You may have noticed that a new app from TimeStream Software has hit the iTunes App Store – you may have even read the news here on DisTECH. It’s now time to take a closer look at Walt Disney World Pro. How does it do as a planning/tour guide? How does it stack up against the competition? Are the wait times accurate? We’ll take a look at all of that and a little more right after the break!
This week’s release of Betamouse continues their “Hack” series with a look at how to get the best deals on drinks in the parks. They cover everything from water to alcoholic beverages, so you’ll get good tips no matter what you prefer for thirst-quenching. Hit up the links below to check out the show! And remember to use these responsibly!
Before you get too excited, I should tell you this seems to be more of a business deal. The good news is that Disney content will continue to appear on Hulu, but it also sounds like the number of ads displayed during shows will increase as well. I should also tell you, however, that this isn’t being done solely for ad revenue. In fact, it seems this will be a catalyst to new ownership for Hulu. The current owners of the popular content streaming site (that includes Disney itself) have decided to sell, and this deal will add value to the site for any prospective buyer. This ensures that Disney content will be available and ad revenue will be there. Fox has also agreed to a similar deal recently, and it appears that NBCUniversal is next on the slate.
It’s official! Walt Disney World Pro is now available in the Apple App Store! The app runs $4.99, and will work on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad (requires iOS 4.0). This also means that I’ll have a full review up and ready for viewing soon. For now, check out the press release after the jump.
So this is intriguing. I found an app today in the Android Market for Disney’s El Capitan theater in Hollywood. Right now the app is decked out in its best Pirate garrrrrb (sorry for the pun). On June 24th, however, the app gets its racing stripes for Cars 2.
What does the app do? It basically gives you extra content once you check in to the theater, very similarly to how you can check in at Disney Parks locations with Gowalla. The main menu of the app (shown below) has five options: Check in to the El Cap, Free Gift, Bonus Material, Special Offer, and Rate Movie. As for the free gift, some of the reviewers in the market are claiming they received a free pin set from the app. They are also claiming the Special Offer gives you a discount on the Blu-Ray when it comes out.
The other thing that’s interesting about this app is that the splash screen that displays while the app is loading says it was developed not only by Disney Mobile, but Disney Research as well. I hope the research proves that this is good marketing, because I’d love to see Disney pursue more of this type of interactivity. I’m all for it. What do you think? Let me know in the comments, or post your thoughts on Facebook!
I just got word today that Walt Disney World Pro is getting even closer to an official release. Hopefully, we’ll get some up close and personal time with it soon. To help satisfy that thirst for now, I also have some new details on the app. Here’s the official release:
The exciting new “Walt Disney World Pro” lights up the iPhone with highly detailed Maps, full Attraction descriptions, Park Hours, daily Parade & Event times, WDW Dining information, WDW Resorts details, over 600 colorful photos and so much more. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without Wait Times, and the new “Walt Disney World Pro” offers park goers accurate Wait Times displayed in multiple locations throughout the app…a convenient wait times summary by park, atop the page of each attraction screen and throughout each detailed map.
Get ready…it’s almost here!
The Wait Times are built on a “powerful database featuring the empirical wait times data of countless park visits, wait times tracking, park visitation levels cross-referencing and more,” ensuring that they will be accurate.
Walt Disney World Pro sounds like it will be a powerful app. I’m certainly excited to get my hands on it and give it a whirl. As always, keep watching DisTECH for more updates!
It’s been way, way too long since I’ve posted an update on the Betamouse podcast. This week’s episode features a topic I covered recently: Kinect Disneyland Adventures. For anyone who missed it, this is a game that debuted at this year’s E3 convention. It will utilize Microsoft’s Kinect, a motion control peripheral for the Xbox 360. The Betamouse crew goes into juicy detail on the game, so head over and listen to the show!