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Disney to charge ‘substantially’ less than Netflix for streaming, plans new ‘Star Wars’ content

Walt Disney Co. plans to charge “substantially” less for its yet-to-launch streaming service than Netflix Inc. at the beginning, and will develop a new “Star Wars” live-action TV show along with other properties for subscribers.

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Chicago Prepares To Light One Million Lights At The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival®

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® invites visitors to two days of free, family fun to celebrate the start of the holiday season—November 17 & 18—culminating in an unforgettable tree-lighting parade.

On Saturday evening, November 18, grand marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World® Resorthelp illuminate more than one million lights along The Magnificent Mile, from Oak Street to the Chicago River!

Beginning on Friday, November 17 from 4:00 to 8:00PMLights Festival Lane (401 N. Michigan Avenue) offers a range of holiday-themed activities. BMO Harris Bank invites visitors to an expanded BMO Harris Kid’s Zone tent, featuring face painting with holiday designs and a special fast lane for BMO customers. Family and friends can get their photo taken with fun props which will be printed and available to share via social media. Kids can enjoy a decoration station for their photos.

“BMO Harris Bank is once again thrilled to share the holiday season in partnership with various organizations dedicated to gathering families and friends as we celebrate this special time of the year,” said Justine Fedak, SVP, Marketing, BMO Harris Bank. “What truly makes this celebration unforgettable for me and everyone at BMO Harris Bank is seeing people from all of our incredibly diverse neighborhoods across Chicago enjoying this festival – that’s the real magic of this event!”
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Garmin® and Disney bring motivation and imagination to the playground

The Garmin vívofit jr. 2 activity tracker for kids features Disney, Star Wars and Marvel-themed bands and mobile app adventures. (Photo: Business Wire)

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the vívofit jr. 2 activity tracker1 for kids with Disney, Star Wars and Marvel-themed bands and mobile app adventures. Featuring designs of kids’ favorite characters including Minnie Mouse, BB-8TM and Marvel’s Captain America, each band theme offers a corresponding mobile app adventure where children can complete missions to advance in the journey and unlock new character step icons, with the help of their parents, by achieving 60 minutes of activity every day. This exciting collaboration leverages kids’ favorite characters, encouraging children to be active, and ultimately shaping habits for lifelong health and fitness.

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HOW THE SCIENCE OF SPACE EXPLORATION INFLUENCES DISNEY STORYTELLING

Last week, Disney Parks Blog held a Galactic Meet-Up for their fans, who were treated to a meeting-of-the-minds between NASA representatives, Imagineers and superhero storytellers. It was a unique panel discussion that explored how the science of space exploration influences storytelling. Turns out that if you love Disney, you may be a budding scientist.

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Disney and Chase Renew Co-Brand Card Relationship

Today, Chase Card Services, the leading co-brand credit card issuer in the United States, and The Walt Disney Company announced a multi-year extension of the Disney Visa Card, Disney Premier Visa Card and Disney Visa Debit Card programs.

 

“Our relationship with Disney for a co-branded card program spans nearly 15 years, and this extension reinforces our shared commitment to bring exceptional rewards and experiences to our Disney Cardmembers,” said Leslie Gillin, President of Co-Brand Credit Cards at Chase. “It’s an honor to work with such a distinguished brand known throughout the world for creating happiness.”

Disney Visa Credit and Debit Cardmembers have access to amazing perks 365 days a year, including special savings at Disney’s U.S. Theme Parks and Resorts, Disney Store and DisneyStore.com,1,2 exclusive photo opportunities with Disney Characters at Walt Disney World® Resort and the Disneyland® Resort, and the opportunity to choose from a variety of unique Disney card designs.3 Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers earn Disney Rewards Dollars on all card purchases which can be redeemed toward almost anything Disney.4

“We are very pleased to extend our longstanding relationship with Chase,” said Priya Girishankar, Senior Vice President and general manager of the co-branded cards business for The Walt Disney Company. “Disney is beloved for its storytelling and for creating memories that last a lifetime, and Disney Visa lets Cardmembers access the best of Disney and share those magical experiences with their family and friends.”

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Can You Pass This Really Hard A To Z Disney Quiz?

This is an A to Z quiz - the answer to the question corresponds to the relevant letter of the alphabet.

This is an A to Z quiz – the answer to the question corresponds to the relevant letter of the alphabet.

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Walt Disney Co.’s New Streaming Services: Everything You Need to Know

In a surprise twist earlier this month, alongside its third-quarter earnings report Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) announced plans for new streaming services.

