Amazon Brings Mickey and Crew to Your Echo With 'Hey Disney'
The new voice assistant costs $6 a year.
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The new voice assistant doesn't entirely replace Alexa, but operates as its own voice assistant. So if Hey Disney can't give you an answer, Alexa can still help out.
Amazon and Disney's launch of Hey Disney comes as anticipation builds for Amazon Prime Day 2023. While Prime Day's exact dates have yet to be announced, we suspect they could be on July 11 and 12.
Watch this: 'Hey Disney' Comes to Amazon Echo Devices
How to sign up for Hey Disney on your Amazon Echo
To subscribe and set up the voice assistant, you can say, "Hey Alexa, introduce me to Hey Disney."
Once the voice assistant is enabled, characters such as Mickey Mouse, Rocket and Groot, C-3PO and others can give you the weather, set timers and more on your device. You can also play games with, and hear stories from, different Disney characters.
Another unique Hey Disney feature, which CNET demoed at CES 2023, is Soundscapes. These combine ambient music and sound effects to make it feel like you're in a Disney-themed location, such as sitting on the forest moon of Endor from Star Wars or walking about the Magic Kingdom.