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The Park – Innovation at Disneyland


In addition to creating “The Happiest Place on Earth”, Disneyland was innovative in many other ways. In the 50’s, believe it or not, waiting lines at banks or airports were traditionally a straight line. Sometimes a movie theater would bend them around a corner; the Department of Motor Vehicles would simply open the front door and run the line out onto the sidewalk.

Think what it would look like if security checkpoint lines at airports were linear instead of the sinewy system in use today! I had never seen a waiting line that snaked back and forth like the lines for attractions at Disneyland, where they created a holding pen that economized space.  Such was the system introduced by Walt Disney’s Imagineers.

They also thought of a way to use existing technology to create the Disneyland Monorail System. In 1959, it was the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere. Though the park was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in the off-season, visitors could board at the Disneyland Hotel and still see the Park (though quiet on those days) from a bird’s-eye view. Now, monorails are common at places like metro airports, transporting passengers swiftly from terminal to terminal.

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Disney Accelerator Virtual Reality company Tyffon takes $7.8 million in funding round

The Disney Accelerator program has another potential big winner emerging from its system. Tyffon, a leading immersive entertainment company that develops and operates high-end “free roam” VR location-based experiences, has announced a $7.8 million round of new financing led by Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), with… Read More »Disney Accelerator Virtual Reality company Tyffon takes $7.8 million in funding round

2017 Disney Accelerator teams demo day results

We already profiled The VOID virtual reality experience that will bring a Star Wars attraction to Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA and Disney Springs in Orlando, FL, but there were 10 other participating companies in the 2017 Disney Accelerator program graduating class. Each company demoed… Read More »2017 Disney Accelerator teams demo day results

Is Disney’s Tech Innovation a Nightmare or a Time Saver?

Yesterday we wrote about how unscrupulous people where taking advantage of Disney’s online dining reservation system to book the best restaurants and times and then scalp those reservations to guests who weren’t able to get them on their own. I think most Disney fans are… Read More »Is Disney’s Tech Innovation a Nightmare or a Time Saver?

Walt Disney, Pioneer in Animation and Special Effects


Walt Disney often gets labeled as an animator, but he really was an industry innovator as well (right from the start when he invented the first animators drawing table). This video from Disney Insider provides a nice introduction to some of the many innovations Walt brought to the realm of animation and special effects.

Other innovations Walt developed for animation included the process to synchronize music to animation, the multiplane camera (first used in “The Old Mill”) and putting people into animation (instead of animated objects appearing in the real world).

How do you remember Walt Disney, as an animator, innovator or something else?

Follow us below the jump for Disney animator Don Hahn’s take on the alchemy of Disney animation
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Bring to Walt Disney World: Google Cars

I’ve been a proponent of Google’s self-driving cars since I first heard about them 5 years ago. Like the folks at Google, I see a much safer and environmentally friendly future where cars are just a service you subscribe to and use on-demand. Google has… Read More »Bring to Walt Disney World: Google Cars

Disney Launches a Startup Accelerator

That mad clicking sound you hear is the keyboards of thousands of hopeful startup entrepreneurs filling out an application to be among the first crop of companies accepted into the new Disney Accelerator program. The oft-unspoken secret to both Walt Disney’s success was that he… Read More »Disney Launches a Startup Accelerator