Interesting article about the computer systems at WDW

#1

Computerworld has publised an interesting article concerning the computer systems used at WDW. Apparently, the entire park is covered with a wireless, 802.11b network, so that, in order to outfit a mobile shop (ie. food and wine festival, pin cart) they don’t need access to a hard wired network, they just connect to the wireless network, and are up instantly. Just another use of emerging technology in use at WDW.

#2

I think this is totally cool. I have an Apple Airport network (802.11b based) in my house, and my wife and I use it all the time. I can’t imagine how many headaches this is solving for the WDW folks.

#3

Now, wouldn’t it be nice if the next step would be to install touch screen kiosks around the parks where you could make priority seating requests, or check out how full a certain restaurant is, or email resort guests, or get fast passes for any ride in any park, or reserve seats at a show, etc…

Would be nice if they could open up the network as well to visitors, but I guess that would decrease the security of the entire system.