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News Disney testing smart speakers in guest rooms at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club

rjstanis

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Great idea, and sounds like helpful potential, but how about investing in the accuracy of arriving technology already in place? Next bus is in 12 min...until it's not lol.
 

iHeartDisneylandCats

Proud Member Since 2016
I recently stayed at a hotel that had a smart device in the room, and it was not something I found to be a necessity, but I can totally see this being useful at WDW. My one concern is if this becomes a standard thing, there is the possibility of guests stealing them.

If this is a success, I wonder if they will make some of the rooms completely smart, with the ability to adjust lighting and thermostats. The room I stayed in had this technology and it was pretty cool. 👍
 

bpadair32

Active Member
This thread is going to be quickly filled with two types of people: those that are excited by the potential for this technology and how useful it could be, and those that don't like technology and think Disney is going to be spying on them with it.

I personally, am on the side of finding it helpful, but I already have 3 echos in my house so...
 

Mr Ferret 88

Premium Member
This thread is going to be quickly filled with two types of people: those that are excited by the potential for this technology and how useful it could be, and those that don't like technology and think Disney is going to be spying on them with it.

I personally, am on the side of finding it helpful, but I already have 3 echos in my house so...
I just hope the people who distrust them don't own a mobile or use Disney WiFi ...
 

bpadair32

Active Member
I just hope the people who distrust them don't own a mobile or use Disney WiFi ...
As someone that works around technology all day, every day, I can guarantee you those people do not think twice about the wifi or their phone. There are two reasons for this: first, they don't understand how it works and therefore the potential issues, and second: they are used to them. People are always afraid of technology when it is new.
 

kevlightyear

Active Member
I expect the learning curve for these devices is going to be their downfall. How will anyone know what kind of stuff they can ask it? A piece of paper sitting next to it? How is that a better experience than using an app which people most likely already use. If you really want voice interaction, put it in the app.
 

bpadair32

Active Member
I expect the learning curve for these devices is going to be their downfall. How will anyone know what kind of stuff they can ask it? A piece of paper sitting next to it? How is that a better experience than using an app which people most likely already use. If you really want voice interaction, put it in the app.
If you haven't tried one, its hard to understand. But after using them, there is something enjoyable about asking a question to the air and getting a response.
 

wdwmagic

Administrator
Moderator
Original Poster
These types of speakers are going to be very common place in homes, and I think the expectation will be that they will be available in hotel rooms. I think Disney is wise to test this out - privacy will of course be a big issue however. It should be easy enough to offer a way to opt out - either power off or remove from the room.
 
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