Buzz Lightyear launches onto mobile with new game

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Disney Mobile Games’ newest game for iOS and Android, Toy Story: Smash It!, is now available in the App Store and Google Play for 99 cents.

The 3D physics puzzler game is based on the Toy Story franchise. Players can control Buzz Lightyear as he throws balls to knock aliens off of blocks. The ultimate goal? To foil Emperor Zurg’s plans, obviously:

“Toy Story: Smash it!” is an all-new, 3D physics-based puzzle game featuring your favorite “Toy Story” characters! Embark on new adventures with the Toys through hilarious encounters in outer space, alien chases in the Wild West, and more! With 60 levels of nonstop puzzle play, this game will provide hours of explosive and thrilling fun!

This is the first major release by Disney Mobile since December, a successful month for the company.

REVIEW:

If the game sounds similar to Angry Birds and Little Big Planet, it is. However, the game is quite fun and the graphics are impressive.

In the game, players blast bricks, bounce balls and use all of Andy’s familiar toys while working through four episodes that contain 60 levels. The physics in the game is the most entertaining part of the challenges. Different materials used as projectiles have different effects during gameplay.

As the game progresses, players unlock unlock new projectiles and powerups to interact with other characters from the Toy Story franchise.

After playing around with the game, I definitely think it’s worth 99 cents. I’m still waiting for Disney to launch a series of mobile apps that guests will download and play while waiting in line for an attraction. This game certainly seems like a step in that direction.

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Disney improves in-room WiFi, park WiFi still meh

According to a report from WDWMAGIC, Disney has improved in-room WiFi service at all resort hotels. Here’s a snippet from the article.

“Apparently some issues with dropped connections had been identified and the system update addresses that with the hope of delivering better internet performance to the rooms.”

So, obviously this is good news. However, while we’re on the topic: I was underwhelmed by the WiFi service at the Magic Kingdom while at WDW back in January.

While I saw decent up/down numbers (averaging 2-3 Mpbs down), the inconsistency and dropped connections bugged me during our trip.

The biggest frustration was in Fantasyland and New Fantasyland. I eventually had to turn off my WiFi signal because I was noticing the signal dropping so frequently. Also, I had to “opt in” to Disney’s terms and conditions 4-5 times in a single day. Not cool.

While I admit I didn’t mess around with my settings a lot, it certainly was not as user friendly as I hoped. Maybe the recent improvements to in-room WiFi can soon be expanded to the parks.

TL;DR = Improved in-room WiFi? Win, fail or meh? Win. Magic Kingdom WiFi? Win, fail or meh? Meh. (RIP Betamouse)

Anyone else have a similar experience? Or was it just me?

Video recap of Disney Parks Blog ‘Oz’ meetup

The Disney Parks Blog team invited select readers to Epcot on Sunday for special screening of “Oz the Great and Powerful.” The blog team posted the recap on Monday.

While movie reviews were mixed, it seemed everyone that attended the event enjoyed the meetup.

Keep a close eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information about future meetups.