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  • Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

    So what are you ideas and opinions on putting wireless internet stations in the park, possibly in a cafe, resturaunt or maybe even just at random points in the park signs which read "This is a wireless zone". Would this be a good idea, bad idea? Do you think it would cause congestion and problems when the wireless was not working and those who brought their equip. into the park to use the wireless could not use it? I personally think it would be a good Idea to make an iCafe inside the park somewhere, possibly on main street...or expand coke corner into a cafe where you could use your wireless desktops over high speed internet....What do you guys and girls think?

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    Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

    I've thought about this since it's a big part of my own business.

    I really don't like the idea of Disneyland being used as a hangout, but I do think that, as more and more relevant applications are developed and as more of the smaller personal devices, like telephones, incorporate WiFi transceivers, Disney will eventually provide access inside the parks.

    The real opportunity lies in Disney creating site-specific applications and content. People are bringing mobile phones, P.D.A.'s, and music and game players into the parks. The company might as well make use of those devices and better integrate them into the guest experience.
    Last edited by PragmaticIdealist; 01-20-2007, 03:35 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

      Meh... why?

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      • #4
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        Something like this should be a no-brainer with Steve Jobs on the Board of Directors, but I'd like to see it confined to Tomorrowland. You know, something about wireless access on turn-of-the-century Main Street just bothers me.
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          Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

          Originally posted by 5hr drive View Post
          Something like this should be a no-brainer with Steve Jobs on the Board of Directors, but I'd like to see it confined to Tomorrowland. You know, something about wireless access on turn-of-the-century Main Street just bothers me.
          So, you want to get rid of all Main Street anachronisms.

          That will lead to a LOT of changes ...

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            Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

            Originally posted by JeffYardDog View Post
            So, you want to get rid of all Main Street anachronisms.

            That will lead to a LOT of changes ...
            Well, the good thing about the wireless access is that it is invisible.

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            • #7
              Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

              I can imagine something like a "magic compass" that people can access with their personal devices. The trick to integrating wireless cyberconnectivity into Disneyland is in using the technology to enhance the existing experience, rather than just giving people a convenient way to access the Internet.

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              • #8
                Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

                I actually wouldn't mind an area that's wireless. Especially since a huge portion of Disneyland visitors are LOCAL! For students, wouldn't it be great to be typing out some Huck Finn report while sitting on the Mark Twain! haha AWESOME
                Currently at DreamWorks Animation SKG

                Former Disneyland Adventureland Castmember
                [Skipper & Archaeologist]

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                • #9
                  Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

                  Originally posted by JeffYardDog View Post
                  So, you want to get rid of all Main Street anachronisms.

                  That will lead to a LOT of changes ...
                  Well, nooo....but it still bothers me
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                  • #10
                    Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

                    Wireless internet has already existed in the Parks for a couple of years now. I bring my laptop into Disneyland Park and use wireless high-speed internet all the time!

                    It's just that it's Cellular Broadband, rather than WiFi'd broadband.

                    With Verizon Broadband Access on my laptop...I've got high-speed internet almost anywhere I go (even in taxis), and never have to sweat out finding a "WiFi Hotspot" if I don't want to. Several other cell companies have their own Broadband Cellular Networks as well these days.

                    In fact all this week...I've been surfing while in the parks here at Walt Disney World.



                    But as I'm sure the OP was referring to WiFi in the Parks...with all the non-computer products coming out that are WiFi dependant...like WiFi cameras and WiFi phones...I think it would be a good idea for Disney to consider it. Although they may not have to if the city of Anaheim's current plans to become one of the cities to have city-wide WiFi umbrella coverage happens...then that could very easily reach into the Parks and provide service to Guests wishing to log on to the internet with their portable devices.

                    Last edited by Opus1guy; 01-20-2007, 06:51 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

                      It would make checking my pin stats on PinPics with my PDA that much easier.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

                        Here's an idea... high tech internet connection in, oh I dont know... TOMORROWLAND! Inside the pizza place would be cool.
                        “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.” ~ Mel Brooks


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                        • #13
                          Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

                          Originally posted by Opus1guy View Post
                          Wireless internet has already existed in the Parks for a couple of years now. I bring my laptop into Disneyland Park and use wireless high-speed wireless internet all the time!

                          It's just that it's Cellular Broadband, rather than WiFi'd broadband.

                          With Verizon Broadband Access on my laptop...I've got high-speed internet almost anywhere I go (even in taxis), and never have to sweat out finding a "WiFi Hotspot" if I don't want to. Several other cell companies have their own Broadband Cellular Networks as well these days.

                          In fact all this week...I've been surfing while in the parks here at Walt Disney World.



                          But as I'm sure the OP was referring to WiFi in the Parks...with all the non-computer products coming out that are WiFi dependant...like WiFi cameras and WiFi phones...I think it would be a good idea for Disney to consider it. Although they may not have to if the city of Anaheim's current plans to become one of the cities to have city-wide WiFi umbrella coverage happens...then that could very easily reach into the Parks and provide service to Guests wishing to log on to the internet with their portable devices.

                          I think we are going to see a change from WiFi broadband to Cellular Broadband. More service area and just as fast (maybe even faster) download speeds. The only place I would see this would be in Tomorrowland.
                          -Jack :geek:
                          Doc Brown had 2 Deloreans!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

                            I've always said that a dream of mine was a system of WiFi networks in the parks. This network would also have a web-backend that would give you current showtimes, and current wait times for the day. As well, eventually the system could be expanded to allow eFastPass. Basically, you input your ticket number(s) into your PDA, and you select the attraction you want a FastPass for. Then, when your time comes up, you head to the attraction, and swipe your ticket. It confirms you had an eFastPass, and get to ride.
                            -Monorail Man

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                              Re: Wireless Internet Stations inside Disneyland

                              Originally posted by Monorail Man View Post
                              I've always said that a dream of mine was a system of WiFi networks in the parks. This network would also have a web-backend that would give you current showtimes, and current wait times for the day. As well, eventually the system could be expanded to allow eFastPass. Basically, you input your ticket number(s) into your PDA, and you select the attraction you want a FastPass for. Then, when your time comes up, you head to the attraction, and swipe your ticket. It confirms you had an eFastPass, and get to ride.
                              Cool idea, but it would give those with the PDAs an unfair advantage over the others. Currently FastPass works okay because everybody has an equal opportunity for it as long as they are intelligent enough to read their free map.
                              "If we cut the budget are you going to be the one standing at the exit explaining to guests why the ride they just rode is a piece of crap?" - - John Lasseter

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