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May 29, 2015

Disney Supports Creativity for Thousands of Students at Destination Imagination Global Finals 2015

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company

More than 8,000 of the world’s most creative and innovative young minds recently took to Knoxville, Tennessee, for Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals. The four-day event, presented by Disney, invited 17,000 students and volunteers from 48 U.S. states and 17 countries—China, Turkey and Mexico, to name just a few—to participate in one of six different academic challenges that gave participants an opportunity to showcase their skills in creativity and innovation.

To add some magic to the festivities, Disney hosted more than 700 students in 11 skills-based workshops that were led by its very own cast members and employees.

Walt Disney Animation Studios veteran animator Mark Henn—who has lent his talent to many Disney classic films, including The Lion King, Aladdin, Frozen and Big Hero 6—was on hand to guide participants through several key principles of animation that bring Disney characters to life. He also took students through a hands-on drawing workshop, where they learned basic drawing techniques that Disney animators use to create beloved characters. Each session closed with an interactive Q&A, where Mark spoke about his life, art and career at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Imagineer MK Haley hosted workshops that brought participants together to solve a design and construction challenge. Students gained insights into the importance of collaboration in creative teams and heard examples of how Disney Imagineers use this thought process to develop the world-class attractions and experiences at Disney parks and resorts around the world. 

Disney Theatrical educators Lauren Chapman and Matt Zambarano took students on a journey in their sessions where they explored how atmosphere is created on stage. Participants experimented with using sound, lighting and movement to create atmosphere and mood for moments from The Lion King Experience. In another workshop, they guided students through the process of how a director’s vision is brought to life on stage. Participants then got hands-on experience by developing their own directorial vision for a scene, which included designing an original mask that illustrated the relationship between a director and designer.

As an added treat, DI guests got to view Disney’s latest animation hit Big Hero 6 on the big screen with their fellow participants.

“Disney’s vision to inspire imagination and creativity in children aligns perfectly with our mission at Destination Imagination,” Destination Imagination CEO Dr. Chuck Cadle recently said. “Together we are committed to the offering 21st century learning programs that foster future inventors, while supporting and inspiring young people worldwide.”

Through supporting events like DI Global Finals, Disney can continue nurturing creative thinking skills to inspire young and bright minds to create the future they imagine.

More than 8,000 of the world’s most creative and innovative young minds recently took to Knoxville, Tennessee, for Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals.
Walt Disney Animation Studios veteran animator Mark Henn—who has lent his talent to many Disney classic films, including "The Lion King," "Aladdin," "Frozen" and "Big Hero 6"—was on hand to guide participants through several key principles of animation that bring Disney characters to life.
Walt Disney Animation Studios veteran animator Mark Henn—who has lent his talent to many Disney classic films, including "The Lion King," "Aladdin," "Frozen" and "Big Hero 6"—was on hand to guide participants through several key principles of animation that bring Disney characters to life.
Walt Disney Animation Studios veteran animator Mark Henn—who has lent his talent to many Disney classic films, including "The Lion King," "Aladdin," "Frozen" and "Big Hero 6"—was on hand to guide participants through several key principles of animation that bring Disney characters to life.
Imagineer MK Haley hosted workshops that brought participants together to solve a design and construction challenge.
Imagineer MK Haley hosted workshops that brought participants together to solve a design and construction challenge.
Disney Theatrical educators Lauren Chapman and Matt Zambarano took students on a journey in their sessions where they explored how atmosphere is created on stage.
Disney Theatrical educators Lauren Chapman and Matt Zambarano took students on a journey in their sessions where they explored how atmosphere is created on stage.
Participants experimented with using sound, lighting and movement to create atmosphere and mood for moments from The Lion King Experience. In another workshop, they guided students through the process of how a director’s vision is brought to life on stage.
Topics: Citizenship
May 29, 2015

Oriental Land Company Announces New Attraction at Tokyo Disney Resort

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Last week, our partners at Oriental Land Company revealed that a new attraction will be coming to Tokyo DisneySea in 2017. The attraction, themed to the world of DisneyŸPixar’s Finding Nemo and upcoming sequel Finding Dory, will “shrink” guests to the size of a fish and allow them to explore the vast and beautiful underwater world from the point of view of Nemo and his friends. Guests will also encounter several familiar characters as they “just keep swimming” on their deep-blue adventure.

