You won’t have to book a trip to Florida to try Disney’s Amazon-based voice assistant. Disney has revealed that “hey, Disney” is coming to Disneyland hotel rooms sometime in 2022. As in Walt Disney World, it’ll be available alongside Alexa in your room’s Echo speaker and handle requests ranging from amenities to stories and jokes.
Guests will also see some more technology when they’re visiting the park itself, as MagicBand+ wearables will also reach Disneyland in 2022. You can use the wristband to enter the park, make purchases and otherwise go touch-free, but they’ll also use a mix of lights, haptic feedback, and gesture control to enliven your experiences in certain areas. The interactions will be specific to Disneyland, so you won’t have to worry about rehashed ‘magic’ moments.
Both additions could save time and may be helpful as a lingering pandemic still leaves some people jittery about physical contact. And to some degree, this is about updating the image of the parks themselves. Disney clearly wants to portray the parks as tech-savvy, and the combo of voice control with wrist-worn devices might help.