BBC Worldwide and ABC Entertainment today announced the first ever free-to-play online game centered on the juggernaut reality-competition television show, “Dancing with the Stars.” Titled “Dancing with the Stars: Keep Dancing,” the game is available to play now on ABC.com/DancingWithTheStars and at DWTSKeepDancing.com. Concurrently BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment & Games will launch “Strictly Keep Dancing” in the UK, accompanying the format’s original version, “Strictly Come Dancing.”
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.