Ghiradelli to Open at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre and Disney Studio Store in November

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, America’s oldest operating chocolate manufacturer, is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newest soda fountain and chocolate shop on Friday, November 15th, joining The Walt Disney Studio’s El Capitan Theatre and Disney Studio Store on Hollywood Boulevard. The shop—the first in Los Angeles—will give moviegoers, visitors and locals a chance to experience Ghirardelli’s world-famous hot fudge sundaes, shakes, floats, and delicious assortment ofchocolates and beautifully wrapped gifts. Each guest will also enjoy a complimentary sample of the signature Ghirardelli SQUARES® chocolate. The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop and Disney Studio Store will be located next to the legendary El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Boulevard) and open seven days a week.

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Applebee’s Launches ESPN Fan Zones in Restaurants Nationwide

ESPN Commentator Chris Berman, Apple American Group President & CEO Greg Flynn, and Applebee's President Mike Archer (Photo via Business Wire)Applebee’s restaurants and ESPN have teamed up to offer the ESPN Fan Zone at Applebee’s, a new venture between the worldwide leader in sports and the world’s largest casual dining restaurant chain. The new environment gives fans across the country a unique destination, created by brands they love, to watch the game with friends.

To commemorate, ESPN commentator Chris Berman and Applebee’s president, Mike Archer ceremonially cut a five-foot ‘Boo Yah! Brew Pretzel’ during an event at the new Fisherman’s Wharf Applebee’s in San Francisco yesterday.

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Disney’s Infrared Projection Stops Ride Photo ‘Theft,’ Adds Haunted Mansion ‘Ghostbusting’

Infrared Imaging Projection by DisneyMore than three years ago, Stitch Kingdom broke the news that Disney was looking into a way to control what it considered a viable threat: abuse of refillable mugs. The news caused an uproar across the internet sparking further debate over a topic that had already been debated immeasurable times before. While some recognized it was a long day coming, many argued that it really wasn’t worth Disney’s time and effort to implement such a system, while others plotted on how to get around it just based on the patent application. Three years later, the Walt Disney World Resort has introduced its ‘Rapid Fill’ program which, in effect, does exactly what the company set out to do.

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‘Show Your Disney Side’ Disneybounding is Disney Parks 2014 Campaign (Speculation)

'Find Your Disney Side' Disney Parks CampaignJust earlier today, we shared news of several domain registrations and awareness that Disney Parks and Resorts was potentially introducing a new campaign called ‘Disney Side’ thanks to domain registrations such as disneyside.com (which currently links to the Disney Parks website), mydisneyside.net, showmydisneyside.com, showyourdisneyside.com and miladodisney.com.

While we initially had some speculation (just for fun) that this may have been tied to a Star Was promotion, further investigation has linked it to an upcoming campaign fully titled ‘Share Your Disney Side.’

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AT&T Named Official Wireless Provider for Disney Parks North America

AT&T* and Disney Parks today announced an agreement that makes AT&T the official wireless provider for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

Through the agreement, AT&T will have various marketing and branding opportunities, including sponsoring Disney-created soccer and runDisney events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. In addition, Disney will join AT&T to educate Cast Members and guests about “It Can Wait®,” AT&T’s groundbreaking initiative to educate consumers about the dangers of texting while driving. AT&T and Disney will also collaborate to enhance the experience for the growing number of Disney guests using smartphones and tablets during their visit. Furthermore, Cast Members will use new mobile devices on AT&T’s network to help deliver Disney’s legendary guest service.

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‘AIREAL’ by Disney Research Brings 4D Haptic Experience to Gaming

AIREAL by Disney ResearchDisney Research today unveiled AIREAL, a low-cost, highly scalable solution that aims to fill an increasing void in gaming by bring tactile feedback to motion-responsive controllers, such as the Microsoft Kinect.

While traditional gaming controllers often use vibration to provide haptic feedback to gamers, those using controllers that respond to physical movement haven’t been afforded that luxury until now.

The AIREAL uses a (mostly) 3D printed vortex generator that uses speakers whose diaphragms are activated, pushing air out of the device. By alternating patterns and lengths, the tactile feedback can vary depending on the player’s situation and expectations. Furthermore, the AIREAL system is scalable, allowing an array of them to be used in situations to provide feedback in true three dimensional space.

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‘Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives’ Exhibit to Open at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at MSI ChicagoD23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, an exhibition which encompasses nearly 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney history, opens at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) on October 16, 2013 (the actual 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company) and continues through February 17, 2014.

Presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago’s native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features many artifacts that have not been widely seen by the public—including drawings; props; costumes; artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films; plus items from contemporary Disney milestones.

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Disney to Maintain Stake in Hulu; Will Join $750 Million Cash Infusion

21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today jointly announced that they will maintain their respective ownership positions in Hulu and together provide a cash infusion of $750 million in order to propel future growth.

Launched in 2008, Hulu is now a leading aggregator of premium online television content from over 400 content partners, and has achieved more than 30 million monthly unique visitors.

‘Hulu has emerged as one of the most consumer friendly, technologically innovative viewing platforms in the digital era. As its evolution continues, Disney and its partners are committing resources to enable Hulu to achieve its maximum potential,’ said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company.

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D23 Expo: Disney Legends to Include Tony Baxter, Steve Jobs, Dick Clark, Glen Keane and More

Disney Legends AwardThe Walt Disney Company today announced the recipients of its Disney Legends award for 2013, each of whom will be honored at the biennial ceremony taking place on Saturday, August 10 at 2:00 pm in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. The event will once again be emceed by television personality Tom Bergeron and is open to all those attended the Disney D23 Expo (on a first come, first serve basis).

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Iger to Remain Disney CEO and Chairman through June 30, 2016

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) Board of Directors announced today that it has extended Robert A. Iger’s tenure as CEO and Chairman through the expiration of his contract on June 30, 2016 under his existing contractual terms as CEO.

“For nearly eight years as chief executive officer, Bob Iger has proven he has the unique ability to drive creative and financial success at the world’s preeminent entertainment company,” said Orin C. Smith, Independent Lead Director of the Disney Board. “Disney has hit new heights during Mr. Iger’s tenure, with total shareholder return of 193% that dramatically exceeds the S&P 500s 54%, and a market capitalization that has risen to $113.7 billion from $48.4 billion when he became CEO in 2005. Mr. Iger’s ability to consistently deliver against a strategy of producing high-quality branded content, technological innovation and international expansion has repeatedly resulted in record revenue, net income, and earnings per share for the company.”

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