Disney Magic Connection

Thursday, January 24, 2008 11:17 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Aww. It was working before.

Here's another.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 11:42 AM
a_hoffman50's avatar It works! It looks intuitive. I would enjoy the wishlist as I have never been to Disney (SHOCK-A-ROCK) and it would really help me plan my day. I have forgotten or maybe it has not been mentioned. Is this a free service? *** Edited 1/24/2008 4:45:50 PM UTC by a_hoffman50***
Thursday, January 24, 2008 11:51 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar I believe the test run was free, but I'd suspect once (if?) it gets implemented as a permanent thing, that it would be fee-based.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 4:51 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Here's a follow-up to the test run.

From the article:

...things didn't go quite as well as WDI R & D had hoped they would.

Don't get me wrong, folks. The problem wasn't with the technology. From what I hear, aside from a few minor GPS & battery-related issues, the "Disney Magic Connection" units worked great. In their exit interviews, guests who actually took part in last week's test just raved about these wireless devices. They loved all the real-time park info that they were able to get out of this Nintendo DS."

So what was the problem?," you ask. Well, the Imagineers had originally hoped that they'd be able to recruit upwards of 60 families to take part in each day's field test. But on most days, WDI had to settle for less than half that number. Mostly because cast members had such a tough time convincing families to come try "Disney Magic Connection."

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 9:27 PM
rollergator's avatar I saw and heard absolutely ZERO about the whole thing when we were down there for three days on MLK, Jr. weekend. If they didn't get the participation they were hoping for, it wasn't because people were bombarded with information and chose not to participate. Trust me, I was keeping an eye out looking for *some* info at MK and AK. (With our group, it probably wouldn't have been an option.)

But since I knew about DMC - thanks to Gonch - ;) and was going anyway, I really wanted to report back with *something* to tell everyone about the devices, utility, function, etc. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

Onto the finger scan thingy, how come it works SO well at Disney (never once had even a slight delay), while at *other* FL parks they're almost always a hassle?

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 9:54 AM
Kenmei's avatar I can only hope they WOULD eventually let you use your own DS. If they did that, it'd certainly make your life simplistic. I see no reason they couldn't put little download kiosks on the Disney property where you could download the program for a limited time. Game Stops and other places have something similar. You walk in with your DS, download game demos and what not, and go on your merry way.

I personally think this is a neat system, especially for big families who are attending the parks. There's always arguments and confusion abound when you get large groups of people in a huge park area like this. I think it could help large families plan their visit more efficiently. =) Lord knows my parents couldn't agree with anything when we first went in 86, and mostly because they were just confused about the times of everything. Not that Cast Members don't do a great job of informing people! =) *** Edited 1/30/2008 2:55:12 PM UTC by Kenmei***

Watch out for flying maps!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 11:01 AM
Actually, WDW cast members have for years had access to attractions wait times and fast pass times through their personal corporate portal. Some cast members even went as accessing the portal through their PDA and getting real time attraction wait times!

When I worked at Epcot, I sometimes had questions like is "Rock n Roller Coaster running?". I'd then look at my portal, inform them that currently it was, wait time was 30 minutes and fast pass was still available.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 11:12 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Absimilliard said:
Actually, WDW cast members have for years had access to attractions wait times and fast pass times through their personal corporate portal.

The follow-up article I linked to mentions that. Basically it cost Disney next-to-nothing to impliment this DMC thing because the wait-time system already existed and the park had 400+ sensors installed already from the "My Pal Mickey" experiment.

All they did was set up the software on the DS to use the existing systems.


Even more interesting (since no one else commented) are the ideas that are likely to get added to the DMC system:

"You're sitting down to lunch at the Liberty Tree Tavern with your family. And as your waitress goes off to get your drinks, you ask what attraction the family would like to ride next after they're done eating. And the kids immediately say "Space Mountain."

So you pull out your handy dandy "Disney Magic Connnection." And you then check to see if there are any FastPasses left for that Tomorrowland attraction. And as it turns out, they are. So from your table right there in Liberty Square, you reserve FastPasses for your entire family to ride Space Mountain later that same afternoon.

And the beauty part of this proposed "Disney Magic Connection" feature is that you won't need any paper FastPass tickets. Once you arrive at the attraction that you've reserved FastPasses for, you just show your handheld unit to the cast member who's standing watch over the FastPass portion of the queue. Once he sees the virtual FastPass that's displayed on the screen of your Nintendo DS, he'll wave you and your family on through ... And then you're good to go."

Which sounds suspiciously similar to (ok, exactly like) the hypothetical system I described in this thread and was told made no sense and/or would never work. :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 11:45 AM
Just to add to the conversation: Universal Studios Hollywood has signs scattered around the park that give wait times (or next scheduled show times) for all the major attractions. It makes it easy to decide if the wait time for Mummy is worth that long journey down to the "lower lot".


Thursday, January 31, 2008 12:24 PM
boblogone's avatar They need to change the name of the system, it sounds like a in park 'dating' service. ;)

Online access to fastpasses? Might as well add pay access for front of the line, the new E-ticket would be "exit" passes. You can keep a tab and watch it grow as your day progresses. Being able to see your tab would be an extra cost premium service. Preferred seating could also be extra.

Thursday, January 31, 2008 4:49 PM
LostKause's avatar I don't want to carry my DS around a theme park; it could get wet or bumped around on a coaster, and DS's are not cheap to replace. I go to a theme park to escape screens anyway. A lot of people, including myself, look into screens way too much throughout the day.

(My computer, my TV, my DS, my PS2, my cell phone, my screen savers, my digital photo frames, , my i-pod, the PDA I use at work, ...Too many screens.)

I probably won't ever buy into anything like this, but it's a good idea for some people in some situations. I don't "do" parks the same way others do.

I will mention again that electronic signs (I know, more screens) can tell you just about anything devices can without having to carrying them around. Stroll past one and figure out what you want to do next!


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