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Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdoom has become the first of the resort's theme parks to begin offering free Wi-Fi connectivity to its guests.

Visitors to the park are able to connect smartphones, tablets and other devices to the wireless network, enabling them to browse the web, connect to social media services and make use of connected apps. Free Wi-Fi will also be rolled out at Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Downtown Disney area by early 2013, reports Inside the Magic.

In order to make use of the service, guests must connect to the "Disney - Guest" network via their device. They must then accept the company's terms and conditions via their browser in order to access the Internet.

The free Wi-Fi offering is being rolled out just in time to tie-in with Disney's new mobile app, My Disney Experience. This will provide guests with key information such as attraction wait times, maps, park hours and information on rides and restaurants.

My Disney Experience is expected to be a key component of Disney's "NextGen" initiative, which will see a swathe of changes at its US theme parks. It is likely that it will be updated in future to add support for features such as the "XPass" system, which provides the ability for guests to pre-book timeslots during which they can experience rides and attractions without queuing.


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