Walt Disney

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.

Disney announces plans for fourth episode of the ‘Toy Story’ franchise

Toy Story 3 is the second-biggest animated feature.

Disney has announced the return of Toy Story with plans for a fourth movie set to be released in 2017. Walt Disney's Pixar studio plans to make Toy Story 4, to capitalise further on one of the top-grossing animated hits.

Saturday, 8 November, 2014, 3:37am

Disney’s ABC TV unit to lay off 2pc of staff: source

ABC’s prime time ratings for the season that ended in May ranked fourth among the broadcast networks for the key viewing group. Photo: Reuters

Walt Disney will begin laying off about 175 people in its Disney/ABC television group, about 2 per cent of the unit’s workforce, to adjust to changes in technology and viewing habits, a person familiar with the decision said.

22 Aug 2013 - 11:16am

Disney projects up to US$190m Lone Ranger loss

The Lone Ranger opened on July 3 with a dismal US$29 million in US and Canadian ticket sales over its first weekend. Photo: SCMP

Walt Disney expects to lose between US$160 million and US$190 million on its expensive summer movie bomb The Lone Ranger, the media giant said on Tuesday as it reported a small gain in quarterly profit that beat Wall Street forecasts.

7 Aug 2013 - 11:12am

Disney extends Iger’s tenure by 15 months to June 2016

The box office success of films like The Avengers has underpinned Walt Disney’s decision to extend the contract of chief executive Bob Iger, who oversaw the decision to buy Marvel. Photo: supplied

Walt Disney’s board has extended Bob Iger’s tenure at the helm by 15 months, allowing him to remain both chief executive and chairman of the media giant through June 30, 2016.

Iger, 62, had planned to step down as chief executive on April 1, 2015, and assume the single role as executive chairman through the end of his existing contract on June 30, 2016, the company said.

2 Jul 2013 - 11:11am

Disney’s ESPN to close US 3D cable TV network this year

Walt Disney’s TV sports network, ESPN, said it will shut its 3D cable channel in the United States, ending a three-year experiment after sports fans failed to embrace the technology in their homes.

13 Jun 2013 - 11:55am

Disney goes to Infinity to turn around gaming unit

A fan checks out the Infinity display at the E3 Gaming and Technology Conference in Los Angeles. Photo: AFP

When Walt Disney introduced its latest video game, Infinity, to the gaming faithful this week at the annual E3 gaming conference, it rented a Los Angeles movie theatre to show 30-minute clips of upcoming films and hosted a party with the glitz it usually reserves for its blockbuster movie wannabes.

12 Jun 2013 - 2:27pm

China to get its own version of Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Walt Disney will release a separate version of its Marvel comic-book movie Iron Man 3 on the mainland, an unexpected plot twist for Hollywood's most prominent collaboration yet in the country.

31 Mar 2013 - 7:12am 2 comments

Disneyland's first theme park had a rocky start like Hong Kong branch

Hong Kong Disneyland had as rough a start as the original theme park, but after billions in investment it's finally made a profit. Photo: Nora Tam

On July 17, 1955, when moviemaker Walt Disney turned more than 64 hectares of farmland into a theme park based on his animated characters, many people thought it was a fantasy that wouldn't look out of place in one of his films.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

Do like the dove, now like the cow

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1 We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae), Fun

2 Glad You Came, The Wanted

3 Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You), Kelly Clarkson

4 Set Fire to the Rain, Adele

5 Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra), Gotye

6 Part of Me, Katy Perry

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Imagining Disney anew

About 70 teams submitted applications in September to Hong Kong Disneyland's first Walt Disney Imagineering ImagiNations Design Competition.

The amusement park had invited locals to design a planned attraction zone, rides and a hotel.

Applicants include 300 students from eight local universities, the Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Vocational Training Centre.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Disney charity's HK$1m helps families

Nine local charities will share in HK$1million given to run child development projects that improve family relationships, thanks to the Walt Disney Company and its Disney Children's Fund.

Since the fund was set up in 2008 it has given HK$3 million to help more than 50,000 children.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Magic of Disney could make top cartoon trio the next big things

Hollywood combined Chinese martial arts and a Panda to create the blockbuster Kung Fu Panda.

China missed that opportunity, but now Hong Kong's Imagi International, a producer and distributor of animation motion pictures, has come up with another idea: combine Kung Fu and the nation's top cartoon characters, the Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, and introduce them to the world.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Disney offers dream team experience

Disney has invited creative and talented teenagers from nine design institutes to come up with new concepts for a theme park attraction.

The Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong design competition is being held in the city for the first time but has been running for 20 years in the United States. However, the winning ride will not necessarily be made.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Disney's Shanghai launch a Mickey Mouse affair

Shanghai Disneyland will be even smaller than previously reported when it opens in five years, it emerged yesterday - but it remains unclear whether it will beat Hong Kong for the title of Disney's smallest park.

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Ground-breaking ceremony set for Shanghai Disney

Work is set to begin at the long-awaited Shanghai Disney theme park, with the municipal government and the US-based entertainment giant to hold a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday.

5 Apr 2011 - 12:00am