Newsletter 12 March 2007

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This week - major news about changes coming to VMK! Faster game downloads! New menus and features! Plus St. Patrick's goodies and more! The news you need to stay in the know starts now!

Yavn Speaks! Yavn Speaks!

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So, did you set your clocks forward an hour? I don't know about you but I always like getting the hour back more than I do losing it! Speaking of time, it's time to look into what's on tap for VMK this week! How about some info on the new game updates??? (I thought that would get your attention!) Well, let's get going, I know you're eager to see what's coming up...

The Name Game

If you ask players something they'd like to see improved in VMK I'll bet many will tell you they wish it was easier to have a player name approved. Well, we've got good news in that department: Very soon new players will have the option to select from a pre-approved name list or use the current system to make their own name.

Here's how it will work: Players will be given a list of pre-approved names to choose from, once they find a name they like, they just select it from the list. If you don't find a name you like, players will have the option to ask for more choices. If they still don't like any of the names offered, players can then type in a name for approval later (like the current system). It's that simple! Now, just for a moment, imagine a world where no one is named Guest1234567!

Now With Faster Downloads!

OK, so this is a biggie! Our new update will also utilize a system that will make the initial download of the game much smaller - so it will load faster! Wha? That's right, the game will load faster!

How are we doing this? Easy, instead of loading all of the items when you log into the game, VMK loads only the items that are in the room you are in. (Once an item has been loaded it's placed into your computer's cache and will not need to be loaded again – unless you clear your cache.) When you walk into a room with items that have not been downloaded you'll see a special placeholder image for the item.

The game will then begin downloading all the items that you did not have before – and before you know it, the download (and all your items) will be loaded. In time you'll have most of the common items downloaded and only see placeholders when something new is released. Hopefully this will allow new players and players with slower connections to enjoy VMK even more.

Who Can Enter?

In the More Changes Department, we have also adjusted the way Guest Rooms handle who can enter them. The Room Information window will now have a new button called 'Change who can enter.'

Change who can enter option

This button will bring up menu of who is allowed into the room – and instead of multiple check boxes there will be buttons that are more descriptive of who can enter. This 'Change who can enter' menu will also be where you can 'Create Tickets.' Once you've made your choices here, hit OK – since the changes will only take affect after you hit the OK button.

Host Events

Last week I hinted about some news regarding improvements to the queue for Host Events… as it turns out, we'll have to talk about that next week, what I can say is that HOST will be able to send messages to players (who have VMK Passes) in line for that HOST room. HOST's will also be able to close a queue at any time so expect the days of 200+ in line to be over very soon.

Host Event Queue

You've got 211 people ahead of you – but don't worry, the line moves fast.

Yeti's Tips & Tricks

Yeti

You know 'em, ya love him. Our fur-covered pal the Yeti has taken up a gig as a game counselor! What do you think of the Yeti's new job? Did you learn something from 'The King of Q&A' last week? Check future installments for even cooler inside info - and let the Yeti know if you have a burning question about the game no one else can answer. The inbox is open and the Yeti is standing by now!

St. Patty's Stuff

Don't forget to check out VMK on March 17th for our St. Patrick's Pin.

St. Patrick's Pin

It will on sale Saturday March 17th - Sunday March 18th. Want more Irish fun? If you have a good eye and are feeling lucky why not try the VMK Clover Quest! If you find all of the wee clovers you might get a lucky leprechaun hat (ok, sure it looks like Santa hat but it was the closest thing I could find)!

More Makeovers

Before I wrap this installment of Yavn Speaks how about we check in with one of our VMK HOST for a Room Makeover update! Take it away HOST_Lily!

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HOST_Lily

Thanks Yavn, well I just got in from SmilyEmily's Room Makeover and boy, was that fun! When I walked in, SmilyEmily was trying to decide what kind of room she wanted so she could invite over some new friends. We couldn't decide whether to have a game room or a hang out room – so I made both! Using her favorite colors - purple and red - we got going on a grand new Guest Room. (My ears may be red but those weren't up for grabs!)

