New Disney app offers interactive experiences

New Disney app offers interactive experiences


With the opening of Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studies, Walt Disney World is also offering guests a new mobile app called Play Disney Parks.

Entertainment options include interactive themed games, Disney trivia, digital achievements and music playlists.

Scott Andress is vice president of Digital Guest Experience for Disney. He explains that the app is designed to give people an alternative to a “heads down” cellphone experience.

The idea is to turn wait times for rides into engaging entertainment for families and friends. It is available for iOS and Android platforms. It is free to download and use.

The app can be used at the four parks just outside Orlando and two at Disneyland Resort.

Serbia reopens National Museum after renovations


Serbia has reopened the country’s main museum, 15 years after it was closed for renovation after neglect during the era of wars and economic crisis in the 1990s.

Hundreds of citizens flocked to the National Museum in central Belgrade recently as it opened its doors after a ceremony attended by the country’s prime minister and public figures. A promotion video for the occasion featured Ukrainian ballet star Sergei Polunin, who also has a Serbian passport.

The museum holds a collection of key archaeological findings from the area, important works of key Serbian artists but also works by Pablo Picasso and Edgar Degas. Its yearslong closure had drawn public criticism of the government’s policies toward culture.

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said she was “endlessly happy and proud” that her government finally has finished the job. She said the museum’s ordeal symbolizes the era “when culture was marginalized.”

Serbia went through a decade of economic and social decline during the 1990s when international sanctions were imposed on the country because of its warmongering policies.

Hemingway’s life and legacy inspire JFK Museum display


A new Ernest Hemingway exhibition puts a fresh spin on the author’s colorful life and legacy by displaying his own books and belongings alongside pop culture items from his time.

“Ernest Hemingway: A Life Inspired” opened last month at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, which has become the leading research center for Hemingway studies.

Visitors to the expanded show will see manuscripts for “A Farewell to Arms,” ‘’The Sun Also Rises,” ‘’For Whom the Bell Tolls” and other Hemingway works – but they’ll also glimpse popular paperback books from the first half of the 20th century, as well as magazines, photographs and other mementos pulled straight from his world.

It’s an elaborate attempt to portray “Papa” in his proper context.

It includes many of the papers, photos, fishing rods, mounted animal trophies and other quirky personal belongings that Hemingway’s widow, Mary, retrieved from the author’s former estate in Cuba with help from JFK after her husband died in 1961. She later offered a trove of items to Jacqueline Kennedy for safekeeping and display at the Boston library, which opened in 1979.

It’s since become the world’s No. 1 repository of Hemingway lore.

Associated Press

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