New Update to iOS My Disney Experience Includes Touch ID

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There has been a new version release of the ‘My Disney Experience’ app which includes Touch ID login on iOS devices.

Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition system available on iPhone 5s and newer, lets users login to apps without the need to enter passwords.

The new 2.10 version also includes bug fixes and enchained overall app performance. The update is available now to iOS devices.

My Disney Experience is a suite of apps and websites that allows guests to manage every aspect of their Walt Disney World vacation.

New Disney Side App Transforms You into Disney Parks Characters

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Disney’s newest app, Show Your Disney Side, is now available for download and we think it’s going to be one of your favorites. The app brings your Disney Side – that side of you that comes out to play the moment you step through the gates at Disney Parks – to life like never before, transforming you into characters from our most popular park attractions and experiences.

With the Show Your Disney Side app, you can become an X-Wing Pilot from the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction, a swashbuckler from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, a princess from “Frozen” and even a favorite Disney villain, Maleficent. And If you visit Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort, you can unlock special Haunted Mansion characters like the Hitchhiking Ghost and Madame Leota. It’s also possible to unlock these special characters by sharing three creations on Facebook or Twitter.

Once you download the app from the Apple iTunes store, facial mapping technology transforms you into a 3D moving character. To begin, the first step is to snap a selfie or have someone take a photo of your face. Here are a few tips:

  • Smile big – but without your teeth showing.
  • Make sure your hair isn’t blocking your face.
  • Try to take your photo in front of a plain background.

You can personalize your Disney Side character with different costumes and frames. Then, by tapping or swiping the screen, your Disney Side will come to life with special effects, unique for each character. To share your creation, simply press the share button on the app and pick your favorite social network.

The app was created by TYFFON, an entertainment app developer and one of the participants of the 2014 Disney Accelerator, a highly selective, immersive mentorship and investment program for technology-enabled startups in the media and entertainment space.

Show Your Disney Side is now available for free on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPod touch at http://DisneySideApp.com.

Walt Disney World to Begin Accepting Apple Pay on Wednesday

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Walt Disney World has been listed on the official webpage of Apple Pay as one of the locations that are expected to begin supporting Apple’s mobile payment platform since its launch in October. That is about to change.  Walt Disney World is scheduled to begin accepting Apple Pay on Wednesday, December 24th.

Guests will now be able to tap to pay using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at the resort. At this time most stores, quick service restaurants, bars and ticket sales booths will be included.  Disney has stated that nny locations that use portable payment terminals, such as table service restaurants, will be added later.

In addition to Apple Pay, other contactless payment methods, including Google Wallet and RFID-enabled credit cards, will be supported by Walt Disney World through its MyMagic+ technology, which it rolled out last year.

Apple Pay is already supported in the brick-and-mortar locations and the official iOS app of Disney Store, Disney’s specialty store chain.

The Disneyland Resort, which is located in Anaheim, California, is also expected to begin accepting Apple Pay in 2015.

Disney Store Installing NFC Readers Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch

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Disney is rumored to be in the process of installing NFC-reading payment systems in its Disney Stores ahead of Tuesday’s iPhone 6 launch.

It has been reported that Apple’s iPhone 6 will feature NFC technology when it’s unveiled on September 9th. This technology will permit Apple to enter the mobile payment race.

While it is not known for sure whether this is true for another day or so, an interesting report emerged from 9to5Mac over the weekend.

Apparently, Disney is in the process of fitting out its entire chain of retail stores with NFC payment equipment.

The fact that this comes mere days ahead of the iPhone 6 launch could be a mere coincidence, or that Disney responding to widespread tittle-tattle concerning the next iPhone’s capabilities.

It’s highly likely that Disney knows something that we don’t. The company has close and historic ties with Apple, with CEO Bob Iger sitting on the Apple board.

There are also reports that McDonalds has also begun fitting out some of its restaurants with NFC equipment, and an Apple push into mobile payments looks nailed on – if it didn’t already.

Interestingly, the report also claims that Apple is in the process of upgrading its in-store iBeacon technology, which enables company employees to pinpoint customers within their stores. These new models will be even more accurate, which will apparently be useful in securely accepting mobile payments.

My Disney Experience App on iOS Updated

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The iOS version of the My Disney Experience app has just been updated to version 2.2 and is now available via the Apple App Store. The update is available for both iPhone, iPod and iPad.

Improvements include:

  • Significantly improved the app’s launch time and overall performance
  • Included refresh capabilities to auto-update restaurants, shows, attractions and FastPass+ experiences
  • Fixed bugs affecting Character Dining search results
  • Corrected the camera orientation and font sizes for iPad
  • Enabled scrolling on the FastPass+ landing screen for devices with 3.5″ display