In a world where technological advancements are always about the next big thing, the people at Disney are making sure they keep up with the times. While there are always things being changed to help better accommodate guests at Walt Disney World, even the small things are given lots of attention. With that being said, WDW is reportedly going to add in Bluetooth door entry to its resort hotels and guests will be able to enter with their smartphones.
UPDATE on April 2, 2018
Looks like Disney is pushing ahead with this as they have now released a video showing just how the My Disney Experience app on your phone will be able to be used to open your resort room door in the future.
The testing will begin at Disney's Wilderness Lodge and will allow guests to use the "Digital Key" on their mobile devices to unlock resort room doors, entrance gates, and common areas. Guests who have checked in online will even be able to use it to skip a front desk visit.
Guests will still be able to use MagicBands for these things as the Digital Key will simply be another method. Using your Digital Key will be easy as guests can activate it on their WDW Resort check-in day and set it up in a quick manner.
While the testing is beginning at Wilderness Lodge, it is expected to roll out to other resorts in the coming months.
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While this isn't necessarily a brand new wonder of technology as many hotels around the world have used it, it is new for Walt Disney World. According to a report from WDWNT, it is going to start at just two of the resorts in Central Florida and eventually branch out to others.
Soon, guests will be able to have their Bluetooth connectivity activated on their smartphones and use the My Disney Experience app to enter their resort rooms. It will be as simple as touching their phone to the Mickey head icon on their door and having it unlock since you will be the verified person on the room reservation.
While MagicBands will still work for unlocking your room door, this will simply be another option and quite possibly even easier.
This Bluetooth door-opening technology is expected to roll out across Walt Disney World property in the future, but it is going to start small. Soon, it will begin operation at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as well as Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.
Guests will simply have Bluetooth activated on their smartphones and have their information loaded into the My Disney Experience app to take advantage of it. From there, they will simply touch their phone to the keypad on their resort hotel door and that's it.
MagicBands are still going to be able to be used as an option for opening room doors while the Bluetooth technology is simply an addition.
As of this time, Walt Disney World has not announced anything and nothing is confirmed which means anything could change. They may end up choosing to change things up a bit or not introduce it at all, but it's likely going to come about. For those with smartphones and loving the ease of doing anything, the Bluetooth method of opening your resort hotel door is about to get a lot more magical.