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beachgrl001
04-28-2008, 04:07 PM
Hi I read that the high speed internet is $9.99 for 24hrs so if you only sign on for an hr every day is it going to be $9.99 for each day:confused3 ? I also saw on a search that you can get free dial up from netzero/juno and connect for free with that? I really just want to go online to check my flight times and email

TIA

Bob P
04-28-2008, 04:11 PM
Hi,

The price is $9.95 for 24 contiguous hours, meaning if you buy it at noon today you have until 11:59AM tomorrow before you have to pay again.

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/Resorts/wireless.htm

Anne34
04-28-2008, 04:24 PM
My husband always buys it one afternoon/evening and then has two days in which to check his e-mails from work. (First evening say 5pm and the next day before that time). He usually does this in the middle of the trip.

jkjs
04-28-2008, 04:26 PM
Is there any place on site to check emails for free?

MPHARJ
04-28-2008, 04:30 PM
DTD at Disney Quest they have internet access upstairs, however you can't always access all web pages, some are restricted.

LilGMom
04-28-2008, 04:37 PM
From my understanding there is free Wi-Fi available at WWOS in several locations. Check with your cell phone provider to see if they offer satellite internet which you might be able to use while in WDW.

MikeŠ
04-28-2008, 04:53 PM
Hi I read that the high speed internet is $9.99 for 24hrs so if you only sign on for an hr every day is it going to be $9.99 for each day:confused3 ? I also saw on a search that you can get free dial up from netzero/juno and connect for free with that? I really just want to go online to check my flight times and email

TIA

Many resort lobbies and convention centers have wifi access.

slruud
04-28-2008, 07:07 PM
I've only stayed at POFQ, and because their local calls are free, I just use dial up to check email and airline checkin.

jackskellingtonsgirl
04-28-2008, 08:50 PM
I just bought my laptop last week, so this is all very new to me.

We are staying at AKL. It seems like there is some sort of cable in the closet. Is that the only cord I will need to connect the laptop to the internet, or is there some other cord I need to buy? :confused3

Deb & Bill
04-28-2008, 09:33 PM
I just bought my laptop last week, so this is all very new to me.

We are staying at AKL. It seems like there is some sort of cable in the closet. Is that the only cord I will need to connect the laptop to the internet, or is there some other cord I need to buy? :confused3
That's all you need to connect to the internet. Well, that and your computer.

exwdwcm
04-28-2008, 10:05 PM
the $9.95 per 24hr is a pretty standard charge. I travel a lot for work and that is usually the going rate at most hotels unless they offer it totally free. I jsut stayed at the Marriott World Center in Orlando and it was $10 there as well I believe.

you could find a starbucks or something nearby with free wifi? We have also used the business center at the Coronado Springs before when my hubby needed to get on the internet for some stock stuff during our trip. I think you can pay by the hour there and it is less than the $10. Not sure if the other resorts (mods anyways) offer a business center- CSR does since it caters to conventions/business travellers.

shoes99
04-28-2008, 10:20 PM
The Disney Business Centers charge $10 for 15 minutes of use. Their hours are limited on the weekends, so you should check with your resort to get the hours.
We have used the centers at Contemporary, Y&B, Grand Floridian and Coronado Springs.
We now have a laptop and just use dial-up in our room. If you use a local number, the call is free. We have an AOL dial-up account in addition to our wireless card.

macnodos
04-28-2008, 10:31 PM
tethered to a laptop and essentially access the internet without a fee.

TigrLvsPooh
04-28-2008, 10:39 PM
Many resort lobbies and convention centers have wifi access.

Do any of the resorts or convention centers at WDW offer this now? We've never been able to find any free WiFi at Disney. If this has changed recently I'd love to know about it! :)

anthonut
04-29-2008, 12:25 AM
WWoS does offer free wifi access. I used it while there in March. As far as I know that is the only free wifi at Disney. Some of the resort lobbies offer wifi but they also hae a charge associated. Given most nicer hotels I stay in $10 a day or so for access is pretty standard.

DisnyMama
04-29-2008, 12:43 AM
My husband always buys it one afternoon/evening and then has two days in which to check his e-mails from work. (First evening say 5pm and the next day before that time). He usually does this in the middle of the trip.

This is basically the way we do it also, so that we can technically pay for a single 24 hour period at $9.99 but actually get 2 days use out of it. We are usually back in our room by 9 p.m. so we start our time around 10:30 or so and then we have till that same time the next night to use the internet.

andrewilley
04-29-2008, 04:37 AM
I've only stayed at POFQ, and because their local calls are free, I just use dial up to check email and airline checkin.