Before

The Alice room before…

After

…and after the purple flowers grew.

Tah-dah! A room that is both fun and pretty. I have a feeling a lot of friends are going to like hanging out in SmilyEmily's new room! Woohoo! What a fun makeover! Congrats SmilyEmily! Enjoy your room!

–HOST_Lily

Movin' On

Well, that's about it for this week, as you can tell we're busy putting on the finishing touches for what's up next in VMK and of course what you see here is just the tip of the iceberg. ;-) I'll have more info for you very soon, so keep checking the Newsletter, since you never know what pretty pics of new stuff and clothing might be on the way! In the meantime I'll let you contemplate this…

Item Info

Soon your Guest may decide where they want to sit.

See you in VMK!

Yavn

Community Reminder

From 13 March

Remember, it's against the VMK Values to create or open ANY type of 'relationship' room (rooms that include words like 'meet,' 'pick,' 'get,' 'find,' 'have,' 'taken,' etc.) in VMK. You'll be warned and possibly banned for opening any type of room that promotes this activity.

For more information or a reminder of what's acceptable in VMK refer to the VMK Values page.

Think Green Think Green

Learn how you can make a difference!

"The natural resources of our vast continent are not inexhaustible. But if we will use our riches wisely, if we will protect our wildlife and preserve our lakes and streams, these things will last us for generations to come."

– Walt Disney

Kids, talk to your parents first about how you can use these great tips in your home!

Ways You Can Make a Difference

1. Plant a Tree: Besides looking great, trees eat carbon dioxide (that's a global warming greenhouse gas), they also help keep the planet cool. Plants (and trees in particular) also provide shade and evaporate water into the atmosphere, which increases cloudiness, which also helps keep the planet cool.

2. Turn it Off: Did you know that many electronic devices remain on even after you hit the 'off' button? It's true, many new electronic devices (like video systems and computers) go into a 'standby' mode. To save energy switch these devices to the 'power save' mode. If your device doesn't have that option, unplug it.

3. Pass the Trash: Sure you've heard about recycling, but do you recycle? Remember, cans, bottles, plastic and paper can ALL be recycled. Check with your local city council for recycling facilities in your area and stop throwing away recyclable goods (like soda cans and plastic water bottles). You can also make some extra cash when you recycle cans and bottles, so check with facilities in your area for redemption programs they may offer.

Green Facts:

  • More than 8,000 acres of property at the Walt Disney World Resort are designated as a permanent wildlife conservation area and will never be developed.
  • According to the American Forestry Association, if every American family planted a single new tree, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere would be reduced by a billion pounds a year.
  • A typical family car puts 19 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere for every gallon of gas it uses.
  • Walt Disney World has solar-powered traffic lights installed at many intersections around the Resort. These lights help save energy and reduce energy cost.
  • During the past seven years, water-saving initiatives at the Walt Disney World Resort have saved nearly 2.5 billion gallons of water.

Event Info Event Info

EPCOT Quest Until March 31st

VMK Racing Days March 11th, March 25th

'Think Green' Entire Month of March

EPCOT Quest

Test your knowledge of EPCOT by playing the new in-game EPCOT Quest! To play press the Quest button ('Q') on the VMK Player Interface Bar, then select the EPCOT Quest from the list. Answer all ten questions correctly and you can win an Epcot Guest Room!

New Quest are released each week and will run until March 31st, so get in the game and get Questing!

New EPCOT Quest launches on March 5th and March 12th.

VMK Racing Days!

Strap on your helmet and kick those tires, it's the start of the race season and VMK is going to get your motor running! Join HOST_Sparky on select Saturdays and Sundays during the racing season for special VMK racing events!

