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Old 06-18-2013, 05:15 AM   #76
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Hologram's Hello
As cool and fundamental as animatronics are to the immersive Disney park experience, they would not fit very well into a Tron: Infinity VR attraction. But holograms would. If the Oculus Rift goggles were themed to transmit a guest's consciousness into the virtual world of Refactored Grid B, how might an artificially intelligent program transmit itself to the real world? It would do so as a hologram. That would be another distinction from the original Grid. Since a Disney guest's body is not transported to the RGB, a program can't materialize in the real world either. The Disney Imagineering advances in holographic technology could provide some great theming for the pre-show to this VR experience, whether a full figure image was possible, or if there were a series of images on large screens. Actor availability for voiceovers would be another part of the logistics, but having both CLU and Tron would be great. They are the most recognizable characters to the Tron universe (and coincidentally the most recognizable actors as well). Ideally the main "narrator" of the pre-show story would be Beck (and yet another recognizable actor), with a little help from one or two new Bits for comic relief (they could be named "Save & a Haircut ). "Hello World" would be a fun initial greeting from his hologram, given its common use by young programmers learning a new computer language - especially given that this program presumably created its own holographic interface. He could explain the refactoring of the Grid, the nature of the Persona chairs, the goal to help the RGB programs to learn in this collaboration between humans & programs. There could be some fun Disney Infinity references, maybe even describing much of the RGB as middleware, where the software imagineers left much of the end-user applications to innovative young programmers . Beck could describe the three color choices, claiming that there is no Occupation in the RGB. At various points he could double-check with the bits and they could respond with their synchronized Yes/No answers (flashing a prickly red to the Occupation question, to Beck's bewilderment). Whether or not CLU and Tron holograms are on hand, whether or not they are purported to "live" in the RGB, Beck could mention both in encouraging guests' competitiveness in the games. Although their bodies remain in the real world, such that they certainly couldn't stay there (could they?), he could whimsically ask, "Who will be the next Tron?" "Who will be the next CLU?" Then of course as the cut scenes between games unfold, it is made clear that ISO/Red Pete means to repurpose them all, trapping them within the RGB (logical error in an earlier post - since RGB derez merely causes a programmatic refresh, Pete's plot to repurpose makes more sense - to completely erase all unpredictability, their human will, from their digitized consciousness). Guests can read between the lines as to what "trapped forever in the RGB" means with respect to their bodies sitting in the Persona chairs. With regard to the VR cut scenes, it would be cool to have the same Grid voice for the RGB, and there needs to be a Recognizer of course. If the guests were captured by General Tesler's soldiers for example, the transition to the next game could have everyone jumping out of a Recognizer and using Wing Chutes to glide into the next arena. Another fun aspect to this virtual world anchored at Epcot would be to reference some of Epcot's other attractions - making a Soarin' comment with the wing chutes, a Test Track comment with the Light Cycle racing, and even a Mission: Space comment as the guests are launched to the last available I/O portal with help of ISO Mickey & friends. This would be a really great addition to Epcot, and would not only promote the Disney Infinity platform... it might reboot the Tron: Uprising series .
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:15 PM   #77
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Crossover Correction
Back in early March, I suggested the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as the Play Set for Mickey Mouse & friends. There's yet another brainstorm blog blunder (but hey, nobody's perfect ). Pirate Mickey in a Clubhouse? Nope. Goofy Space Ranger? Nope. Incredible Minnie? Nope. Stitch Yoda? Tron Chip? Duck Thing? Nope. Nope. Nope. They just don't fit in that Clubhouse. They fit in the respective Play Set for which they have the gear. Whether it's through a tradable Mouse Gear Power Disc or a specifically themed figure, it's all about the gear. Mickey & friends would be the opposite of Figment & the Dreamfinder. The latter two belong to no Play Set while the former could hypothetically belong to all of them. They are the ultimate park exclusives. None of them are necessary for a Play Set, while everyone will want them. They will have their own unique set of quests like the other Disney Infinity figures, and although they haven't appeared in any of the corresponding movies, they still all fit. Side-note: Ludwig's lectures would still be possible in the Toy Box if 2D boards & fonts could be unlocked from Play Sets. Themed Mickey & friends might even trigger Play Set sales where park guests like the Mickey versions more than the original movie characters. This collectible-on-collectible notion would even apply to blind packs of Disney Infinity playing cards. If you get a rare Cowboy Mickey playing card, you might go purchase the Lone Ranger deck if you didn't have it already. Smaller profit scale, similar fun. Then if you play enough card games with those cards, you're going to want to purchase the corresponding Play Set, if not the same characters. Or you just buy them all at once because you already know that this gaming platform is truly a unique, immersive, Disney experience, just like the parks .

