Launch of Disney’s Playmation Heralds a New Way to Play for Kids and Families

Playmation Marvel Avenger's

Playmation Marvel Avenger’s

Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) and Hasbro, Inc. today launched Playmation Marvel’s Avengers – the next step in the evolution of play. The groundbreaking system of connected toys and wearables fuses technology and digital storytelling to create a completely new category of play. Hitting shelves across the U.S. and Canada for the first time today, the new toy/game hybrid aims to inspire both kids and parents to get active and creative at playtime.

Dreamed up by a team of technologists, Imagineers and storytellers from across The Walt Disney Company, Playmation is the culmination of extensive research into the world of play, highlighting the opportunity for a new type of experience that combines digital technology and physical, real-world play.

Launch of Disney’s Playmation Heralds a New Way to Play for Kids and Families

Launch of Disney’s Playmation Heralds a New Way to Play for Kids and Families

The online study of 2,000 families across the country confirms that almost all parents believe active playtime is essential to their child’s healthy development, and three say that using technology is a favorite way for their child to play. Four out of five parents say their children are more likely to engage with a game if technology is involved, and nine out of ten are open to new technologies that encourage their kids to be more active.

“Playmation blends technology, storytelling and imagination in a way that’s made for today’s digitally-savvy kids. Our research shows families are looking for a new way to play that’s active, creative and technology-infused – and Playmation is just that,” said Nitin Chawla, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, DCPI.

The study also revealed the potential of Playmation as a new way for families to play together, with 67% of kids and 79% of parents saying they would like more playtime as a family. While active play is the type of play parents enjoy the most with their kids, currently only one in five finds time for it every day, and three quarters would like to do more of it. Nearly all parents (98%) also believe it is important that their children engage in imaginative play.

Recently added to Time To Play Magazine’s “Most Wanted” list for the holidays, along with other holiday “hot toy” accolades from Parents magazine, Toys “R” Us, The Toy Insider and the National Parenting Publication Awards, thePlaymation Marvel’s Avengers Starter Pack includes five connected toys: one piece of Avenger Gear (Repulsor), two Power Activators and two Smart Figures – a Super Hero (Captain America) and a Super Villain (Iron Skull), as well as 25 missions. Getting started is easy, strap the high-tech Repulsor Gear onto your arm (it fits adults, too!) and listen closely to JARVIS as he takes you through the tutorial on how to control your new Gear, inspired by Iron Man technology.

“This is classic play re-imagined for the tech-savvy world. It’s narrative-based, imaginative play that allows kids to play as their heroes and imagine themselves in battles alongside their favorite Marvel Avengers characters. The immersive play experience is active and exciting for kids of all ages and represents a completely new category of toys,” said Jim Silver, Editor in Chief and CEO of TTPM.

Additional connected toys available now include: Smart Figures – Iron Man, Black Widow, HULK, M.O.D.O.K., Ultron Bot, and Hulkbuster – which help players unlock new storylines and abilities when placed on the Power Activator and connected with Avenger Gear; and the Prowler Bot – a robotic villain – who can find and hunt your Avenger Gear with 360 degree movement, while taking on dozens of enemy personas and abilities making game play even more challenging.

Launch of Disney’s Playmation

Launch of Disney’s Playmation

Along with the Starter Pack and other connected toys, fans can download and access the AvengersNet App where you can register your Avenger Gear to see progress, explore additional locations and characters, check out and test Avenger Gear upgrades, gain access to new missions and more. The AvengersNet App is available in the Apple App Store. An Android version of the app is currently in development.

Playmation Marvel’s Avengers uses familiar technologies including smart toys, wearables, wireless technology, motion sensors and more, but applies them in ways that are completely new to create a compelling play experience. Playmation is purposely not tethered to an Internet connection so players can run around and explore each adventure from anywhere they want – a bedroom, living room or yard. With multiplayer modes, players can sync their Avenger Gear to tackle missions and combat arenas together, or face-off in competitive play.

“With the launch of Playmation, we are not only creating a new play experience for today’s kids but celebrating a new chapter in our long-term partnership with Disney,” said Jerry Perez, SVP Global Brand Marketing, Hasbro. “Playmation has been a true collaboration, from global consumer research to product design and development, and we look forward to sharing this amazing new system of play with kids and families around the world.”

The Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Starter Pack has a suggested retail price of $119.99 and is available in the United States and Canada at mass and specialty retailers, such as Amazon.com, Best Buy, Game Stop, Target, Toys “R” Us, and Walmart, as well as select Disney Store locations and DisneyStore.com. Additional Playmation Marvel’s Avengers connected toys compatible with the Starter Pack, such as Smart Figures and the Prowler Bot are also sold separately.

Offered by PowerA, families can also choose from a selection of Playmation recharging solutions and accessories now available, including: Playmation Home Base – to store your gear in between battles; Playmation Avengers Lab Gear Bag – for taking your gear on-the-go; Playmation Repulsor Recharge Pack – provides up to five hours of play on a single charge and fits securely onto the bottom of the Repulsor; and Playmation Activator Recharge Pack –fits securely onto the bottom of the Power Activator and provides up to 10 hours of play on a single charge.

Families that are coming to the Disney Store to pick up Playmation Marvel’s Avengers (either from pre-orders or to purchase that day), will be given the opportunity to participate in a personalized pick-up ceremony taking place in select Disney Stores across the United States and Canada beginning now through the holidays. When guests purchase Playmation Marvel’s Avengers, JARVIS will make an announcement in-store thanking guests for choosing to help the Avengers in their fight against Ultron.

JAPAN’S RECORD-BREAKING NEW ANIME FRANCHISE YO-KAI WATCH™ PREMIERES ON DISNEY XD

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JAPAN’S RECORD-BREAKING NEW ANIME FRANCHISE YO-KAI WATCH™ PREMIERES ON DISNEY XD

JAPAN’S RECORD-BREAKING NEW ANIME FRANCHISE

In the United States, the Japanese brand phenomenon YO-KAI WATCH™ premieres on Disney XD — Monday, October 5th, 2015 — with a new episode premiering each night this week. Join Nate and his Yo-kai friends in this brand-new animated comedy series, following the hilarious misadventures of an average human boy, and his involvement with the mischievous Yo-kai all around him!

The launch of the program will be followed just weeks later by multiple product roll-outs, including:

  • VIZ Media launches their manga throughout North America on November 3rd.
  • The North American video game launches exclusively on Nintendo 3DS™ on November 6th.
  • In January 2016, Hasbro will launch its highly anticipated toy line in North America.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! And Walt Disney Records Team For New Collection Of Disney Music Favorites, ‘NOW That’s What I Call Disney Princess’

NOW That's What I Call Music! And Walt Disney Records Team For New Collection Of Disney Music Favorites, 'NOW That's What I Call Disney Princess'

NOW That’s What I Call Music! And Walt Disney Records Team For New Collection Of Disney Music Favorites, ‘NOW That’s What I Call Disney Princess’

NOW That’s What I Call Music! and Walt Disney Records have once again teamed up for a special NOW album collection showcasing beloved Disney music classics. NOW That’s What I Call Disney Princess will be released on CD and digitally on October 30.

Building on the success of three previously released NOW That’s What I Call Disney volumes, NOW That’s What I Call Disney Princess features 20 favorite musical moments that have been enchanting and entertaining audiences for generations, including “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid, “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, “Someday My Prince Will Come” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas, “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast, “Reflection” from Mulan, “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella, “Waiting for My Prince” from Disney Princess Tea Party, and many more.

NOW That’s What I Call Disney Princess [CD, digital]

1. Kiss the Girl                       

The Little Mermaid

2. Colors of the Wind             

Pocahontas

3. A Whole New World            

Aladdin

4. Part of Your World               

The Little Mermaid

5. That’s How You Know           

Enchanted

6. Reflection                             

Mulan

7. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes

Cinderella

8. I See the Light                        

Tangled

9. Beauty and the Beast           

Beauty and the Beast 

10. Main Title/Once Upon a Dream/Prologue

Sleeping Beauty

11. True Love’s Kiss                     

Enchanted

12. Almost There                        

The Princess and the Frog

13. So This Is Love                  

Cinderella

14. Belle                                   

Beauty and the Beast

15. Where Do I Go From Here       

Pocahontas II

16. I Wonder                                

Sleeping Beauty

17. Something There                    

Beauty and the Beast

18. Waiting for My Prince            

Disney Princess Tea Party

19. When Will My Life Begin?          

Tangled

20. Someday My Prince Will Come      

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #119 w/ Special Guest SUSANNE BLAKESLEE (Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, Lady Tremaine, Leota in HMH, Evil Queen, Hag, Mary Poppins, Fairly Odd Parents) on DizRadio.com

