A Walt Disney World resort hotel is finally installing Amazon Echo devices for the “Hey, Disney!” voice assistant, still advertised publicly to be “coming soon”.
This week, guests at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort have been notified that cast members may enter their rooms to install these devices and that guests will be allowed to be the first to test the long-delayed service.
The Disney version of Alexa will be available on any Echo device, but a special version will be embedded in Echo smart displays and speakers at Disney resort hotels. MagicBand+ will also be compatible with “Hey, Disney!” Guests at home or in Disney resorts can play games with their Echo and MagicBand+, which will act as a game show-style buzzer reacting with lights and haptics.
“Hey, Disney!” will help resort guests with their questions about parks and provide concierge services. Over 25 Disney character voices, including from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and Muppets, will be included. Relevant characters will be used for alarms, weather reports, and more. For example, Olaf will give weather reports.
“Hey, Disney!” will be available to U.S.A. customers with a Kids+ subscription or in the Alexa Skills Store soon.