In honor of its 20th anniversary, Disneyland Paris has launched Disneyland Paris Generations, an interactive, collaborative platform designed specially for guests, fans, Cast Members, partners and the media.
The website, which celebrates the theme of ‘we all have a Disneyland Paris story,’ allows guests to virtually page through the resort’s history book, offering twenty years of stories, photos and videos from the archives of Disneyland Paris. It will also keep online guests updated on current events during this anniversary year. A section of the site is dedicated to behind the scenes activities as well as the talents of more than 14,500 Cast Members who have shaped Disneyland Paris into what it is today.
Most importantly, each visitor — be they guest, cast member or just a fan — is invited to share his or her own Disneyland Paris stories. The heart of this project lies in moments, memories and unforgettable experiences with Disneyland Paris.
‘Everything that’s great about the Web has been pulled together on this unique platform. It has a shared area where everyone can participate by posting something or telling a story. In the end, it’s actually Disneyland Paris’ memoirs that we’ll be writing together. But above else, our destination is about people — the guests, Cast Members, and those who helped make it happen,’ says Stéphanie Cocquet, Disneyland Paris’ Director of Communications, who began the project.
‘Power Up,’ Disney Interactive’s new original web series gives families an inside look at the exciting world of video gaming. Presented by Kinect for Xbox 360, the weekly show on Disney.com is hosted by YouTube and musical sensation, Christina Grimmie, who will cover a wide range of game-related topics, including reviews of popular console, mobile, social and casual games. The series will also feature comedic game-based skits with other popular YouTube stars, as well as original songs and music by Grimmie. Fans can also check out ‘Power Up’ on YouTube, Disney Mobile and Xbox LIVE.
To celebrate the launch of ‘Power Up’ and the highly anticipated “Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure” video game, players can enter the “Power Up Sweepstakes” for a chance to win a family trip for a private tour of Pixar Animation Studios, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the game, as well as the opportunity to play “Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure” with Christina Grimmie. To enter the sweepstakes, guests can visit Disney.com/PowerUp or text “POWERUP” to 347639 (DISNEY).
Club Penguin, which recently held its fifth annual ‘Coins for Change’ campaign, has doubled its charity donations to $2 Million this year as a result of players donating more than 10 billion of the in-game virtual coins.
In exchange for donating the in-game currency, Club Penguin players (predominantly children) are able to choose which of the global causes they wish to support. Kids can direct donations to provide medical help, build safe places or protect the earth. At the end of the event, the virtual donations to the three cause categories serve as votes to determine how a cash contribution from Disney Online Studios will be divided among charitable projects aimed at helping children, families and the planet.
‘Our players are always looking for ways to make a difference and help others, and over the past five years they’ve embraced the opportunity to give through “Coins For Change,”‘ says Club Penguin co-founder Lane Merrifield. ‘It was especially exciting to see kids from 191 countries participate together to help change the world.’
As a result of Coins For Change 2011, Disney Online Studios will donate
- $640,000 USD to fund medical clinics, health care, surgical treatments and nutrition programs.
- $620,000 USD for schools, libraries, playgrounds, education programs and support and a group home.
- $740,000 USD to support wetlands, rainforests and wildlife conservation programs.
Club Penguin is free to play, however special features require a membership. A portion of Club Penguin’s net proceeds support organizations working to improve the lives of children and families around the Globe. Through the ‘Coins For Change’ program alone, Club Penguin has helped in excess of a million people in more than 40 countries. To find out more, visit clubpenguin.com/global-citizenship.
Ever watch a movie, see those fancy movie studios’ introductions and secretly wish it were your name up there instead? Now one site is making it all possible and more with its do-it-yourself, plug-n-play custom video generator. For just a couple of bucks (and even free in many cases, if you don’t mind the site’s logo on it) iVipid.com allows you to create your own custom knock-offs from studios such as Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney (albeit a relatively old one), 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Lucasfilm and many more. There are also more generic video templates offered, including some that allow you to supply your own images to receive the video treatment. Also available are special mobile editions designed to operate in conjunction with a video caller-id app for the Android operating system.
To get started, visit iVipid.com, select a template and get started. For those templates that are marked free, you won’t even need an account — the only restrictions is they will be branded and you are limited to just one free video per day. Otherwise, you’ll want to create an account and purchase credits via PayPal. Pricing for each video depends only on the resolution of the video which can go all the way up to 1920×1080 (view the pricing page for more details). After you’ve selected your template and size, it’s just a matter of plugging in the customizable details (customized areas and field lengths vary between templates) and setting the generator on its way and in just about ten minutes, you’ll have your very own custom intro to share with the world.
Barring any potential copyright infringement issues aside (i.e. get this done as soon as you can and download the videos rather than just leaving them on the site), the site is pretty straightforward and simple to use and the video templates are absolutely top notch. Although you can download your videos to keep, the site also stores them online for you and even lets you embed them. It also offers one-click options to share via YouTube (it will actually upload your video to your account for you), Facebook and Twitter.
