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Do you look forward to more of Disney’s next generation advances like “MyMagic+”?

Tom Staggs, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman, wrote about MyMagic+ today on the Disney Parks blog:

“A major component of MyMagic+ is the new My Disney Experience website and mobile app, which gives guests planning their trip the latest information on all Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. We know that some people like to plan every aspect of their Disney vacation in advance while others like to plan very little, letting their day unfold spontaneously.”

“No matter where guests fall in that spectrum, My Disney Experience gives them the flexibility to plan as much or as little as they’d like to create the exact Disney experience they want. They can book dining and other experiences and reserve times for their favorite attractions, shows and more through an enhanced FastPass system, FastPass+. Once they arrive, they can use their smart phones to spontaneously change their plans in the moment, exploring our parks at their own pace and getting the most out of their visit.”


“Disney unveils ‘MyMagic+,’ the centerpiece of its sweeping NextGen technology project” – Orlando Sentinel

“At Disney Parks, a Bracelet Meant to Build Loyalty (and Sales)” – New York Times

One bracelet to rule them all! ^_^ My preciousssss…

If you’ve ever read “Down & Out in the Magic Kingdom”, it seems we’re on our way to what Cory Doctorow wrote as science fiction years ago.


Here’s a thought: Guys! Guys! MyMagic+ can be abbreviated to MM+! (MickeyMouse) (MinnieMouse)

What are your thoughts on NextGen and MyMagic+ — leave a reply below or follow me (DisneyEcho) on Twitter and leave a comment there!

The Land of Disney


This is a parody of adventure movie trailers. It was shot on iPhone at Disneyland in Anaheim, California and edited in iMovie. Enjoy it on YouTube or in higher quality on Vimeo.

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Testing out WordPress for iOS version 2.8


If this works as expected, the new WordPress iPhone app will make it much easier to post quickly and easily to blogs. For example, I’m now trying out a brand-new feature called Quick Photo. It’s the first action-centric feature to be added — and so far it is for iPhone only .

The next time I’m at a Disney theme park I can see myself using Quick Photo whenever I’ll see something I want to show on this blog quickly. After opening the WordPress app I don’t have to choose which of my blogs I want to post to… just press the big button at the bottom of my list of blogs and, as the name implies, the camera is quickly launched so I can instantly take a picture then post it in a jiffy. A title and/or a description can be added (like I’ve done here, with this test photo of my MacBook screen showing an article about the latest version of the WordPres app) and then BOOM, it gets published and appears on the blog in almost realtime.

For more details about this big update to the WordPress for iOS app, including more information about Quick Photo plus the new Stats and Localization features, take a look here.

So far I love it!

I was on national radio!


I was just on @LeoLaporte’s The Tech Guy radio show and podcast episode 763 following Dick DeBartolo @TheGizWiz ‘s segment!

I gave plugs to, and that I’m on twitter as @DisneyEcho — plus talked about the file on iPhone that keeps track of your locations.

I commented that I wasn’t concerned about it keeping track of places I’ve been to. What concerns me is what a waste of space that file becomes after years and years of use — since it keeps getting added on to.

The file started with your very first iPhone and gets transferred to your newer iPhones through iTunes.

I hope Apple fixes this bug and changes it to use a much smaller file that only keeps your recent location, removing all the old location data.

I’m also wondering if this location file is kept on the iPad 3G like it is on the iPhone.

UPDATE: Sat., 4/23 podcast of @LeoLaporte’s The Tech Guy radio show I was on will be on iTunes on Monday, May 2nd — my birthday!

UPDATE: An iOS update made a change to this. Now the data is only kept for a week. Thanks, Apple!

Tripping over both bells and whistles

Tripping over both bells and whistles.

I recommend this article. Thumbs up!

Star Wars Weekends 2011


Star Wars Weekends 2011 will be held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 20-June 12.

A complete and more detailed Star Wars Weekends celebrity lineup will be announced soon, but here are two fan-favorites returning for 2011:

Anthony Daniels, known worldwide for his portrayal of everyone’s favorite protocol droid, C-3PO, will return this year for Weekend 1 (May 20-22) and Weekend 2 (May 27-29).

Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will appear each weekend this year as Celebrity Host of a behind-the-scenes talk show entitled “Clone Wars: Behind the Force.” Ashley is no stranger to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Ashley, who grew up in central Florida, had one of her first show-business roles as a parade performer at the theme park.

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2010 in Review: Your Disney Echo Blog Faves

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 50 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1929 posts. There were 137 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 24mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 28th with 207 views. The most popular post that day was Disney Tangled: Spoilers.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for princess and the frog, tangled, the princess and the frog, tangled disney, and mahalia jackson theatre.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Disney Tangled: Spoilers November 2010
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“Down in New Orleans” song begins Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” May 2008


Titanic Ghost Tour April 2009


Lego Store at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney July 2008


Disney’s “Dreams Come True” art exhibit in New Orleans November 2009

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Disney Cruise Line – Castaway Cay

Disney Cruise Line – Castaway Cay.

I edited this video on iPhone 4 using iMovie for iPhone, then uploaded it to YouTube in HD directly from iPhone via Pixelpipe.

Notice the small emoji (picture characters or emoticons used in Japanese text messages) stars in the opening and closing titles. This is only possible when editing in iMovie directly on iPhone rather than on the Mac version of iMovie.

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The display on this page is set up to show the posts in reverse chronological order of when they were posted originally, so if you want to read the reports from the beginning, go to the last post on the last page and work forward. The first entry about the Koster family's July 2008 Disneyland trip can be found by clicking here and the first entry about their Easter 2008 Disneyland trip can be found by selecting this link.

That link goes to the very first travel-related article on this website: Welcome to our Trip Report.

The entry made after that first one is found after clicking the link named "Our Vacation Plans At-A-Glance" and that link is found above and below the first entry.

The third entry is similarly found after clicking the link above and below the second one, where the link is named "Packing Up"

One can read all the travel-related entries in the order they were posted by going to the next entry and the next entry the same way. Otherwise, this website defaults to displaying the most-recently-posted entries followed by older entries below it on the page as well as on the pages after it.

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FTC-Mandated Disclosure: As of December 2009, bloggers are required by the Federal Trade Commission to disclose payments and freebies. Unless otherwise noted, Rich Koster did not receive any payments, free items, or free services from any of the parties discussed in these articles. He pays for his own admission to theme parks and their associated events, unless otherwise explicitly noted.

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