Disney's New App Makes Waiting in Line for a Ride Part of the Fun

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images

People visit Disneyland and Disney World to ride their favorite attractions—not to spend all day waiting in line. But due to the immense popularity of Disney parks, it's common for the wait times of certain rides to exceed the length of the rides themselves. If you can't avoid queuing up, you can at least make the wait a little more enjoyable with a new app from Disney.

As Travel + Leisure reports, the free Play Disney Parks app for iOS and Android allows park guests to play games based on their surroundings. The app offers games specific to four rides: Toy Story Mania! in Disney California Adventure and Hollywood Studios, Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, and the Slinky Dog Dash coaster at Hollywood Studios.

While waiting to ride Space Mountain, guests can undergo training missions on their phones, and in the waiting area for Toy Story Mania!, they can virtually explore Andy's bedroom. All the games are multiplayer, so families can actually interact with each other while passing the time.

Not in line for a ride with a tailored gaming experience? The app can entertain you in other ways. Characters like R2-D2 are hidden throughout the digital park map, and using the app unlocks new areas. Riding new attractions earns you special badges, which can act as a virtual scrapbook of your trip. You can also use the app to access Disney-themed music playlists and trivia games: features that are just as fun at home as they are in the parks.

Playing games is one way to deal with long lines; another way is to hack the system to make your wait time as short as possible. Here are some tips and tricks to use on your next Disney vacation.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Kodak

Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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A New Batch of LEGO Harry Potter Minifigures Is Coming Soon

LEGO
LEGO

The Harry Potter universe is filled with a robust cast of characters, which means it's hard to fit them all into a typical LEGO set. Two years after launching its Wizarding World minifigures series, LEGO is finally rolling out its second round of Harry Potter characters for the collection, MuggleNet reports.

Part two of the series features 16 characters, including many that are new to the LEGO world. Bellatrix Lestrange, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Professor Sprout, Moaning Myrtle, Ginny Weasley, the Weasley twins, Griphook, and Lily and James Potter are now all available as minifigures for the first time.

Several characters that even casual fans will recognize have also been brought back with new looks. For this set, Luna Lovegood now wears her Gryffindor lion hat while Neville Longbottom wrestles with his Monster Book of Monsters. Dumbledore's minifigure comes with a bonus Fawkes piece. The three main friends have returned as well. Hermione and Ron are both depicted with mugs of butterbeer and Harry is carrying a copy of Advanced Potion-Making.

The Harry Potter Collectible Minifigures Series 2 will become available in the LEGO shop starting in September. If you're looking for a place to house all of the miniature witches and wizards, LEGO has a number of Harry Potter sets, including Hagrid's Hut and Hogwarts' Great Hall.

[h/t MuggleNet]

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