Disney Movies Anywhere has announced that as of August 23, 2016, Fios by Verizon has become the first multichannel video programming distributor to join its cloud-based digital movie service platform. The launch coincides with the digital release of Disney’s hit film The Jungle Book.
Earlier today, the Disneyland Resort announced that as its Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration draws to a close and it begins its 61st year in Anaheim, it has introduced a ticket donation program for sixth grade students in Anaheim, recognizing student actions to improve their homes, schools or communities.
Titled ‘Happiest Class on Earth: Anaheim 6th Graders Making a Difference,’ Disneyland has committed to offer every sixth grade student in Anaheim Elementary schools the opportunity to receive a Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket after completing a project that enriches their home, school or community. The program, which will continue for at least the next ten years, will also be extended to schools located outside the city of Anaheim whose student body consists of at least 50% who live in Anaheim.
Disney and magic are virtually synonymous. Not only in the ethereal sense, but also when it comes to the art of illusion as performed by stage magicians for centuries. Practical illusions have found their way into countless films, television programs, theme park attractions and — especially — theatrical stage productions. The very same illusion that leaves millions of annual visitors to the Haunted Mansion mystified is actually a centuries-old theatrical effect known as Pepper’s ghost. And while it’s easy enough to produce illusions in films and television outside the reaches of the camera frame, it takes a little bit more ingenuity to have Mary Poppins pull one impossibly large object after another from a small carpet bag on stage in front of a live audience.
Although it appears that the FAA has not yet made Disney’s response to its latest round of questions public, it sent notification to the company yesterday advising that new regulations require the FAA to be delayed in responding to the original request. At issue is that the request was made as an exemption to Rule 333 under the now-ironically named ‘FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012,’ or FMRA. According to the notice, the portion of Rule 333 that governed the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) — or vehicles (UAVs) as the industry often refers them to as — was a stopgap until more permanent regulations were in place. Enter Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 107.
The Federal Aviation Administration has responded to Disney’s request for an exemption under Section 333, permitting the company’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for theme park entertainment. After a period of time soliciting comments from the public — 12 in all, most decidedly against granting Disney the exemption — the FAA has responded, but with a series of questions seeking more clarification on Disney’s intents and implementation. The list of questions the FAA is requiring answers for before making a final determination are as follows:
- Will flight operations be conducted at night only? After twilight? Will the hours of operation coincide with the fireworks display?
Betcha on land they understand that you can hide the mechanisms that control your puppet, but it’s a totally different story under the sea. With beloved characters like Ariel from The Little Mermaid and popular franchises like Finding Nemo (and its upcoming sequel, Finding Dory), being able to present the characters as tangible puppets in their true native habitat would go a long way to creating magic, but the requirements of visible rods and other manipulators only serve to take away from the experience. Instead, Disney has relied on using computer generated imagery and projection to simulate combining its intellectual property with real world aquatic elements such as the Living Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot.
While Adam Aron, the CEO of movie theater chain AMC Theatres, recently caused himself a bit of internet backlash by suggesting that some seating sections should be designated texting zones, Disney is working behind the scenes to make something like this happen.
Disney has actually experimented with a product they call ‘Second Screen’ before with special organized showings of The Little Mermaid and The Nightmare Before Christmas which encouraged theatergoers to being their iOS device to the show and supplement the film with interactive games and trivia as audience members compete for the highest score, but this is not that.
According to recent trademark applications, Disney plans to stream virtual reality movies and videos through an online service called ‘Disney Movies VR.’ Two such applications have been published by the US Patent and Trademark Office to date: serial number 86957194 is ‘computer software and downloadable applications for delivering, accessing, downloading, streaming, playing, browsing, and viewing virtual reality and digital content;’ and serial number 86957196 is for ‘streaming and delivery of virtual reality and digital content.’
There’s no arguing that the advent of 3D printers has revolutionized the way we do things in a way that impacts virtually every one, either directly or not. From rapid prototype development, to affordable consumer models, to toys marketed to children that mimic the process, 3D printers have firmly ingrained themselves in the way business is conducted in today’s world. And like most other forms of technology, the 3D Printer continues to evolve in all sorts of ways, such as offering full color printing as well as printing edible meals.
The Walt Disney Company has recently filed multiple trademark applications for something titled ‘Disney Princess: Beginnings.’ Unfortunately, as documented below, the applications are wide and varied so it’s not entirely clear what the campaign will be and who it will be for: whether the Beginnings in the title refers to the beginnings of each princess (be it origin story or infant/toddler timeline) or simply more for its intended audience, which appears to be anyone but infants and toddlers.
The applications published so far are as follows: