Universal Submits New Patent for Personal Portable Lockers

For some of the more motion-intensive attractions, dropping and losing your valuables can be a big risk. While Universal already offers lockers for guests to store items prior to their ride, there will always be at least one item that people aren’t willing to part with — their phone. In an effort to evolve with the increasing necessity for guests to have their phone and other valuables in their possession while queued, as well as save space on building new lockers, Universal has just submitted a patent application for personal, portable lockers.

The patent is titled “Loose Item Management Systems and Methods for Amusement Park Rides,” and it describes the reasoning behind the new system:

However, the cost of building lockers is typically high, and the lockers permanently occupy valuable space within the amusement park. Additionally, riders are often reluctant to put their loose items (e.g., cell phones, wallets, keys, and cameras) in lockers. Moreover, riders may use their cell phones to display ride passes (e.g., passes with priority rights) that are scanned at an entrance of the ride. Therefore, the rider’s cell phone may need to be readily accessible prior to loading the ride. Riders often prefer to keep their loose items on their person so that they can use them while waiting in line and other reasons.

Guests would be able to lock/unlock their own personal container using wireless signals, most likely RFID locking mechanisms, or a finger pad. The document outlines a multiple ways a new portable locker system could be implemented.

One method involves guests receiving a personal container moments prior to the ride, at the loading station. They would have their container unlocked and their items returned on exiting the ride.


Another similar option sees guests leaving a portable locker in a receptacle just before the entrance, to be retrieved before exiting. The receptacle could swivel on an axis between the loading and unloading stations.


The patent also mentions designs involving a mobile storage rack or conveyor belt for the lockers which would move with guests as they go through the attraction, to be retrieved after exiting the ride vehicle.


The storage locker could also be attached to the ride vehicle itself, safely locked and traveling with the owner.


Lastly, a wearable locker could be attached to the rider themselves, either as a belt or secured with restraints throughout the attraction. The wearable locker could also have a separate phone case attached by a retractable lanyard.


As is always the case, a patent does not guarantee the use of the technology referenced; Universal might never implement this system. What can be confirmed is that the storage of valuables outside of their current immobile attraction lockers is something Universal is actively working on.

Source/Images: United States Patent and Trademark Office

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Disney Confirms Overnight Parking Fees for Their Resort Guests Beginning March 21

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What was merely another rumor this morning has been officially confirmed as fact; the Walt Disney World Resort will begin charging their Resort hotel guests for overnight parking on Resort reservations made after March 21, 2018.

The rates will depend on which Resort guest are staying at and are as follows:

Value: $13 nightly

Moderate: $19 nightly

Deluxe: $24 nightly

Standard parking fees will not be charged to Disney Vacation Club Members when they’re staying at a DVC Deluxe Villa regardless of whether they used vacation points or another form of payment.

Additionally, at select Deluxe Resorts, guests can use Valet parking for $33 per night.

Complimentary self-parking will remain for the following:

  • Guests with disabilities
  • Cast Members staying as guests
  • Guests traveling as part of a group or convention
  • Guests staying at campsites at Fort Wilderness.
  • Guests who wish to dine, shop, enjoy activities, or visit a resort for the day

Guest who make their Resort reservations prior to March 21, 2018, will not be charged for overnight parking.

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The Walt Disney Company Has Announced a Strategic Reorganization

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Today, The Walt Disney Company announced a strategic reorganization of their businesses.

In a statement, Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company said:

“We are strategically positioning our businesses for the future, creating a more effective, global framework to serve consumers worldwide, increase growth, and maximize shareholder value. With our unparalleled Studio and Media Networks serving as content engines for the Company, we are combining the management of our direct-to-consumer distribution platforms, technology and international operations to deliver the entertainment and sports content consumers around the world want most, with more choice, personalization and convenience than ever before.”

The changes will divide the company into the following four segments:

  • The newly-formed Direct-to-Consumer and International

The newly created Direct-to-Consumer and International segment will serve as a global, multiplatform media, technology and distribution organization for world-class content created by Disney’s Studio Entertainment and Media Networks groups. The new segment will be comprised of Disney’s international media businesses and the Company’s direct-to-consumer businesses globally–including the upcoming Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service, the Company’s ownership stake in Hulu, and its soon-to-be-launched ESPN+ streaming service, programmed in partnership with ESPN. Senior Vice President Agnes Chu will move to the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment and will continue to oversee programming for the upcoming Disney-branded streaming service.

Kevin Mayer, who has served as Disney’s Chief Strategy Officer since 2015, has been named Chairman of the new Direct-to-Consumer and International business segment. “Kevin is a proven leader who has played a critical role in bringing together the collection of creative and technological assets that will allow Disney to offer unparalleled entertainment experiences in a direct-to-consumer future,” Iger said. Mr. Mayer will continue to report directly to Mr. Iger.

  • Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products

The new Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products segment will become the hub where Disney’s stories, characters and franchises come to life. Disney’s worldwide consumer products business will be merged with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts under Bob Chapek. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, and digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform. By uniting Disney’s consumer products business and Disney Parks’ robust retail and e-commerce operations, the Company will be able to share resources and best practices to provide consumers with incomparable branded products and retail experiences that only Disney can create.

Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, will assume additional responsibility for all of Disney’s consumer products operations globally, including licensing and Disney stores, as Chairman of the new Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products business segment.

“Having worked with the exceptional teams at both Parks and Resorts and Consumer Products, I know this combination of incredible skills and resources will lead to a whole host of new creative ideas for high-quality products and experiences to delight our guests,” Mr. Chapek said.

Iger continued,

“Bob comes to this new role with an impressive record of success at both Parks and Resorts and Consumer Products, and he is the perfect leader to run these combined teams,” Iger said. Mr. Chapek will continue to report directly to Mr. Iger.

  • Media Networks

The Disney Media Networks business segment is co-chaired by Ben Sherwood, President, Disney|ABC Television Group, and James Pitaro, who was recently named President of ESPN and previously served as Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. The Media Networks segment will remain virtually the same, with the exception of the international Disney Channel operations that are moving to the Direct-to-Consumer and International business segment along with management of global advertising sales/technology.

  • Studio Entertainment

The Studio Entertainment business segment is led by Alan F. Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, and remains virtually the same, with the exception of the management of program sales moving to the Direct-to-Consumer and International business segment. The Studio Entertainment segment includes Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney Live Action, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm, as well as Disney Theatrical Group and Disney Music Group.

The reorganization is effective immediately.

The Company expects to transition to financial reporting under the new structure by the beginning of fiscal 2019.

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Disney Cruise Line Shares a Look Inside Rapunzel’s Royal Table


Disney Cruise Line has shared a peek inside Rapunzel’s Royal Table, the new rotational dining restaurant aboard the Disney Magic that puts you in the middle of the royal castle during Rapunzel’s birthday celebration


The restaurant premiered last week following the ship’s return from a brief dry-dock, taking the place of Carioca’s.

Rapunzel’s features a menu filled with references to Tangled, including the Snuggly Duckling Platter, Flynn Rider Platter and Gothel Blackforest Tower. We shared the full menu with you last week, but now Disney has given us a look at some of the dishes as well.


During their meal, guests will enjoy entertainment by the Snuggly Duckling Thugs and even Rapunzel herself.


The Magic sails a varied itinerary, including cruises from Miami, New York City, and Europe.


Source: Disney Parks Blog

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Morimoto Asia’s Month-Long Sakura Festival Celebrates Cherry Blossoms, Begins Today


While the cherry blossom may not be native to Florida, that doesn’t mean Disney Springs’ Morimoto Asia won’t be taking part in the popular Japanese festivals which celebrate the revered flower. Taking place from March 15th to April 15th, the Sakura Festival will include a series of ticketed events and menu options highlighting all things cherry blossom.

Morimoto is owned by the Patina Group, who promise that the festival will feature “Instagram-worthy décor, showcasing the pink blooms of the Sakura.”

Here are the events guests can look forward to during the festival:

(Tickets can be purchased online from the Patina Group)

  • Crooked Can Happy Hour

    $25 — March 15th, 5-7 pm

    Guests can experience the Sakura Kolsch, Crooked Can’s brew created exclusively for Morimoto Asia.
  • Late Night Suntory Painting

    $32 — March 23rd, 9-11 pm

    DJ Jimmy Joslin will entertain guests as they enjoy Japanese whiskey presented by Suntory.
  • Taste from the Seas of Japan

    $45 — March 30th, 4-6 pm

    Guests can take part in a seminar traditionally reserved for staff, learning about the “varieties, quality and the traditional process of breaking down the fresh fish delivered from Japan.”
  • Morimoto Asia’s Guest Chef Series

    $120 — April 3rd, 7-9 pm

    Chef Hitoshi Sugiura will join Executive Chef Yuhi Fujinaga and Chef de Cuisine Hung Huynh for “a collaborative six-course Pan-Asian dinner, paired with wines from across the globe.”
  • Ramen Seminar and Tasting

    $36 — April 7th, 12-3 pm

    Guests will learn how different noodles are made, and have the opportunity to sample multiple varieties of ramen dishes.
  • Matsuri Festival

    $45 — April 15th, 12-4 pm

    Morimoto says their traditionally inspired event will include Pan-Asian street food, beer and cocktail stations, and “traditional Japanese carnival games, shuffleboard, origami artist, calligraphy artist, giveaways and a station in partnership with our Disney Springs neighbors, Uniqlo.”

Source/Image: The Patina Group

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Typhoon Lagoon Will Host H20 Glow Nights as Part of Walt Disney World’s Incredible Summer


Disney’s Incredible Summer will see all sorts of exciting entertainment options added for the season, spanning not only all four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, but now Typhoon Lagoon as well. During Disney H20 Glow Nights the water park will undergo a nighttime transformation into a Toy Story-themed beach party accompanied by characters, music, and some unique lighting effects.