Disney Infinity Treasure Map
Back in the very first post (feeling nostalgic), I suggested a scavenger hunt in the parks for the various Disney collectibles. With the Disney Infinity team adding more villains to the mix, this could include an only-villains category to the Villains in Vogue shop at Hollywood Studios. Similarly, all "queens & princesses" could be found at the Fantasyland expansion. Tron characters could be found at the new Tron: Infinity attraction. Phineas & Ferb could be found at the Infinity Imagineers Academy. Wreck-It Ralph characters could be found at DisneyQuest. Having a bunch of themed Mickey & friends figures in their respective locations would make the scavenger hunt that much more fun. Maybe the playing card suits would match to the souvenir shops too. The themed Magic Cabinets would allow you to try out these park-exclusive characters too. That first post back in January mentioned having pirates at the Magic Kingdom's Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. I'd definitely be looking for the Goofy Pirate there. It would also be fun to get a Disney parks' Disney Infinity Treasure Map - basically a glossy flyer that showed where all the Disney Infinity locations were across all the parks, using Disney Infinity Play Set icons as the markers (except for categories like villains & princesses). Collectibles have always been a fun part of the Disney park experience. They will be an essential part of Disney Infinity's success. In merging the two, it would be a fun, simple perk to Disney Infinity Gaming At The Parks .
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:23 AM   #78
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Mickey Mouse has arrived at Netflix. "Mickey and the Beanstalk" includes Disney's classic interpretation and several other Mickey cartoons from the 30's and 40's, "Brave Little Tailor" among them. It's been several decades(!) since I'd seen them, and somehow I'd mashed them together in my head. The image of the daring young Mickey with his feathered cap, wielding a pair of oversized scissors seemed a natural fit for Disney Infinity from the start, but I was remembering the beanstalk giant. Reviewing some pictures of "Sir Mickey's" souvenir shop at the Magic Kingdom, it turns out the Imagineers mashed them up too (granted, they presumably mashed them up on purpose). It's definitely the tailor on the signage, with Princess Minnie in the store, yet there are beanstalk vines entwined inside and out, and the "Beware" sign definitely depicts Willie the beanstalk giant. Donald's nephews are there and they weren't in either cartoon. It would be great to see a collection of figures for this mash-up. There are several fully-armored knights briefly depicted in the "Brave Little Tailor" that all look a lot like Goofy (and Sir Mickey's depicts Mickey in full armor as well - you could have a couple Mickey figures for the same Play Set). You could unlock the singing harp and of course the magic beans. With that "Once Upon A Time" nod, you could have beans that create swirling maelstrom portals, as well as the ones that grow monstrous plants to reach other Infinity worlds among the clouds. Willie would make a great villain, hopefully retaining the magical ability to turn into anything (perhaps any Disney Infinity character that the game designer owns?), including the pink fluffy bunny and even the housefly if it could fit into the game storyline and mechanics. Did anyone notice that at the end of the cartoon that Willie dons a light-up Brown Derby bowler? What a fun reference to the Disney parks! Disney Infinity Willie definitely needs a Brown Derby bowler. Maybe the Disney Infinity version could have the bowler appear on every character he transforms into, to differentiate him. As far as a Landmark piece, that's a little tricky. Up until now, Mickey & friends have been acting out some other Disney characters' movies. This is theirs, two of theirs. Perhaps Cinderella's Castle could be used - it seems unlikely that there would ever be a full-fledged Cinderella Play Set, and nothing says "Magic Kingdom" or "Disney Parks" overall than that castle. This would be the park-exclusive fantasy Play Set for Mickey & friends. It would be a great complement to the recent Fantasyland expansion. For the girls, you could optionally add in a bunch of the classic Disney princesses too. Either way, it would be cool to see a classic platformer game with this fantasy theme for Mickey & friends at the Sir Mickey's store. There could be Pete as a "black knight". There could be the Maleficent dragon. All of these figures would be a fun addition to the Toy Box, making it a mash-up of mash-ups. Sir Mickey needs a quest .
