Make Disneyland dining reservations online starting Oct. 3

blue-bayou-restaurant-00Starting October 3, guests will be able to reserve dining options at Disneyland using the same online system used at Walt Disney World.

The new service will allow guests to make reservations at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney and hotels at the Disneyland Resort.

Guests will also be required to provide a credit card when making a reservation at table-service restaurants. A $10 fee per person will be applied to guests who do not show up if the reservation is not canceled at least 24 hours in advance.

When the new online booking option launches next month, the dine@disneyland.com email reservation service will no longer be offered. You can still make reservations over the phone by calling 714-781-DINE.

Beginning Oct. 3, you can visit disneyland.go.com/dining to make reservations.

More resorts will test MyMagic+ in October

Untitled-9Disney has expanded MyMagic+ testing for October, with several more resorts now involved in the test, according to an e-mail sent to travel agents.

MyMagic+ is a personalized vacation planner for Walt Disney World Resort featuring online and mobile tools like My Disney Experience. The program includes FastPass+ and MagicBands. Here are more posts about MyMagic+, MagicBands and FastPass+.

The current round of testing will run through October 31. Testing will likely extend into November, but it’s also possible Disney could announce a full rollout sometime in the next few weeks.

Most guests staying at these resorts are included in the test.  If you’re staying at one of these resorts and you have yet to receive an invitation from Disney, you can try going to MyDisneyExperience.com and entering your resort reservation number. If you have been invited (but not yet notified), you should be able to make FastPass+ selections and customize your MagicBands.

The following resorts are participating in MyMagic+ testing today through Oct. 31:

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Disney releases ‘Where’s My Water? 2’ – and it’s “free”

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On Thursday, Disney released Where’s My Water? 2, a follow-up to their incredibly successful Where’s My Water? mobile game released in 2011.

New features include 100+ levels, “Challenge Modes,” “Duck Rush” levels and three new locations including the “Sewer,” the “Soap Factory” and the “Beach.”

The app also features improved graphics, better animations and sleeker transitions between levels. The sequel is a huge visual improvement over the original.

When it comes to gameplay, Where’s My Water? 2 uses energy as opposed to lives. No matter how skilled you are helping Swampy find the water, you will eventually run out of time. You can purchase energy boosts for as little as $.99 or extend your energy bar permanently for $17.99. Sounds a lot like Candy Crush, huh?

The “free” app is available now in the iOS app store and will be available soon for Windows Phone and in the Windows store.

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Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Second Screen iPad app is a terrible idea

UntitleddThis week, Disney introduced a new “Second Screen Live” iPad app that coincides with the re-release of “The Little Mermaid” on September 20th.

Moviegoers can use the iPad app to “interact with the film, play games, sing along, find new surprises, and compete with the audience.”

Disney writes: “Bring your iPad to the movie theater and experience special event screenings of “The Little Mermaid” on the big screen like never before! It’s “Disney Second Screen Live: The Little Mermaid,” where you become part of the story.”

UntitledThe test will premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in LA on the 15th and expand to select theaters on the 20th.

My take:

This is a terrible idea. Terrible. Just… terrible.

While I understand the only people that would be interested in using this technology would be young children and parents watching a re-released film, I really hope the test fails. The video released by Disney shows children holding their iPad in the air while the movie is playing. I can’t imagine this becoming the norm. Someone texting on their phone in the theater can ruin the experience of going to the movies. Can you imagine several people on iPads? Ahhh!

With this second screen app, Disney is certainly hoping to create an “experience” with re-released films. With 3D popularity waning, Kudos to Disney for trying new things. However, I don’t think this is the way to convince people to pay $10 to see a re-release. The second screen experience should be saved for home, just like the 3D experience should be saved for theaters. I will say I’m hopeful for this technology and other possible uses of second screen apps and experiences – but not in the theater.

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