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Grand Floridian Resort gets new RFID lock's

As part of Disney's 'NextGen' system upgrades, the newest hotel to be fitted with a new RFID based rood-lock system is Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

NextGen FASTPASS+ testing again from September 18

Disney will once again be testing their NextGen FASTPASS+ platform from September 18 through to September 24 2012. A number of small tests have been caried out over the last few months, however with the recent addition of in-park WiFi, the next round of tests will likely be the last before the new system goes live.

For this round of tests, Disney are contacting a select few guests before arriving at the park to ask them to take part. 

Complimentary Wi-Fi arrives at Epcot

Only a week on from its introduction at Typhoon Lagoon, Disney have launched their new free Wi-Fi service at Epcot. Much like the service already in operation at the Magic Kingdom, guests can now connect their smartphones and tablet computers to the WiFi, which is accessible throughout the park. 

Disney are rolling out the new Wi-Fi system as part of its "NextGen" system, designed to bring numerous enhancements to the parks and resorts. Complimentary WiFi is already provided across all Walt Disney World hotels.

This leaves just Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park and Downtown Disney left, and it is expected that all will be fitted out with the free WiFi system within the next month or so.

Complimentary Wi-Fi arrives at Typhoon Lagoon

Guests are reporting that Disney have now enabled thier new complimantary Wi-Fi at Typhoon Lagoon. 

As we announced a few weeks ago, Wi-Fi is now available at the Magic Kingdom, and is being rolled out across all parks over the next few months as part of Disney's "NextGen" system, allowing guests to use their smartphones around the park for internet access. In the near future, it'll be possible to get fastpasses for attractions via your smartphone when in the parks.

Pirates of the Caribbean to be closed for the day on October 9

Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom has been scheduled to close for a single day on October 9 2012. Disney have, in recent weeks been doing work on the queue area (without closing the ride). It's expected that this is part of the 'NextGen' system planned to be released across the parks. The single day closure could be the final step in getting the ride compatible with the NextGen system.