Joffrey’s Tea Traders Café at Disney Springs has unveiled a brand new way to add Disney magic to every drink. Using the new Ripple Maker technology, Tea Traders Café can print right onto the foam atop your drink.
By Dan Maunder, CTO, Picsolve
As technology advances at break-neck speed, consumers are demanding seamless digital experiences in all aspects of their lives. [Read more…]
Now in its 11th year, Otronicon technology event is returning to the Orlando Science Center Jan. 15 to 18, 2016. [Read more…]
Orlando is among the largest technology clusters in the nation, and a five-day festival starting this Friday will celebrate that. [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and Elisa Goldman bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
For the 10th year in a row, multiple industry partners will join the Orlando Science Center to celebrate interactive technology during Otronicon. [Read more…]
New merchandise will be available soon at Walt Disney World that seem to be “Made With Magic.”
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings has unveiled a new wedding cake that uses image mapping technology to turn the cake into a unique piece of art. [Read more…]
From March 14-16, 2014, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host the first-ever Robot Rocket Rally, a three-day festival celebrating the latest in robotic technology from NASA, industry leaders and universities. [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and JeniLynn Knopp bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
Join the Orlando Science Center Jan. 17 to 20, 2014 for Otronicon, an annual event that has the opportunity to inspire your interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of video games, interactive technology and virtual reality. [Read more…]
The Orlando Science Center is celebrating the eighth anniversary of Otronicon, an even that promotes the role interactive technology plays in the way we live, learn, work and play. The experience takes place on Jan. 18 and continues through Jan. 21, 2013 offering attendees an opportunity to gain interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of video games, interactive technology and virtual reality. [Read more…]
Disney has officially released information on the next generation of their FastPass system and other enhancements they’re calling MyMagic+. The new system is said to give guests a more personalized vacation through the use of a new wristband called MagicBands. [Read more…]
Walt Disney World is moving ahead with their plans to make it easier for guests to enter their parks and make purchases with the roll out of RFID readers all across their property. The readers have appeared at various retail locations and will be used at all four Disney World theme parks starting this week. [Read more…]
Technology is always improving, and HD video eyeglass cameras for police and extreme sports now look just like regular glasses. You may have seen these normal-looking eyeglass cameras in use on various undercover or investigative reality TV shows.
Using an eyeglasses camera, here are some views that we’ve all wanted to catch a photo of, but weren’t able to until now. (There are no loose items allowed on most roller coasters.) This is a view of the loop and lift tower as seen from the second brake run. [Read more…]
One of the comments we hear most often is that you love our magazine, website, videos and show because they help bring you away from your daily lives and into the theme parks. With that in mind, we’re always looking at the latest technology that will help us immerse you even more. Below are links to the results of our latest tech toys – 360 degree photos, 360 degree video and 3D videos from Orlando area attractions. [Read more…]
Last Thursday during an investor conference, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs talked about long-term plans for the theme parks. Among the good news presented about interactive queues and expansion plans was some future technology news that has some theme park fans worried. [Read more…]
If you have a passion for Rock Band, simulators and video games in general, you’ll want top visit the Orlando Science Center this weekend for their 6th annual interactive technology expo – Otronicon. This event takes the world of video games and transforms them into true gaming experiences from January 14 to 17, 2011. [Read more…]
The sports facility formerly known as Disney’s Wide World of Sports was officially re-launched as ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex last Thursday, Feb. 25, in an elaborate Hollywood-style “turf carpet” event that featured celebrities, Florida’s governor, ESPN on-air commentators and sports stars from the NFL, MLB, LPGA, Olympics and more.
Shawn Johnson (Olympic gold medal gymnast), Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati Bengals), Jennie Finch (Olympic softball gold medalist), Santonio Holmes (Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl MVP) and Annika Sorenstam (LPGA) were among the star athletes who joined popular ESPN on-air personalities on the green carpet with yard lines resembling a football field. Minnie Mouse helped New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley officially re-launch the 220-acre sports complex when he booted a football over the re-designed complex entrance amid fireworks and a sea of confetti. Immediately afterwards, Mickey Mouse led a throng of youth and pro athletes – representing the 60-plus sports held at the complex – through a huge ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex banner draped over the entrance.
Afterwards, the celebrities, athletes and ESPN personalities attended a special reception at the complex’s re-themed ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill, followed by a special performance by the Harlem Globetrotters that featured Hartley, Sorenstam, Maurice Jones-Drew, Brandi Chastain and ESPN radio personalities Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, who served as honorary assistant coaches. The game, called by ESPN’s “SportsNation” co-hosts Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle, aired Friday on ESPN2.
“At ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, we are giving America’s youth athletes a one-of-a-kind youth sports experience that leaves them feeling as if they have reached the big time and made it onto ESPN,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises.
Disney and ESPN have added many technological and experiential enhancements designed to replicate the signature elements of ESPN throughout the complex, including 56 high-definition cameras (42 robotic, 10 handheld and four studio), 40 high-definition video screens at 17 locations (including three jumbo screens) and a 2,500-square-foot Production Center with links to ESPN facilities in Bristol, Conn., New York and Los Angeles. Also, there is a 20-zone audio system, a welcome center, a huge complex marquee and the Innovation Lab where the ESPN Emerging Technology group is testing and developing innovative new on-air applications.
In addition, Disney is looking to add some downtime activities for the young athletes who may have long breaks between games. The first of such is The Playstation Pavillion, which opened on Thursday as well. The Pavilion features 17 PlayStation3 systems, including a SingStar stage, and a collection of just-released game titles. Many additional expansion plans are in development, including a planned 100-lane bowling facility. No time frame has been given for the bowling center.
Another new addition to the complex is a Custom Tee Center by Champion. Athletes can take their event tee to the Custom Tee Center and choose from more than 50 designs that can be added to their shirt, such as “1st Place”, “Champions”, “Team Captain”, “Team Mom” and more. The designs come in a variety of sizes and range from $1.95 to $4.95 and the T-shirt will be complete in less than 15 minutes. In addition to the main location near the Grill, mobile centers will be set up around the complex.
Disney Sports annually stages more than 300 events and has accommodated approximately 60 different sports involving athletes from more than 70 countries. Among those events are Atlanta Braves spring training, Chelsea Football Club events, the Pop Warner Super Bowl, AAU National Championships, Varsity Cheer events, the World Cheerleading Championships, the ESPN RISE Games, USSSA events and the Walt Disney World Marathon. ESPN televises dozens of sporting events from the complex, and Walt Disney World Resort and ESPN also annually work together to host the popular ESPN The Weekend presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Keep scrolling for videos and photos from the grand opening ceremonies.