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Disney In Depth: Disneyland’s Exciting 60th Anniversary Plans
Brett Nachman   |  

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Disney knows how to celebrate its anniversaries. Remember the pop culture phenomenon that was Disneyland‘s 50th? That more-than-yearlong event a decade ago was one of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts’ most major milestones to date.

Ten years later we honor the park’s 60th. While not as noteworthy as the previous one, longtime Disney fans will be delighted by the array of new entertainment and “enhanced” features within attractions. Let’s dive right in!

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Disney In Depth: An Awesome Disney News Month
Brett Nachman   |  

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For years we have awaited 2015, a period that would produce so much awesome entertainment unlike no other. With Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, Pixar’s Inside Out and Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the short-term horizon on the film side, Disneyland’s 60th on the theme park side, and a variety of exciting television/digital projects to debut, Disney continues to demonstrate its power in the media world.

Last week’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders revealed a few upcoming plans, complemented by a slew of headlines that have rocked the industry — and, most of all, rocked in a great way. Needless to say, there is likely no better time to be a Disney fan. At the very least, divisiveness acknowledged on some issues, we can have more substantial and more frequent discussions on Disney’s entertainment dominance and interesting avenues for extending its branding reach.

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Universal Studios’ ‘Fast & Furious – Supercharged’ Super Bowl Spot
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Universal Studios has released the Super Bowl TV spot for Fast & Furious — Supercharged, the theme park’s new thrill ride based on the Fast and Furious film franchise. The 30-second clip aired on television this afternoon during NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game coverage and is now online.

Watch the new TV spot here below!

The new Fast & Furious — Supercharged feature, which will debut at Universal Studios Hollywood this Summer, will be the new grand finale for the California theme park’s popular backlot Studio Tour attraction and feature Fast and Furious franchise stars Vin Diesel (Dominic “Dom” Toretto), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw).

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Disney In Depth: Epcot’s Evolution, A One-Year Thesis Project
Brett Nachman   |  

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Twelve months in the making and one unforgettable experience, in November 2014 I completed an enriching project that catapulted my Disney fervor into something quite scholarly. As a student of Arizona State University’s Barrett, The Honors College, I was to spend two semesters developing a thesis on a subject of my choosing. What better way to combine entertainment and education than to add some fantastic flavor to an academic endeavor?

An Epcot enthusiast, I realized I could translate my passion for the community-turned-theme park into a piece of research that would explore its evolution. More specifically, I wanted to identify the interrelations between technology and culture in this artificial, yet awesome environment. Thus I set off on a one-year journey that would be as amazing and personally fulfilling as venturing to Epcot for the first time some 15 years ago.

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Disney In Depth: Disney’s 2014 Hits and Misses
Brett Nachman   |  

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2014 may be complete, but the year’s impact will continue to mark all facets of The Walt Disney Company. The corporation’s hands in nearly all aspects of entertainment (film, television, theater, merchandise, theme parks, and music, among other forms) has experienced its shares of highs and lows. Let’s reflect on where and how Disney succeeded in 2014, as well as analyze components it could have improved.

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