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.”

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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

Review : Disney Mobile Magic for iPhone

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Price: Free
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Official Site: Disney Parks

This app has been out for awhile, and I have been intentionally holding-off reviewing it. I wanted to take time to reflect on it and try not to sound too positive about it. Admittedly time did get away from me a little bit, but… on with the show!

Launching the Disney Mobile Magic app on your iPhone, you’ll be asked if the app can access your location (GPS) information. If you want to fully utilize the app, you really should consider enabling this, as it will provide more information and functionality… especially when in the Disney Parks.

I was not in the Parks while I was making these screen shots, so I’ll show you what can be expected in that condition.

The app will next ask whether you want to explore Disneyland or Walt Disney World. Being the Disneyland fan that I am, we’ll jump to the Disneyland Resort, and look for some Disney Magic!

Here you’ll see that you can choose the specific park within the Disneyland Resort and the warning that being in the park will provide more details. You’ll also see the evidence of when I first started reviewing this app and gathering my thoughts! The app provides a list of times for different shows and events, helping you plan your day in the park.

If there were any particular events you wanted to make sure you attended, you can ask the app to give you a reminder. Selecting the event, you can also look at a more detailed description of what the event is all about.

We are now greeted with a map of the park, and a menu to select an attraction. Selecting an attraction will allow you to check on the time it opens, if you are in the parks you’ll see wait time and FastPass details.

If you are wanting to learn more about different Disney characters, you can find lots of info within the app. Here we navigate to learn more about our favorite mouse, Mickey! If you are using this app, you are likely already familiar with all of the characters, but it might be useful for entertaining your younger touring buddies while waiting in line.

If you are in need of information about the dining options at the Disneyland Resort, you can find a wealth of information to meet your needs. You can use the search criteria to help you find a dining option. You can learn about the price range, hours, and menu items. If it is a place that allows for reservations, it will even give you the number to to call Disney.

The Disney Mobile Magic app also has a variety of other information, including current weather and forecast. The app also provides information about guest services and transportation.

One interesting thing they threw into the app is a trivia game. This is another fun thing to pass the time while you are in line, ore to help with anticipation of an upcoming trip.

Assuming you have an upcoming trip, you can add the details in the app as well. However, it seems like a tedious process that is likely to be done by too many people. I suppose different people have different excitement levels that may make it interesting.

You are able to navigate around the main map discovering attractions and the park. It is a fun way to explore the parks we love so much!

Disney seems to have thought of everything, including their on-property hotels!

Note in the official description:

Verizon customers will have access to additional, premium features like more video and extra games within the app

Overall, it feels as if Disney put a lot of thought and effort into this application. In some ways, it seems like they put too much into it and made it bigger than it needed to be. There are enough features that it should have something for everyone, as different people tour the parks in different ways. Reportedly, there will be a new NextGen app being released by Disney that will obsolete this one. I think they have a lot of expectations to live up to between this app and the hype about NextGen. Let’s see what the future magic holds!

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Official Description:

Disney Parks and Verizon present Disney Mobile Magic – a fun and simple way to get the most out of your Disney Vacation. Use GPS-enabled maps to get around the Parks, locate some of your favorite characters for a special greeting and even make dining reservations.

When you are in the Parks you can check official attraction wait times and Disney’s FASTPASS® return times for the Park you’re in. You can also play trivia and plan your upcoming visit with the Favorites feature.

And Verizon customers will have access to additional, premium features like more video and extra games within the app*.

Disney Mobile Magic, powered by Verizon, encompasses all of the Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort:

Seven Walt Disney World Resort Guides:
– Magic Kingdom® Park
– Epcot®
– Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
– Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park
– Disney’s Blizzard Beach
– Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
– Downtown Disney® Area
– Plus information on Dining and Disney Resort Hotels

Three Disneyland Resort Guides:
– Disneyland® Park
– Disney California Adventure® Park
– Downtown Disney® District
– Plus information on Dining and Disney Resort Hotels

Features:

Official Park & Attraction Information:
– Upon arrival into our Parks you will gain access to official wait times and FASTPASS® return times for the Park that you are in
– Review detailed information on attractions: photos, descriptions, locations, height requirements and more