Disney invites guests to “Come join the fun, dance on the beach, play party games, and meet up with Buzz, Woody and Jessie, plus, all attractions are open for guest enjoyment.”

H20 Glow Nights will take place from 8-11 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays, beginning June 21st and continuing through August 11th.

Admission for the event is $55 plus tax for adults, $50 plus tax for children ages 3-9; tickets are separate and not included in regular daytime admission. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket for Disney H20 Glow Nights, they go on sale March 19th and may be purchased by calling (407) 939-1872.

According to the Disney Parks Blog, this event was inspired by the Pixar animated short Partysaurus Rex:

Source/Image: Disney Parks Blog

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UPDATE: runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Registration Will Open March 20 at Noon


UPDATE 3/14/18: Registration for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend will open on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at noon EST.

Registration was set to open today for Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend that takes place November 1 to November 4, 2018, but runDisney has announced that it has been temporarily delayed.

runDisney stated that they will have an update on registration later this week, so be sure to stay tuned if you’re planning on registering.

Source: runDisney.com

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Downtown Disney’s New Addition – A Tour Inside Splitsville Luxury Lanes


Located in the heart of Downtown Disney, in the spot previously belonging to House of Blues, is the brand new Splitsville Luxury Lanes. This newly built two-story “modern meets mid-century” venue has 20 bowling lanes throughout, two state-of-the art kitchens, 3 bars, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

The dining rooms are divided up between the two floors. The view from the second floor is spectacular! Guests can get a great view of Downtown Disney on one side and on the other side guests can get a surprise drive-by from the monorail transporting guests to and from Downtown Disney.


The state-of-the-art kitchens are located on each floor to ensure timely preparations of their wide-ranging menu. Guests can take a sneak peak inside each kitchen with a window situated at a great angle to make sure guests can see everything, even the preparation of sushi!


Paying homage to California and Disney, the bowling ally comes alive with murals painted throughout by Matt Callahan, who also painted the murals at the Splitsville in Disney Springs (located in the Walt Disney World Resort).


The three bars are located outside, inside on the bottom floor, and lastly on the top floor. No one will ever go thirsty here! At each location you will find specialty cocktails on tap with a 22 oz souvenir squeeze bottle for $22 and $15 refills. Guests can order classic mixed drinks like Margaritas, or try new drinks like the Blue Flame. The Blue Flame has Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, blue curacao, lemon juice and simple syrup.

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The bottom patio is spacious with comfy chairs and has a great cross breeze that flows by. If you are not looking to bowl, this is a great choice to grab lunch, have a drink outside, and take a break from the parks. Nightly, the bottom patio will come alive with a live band that will play music from old classic rock to current pop.

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The pricing seems acceptable for each bowler at $24. Splitsville does have special pricing at $19 per bowler Monday through Friday from open to 4pm. If guests are debating on whether or not to eat or bowl, why not do both? Each lane has a dining area where guests can eat and bowl with comfort. This is a great addition to the Downtown Disney District!


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Two FBI Impersonators Wandered Backstage at Walt Disney World in 1989


According to MuckRock, FBI files that were recently revealed show that on July 17, 1989 two people impersonating FBI agents wandered backstage at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. It was made clear that the two FBI impersonators were just that, due to the fact that they were wearing shorts, which goes against the dress code of the FBI.

This whole incident prompted the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Tampa office to launch an investigation into who the two impersonators were. During the investigation, a number of cast members were questioned as to what they witnessed.

According to the cast member accounts there was that a red Oldsmobile parked near a backstage office trailer. The Oldsmobile had Dade County license plates and an Alamo rental car bumper sticker. Two people were sitting in the car. One was a white woman with short, dirty blonde hair wearing shorts and a short sleeved shirt. The other was a heavy set white man with dark curly hair. Both impostors were assumed to be in their 20s or 30s.

When the two impostors were approached, they showed fake FBI credentials. The two were apparently driving around the parking lot “pointing towards the woods and checking license plates.” In two of the reports the woman was even brazen enough to enter the office trailer to ask to use the phone, which unfortunately for her was disconnected.

Unfortunately, that is all that is really known about the incident.

This extremely bizarre case remains unsolved, and without any leads the case was closed in September of 1989. What prompted two people to wander around backstage at Walt Disney World pretending to be FBI agents? Why were they checking cast member license plates?

Credit: MuckRock and Jason Smathers

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New ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer Coming March 16


Tom Holland, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was recently on Instagram begging Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, the directors of Avengers: Infinity War, to release the new trailer for the highly-anticipated film. Fortunately for Holland and Marvel fans around the world, the Marvel Studios’ Twitter account just announced that tomorrow, March 16 the brand-new trailer would be released.

Avengers: Infinity War will be in theaters on April 27, 2018.

When the trailer is released tomorrow we will be sure to report on it immediately.

Trailer tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/ShVxg57EsY

— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) March 15, 2018

Credit/Image: Marvel Studios’ Twitter Account

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