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Animal Facts, Photos are Part of Mobile Magic

posted on January 11th, 2010 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


Mobile Magic at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Those of you who’ve been following the DisneyParks Blog have read about the first official Disney Parks mobile application – Mobile Magic – available on Verizon Wireless phones. What you may not know is that in addition to attraction wait times, FASTPASS return times and other very helpful theme park information, also included are wildlife facts and photos for many of the animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Mobile Magic at Disney's Animal Kingdom
On your Verizon phone, you can discover, for example, that a bull African elephant eats in one day as much as an average person eats in an entire year, that flamingos often feed with their heads upside down and their beaks under water, and that Komodo dragons can smell their next meal from 2.5 miles away. In addition to learning about the animals (including seeing their photos and finding out their whereabouts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom), all animal descriptions include steps we can take to protect wildlife and wild places. For example, all of us can help by choosing our pets wisely, practicing the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle), creating habitats for wildlife in our backyards, and supporting the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and local conservation organizations.
Mobile Magic at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Next time you’re at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can take a peek at Mobile Magic on your Verizon phone and wow family and friends with your animal and conservation knowledge by sharing, for example, that the very long neck of the giraffe they’re looking at has the same number of vertebrae (seven) as they do. The only difference is that each vertebra is about one foot long!

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Mobile Magic – First Disney Parks Mobile App Now Available

posted on November 11th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


It’s here. Our first official Disney Parks mobile application is now available and you’re invited to check it out.

Trying Mobile Magic is simple. Verizon Wireless customers can download the application for $9.99 for 180 days.   Just go to the Media Center to “Browse & Download,” then “Get New Applications.” You’ll then find Mobile Magic in the “Travel & Navigation” folder.  The app can also be found by texting Magic to 2777 later today.

You should know that there’s a 24-hour free trial available for a limited time if you’d like to test it out. In either case, download and message charges may apply. Airtime or megabyte data charges may also apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. You can access the Disney Parks mobile web site by going to either m.disneyland.com or m.disneyworld.com on your mobile web browser.

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The application is ready to use but the team will be fine tuning it until January. Mobile Magic is bringing FASTPASS return times, attraction wait times for the park you are in, extensive information on character locations and more for Walt Disney World and Disneyland theme parks to your Verizon Wireless phone. And, even if you are not a Verizon Wireless subscriber, you can still use your mobile phone to access select park information and on the Disney Parks Mobile web sites.

Here’s the list of phones that the app is currently available on:

    – LG Glance
    - LG VX Chocolate
    - LG Chocolate 3
    - LG Decoy
    - LG VX 8700
    - LG Venus
    - Moto Adventure
    - Nokia 7205
    - Samsung Renown
    - Moto 325
    - Samsung 540
    - Samsung 550
    - LG 5500
    - Nokia 6205
    - Moto 755
    - UT Starcom 8950
    - UT Starcom GC1-c711
    - GZ1 – S Boulder
    - Moto K1 -M
    - Moto – L7c
    - LG 8350
    - Samsung Trance
    - Moto V3m
    - Moto Barrage
    - Moto VU204
    - LGE VX-8360
    - Motorola RIZR Z6TV
    - Motorola VU30 (Rapture)
    - Motorola Z6c
    - Samsung SCH-A990
    - Samsung SCH-U620
    - Samsung SCH-U900 Flipshot
    - LG VX 9100 – enV2
    - LG VX 9200 – enV3
    - LG VX 8300
    - LG VX8370
    - Motorola V9M
    - Motorola W766 Harmony
    - Motorola VE
    - Samsung U640 Buddy
    - Samsung SCH – U650 (Sway)
    - Casio Hitachi Exilim C721

Update: New Phones Added

    - Nokia 6315i
    - Nokia 2705 Shade
    - CDM – 8975
    - LG VX 8600
    - LG VX9400
    - LG VX9800 V
    - LG VX9900 enV
    - Nokia Twist 7705

The Following Touch-Screen Devices Added

    - LG VX8575 – Chocolate Touch
    - LG VX 9600 – Versa
    - LG VX 9700 – Dare
    - LG VX 10000 – Voyager
    - LG VX 11000 – enV Touch

The list of Verizon Wireless phones that Mobile Magic will be available on is expected to grow to include “touch” handsets and smartphones in the upcoming weeks.

Here are some more screenshots:

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There are even more screen shots below:
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Mobile Magic – First Disney Parks Mobile App Details, Screen Shots Unveiled

posted on October 27th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Earlier this year, we announced our first official Disney Parks mobile application – Mobile Magic. Now, we’re sharing details and screen shots.

You’ll recall that Mobile Magic is bringing attraction wait times, FASTPASS return times, extensive information on character locations and more for Walt Disney World and Disneyland theme parks to your Verizon Wireless phone. Development work has been ongoing but the team recently offered a walkthrough of the app and it’s looking great.
Disney Parks Mobile Magic

Attraction wait times on your Verizon Wireless device will be unique. There’s been an investment in the backend infrastructure to support Mobile Magic and offer actual wait times based directly on Disney Parks information.

As for FASTPASS, you’ll be able to check if it’s still available for specific attractions. And if FASTPASS is available, the app will deliver information about the next return time. So, if you can still get a FASTPASS, the application will show, for example: FP: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Also, mobile maps are GPS-enabled. While wandering the parks, your location will be indicated by a white circle. Then it’s simple to scroll through content and find it on the map via a “getting there” option. The map zooms out and allows you to see your location and exactly where the character greeting or restaurant can be located.
Disney Parks Mobile Magic

It’s important to note that actual wait times, FASTPASS return times and detailed character appearances are only available in the park you are in. When you’re out of the park or on the soon-to-be-launched mobile Web site, you’ll see scaled-down wait time descriptions (now – moderate – high demand) FASTPASS availability (yes – limited availability – not available) and the list of character appearances will be limited.

If you are not a Verizon Wireless subscriber, you can still use your mobile phone to access select information via text and on the Disney Parks Mobile Web site. It’s just better from our friends at Verizon Wireless.

There’s more to this offering but we wanted to share these screen grabs and let you know that the app is coming soon. So, how’s it looking?

Of course, there are some official details you should know about: The downloadable Mobile Magic application for Verizon Wireless subscribers is available for purchase. Message and data rates also may apply. Coverage not available everywhere. Availability subject to handset limitations. If you’re under 18, get your parent’s permission first.

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