Disney parks have undergone culinary transformations, becoming destinations that can be equally beloved by families who need quick value-friendly meals and adults who want extended dinners.
Our daughters are awash in princesses and pink. Is this pinkification and princess obsession harming our girls? Is being a princess a career? I put these questions to Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture.
While there are many tech-centered programs that allow adults to give back, Disney's Club Penguin boasts the largest and most popular kid-driven philanthropic effort online - Coins for Change.
Despite the occasional factory fire or sweatshop media exposé, American consumers have largely inured themselves to the status quo of exploiting the Global South as our overseas workshop for cheap clothes, toys and gadgets.
It's by far the biggest, best and most surprising entertainment news of 2012, yet still no one knows quite what to make of it: starting in 2015 we're getting a new Star Wars trilogy, beginning with Episode VII, supervised by George Lucas and produced by Disney.
Think of a little girl dressing up in her mom's high heels, make-up and sunglasses, and you'll have an approximation of the essence of Los Angeles.
I saw that my son, Miles, could use a fantasy character who was a reflection of himself --serving as a kind of magic mirror that would allow him to enjoy the fantasy while strongly identifying with the situations playing out in the show.
A lot of cyberspace has been filled with blind hope and fear about the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm these last two weeks, but very little has been devoted to acknowledging the reason for the deal: the enormous debt of gratitude owed by our culture to George Lucas.
The weekend after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of one of the best times for travel bargains.
Whoever Disney hires -- and whatever these hires produce -- there are some basic rules that the next Star Wars team must keep in mind. Powerful childhood experiences are not easily recreated.
As a look into how politics worked in the mid-1800s, and of course how it still works today, Lincoln is surprisingly funny and endlessly compelling. But the need to create a defining portrait of our sixteenth president creates both needlessly solemn subplots and some narrative repetition that prevents true greatness.
I had two immediate reactions at the exact same time. One was, "Oh my god, this is going to be a train wreck." Another was, "THIS IS AMAZING!!! Disney will SAVE Star Wars!!"
If Wreck-It Ralph's estimate holds, it will have the biggest three-day debut for a non-Pixar Disney cartoon ever. Coming in next was Flight , which inexplicably opened on just 1,800 screens but still had a comparitvely massive opening.
Can an independent visionary who created a vast sci-fi entertainment multiverse really think that a pop-culture multinational can better protect his brainchild? You bet your asteroids, kid. And he's not alone.
"You have to be prepared to keep doing it, keep trying no matter what. No one's just going to hand you a career. I waited for years for someone to hand me one and it never happened."
While I've had plenty to say about how Lucas mismanaged his brands, I do have to admit feeling a little sadness that his entire legacy -- the greatest independent filmmaking operation in history -- is now subsumed as another appendage of the Disney monster.