So in Part 1 I talked about how we went to Downtown Disney and our plans didn’t turn out the way that we thought. But as a geek one of the coolest things about Disney is all of the tech that is used in their attractions.
Let me start by saying that Disney uses tech not only in their rides and theme parks. There was a lot of technology being used as an attraction, like the animatronics of “Rainforest Cafe”or a giant Stitch statue that sprays water at people entering a specific shop. There was even more technology helping to provide a seamless experience for guests. From the music being played in certain areas to the ability to pay with your “Magicband” (a Disney invention that is a wristband which acts as your park ticket, hotel key, and credit card all in one).
The most impressive piece of technology that allows for a major improvement was present before you even exited your car. Even before you parked. I chose to park in a newly constructed parking garage. Upon entering the garage, there were signs on each row, and on each sign was a small green number. It took me a minute to realize that this number was the number of open spaces available on that particular row. I chose a row and as I turned down I noticed that empty spaces had green lights hanging over them, while taken spaces did not have a light. After parking and getting out, I realized that our light had changed to red. Upon further inspection it appears that they are using an internal sensor in the light to determine if the parking space is occupied, and then updates the number on the screen. As we were getting out of our car, we ended up taking up most of the area in the empty space next to us. Lo and behold, the light on the sensor turned red in that space too, warning drivers that there is something in that space too. Eventually the light above our car turned off, indicating that our space was staying occupied.
Notice all the green lights hanging above the empty spaces.
The other really cool thing that we found was a Starbucks…. Now I know what you are thinking. “Aren’t those things everywhere?” Yes they are, but not like this one!
We sat and enjoyed some snacks and coffee, and a really cool screen. This screen had a camera and rendered the picture into an image that looked like a chalk drawing. It was also a touch screen that kids can come draw on. One final thing was that apparently the Starbucks at Disneyland in California also has one of these screens and we could see a live chalk picture from Anaheim.
That is me on the right holding up the phone to take the picture.