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Can Disney Create a Netflix of Sports?

Bob Iger’s plan to launch two streamers — one for family fare, another for ESPN — carries huge stakes for the media giant and the future of the cable bundle itself.

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Disney Parks Announces Moms Panel Search

Are you the person your friends and colleagues always seek out for heartfelt advice on planning a Disney vacation? Have you put together more amazing Disney trips than you can count, and do you want to help others do the same? If so, then you may want to apply for a spot on the 2018 Disney Parks Moms Panel, the go-to online resource for guests seeking honest and relatable Disney vacation tips from likeminded parents. From Sept. 6-13, 2017, the search is on for everyday moms, dads and trusted family members to serve on the wildly popular forum. Applications can be submitted online at www.momspanelsearch.com.

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Disney Debuts #DreamBigPrincess Photography Campaign to Encourage Kids around the Globe to Dream Big

Disney today unveiled a global photographic campaign in support of #DreamBigPrincesscelebrating inspiring stories from around the world to encourage kids everywhere to dream big. Nineteen female photographers from fifteen countries have created a series of empowering images showcasing real-world girls and women, as part of Disney’s Dream Big, Princess initiative launched in 2016, which taps into the power of Disney Princess stories to inspire kids. Photographs will be shared on social media to help raise funds for Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.

“The idea that stories, whether real life or fictional like those of Belle or Rapunzel, can inspire kids to follow their dreams is at the heart of the #DreamBigPrincess campaign,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We asked some of the most accomplished female photographers to help tell the stories of inspiring women and girls from around the world—and the results are incredible.”

From one of the first female staff photographers at National Geographic to winners of the International Picture of the Year, World Press Photo Award for Nature, Commonwealth Photographer of the Year, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, the accomplished roster of photographers bring a wealth of experience and talent. Each was challenged to find and document stories with the power to inspire kids.

With subjects including the youngest ever speaker at the UN; a gold-medal-winning Chinese Paralympian; the founder of the first female cycling team in Bamiyan, Afghanistan; a teenage author of a STEM coding book for kids; and a young surf champion from Brazil, the project aims to spotlight a diverse range of stories to connect with kids and families around the world. The images bring the #DreamBigPrincess message to life in a multitude of ways, including highlighting women who’ve achieved success in the face of adversity, young Girl Up Teen Advisors who’ve already helped make a positive impact on the world, and girls at play who illustrate the importance of imagination in childhood.

As well as inspiring kids with positive images and the stories behind them, the campaign aims to make a tangible difference for girls who face challenges in achieving their dreams, through its collaboration with Girl Up. From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million. Girl Up’s leadership program engages girls to take action and advocate for girls around the world, giving them empowering tools to help make a difference.

“Girl Up envisions a world where every girl can reach her full potential and be an advocate within her community for positive change and empowerment. The #DreamBigPrincess campaign is perfectly aligned with our goals, and we’re excited to partner with Disney and this incredible group of women to spotlight what it means to dream big around the world,” says Melissa Kilby, Director of Girl Up.

Annie Griffiths, one of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers, profiled eight teenage girl leaders at Girl Up’s Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, to showcase their inspiring stories as part of the campaign.

“Every picture tells a story, and I’m delighted to be part of an initiative that tells so many stories that are interesting and diverse. I hope that people around the world will be motivated to share their own inspiring #DreamBigPrincess images in support of Girl Up,” says Annie.

Girl Up Teen Advisor alumna Meg Schwartz was given the chance to follow her dream of becoming a professional photographer by creating images of Girl Up celebrity Champions, including YouTube influencers Brooklyn & Bailey, actress Katherine McNamara as well as philanthropist and actress Monique Coleman. Meg’s images will be shared as part of the campaign to help raise funds for Girl Up.

In 2016, Disney launched “Dream Big, Princess,” a campaign that encourages kids everywhere to dream big by highlighting key story moments and the inspiring qualities that each Disney Princess showcases through her adventures, such as Merida’s bravery, Cinderella’s kindness or Tiana’s perseverance. While each princess has her own unique and admirable qualities, what they all have in common is resilience and an ability to triumph over adversity to make their dreams come true. The Dream Big, Princess content series, which runs across Disney TV and digital networks globally, brings together a host of inspiring moments from beloved Disney movies with the stories of real-life young role models, who have dreamed big and achieved their goals to show kids what’s possible.

The Dream Big, Princess series has already reached millions of kids and families and the photographic campaign builds on this success by spotlighting women and girls from around the world with stories that have the power to inspire others.

Visit the Disney Princess Facebook page to support the campaign.