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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JoeCamelJan 21, 2023

Sorry - it was the kids and I wasn't watching and and......

JohnDJan 20, 2023

Oops! I didn't mean to drop it in the sink and let the faucet pour water on it. How did that happen? 😇

JoeCamelJan 20, 2023

Give it a bath

G00fyDadJan 20, 2023

Just slide the switch of the top that covers the camera and wait about 30 seconds. The screen should go dark. Or you could just unplug it.

MisterPenguinJan 19, 2023

Call housekeeping for more towels.

ToTBellHopJan 19, 2023

Move it to the mini fridge.

CaptainAmericaJan 19, 2023

Does anyone know how to turn the screen off on this damn thing? I don't care if it listens to me yelling at the children, but I'd like to sleep in the dark.

G00fyDadJan 05, 2023

Just sayin'....

ppete1975Jan 05, 2023

not sure about you but the sounds coming out of my bedroom and bathroom are probably not things others want to hear. They certainly arent private conversations lol

WDWBigEdJan 05, 2023

To save money. You can ask the device for everything without picking up the in-room phone. Hey Disney bring me towels. Hey Disney what time does the pool close. Now I don't need as many Cast Members to answer the phones.

MisterPenguinJan 05, 2023

"Hey, Disney. Do I have this position correct? Where should my left leg be?" I hope Goofy answers.

GhostHost1000Jan 05, 2023

Disney: “is there a way we could possibly listen in to each guest room and learn ways to make more money off of them?” Just kidding. I think.

esskayJan 05, 2023

Is there a list of what resorts now have these (assuming they are in all rooms?)

Andrew CJan 04, 2023

There are privacy settings you can adjust. You can turn off Amazon's use of your voice recordings. You can set it to where no voice recordings are saved. And you can put the Alexa device in privacy/mute mode anytime you want so it stops listening completely. Yes, it is in the news this week. But it is the same news we have seen previously. Everyone has a choice to use it or not, to adjust the privacy settings or not. If you're "just saying it is in the news this week" why say it at all unless you are attempting to say Disney and Amazon should potentially consider changing course due to this news?