Forget the Phoenicians: Let's download some theme park emoji!

October 10, 2017, 8:26 PM · More than 5,000 years ago, human beings began communicating by writing. We started with pictographic forms, such as hieroglyphics, before the Phoenicians gave us an alphabet (at least, according to Spaceship Earth's version of human history). From there, we used writing to keep records and begin telling stories. Eventually, we developed Greek dramas, Shakespearian tragedies, and great novels.

Writing became a medium for the masses, though newspapers and cheap paperbacks. Moving online, we developed websites, blogs, and discussion boards. And now, finally, completing the circle, we have emojis. Five thousand years, and we are right back where we started.

But, hey, now we have theme park themed emoji! Take that, you lazy Pharaohs!

Universal dropped its new emoji keyboard today, launching the UNIMOJI app on the Apple and Google Play app stores. You will find Shrek and the Minions on the keyboard, along with Jaws, ET, Beetlejuice, and the Men in Black. (You won't find any Harry Potter-themed emoji in the collection, however. Licensing only goes so far.)

If you've not used an app-based emoji keyboard before, you will need to add the keyboard in your phone's settings. (The app will explain how to do this.) And these keyboards are really more "copy and paste" image collections that the standard emoji that come built in with your phone's text messaging.

Disney fans have plenty of special themed emoji available for them, as well, though you have to go through some extra steps to get them. Disney last year released its Disney Emoji Blitz game, which allows players to unlock various themed emoji for texting through gameplay. The collection includes many Disney Parks-themed emoji, along with classic Disney and Pixar-inspired characters. [Get it on Apple and Google Play.]

So when civilization regresses and we forget how to write anything but pictures, at least we'll still be able to write about theme parks. My job is safe!

Replies (5)

October 10, 2017 at 9:22 PM · Interesting, but not surprising in my opinion! It is a great way to connect via social media. Disney has really pushed it on Facebook so I would assume that Universal would follow suit!
October 10, 2017 at 10:21 PM · Forget Shakespeare and these "great novels" you speak of, we have a twitter whereby our masterful world leaders can convey incredible ideas and concepts concisely for the betterment of society.
October 11, 2017 at 12:03 AM · And so we continue leading our population into imbecility...

Emojis are great for adding emphasis to the written word or conveying general feelings or vague ideas but the reason we developed language in the first place is because of the inherent limitations of pictures to convey accurately complex concepts.

Excuse me whilst I have a 'bah, humbug!' moment over this news...

October 11, 2017 at 10:10 AM · Where's the Designated Smoking Area?
October 12, 2017 at 1:10 PM · Can't wait til Disney Emoji becomes a historical section in a revamped Spaceship Earth just so we can hear Dame Judi Dench say the word "emoji". Insert my own eyeroll here.

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