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:45 AM   #79
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Hollywood & Vine
Cinderella's Castle is perhaps TOO iconic, at least for Disney Infinity Landmarks. It's too general, and the castle already comes with the Starter Pack (trailers confirming that we get to tailor our own castle are very cool - but to make an alteration on such an icon, one must be a Brave Little Tailor ). The Landmark for Mickey & friends in this fantasy genre needs to be more specific. All of the Disney Infinity Landmarks shown so far have a unique look and symbolize the Play Set theme well. The Landmark in this case should be the beanstalk vine. It could be curling up in a short spiral with a few of those wide spade-shaped leaves. It would be instantly recognizable for this park-exclusive Play Set. Then there's the matter of the mash-up. It fits the one classic Mickey cartoon, but what about the other one? Well, the Imagineers managed it in Sir Mickey's souvenir shop. If two cartoons can inspire a souvenir shop, and a souvenir shop might inspire a Disney Infinity Play Set, what about another cartoon, too? With John Lasseter's announcement months back about the focus on 3D, I had some initial doubts. As much as everyone loves the stories & visuals of the Pixar films, I'll admit I still prefer Mickey Mouse in 2D shorts (although not necessarily red shorts with white buttons ). Then someone posted on these DISboards a Disney Insider link describing how they are actually producing new 2D Mickey Mouse shorts! How cool is that? Imagine a fantasy genre Mickey short that follows up on "Mickey & The Beanstalk" yet incorporates elements from the Brave Little Tailor and other places as well. It could include Pete as the black knight, where the young tailor goes on a quest wielding his over-sized shears, then later dons a full suit of armor for some humorous jousting to win the favor of Princess Minnie. Donald could have a go, resulting in his usual temper tantrums. The Goofy Knight could also make a comical appearance. The venue could be above the clouds, via a freshly grown beanstalk vine, with Willie the Giant presiding over the games. He could have kidnapped Minnie to "inspire" the knights (and retrieved the singing harp for good/bad measure). The cartoon short could bring attention to the Play Set, which could be purchased at the Fantasyland shop that's already themed for it. The shop could then contain an arcade cabinet featuring the various characters on a vine/cloud/castle hopping platformer that features lots of swordplay as well as the jousting. Sir Mickey's Play Set would be a fun addition, would mash well with the Toy Box, both for world-building unlockables and enjoyable characters. It would make a great set of cards, a great set of chess pieces, everything. Imagine Sir Mickey's knights dueling it out with Pirates in the Toy Box, or taking on quests throughout any number of Toy Box worlds. Fun. As mentioned in earlier posts, fantasy castles need dragons. But they also need knights. Disney Infinity needs Mickey, and among the many choices of roles & gear, Disney Infinity needs Sir Mickey & his "Knights of the Round" (a Friendship Circle of course ).
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:01 AM   #80
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Geocaching Collectibles
Whether it's a pin, vinylmation, or possibly a Disney Infinity Power Disc, there are lots of tiny collectibles at the Disney parks. There is also a growing number of scavenger hunts to provide a different kind of immersion magic. What if these activities were combined? MyMagic+ and park-wide WiFi show Disney's commitment to mobile technology in new magical experiences. Agent P's World Showcase Adventure may not assume everyone has a mobile device, but in a relatively short time frame that assumption could be made. There are excellent geocache apps available for only $5-$10. Perhaps Disney could provide its own version. Imagine the ultimate Park Hopper Scavenger Hunt that incorporates geocaching technology to win and trade Disney collectibles? To a certain extent, it would need to be on the honor system as with all geocaches and so there could be no guarantee of a physical reward. But MagicBand technology could help. Wherever the Imagineers would hide these tiny treasure boxes, they could be locked. Only a geocaching guest on a specific clue/quest would be able to unlock each of the boxes with his or her MagicBand. Logging has always been a fun aspect to geocaching. The same first-name & resort-name combo could be listed on MyMagic+ for any number of geocaches visited on any particular park day. This would be yet another way that MagicBand tech could provide a new kind of Disney park magic, a new kind of fun.
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Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and Toy Story Midway Mania! already fit into the scheme of toy-like competitions at the Disney parks, and were the initial inspiration for parks-wide Leaderboards. Clearly, it would be a really bad idea to start separately charging for these attractions. However it would be a fun tech refurb to add both of them to the MyMagic+ Leaderboards with MagicBand-registered entries of first-name & resort-name. They don't need to qualify for random FastPass+ or Mickey Coin counts for park prizes, and perhaps that's the distinguishing aspect of the additional cost. Any animatronic or hologram preshow that leads into a fully 3D Oculus Rift VR experience would be too important as an attraction to charge extra. They could qualify for MyMagic+ Leaderboards, but no prizes. Ironically the somewhat less immersive video game experiences would be the ones with an additional charge, and this would help maintain the crowd flow, while the accumulated virtual coins would help justify the charge by offering the opportunity of a real prize.

Grandfather Causes
On a separate note, I hope that Disney Infinity takes full advantage of the storytelling in Disney films and propagates those same elements into the Disney Infinity games. Earlier posts mentioned the opportunity for this platform to appeal to both boys & girls. Given that this is a family-friendly gaming platform, various Disney characters could appeal to grandparents too. It may very well be that grandparents want the traditional Disney heroes & villains. Regardless, the storylines can have a better variety when they include the advise of "more wise & experienced heroes". Perhaps they will only be seen as NPCs, or as the rare figure to be purchased to complete Play Set collections. They could be used to guide traditional characters through quests. They could referee sporting events. They could be the computer opponent in games of strategy. They could include characters like Rick Dicker and Edna Mode from The Incredibles, Statler & Waldorf from the Muppets, Carl from Up, Doc Hudson from Cars, Geri from Geri's Game, etc. They're an important element to Disney films' storytelling. They could provide an important element to Disney Infinity gaming.
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