Cell phone connection relief on the way for Disney World and Disneyland?
Published: July 23, 2013 at 6:04 AM
The deal includes sponsorship of some runDisney and other sports events, but the element that should catch the attention of theme park fans (at least those with cell phones on the AT&T network) is that the telecom company will improve its transmission network at both resorts.
Better cell reception might make it worth your while to use the free electrical outlets near the Magic Kingdom's new Tangled restrooms.
According to the press release, here are the planned network enhancements, which should help guests now frustrated with poor cell and data reception during peak visiting times:
More than 25 distributed antenna systems to increase the wireless capacity in areas with high mobile traffic More than 350 small cells to extend network connectivity 10 cell sites across Walt Disney World Resort to provide wide-ranging mobile service to guests More than 40 repeaters to further enhance the mobile experience for both guests and Cast Members
Other than the one mention of Disney World, there's no other word in the release as to what will go in which resort, or what the current infrastructure looks like. But, from personal experience as an AT&T customer at Disneyland, I've seen my connection speed drop to zero as crowds grow at the park. Free WiFi, available from the Grand Californian's network at Disneyland in selected locations at the WDW Resort, helps, but a more robust cell data network will make using Disney's apps and other online resources (did you know that ThemeParkInsider.com works pretty darned well on an iPhone?) easier for visitors.