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Bring the ‘Hey Disney!’ Voice Assistant Home

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Walt Disney World Resort unveiled “Hey Disney!” (AKA the Disney Magical Companion) at their hotels in 2021, utilizing Amazon’s Alexa technology to provide Guests with Park information.

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The Original Service

Disney Guests staying on property could prompt the device with questions such as “What time does the Magic Kingdom open?”, “Where can I get Italian food?” or “When does the next bus to Animal Kingdom leave?”

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The unit would then respond with the correct answers to the queries, just as Alexa does on an Amazon Echo speaker. The device also enabled Guests to ask for more towels or make other room service requests.

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The unit also incorporated multiple character voices across Disney, Pixar, and Star Wars, including Mickey Mouse, Mater, and Chewbacca.

Now Available from Amazon

Once only available in resorts, the service is now available on certain Amazon devices. Guests can buy an Amazon Echo device to utilize the “Hey Disney!” skill or purchase the service if they already own a machine for a $5.99/year subscription.

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The service will allow users to play games like Disney trivia or experience storybooks and character messages. Users can also play soundscapes or utilize them for everyday assistance with the weather, timers, alarms, and more.

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When prompted with “Hey Disney! Tell me a story,” you can hear one of 140 tales, including retellings of The Lion King (1994), Frozen (2013), and Moana (2016).

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If you ask, “Hey Disney! Let’s play trivia,” you will be presented with over 300 questions testing your knowledge of characters, movies, theme parks, history, and everything else about the House of Mouse.

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Designed to be fun for the entire family, “Hey Disney!” is a kid-friendly experience and is included with an Amazon Kids+ subscription.

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)