wars sequel

Michael Arndt

Luke Skywalker has a new screenwriter: Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning scribe behind hits such as Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:11am

Who said it?

Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen

Unlike election promises, government policies need time to brew

Lawmaker Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen urges the government to learn from the saga over its planned allowance for elderly people


The thing I find hurtful about it is people are questioning my integrity and what I say

1 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

Fashion labels 'ignoring Chinese suppliers' dirty practices'

Rivers in Zhejiang which environmentalists say are clogged with effluent from companies supplying textiles to some of the world's leading clothing brands. Photos: SCMP

More than 20 of the world's biggest fashion brands have been blasted by mainland environmentalists for ignoring the pollution practices of their alleged Chinese textile suppliers.

9 Oct 2012 - 3:44am