Disney reveals new store prototypes with theme park experiences

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If you’re missing your last trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, Disney Store locations soon will be providing a taste of “home,” as frequent theme-park visitors like refer to the theme parks. This week, The Walt Disney Company has announced further plans for the rollout of its new Disney Store prototype, and they include … Continue reading "Disney reveals new store prototypes with theme park experiences"
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THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY AND KTRK-TV HOUSTON COMMIT TO $1 MILLION FOR HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF

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The Walt Disney Company and its owned ABC television station KTRK in Houston today jointly announced a $1 million cash commitment to the American Red Cross in support of recovery efforts for communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. In addition, on Thursday, August 31, Disney|ABC Television Group (DATG) will host a "Day of Giving" to benefit those impacted by the hurricane. Starting in the morning with ABC local affiliates and Good Morning America, and throughout the day on ABC, Freeform, Radio Disney and across all DATG social platforms, there will be a call-to-action to donate to the American Red Cross, with those dollars going to benefit those most impacted. Eligible Disney employee donations to the American Red Cross and other qualified organizations involved in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort will be matched dollar for dollar by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.
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Deadline is March 24 to apply to be Walt Disney World or Disneyland college intern

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If you’re a college student who dreams of working at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, the Disney College Program can give you a sense of what that is like. But, you’ve got to hurry if you want to explore the magical possibility because the deadline for fall programs is Friday, March 24. That’s tomorrow! The … Continue reading "Deadline is March 24 to apply to be Walt Disney World or Disneyland college intern"
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Disney’s Maker Studios severs relationship with YouTube star PewDiePie

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Maker Studios is in the news this week after parent The Walt Disney Company cut ties with one of its biggest YouTube stars, PewDiePie, over his anti-Semitic posts. And YouTube quickly followed suit, canceling plans for the second season of his reality series, “Scare PewDiePie.” PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has 53 million … Continue reading "Disney’s Maker Studios severs relationship with YouTube star PewDiePie"
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Disney to shut down Club Penguin and replace it with Club Penguin Island app

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It’s with some wistfulness that I received the news last week that The Walt Disney Company is shutting down its Club Penguin website. Disney acquired the popular kids virtual world in 2007, and my children spent a couple years enthralled with it. Apparently, though, its popularity has been waning so Disney is closing the online … Continue reading "Disney to shut down Club Penguin and replace it with Club Penguin Island app"
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2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel includes first openly gay mom

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The Walt Disney Company has unveiled its 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel, and among the new members is the panel's first openly gay mother. The Disney Parks Moms Panel, which answers online readers' questions about planning Disney vacations, has included a gay dad, but the lesbian mother is a step forward in terms of diversity - and one that Disney is willing to tout in its press release and on the panel website.
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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ and ‘Star Wars’ characters to star in new computer science curriculum

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The Walt Disney Company is expanding its partnership with Code.org, the nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding student access to computer science, by lending its “Frozen” and “Star Wars” characters to a curriculum for elementary-school students. The collaboration began in 2014 when Disney worked with the organization to use Elsa, Anna and Olaf and other “Frozen” … Continue reading "Disney’s ‘Frozen’ and ‘Star Wars’ characters to star in new computer science curriculum"
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Disney’s Maker Studios to feature Marvel characters and partner with ESPN and ABC

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Maker Studios’ recently unveiled plans for upcoming content illustrates how The Walt Disney Company plans not only to leverage its digital audiences, but also how popular characters, such as those from Marvel, fit into its content strategy. I wrote about Maker Studios back in February when its co-founder, vlogger Shay Carl Butler, was in Orlando … Continue reading "Disney’s Maker Studios to feature Marvel characters and partner with ESPN and ABC"
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Disney offers cash prizes to software developers for new fitness apps

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Developers, assemble! The Walt Disney Company has teamed up with Creative England, a nonprofit group, to sponsor a competition to come up with new fitness apps for families using Disney and Marvel characters. The reward? A £95,000 (or more than $148,000 in U.S. cash) prize. The competition in England was designed “to target software specialists … Continue reading "Disney offers cash prizes to software developers for new fitness apps"
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More on the D23 Program

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As you may have already read, on Tuesday, The Walt Disney Company launched D23, billed as “the first official community for Disney fans in the company’s 85-year history.” According to the official press release, D23 will provide fans with the opportunity to “go backstage and behind closed doors to get the inside scoop from every … Continue reading "More on the D23 Program"
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