This attraction is the result of the longtime, collaborative relationship between Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Oriental Land Company. Both teams worked in tandem with the DisneyŸPixar production staff to create an attraction that offers guests a unique and exciting experience that is representative of the story and characters they know and love.

We are excited for guests to experience the underwater world of Nemo and friends at Tokyo Disney Resort, and look forward to providing future updates on one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations!

The new attraction, themed to the world of Disney/Pixar’s "Finding Nemo" and upcoming sequel "Finding Dory," will “shrink” guests to the size of a fish and allow them to explore the vast and beautiful underwater world from the point of view of Nemo and his friends.
The new attraction, themed to the world of Disney/Pixar’s "Finding Nemo" and upcoming sequel "Finding Dory," will “shrink” guests to the size of a fish and allow them to explore the vast and beautiful underwater world from the point of view of Nemo and his friends.
May 28, 2015

Disney, General Motors and USAA Partner with Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to Encourage the Hiring of Military Veterans

By Disney Post Staff, The Walt Disney Company

Disney’s Heroes Work Here initiative has continued The Walt Disney Company’s long-standing tradition of supporting the U.S. Armed Forces by hiring, training and supporting military veterans. Building on the success of Disney and USAA’s regional Veterans Institute seminar in San Antonio last August, Disney, USAA and General Motors (GM), in cooperation with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), will now bring Disney’s Veterans Institute to Detroit.

The daylong seminar will take place on June 5 at the General Motors Headquarters, and is intended to educate and inspire Michigan-based companies to build their own veteran-hiring programs.

The event—presented in partnership with MVAA—will include panel discussions that focus on veteran hiring and retention, sharing personal stories from veterans who have transitioned into the civilian workforce, as well as state and federal resources available to both veterans and organizations looking to employ them. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and GM CEO Mary Barra will deliver opening remarks, ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff will give a keynote address and Disney’s Veterans Institute will present veteran-hiring best practice workshops.

Since our Heroes Work Here initiative launched in 2012, more than 5,000 former servicemen and women have become part of the Disney family and another 5,000 veterans have found careers with companies across the country as a result of our program,” Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger said. “Hiring veterans is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do, and we are pleased to share our insights to create career opportunities for our veterans.”

“GM has been a strong supporter of the U.S. military for more than 100 years now, and our support continues today through a wide range of philanthropic, education, training and employment initiatives,” said Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors Company. “GM employs thousands of active and former military and their spouses. We are proud to serve those who have served our country, and we welcome this opportunity to partner with Disney to share, learn and encourage best practices in veteran recruitment and hiring with other companies and organizations across Michigan.”

In 2014, MVAA created the “Veteran-Friendly Employer Program,” which recognizes Michigan companies and organizations that are committed to attracting and retaining top veteran talent. “Veterans are a strong addition to any company because of the training and leadership they gain while in uniform,” MVAA Director Jeff Barnes said, adding, “Disney, USAA and GM have led the way in creating a blueprint for others to follow when it comes to veteran-hiring programs and employment, and MVAA is excited to bring more of these best practices to Michigan.”

Disney and USAA’s regional Veterans Institute in San Antonio in 2014 was a marked success, attracting more than 300 participants who were trained by experts from Disney’s Heroes Work Here initiative on best practices for helping veterans make a successful transition from the military to the civilian workforce. “We saw great outcomes from the work Disney Institute did in San Antonio last year, and we’re fortunate to be a part of bringing this program to Detroit,” Stuart Parker, CEO of USAA, said. “With more than one million active-duty men and women expected to separate in the next five years, we want to share best practices to provide them a stable and successful post-military career.”

To learn more about Disney’s commitment to supporting our veterans, visit the Heroes Work Here website. And for more information about Disney’s Veterans Institute, visit DisneyVeteransInstitute.com.