These special racing games like Chase Race and Race to the Finish will take place during a real auto race – so you can watch the big race and race in VMK at the same time! And only on VMK Racing Days can you win the VMK Racing '07 Pin. Keep an eye on the Event Info box and the Community Calendar for more updates and a schedule of race events.

'Think Green' Month

All through the month of March, VMK is going green. Learn how you can do your part to help reduce waste and make the world a better place to live! 'Think Green!'

Check the Community Calendar for more events, details and event times.

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This week's Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions


1. I've sent in a problem through Contact Us but no one has replied - why haven't I heard from anyone?

We respond to every email we get within 24 hours - but some email providers (like AOL.com, Hotmail.com, msn.com, Comcast.net, Cox.net, rr.net and Earthlink) block our responses.

If you use any of the email providers listed above, or haven't gotten a response from us, this is the reason.

Some email providers have Spam Filters that automatically block email from an unknown source and you have to tell the program (the email application) to allow email from that source. To get email from VMK, go into the preferences for your mailbox and allow mail from: [email protected]. (Please note, this email address DOES NOT receive email except via the Contact Us form.)

You also have the option to submit an alternate email address (this option is under the Send Details box) in the Contact Us tool if your provider won't take our replies. We suggest setting up another email account, like yahoo.com to get our replies.


2. Why is VMK Staff or a Community Leader ignoring me?

If you're talking to a VMK Staff member or a Community Leader and it seems like they're ignoring you, keep in mind they may be away from their computer.

Also, many times when VMK Staff are in a room they're there for a specific reason and may be unable to respond to your questions or requests at the time &ndash don't take it personally, they're just doing their job. If you have questions when you're in-game that can't be answered by VMK Staff, check out the VMK FAQ located in the HELP section (that's in the upper right corner on the VMK homepage) on the VMK website.


3. I logged on into VMK and my character and stuff were gone - why was my account was deleted?

If you haven't logged into VMK for six-months or more - that account will be deleted. We need to delete unused accounts periodically to clear out room in the database for new users. If you don't want your account deleted, make sure you log into the game occasionally to keep your account active.


4. Why can't I log into the game and play VMK?

If you try to log into VMK and it's either closed or the site is too busy – don't panic. Sometimes VMK closes for improvements and will open again momentarily. Also, when there are many players in the game, this can cause VMK's system to become very busy – this is normal. Just wait a few minutes and try again later or wait until the Kingdom is less crowded.


5. My room needs a makeover - how do I get one?

Enter it in the Room Makeover contest! Just go to the Contact Us section on the VMK website. (The Contact Us link is located at the bottom of the every VMK webpage.) Then choose "Room Makeover Submission," fill in your information and the VMK Staff will evaluate your submission. Rooms in need are chosen for a Room Makeover. Good luck!

For more information about these or a complete list of VMK's most frequesntly asked questions, check out our FAQ.

Yeti's Tips & Tricks

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From 7 March 2007

You've got questions, Yeti has answers.


Did you know you can get to a Monorail Station from the Haunted Mansion? Lost your password and want to get it back? Got a general question about VMK? The 'King of Q&A' is here to help!

Greetings again VMKer's! With Push covering the trivia, the guys here at VMK thought I might be better suited to answer your game related questions (plus, trashcans aren't very good gamers)! The Yeti knows all, so bring on those questions:

How do I find New Orleans Square in VMK?

Looking for New Orleans Square? The Yeti has helpful hints to get to where you wanna go.

When you log into the game, you will see the VMK World Map:

VMK World Map

The VMK World Map

To find a location from the VMK World Map, you can either click on the names of the Lands (at the top of the screen) or click on the icon (picture) of that Land on the VMK World Map.

Looking for Tomorrowland? Click the Tomorrowland tab or the Tomorrowland icon. A Tomorrowland Land Map will appear and you can choose different places to go within Tomorrowland.

Off to Tomorrowland!

Click the Tomorrowland rocket and blast yourself into Tomorrowland.

