Disney has launched its new-look website at www.disney.com with splashier graphics, greater interaction and more customization options.
The new home page still acts as a gateway to all the various areas of Disney (parks, movies, TV, shopping, etc.), but now visitors have the option to tailor their Disney.com experience to their own personal interests. Using the "Disney For You" menu, you can choose content geared towards preschool children, boys, girls, kids & teens, familes and Disney fans (that one's for us big kids). You can also "Enter a Character World" to load pages themed to specific characters (Tinker Bell/Fairies, Mickey Mouse, Meet the Robinsons, Hannah Montana, etc.)
Disney XD, the new Disney online community where you can create your own personal page of Disney games, videos and music and share it with your friends, is still in beta and offers limited functionality at this point. You can still register your XD screen name to get started, but be prepared to wait. As a family-friendly precaution, Disney has to approve your name before you start sharing it with others.
To get the most out of the site--and especially Disney XD--a broadband connection is a necessity. I was impressed, however, that my old dinosaur computer with a high-speed connection was still able to navigate the site without much difficulty. Only a few screens loaded slowly.
Please share your thoughts/comments on the new Disney.com.