Incredible life-size WALL-E robot will make you smile

Untisdtled-1WALL-E is one of my all-time favorite movies. The beloved robot was originally created by Pixar, but Mike McMaster has spent several years creating an incredible life-size WALL-E robot.

The folks over at Tested.com recently featured Mike and his WALL-E. The robot moves just like WALL-E in the movie and even features a solar charge panel, sound effects from the movie and WALL-E’s best friend (or best cockroach) Hal. For more information about the WALL-E builders club, visit wallebuilders.com

I have posted several videos of WALL-E in action. The first one is the feature from Tested.com. The embedded video starts at 6:00 because this is when Mike really shows off WALL-E’s best moves, but you should watch the whole thing.

WALL-E in action at WonderCon 2012.

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How to make FastPass+ reservations online (photo walk-through)

Evan Young posted a MagicBand unboxing and walkthrough video on YouTube that shows how guests will book FastPass+ attractions at MyDisneyExperience.com. Guests will also be able to reserve FastPass+ times, make dining reservations and more using the website and the MyDisneyExperience app.

Credit: Evan Young (YouTube)

Credit: Evan Young (YouTube)

To make FastPass+ selections, you must visit MyDisneyExperience.com or use the MyDisneyExperience app.

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Credit: Evan Young (YouTube)

Once there, you click on “My Disney Experience” and click “FastPass+”

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Credit: Evan Young (YouTube)

You will click the calendar and select the days of your vacation. To select a day, you click on “Select” and a green check will appear. Then, click “next.”

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Credit: Evan Young (YouTube)

The next page will let you “Select/Replace” or “Change” existing FastPass+ reservations. To make an initial selection, click on “Select or Replace.”

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Credit: Evan Young (YouTube)

You can select up to 3 experiences at each theme park. You can only make FastPass+ reservations at one theme park per day. To make an attraction selection, you will select the check mark next to the desired attraction. Then, click next and confirm your selections.

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Credit: Evan Young (YouTube)

Once you have made your selections, you can go to “My Itinerary” and view your selections. On the next screen, you will pick from multiple arrival times. Notice Fantasmic is on the sample schedule at 8:30 p.m., but this is NOT a reservation.  You could choose to select Fantasmic! as a FastPass+ attraction, but you would have to remove one of the other three selected attractions. Showtimes, dining reservations and other daily events will show up in your daily itinerary.

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Credit: Evan Young (YouTube)

Here’s a sample itinerary for Magic Kingdom. Notice, the user selected Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain as his three attractions. He was given a 4th “bonus” FastPass+ attraction at Pirates of the Caribbean. These “bonus” attractions are designed to help with crowd flow and to give the guest an attraction to visit during the downtime between attractions. Also notice the attractions make sense in terms of location within the park. The guest will not have to backtrack to experience an attraction.

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Credit: Evan Young (YouTube)

You can also view your MagicBands and cards. This is where you will customize your MagicBand.

vlcsnap-2013-07-24-09h38m33s19You can also view dining, resort and ticket information on the website.

For more about the MagicBands, FastPass+ and MyMagic+ check out the FAQ.

Here’s Evan Young‘s review he sent over about his MagicBand experience (so far):

I booked my vacation through Southwest Airlines and called Disney to link my reservation so I could check in online, etc. However, when I checked back after the Cast Member linked it, I had access to the new My Disney Experience website, and upon further searching, found a page to customize the MagicBands. I was surprised as I thought Disney wouldn’t be rolling them out until later in the year. After customizing the Bands, I went to book our FastPass+’es. We could pick from a list of three attractions (yes, you can book the three mountains at once) and you’re presented with 3 or 4 different schedules to choose from. You can book things you never could before, such as shows and fireworks. You can also manage dining reservations on the website, and everything you have booked for the day appears on the “My Itinerary” tab. Overall, My Disney Experience is a well-thought-out and easy-to-use website.

I received the package on Tuesday- the previous Friday was the last day of customization. After opening up the brown box, inside is the box seen in the video. It is designed very nicely, and when opening, you get that “Wow, Disney truly is magic” feeling. The fact that names are in the packaging as well as on the bands is very cool. Inside the box, everything you need to know is listed out- what the bands are used for, My DIsney Experience website, and more. I definitely can’t wait to check the new MagicBands out at Walt Disney World next month.

Unboxing Disney’s MagicBand – what to expect (photos and video)

1ffa41f2f3ca11e2a35d22000aaa05f7_7TheSocialMouse readers Maryann Izzarelli and Brian Skinner were both recently chosen to participate in a MagicBand test next month. Brian posted several photos of the unboxing on his website and explained how he received notification he was chosen for the test.

Maryann and Brian will be writing up a full review after they return from their trips. Look for the posts sometime next month.

Here’s Brian’s unboxing review:

“I received a email with instructions on how to log on to the site and customize my band as well as link my Resort reservation. You can customize your band with your name and various colors. The main part of every band is grey and you can choose from red, blue, green, orange, yellow, and pink as well as your name that will be printed inside.

I did this late on a Sunday evening and the band arrived around noon today. It is shipped in a plain brown box with a return address that gives no indication as to what is inside.”

Inside you will find your MagicBand as well as instructions on wearing and how to resize it for smaller guests. On the outside of the band is simply a Mickey logo and the inside has your printed name as well as some identification numbers which I removed in the photos.”

Attractions Magazine posted this unboxing video last month that also shows how MagicBand accessories will attach to the band:

AT&T to become official wireless provider for Disney Parks, promises improved coverage

Untitled-3AT&T and Disney Parks announced on Tuesday an agreement that will make AT&T the official wireless provider for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

AT&T will enhance its network across the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort using several technologies, including more than 25 new distributed antenna systems that will increase wireless capacity in areas with high mobile traffic, 350 small cells to extend network connectivity, 10 cell sites that will provide wide-ranging mobile services and more than 40 repeaters to provide better wireless coverage for both guests and Cast Members. The company will also add free Wi-Fi hotspots, which will be available to AT&T customers.

AT&T will also be the exclusive wireless provider for new mobile devices as part of Cast Member’s interaction with park guests.

Through the agreement, AT&T will have various marketing and branding opportunities, including sponsoring Disney-created soccer and runDisney events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

So what does it mean?

This is great news if you’re an AT&T customer, but sadly means nothing for customers using other carriers. The network upgrade and the small cell deployments will only improve coverage for AT&T customers. Don’t expect AT&T to allow other carriers to use the network for roaming. And for the purists – the footprint for the access points is expected to be minimal.

USB outlets added to Tangled area at Magic Kingdom

Charging station before USB upgrade (Photo credit: Zannaland.com)

Charging station before USB upgrade (Photo credit: Zannaland.com)

When you’re in a theme park all day, I think we can all agree the small things matter. And this one matters.

Disney has upgraded the charging stations in the Tangled rest area in Fantasyland to include USB charging.

When the Tangled restroom area opened back in March, charging stations (disguised as logs) were part of what is called a “D-Zone” charging area – a first for the Magic Kingdom.

Charging station after USB upgrade (Photo credit: WDWMAGIC.com)

Charging station after USB upgrade (Photo credit: WDWMAGIC.com)

It has been rumored that USB charging would be added at some point, and WDWMAGIC confirmed this week the charging stations have been upgraded to include USB charging.

There are 6 charging stations in the themed area.