'Winnie the Pooh' voice actor Jim Cummings accused of 'sexually deviant behavior,' animal abuse by ex-wife

A voice actor who brought dozens of Disney characters to life, including Winnie the Pooh in 2018's "Christopher Robin," is accused of animal abuse, rape and "sexually deviant behavior" by his ex-wife in court documents obtained by The Blast.

Jim Cummings, whose years of credits include 1994's "The Lion King" and more than 250 voices in various children's TV shows, is engaged in a contentious legal battle with Stephanie Cummings, who he wed in 2001 and divorced in 2011. The couple's two children are referenced in some of the allegations, including one which claims that during one of Jim's visits to see the kids, he stood over her while she was asleep "with his erect penis in my hand. He was using my hand to stroke his penis while my youngest daughter was asleep on the other side of me. She was 10 years old at the time."

Jim allegedly insisted that she participate in sexual activity or else he would wake up their child, and Stephanie says she obliged due to her "worry that I could not control what he would do in front of her." She then obtained a restraining order, her second against Jim.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Jim Cummings attends the European Premiere of 'Christopher Robin' at BFI Southbank on August 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Jim Cummings attends the European Premiere of Disney's 'Christopher Robin' at BFI Southbank on August 4, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Disney)
BURBANK, CA - JULY 30: Jim Cummings arrives at the premiere of Disney's 'Christopher Robin' at Walt Disney Studios on July 30, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - JULY 30: Jim Cummings arrives at the Premiere Of Disney's "Christopher Robin" at Walt Disney Studios on July 30, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Jim, 66, is also accused of punishing a pet dog who went to the bathroom indoors by placing it in a metal bucket outside in 100 degree heat. Jim countered that the form of discipline was a suggestion from the vet, but acknowledged that he forgot about the dog "for a while." In another incident, according to Stephanie, Jim hit the dog with a broom "so hard that he shattered the puppy’s hip necessitating surgery."

Concern about the alleged harassment motivated Stephanie to move with their two daughters to Utah, she said.

Both Stephanie and Jim have accused the other of substance abuse. Jim says that his rehab stays were voluntary, and that in 2004, he and his then-wife "mutually agreed" to enter a treatment facility. Jim also alleges that Stephanie wants to derail his Disney career.

Disney has not publicly commented on the case.

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Mickey and Minnie's Surprise Celebration

Open: January 18, 2019 through September 30, 2019

Join Disney's Mickey and Minnie for new surprises in the Magic Kingdom. Sign the Celebration Guest Book and meet the duo (in their new party outfits!) for a picture inside the Town Square Theater. Then join them outside in front of the castle for their new Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party

The new outdoor dance parade features a new song called "It's a Good Time," and classic cast members like Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Chip 'n Dale and more. 

Choreographer Cindy Wilson told the Disney Parks Blog, “The ‘Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It!’ Street Party is a throwback to the Mickey Mouse Club, with wonderful music that everybody’s going to want to get up and dance to, and it’s contemporary at the same time. I think when [the characters] all come off the floats, guests are going to want to just jump in.”

Check the entertainment schedule for run times. 

Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party

Open: January 2019

Disney is celebrating the 25th anniversary of "The Lion King" with a Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party hosted by Timon and Rafiki on Discovery Island in the Animal Kingdom.

The dance party includes music, characters and new photo ops every day from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Meet The Incredibles at Pixar Place

Open: January 2019 through September 30, 2019

At the start of 2019, Pixar Place at Disney's Hollywood Studios transformed into a Municiberg city block. The park features a party for Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone to honor their victories and a meet-and-greet with Edna Mode and her best creations. In addition, guests can look throughout Pixar Place for clues on where to find the youngest member of the Incredible family, Jack-Jack.

Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy

Opening: March 31, 2019

Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy is a new show using high tech screens. Guests (rookie racers) will learn the rules of the road from "Cars" star Lightning McQueen. There will also be a new character meet-and-greet with Cruz Ramirez.

Wonderful World of Animation

Opening: May 1, 2019

The Wonderful World of Animation is a new projection light show that will take place at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The show will take guests on a journey through more than 90 years of Disney and Pixar animations with favorites including "The Incredibles," "Coco," "Sleeping Beauty" and more. 

Space 220

Opening: 2019

Epcot is opening a new space-themed restaurant called Space 220. According to Disney Food Blog, the restaurant will showcase simulate space views while guests sit in a restaurant modeled after a space station. It will seat more than 350 guests, those of which will be "transported" to the restaurant by elevators covered in digital screens that will mock a trip to space.

A job posting seeking staff for the restaurant lists April 2019 as when applicants can join the cast, so we can assume this restaurant will be open by summer. 

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Opening: Fall 2019

Both Disney World and Disneyland will be opening a Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The park is being made to look like the planet of Batuu, which is a remote outpost that was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes and is now a safe haven for those avoiding the First Order. 

There will be two main attractions where guests can fly the Millennium Falcon and another that puts guests in a Star Destroyer in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

Other fun additions will include Luke Skywalker's blue milk, a marketplace and toys, apparel and characters like BB-8 and Chewbacca. 

See more on the park's progress here

Skyliner Gondola

Opening: Fall 2019

If you like taking the monorail into the parks, you'll want to check out the new Skyliner Gondolas. Similar to a lift you'd find at a ski resort, the gondolas will take guests through two parks, offering spectacular views. 

The Skyliner Gondola will connect Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios to four hotels: Disney’s Art of Animation ResortDisney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort as well as a new resort coming in fall 2019, Disney’s Riviera Resort.

For more on the Skyliner Gondola system, see here

Disney's Riviera Resort

Opening: Fall 2019

The new Disney Riviera Resort hotel is inspired by the "grandeur of Europe." It will have transportation to the parks, a fitness center, a rooftop restaurant and wide range of room sizes.

The Riviera Pool, a family-friendly pool, will be decorated with stucco façades, a slide that winds around a column tower (pictured) and a kids interactive water play area that slightly mimics the public fountains of Europe. 

For adults seeking peace and quiet, there's a separate area called the Beau Soleil Pool. 

The Disney Riviera Resort is currently taking reservations for Dec. 16 - Dec. 31, 2019. 

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway

Opening: 2019

While there's no set opening date yet for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, their first ride attraction, it's set to open sometime this year. The ride will begin with guests viewing a new cartoon short with the mice getting ready for a picnic As Mickey and Minnie are leaving, they drive alongside a train where they see that Goofy is the engineer and the ride takes off from there.

There isn't a whole lot of additional information, but according to the Disney Parks Blog, "Imagineers have been hard at work creating Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, using breakthrough technology to transform a two-dimensional cartoon into an amazing real-world experience."

Epcot Forever

Opening: Fall 2019

Epcot's famous IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth nighttime lights and fireworks show is sadly ending at the end of Summer 2019, but will be temporarily replaced with a show called Epcot Forever. The new show will feature classic Epcot tunes, combining music with fireworks, lighting, lasers and special effects kites. 

Then, keep an eye out, because in 2020 Disney is gearing up to replace Epcot Forever with a new nighttime show called A Celebration of Disney Music with floating set pieces, custom-LED panels, fountains, lights, fire and lasers.

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