Saturday, February 6, 2016

Disney opens up applications for Disney Accelerator program

The Walt Disney Company has started accepting applications for its third accelerator program designed to help startup companies.

Ten companies are selected for a three-month program which involves mentorship and investment, according to the Disney company. 

Applications are due April 10, 2016.

"The past two years of the Disney Accelerator have led to incredible innovation and success between The Walt Disney Company and our participating startups, helping to establish the Disney Accelerator as the premier media and entertainment accelerator,"  Kevin Mayer, Chief Strategy Officer of The Walt Disney Company said in a press release.

Some of the companies which have been part of the program include:

Sphero: This is the company which helped develop the  BB-8 droid with Lucasfilm for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The company went through the program in 2014. The BB-8 toy droid it made for sale, sold out the first day.

Naritiv: This is a media company born on Snapchat and generates more than 16 billion views per month.

EMOTIV: This company developed the Insight wireless headset, which measures brain fitness and emotions. EMOTIV has sold hardware and software to 70,000 developers and researchers in 120 countries and has already built a profitable business. 

StatMuse: This company created an interactive sports statistics platform and now provides ESPN with statistical content for the NBA season.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Star Wars Tsum Tsums coming next week

The latest incarnation of the classic Star Wars characters will hit the shelves next week. 

The Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection — featuring characters from the original Star Wars trilogy — will hit stores Tuesday. They will be available in mini, medium and large sizes. 

Characters included in the collection include: Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Han Solo, R2-D2, Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Yoda, C-3P0, Ewok and Stormtrooper. The collection will be launched exclusively at Disney Store locations – both in-store and online – Feb. 16. 

If you want to snap them up online, get up early; new Tsum Tsum releases tend to sell out fast. They can be easier to find in stores. 

Here's the complete collection: 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Disney announces Garden Rocks concert lineup for 2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Darlene Love, who gained fame in the 1960s
with the song "He's a Rebel," will take the stage
in May for her Flower & Garden debut.
Here's a bit of news that will make spring feel just a little bit closer: Disney has released the lineup of 13 bands that will play the Garden Rocks concert series at this year's Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.

The concert series takes place each weekend from March 2-May 30 (Memorial Day) at America Gardens Theater.

Four new acts are making their festival debut this year: Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice; Brian Howe, former lead singer of Bad Company; Georgia Satellites; and Darlene Love.

The complete lineup follows. As a bonus, we've included a few videos from the acts to get you in the mood.

  • March 4-6: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO 
  • March 11-13: Starship starring Mickey Thomas 
  • March 18-20: Little River Band 
  • March 25-27 – Village People 

  • April 1-3: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone 
  • April 8-10: The Guess Who 
  • April 15-17: NEW! Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice 
  • April 22-24: NEW! BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company 

  • April 29-May 1: NEW! Georgia Satellites  
  • May 6-8: Gin Blossoms  

  • May 13-15: NEW! Darlene Love  
  • May 20-22: Night Ranger  
  • May 27-30 (Monday): The Spinners  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Disney World February 2016 pins and pin release dates announced

Disney has announced the release dates at Disney World for over 20 pins starting Feb. 4, 2016 with a special President's Day 2016 pin and a Pixar Party Countdown pin featuring the Incredibles.

Here is a lit of what else is to come for he month.

Feb. 11: A Villaintines Blind Box Set is being released for $12.95 each.

Feb. 18: Love Letters of the Month pin featuring Aurora and Prince Phillips and a Happy St. Patrick's Day 2016 pin will be released.

Feb. 25: An Easter 2016 pin featuring Chip and Dale, Disney Duets Pin of the Month featuring Evil Queen and Snow White, Magical Montage Quarterly Collection Grumpy and a Piece of Walt Disney World Resort featuring the Pirates of the Caribbean.
In addition, new open edition pins will be released during the month, including: Mickey Buddies Lanyard, Hiro and Baymax Two-on-Card, the Up House and Star Wars Easter Eggs Booster Set are being released.