John grew up in South Mississippi, left for the military life for a few years, then decided to return home to driving distance from Walt Disney World, where he and his wife leave their hearts at least once a year (until the move to Celebration can be made, anyway). A former specialist in nuclear weapons, current specialist in web development, and aficionado of hot-air balloons, Harleys, multiplayer online game development, and the trombone, John keeps all things Disney close to his heart and always in mind no matter the situation. Just ask his Harley friends about the Disney World sweatshirt and Mickey watch he wears on the road….
At the recent E3 2011 Expo, Microsoft confirmed the upcoming release of Disneyland Adventures, an Xbox 360 + Kinect title that meticulously recreates the Disneyland Park experience in your own living room. Now I have to go buy an Xbox 360 + Kinect….
As the preview beautifully demonstrates, the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim has been painstakingly rendered in a game that allows you to explore the park itself, meet (and cuddle) various beloved Disney characters, play a number of mini-games, and generally find a remarkably Disney-esque experience in the convenience (and affordability) of your home.
The game is currently under development by Frontier Developments, who is also responsible for the Kinectimals title. The motion control aspects of the game (without controllers of any kind, of course) are what make it particularly exciting for kids and kids at heart.
Last week, the Disney Parks blog shared a behind-the-scenes look from Walt Disney Imagineering at the latest upgrades to the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World, and those upgrades are certainly exciting!
Following a revamp of the Haunted Mansion’s queue featuring interactive elements to entertain guests, the hitchhiking ghosts, as our own JL lamented, appeared to be receiving a makeover (her lamentation was due to a rather cheesy replacement animation while work progressed). Speculations have been proven true as WDI’s project engineers show in the short but fun video displayed here.
Welcome again, neurotic friends o’ mine, to the DDL technology corner. I’m hard at work on yet another hare-brained business/tech idea, and so, between obsessive coding sessions, I decided I’d share a personal goal of mine, as it’s closely related to both Disney and technology.
I am a web programmer by trade. I began learning to program computers at the age of 12, and then earned a degree in Computer Science. I began developing professionally during college and do so full time today. I also love video games, so I focused a lot of my learning and “fun projects” on building games.
As I began writing this article on the road I thought, “What better topic for today than keeping the Disney brand front and center with mobile technology?” Having decided, then, let’s talk about a few tips and tricks for how to do just that. Some of these may be painfully obvious, but I hope I can help at least one or two of you fine neurotic Disney folk find a little extra magic between trips to the property.
As anyone with a “smart phone” can tell you, these things might as well be called computers-that-call-people. What this means is that we have access to a world of mobile Pixie Dust options on a range of phone models, from basic to NASA-certified.