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Walt Disney World Guide Notescast Gets Updated in the App Store!

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I came home to some exciting news today: the Walt Disney World Guide Notescast (which I reviewed not too long ago) got an official update today!  It’s passed Apple’s approval process and is ready for the downloading.  Get more details by clicking below!

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Changes at Epcot’s Innoventions.

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The Daily Disney reported today that changes are afoot at Innoventions in Epcot.  The biggest change is the addition of “SmarterPlanet” – an exhibit presented by IBM.  Some of these exhibits have been there for a while, but Mickey Mouse’s appearance at today’s opening ceremony made everything official.

The other change is the news that KUKA Robotics (responsible for the new Sum of All Thrills attraction) removed their exhibit, “Rockin’ Robots.”  Disney says their contract recently expired, and their robotic arms are already featured in the Sum of All Thrills. 

Any thoughts on the changes?  Post your comments below!

Review: WDW Secrets: Hidden Mickeys & WDW Secrets: Main Street, USA Windows Notescasts

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I’ve had a blast reviewing these Walt Disney World Notescasts this week.  Last time, I reviewed the WDW Secrets and WDW Secrets Gold Notescasts.  I chose to review those together because they are so closely related.  Originally, I was going review them alongside these two apps as well because they all four take you on tours to find the hidden secrets of Walt Disney World.  I didn’t want to try to cram everything together, though, so I decided to split them into two reviews.  If you’re ready to some more touring, click below to read my review.  And keep your iPhone or iPod Touch close at hand: you may need to visit the App Store!

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Review: Walt Disney World Secrets & Walt Disney World Secrets Gold Notescasts.

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Recently, I got the chance to review the Walt Disney World Guide Notescast, a great tour guide of Walt Disney World for the iPhone and iPod family.  TimeStream Software put together a great product, so naturally I was intrigued to see how their other apps were.  This review will be a combination of two Notescasts, Walt Disney World Secrets and Walt Disney World Secrets Gold.  As you can tell from their names, the apps are similar in many ways.  What differences can you expect?  How do the apps hold up when compared to the WDW Guide?  How are they overall?  Click below to find out!

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Review: Walt Disney World Guide Notescast.

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The App Store is home to over 100,000 apps.  Disney fans will find a ton of apps related to their favorite Disney movies, music, and theme parks.  This week, I’ve spent a lot of time with a couple of apps in particular.  In this review, I’ll give you my thoughts on the Walt Disney World Guide Notescast.  It’s a mobile guide to the Walt Disney World Resort, designed to be easy and convenient to take with you to the parks.  But does it beat carrying an actual guide book?  You’ll just have to click below to find out!

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Review: “Disney at Work” Apps.

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There’s no doubt that Apple’s App Store is a hotbed for software developers.  The popularity of the iPhone and iPod Touch have led to wonderful new ideas and innovations.  There are also an increasing number of Disney apps available, both official and unofficial.  This week, I got a chance to play with all three Disney at Work apps.  These apps, featuring three of Disney’s most popular parks, are aimed at helping you bring Disney’s quality business practices to your work.  To read more about my thoughts on these apps, click the link below!

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Disney’s Secret “NextGen” Project to Personalize Your Trip to the Parks?

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Now this is interesting.  Disney is working on a project called “NextGen” that could offer guests an extremely personalized and streamlined visit to their parks.  The interaction you see with attractions like Epcot’s Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure could offer a hint as to what something like NextGen could offer guests at every theme park and resort.  It sounds like the new technology will use RFID chips to store guests’ information and sensors around the parks will use that information to interact with you.  Rumors say that this project will cost Disney anywhere from $1 billion to $1.5 billion.

This information is probably all speculation, because everyone even remotely associated with this project has signed nondisclosure agreements.  That includes all Cast Members working on the project and even a San Francisco company that manufactures RFID wristbands (Precision Dynamics Corp.).  But that just means there’s more room for all of us to speculate!  Leave a comment below and tell me what you think NextGen could be.

Click here to read the full story from the Orlando Sentinel’s Daily Disney blog.

Disney Parks Blog Technology Update

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday this year!  This is a busy time of the year, so this is my first post in a little while.  I’ll be back at the keyboard pretty regularly now, and since I haven’t done one in two weeks we’ll start with an update from the Disney Parks Blog:

As usual, if you want more content from the Disney Parks Blog, find them at disneyparks.com/blog.   They always have fun posts to read, so please give them a click!

A Disney Tech Christmas: Part 4

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Christmas Day is fast approaching, so this will probably be the last Disney gift idea I’ll have time to write about.  It is, however, a pretty fun idea and could be a great idea for a gift for your whole family.  Part 4 of A Disney Tech Christmas is Toy Story Mania! for the Nintendo Wii.  Click below to read on!

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Disney Parks Blog Technology Update.

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It’s that time of the week again, folks.  Let’s take a look back at the week in news from the Disney Parks Blog:

I hope you enjoy this week’s update.  As always, remember to follow the Disney Parks Blog for more exciting posts.

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