In a move designed to entice meeting planners, in June all Walt Disney convention resorts in the United States will begin offering budget-friendly, high-capacity Wi-Fi and hard-wired services for groups.
Disney announced the new services at its Awaken Summer event in Orlando last week. The services, which will be available in all meeting rooms and exhibit halls, will maximize the time attendees can spend at a meeting or convention by enabling them to use their digital device to stream video, share content and connect socially—all at no or low cost, depending on the options selected by the planner. The services also will provide dedicated connectivity to keynote speakers and presenters.
This new offering supplements the standard Wi-Fi currently available in guest rooms and common areas at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando; Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California; and Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Kapolei, Hawaii.
An advanced technological offering also will be available at Shanghai Disney Resort, set to open June 16. Rather than providing MagicBand bracelets that facilitate access to parks and purchase of ride tickets, food and souvenirs, guests will be able to use their smartphones to perform the same functions at the new resort.
Shanghai Disney Resort will include Disney’s 12th theme park, Shanghai Disneyland, which will feature Disney’s largest castle, Star Wars Launch Bay, Tron Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster, Roaring Rapids raft ride and Treasure Cove, an innovative new ride system for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
Another top attraction, Soarin’ the World, will make its world debut at Shanghai Disneyland. Guests will be able to “fly” above some of the world’s most breathtaking sites, including The Great Wall of China, the Matterhorn in Switzerland and Sydney Harbor in Australia.
The property will feature two hotels: Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, with 420 guest rooms, and Toy Story Hotel, with 800 guest rooms.