Previously, Disney resort guests were given credit card-sized access cards that allowed them entry to both their rooms and the parks and even enabled them to charge anything to their Disney accounts.
The rubbery MagicBands that replaced the access cards do all of the above and much more. They actually give Disney the ability to collect big data regarding their guests and their experiences, according to BMW’s Reform.
Exit This Way
Poor parents. It’s easier to decipher the Koran then to figure out what the words YOLO, ratchet and noob mean. A recently released survey said that 66 percent of parents polled admitted that they have no clue what their kids are writing on the Internet — and it’s leaving them baffled.
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Disney announced today that it’s shuttering LucasArts, the iconic video game publisher tied to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises created by its parents company, LucasFilms.
Space the Final Frontier
It appears that people just really, really love deep discounts and free shipping. Wired reports that, according to a new Harris Interactive poll, Amazon is actually the number-one most respected company in America. Apple, Disney, Google (?!) and Johnson & Johnson made up the rest of the top five.
Amazon apparently “trounced” Disney in the category of emotional appeal, which makes us wonder whether everyone has just forgotten how much we all cried during the movie Dumbo.
Even the people who ran the poll sound astounded that Amazon took home the top prize:
Few astronauts have captured our national imagination more than Buzz Lightyear, the delightful spaceman superhero character in the classic animated film Toy Story. It appears that NASA’s designers are also big fans of the Pixar flick, as it recently released photos of its newest spacesuit, and it looks suspiciously similar to the one worn by Buzz.
The Open Web
Good news if you’re sick to death of movies that weren’t that great when you first saw them in the mid 1990s: The Wall Street Journal reports that Netflix has landed a plum deal to show Disney movies earlier than any other subscription TV service, to the tune of seven months or so after they leave theaters. Usually the deal goes to a premium outfit like HBO; Starz has the rights until 2015.
How about a little propaganda controversy for your Monday morning? A clip from the Disney kids’ sitcom Shake It Up is making the rounds on social news sites this morning, with some claiming that the writers of the show are purposefully spreading “fear, uncertainty and doubt” about the integrity of open source code. Scandal, you guys.
First he came for the U.S. government, but now it looks like the entertainment industry is next on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s revenge list. The notorious copyright outlaw took a break from lounging in bubble baths today to leak some compelling details of his U.S. indictment, a few of which shed a damning light on some entertainment industry bigwigs.
Hulu users who don’t pay for the site’s premium version won’t be enjoying any content from Fox the morning after. Starting today, all Fox shows will be kept off the web for eight days, unless users subscribe to Hulu Plus or prove they pay for Dish Network. Peter Kafka reports that Disney’s ABC will be the next major network to put this kind of delay in place.