Tourist Claptrap: Magic Connections and Holy Lands

Disney Magic Connection Tests: Info has trickled out about some field tests of a new Nintendo DS-based device for the Disney theme parks. Known as “Disney Magic Connection,” it takes a cue from the “Pal Mickey” robot information thingees that were (are?) offered at the parks, but takes things a few steps beyond just cute one-liners about parades and rides, offering up-to-the-second details on wait times and Fastpass availability, and more:

This “Disney Magic Connection” unit will also reportedly have a feature that will tell guests where their favorite characters are in the park in real time. In addition, this wireless, hand-held device will be able to tell which queue you’re standing in at that precise moment. So that it can then offer you the opportunity to play a game that’s themed to that particular ride, show or attraction. Or just offer you some ride-specific trivia to read while you wait in that line.

I’m a gadget whore so I’d be all over that like webbed feet on Donald Duck.

Improving the Holy Land: The Sentinel had a short write-up (about a week ago) on changes and improvements at the Holy Land Experience, designed to help rehabilitate the struggling Christian theme park.

2 Comments so far

  1. Terry Howard (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

    Are one of the suggestions to better explain what is meant by “daily public stonings” on promotional material to prevent so many Birkenstock clad 20-somethings from being oh so disappointed?

  2. Matt (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 11:06 am

    You mean, they don’t mean…???

    I’m canceling my trip there this weekend. I’ll just perform my own private stoning at home.

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