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iPhone App Turns Disneyland Visit into Virtual Treasure Hunt
Whether you're a frequent visitor to Disneyland or you make it to the house the Mouse built just once in a blue moon, there's an iPhone app that will take you on a virtual treasure hunt and allow you to explore the park in perhaps a whole new way, explains the OC Register.
While there are other phone apps that let you play trivia--even with fellow attendees--Wishing Stars sends users on quests to find "hidden stars." Okay, you won't find actual hidden items (although there are those elusive secret Mickeys to always look for!) the game has you identify different landmarks as you journey through the park.
"The quests vary by difficulty and can entertain a kid, an adult or an adult who thinks like a kid. The app uses your physical GPS location to identify whether you’ve found the answer to a clue." Right now the quests have three levels (easy, medium, and hard) with "ultimate" quests to be added on in the future.
The app, released last year and only available for the iPhone 3G and 3GS, was priced at $4.99, but is free right now until the 2.0 version comes out--in the new version the easier quests will be free but the more advanced ones must be purchased.
Just remember, Disneyland is no longer offering free admission on your birthday (and their 2010 volunteerism trade is maxed out, too), so if you want to try out this free app and get in for free you'd better have someone else buy your ticket! (And don't forget to check out the return of Captain EO while you're there!)
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