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Disney Develops a Method for Wirelessly Powering an Entire Room

Free-roaming wireless power has been a dream of engineers since the days of Tesla and Edison waging their war of innovation, but a number of technical hurdles have prevented it from becoming a reality. The folks at Disney Research have revealed that they’ve successfully built a method to provide full coverage of an average room and power all the devices one might need. Read More >>

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We Now Know When Disney’s Avatar and Star Wars Theme Parks Will Open

Disney is embracing two major franchises in its U.S. theme parks—and during an investor call Tuesday, the company CEO announced when each land would open. Read More >>

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The Most Beautiful Shots in Disney Films

We loved Disney films as kids, but we might secretly love them even more after we’ve grown up. They’re almost always a fun ride, they almost always make our cold hearts feel something, and they almost always have a wonderful animation sequence that takes you to another place entirely. Read More >>

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David Tennant is Your New Scrooge McDuck in DuckTales

We’ve known that Disney is doing a brand new DuckTales for a while, but now we’re starting to get some solid details about who’ll be providing the voices of our feathered friends... and it turns out a former Time Lord and Marvel villain is lending his brogue to Scrooge McDuck himself. Read More >>

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The Best Gifts for Fans of All Things Disney

Disney's had a long history, and every heart has a special place reserved for the House of Mouse. It also owns some of the biggest franchises in the world, like Star Wars and Marvel. With Christmas on the way, we thought it best to take a look at some of the stuff you can by for yourself, or the Disney fanatic in your life. Read More >>

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You Can Stop Worrying, Disney Figured Out How to Make Perfect CG Sugar

So far 2016 has been a wild ride, but there’s one less thing to keep you awake at night, terrified about the future, now that Disney Research has finally found a way to render convincing computer-generated sugar that looks and moves just like the real thing. Phew! Read More >>

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Watch the Evolution of Disney Animation Films from 1937 to 2016

From Snow White and the Seven Dwarves all the way back in 1937 to Zootopia which was released this year, this video features clips from over 45 Disney animated films and shows how Disney’s style has changed over the years. But what’s probably most impressive is how fantastic the animation from the old movies still look. It’s been nearly 80 years and some of those movies look so much better than what came after. [Bora Barroso via Kottke] Read More >>

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Researchers Can Create Perfect CG Dentures Using Just a Video of Your Teeth

As we work towards crossing the uncanny valley so that computer-generated humans don’t look like horrific plastic mannequins, every last facial feature needs to be recreated perfectly. That even includes teeth, which can now be digitised using nothing but a video of someone smiling. Read More >>

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Disney’s Avatar Land Shows Why It’s So Hard to Keep Epcot Futuristic

Do you remember Avatar? It was released seven years ago as the single biggest movie of 2009. But unlike other sci-fi blockbusters with broad family appeal, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone today begging for a sequel, let alone clamouring for theme park rides based on the film. But that’s just what we’re going to get next summer at Walt Disney World. The company announced that Avatar Land will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park during the summer of 2017. And the fact that it’s opening long after anyone cares about Avatar shows precisely why it’s so hard to keep Disney’s Epcot theme park “futuristic.” Read More >>

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This Disney Drone Light Show Looks Like a Beautiful Alien Invasion

Drones are all the rage, but Disney has taken it to the next level with this synchronised drone light show. Disney was given special permission earlier this month from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones in its theme parks. I guess we finally know what it was for. Read More >>

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Disney Just Invented a One-Legged Robot That Hops Like Tigger

In Disney’s continued quest to breath life into all of its cartoon characters, it might be going beyond a mere costume. Its research branch just revealed what appears to be the first attempt to make a robotic version of Tigger, Winnie the Pooh’s tiger pal, who’s best known for bouncing around on his tail. Read More >>

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Disney Is Thinking About Buying Twitter: Report

The Walt Disney Co. is working with a financial adviser to evaluate a bid on Twitter Inc., according to a new Bloomberg report. Read More >>

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Disney Almost Built a Park Based on the Myst Computer Game

Do you remember Myst? That mysterious 3D computer game from the 1990s where you walked around solving puzzles? Well, believe it or not, the folks over at Disney were in talks with the creators of Myst to turn it into a theme park down in Florida. No joke. Read More >>

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Walt Disney World Won’t Say The Word Zika

Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Florida have all put up signs about mosquito prevention efforts today. The Florida theme parks will also start offering free mosquito repellent to any visitors who ask for it. But curiously you won’t find the one word that matters on any of the signs or handouts: Zika. Read More >>