How can I buy a room?

Credits burning a hole in your pocket? Well then, you're ready to buy a room!

Shop Button

See that button marked SHOP?

First click the SHOP button. After you've clicked the SHOP button a shopping window will pop up.

Shopping

Let's go shopping!

Select the ROOMS tab located at the top of the window and click through the room choices using the arrows at the bottom of the pop up window.

Buying a room

If you can't afford it, you can't buy it.

Let's take a closer look at the shopping window: in the lower-left section of the pop-up window, you will see how much the room costs. Next to that you'll see how many credits you actually have in your account. When you see a room you like in your price range, click the BUY button and the room will be entered into your inventory.

How do I change my VMK password?

How does one change their password? First you need to get to the login screen (to do that click the PLAY NOW button on the VMK homepage). Once you're at the login screen click on FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD?

Login Page

You'll then be taken to a password recovery page:

password recovery

Fill in your information and your password will be emailed to you within 1 business day. Remember: Never share your user or password information with anyone!

How and where do I get on the Monorail?

Ahhh, looking for a quick way to get around the Kingdom? All aboard the Monorail! The Monorail makes several stops around the Virtual Magic Kingdom and some of those stops are a little hidden. Don't worry if you can't find your way, the Yeti will get you there! Remember 'exit' marks the spot!

MAIN STREET STATION

Let's start with Main Street! To get there head to the VMK Esplanade!

VMK Esplanade

The VMK Esplanade

VMK Esplanade Exit

At the VMK Esplanade click this exit icon to get to the Monorail Station.

Main Street Monorail Station

The Main Street Monorail Station

FRONTIERLAND STATION

In order to get to the Frontierland Monorail Station, you must be in the Haunted Mansion Attic. Here's how to get there: First, start off in the Haunted Mansion Game Lobby.

Haunted Mansion Lobby

The Haunted Mansion Game Lobby. See the open tomb in the lower left hand corner of the yard (it's highlighted by the red box)? Go ahead, step inside - don't be scared!

After stepping inside this tomb and you'll find yourself in the Haunted Mansion Stretching Room. Keep following the path to the right to enter the Haunted Mansion Ballroom and eventually you'll wind up in the Haunted Mansion Attic.

Haunted Mansion Attic

We're almost there now - once you're in the attic, keep to the top level and continue going right to the exit icon and to the Frontierland Monorail Station.

Haunted Mansion Attic Exit

A closeup view of the attic exit to Frontierland Monorail Station.

FRONTIERLAND MONORIAL STATION

Frontierland Monorail Station

Yahoo! Frontierland here we come!

ADVENTURELAND MONORIAL STATION

To get to the Adventureland Monorail Station you must first enter the Forbidden Temple in Adventureland.

Forbidden Temple

Once inside the Forbidden Temple drag your mouse cursor over the area boxed off in red until you highlight the exit, then click the exit.

Forbidden Temple Exit

This exit will take you to the...

ADVENTURELAND MONORAIL STATION

Adventureland Monorail Station

The Adventureland Monorail Station, all aboard!

FANTASYLAND MONORAIL STATION

To get to the Fantasyland Monorail Station you must first get to the Dungeon. To do that, select the Dungeon from the VMK Fantasyland Map.

DUNGEON

Dungeon

Once in the Dungeon move your mouse over this area in the red box until you highlight the exit.

Dungeon Exit

This exit will take you to the...

FANTASYLAND MONORAIL STATION

Fantasyland Monorail Station

All aboard for Fantasyland!

Still up for another ride? OK, so now for some stations that are a little bit easier to locate. How about the New Orleans Square Monorail? Start by getting to New Orleans Square.

New Orleans Square

NOS is your portal to the Blue Bayou and when you drag your mouse over this area boxed off in red it will take you to the New Orleans Square Monorail Station.

New Orelans Square Exit

Just beside the Blue Bayou is the exit to the...

