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February 16, 2015

University Students Honored for Innovation and Creativity in Disney Imagineering's Imaginations Competition

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Recently, we introduced the finalist teams and their creative projects for the Walt Disney Imagineering 2015 Imaginations design competition. We’re pleased to share with you the winners from Ringling College of Art & Design (pictured). Their project, “The New Orleans Double Rail,” is a symbol of hope for a city whose greatest challenge is its location below sea level. The lower train uses modern-day projection technology to tell the story New Orleans by creating a magical and unforgettable sightseeing experience as guests soar over the city aboard the suspended Double-Rail train.
February 12, 2015

Disney Television Animation's 'Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero'—A Match Made in Storytelling

By Robert Koontz, Disney/ABC Television Group
Ten years ago, Jared Bush started thinking about how cool it would be to jump into different worlds and different genres. It was a concept he always held onto and thought would make a great cartoon, but he just couldn’t seem to get the idea fully baked in his mind. “Who was going to [jump around] and when was that going to happen,” Jared recalls asking himself. “How would we get to those different worlds?” Enter Sam Levine. It was around four years ago that Jonathan Schneider, executive director, Development, Disney Television Animation, facilitated a lunch meeting between the two soon-to-be creators and executive producers of "Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero," and they clicked instantly.
February 9, 2015

Disney and Google Inspire Future Coders in 'Miles From Tomorrowland'

By Robert Koontz, Disney/ABC Television Group
Disney and Google teamed up on the new series "Miles from Tomorrowland" to inspire future coders, hoping to spark children’s, particularly girls’, interest in computer science.
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.
January 23, 2015

Disney Friends for Change Grants Inspire Creativity Among Young Change-Makers

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
There’s a common theme in making a difference—creativity. Whether you’re looking to protect the planet, help your community or promote healthy behaviors, your creative ideas can inspire your friends and peers to lend their skills, interests and talents to create a brighter tomorrow. Disney Friends for Change, too, is committed to supporting young leaders in pursuit of making their communities greener, safer, smarter, healthier, cleaner and fairer. Their annual grants program, through a collaboration with leading youth organization Youth Service America, will provide $500 grants to help young dreamers and doers make a lasting, positive change in the world. Projects and initiatives taking place on or around Global Youth Service Day (April 17–19) will highlight the creativity and commitment of young people who work to meet the needs of others.
January 16, 2015

Disney News This Week: Disney Films Receive Nine Oscar Nominations, 'Star Wars' Half Marathon Weekend Arrives at Disneyland Resort, New Global Toy Lines Celebrate Upcoming Disney•Pixar Films, 'Anna and Elsa's Frozen Fantasy' Comes to Tokyo Disney Resort

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Nominations in all 24 categories of the Academy Awards® were announced this week, and Disney films garnered nine nominations: Actress in a Supporting Role—Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"; Animated Feature Film—"Big Hero 6," Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conti; Costume Design—"Into the Woods," Colleen Atwood, and Maleficent, Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive; Makeup and Hairstyling—Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy," Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White; Production Design—"Into the Woods," Dennis Gassner (Production Design) and Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration); Short Film (Animated)—"Feast," Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed; Visual Effects—Marvel’s "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick, and Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy," Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould. For the full list of Oscar® nominations and more details about this year's telecast, visit Oscar.com. Watch live on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 on ABC (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT).
January 15, 2015

Q&A with Zendaya from Disney Channel's Upcoming Series 'K.C. Undercover'

By Nicole Balgemino, Disney/ABC Television Group
On Sunday, January 18 (8:30 p.m. ET/PT), Disney Channel will introduce your favorite new super-spy series, "K.C. Undercover." The live-action comedy for kids, tweens and families stars multi-talented actress and recording artist Zendaya—a Disney veteran, who at 18 years old, has already lent her talents to projects that span the entire Company. Whether starring as Rocky Blue in Disney Channel’s "Shake It Up," making it to the finals on ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars" or releasing her self-titled debut album via Hollywood Records, we thought she’d just about done it all. But this time, Zendaya is not only acting in this new Disney Channel series, she’s also co-producing it. Disney Post recently sat down with the star for a behind-the-scenes look at "K.C. Undercover" and to learn about her co-producing role on the show.
January 9, 2015

Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Teaser Trailer, Marvel and ESPN Films Announce Feature Documentary and Short Film Series, Sales Begin Soon for Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ "Ant-Man (in theaters July 17), when master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Watch the brand-new teaser trailer for the film above.

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