Local/toll-free calls are meant to be charged at 75c connection fee per call at Disney hotels (it used to be free, 10+ years ago). That said, on our stay in October last year, we didn't get any 75c charges at either the BC or POR when using our telephone calling card, which I thought was odd.

Andre

slruud
04-29-2008, 04:52 AM
Local/toll-free calls are meant to be charged at 75c connection fee per call at Disney hotels (it used to be free, 10+ years ago). That said, on our stay in October last year, we didn't get any 75c charges at either the BC or POR when using our telephone calling card, which I thought was odd.

Andre

January 07, May 07, and January 08 I used dial up at POFQ and was never charged for a call. I even asked at the front desk and they said local calls were free, and I think it says it on the phone.

Hiram_Hill
04-29-2008, 04:54 AM
I called yesterday to learn that Disney charged for the internet connection, or rather for 'high-speed internet'. I asked the lady at the desk why, in the world of free wifi at nearly every business, and in hotels that are $50/night, was Disney dragging it's feet on the free wifi?

I guess it's a guaranteed moneymaker. Few come to Disney to work, so they're going to charge you if they can. I'm a businessman, I understand. However, I'd like to share photos with family at home and maybe blog each day as it passes.

Anyhow, I call bad form on the whole deal, and I won't be spending the $10 for access.

Wildflowerz
04-29-2008, 06:52 AM
I have a question on this. I understand it's $9.99/night. But is it per room? Or per computer?

llrain
04-29-2008, 09:06 AM
as far as i know you cannot just boot up and connect via disneys wifi without paying them, this includes lobbies of resorts..the convention centers may be different. If you have one of those AT&T cards or sprint cards then
you can in lobbies, however you are not using disneys network, you are using either AT&T or sprints via that card.

ALL DVC resorts effective either MAY1 or MAY3 will begin offering FREE WIRED hi speed interenet in their rooms. ONLY DVC members will be allowed to freely use the service, most likely by showing your DVC card and they will
activate your room for a free connection. Guests who are not actual DVC members, aka renting points from a DVC owner, will NOT be allowed access
to the internet for free....






Do any of the resorts or convention centers at WDW offer this now? We've never been able to find any free WiFi at Disney. If this has changed recently I'd love to know about it! :)

DisFlan
04-29-2008, 10:50 AM
ALL DVC resorts effective either MAY1 or MAY3 will begin offering FREE WIRED hi speed interenet in their rooms. ONLY DVC members will be allowed to freely use the service, most likely by showing your DVC card and they will
activate your room for a free connection. Guests who are not actual DVC members, aka renting points from a DVC owner, will NOT be allowed access
to the internet for free....

The Member site says May 4, but no matter - it's a welcome event. I'd imagine it will eventually spread to at least some of the Disney hotels.

I understand why Disney doesn't have wide-open, free wifi access at this point. As long as they're charging for fast wired internet access anywhere on site, they'll limit and charge for wifi access, or everyone (guests or not) would be huddled around the free wifi spots and no one would be paying for wired. Disney can control wired access and the charges - it's harder to control who uses the internet via the air.

If/when it's all free (if it ever is), this won't be a problem.

DisFlan

andrewilley
04-29-2008, 11:19 AM
I have a question on this. I understand it's $9.99/night. But is it per room? Or per computer?

Per room connection. Which Disney probably assumes is also per computer at any given time, but I guess there's nothing to stop you setting up an internet share via your main laptop. In fact, I did that last time - I connected my Windows Mobile PDA/smartphone to my laptop, and continued to update some stuff on it via a shared internet connection from Disney's in-room HSIA port.

By the way, does anyone else think Disney have a bit of a cheek calling it "High Speed" Internet Access in this day and age? It's only a 1 Mbit downstream link, which is 20 times slower than even my home broadband (or are slower than 1 Mbit connections more common in the USA?)

Andre

llrain
04-29-2008, 02:36 PM
I suppose anyone would call it highspeed when its above a v92 connection.
they have to limit the bandwidth to guests so that we dont interrupt their network traffic and cause guests screaming at the check in's cause its taking an hour to check in.


