Revolutionary new app toys from Disney in time for Christmas

Cars 2 Appmates
It's coming. Christmas is a matter of weeks away and the search for gifts that everybody wants is sure to get more and more frenzied as we get closer to the festivities.
Luckily, buying for your children may have just got easier. If you own an iPad (or for some bizarre reason your five-year-old does) this new toy from Disney might just be one of the best pressies out there.

Miniature model cars from the hugely popular animation Cars 2 can be used interactively with the iPad to create a pretty fun looking simulated adventure.

Mini Mators and Lightning McQueen toys come with sensors underneath that the iPad recognises and the free AppMates app creates a virtual playmat on the screen that kids can enjoy without having to deal with any mess on the living room floor. One of the Autoblog team can certainly vouch for the entertainment value having tried the new app although he admits his driving skills were a little below par compared to his children's (probably why he wants to remain anonymous).

The Cars 2 Appmates app offers racing, missions, car modifying and free roam around an expansive environment with different content available through separate characters from the film, including Finn McMissile, Holley Shiftwell and Francesco Bernoulli.

If you can't wait to try the app but don't have any AppMates yet, you can let your fingers do the driving instead to explore the virtual world on your iPad.

All of the popular Cars 2 characters are available from the Apple store and in selected Disney stores.

Check out the video below to see the impressive interactive app and toys together.
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