Netflix, it was nice knowing you. A new streaming service is about to enter the ring to dropkick every other platform and cable TV provider, and it goes by the name of Disney+. According to a press release, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the Mouse House’s new streaming service will be called Disney+ in an investors’ conference call on Thursday afternoon. He also listed about a million reasons why it’ll be impossible to watch anything owned by the studio if you don’t fork up the cash for this thing every month. While the name may be pretty simple and boring, it’s also straight to the point. Disney, plus a bunch of other shit you know Disney owns and—muhaha—you won’t be able to watch anywhere else! So what will that include? On top of Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, there will be a second live-action Star Wars series starring Diego Luna’s rebel, Cassian Andor from Rogue One—a prequel about a prequel, because no Star Wars … [Read more...] about Here’s what we know about Disney+, and the million titles coming to it
Sure, we all know Walt Disney World is awesome above-ground. But what goes on underneath all the attractions? Mark Ashman/Disney Parks via Getty Images Ask just about any kid you know where to find the happiest place on Earth, and they'll point you to Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Opened in 1971 and the size of San Francisco, it's one of the most visited spots in the world. Led by mascot Mickey Mouse and dozens of characters old and new, Walt Disney World simply never gets old. Part of the fun and mystique of Disney World is its obsessive fans, who crave and constantly seek out information and trivia about their beloved park. As a result, urban legends about Disney World abound. Following are just a few of them. Many people claim the park is haunted — whether it's by a single ghost in the Haunted Mansion, multiple spirits around the park or the ghost of Walt Disney himself. Legend also has it that nobody is allowed to be declared dead on the grounds of … [Read more...] about Is there a secret city under Walt Disney World?
This photo of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland was snapped in 2014. Wikimedia Commons It's said that Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth, but hiding deep inside each Disney theme park is a mansion. At some parks, the mansion is haunted; at others, the mansion is packed with phantoms and at still others, it's full of mysticism and mystery. All of those mansions originated from Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, so why are there so many different versions of this iconic ride? The Original Ride Scott Renshaw, author of "Happy Place: Living the Disney Parks Life," described by email his first experience with the Disneyland Haunted Mansion as a kid: "There was always this slight hesitation, because the graveyard was always a little bit scary to me, but I'd come out of it feeling like I'd beaten a fear." That's really the way the ride works today. The first half of the ride aims for scary, but transitions into more of a ghostly party. This two-part feel had a lot to do with the … [Read more...] about The Many Haunted Mansions of Disney Theme Parks
The first phase of Walt Disney World under construction at Orlando, Florida, covered 27,000 acres (10,927 hectares) in November 1969, at that time the world's largest amusement park. Alan Band/Fox Photos/Getty Images Disney World might be the happiest place on Earth, but just like any fantasy, there's a little dark magic hiding under the theme park's shiny exterior. And that's exactly what the guys at Stuff They Don't Want You To Know want you to know about. In the episode of the podcast, "Building Disney: the Magic Kingdom and the CIA" Matt Frederick, Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown could end up tarnishing some of your favorite childhood memories as they tell the truth behind the astonishing conspiracy of how Walt Disney enlisted the help of CIA agents to build his famous park. Disneyland, the first theme park in Anaheim, California, opened in 1955, helping turn around the fortunes of the Disney company. But when Walt Disney envisioned his second park, he didn't stop at just attractions … [Read more...] about Disney World and Its Tangled Web With CIA Ops
An actor portraying the robot character Baymax from "Big Hero 6" appears onstage at a Shangai Disney resort with the pop group SNH48. VCG/Getty Images Walt Disney theme park visitors, especially children, love to meet their favorite characters in person — and hug them. But these life-sized, costumed simulacra of Mickey, Minnie, Anna and Elsa are actually propelled by human actors on the inside. Fans still need to suspend their disbelief — at least for now. Disney Enterprises has filed a new patent that indicates the company has the development of life-like robots in the works. The patent application, filed on April 6, 2017, describes a "soft body robot for physical interaction with humans." While the technical description may not sound warm and fuzzy, that's exactly the idea behind this humanoid bot. The robot will have soft skin and body parts, and "will move and physically interact like an animated character," according to Disney's patent application. Some … [Read more...] about Fleshy, Huggable Robots Could Soon Roam Disney Theme Parks