With the introduction of free WiFi in
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Touring Plans app
Having free WiFi in the hotel comes in handy, it makes it easier and cheaper to connect with family back home, thanks to apps like Skype, I can call home, meaning no more forking out for payphone cards or coming home to a massive mobile phone bill.
So how will the WiFi in
tinker with our touring?
Being from the Magic
I have zero access to WiFi and 3G when I am in the parks (the phone bill would
cost more than the holiday!). This means that all those wonderful planning apps
I’ve been downloading are rendered useless once I leave the WiFi comfort zone
of the hotel. I do love those apps that give you the estimated wait time for
rides in the park, after all you’re not always near the main times board and it
would be good to know before heading to a ride all the way on the opposite side
of the park. busy that day? You can
quickly connect online and see what park is predicted to have the lowest crowd
that day and head on over. Struggling to make the most of your day? You can
click onto the likes of Touring Plans and load up a guide to maximize your park
time and magic exposure. Even just being able to get a weather update would
come in handy from time to time! Finding Magic
Having access to the planning apps is a win for WiFi.
My predicted downside? Teens!
For teens, it is important to stay connected, through the likes of iMessage and BBM, they are constantly in touch with each other back home. Having the
Atlantic Ocean between them doesn’t
even stop them! One of the bonuses for UK families especially was that during
the day out at the parks, those smart phones could not connect to anything! Teens
had no choice but to switch off and connect with their families instead. These
holidays are all about family time, making the most of it and enjoying each other’s
company in a way that is too difficult back at home. With the free WiFi
services on offer in
and presumably rolling out across the other parks, there will be a lot of
Blackberrys and iPhones showing up clutched in the hands of teens on family photo
pass pictures. Maybe I’m tarring them all with the same stereotypical brush,
but next time you’re in the parks, have a look how many are staring down at
their screens instead of up and around where they are! Magic Kingdom
Free WiFi in the parks – good or bad?
Until next time,