Innovation

January 30, 2015

Disney News This Week: Details Announced for Diamond Celebration at Disneyland Resort, MagicBand Reaches New Distribution Milestone, Disney Junior Announces 'Elena of Avalor'

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
On Wednesday, Disneyland Resort announced three sensational new nighttime spectaculars that will dazzle guests and help celebrate 60 years of magic at Disneyland Park. Nighttime will glitter like never before when the latest technology and immersive special effects light up the sky with the "Paint the Night" parade and "Disneyland Forever" fireworks spectacular in Disneyland Park.
January 27, 2015

The Walt Disney Company Announces Second Startup Accelerator Program

By Disney Post Staff, The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company announced that it is accepting applications for its second Disney Accelerator program powered by Techstars. Disney Accelerator will select a class of 10 startup companies for a three-month mentorship and investment program beginning July 6, 2015 and concluding with a Demo Day on October 6, 2015. The program is open to technology-based startups with a vision for making an impact on the world of media and entertainment. Participants will be offered $120,000 in investment capital along with mentor support from top Disney executives, entrepreneurs, investors and other notable business leaders from the entertainment and technology communities.
December 22, 2014

Walt Disney Imagineering Fosters Creative Talent Through 'Imaginations' Design Competition

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Last week, Walt Disney Imagineering announced the finalists for the Imaginations design competition. Imagineers first started the competition to develop future talent and to provide students an opportunity to showcase their skills. Now in its 24th year, the competition seeks to nurture the next generation of Imagineers and bring fresh perspectives to Walt Disney Imagineering, the design and development arm of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
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.

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