Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Brave New Theme Park World

Earlier this week, The Orlando Sentinel's Daily Disney Blog posted an article about how Disney is working on a "major technology initiative that boosters hope could radically transform the theme-park experience."

The $1 Billion Dollar project supposedly focuses on the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). This technology would allow for a small microchip to be placed in a wristband or even a theme park ticket. Then, as you navigate the parks, the "wireless-communication technology could be used in concepts ranging from keyless hotel-room doors to rides and shows in which the experience varies based on an individual guest’s preferences."

On this week's show, EB and Mike discuss the possible applications for this type of technology and what we hope to eventually see in the parks. Will this forever change the way we experience the parks? Or will it just be another way to easily buy a churro without reaching for our wallets?

We also pick up on last week's discussion about turning popular television shows into theme park attractions. We'll hear your best ideas on what classic shows should be immortalized at the parks. Some of you had great ideas! (Some of you didn't.)

We'll go "Off Topic" to discuss an controversial documentary that EB saw. We'll also talk about Mike's trip to an ocean resort in the dead of winter where he got to see a few parks in hibernation.

Plus, we'll hear about how one of EB's dream predictions from last week's show came eerily true!

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