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[31 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Top Disney Executive Leaves Cambridge Research Lab

Joe Marks, the head of Disney’s Cambridge research lab, has left the company.
Marks, who helped set up the research and development lab last year, left the company in order to work on a new startup. According to sources, the facility will remain open. Since Marks’s departure, there is only one senior researcher on staff, as well as a junior researcher, three professor consultants who visit regularly, four post-docs and seven lab associates.
Disney’s Cambridge facility was working on several projects, including 3-D printing of objects; tracking any and all Disney …

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[31 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney Channel Going Mobile

The Walt Disney Co. has plans to launch a mobile app that will allow Comcast Corp subscribers to watch Disney Channel on the go, sources say.
Disney CEO Robert Iger says the app will be made available as early as next week and will work similar to the company’s WatchESPN service. At first, this app will only be available to Comcast subscribers who will have to be “authenticated” in order to watch Disney Channel on their mobile devices.
Iger also mentioned that the company plans to create other apps that would allow …

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[31 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney Cruise Line to Offer Pixar-Themed Cruises this Fall

This fall, Disney Cruise Line will be offering Pixar-inspired cruises during their seven-night California Coastal voyages.
All Disney Wonder passengers will be able to enjoy a variety of themed activities revolving around beloved characters from the Pixar universe. Both children and adults alike will be able to enjoy this interactive, immersive experience. Activities will include:

An inside look at the process behind creating a Pixar animated feature. Pixar artists and filmmakers will showcase the making of Brave, and give guests a sneak peek at upcoming Pixar films.
Concept art used to design Pixar …

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[30 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Cal Expo to Receive Disney’s ‘California’ Letters

After renovating the entrance to Disney’s California Adventure, the iconic “California” letters will be getting a new home. Disney donated the over 11-feet tall letters to Friends of the California State Fair, a non-profit organization that benefits Cal Expo.
Disney decided to donate the letters when they realized they didn’t have the same theme as their refurbished entrance, which was designed to look like the version of Los Angeles Walt Disney saw when he first arrived in California in the 1920’s.
Says Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis:
The letters were very popular …

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[30 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney XD Acquires Animated ‘The Jungle Book’ Series

DQE, a global entertainment company, has sold The Jungle Book animated series to Disney XD. The new series will premiere during their summer lineup.
The series follows the man cub Mowgli who has been raised in the jungles by wolves since birth. All of your favorite characters will appear in the animated series including Baloo the bear, Bagheera, Mowgli’s panther friend and the rock python Kaa. Ultimately they band together to take on the evil Shere Khan.
Says Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman & CEO of DQE Group:
We are honoured that ‘The Jungle Book’ …

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[30 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Sneak Peek: Prince Eric’s Castle at Magic Kingdom Park

Last year, we were able to show you a glimpse at the making of Beast’s Castle in Fantasyland. Now, we can give you a sneak peek of another royal’s residence. Prince Eric’s Castle at New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom will house the Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction, and we have several photos to show you so you can catch a glimpse of what this attraction will look like.
The castle has a definite Mediterranean-style design, and will feature a Spanish-tile roof and an “E” monogram to …

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[29 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Final Fundraising Efforts Underway to Save Walt Disney’s Kansas City Studio

For 15 years, a group has been working hard to save Walt Disney’s first professional animation studio and transform the site into an interactive museum and historical site. Now, final fundraising efforts are underway to save the studio, located in Kansas City.
Over the years, Thank You Walt Disney, Inc. has managed to raise – and spend – $1 million in their efforts to save the studio. They hope to raise another $2 million to restore Laugh-O-Gram.
Says Butch Rigby, chairman of Thank You Walt Disney, Inc.:
There is an important question people …

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[29 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Celebrate Summer at The Walt Disney Family Museum

This summer, The Walt Disney Family Museum wants you to celebrate the start of summer with special screenings of the classic film Bon Voyage as well as several other events and programs.
Bon Voyage will screen at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily throughout the month of June except for Tuesdays, June 16, 23, and 29. Admission is $7/adults, $5/kids 17 and younger or free with museum admission.
Other notable activities include:

Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia, a special exhibition appearing now until September 17. This exhibit features drawings from Kley, a …

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[29 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney Cruise Line Investigates Alleged iPhone Theft

Disney Cruise Line has placed an employee on administrative leave while they investigate claims that an iPhone was stolen from a passenger earlier this year.
A woman claims her phone was stolen while she was a passenger on board the Disney Wonder in April. She says she was able to track down the thief because all of the photos that were taken with the stolen phone were uploaded to Apple’s Photo Stream. The guest put several of those photos into a Facebook album titled “Stolen iPhone Adventures” and forwarded them to …

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[28 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Walt Disney World Helps ‘Clean the World’

Orlando-based group Clean the World, which collects, sanitizes and re-packages discarded hotel soaps and shampoos to be distributed to impoverished countries, is getting a lot of help from Walt Disney World.
The resort has been a part of the group since 2010, but Clean the World has recently expanded their efforts to include soaps and shampoos from Disney hotels in California and Hawaii.
In two years, Disney has collected 53 tons of soap for Clean the World and more than 33 tons of bottled shampoos and lotions. After being sanitized and re-packaged, …