Vodafone partnered with Disney to release Neo, a smartwatch designed for kids that will help parents stay connected through calls, chats, familiar characters and emojis. An integrated 5.0-megapixel forward-facing camera lets children capture their daily adventures, while the activity tracker logs activity and sets a goal to encourage them to get on their feet. Parents can check in on them with calls, chat and video messages. Read more for a video and additional information.
Remember that Star Wars hotel announcement that Disney made a while back? Well, the company has just provided new images of the event, which debuts in 2021 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Simply put, this will be a two-day and two-night vacation that aims to provide an all-immersive experience taking guests to a galaxy far, far away, but with some Disney magic. Guests become the heroes of their own Star Wars story, so each stay should be different. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Anyone who has visited a Disney theme park has definitely come across at least one of their animatronics, but get up close, and you’ll notice that something about them seems quite off. These new robots with a lifelike gaze may change that, while also giving you nightmares in their unskinned state. The team focused on the character animation where the fidelity and believability of motion is paramount, thus creating an interaction which demonstrates the illusion of life. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Deepfakes have been quite popular among internet users, as many hobbyists have been face swapping many celebrities in famous movies. Disney Research has developed an algorithm for fully automatic neural face swapping in images and videos. In other words, this is the first method capable of rendering photo-realistic and temporally coherent results at megapixel resolution, making it suitable for the big screen. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Disney Imagineers announced today that Splash Mountain at both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom park in Florida, will soon be completely rethemed. These attractions will be themed after the animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog,” letting guests join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance. Read more for a video ride along of the current attraction and additional information.
In Ragnrok, Thor returns to Asgard to find Heimdall gone and his estranged brother Loki posing as Odin, who is then forced to help him find their father, and with directions from Stephen Strange at the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City, they locate Odin in Norway. What could the movie have been like if the main characters used lightsabers instead of a hammer and other weapons? Read more to see exactly this, thanks to ImmersionVFX.
Pixar movies typically begin with a Pixar short film, like Bao with Incredibles 2, Lou with Cars 3, Piper with Finding Dory, and so forth, but for Onward, we’re getting one from The Simpsons universe. That’s right, since the The Walt Disney Company acquired Fox properties, they’re going to screen “Playdate with Destiny” before Onward, starring Maggie Simpson. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Disney first revealed at the D23 Expo this past summer that Imagineers were working on a new experience with Spider-Man at Avengers Campus coming to Disney California Adventure park this summer, but now we know that it is going to be in animatronic form. The robot of sorts is going to have articulating robotic joints capable of web slinging when launched with a bungie mechanism. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Disney has officially joined the streaming business with the debut of its Disney+ service. The company hopes that its $6.99-per-month service will attract millions of subscribers with its mix of Marvel / Star Wars movies, TV shows, classic animated films, new series and lots more. The most highly anticipated original show is “The Mandalorian,” a live-action “Star Wars” series created by Jon Favreau. Read more for a video that tells you all about the service and additional information.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening ahead of schedule on May 31 at Disneyland Resort and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. On opening day for phase one, guests will be able to live their own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Plus, you’ll get to sample amazing galactic-themed food / beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and lots more. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.