Show #119 w/ Special Guest Susanne Blakeslee to kick off our 4th Annual Not-So-Scary Halloween Celebration

Show #119 w/ Special Guest Susanne Blakeslee to kick off our 4th Annual Not-So-Scary Halloween Celebration

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October 1, 2015 – Show #119

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we kick off our 4th Annual Not-So-Scary Halloween Month Long Celebration! And to kick it off in style we welcome back to DizRadio the Queen of the Villains SUSANNE BLAKESLEE (Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, Lady Tremaine, Evil Queen, Leota in Haunted Mansion Holiday, Hag, Fairly Odd Parents, Mary Poppins) to the show! Susanne stops back in to the show to kick off our celebration and discusses her role as the Queen of the Villains, the new Hocus Pocus Stage Show, being a Villain, the Haunted Mansion Holiday, Video Games and more!

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Signature HealthCARE Nursing Home Residents Find Fun, Inspiration and First-Time Experiences at Walt Disney World

Nursing home residents and staff from 19 Signature HealthCARE facilities in six states recently traveled to Walt Disney World.

Nursing home residents and staff from 19 Signature HealthCARE facilities in six states recently traveled to Walt Disney World.

Nearly 90 nursing home residents and staff members had the time of their lives last week when they traveled by bus and plane to visit Walt Disney World, some for the very first time.

They came from 19 Signature facilities in six states: Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Maryland and Kentucky. The group kicked off the nonstop, two-day excursion with a luau party where nursing home residents got to meet special guests Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

From there, the fun only escalated: the iconic Spaceship Earth, the Soarin’ hang-gliding flight simulator and more at Epcot, even more rides and encounters with all the characters at Disney, and fireworks on the beach.

“Never in my life did I think I would see anything so beautiful,” said Ms. Thelma, a resident from Signature HealthCARE at The Courtyard, in Marianna, Fla.

For her, the trip was added motivation to work hard and complete needed therapies. Traveling to Disney World had been her dream for as long as she could remember, so she worked closely with the physical therapy team for months to improve her endurance, balance, gait training and overall strengthening. Because of her hard work, she was also able to return to eating some of the foods she loved, like coffee and toast for breakfast.

“We all cheered and got a little teary-eyed when her diet was able to be upgraded for the first time in years,” said Anna Neel, Quality of Life Director from SHC at The Courtyard.

Meanwhile, Ms. Jenny and Ms. Helen made the trip from Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe, in Chillicothe, Ohio. Ms. Helen had never been on vacation; Ms. Jenny had done a considerable amount of traveling – to Ireland, England, Canada, Mexico and elsewhere.

But this, she said, was “the best trip ever.”

“I appreciate life so much more since I’m older,” Ms. Jenny said. “I have never laughed so hard in all my life, or smiled as much – my face hurt. I wanted to walk on the beach one last time before I lost my ability to walk, and you guys made that happen for me. I will never forget this trip for as long as I live.”

This is the fifth consecutive year Signature has taken groups of residents on vacations, not only to Walt Disney World, but Boston, Branson, Gatlinburg and other destinations. Angie McAllister, Director of Cultural Transformation for Signature and a principal organizer of the Signature vacations, says the trips never cease to inspire.

“The old saying was right: if you believe in magic, you will find it,” said Angie McAllister, “This week, our elders have given us the greatest life lesson of all. They have shown us that there is magic in all of us; we only need to pursue our dreams to activate it.”

For more about the latest Disney trip, visit Signature’s Quality of Life blog. To watch a video of last year’s Disney vacation, visit Signature’s YouTube channel.

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