Until the new Harry Potter opens at Universal Orlando, enjoy the free WiFi.
By Peter Covino
It will be just a few more days before media get the first inside look at Universal Orlando’s new Harry Potter attraction, Diagon Alley, but park guests won’t have to wait any longer to experience free WiFi.
Universal has just launched the free park-wide mobile internet service as well as a new mobile application that will gives guests full control of their adventure by providing immediate attraction wait-times, interactive park maps, customizable favorites lists and more. The app is available as a free download for Apple and Android mobile devices.
That device should really come in handy for alternative planning at the two parks with the big crowds expected for the opening of Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion.
There still is no official opening date for Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, which will be linked by the Hogwarts Express Train to the original Harry Potter attraction at Islands of Adventure. Universal advertising only pinpoints a summer opening for Diagon Alley, but media, including the Osceola News-Gazette, should have a better grasp on the situation, at the media event, which starts Tuesday.
Meanwhile, everyone at Universal will be able to take advantage of the technology upgrade.
Universal is using Xfinity WiFi, the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network.. Coverage includes all main walkways, most indoor dining and shopping venues, plus attraction queue lines. To connect to Xfinity WiFi hotspots, guests should select the “xfinitywifi” signal (or SSID) on their mobile device and follow the prompts to access the free service. In-park Xfinity WiFi will allow guests to run the Universal Orlando mobile app, along with other web-based experiences, at a faster rate while conserving data usage.
According to the Universal release, the new Universal Orlando Resort App boasts several unique features, including an interactive way-finding function that utilizes GPS-enabled maps and real park images to visually guide guests step-by-step to their desired attraction. The app’s in-park features provide information on special show times, ride updates and more, while its intuitive sorting feature allows guests to explore Universal Orlando by park, by activity or by amenity.
The app will undergo continuous enhancements over time, with plans to add features like e-commerce purchase capability, customizable itineraries, social sharing and more. To download The Official Universal Orlando Resort App, visit the Apple or Google Play app stores on your mobile device.