‘Play Disney Parks’ app debuts at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. The new app will let guests access games, music, Disney trivia and more, creating an even more immersive Disney parks experience.
The new digital entertainment offering is making its official debut on June 30th at both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.
The Play Disney Parks app has been developed in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering. It is aimed at guests of all ages and will allow them to access a wide range of activities, while they are enjoying the parks.
Group play options let families and guests join in the fun together, while not detracting from the full immersive Disney experience. The app is free to download and is available for both iOS and Android platforms.
“Play Disney Parks represents the next step in how we use innovative digital technology to enhance the guest experience in our parks,” says Vivek Sharma, Senior Vice President of Digital Guest Experience and eCommerce for Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “The app is designed to help guests immerse themselves in the Disney stories they know and love in a whole new way.”
Easing the pain of the queue with gaming
Early reports revealed that a large element of the app focuses on queue time. Queueing for popular rides is an inevitable part of a theme park visit so the app includes a set of in-queue games that let visitors interact with their surroundings.
Experiences and quests have been built into the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort and the two theme parks at Disneyland ResortSo guests could unlock happy thoughts with Tinker Bell before setting sail on Peter Pan’s Flight, play mini-games with the Toy Story gang or test themselves with galactic training missions while waiting to board Space Mountain. Many games have been designed to work alongside the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the reimaged Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure.
Achievements, trivia and classic Disney sounds
The app has a wide range of other features:
- Themed achievements. Visitors with a Disney account (available to guests 13 and over) can earn themed achievements, and be rewarded for experiences both in the app and across the Disney parks. They can fill their ‘Playfile’ with their achievements.
- Curated playlists. Before, during or after their visit, visitors can access Apple Music within the app to listen to curated playlists inspired by favourite lands, attractions and characters.
- Disney trivia. Guests can band together to test their Disney knowledge and discover fun facts.
Latest in a series of apps
Play Disney Parks is the latest in a series of Disney Parks’ digital apps. The new app is designed to complement the highly popular My Disney Experience app at Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland App at Disneyland Resort. The previous apps help guests plan visits, accessing information such as attraction wait times and park hours and allowing them to order food.