Disney Parks Study Shows Impact of Company on Florida’s Economy

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A new study released today shows the magic Disney makes for guests at its parks and resorts and on its cruise ships translates into a strong economic impact not only in Central Florida but across the state.

The $18.2 billion in annual economic activity generated locally by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts accounts for a staggering 2.5 percent of the gross domestic product for the entire state.

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Disney Store Wins ‘New Retail Frontier’ Bronze at 2011 Edison Awards

Disney Store celebrated its Bronze Award win in the New Retail Frontiers category at the 2011 Edison Best New Product Awards™ at the historic Capitale ballroom in New York. The distinguished award symbolizes the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, and recognizes companies at the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. Disney Store was honored for its highly interactive and immersive new store design that delivers “the best 30 minutes of a child’s day” to millions of guests around the world.

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Disney Affected by Huge E-Mail Data Breach

An e-mail from Disney Destinations (i.e., what’s effectively otherwise known as The Walt Disney Travel Company) confirms that the company was one of the many compromised by a recent data breach at Epsilon, an e-mail service provider for many companies. Other companies previously reported to have their e-mail lists compromised include Walgreen, J.P. Morgan Chase, Capital One, New York & Company, Kroger, Citigroup, US Bancorp, Brookstone, Marriott International, TiVo and potentially many more.

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Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children Opens

Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children openingFeaturing the latest in pediatric clinical technology and soothing, kid-friendly environments, today’s opening of the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children ushers in a new era of children’s health care. The state-of-the-art facility offers patients a unique experience where kids are the main characters.

To mark the momentous occasion, hundreds of community leaders and medical professionals gathered for a moving ceremony on the front lawn of Florida Hospital for Children. Several pediatric patients shared their inspirational stories of hope and perseverance before being joined on stage by Mickey Mouse. A performance of an inspirational song punctuated by a colorful burst of confetti, served as a reminder that all patients are unique and receive a personalized experience at the Walt Disney Pavilion.

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ESPN to Launch ESPNFrontRow.com, Behind-the-Scenes Corporate Blog

ESPNFrontRow.com mock-upESPN announced the launch of its new corporate blog site, ESPNFrontRow.com, which will debut Wednesday, March 30.

The new blog, to be updated daily, will be managed by the Communications department, and be a collaborative effort among the company’s key personnel — meaning it will feature a variety of voices, opinions, and insights.  Topics will focus on ESPN news and people, the employee experience, behind-the-scenes activity and will serve as a platform to address select company issues that are making news.  ESPNFrontRow.com will feature a comment-posting functionality to allow two-way communication.

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Patent: Disney Virtual Pets Travel Globe in Real Life

Traveling Virtual PetWith the ‘Traveling Virtual Pet Game System’ (U.S. Patent Application 20110070935), inventor Damon R. Beggs hopes to bring the perpetual successes of the virtual pet into the 21st century, allowing it to travel the world (and beyond) all while in the palm of your hand.

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The Walt Disney Company, Disney Parks Issue 2010 Corporate Citizenship Reports

The Walt Disney Company today released its second Corporate Citizenship report detailing Disney’s progress on environmental and social impacts. The report also includes the Company’s first set of comprehensive citizenship commitments and goals, aligned around three core principles:

  • Act and create in an ethical manner and consider the consequences of our decisions
  • Champion the happiness and well-being of kids, parents and families in our endeavors
  • Inspire kids, parents, employees, and communities to make a lasting, positive change in the world

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The Walt Disney Company Commits $2.5M+ to Japan Relief Efforts

The Walt Disney Company announced today that it will donate $2.5 million to the American Red Cross to support humanitarian aid efforts related to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In addition, the Company will match Disney cast member and employee donations to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund and Save the Children, dollar for dollar, up to $1 million total.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan,” said Robert A. Iger, president and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “We send our continued thoughts of support and encouragement as this great nation begins the long road to recovery.”

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Patent Says Simulated Floor System is Snow Problem

Whether your clothing shop is planning on an extravagant ‘Christmas in July’ pre-winter sale, you’re creating a new theme park attraction or perhaps even a Ski Lodge DVC resort, consider this new patent for Disney Enterprises which looks at creating a flooring system that simulates natural environments such as snow.

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Joe D’Ambrosia Named Vice President, Programming for Disney Junior

Joe D’Ambrosia has been named Vice President, Programming, Disney Junior, it was announced today by Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Disney Junior Worldwide, to whom D’Ambrosia reports. D’Ambrosia joins Disney after nearly two decades of writing, producing and developing children’s television programming and family films at companies including Murray Hill 5 Productions, which he co-founded, Nickelodeon and Sony Pictures Family Entertainment.

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