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Your Phone Will Work Much Better at Disney Parks in 2014

February 21, 2014 at 12:23 PM | by | Comment (1)

It might not be as exciting as a new ride or attraction, but the latest technology coming to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland is certainly a welcome addition. Taking pictures with Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of the character crew has never been the same since social media arrived. So we totally understand when you just need to share those moments on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

That’s where the technology at the theme parks comes in, as AT&T is working behind the scenes to improve the network necessities. We’re not familiar with all the ins and outs of some of these electronics, but we do know that the connectivity company has introduced a whole bunch of small cells to boost signal, reception, and the can-you-hear-me-now factor in and around the parks.

All in all there’s like 350 small cells, 25 distributed antenna systems, and 40 repeaters across the properties in California and Florida. They’ve even gone as far to add this kind of technology to the Disney hotels and resorts over in Hawaii and South Carolina too, so you’ll even be able to log-on and connect when you’re are far from Space Mountain.

Some of the repeaters and what not are hidden backstage at the parks, so it’s perfect for Goofy and Donald to use when they’re not performing as Goofy and Donald. However, we can’t help but assume that this will only make your day at the park that much better—especially with live updates and pictures to Grandma.

[Photo: Castles, Capes & Clones]

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NextGen Project

This tech upgrade is for the NextGen Project, not because Disney wants you to be able to update your Facebook status. NextGen is supposed to make your Disney vacation more magical by customizing services and products via mobile devices like your Smart Phone or a RFID bracelet.

Depending on which source you believe, the cost of NextGen is between 1 and 2 billion. (Yes, that's "b" for billion.) For the same price, Disney could have built multiple "E" ticket attractions. For example, the new Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom is estimated to cost $500 million.

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