Free Wi-Fi now available at Magic Kingdom!
Walt Disney World:
With plans to bring it to the other 3 parks and DTD.
As of today, free Wi-Fi is now available in Magic Kingdom! This is good news for people who don't have much data on their phones or bloggers with computers. Disney added free Wi-Fi to their hotels last year, and by early 2013, Epcot, DHS, AK, and DTD will be getting free Wi-Fi. This is more great news for people who wait for celebrity Faspasses at 5 AM for Star Wars Weekends (I'm one of those people ;). Thoughts?
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From Don Neal
Posted August 2, 2012 at 5:33 AM
I was happy they added it to the hotels but don't have much of a need for it in the park but I know others do. I think it's a nice perk. Also, this isn't cheap, especially adding it at every hotel and now in the parks. This isn't on the level of a new ride or some new amazing service but its an investment by Disney and should be appreciated as such.
Since Wossamotta U @ IOA charges people to use internet and hasn't really been all that successful, it'll be a matter of days until Universal does the same.
This was obviously something that needed to be done just to free up cell service. With tens of thousands of guests jamming up available bandwidth the choice was either to ask cell providers to beef up their service or for Disney to instal WiFi. This not only improves communication for guests, but it gives CMs the ability to use their cell phones to communicate inside the parks and resorts instead of expensive 2-ways or other multi-band communication devices.
This is a model a number of stadium/arena operators around the country are moving towards. Because you have such a huge concentration of users in one spot, normal cell towers are ill-equipped to handle the demand during events. The WiFi shifts most data users off the cell networks, freeing up space so cell phones can actually be used to make calls. It also offers network operators the ability to target users with ads and/or track guests' use on the network, which can create a significant financial windfall.
Airports, which used to be really stingy on offerring WiFi, initially installed pay services only to realize people wouldn't pony up the $10/hour or more to use the internet for a few minutes. Many airports have since switched to a "free" model that introduces start-up ads and speed limiters to make the venture more profitable.
Just so everyone knows, at Disneyland WiFi has been found in New Orleans Square.
I like free Wifi, but I don't use most since they are not encrypted Wifi that use WPA at minimum. Usually, this means they need a password. Don't use wifi without encryption or you will risk your personal data getting lifted.
WiFi has been added to Typhoon Lagoon.
From Chad H
Posted August 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM
Status Update: On space Mountain
Status Update: Bathroom.
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