New Kingdom Hearts Collection Coming to PS4

I was very late to the Kingdom Hearts craze. Like very, very late. In fact, I never really played any of these games until about three years ago. But once I picked up a remastered copy for PlayStation 4, I was instantly hooked.

Today, SquareEnix announced a brand new collection of games that will hit the PS4 very soon. If you want to know all the details, and find out exactly when and for how much, hit the “Continue Reading” below!

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Spider-Man Takes Animatronics to New Heights

Imagine visiting the World’s Fair in 1964, seeing a robotic Abraham Lincoln for the first time, and having someone tell you that this technology would end up flying through the air in the future, unencumbered by being bolted to a stage.

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Of course, for a fair built on imagining what the future could be like, and for a time when flying cars were the vision, it might not sound that outlandish. But what we’re talking about here is quite amazing: a robot that can make its own decisions on how it should move and what pose it should take – all while flying through the air!

That’s exactly what Disney aims to accomplish when Avengers Campus opens in Disneyland later this summer. And who better to sling into action than Spider-Man? Hit the Read More below to check out exactly what you could be seeing!

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Lucasfilm Once Again Shapes Filming With Stagecraft Tech

If you’ve been around the internet within the last two and a half months, you’ve no doubt seen something about the Disney+ original series The Mandalorian. Most likely you’ve seen The Child, or as the internet has named it, Baby Yoda. But this series has done some more amazing things for the film industry than just give it an adorable set of eyes.

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM, for short) has long been Lucasfilm’s ace in the hole when it comes to creating amazing effects for all of their movies, most notably Star Wars. They’re now at it again with The Mandalorian, and may have pioneered a filming technology that could totally change the way movies and television can be caught on camera.

If you’ve watched the series, you know how much of it takes place outdoors. Or appears to take place outdoors. In fact, the entire series was filmed completely inside a soundstage. Not a single shot was taken outside. If you want to learn how, hit up the Read More link below!

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Disney And Hulu Talk New Deal For Streaming.

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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. 

Click here to read the story as it appeared on Engadget yesterday evening.

Disney’s El Capitan App For Android Brings Interactivity To Theater-Goers.

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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.

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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!

Click here to visit the official site of the El Capitan Theater.

Click here for more information on Disney’s El Capitan App.

WDW Moms Panel Hosts Facebook Event This Wednesday!

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Those social moms are at it again.  This Wednesday, June 22, the moms are hosting a live event on Facebook.  They’ll discuss the differences between value, moderate, and deluxe hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort and how to pick the perfect place for your situation.  Interested?  Me too.  Click here to go the event page on Facebook!

See you there!

E3 Recap–Disney and Beyond

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Last week was perhaps the year’s most popular gaming convention.  The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 for short) is where the gaming industry shows off its newest and greatest, from new games to brand new consoles.  This past year was no different.

Here, I’ll wrap up the Disney news that came out of E3 (there was some pretty interesting items).  I’ll also talk about some of the new consoles that were unveiled, as they also offer some unique opportunities for Disney Interactive.  The wrap-up starts after the jump, so click below to get started!

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LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: Interview With Jonathan Smith of TT Games!

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As a kid, I vividly remember spending hours building things with LEGOs.  I had a blast using my imagination to create all kinds of structures and even characters.  With today’s video game technology, LEGO has been able to carry that same imagination over to a number of LEGO themed video games.  Their most current title takes players on an adventure with Jack Sparrow and other characters across all four Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Recently, I had the opportunity to ask a few questions to Jonathan Smith, Head of Production at TT Games.  Hit up the link below to check it out!

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