This morning the 2014 Walt Disney Company Annual Shareholder meeting was held in Portland Oregon. It followed the same format as previous meetings with a presentation and some previews. Then shareholder business. And wrapped up with a long question and answer session. Disney has a webcast replay available until April 1st – on the Disney Corporate Events and Presentations Page
Some quick notes as I listened to the presentation
- Still wish they had a video feed to accompany the audio. Does not seem like it would be that much more expensive and it would definitely make the webcast more enjoyable
- The Third D23 Expo will be in Anaheim August 14-16, 2015. Here is the full press release
- Bob Iger confirmed a Cars 3 and Incredibles 2 are in the works from Pixar.
- No major announcements from the Parks and Resorts. Bob Iger confirmed the Disneyland Subs will be coming back. Also no new cruise ships on the immediate horizon.
- There was no “Song of the South” question. Was this the second or third year now without one.
The other big news of the meeting was the announcement of a Pirates-themed land as part of Shanghai Disneyland. They released a picture of the construction site as well as a piece of concept art showing the land which includes a Pirates attraction and one other large show building.
Here is the release from Disney:
On this day in 1967, Pirates of the Caribbean debuted at Disneyland in Anaheim. Nearly 50 years later, as part of The Walt Disney Company Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger unveiled creative details including the first-ever Pirates-themed land and a new Pirates of the Caribbean attraction designed for the Shanghai Disney Resort. We wanted you to be among the first to have all the details.
“Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most iconic attractions in our parks, and we really couldn’t imagine Shanghai Disneyland without Pirates,” said Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO. “We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind experience that would appeal to our Chinese guests while remaining true to its Disney heritage.”
For the first time ever, a Disney Park will be home to a Pirates-themed land—Treasure Cove—and an e-ticket attraction called Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Sunken Treasure. The attraction will feature a combination of new technology and innovation to bring guests along a pirate adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones, providing our guests who visit the Shanghai Disneyland Park an experience unlike anything else in the world.
“We are extremely proud of all the work underway to bring the Shanghai Disney Resort to life,” said Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “And we’re excited to re-imagine the iconic world and characters of Pirates for the first time as an entire land that celebrates the creativity, imagination and adventure of both the fan favorite attraction and the popular film franchise.”
The announcement coincides with the completion of key structural work on the Pirates attraction, and marks another exciting milestone in the resort development. Progress continues with construction and Shanghai Disney Resort remains on target to open by the end of 2015.