ALL NEW 2012 Internet Details While at WDW Resorts

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  1. CanadianGuy

    CanadianGuy <font color=green><br><br><font color=blue>Me and Moderator

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    [This is still very much a work in progress and suggestions for ideas to make this better or include more info are always welcome! Just post to the thread]

    INTRO:

    For a good many years, Walt Disney World resort charged for internet access. The details of that are the next post ... for those traveling while the 'old way' is still in use at some areas / resorts at Walt Disney World.

    This FREE WIFI is apparently now complete in all rooms including the cabins at Ft. W.

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    Thanks!
     
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  3. CanadianGuy

    CanadianGuy <font color=green><br><br><font color=blue>Me and Moderator

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    This is the information on the 'pay system' that still may apply til the 'complimentary WIFI' roll out is complete.

    It's not yet clear if the 'paid' system will be completely phased out in all areas. Seems likely but ... we won't know for sure till they say they're done. ;)

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    OLD PAY INFO
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    Excerpted from :
    Internet Access at WDW Resorts - WDWINFO.COM

    It's not unusual for today's vacationers to bring a laptop along for the ride. In response to this, Disney is continually updating guest computer access at the resorts.

    All of the Disney resorts have High Speed Internet Access:

    Price: $9.95 for 24 contiguous hours charged to the room account.
    Technical support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    Requirements: A Local Area Network (LAN) cable or in-room connection.

    Computer Rentals: You can rent a computer at the Disney Resort Business Centers which are located at the resorts listed in the next section. These computers can be accessed during normal Business Center Hours. The center is to be contacted for pricing/availabilty.

    Additionally, laptops can be rented. These require 24 hours notice.

    Onsite WI-FI

    Wi-Fi is offered on a per day charge basis at select Disney Resorts and throughout areas of Wide World of Sports. If you have a Wi-Fi enabled laptop or PDA, you can access the internet from common areas at the resort.

    Smart City is the service provider and offers 24 hour technical support. They can be reached by calling 407-938-HELP

    Requirements: Wireless Interface Card (WIC) which can be purchased in the resort's business center

    Price: $4.99 for the first 60 minutes or $9.95 for 24 contigious hours

    Billing: Smart City bills the user via a secure credit card transaction thru the internet connection

    Locations:
    Disney's Beach Club Resort
    Main Lobby area
    Stone Harbor Club Concierge Lounge
    Stormalong Bay Pool area
    Disney's Boardwalk Resort
    Convention Center Hallways/Common Areas
    Resort Lobby
    Main Swimming Pool Area
    Concierge Lounges
    Bellevue Lounge
    Disney's Contemporary Resort
    Front Desk sitting area
    14th Floor Concierge sitting area
    Outer Rim Bar
    1st Floor Convention Center Lobby
    2nd Floor Convention Center Lobby
    Feature Pool
    Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
    Main Hotel Lobby
    Convention Center Lobby
    Feature Pool
    Francisco's Lounge
    Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    1st Floor Lobby including the Tea Room
    Convention Center Lobby
    4th Floor Concierge sitting area
    Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
    Main Lobby (both resorts)
    Concierge sitting area (both resorts)
    Convention Center Lobby
    Stormalong Bay Pool
    In addition to the Resorts, the following restaurant has WiFi:
    Sand Trap Bar & Grill
    Other Wireless Fidelity Locations

    Wi-Fi, or Wireless Fidelity, is internet freedom: it allows you to connect to the Internet from your home, in a hotel room or at a conference room at work without wires. Wi-Fi is a wireless technology like a cell phone. Wi-Fi enabled computers send and receive data indoors and out; anywhere within the range of a base station. It's fast so fast It is several times faster than the fastest cable modem connection.

    Wi-Fi networks may be the fastest-growing segment of Wi-Fi service, as more and more travelers and mobile professionals look for fast and secure Internet access wherever they are while they travel. Wi-Fi networks soon will be found in urban areas providing coverage throughout cities, or they will even be available on major highways, enabling access anywhere you can pull over and stop the car.

