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Walt Disney World Resorts will test Bluetooth Room Entry via My Disney Experience app

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For the last several years, Walt Disney World guests have used their MagicBands in order to enter their resort room.  With an upcoming test they will be allowed to use their cellphone instead!

Coming very soon, Walt Disney World select resort guests at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Polynesian Village Resort will be able to use their cell phones to open their resort room door.  The bluetooth functionality will merge with the current technology involved with the My Disney Experience phone app to enable you to unlock your door using your cell phone.

This technology is not new to the major hotel chains around the world, but it has not been tested at any Disney Resort up to this time.  I’m sure that Disney wants to make certain that the technology is easy to understand and above all safe for resort guests to use.

What do you think about this Bluetooth test?

 




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16 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t really see the benifit to it. Since plenty of people like the ‘fancy’ magic bands, I am sure they are not getting rid of them and as indicated in some of the comments – there are still plenty of people that don’t have smart phones to put the app on – even though I use my phone in the parks for FP, checking my dining reservations, etc. I certainly wouldn’t want to use it instead of the magic band.
    I suppose there must be people that wanted it – but I don’t see how it helps, other than just showing that Disney is staying ‘cutting edge’ with MDE :)

  2. I do actually own a cell phone – it’s an old flip phone because all I use it for are calls and the occasional text. It’s doesn’t support any kind of new technology and I’m happy with it. For the FP’s, I bring along my iPad but it’s rather large to pull out to open a door when the MB is already on my wrist.

  3. I totally agree with you. I don’t own a cell phone & don’t miss it. It’s bad enough when you’re in traffic and someone isn’t paying attention because they’re looking at their phone. Now we have to put up with that at the parks as well? It’s no benefit for me that’s for sure. As for the FP’s, I did it before so I’ll do it again. ; )

  4. Even with a backup battery, I’ve had a cell phone drain in a day at WDW. And the magicband is so easy, I don’t see an upside. (But there could be one for people who don’t like to wear the band)

  5. But then you can buy one of their fuel rods for $30! Kidding!! hopefully portable chargers will continue to get smaller and still be packing multiple charges!!!

  6. This seems way less convenient than a band. I wonder if they’re going to try to stop doing bands all together and make everyone use their phones like they do at Disneyland with Max pass?

  7. I like it but the MDE update I’m most looking forward to is the option to preorder when using DDP credits. Hope they’re working on that!

    I will be interested to see how the room entry works once it goes to more resorts. It’s hard for me to think that opening an app is going to be easier than tapping my band. But, I’m willing to give it a try!

  8. Just what the world needs – another reason to be looking down at a screen instead of where they are going. I just wonder where that leaves those of us who don’t own cell phones – and are happy without one.

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