For the best deal, check out the Star Wars template which not only includes the Lucasfilm title and the animated Star Wars title, but you can create your own custom scroll too.
You’ll have to build/buy/program your own 360 degree simulator, but if you can manage without it, Raytheon has recently expanded the experience available online. Whereas previously you could relive your experience from the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World via a card received from the Innoventions Exhibit, you now have the opportunity to build the experience from scratch, just like at the park.
The new ‘Sum of all Thrills’ online component offers an on-screen design experience similar to the exhibit at Epcot’s Innoventions. Using mathematical and engineering fundamentals, students can construct exciting virtual roller-coasters, pilot jet-fighter planes, or race bobsleds that dip, dive and swerve through loops, turns and rolls.
Online users can also take advantage of added functionality such as posting their personal ride creations on Facebook and sharing them with friends. In addition to the added functionality, visitors to the theme park exhibit at Innoventions can now access a special mobile version to take their in-park experience home: Riders simply text the code on the card they receive at the ride to THRILL (847455), or enter the code on MathMovesU.com, to view the actual ride they just designed.
The popularity of the “Sum of all Thrills” ride has confirmed our original belief that fun experiences can and will get students excited about math,’ said Pam Wickham, Raytheon vice president of Corporate Affairs and Communications. ‘By bringing the ride online, we are making it accessible to those who have not or cannot visit the exhibit at Innoventions at Epcot, allowing even more students to connect the activities they love with the math that makes it all possible.’
To check out the newly enhanced online experience for ‘Sum of All Thrills,’ visit MathMovesU.com.
This Holiday season, Disney.com invites kids and teens to channel their inner rock star in the U Rock the Holidays event at Disney.com/URock. The online video promotion lets guests create their own music videos from a selection of holiday tunes from Disney artists, then upload them on Disney.com/URock. One grand prize winner will receive a trip to Los Angeles for a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of a Disney music video and meet the artists!
To participate in U Rock the Holidays, Disney.com guests download one of the available :30 song clips, then create and upload their own music videos to the site. The videos will be posted in a gallery on the Disney.com/URock page where guests can then view, comment and “like” the video submissions. For some creative inspiration, guests can check out U Rock the Holidays video submissions from some of their favorite characters including The Muppets, WALL-E, Agent P and Swampy.
This year’s U Rock the Holidays song selections include:
- “Dig Down Deeper” sung by Zendaya from Pixie Hollow Games
- “Winter Vacation” from Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites
- “Naughty Naughty Children (Better Start Actin’ Nice)” by Grace Potter from Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice on ABC
- “Forget You” from Disney’s The Muppets Soundtrack
Additional songs will be released throughout the promotion to keep Disney.com guests rockin’ throughout the holiday season.
Each person who uploads an eligible video will receive the hit Disney Mobile app, “Where’s My Water?” To kick it up a notch, there will be a daily sweepstakes and winners will be randomly selected to receive a Disney prize pack, which will include a Walt Disney Records CD. A final grand prize winner will be selected by Disney.com and receive a trip to Los Angeles to go behind-the-scenes of a Disney music video production and meet the artists. Videos will be accepted from now until 4:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on December 13, 2011. The winners will be announced in January 2012.
For even more rock star treatment, Casey and Tyler from Disney.com’s Rule the Mix web series will feature a video medley each week on their show, from the best U Rock the Holidays submissions. Rule the Mix is a new weekly show on Disney.com that celebrates entertaining and hilarious videos made by Disney.com guests.
Disney Interactive and YouTube are joining forces to bring family-friendly video entertainment to the web. The alliance will bring together the leading provider of family-friendly entertainment with the Internet’s most popular destination for video programming.
Complementary online video destinations tailored to Disney audiences will be made available on both Disney.com and YouTube in early 2012, furthering Disney Interactive’s strategy to deliver the most relevant and immersive online experiences to its guests wherever they are.
Disney Interactive will produce and program the co-branded video destinations for both Disney.com and YouTube, providing a family-friendly experience for viewers across both platforms. Programming will include video drawn from relevant family-friendly content currently available across YouTube, original video produced by Disney, as well as a blend of current Disney Interactive original series, select Disney Channel programming and Disney user created content. An original video series based on Disney’s hit mobile game “Where’s My Water?” and its main character Swampy will be the first project to launch in February and will be followed by other similarly short-form, family-oriented programming.
“With online video consumption exploding and YouTube at the center of that trend, we see an opportunity for Disney Interactive and YouTube to bring Disney’s legacy of storytelling to a new generation of families and Disney enthusiasts on the platforms they prefer,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Co-President of Disney Interactive. “As we prepare to re-launch Disney.com in fall 2012, the Disney/YouTube destination will play a critical part in our next generation platform.”
“Disney has established itself as one of the world’s most loved brands,” said Robert Kyncl, Global Head of Content Partnerships at YouTube. “We are thrilled to work with them to bring amazing new, family-friendly entertainment to YouTube’s audience of 800 million users worldwide.”
Those who have had the privilege of witnessing the technical marvel that is ‘The Magic, The Memories and You’ at either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts know what a spectacular it truly is. Thus it must have been a daunting thought to some when someone suggested bringing some of that magic online to everyone in a way that’s spectacular in its own right. Somebody thought of that and someone believed it and DisneyMemoriesShow.com is the end result.
Using real footage of an articulated (and hatless) Goofy, the Facebook App takes the online guest’s photos from their Facebook albums and — mixing them with some stock photos — present them in a way that’s virtually guaranteed to induce a gasp, drop a jaw, bring a smile or any combination thereof. The presentation caps off with a miniature version of ‘The Magic, The Memories and You,’ customized to the online guest.
For those fortunate enough to be able to see the show in person this holiday season at the Magic Kingdom, they will be gifted with an all new holiday segment which features Cinderella Castle wrapped in colorful bows and boughs, gift paper and ribbons, ornaments, candy stripes and multi-colored strands of lights, not to mention gingerbread.
Goofy is also at the heart of another Facebook app from the Disneyland Resort, this one titled Goofy’s Gift Exchange (goofysgiftexchange.com). Combining the Facebook staple of gifts and the holiday season, this clever app lets you appropriate Disney-themed gifts to your Facebook friends. The first step is to choose one of the Fab Five to assist you, then select your friends (if you have a large list, don’t fret! You can start typing the recipients names in a box and it will search/match for you). After you’ve selected your recipient(s), visit their virtual homes and choose a virtual Disney gift. There’s also a Goofy wheel option which leaves it all to chance, including special Goofy treats (itchy sweater, anyone?). Give and receive gifts often and you’ll eventually unlock other items in your collection. Disneyland will also occasionally provide codes on their Facebook page that will give you new items to decorate your virtual home.
GOOFY’S GIFT EXCHANGE CODES:
DPBLOG11 – Mickey lights
Actively monitoring domain registrations for The Walt Disney Company ranges from the most mundane entries to rather intriguing ones, such as the recently registered imtheonlyonewithproblems.com and annoyingcrapnoonewantstohear.org, but when The Walt Disney Company registered Vaultomatic.com, my interests were piqued to all new heights. To whet my anticipating appetite just a lot more, the domain soon led to a site that simply read ‘Welcome to the Disney Vault.’ Fast forward to this morning, when Vaultomatic.com led to — of all things — the Vaultomatic.
An darlingly cute and impressive interactive flash-based site, the Vaultomatic allows visitors to choose from one of three vault types — chest, piggy [bank] or safe via a lever which seemingly remotely directs Gyro Gearloose of Uncle Scrooge fame to select the desired vault type. The next step involves giving the vault a desired paint scheme or texture (the chest in Mickey Mouse colors is shown here), followed by choosing a security option which ranges from Disney characters such as Pluto in security guard gear to the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland to the little green army men from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story to more traditional and not-so-traditional items such as cameras, a bell jar, lasers to pixie dust and encrusting it in jewels (hiding in plain site?).
The last step is to save the custom vault, but doing so just resets the app and offers up a bit of SQL queries designed to do the dirty work. Obviously the site is not yet ready for the public to use, but it does make one imagine that it’s part of a much larger picture. If I were to let my imagination get carried away with me, I would fancy the idea that the Vaultomatic product is part of a customizable user interface all plugging into the upcoming Disney Studios All Access program.
October is in full force in Pixie Hollow and everyone is busy celebrating all the autumn events. The Animal Masquerade has everyone putting on their critterific costumes to trick or treat and players are busy entering the “Sweet Treat Design Contest”!
Have you ever imagined sitting on a cotton candy sofa or looking into a lollipop mirror? Imagine no longer because the fairies and sparrow men in Pixie Hollow all agree that sweet treats aren’t just for eating. Pixie Hollow’s Never Council wants to see how creative YOU can get with edible sweet treats!
The contest, which runs until noon on November 1st, invites Disney Fairies Fans to design and share any Pixie Hollow home item inspired by an edible sweet treat, with the grand prize winner receiving a designer’s dream.
Enter NOW for a chance to win the ultimate designers dream grand prize which includes:
- A real-life Disney Fairies furniture set including a Disney Fairies canopy bed, desk, nightstand and bedding set
- Their design made available as a seasonal tinkering blueprint in Pixie Hollow for all players to enjoy
- 1 One-Month Pixie Hollow Membership Card
Ten first prize winners will receive 1 One-Month Pixie Hollow Membership Card and a Tinker Bell Vinylmation Bakery Series 3” Figure. To enter the “Sweet Treat Design Contest,” fans can submit their design and entry form either by U.S. Mail or by Internet via http://pixiehollow.go.com/contests_home.html.