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Disney’s “Where’s My Water?” Launches Web Video Series

Awhile back we mentioned the announcement of Swampy getting his own web series. The wait for the “Disney Where’s My Water? Presents: Swampy’s Underground Adventures” is over, as it has finally launched! The first episode can be found here :

Swampy meets Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie

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Having been pre-occupied with other life events, I haven’t been spending as much time playing Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas. I logged in today, and was presented with some ads for 10 Levels of Frankenweenie inspired levels of Where’s My Water?.

It took me a few minutes to realize it was NOT in the paid version, but ONLY in the Free version!

Once you load the video, it gives a short intro video that we are used to seeing before each chapter of the game.

To fit the theme of the upcoming movie, the coloring is shifted to mostly black and white. I think the overall look is really sharp and well done.

I really think they did a good job of “synergy” on this, in promoting the movie with the game! I do think it is a little odd that it is only showing-up in the free version, as you would think the paid version should get it too. I would think they could even get away with having a paid in-game upgrade for additional levels. Do you have any issue with the cross-promotional efforts like this?

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Disney.com Gets a Fresh AND Mobile Revamp

On Monday (Oct 1st), Disney.com revealed a fresh new look on their site. Quite a few people were posting and commenting on social media sites, mostly giving favorable remarks to the changes. What seemed overlooked, was that Disney.com now has a refreshed mobile feel as well. The new mobile version of Disney.com is friendly to iPhone/iOS and Android devices alike. I notice that it has a very similar feel to the beta “video.disney.com” site that has been in Beta since earlier this year. It is encouraging to see the direction that they are going with their web strategy. Will “go.com” disappear?

What do YOU think of the new changes?

Initial view :

Menu options :

Swampy Meets Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Where’s My Water has a hidden level!

“…there’s now a hidden level inspired by Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, featuring a variety of pipes with twists and turns, plus three different choices of two black pipes down which the player can send the water.”

More on the Disney Parks Blog

Disney has Officially Launched ‘My Disney Experience’

It was rumored the other day, that Disney would be releasing an app soon that would replace the Disney Mobile Magic app. It seems we had even less time to wait than expected! Disney has released the new ‘My Disney Experience’ app! We’ll review it soon, but in the meantime you can download it and try it yourself!

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Walt Disney World is Rolling Out Free WiFi in the Magic Kingdom

Hot on the heels of the report for Disney releasing a new NextGen app, Inside the Magic is reporting Free WiFi is now available at the Magic Kingdom. The two are being linked as the WiFi access would greatly enhance the usability of a data intensive app. Anyone who has visited a Disney Park in the US, has likely experienced less than stellar data access with their smartphone.

Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom can currently connect to a Wi-Fi network called “Disney-Guest” and, after agreeing to Disney’s terms of usage, are able to tweet, post to Facebook, browse the web, and freely use the Internet.

More at InsidetheMagic.net

Disneyland Explorer for iPad Updated with Cars Land

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Official Site: Disneyland.com

Last week, the Disney Parks Blog announced an update to the Disneyland Explorer iPad app, to now include Cars Land and Buena Vista Street! It is great to see the continued effort for this app, as some vendors tend to move on to new apps and neglect their older ones.

Official Update Notes:

What’s New in Version 2.0
• The newly expanded Disney California Adventure Park comes to life with two new areas to explore: Buena Vista Street and Cars Land
• Two fun new activities: Test your skills at Luigi’s Flying Tires and explore Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
• Updated for Retina display
• New slideshows for many of the attractions (500+ images!)
• Minor updates and fixes

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Official App Description:

The Happiest App on Earth Just Got Happier!
We’ve added new sections to keep up with the exciting changes at Disney California Adventure® Park. Explore the bustling Buena Vista Street and cruise into the amazing new Cars Land! And there’s plenty more!

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Explore the sights and sounds of Disneyland® Resort with this official Disney Parks application, available only on iPad. Discover the Magic as you swipe your way through an incredible photo-fantastic re-creation of Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney® District, and all three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. Along the way, enjoy exciting interactive activities based on classic attractions.

What’s New:

• Now you can explore Buena Vista Street and Cars Land
• Enjoy two new activities: Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
• Updated for Retina Display
• Photo slide shows

Features:

• Highlights from over 150 attractions, characters, and entertainment across the Resort
• Gorgeous Retina quality imagery, from photographs and 360 panoramas to live action video and animation
• Exclusive digital postcards you can share with your friends

And don’t miss all the exciting activities based on your favorite attractions:

• Show off your skills and hit the target at Luigi’s Flying Tires
• Explore Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and watch some of Mater’s Tall Tales
• Fire a cannon on the high seas in Pirates of the Caribbean
• Create your own musical water show in World of Color
• Poke around Mickey’s House and take in some classic cartoons
• And many more!

Disney to launch NextGen ‘My Disney Experience’ apps for iPhone, iPad and Android

We received a note that WDWMagic.com is reporting…”Disney will be launching a new NextGen mobile app in August 2012 for visitors to the Walt Disney World Resort.” Apparently this launch will be in-line with the much anticipated “NextGen” project that Disney has been working on. It looks like Walt Disney World will be the first to have this functionality and they will expand to 2013.

Currently this seems to be only rumor.

Read more at WDWMagic.com

New Disney Parks iPhone and Android Cases

It was announced on the Disney Parks Blog, that new cases have been released, and more will be coming.

The top two of the above cases are Limited Edition to 2,012. I personally bought the California Adventure Attraction Posters one, and am happy with the fit.

In July, some additional cases will be released, which also have a retro feel:

Disneyland Guests Can Now Purchase Tickets From Their Smart Phones

You can now buy your Disneyland park tickets from your mobile device! Let’s take a quick tour through the process…

Start by going to http://m.disneyland.com on your smart phone. Scroll down a little, and you will see the button to click to buy tickets for Disneyland.

The next page shows you the ticket prices, allows you to choose quantity, and then fill in all the information… including payment. Click Continue at the bottom to confirm your order! If everything looks correct, you can finish the purchase.

It is great to see Disney Parks embracing the mobile technology and methods for purchasing tickets. With the expected crowds at the Disneyland Resort this summer, it will be nice to have another option for people to buy their tickets!

The official announcement on Disney Parks Blog “Disneyland Resort Guests Can Now Purchase Park Tickets Through Their Smart Phones” :

Disneyland Resort guests have a new way to purchase theme park tickets – from their smart phones! Starting today, the Disneyland Resort will begin testing this technology at the Main Entrance during busy times, all in an effort to help guests get their tickets and get into the parks faster to start enjoying their day. This is just one more option for guests, in addition to purchasing tickets at Resort ticket booths or from Disneyland.com.

From your smart phone, go to m.disneyland.com and select “Buy Tickets” from the home page. Right now, only 1-Day 1-Park, and 1-Day Park Hopper tickets are available, but 2-Day tickets will be added to the service later. After entering the number of tickets you want (up to a maximum of 15), and your credit card information, you will receive a confirmation with a barcode that will be scanned as you enter the park for which you’ve purchased your ticket. From there, you will be given a paper park ticket, which is still needed for park hopping or re-entry if you should leave the park and return later.