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ALL NEW 2012 Internet Details While at WDW Resorts

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by CanadianGuy, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. CanadianGuy

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

    Apr 24, 2006
    As I understand it ... the WiFi is offered on a kind of 'as is' basis.. if it meets your need, great. if not, you can still pay for the wired access... Not sure if that's true, but perhaps someone can chime in on that.

    A friend of mine commented that their reception wasn't the greatest in-room at their location in Pop Century.. they just took their tablet and found a nice spot to sit down on the grounds and had no problems.

    As for the fridges ... it may be that at opening not all rooms have them installed yet? I don't know. But according to an article I read in the Orlando Sentinel, ALL value rooms are to be getting the fridges ... included. And this was an article vetted by Disney's PR people.. it was accurate.

    So.. that's as much clarity as I can provide.. :)
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  3. sjaakie

    sjaakie DIS Veteran

    May 2, 2006

    At the GF Sugar loaf building there is NO cable connection anymore. The wifi works perfect.
    I'm using the wifi at this moment and even on the busy moments in the evening the connection is very fast.
  4. meanpc

    meanpc Mouseketeer

    May 23, 2012
    Has anybody run a SpeedTest on the wi-fi at All-Star Music? Curious to know what the upload/download speeds are. Going to try to upload to flickr while I'm there.
  5. PurpleDavid44

    PurpleDavid44 Earning My Ears

    May 27, 2012
    Hi, just returned from two great weeks at Saratoga Springs. Gladly used the free internet as I run my own business and need to check mail, pay bills etc. Have found on my return my account hacked with nine transactions over two days amounting to nearly £1000. Could be a coincidence but you do get a warning about security... I will get the money back but it makes you wonder. Please be aware and you have been warned...

    Will call Disney tomorrow.
  6. gshook

    gshook Earning My Ears

    Apr 7, 2012
    Thanks for the heads up! We are heading to SSR very soon. I will be even more cautious than normal now.
  7. meanpc

    meanpc Mouseketeer

    May 23, 2012
    Did a speed test while at all star music -sent 1 Mb/s down and .25 Mb/s up.
  8. wfjny

    wfjny Mouseketeer

    Apr 30, 2012
    For the past several years, I would take a wifi router with us to Bay Lake Tower, connect it to the in-room wired network, and have no issues connecting several devices to the internet.

    I was very disappointed last week. Their new WiFi access was terrible (dropping about 40% of packets on average) and some nights I was unable to really connect at all. My attempts to use the wired connection resulted in reaching the access page, yet when I would hit the connect button, I would eventually reach a “Billing processor time out” page with a message to call ext 56.

    After waiting for about 20 minutes, the person I spoke with informed me that the wired service had been disconnected (well, it wasn’t disconnected, because I would get an address, and get redirected to the BroadHop page), but it was deactivated. When I asked about the WiFi issues, they said they would open a ticket, and someone would get back to me. Obviously they never did.

    So, to be clear, at least at BLT:

    Wired service is no longer available. It is not an option.

    The WiFi service is poor. I was mostly attempting to connect to the photopass web site, and it was mostly unusable. Maintaining a VPN connection was simply not possible.
  9. tinkerbell60

    tinkerbell60 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2004
    I have heard conflicting reports about the WiFi - personally, we stayed at both All Star Sports and All Star Music, as well as the Contemporary this spring - I had no problems with connections at any of those resorts. We are headed down in July and I am curious to see how it will be, we are staying at AS Movies and POFQ
  10. KeroKero

    KeroKero DIS Veteran

    Jul 11, 2011
    This is news to me!! (I try not to come on disboards if I'm not planning a trip, its too depressing) I'm quite excited to hear about wi-fi in the rooms and a fridge too!! We'll be staying at ASMO and these two pieces of news make the trip ahead even more exciting!
  11. SharonLowe