Disney, USAA and General Motors (GM), in cooperation with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), will bring Disney’s Veterans Institute to Detroit on June 5.
May 27, 2015

Enhanced ESPN 3 and WatchESPN Coverage of Scripps National Spelling Bee Lets Viewers Test Their Skills

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN

When America’s best young wordsmiths compete in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals today and Thursday, viewers will be able “play along” via formats available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN platforms.

For the second consecutive year, those viewers can select from among three possible spellings of the word the student is contemplating. This year, the “Play-Along” presentation has been enhanced to give the viewer an immersive experience that will explain the word’s origins, definition and more; in addition to relevant social media, the speller’s bio also will be seen on screen.

What inspires ESPN’s approach to presenting coverage of the Bee? Senior coordinating producer Ed Placey told ESPN Front Row that a game show that soared to its heights of popularity on ABC’s airwaves years ago helps inspire the look and pacing of both ESPN’s traditional and “Play-Along” coverage. Learn what that game show is and more by reading ESPN Front Row.

This year, the “Play-Along” presentation has been enhanced to give the viewer an immersive experience that will explain the word’s origins, definition and more.
Topics: ESPN
May 22, 2015

Disney News This Week: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Begins, Disney Store Opens its First and Largest Store in Shanghai and Marvel’s 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Crosses the $1 Billion Mark

By Beth Deitchman, The Walt Disney Company

Today Disneyland Resort officially kicked off the “Disneyland Diamond Celebration,” marking 60 years of magic at the Happiest Place on Earth. The event officially opened to guests at 6 a.m. PT, the start of a 24-hour party at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks that serves as a kick-off to the Diamond Celebration and the summer family travel season. “Few companies have both a legendary past as well as a limitless future,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “But we had the great fortune to be founded with a spirit of creativity and innovation—one that continues to define this phenomenal company, allowing us to keep moving forward to meet the future without ever losing sight of who we are and where it all started.  We’re thrilled to usher in Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary and celebrate the triumph of imagination in a place where dreams really do come true.”

Disney Store opened its flagship store in the Lujiazui area of Pudong, Shanghai, China on Wednesday. This landmark store marks Disney Store’s largest retail space in the world, with 9,257 square feet of immersive shopping experiences and innovative product, and also features an outdoor plaza. “We couldn’t be more delighted to open our first Disney Store in China, in Shanghai,” said Paul Candland, president, The Walt Disney Company, Asia-Pacific region. “Disney Store plays a critical role in how millions around the world experience our brand and allows kids, young adults and families to have a uniquely fun and immersive experience while shopping for their favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars products,” he added. The group of Chinese characters representing the specific date and time chosen for the store’s opening—May 20 at 1:14 p.m.—represents a highly popular social media code among young people as a time to openly express love and long-term commitment to each other. “We want to thank the people of Shanghai for welcoming us to the city and could think of no better way than to open the store on May 20 at 1314 hours,” Candland said.

On May 15, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron crossed the $1 billion mark in its 24th day of global release and has become the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time. It is Marvel Studios’ third billion-dollar film, alongside Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3, and the eighth Disney release to surpass this threshold. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is the highest-grossing film of 2015 domestically and the second-biggest movie of the year globally. The film began opening internationally on April 22 and debuted in the No. 1 spot in every market, marking the biggest opening weekend ever in Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Philippines, Ecuador and Bolivia, as well as the biggest Western debut ever in South Korea and Peru. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron will open in Japan on July 4. On May 12, Disney surpassed the $2 billion mark at the global box office for the 14th consecutive year. In addition to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Studios’ results have been driven by Disney’s Cinderella, Into the Woods and Big Hero 6.

Today Disneyland Resort officially kicked off the “Disneyland Diamond Celebration,” marking 60 years of magic at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Disney Store opened its flagship store in the Lujiazui area of Pudong, Shanghai, China on Wednesday.
On May 15, Marvel’s 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' crossed the $1 billion mark in its 24th day of global release and has become the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time.

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