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Reports have emerged that the Walt Disney World resort in Florida has begun testing an interactive tour guide designed for use only with the Nintendo DS, marking the first time the console has been used extensively in this role outside of Japan.

David Jenkins, Blogger

January 22, 2008

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Reports have emerged that the Walt Disney World resort in Florida has begun testing an interactive tour guide designed for use only with the Nintendo DS. In Japan the console has been used by a number of organisations as an interactive guide at museums, art galleries and amusement parks. According to fan website WDWMagic.com the “Disney Magic Connection” system has already begun trials, with scan of the instruction guide appearing online. As the website points out, during 2007 the Walt Disney World resort already offered customized, downloadable content for the DS at its Pirates of the Caribbean ride, although this new system is far more complex. The system offers wireless downloads that include interactive maps, indications of wait times for rides around the resort, menus at restaurants, characters in parades and other dynamic information. A number of exclusive mini-games are also made available for download. The WDWMag.com speculates that full public rollout of the system could begin in the next few months, although makes no mention of uses of the same technology at other Disney resorts.

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David Jenkins

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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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