As a fan of The Walt Disney Company and often promoter of such, it’s admittedly hard to bite my tongue when I read what I consider to be extreme, worst-case scenarios about how the company is viewed when it comes to treating the fairer sex. Surely there is some exaggeration in how Disney presents role models to young girls with the Disney Princesses and various cute, fluffy animals dressed in pink bows. In fact, I’d like to think that most of the company, in particular the consumer products side (which tends to see the brunt of it all) is rather conscientious of their impact on impressionable youth. Still, you won’t please all the people all the time. Someone will always find offense in anything.
Ingersoll Rand, a company that specializes in home efficiency and security with brands such as Club Car, Schlage, Thermo King and Trane, has announced it has an entered a partnership with Green Builder Media to bring its automation technology to the VISION House at Epcot’s Innoventions. The new exhibit, scheduled to open in April according to the announcement, will replace the House of Innoventions exhibit.
Making the announcement at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Ingersoll Rand says the new exhibit will feature products form Trane and Schlage offering heating/air conditioning and security features to the demo home.
Disney Parks has one more trick up its sleeve for Walt Disney World passholders planning on attending the ‘One More Disney Day’ leap day event in which both the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Parks will remain open for 24 hours.
The first 1,000 passholders who plan on visiting the Magic Kingdom can sign up online for the offer. In order to qualify and receive the ears, the passholder must then check-in for the event no later than 5:30 am on February 29 (check-in begins at 5 am, the park opens at 6 am). Limit of one pair of ears per guest.
Pictured here are Cigna CEO David Cordani and Lance Corporal Matias Ferreira as they show the medals they won earlier today by completing the half marathon together at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which is sponsored by Cigna.
Ferreira, 22, originally from Atlanta and now living in Rockville, Maryland, is a U.S. Marine who lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. Cordani served as a running guide to Ferreira, who is a member of the Achilles International Freedom Team. Achilles is an organization that helps people with disabilities, including wounded U.S. Armed Forces veterans, compete in mainstream athletic events. Cigna sponsored several members of the Achilles team at today’s half marathon.
Disney and General Motors have renewed their long-term business relationship with a new multi-year corporate alliance. As part of the new agreement, GM will be actively involved with Walt Disney Imagineering in the development of a re-imagined, design-centric Test Track experience. The refurbished Test Track will be presented by one of GM’s most famous brands, Chevrolet. As Chevrolet marks its 100th anniversary, the new alliance agreement enables General Motors to tell its story in new and exciting ways to millions of Guests from around the world and continue as the official vehicle sponsor of Walt Disney World Resort.
One of the largest and most expensive theme park attractions ever built, Radiator Springs Racers will be the anchor in the Cars Land expansion at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, set to open summer of 2012. Based on the technology of Epcot’s Test Track technology, the attraction will place guests in the role of a Cars citizen as they take a leisurely stroll through the area, encountering many of the characters from the Disney/Pixar film, before getting involved in a virtual high-speed race against another vehicle filled with guests.
It appears that Walt Disney Imagineering has begun the test and adjust phase for the brand new Dumbo attraction being installed in the Storybook Circus area of the New Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Photos and video captured by MouseSteps demonstrate some of the vehicles in action yesterday.
What makes this particular installation of the classic attraction is that this will be the first time in any Disney theme park that Dumbo will fly in a clockwise direction (i.e., if you were to look at the attraction from an aerial vantage point), or more simply put, Dumbo faces left. In every other installation, Dumbo flies in the opposite (counter-clockwise) direction. The attraction topper is also more ornate than previous incarnations, replacing Timothy Mouse with a bevy of storks mid-job.
CONFIRMED!: DISNEY HAS CONFIRMED BOTH DISNEYLAND AND MAGIC KINGDOM WILL OPEN AT 6 AM ON FEBRUARY 29 AND REMAIN OPEN FOR 24 HOURS. PLUS THEY WILL BE GIVING AWAY A FREE VACATION EVERY DAY BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2012 AND FEBRUARY 29, 2012. ALSO, BOOK A 3+ NIGHT PACKAGE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD OR DISNEYLAND BETWEEN FEBRUARY 26, 2012 AND MARCH 10 AND GET ONE FREE NIGHT (must book by January 31). SEE ONEMOREDISNEYDAY.COM FOR DETAILS.
Yesterday, Oscar Martinez celebrated 55 years as a cast member at the Disneyland Resort. Martinez started his career at the park in 1956 as a bus boy and today serves as a cook at the Carnation Cafe on Main Street, USA. Throughout his service at the resort, Martinez has trained thousands of cast members and has become a favorite of many guests who visit him year after year.
Martinez is the first Walt Disney Parks & Resorts cast member to achieve this 55-year milestone and, as such, he became the first to receive the newly created 55-year Snow White-themed service award which was bestowed upon him in a ceremony held earlier at the resort.
One never knows what one may see or encounter on the World Famous Jungle Cruise, such are the risks and rewards of working with live animals. Thus it is crucial one relies on a trusted skipper employed by the Jungle Navigation Company. Whether it’s the giant butterflies that can grow anywhere from 12 inches to a whopping 1 foot, crocodiles looking for a hand-out or (in some cases) piranhas, there are few things that will surprise a Jungle Cruise skipper.
Take for example this particular trip down the Amazon, in which Skipper Stephanie recalls an evening at Trader Sam’s pad: