In its first foray into location services, Disney Parks has teamed up with Gowalla – the social network that inspires people to keep up with friends and share the places they go – to provide park-goers a new way to explore the magic of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Starting today, visitors to these parks can engage with family and friends around the world through the custom Disney Gowalla pages and Passport Stamps, and track their experiences at Disney like never before.
Fans of ABC’s extraordinary series “No Ordinary Family” can participate in a live Twitter chat with Kay Panabaker (Daphne Powell) and guest star Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale from the “Twilight” movie series) during the live broadcast of the show on Tuesday November 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Fans can submit questions and receive real-time responses that will appear on ABC.com at http://abc.go.com/shows/no-ordinary-family/live-chat during the East Coast broadcast from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET (5:00-6:00 p.m., PT). Fans can log into ABC.com to participate or follow Kay – who will be tweeting live from set – and Jackson on Twitter at @kaypandabaker and @NOF_JacksonR.
ABC Family has set the stage to allow fans to participate in the mystery of the network’s hit original hit series, “Pretty Little Liars,” with the “Pretty Little Liars Secret Seekers” online scavenger hunt game. “Pretty Little Liars Secret Seekers,” which began Monday, November 1, allows fans of the series the opportunity to compete for a special VIP sneak peek screening of the January 3rd premiere in their hometown.
ESPN today officially launched ESPN on Xbox LIVE, delivering the ultimate interactive experience for sports fans with live events from ESPN3.com, ESPN.com video-on-demand clips and sports highlights and other features on the Xbox 360 console. Xbox LIVE members are able to access the service via today’s Xbox LIVE software update.
Xbox LIVE Gold members who are customers of an affiliated service provider will have access to thousands of live, global events every year via ESPN3.com – ESPN’s 24/7 broadband sports network – including college hoops, college football and bowl games, basketball, baseball, top international soccer, tennis including all four Grand Slam tournaments, golf majors and more. For more information about the service, click HERE.
Dedicated to expanding its network and channel brands across multiple platforms and connecting viewers with their favorite shows anytime and anywhere, Disney/ABC Television Group announced the debut of ABC.com’s latest season of “Grey’s Anatomy” webisodes.
Sponsored by Carma Laboratories, Inc., whose Carmex® Moisture Plus ultra hydrating lip balm is integrated into the storyline, “Seattle Grace: Message of Hope” consists of six individual mini-episodes, each 2-4 minutes in length, as well as a special behind-the-scenes “Making of Seattle Grace” episode which chronicles the making of “Seattle Grace: Message of Hope.” The first webisode will be available online tonight, October 14, following the broadcast airing of the latest episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Families can now celebrate Halloween through the entire month of October with a diverse line-up of fun Halloween content offered on Disney Online’s Mom and Family Portfolio of Web sites. From Disney-inspired homemade costumes and recipes to loads of unique Halloween games and Halloween crafts for parties, families will be able to find everything they need to enjoy this beloved holiday.
This month, DisneyChannel.com lets users celebrate Halloween early with its “October Takeover” initiative, an augmented reality experience that gives kids the chance to be a virtual character from eight popular Disney Channel series.
A multiplatform digital and programming event, Disney Channel’s October Takeover starts online at www.DisneyChannel.com/Halloween where kids, with their parents’ permission, can digitally recreate themselves in virtual Halloween costumes representing some of their favorite Disney Channel characters such as “Hannah Montana,” Agent P from “Phineas and Ferb” and Sicky Vicky from “Sonny With A Chance,” among others. Trying on a costume is as easy as sitting in front of a webcam or uploading a photo. The Halloween-themed site instantly adds a costume over the image and allows webcam users to create a 15-second video. Participants have the opportunity to have their videos and photos featured on Disney Channel’s site or on-air throughout the month of October.
Disney Online, part of the Disney Interactive Media Group, today debuts a second season of “The Possibility Shop“, an original web series produced by The Jim Henson Company. The site, which can be accessed through DisneyFamily.com, will be updated every two to three weeks with content designed to inspire the imagination of the entire family through creative projects, activities and games. The Clorox Company returns as the exclusive sponsor for all 20 webisodes in season two of “The Possibility Shop.”
Playdom, in collaboration with ESPN Games, today launched a sports-themed social game on Facebook titled ESPNU College Town. Fun, engaging and easy to play,ESPNU College Town gives sports fans a chance to create and run their own virtual college campus, build an elite athletic program, and compete against their friends for bragging rights.
Sports fans in the game are given all the tools to create their own university, complete with academic buildings, major athletic venues – including football stadiums and basketball arenas – and ESPN-branded assets such as an ESPN College GameDay set and production truck. Other buildings and campus must-haves include dorms, a fraternity/sorority row, student unions, restaurants, libraries, walkways, streets, parking lots and more.
Social gaming developer Playdom, which was recently purchased by The Walt Disney Company, has integrated the Disney theme parks into its ‘Social City’ Facebook app. Game players can participate in an in-game raffle in which the prize is one of the iconic attractions at the Disneyland and Magic Kingdom Parks: Matterhorn Bobsleds, ‘it’s a small world,’ Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, Haunted Mansion and the Partners statue.
Players who manage to collect all seven items will unlock Cinderella Castle which comes complete with its own fireworks.