Disneyland Announces ‘Happiest Class on Earth’ Program to Reward Local Students


Happiest Class On EarthEarlier 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.

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FAA Postpones Disney’s Drone Exemption Request Response in Wake of New Regulations

Disney Drone ProposalsAlthough 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.

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Walt Disney World to Increase Security at Disney Springs Following Recent Tragedy

Just days after the tragedy in which gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in a crowded nightclub in Orlando, Walt Disney World has filed several notices of commencements with the Orange County comptroller’s office for increased security in the Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) area of the resort. Recent reports have come to light that suggest Mateen had previously spent time — and perhaps scoped out — the club as well as Disney Springs as potential attack sites.

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FAA Quizzes Disney on Proposed Drone Exemption

Disney Drone ProposalsThe 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:

  1. Will flight operations be conducted at night only? After twilight? Will the hours of operation coincide with the fireworks display?

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Disney Plans to Stream Virtual Reality Movies and Content Online

Disney Movies VRAccording 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.’

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‘Disney Princess: Beginnings’ Campaign Filed by Disney

Disney Princess: BeginningsThe 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:

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Plans for Two New Ships

Disney Cruise Line Adding Two New Ships (Concept Art)The Walt Disney Company announced plans today to build two additional cruise ships, each of them showcasing the immersive family entertainment, enchanting storytelling and unparalleled service that only Disney can deliver.

The company has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. The schedule calls for the new ships to be completed in 2021 and 2023.

Each new ship will be approximately 135,000 gross tons – slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy – and each is currently planned to include about 1,250 guest staterooms. While design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in development, the Walt Disney Imagineering team is already dreaming up exciting new ways to create the world’s most magical oceangoing adventures.

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Disney Seeks to License its CHEFS Food Safety Monitoring System

Disney CHEFSiCertainty and Zebra Technologies Corporation today announced plans to further license technology developed by Disney dubbed CHEFS (Computerized HACCP Enhanced Food Safety). At its core, the technology employs wireless temperature probes with Zebra’s MC40 mobile devices and iCertainty’s software to offer real-time monitoring of food temperatures, creating alerts when health concerns due to internal temperatures fall out of their respective safety zones. In addition to the immediate health benefits, the system also permits food preparers to rely on a manual process of documenting everything on paper for auditing purposes.

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The BFD: Disney’s Plans to Acquire Spielberg’s DreamWorks?

Michael Fassbender stars as Tom Sherbourne and Alicia Vikander as his wife Isabel in DreamWorks Pictures' poignant drama THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, written and directed by Derek Cianfrance based on the acclaimed novel by M.L. Stedman.DISCLAIMER: This site has no legal background nor does the author of this article have any legal expertise, education or background. Everything presented in this article should be taken at face value.

Walt Disney Studios has had a tumultuous experience at best with companies it has had distribution agreements with. Until it acquired Pixar in 2006, Disney acted as Pixar Animation Studios’ film distribution, a relationship that all but crumbled between Steve Jobs and Michael Eisner and was only soothed over by Robert Iger who ended up acquiring the studio altogether.

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WATCH: Disney’s ‘Dream Big, Princess’ ‘Be A Champion’ :90 Spot

Disney's 'Dream Big, Princess' Campaign at TargetEarlier this year, we broke news about a new campaign Disney has launched titled ‘Dream Big, Princess.’ The campaign has already begun to manifest itself with signage at Target stores nationwide, as well as internationally.

Today, Disney has released a 90 second spot titled ‘Dream Big, Princess: Be A Champion’ which is set to The Script’s ‘Hall of Fame’ and kicks off with the message ‘For every girl who dreams big, there’s a princess to show her it’s possible.’ The spot compares imagery from Disney’s films including Brave, Tangled, The Little MermaidThe Princess and the Frog  and Cinderella to real life footage of young girls excelling in sports and sciences.

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