Tokyo Disney Resort Announces Plans to Double Size of Fantasyland, Add New Land to DisneySea

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Bob Iger to Remain as Disney Head Through Mid-2018

Robert A. Iger (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company). (Disney/Bob D'Amico)The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors today announced that it has extended Bob Iger’s contract as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer through June 30, 2018. Previously, Iger was expected to step down from his current positions in 2016 after already having been extended from a planned leave next year, in 2015.

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Hasbro to Produce Disney Princess Dolls Beginning in 2016

Hasbro and Disney Consumer Products today announced that starting in 2016, Hasbro will be granted worldwide rights (except for Japan) to produce dolls based on the Disney Princess properties including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Frozen. This will further expand Hasbro’s existing deal which already encompasses Star Wars and Marvel properties.

The deal most likely spells trouble for Mattel, which currently has had the lock on producing dolls and other products in the Disney Princess line. We have reached out for comment to Disney Consumer Products, but have not yet heard back regarding how Mattel’s existing relationship will be affected by the new deal with Hasbro. Mattel’s Hot Wheels line has recently introduced a line of vehicles inspired by Marvel properties.

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Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm Characters Flank Walt Disney on Commemorative Shareholder Certificate

The Walt Disney Company Collectible Shareholder CertificateBeginning today, Disney shareholders are now eligible to purchase the brand new Disney Shareholder commemorative certificate, available exclusively through Disney Store — available for a limited time with an introductory price of just $35 (regularly $50). Because the Walt Disney Company no longer issues paper stock certificates as a way to streamline and secure shareholder’s holdings, the new 8″x12″ commemorative certificate is a non-negotiable form of being able to proudly display ownership in the company as with paper stocks in the past.

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Deadmau5 Responds to Disney Trademark Block with Cease and Desist

Deadmau5 Cease and Desist LetterWhat’s good for the goose is good for the gander, or rather what’s good for the mouse is good for the dead mouse. So sayeth Joel Zimmerman /aka/ Deadmau5.

Although he had no shortage of words for Disney on his Twitter account in response to Disney’s move to block his trademark registration, he and his lawyers upped the ante earlier today by serving a cease and desist letter to Disney Interactive, claiming they were engaging in both copyright and trademark infringement.

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TRADEMARK: Disney Makes Good on Deadmau5 Extermination Threat

Disney Registered Trademark SamplesIn a whopping 171-page complaint, the Walt Disney Company earlier today filed a ‘Notice of Opposition’ of trademark registration against Ronica Holdings, the corporate identity responsible for staking claim to the logo for the music artist, Deadmau5 (pronounced: Dead Mouse). First reported by Stitch Kingdom back in March, Ronica Holdings now has 40 days to respond to Disney’s claim.

Pictured left are just some of the logos cited in the notice which Disney feels demonstrates their hold on the three — sometimes ‘incomplete’ — circles that compose the silhouette of a mouse head.

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PATENT: Disney to Use Drones for Night-Time Entertainment

Drone controlled marionetteEveryone knows drones are where it’s at. Whether you’re looking to deliver packages to customers’ doorsteps, target and destroy someone from thousands of miles away or looking to entertain thousands of guests, you’ll need an army of drones.

Thanks to a series of recently published patent applications, we now have an idea of where Walt Disney Imagineering is headed with future plans for night-time entertainment to take place over lagoons (which are specifically mentioned in the applications), although the technology can be applied virtually anywhere.

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PATENT: Disney’s Plans to Make ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Safer

Dynamic Roll/Pitch Stabilizer for Use During Loading and Unloading of Small Passenger BoatsAfter highly (and not-so-highly) publicized events in which at Walt Disney World’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ both a man and a child suffered finger lacerations/partial loss and even going back to an incident in 2005 where a child lost part of his thumb on Disneyland’s ‘Storybook Land Canal Boats,’ a patent application has been published that hopes to reduce — if not eliminate — such injuries. The unfortunate aspect, however, is that the original filing date for the application, titled ‘Dynamic Roll/Pitch Stabilizer for Use During Loading and Unloading of Small Passenger Boats’ is February 12, 2013 — long before the recent ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ incidents.

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CONFIRMED? Tower of Terror PhotoPass Video First Step in MyMagic+ Video/Photo Story Packages

Over two years ago, we first talked about a ‘Story Telling’ patent application that would integrate with Disney Parks and Resorts’ MyMagic+ system and today we are getting our first hints of it becoming a reality. The official Disney Parks blog has shared news that Disney Photo Imaging’s PhotoPass system will now allow guests who have purchased the Memory Maker package to automatically receive video of their journey — or drop — on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort via their linked MagicBand.

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Disney Research: 3D Personalized Figure Creation Process Just Got Hairy

Disney Research 'Stylized Hair Capture'Disney Research Zurich, along with the University of Zaragoza, have now shared the results of their ‘Stylized Hair Capture’ project. The aim of the project is to improve upon the already popular trend of custom 3D printed figures which have traditionally been limited to facial scans being plastered onto an existing model, neglecting any other personal attribute. The ‘Stylized Hair Capture’ project sets out to improve on the fad with the intent of capturing the individual as they appear that day, right down to their individual hair style and color. The demo video — embedded below — even goes as far as to show that any object with hair- or fur-like texture, such as a stuffed animal, can be scanned in digitally and faithfully recreated as a result.

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