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Disney Icons come to Playdom Social City

That didn’t take long. Disney has started to spread its iconic designs into the world of Social City (http://www.facebook.com/SocialCity), one of the Facebook games that came with its recent purchase of Playdom Games. Players will now find some of their favorite Disney rides and attractions in Social City’s raffle and can add these buildings to their city. Fans can look forward to seeing some of Disney’s most beloved rides and attractions, including “The Matterhorn Bobsleds”, “Space Mountain” and the “Mad Tea Party”. Players who collect all seven Disney themed prizes from the raffle will be awarded the grand prize, “Cinderella’s Castle”.

I’ve logged onto Social City and played a bit. It’s no replacement for Disney’s Virtual Magic Kingdom (VMK). As you can see the artwork, I’ve included more below the jump, similar to VMK, which is cute. You’ll want to play for a while and get some friends playing too before actually installing any of the buildings. Game play is similar to Farmville and related games, with Playdom making money when you buy in-game cash or participate in marketing type surveys and such. YMMV. Of course, that level of sinister is exactly why Playdom was so attractive to Disney.

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Disney might acquire Social Gaming company Playdom

Disney has made a big investment in Massively MultiPlayer Role Playing Games (MMRPGs) over the last 10 years or so. VMK, Pirates, Cars, Pixie Hollow, and Toontown have all be successes on various levels. It certainly made sense at the time as that was the… Read More »Disney might acquire Social Gaming company Playdom

Retro Disney: Amiga – Disney Animation Studio (1990)

Check out the Computer Chronicles archive video from 1990 with Sam Palahnuk from Disney Software demoing the “Disney Animation Studio” for the Amiga. How cool was that. I wonder how many of today’s animators got their start with this software.

ToonTown Grand Prix Weekend

Everybody at home knows that I general don’t move from the couch this weekends as three of the biggest races in NASCAR, Formula 1, and Indy Cars all occur at the same time. It’s been my dream to visit Indianapolis or Monaco for those races. That dream may be out of reach for now, but I can visit the Toontown Online version during its Grand Prix Weekend.

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Disney Online will host the Grand Prix Weekend (GPW) over the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend, during which players will race in up to four (4) Grand Prix circuits and Disney Online will award the top four (4) fastest players in each circuit, per day. This will result in a minimum of 16 winners per day (64 over the four-day weekend) with the potential for ties.

All players can, and are welcome to participate. This means that Free players will have all of Goofy Speedway/karting unlocked for this four-day weekend. They can kart as much as they like, and their ability to race is not tied to this event.

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Also, Goofy will be supporting the event with updated chatter. Starting this week, his chatter will be centered on “fixing” the leaderboard that was broken during April Toons’ Week, and preparing players for the event. Then, during the week of the event, his chatter will be about the fixed leaderboard and the event.

I don’t post about Disney’s MMOs much because, frankly, the chatter has dropped way down since they canceled VMK. Anyone out there an active player?

Three more screenshots below the cut:

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Disney Urges Kids to Make Green Choices

Beginning tomorrow the Walt Disney Company will launch “Disney’s Friends fro Change: Planet Green” a new multiplatform environmental initiative across the Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney and Disney.com featuring a star-studded lineup of Disney’s young talent pledging environmental stewardship and encouraging other kids to… Read More »Disney Urges Kids to Make Green Choices

Official D23 Website is live

Moments after Bob Iger announced D23 at the Stockholders meeting the official website went live. Lots of details to explore. A look inside the ‘Disney Twenty-Three” magazine, access to the Walt Disney Archives and plenty more. Previously: D23 Membership Cost and Details.