Beginning next year, guests to Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort can access park info on their Verizon phones, turning their cellphones into a Disney tour-guide of sorts. Verizon's multi-year partnership with Disney will allow Verizon users to do the following on their phones:
- Easily locate shows, restaurants and Disney characters anywhere inside the parks
- Get real-time attraction availability information
- Play mobile games
- Receive messages from characters
"With more than 90 percent of families bringing a mobile phone into our parks, our objective was to enhance the magical Disney experience through innovative wireless technology," Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a statement. "Imagine receiving up-to-the-minute tips on special park activities with just the touch of a button or receiving a call from Buzz Lightyear welcoming you to the Magic Kingdom."
Verizon's partnership also ties into Epcot's 2009 wireless game called Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure. It puts guests on a scavenger-hunt-type mission throughout Epcot's World Showcase, and participants use Verizon's hand-held "Kimmunicators" to maneuver through the mission.
But for those of your without Verizon, there's no need to be grumpy. Some mobile information, such as dining locations, show times and locations will be available to all guests, regardless of their wireless provider.