Disney to Offer Badges

Forget those pins. Disney theme parks are finally offering a collectible that's really valuable.

Visitors to Disney World and Disneyland resorts can now use their smart phones to "check in" to the parks, earn digital badges and go on custom-designed tours.

It's part of a new partnership between the Walt Disney Co. and Gowalla, one of a growing number of startups that lets users broadcast their location to friends and strangers using a phone application.

As part of the Disney promotion, Gowalla has also created custom trips its users can take as they make their way through Walt Disney's empire.

Families with kids "under 44 inches" at the Magic Kingdom in Florida, for example, are guided to "Mickey's PhilharMagic," Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Peter Pan's Flight, among other attractions.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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