There’s an Opera About Walt Disney, and You Can Watch it Online
An opera that features cryogenics, a robotic Abraham Lincoln, and utopian visions may sound insane, but it weirdly makes more sense once you learn the opera is about the life of Walt Disney. The Perfect American is an opera by Philip Glass based on the book by the same name, that gives a fictional account of the last few months of Walt Disney's life. The opera will premiere in Madrid, but that's far away. Thankfully, the performance will be streaming online.Read on...
Disney Stores Relaunched … Brought to You By Your Friendly Apple Store Designers!The Walt Disney Co. opened the first of its 300 planned revamped Disney Stores this week at The Shops at Montebello complex in Montebello, California. As first announced in October of last year, Disney planned to overhaul its retail chain with the help of Steve Jobs and his team behind the Apple store. The company sought to turn their stores into interactive community playgrounds, even considering re-branding the Disney Store as "Imagination Park." What did Steve do? According to the NYT, he provided Disney execs with "access to proprietary information" about the Apple stores' development and operation and an up-close tour of Apple’s research operation in Cupertino, California? Andy Mooney, chairman of Disney Consumer Products, said: "Dream bigger — that was Steve’s message." So how was that reflected in the newly opened 4,800-plus square foot Montebello store?Read on...