assembled by Ray Keating
August 4-5, 2018

Here are a few items worth watching, reading and exploring over the weekend covering parents at Disney; menus for the upcoming Epcot Food and Wine Festival; lessons in leadership and more from Lou Mongello’s interview with Dan Cockerell; and Disney vs. TNT/TBS over Star Wars.

Every Parent at Disney

from John Crist

What’s on the Menu for the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?


Check out the menus and some pics of the food.

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Leadership Lessons: Lou Mongello Interviews Dan Cockerell

Tune in to WDW Radio Lou Mongello’s interview with Dan Cockerell. As noted in the description of this episode of Lou’s podcast: “The Cockerell name is synonymous with not just leadership, but a legacy of customer service and exceptional guest experience in the Disney Company. Dan Cockerell’s story of summers in the Epcot parking lot to VP of Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom is a shining example of not just what you can learn from the Disney Company, but being able to make and leave positive change in your wake. Dan joins me this week to talk about his journey from the Walt Disney World College Program, to Disneyland Paris, leading and learning from Cast Members in Walt Disney World, to using technology to communicate with them on a large, yet intimate scale.” And as noted on Dan Cockerell’s website, “Dan started his Disney career as a participant of the Walt Disney World college program, and worked his way up to Vice President, Magic Kingdom, leading a team of 12,000 cast members, who entertain millions of guests every year.”

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Disney Doing Battle with TBS/TNT Over Star Wars?

from Bloomberg News

Disney sold the TV rights of Star Wars films to TBS/TNT through 2024. The Mouse wants to buy them back, but reportedly is meeting resistance.

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for, and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant novels, with the two latest books being Reagan Country: A Pastor Stephen Grant Noveland Heroes and Villains: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story. He can be contacted at