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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Themagical's Future: HTML5 and beyond??

(Coming Soon???)

Hey Everybody!

Trust you are all doing fine as the upcoming holiday's is upon us!  As we are just starting up on our Christmas shopping and celebrating holiday festivities, Themagical staff wishes you all have a safe and healthy holiday season.

As we are still working on projects at Themagical, I bet you are all wondering how's the progress has been going and looking forward to new updates.

Soarin Progress:

Here's the latest update on the HTML5 Soarin Simulation:
"I last mentioned a few weeks ago that I was working to fix a bug in Soarin's peep/visitor code. As usual, this has turned into a complex task. The good news is that the updated peep engine should be extremely flexible and intelligent. In fact, it could easily be useful not only in future ride sims, but also much bigger projects, like a whole park for example. I have a pretty big idea brewing for the future, and all the code I write for Soarin' is done with the future in mind. This is why it is so important for me to get it all right the first time." - Josh Stauffer (November 1, 2012)

Why HTLM5 over Flash??

We feel that from this first of its kind HTML5 simulation, this will not only put us on the map of having this kind of interactivity but to help usher new and faster simulation content to and respectively.

From the development of Josh, this will bring newer content and interactive to all type of devices! This type could bring not only to PC's but to smartphones as well.  Even by developing expanded code to allow larger projects into the future under one roof!

Flash is such a great tool to bring such creation to life from our simulations.  But since the future is now HTLM5 and CSS is faster deploying by major companies like Apple, we need to reach our broader audience who views our website by mobile/tablet devices.

Flash hinders this experience via mobile because the hardware in the devices can only support a low end of Flash player version.  In cases, some mobile devices doesn't allow such Flash content due to the fact of security breaches in the past and as well resources hog.

Slow experience can and will bring the enjoyment to an halt by people who are using them. We feel that we want the best possible experience while playing our simulations on any platform devices.  That means, learning new ways to bring that to you.  

By which this brings me into my next topic.....

HTML5 Application (app) Program:

In the past, we've told you that we can't create an iOS app because of copyrights with Disney.  But because of how we create our simulations isn't copyright based and nor endorsed by the Disney Company. 

Even though with the Legal department of Disney, we still feel that making an app can void those terms because we can't OWN the rights to the logos, music, name branding, etc... when creating the app.

With that in mind, we can host our simulations on the website and without you downloading an program to play them.  Some of you are saying about 'offline content' without being connected to the internet. 

You can save them within your web browser to save 'offline webpages', so that not only you can play the simulation but you won't be connected to the internet to play them.

We are still looking for ways to bring you content to your smartphone, gaming consoles, and tablet devices.  Who knows into the future you could see Themagical simulation app within your favorite platform device...for example Windows 8 app?

What are your thoughts?  Leave us your comments on our facebook group page and email us!

Until Then, 

Co-Admin of Themagical/ Simulation Development Team


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Message

Hey Everyone!

We are celebrating today here in the "States" have the national holiday of Thanksgiving!
Ah...the second best time of the year to come together with family and friends over a delicious hot juicy turkey and all the fixings. I know this is my favorite time of holiday to enjoy delicious food and fellowship.

Even getting together for a meal is wonderful to enjoy and celebrate as one. Where ever you are at right now, think of things that you are thankful for this year. It's great to reflect on these things and as well to find ways to help others in need. Maybe even volunteering at a local soup kitchen to feed the homeless this holiday season and many other ways to help families who are in need of help to provide a hot meal this holiday and as well daily life.

As the following day after thanksgiving, is a season where everybody goes shopping like a mad crazy person. This is known where stores around the nation sells items for real less prices and as well make great deals for certain hours of the day! This is called "Black Friday".

Black Friday is a term where the day after thanksgiving, people will go to the stores very early early in the morning around 1am or so to buy items that are hot ticket items. Local stores like Best Buy, Walmart, Sears, etc... will sell certain products the night of black Friday, people who stand for hours before the store close, just to be the first one to get hands on a hot selling product. People usually shop for Christmas deals already and finding prices that they can afford since we are all still in the economy is weak. So hopefully, more revenue will help stores and as well the people who work there make a decent pay check this season.

For all of those who are visiting us here and as well who are members from the "States", the staff of 'Themagical' team wishes you and your families to have a safe and enjoyable thanksgiving day!

Until then!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Delay Posting: Hurricane Sandy Aftermath


Hey there fellow readers/community, my state Pennsylvania got hit hard but not as badly as our neighborhood New Jersey.

My location was out of power the night of the incoming storm. On Saturday November 3, I finally got POWER back on. Due to the severeity of the storm, we had other states to help out on turning back on the power. 

Local PP&L on the Northeast said that 98% has been restored but still about 12,000 customers are out of power.  

Majority of this storm path was: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware. Most of severe damage was New Jesery and because of it President Obama declared "State Emergency".

My family are ok and doing well from the aftermath of the hurricane.  But we aren't done with a severe storm. We are expecting a major snow storm to hit our state AGAIN this coming Wednesday into Thursday!!  Talk about double wammie!

Sandy's affect on the Industry: 

Casino Pier, located in Seaside Heights, NJ, was largely destroyed in the storm.  Previous sunny Summer days saw the pier looking like this: (*Click on the image to see it large view.)

But after Sandy rolled through it looks like this:

 © Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger

 The park's Star Jet roller coaster was left idly sitting in the ocean when the pier beneath it collapsed.  Several others rides and attractions were also sucked into the sea, and generally all the rides are ruined.  More photos of Casino Pier from the air are located here, and a story about the park can be found here.

Funtown Pier, also in Seaside Heights, didn't fair so well either.  The park lost a large portion of its boardwalk foundations, sending several rides into the water and sand below.  One of them is the park's Looping Coaster, which can be seen crumpled on itself in the above photo.  A story on the park can be found here

Hopefully all parks affected will be able to rebuild, some have a much tougher journey ahead of them than others.  Our best wishes go out to all of them.

How you can help: 

- You can donate online through American Red Cross organization to help on families who were affected of Hurricane Sandy. 
- If you prefer texting, you can send an text: REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

- Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

About "American Red Cross": 
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Closing Thoughts:

Thank you for your support and cooperating on waiting for new blog post. Due to lack of electricity in my area, I wasn't able to post new content though I could been able to post through my iPhone but I wasn't going to risk losing battery power for that. 

Themagical Staff wishes the best on the families who were affected by the storm. Thoughts and prayers goes out to the families lost their love ones in the storm.

Until Then,