Interactive GPS-Enabled Guide Maps:
– View each Park and it’s attractions, dining, character greetings and more with our interactive GPS-enabled Park guide maps
– Once you are in the Parks, view wait times at a glance on interactive guide maps

Character Finder:
– Search for some of your favorite characters, find out where they are located, when you can meet them, and more

Dining Guide and Reservations:
– Explore our vast dining options by filtering your search by mealtime, location, cuisine type and more
– Check out restaurant menus and hours
– And best of all, make reservations right from your mobile phone

Favorites:
– Create a personalized tip board with all your must dos
– Plan your dream vacation by selecting favorite attractions, characters, and dining options

Games:
– Get in the Disney mood right away with the interactive Disney Trivia game — you can even challenge other Park guests with your Disney Trivia knowledge.

Verizon Premium Features*:
– Access to premium video content with over 100 behind the scenes, seasonal, sneak peak videos and more!
– Experience Pirates games that test your knowledge of the famous attraction and help determine your very own pirate name
– Beat the Disney Character Puzzle and see if you have what it takes to guess who the character is before the timer expires
– Take the Disney Character Quiz and find out which character is most like you

* Message and data rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may differ by handset. Coverage not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

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.

New App Shows AR Muppet’s on your BAND-AID’s

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Next time you or your child has an injury, make sure to put one of the new Muppet’s BAND-AID’s on it. You’ll soon forget about the pain, as you use the new Muppet’s Augmented Reality (AR) app to see the BAND-AID’s come alive!

Source : Mashable.com

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Official Description:

NOTE: This app will NOT work on iPod Touch or iPhone 3GS.
You’ve seen them on the big screen, at home on DVD and Blu-Ray. Now get ready to experience Disney’s® The Muppets like never before: in the real world! With BAND-AID® Magic Vision, all you need is a BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage featuring The Muppets and your iOS device (IPhone 4/s or IPAD2+) to make Kermit, Miss Piggy and Gonzo come alive in stunning augmented reality (AR).

EVERY BAND-AID® BRAND ADHESIVE BANDAGE FEATURING THE MUPPETS BECOMES A STAGE! Point the app at any of the 6 large BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive bandages or boxes featuring The Muppets to create a magical portal that puts The Muppets in the palm of your hand. Featuring three unique real world performances from your favorite Muppets, this AR app is designed to make Muppets fans of all ages forget about their boo-boos. So, parents hold your iOS device over your child’s bandage to see Disney’s® The Muppets come alive!

SOAK UP KERMIT THE FROG’S SERENADE!
Let Kermit cheer you up with a special sing-along of Rainbow Connection — conducted on the back of your hand.

STRIKE A POSE WITH MISS PIGGY!
Play the role of fashion photographer, snapping glamour shots of the inimitable Miss Piggy. But make sure you stay on her good side!

THRILL WITH A DARING ACT OF LUNACY PERFORMED BY THE GREAT GONZO!
Gonzo pushes the boundaries of augmented reality past the limits of sanity with a thrilling new stunt. Be warned: things may not always go as planned.

TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS!
In addition to its AR scanning capability, BAND-AID® Magic Vision lets you snap photos of Kermit, Miss Piggy and Gonzo from any angle. Even if you don’t have a BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage featuring The Muppets, the app features “Take a Photo of Kermit,” which lets anyone take real-world pictures of the Muppets’ revered leader.

All you need to unlock the magic is the BAND-AID® Magic Vision app and a BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage featuring The Muppets.

BAND-AID® Magic Vision includes:

• Real world performances by Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Gonzo the Great
• Photo capturing & a photo gallery

By downloading this application, you are agreeing to the Privacy Policy and Terms/Conditions. Read these at: Bandaid.com/appterms and Bandaid.com/appprivacy

Pirates of the Caribbean : Master of the Seas – Weekend Contest – Precious Rum

Another pop-up in the Pirates of the Caribbean : Master of the Seas game, announcing another weekend contest called “Precious Rum”.

Rum master from Silver Sand Beach calls for help. Royals discovered his hideout of a very precious smuggled rum on Sunken Island and are taking it away now. Take Action!

Rum master from Silver Sand Beach calls for help. Royals discovered his hideout of a very precious rum on Sunken Island and are taking it away now. If you deal with their warships and save 10 barrels of rum, he’ll reward you with a bottle of the Strongest Rum.