Disney testing smart speakers in guest rooms at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club

Feb 05, 2019 in "MyMagic+"

Posted: Tuesday February 5, 2019 8:57am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Smart speakers may be coming to guest rooms at Walt Disney World, as a pilot program begins at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort.


Guests staying at the resort are being randomly selected to take part in the test, where a smart speaker in the room can be used to access information about their vacation. 

As with smart speakers in the home, such as Apple's HomePod and Google Home, guests staying at the hotel can use the speaker to access things like weather and music, but specifically for Walt Disney World, they can check park hours and bus information.

For Disney, this latest test represents a continued drive to add more technology to guests stays at Walt Disney World. Recent developments include Bluetooth room entry, Mobile Food Ordering, and continuing enhancements to My Disney Experience apps.

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RSoxNo1Feb 16, 2019

Alexa, basement lights on. Sorry, I don't recognize the pengiun Alexa, basement lights on. What device? Basement. Fast forward to Stephen Colbert's show, Alexa, play smooth jazz "Playing smooth jazz" ME: wtf.

lentestaFeb 14, 2019

I just got a WDW survey today, with lots of questions on how I use an Echo.

mikejs78Feb 14, 2019

Google Home has been rapidly catching up to Amazon Echo quarter to quarter. Amazon's lead in devices sold comes from their head start, but Google had been slowly closing the gap. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.slate.com/technology/2018/08/amazon-echo-is-losing-smart-speaker-market-share-to-google-home-heres-why.html

RSoxNo1Feb 14, 2019

Jim and @lentesta discussed this as a possibility on the next 3 cruise ships. Seems logical.

hapihartFeb 13, 2019

In this day and age, you're being watched or listened to on a regular basis. Whether you want to admit it or not. So I really don't see what all the fuss is about.

DavidS1234Feb 13, 2019

The first rule of being a government agent is not to talk about being a government agent.

MontyFeb 11, 2019

My iPhone 6 only has three and, yes, all three are physically disabled.

ObobruFeb 11, 2019

I think we can safely say not one person has claimed here this is the purpose of their VPN, they have all claimed they have them for "security" aka hiding themselves online. Nice distract but I can safely assume from the posts here the people moaning about a voice assistant are they type that stock up on rolls of tin foil, in fact most would stock up on anything as they most likely have a bunker.

NormCFeb 11, 2019

Did you disable all four of them?

LukeS7Feb 11, 2019

This is actually false if you're talking about the first party echo devices. Every single one that Amazon has made has a physical mic/camera mute button.

PatchesleeFeb 11, 2019

That would be a change, I'm still working on getting responses from my kid half of the time πŸ˜‚

KamikazeFeb 10, 2019

Then you install the DynDNS desktop app if you're having a problem (or if your router doesn't support DynDNS.)

bigrigrossFeb 09, 2019

True, but as with all SOHO Sonic walls they do not like to update the IP sometimes. And it has bitten me in the butt when it has refused to refresh. Hopefully that changes when I move my network over to a ubiquity setup, but until then, the VPN setup I have now has worked the best and reliability has been perfect except for when my house loses its connection or I run into that one hotel that blocks almost every port except for 80....

KamikazeFeb 09, 2019

Right, a VPN is a VPN, but you're using it for a different purpose and in a different way. A person using it to hide torrenting is not using it as a tunnel to a specific site like you are - they're using it to appear as if their IP is the other end of the tunnel, and they 'come out' of it to go wherever they want. The technology is the same, the use case is not. As far as having a dedicated VPN on your dynamic IP, you can certainly do that without an issue using a service such as DynDNS (dyn.com/dns) which will allow you to create a hostname that automatically updates when your dynamic IP changes. Any SonicWall dating well back before Dell purchased them supports DynDNS, NoIP and others.