    SharonLowe DIS Veteran

    Jul 18, 2005
    We were at the Poly this past week, club level. The Wifi was horrible!!!! Dropped my connection every couple of minutes no matter the time of day or what I was doing. Could never get my IPad connected - it would just hang. I called Tech Support and was told that there wasn't much they could do; they suggested I set my home page to ABC.com because some people had reported it worked a bit better if they had ABC.com open. Said they had received lots of complaints but she was off-site and couldn't do anything. I then went to the concierge staff to complain. A manager was down there and he promised to help but an employee took him aside to tell him that it had been an issue for weeks (I overheard part of the conversation). I told them I would rather pay and have a good connection than to get a free service that didn't work at all. I too need to be connected even while on vacation and it was very frustrated. I am now at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes and can't tell you how happy I am to have an internet connection that works (and they give you the option of wi-fi or ethernet) - I get it free since I am a gold member but would happily pay their price after suffering through Disney's free service.

    PIRATEGIRL007 DIS Cast Member<br><font color=purple>OMG! I am ab

    Aug 20, 2005
    Thanks for sharing, glad to hear wi fi worked well at SSR, I am staying there in a week or so and have to work half a day so must have internet. Sorry to hear you got hacked I'll definately check my security settings beforehand and be on the look out for that.

    Did you get any resolution yet?
  13. LMCmom25kids

    LMCmom25kids Mouseketeer

    Mar 1, 2009
    Can't wait to use the free wifi the next time we go to WDW!

    Just a friendly reminder to some...."Unsecured" means just that. NEVER do banking or even access your email through an unsecured connection. :)
  14. perryfan

    perryfan Mouseketeer

    Jul 4, 2012
    Does anyone know how the SSR wifi works? (slow,fast,ect)
  15. maryj11

    maryj11 DIS Veteran

    Jun 13, 2002
    What if you have spyware doctor on my laptop would it be safe to check my email ?
  16. disneygoof66

    disneygoof66 Earning My Ears

    Jul 30, 2012
    Anyone have any updates on internet access at Fort Wilderness at the Campsites? Last posts I'm seeing via search still note the modem kit and wired access at the campsites. Is that still the case? Hoping so, as seems like it would be more reliable based on the comments about the wifi service I'm seeing... I'll commect a router to the modem n my rig and we'll be happy campers!
  17. chanty

    chanty DIS Veteran

    Jan 6, 2005
    I'm confused...and I hope I can get some clarification! On Allears, it states:

    For cell phone users, cellular carriers covered for the free Wi-Fi are AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and MetroPCS.

    So I'm wondering - if I have my iPhone from my Canadian carrier... I won't be able to access the wifi?! Am I getting this right? :confused3
  18. DisneyHoneymoon2002

    DisneyHoneymoon2002 Apply Pixie Dust Liberally!

    Aug 8, 2012
    So glad the moderate resorts have free wifi. Regarding Port Orleans Riverside, does anyone know if there are specific spots (say at Boatwrights) or old man island bar, where the wifi works best?
  19. GrandCalifornian

    GrandCalifornian Can't Wait To Go Back

    Mar 16, 2012
    I am thinking that it a typo. WiFi won't depend on cellular service, and you can even access it with a non cellular enabled device, like a laptop, iPod, or iPad. You'll be good to go with the iPhone. Enjoy!
  20. intrep93

    intrep93 Mouseketeer

    Jan 30, 2006
    I'm confused too. If there is no wi-fi in the parks, how do we access our wait time apps, etc? Can you still get wi-fi in the parks if you have a carrier? and if so, are there any carriers you can get without contracts? The kids were hoping to be able to use their iTouch in the parks.
  21. buzlite

    buzlite Earning My Ears

    Aug 2, 2010
    where to start...

    Wifi has nothing to do with a cell phone carrier. Wifi is a local area open internet that can be accessed by anyone with a wifi device and password.
    Cell phone carriers provide internet access through 3g and 4g which is not the same thing as wifi. You need a smartphone for these and their are huge roaming rates but can be accessed by you anywhere your phone is connected to your provider.
    Itouch can not be connected to any carrier because it is not a phone. It has the same connectivity as a laptop. So the if you can connect your laptop to wifi in the parks then you can connect your i-touch but you can get a 3g type of plan from any providers or anything.

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