By the way, does anyone else think Disney have a bit of a cheek calling it "High Speed" Internet Access in this day and age? It's only a 1 Mbit downstream link, which is 20 times slower than even my home broadband (or are slower than 1 Mbit connections more common in the USA?)

karajeboo
04-29-2008, 03:07 PM
OK, I'm a bit confused. To use my laptop here, will they provide me with the code to log on to the internet?

andrewilley
04-29-2008, 03:12 PM
No, just plug in the ethernet cable that they provide in the room and start your browser. You'll see a welcome page and then be asked to confirm that you accept the $9.95 charges to your room account, and then away you go. It'll look kinda like this:

http://www.portorleans.org/images/POR-InternetLogin.jpg

For more details, see www.portorleans.org?internetaccess.htm (which is POR-based, but it's the same idea in all the Disney resorts)

Andre

karajeboo
04-29-2008, 03:16 PM
Thank you Andre! Wasn't sure how it worked since other hotels I've been in have provided free access.

earthelves
04-29-2008, 03:16 PM
If I Logged In At 9 At Night Does This Mean My 24hrs Would Be Up At 9 The Next Night?? If So That Doesnt Work Out To Bad Really,So If U were On A 14 Day Vacation U Would Be Paying For 7 Days Internet Usage??But Having The Connection For 14 Days:lmao: :lmao: If That Makes Sense..

fall08CP
04-29-2008, 03:32 PM
I actually appreciate that they charge for internet because there is no reason that 75% of the people staying there actually need it. It's VACATION! :banana: If it were free, my parents or friends might bring their laptops and it would waste valuable park and/or bonding time. I understand why some would need it for business, especially at the convention resorts, but do the people that are taking a vacation from work really need to check their e-mail daily? People vacationed without internet for decades.. enjoy the simple things :wizard:

Wildflowerz
04-29-2008, 03:46 PM
I actually appreciate that they charge for internet because there is no reason that 75% of the people staying there actually need it. It's VACATION! :banana: If it were free, my parents or friends might bring their laptops and it would waste valuable park and/or bonding time. I understand why some would need it for business, especially at the convention resorts, but do the people that are taking a vacation from work really need to check their e-mail daily? People vacationed without internet for decades.. enjoy the simple things :wizard:

One of the reasons we want it is because we're bringing a friend/babysitter for nights. Our DD normally goes to bed at 7pm. Of course, I'm sure that will be relaxed a lot during vacation at Disney, but she'll still probably be in the room earlier than many adults. Our friend/sitter (and DH and I, actually) like to occupy our free time with an MMORPG that requires internet access. I'd love for her to be able to do that rather than just be stuck by herself watching tv. Doesn't seem odd to me at all.

Traveliz
04-29-2008, 04:03 PM
I actually appreciate that they charge for internet because there is no reason that 75% of the people staying there actually need it. It's VACATION! :banana: If it were free, my parents or friends might bring their laptops and it would waste valuable park and/or bonding time. I understand why some would need it for business, especially at the convention resorts, but do the people that are taking a vacation from work really need to check their e-mail daily? People vacationed without internet for decades.. enjoy the simple things :wizard:

Well maybe because times have changed.

I need the internet for a number of reasons none of which I feel compelled to share with anyone. In addition I find it relaxing to get online in the evening a bit as a way to unwind.

And as much as I am addicted to the internet at home (for both work and pleasure) I do not ever find that it cuts into my park/and or bonding time.

I wish Disney would go to free wi-fi that actually works. I was there for a month last summer and had a multitude of problems with the connection and staying connected and when the charge is 9.95 I expect it to be working the whole time without me having to call for assistance or not breathe so as not to upset the connection.

Liz

jackskellingtonsgirl
04-29-2008, 04:34 PM
That's all you need to connect to the internet. Well, that and your computer.

Great! Thanks!

sand2270
04-29-2008, 04:47 PM
My understanding from looking into this is that Disney sites do not incur the charge. So if you go on to look at maps, etc. on a Disney site you are not charged. It is only when you navigate away from those pages that you will be charged.

I was there in Feb for a conference and used my laptop everyday in the hotel room and I do remember that I could get to Disney sites without being asked about authorizing the fee.

rutgers1
04-29-2008, 07:51 PM
I just got back from Port Orleans and Wilderness Lodge, and I was pretty shocked when I learned that I had to pay for access. I figured that, at the prices I was paying, it would be free. But as others said, I soon learned the value of getting 2 days for 1.

As odd as it might sound, the free internet was a contributing factor for me buying into DVC. When I thought of the "extra" costs associated with a hotel stay (internet and taxes), it even made more sense for me.

jewlz
04-29-2008, 08:05 PM
So if I use Net Zero or AOl Dial-up I would avoid having to pay for any inernet fees ?? Is there a charge for phone calls ?

llrain
04-29-2008, 09:01 PM
the only price you pay in this case is .75 for each call.
make sure you ask at concierge for a LOCAL access #..
its weird down there where ya you dial a 407# but its long distance.
make sure they confirm that it is local. they will tell you


So if I use Net Zero or AOl Dial-up I would avoid having to pay for any inernet fees ?? Is there a charge for phone calls ?

Crisgw
04-29-2008, 09:17 PM
I'll be bringing my Sprint aircard!!