Innovation

December 18, 2014

Disney Launches 'Disney Imagicademy'

By Amelia Lukiman, Disney Consumer Products
"Disney Imagicademy"—The Walt Disney Company’s all-new learning initiative designed for families with children ages 3–8—officially launched last week. On December 4, we unveiled "Disney Imagicademy" to media and the general public at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. Members of the press, consumers and partners attended the event, which kicked off with an onstage presentation featuring Disney executives, "Imagicademy" academic advisors and celebrity mom and "Imagicademy" spokesperson Brooke Burke-Charvet.
December 11, 2014

60 Local Students Join Disney Interactive Employees for Hour of Code 2014

By Scott Slesinger, Disney Interactive
To kick off the second annual Hour of Code global campaign aimed toward K-12 students during Computer Science Education Week, earlier this week, we opened up our offices in Kelowna, Palo Alto, Seattle and Glendale to local students for an afternoon of coding using the "Disney Infinity" versions of Disney’s "Frozen" characters Anna and Elsa in Code.org’s Hour of Code 2014 signature lesson.
December 9, 2014

Immersive Dining Experience Awarded at Disneyland Paris

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
A few weeks ago we shared the story behind the outstanding team of chefs at Hong Kong Disneyland and their recent accomplishments. Thousands of miles away at Disneyland Paris, the culinary teams behind Bistrot Chez Rémy at Walt Disney Studios Park also have some exciting honors to share.
November 20, 2014

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Honored with Prestigious Industry Awards

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
This week, the Themed Entertainment Associated (TEA) announced the recipients for their 21st annual Thea Awards. These awards seek to acknowledge the outstanding achievements in the themed entertainment industry in addition to the creative talent behind each attraction or experience. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was honored to receive three awards, including the Thea Classic award for Disneyland’s "it’s a small world" attraction in Anaheim, California. Incoming TEA president Steve Birket deemed it’s a small world a “timeless classic,” calling the attraction “a metaphor for our increasingly global industry.”
November 19, 2014

Disney Television Animation Celebrates 30 Years of Creativity

By Beth Deitchman, The Walt Disney Company
In November 1984, Walt Disney Television Animation (DTVA) was established to bring high-quality, Disney-branded entertainment to the small screen. Thirty years—and more than 60 series—later, DTVA offers a broad lineup of shows that ranges from "Sofia the First" and "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," whose classic Disney characters entertain and inspire preschoolers via the Disney Junior programming block and channel; to "Phineas and Ferb" and "Gravity Falls," two series on the Disney XD network that are unequivocal hits among kids and adults alike.
November 18, 2014

Walmart's VUDU Joins 'Disney Movies Anywhere'

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
Starting today, Disney Movies Anywhere has a new partner: Walmart’s VUDU digital video service!
November 18, 2014

Culinary Excellence from the Chefs at Hong Kong Disneyland

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
We believe food is an important part of a Disney vacation that provides a special opportunity for families to make memories together. Our parks have continually been recognized by both guests and industry experts for the exceptional, innovative and fun dining experiences available at our resorts around the world. Recently, the team of chefs at Hong Kong Disneyland has been recognized for outstanding culinary leadership and commitment to the local community.
November 7, 2014

Technology's Role in Disney Animation's 'Big Hero 6'

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
Fighting an evil villain and saving the day are probably not very high on an average teenager’s daily to-do list. But for robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, star of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming animated feature Big Hero 6, those tasks just happen to pop up on a typical weekday. With the film opening in domestic theaters today, audiences can now join the mini mastermind and his inflatable robot sidekick, Baymax, on an action-packed adventure as they get entangled in a dangerous plot unfolding in the bustling, East-meets-West city of San Fransokyo.
November 6, 2014

The Inspiration Behind Disney Animation's New Short 'Feast'

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
“There’s something special about dinner.” According to director Patrick Osborne, that’s the simple inspiration for the charming new Walt Disney Animation Studios short "Feast" that debuts in front of Big Hero 6 this Friday, November 7. With its graphic shapes and bright colors, "Feast," as the title suggests, is a tale about food. But it’s also a love story and a life story experienced through canine eyes, as peppy pup Winston accompanies his human on a relationship roller coaster. “It is one of the first actual shorts done at Disney through our new shorts program,” Patrick says. “Over the past couple years, we’ve had shorts go in front of movies and it became clear that that was something that the studio wanted to keep doing.”

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