EPCOT will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on October 1st, 2012, with new merchandise.
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Have A Magical Day!!!
The year is 1994. TIME Magazine runs an article about Disney’s plans for a $650 million American-and-entertainment park, called Disney’s America. This park was to have been built in Haymarket, Virginia in the early 1990′s. The park was to have been dedicated to the history of the United States. However, amid opposition from various groups, the project was cancelled. Several of the proposed elements of Disney America, were incorporated into Disney’s California Adventure.
The first thing that you see once you enter the gates of your favorite Disney Park, is the stand with the park maps in every language known to man. If you are like me, you don’t always like to carry the map throughout the park all day. They are very valuable, and I am sure that you don’t want to miss Buzz and Woody in the parade, but I am sure not everyone recycles them throughout the day.
If you are like most of the general population, there is now something for you. It is called Disney Mobile Magic. I took the time to download it today for my iPhone, ahead of my upcoming trip to Disney World. This app is completely free. It is also available on most Android devices as well.
Upon logging into the app, you have the option to either choose Walt Disney World or Disneyland, whichever park you are visiting. Once you are in the selected park, it will display the parks and their operating times for the day. It will even list if that particular park has Extra Magic Hours. It also lists all of the resorts. Within the resorts, you will find a map of each resort and a couple of featured videos. You can then choose at the bottom between recreation, dining, videos, and more.
If you choose to enter the parks, you will see featured videos, as well as a park map. You also can see which attractions are available for Fastpass and what the current wait times are within the park.
One icon that I found to be very interesting, is the More button at the bottom. It is very easy to navigate through. You can view today’s events, weather, shopping, games, set favorites, guest services, transportation, and your own individual vacation details.
The Disney Mobile Magic app includes much more than the park maps that are at each entrance, you can keep the children entertained while waiting for that Donald Duck autograph. You can utilize the videos, trivia, and games like experience pirates and character puzzles while waiting in line.
It should be noted that most of the sections of this app will work, but the majority will only work if you are in a particular Disney park or resort. This app is just the tip of the iceberg, for what Disney has in store for everyone going forward.
Check back soon for an interesting post on how mobile devices will change the way we visit attractions in the future.