ESPN3 Coming To Some Xbox Live Consoles

ESPN3 Coming To Some Xbox Live Consoles

Have a Gold Xbox Live account? Want to catch the latest in bass fishing, Aussie rules football and high school volleyball? You may just be in luck. ESPN has cut a deal with Microsoft to provide its streaming ESPN3 service — which includes all of these events, as well as the latest in cricket and poker — to many Xbox 360 owners with Gold accounts. Okay, you’re not limited to just those sports. ESPN3 also has the FIFA World Cup, a selection of MLB games — and the Scripps National Spelling Bee. [More]

Ex-Disney Worker Pleads Guilty To Skimming $83,000 In Guest Credit Cards

Ex-Disney Worker Pleads Guilty To Skimming $83,000 In Guest Credit Cards

Maybe she overdosed on saccharine. A Walt Disney World resort front desk clerk has plead guilty after getting caught for placing skimmers on the computers at work, ripping off 178 people, 32 banks and credit-card issuers of over $83,000. [More]

The Last Days Of ESPN Zone

The Last Days Of ESPN Zone

It looks like Times Square will be losing one of its most venerated eateries with the news today that the Walt Disney Co. has decided to close almost all of their ESPN Zone restaurants. [More]

Beware If You're So Bold As To Take A Camera To Downtown Disney

Beware If You're So Bold As To Take A Camera To Downtown Disney

William thought he could cruise Orlando’s Downtown Disney with a camera and not end up hassled and intimidated by security guards. He was wrong. [More]

Kids Who Can't Even Read Recognize Logos For McDonald's, Disney And… Toyota?

Kids Who Can't Even Read Recognize Logos For McDonald's, Disney And… Toyota?

A new study of brand recognition in kids shows that even kids who can’t read can recognize corporate logos like Disney, McDonald’s and randomly… Toyota. [More]

Group Critical Of Baby Einstein DVDs Gets Evicted, Blames Disney

Group Critical Of Baby Einstein DVDs Gets Evicted, Blames Disney

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) was the group responsible for pressuring Disney into offering refunds on Baby Einstein DVDs last October. Now the CCFC says Disney threatened the mental health center where the group had offices, and consequently the center booted them out in January. [More]

List Of Subscriber Fees Shows What You Pay For Channels You Hate

List Of Subscriber Fees Shows What You Pay For Channels You Hate

After the spat between Cablevision and Disney invaded the Oscar telecast last Sunday, the fees channels charge cable companies (who then pass them along to you) have come into the spotlight. All Things Digital posted a list from industry analyst SNL Kagan that shows the wholesale prices each channel charges cable companies for their product. [More]

Will You Wear A $600 Disney Dress Based On One Of Its
Movies? How About In 5 Years?

Will You Wear A $600 Disney Dress Based On One Of Its Movies? How About In 5 Years?

The future of Disney merchandising will hit a lot more demographics than the mostly kid-oriented stuff of today, if Disney has any say over it. Disney has already angered theater chains by shortening the theatrical release window on its new movie-like product Alice in Wonderland, cutting into theaters’ profit models in order to bump up the DVD release date. But CNBC notes that it’s also launching the “most wide-ranging array of consumer products ever” for a Disney flick–and that includes thousand dollar necklaces, nail polish, and dresses that cost as much as $600. [More]

Disney Store Apologizes For Refusing To Sell Stuff Without ID, Says It's Not Their Policy

Disney Store Apologizes For Refusing To Sell Stuff Without ID, Says It's Not Their Policy

Terry, who was annoyed that the Disney Store refused to sell his family less than $10 worth of stuff without ID, has sent an update. [More]

Disney To Attempt Theatrical Shrink Ray With 'Alice In Wonderland'

Disney To Attempt Theatrical Shrink Ray With 'Alice In Wonderland'

In an effort to maximize profit by minimizing the time from theatrical debut to the home video market, Disney is testing out a new release model by asking theaters to cut several weeks off the big-screen run of the upcoming Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland. [More]

Disney Store Refuses Small Credit Card Purchase Because You Left Your ID In The Car

Disney Store Refuses Small Credit Card Purchase Because You Left Your ID In The Car

UPDATE: This complaint has been resolved. Reader Terry is annoyed because the Disney Store refused to sell his family $8.50 worth of stuff unless he went out and got his wife’s ID from the car. [More]

Overstock Thinks Disney Fans Are Pervs

Overstock Thinks Disney Fans Are Pervs

Aijin was shopping for Disney Princess gear on Overstock.com, then fielded an indecent proposal from the website, suggesting Disney Princess fans would go on to purchase Girls Gone Wild videos. [More]

Mother Thinks Hannah Montana Doll Is Swearing

Mother Thinks Hannah Montana Doll Is Swearing

We’re going to go ahead and suggest that if you are the type to hear swear words when confronted with awful audio recordings, you not buy dolls that sing. One Florida mom is such a person, and is convinced that her daughter’s Hannah Montana doll has taught her kid to say the “F” word. [More]

Disney Claims "Up" DVD Missing Captions Were A Mistake

Disney Claims "Up" DVD Missing Captions Were A Mistake

Many Consumerist readers wrote to Disney about the missing captions in rental editions of the Pixar movie “Up,” either because they were personally affected or they found the omission offensive. In their response, Disney at least acknowledges the unique issue and promises to make up for the mistake of consumers submit proof that they rented “Up.”

Disney Removes Closed Captioning From "Up" Rental Release

Disney Removes Closed Captioning From "Up" Rental Release

Imagine you’re deaf or hard of hearing, and put off watching Pixar’s “Up” until the DVD release. You rent the DVD from Netflix, Redbox, or Blockbuster, and the box or Web listing promises captions. But when you settle in to watch the movie, you discover that there are no captions to be found. Not in any language.

Creator Of Baby Einstein Vids Admitted In 2005 She Didn't Know What She Was Doing

Creator Of Baby Einstein Vids Admitted In 2005 She Didn't Know What She Was Doing

A website that focuses on female entrepreneurs interviewed the creator of the Baby Einstein video line back in 2005. As Boing Boing pointed out yesterday, her explanation of how she developed the videos is pretty funny. Well, Boing Boing calls it “damning,” but it’s funny that everyone—Disney included—took the product line so seriously.

Disney Offers Baby Einstein Refunds After Alleged False Advertising

Disney Offers Baby Einstein Refunds After Alleged False Advertising

If you’ve purchased Baby Einstein products, your tot is probably somehow—inexplicably—still not a genius. But you may be eligible for a refund of the purchase price, due to overzealous claims made about the products.

Walt Disney Planning On Turning Stores Into Shopping Theme Parks

Walt Disney Planning On Turning Stores Into Shopping Theme Parks

Starting the middle of next year, Walt Disney will be rolling out a new version of its mall store format that is intended to suck in your child like a fairy princess crack pipe. “The goal is to make children clamor to visit the stores and stay longer,” writes Brooks Barnes in the New York Times, by using things like embedded chips in the packaging to trigger responses from the store’s furnishings, a rotating library of scents that fill the store, and karaoke.