    Please note you only have true freedom to be connected anywhere if your computer is configured with a Wi-Fi CERTIFIED radio (a PC Card or similar device). Wi-Fi certification means that you will be able to connect anywhere there are other compatible Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products — whether you are at home, the office or corporate campus, or in airports, hotels, coffee shops and other public areas equipped with Wi-Fi access available.
     
  4. demaya12

    demaya12 Earning My Ears

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    Quick question regrding Wi-Fi. I have the kindle fire which needs wi-fi to connect to the web. For downloading my books and cruising the net. Staying at the Contemporary, will i be able to connect in my room? Bringing the fire, since its smaller than my laptop, and thought it would be better.
     
  5. CTPacky

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    My Kindle Fire worked fine for both @ CBR
     
  6. CanadianGuy

    CanadianGuy <font color=green><br><br><font color=blue>Me and Moderator

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    I know the common areas are covered. Hopefully a recent Contemporary guest can chime in regarding complimentary room coverage.
     
  7. demaya12

    demaya12 Earning My Ears

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    Thanks CTPacky! Makes me feel better.
     
  8. buckeev

    buckeev RedNeck Mouseketeer

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    We used WDW free wi-fi last month at POR, and several times at other locations, including Contemporary. Most of the time, the connection was pretty reliable, but I did use my own connection-Verizon Mi-Fi a few times when the wi-fi pixie dust wasn't being sprinkled on our resort. ;)
     
  9. disneydeal

    disneydeal Smart Shopper,Single dad raising my daughter on my

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    i may not be the norm but i'm taking a 10 day vacation and that vacation included being away from the computer... disney forums,twitter,email,facebook...all of it... just enjoying disney for what it is....don't want the internet connection...just go swimming or something fun instead.:banana:
     
  10. hcompton

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    So, does anyone know if the free WiFi is accessible in CR rooms or just in common areas? Unfortunately for work, I have to check email 2-3 times a day. Debating on taking laptop or just winging it with blackberry/iphone.
     
  11. CanadianGuy

    CanadianGuy <font color=green><br><br><font color=blue>Me and Moderator

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    I've read several reports that it IS accessible in the rooms at CR.
     
  12. tinkerbell60

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    We are trying to decide which non-contract plan might work best, Sprint (aka Virgin), Verizon, or TMobile Has anybody used these services and how were they? We are staying at AS Music for spring break - so no free WiFi
     
  13. andapanda

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    I'll be following this thread closely. We're staying at POFQ this summer, and my husband will still be required to answer work emails (he works technical support and is the only person in that department at his division).
     
  14. tinkerbell60

    tinkerbell60 DIS Veteran

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    The moderate resorts, including POFQ, now all have free WiFi - so you will probably be in good shape! I think that it is just the Values that will still have an issue
     
  15. andapanda

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    Thanks for the information :) I hate that he has to be on call, but glad it won't be 9.95 a day for him to check his work email periodically.
     
  16. Pringlc

    Pringlc Earning My Ears

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    Does beach club have wifi in room?
     
  17. tinkerbell60

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    Do 15 inch laptops fit in the room safes?
     
  18. twoehr

    twoehr Earning My Ears

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    I was at SSR in late Nov and we had WiFi in our room. Forget the #, but it was ground floor of the most Southeastern building in The Springs.

    Reception was very weak on an HP laptop (G/B only), and only worked in some areas. It was pretty much unusable for an iPod Touch, 2 iPhones and an iPad. I wish I brought my own access point.
     
  19. Terk-1

    Terk-1 Cinderella's Castle is My 2nd Home!! Only 1,3

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    Thank you very much for the update. Am planning a stay at the French Quarter for later this year, so hopefully it's up & running.
     
  20. Michigan_Minnie

    Michigan_Minnie Disney Darling

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    I started another thread about park wi-fi and people said that POFQ has free wi-fi! So excited since I'll be there in 2 days!
     
  21. Leader of the Pack

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    Just returned from a week a POFQ and Wi-Fi is up and running. Used my i-pad in room each night. A great perk!
     

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