Yep. I definitely see issue/fear/concern #1 being a problem. #2 - I would certainly hope Disney would never consider.Two main concerns: 1) Encouraging further phone use directly before people board a ride may encourage phone-use on the rides. 2) If this gets popular, Disney may cheap out on queues in the name of "cutting-edge interactivity."
Sounds a good idea to me!I have begun to banter about the idea of implementing "no phones in the parks" for our upcoming trip.
I, ME, THIS GUY, is the biggest offending party that uses the phone to update/answer my wife and I's friends on a FB group set up just to follow our Disney trips. I hope to keep my updates this trip to a very bare minimum and more time being with my immediate family.
Since the article specifically said "activities that interact with the surrounding environment." I'm guessing it'll be along the lines of things like the Agent P experience and the Pirate Treasure Hunt in Adventureland in terms of the "environment" part. If so, cheaping-out isn't too much of a concern as this may get people to pay more attention to aspects of the environment while giving Imagineering a solid reason to go into deeper and richer environments in a way that'll be measurable even on basic guest surveys.Initial thought is I don't like this, but maybe it could work for some barren queues like Small World.
Two main concerns: 1) Encouraging further phone use directly before people board a ride may encourage phone-use on the rides. 2) If this gets popular, Disney may cheap out on queues in the name of "cutting-edge interactivity."
Seems like a strange direction considering the trend toward "total immersion" and heavily themed areas and ride queues meant to build up to the ride itself. Maybe it ends up fizzling out or only being implemented in very specific locations, still, slippery slope.