NEW ORLEANS SQUARE MONORAIL STATION

New Orleans Square Monorail Station

Your attention please! The Monorail is now ready for a trip around Walt Disney's Virtual Magic Kingdom!

OK, so we've got one more destination - that's Tomorrowland folks, so let's get going to the Tomorrowland hub!

Tomorrowland Hub

Here in Tomorrowland you've got several sets of teleporters, we want the one to the far right.

Tomorrowland Hub

Hop in this teleporter and hold on! Next stop...

TOMORROWLAND STATION

Tomorrowland Monorail Station

The Tomorrowland Monorail will take us - to infinity and beyond!

Whew! That was some tour! Alright then, enough questions for this week – the Yeti must now get a snow cone.

Do you have a game related question for the Yeti? Send it to me through the Contact Us section at the bottom of this page. Be sure to have your VMK registration info with you (the email and information you registered with) and select "Dear Yeti" from the drop down menu. While I can't respond to each and everyone personally, I'll answer the best (and most frequently asked) questions here.

Push's Trash Trivia Push's Trash Trivia

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In what Disney movie does the main character match wits with a tricky leprechaun in order to get his pot of gold?

Know the answer?

Send your answer using Contact Us at the bottom of this or the main VMK webpage. Be sure to have your VMK registration info with you and select Push's Trash Trivia from the drop down menu.

Out of all the correct answers, three players will be randomly drawn as the winners and sent a cool prize. But hurry! Only entries submitted by the close of game on Friday will be accepted.

Here's the answer to last weeks Trash Trivia question:

Question: Since VMK is going 'green' this month to help save the environment, can you name two 'green' Disney Resorts?

Answer: The six resorts that are 'green' are: Coronado Springs, Boardwalk, Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, Port Orleans Resorts (which is made up of French Quarter and Riverside), and Animal Kingdom Lodge. Check out all the cool features of the resorts on the Walt Disney World hotels page!

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort: That's some sweet eco-friendly island livin'!

Did you know: Jiminy Crickett is the spokesperson for Disney's environmental efforts!

'Green' lodging facilities use state-of-the-art laundry systems that filter and reuse water; low-flow showerheads and faucets in guest rooms; energy efficient computer equipment; lighting and appliances; Florida-friendly landscaping and recycling facilities.


The hotels also provide employee training and Guest information to encourage recycling and reuse.

Congratulations to the 3 lucky (and randomly picked) players that sent in the correct answer for last week's question!

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WizardAndy

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Your prize is on its way!

Top Players Top Players

What makes a Guest Room award-worthy?

Guest or Game Rooms that stand out show originality in concept and design. It could be a use of conventional furniture in unconventional ways, the use of a theme or color, or humor.

Best Guest Room

W.C. Drummer wins top honors this week in the Best Guest Room category.

Game rooms that get the nod offer a new game idea or a new twist on an old favorite. In all rooms we look for room owners who welcome everyone with a smile and show a willingness to answer questions about their room.


Check out this week's Best Guest Rooms and Best Game Rooms.


Best Guest Rooms

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Let's go to the movies! W.C. Drummer created the Original Epcot Drive In Movie for your viewing pleasure. You can check out the Monster Ride after the movie, and remember – popcorn and soda are on the house!

Best Game Rooms

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You might get dizzy in this week's Best Game Room! Minicooper is the owner of Mansion Spin!, a game that involves sitting and spinning. Sit down and spin your generator – the first person to get five high spins wins!


Best Player Quests

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Think you know the VMK Staff? Test what you know about VMK Staff in Inferno_Dancer's Quest, Inferno's Quest About Staff!. Learn something new and interesting about all your favorite Staff members!


Players who have been previously recognized for their design talents will receive the VIP award.

VMK Cards VMK Cards

The first card from Series 3 is here!

Get the Animation Viewer by playing the Animation Quest at Disneyland or Walt Disney World – redeem the code on your card for this cool virtual prize.

