Walt Disney World Resorts are finally learning to embrace smart technology, and no, I’m not just talking about those jumbotrons in the newly-refurbished rooms across Disney’s Pop Century, All-Star Movies, and Coronado Springs Resorts. With Gran Destino Tower opening its doors to its first guests ever in the next few weeks, they’ll also be debuting an innovative new interactive TV system.
Disney World tested technology similar to this back when it briefly tested smart speakers over in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. “Alexa, when’s the next bus to Magic Kingdom?” Imagine having your own virtual personal assistant versed in Walt Disney World park hours, bus information, and weather, right in your resort room… except with the technology they’ll be implementing at Gran Destino Tower, you’ll even be able to view your PhotoPass photos.
Additional features include a full library of seven (yeah, seven!) free on-demand Disney movies, as well as potential connectivity to streaming subscription content from Hulu, and of course, Disney+ once it rolls out in November.
These smart TV systems will be available at all Gran Destino Tower rooms upon opening and should be rolled out throughout Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in the following months, eventually making its way to guest rooms across the entire Walt Disney World Resort.
Spanish and Portuguese programming and features will be available in the following year, with Japanese slated to come sometime in the future. We know Android users have a bone to pick with Disney when it comes to phone cases, but thankfully, this system will be compatible with both Apple and Android devices, as well as most laptops.