Animation Viewer

Check out the VMK Rewards Card Checklist and make sure you have all the VMK bling! What cards do you have in your collection?


Scam Alert Scam Alert

Staff impersonation is NOT allowed in VMK!

Impersonation is never allowed in VMK. If a player says they are VMK Staff, make sure they're wearing the orange Mickey Pin and wearing either red (for Staff and HOSTS) or blue (for QA) Mickey ears.

Cast Member Badge

VMK Staff will always wear the orange Mickey Pin.

Staff Outfits

You can always spot STAFF and HOSTS because they wear red Mickey ears.

Community Leader Badge

You can identify a Community Leader by the 'CL_' at the beginning of their name and their blue wizard hat pin.

Remember, VMK Staff will never ask you to trade any items. If you have other questions check out the FAQs page!

Scamming of any kind will get you BANNED!

It's great to have a popular room in VMK, but it's not OK to get players into your room by scamming. Pretending to have an item that you don't have, in order to get players to come into your room, is considered a scam and you can be banned from VMK!


Beware of "free" rooms

There are some players that advertise their rooms as "free," but when you enter them, they force you to pay up or get booted from the room. Beware of these types of rooms and report players who engage in this activity.

Close your room when you leave

If you are going to be away from your computer for awhile don't leave your room open - close it. Why? When you leave your room open, you're leaving it open to players that may be confused when they enter and don't know where the owner is. Sometimes confused players who find ownerless rooms will use the Call for Help tool and this takes away valuable time that Staff could be helping players in need.

Safety Corner Safety Corner

Do NOT share your personal information!

It may be tempting to ask someone for their personal information (where they live, instant messenger names, etc.) – but asking for this information will get you BANNED!

Please spend some time reviewing the VMK Values, and remember to keep your information private.

Adult subjects are not appropriate in VMK!

Adult subjects are never allowed in VMK. If you need a reminder of what is and isn't acceptable, read over the VMK Values.

If you spot a player in VMK that is not following the VMK Values and guidelines (especially if they're using adult subjects in chat) – report them. This also applies to players chatting about violence and/or engaging in a violent act – report these players (and any who violate the rules) immediately! VMK does not tolerate violent language of any type. Engaging in this type of behavior is inappropriate and will get you banned, in most cases permanently. Help keep VMK a safe and fun virtual place for everyone! :-)

Make sure to follow the VMK rules when reporting someone!

Someone cutting in line or asking you to be their friend is not ground for reporting. Use the Call for Help system wisely.

VMK Staff needs to spend their time helping people are who are seriously in need of assistance. However, if a player keeps doing something to annoy other players (repeating words to fill up the screen, blocking, etc) please use the Contact Us section on the website to report your issue – don't forget to be detailed (include harasser's name and event details) when writing in

Quests Quests

In-Park Quests!

PLAY THE DISNEY ANIMATION QUEST!

Animation Quest

Play the latest VMK In-Park Quest now at The Magic Kingdom® and Disneyland® - put your knowledge of Disney animated films to the test!

Going to Disneyland® Park or Magic Kingdom® Park? Play the in-Park Quests! Learn more here.

High School Musical Quest! Watch the movie, visit the Parks and answer all the questions to win cool stuff!

Get the Thrill Seekers Quest for the Walt Disney World® Resort here!

The Tomorrowland Quest is still available: Download it here.

Contact Us Tips Contact Us Tips

Problems? Contact Us!

When you use Contact Us to ask a question or report an issue, please be aware of the following:

If you use AOL or EarthLink for e-mail, you won't receive our response, as AOL e-mail filters block our replies. Please provide an alternative e-mail in the Contact Us form where it asks for your e-mail address.

Some Spam Filters will automatically block e-mail from an unknown source unless you tell the program to allow it: To get email from VMK, allow mail from [email protected]. (Please note this email address does not receive e-mail except via the Contact Us form.)