Big Secret of Next-Gen Revealed

The biggest project being worked on in the renowned underground bunkers of Walt Disney World is the ultra-secret Next-Gen system. Known as NGE internally, to differentiate it from the Next-Gen interactive queues that are part of a separate project from WDI, development costs are reportedly as much as building two brand new theme parks. So it better be good right?

This morning I had the chance to sit down with two Disney executives who recently left the NGE team to start up their own company. The pair definitely had some interesting things to say, things that might just turn your ideas about the Walt Disney World Resort on its head.

First, NGE will be an additional cost. Depending on which hotel you’re staying at it could costs as much as $200 extra (plus equipment deposits) for your party to experience the improvements. For that guests will be issued a pair of internet enabled goggles preloaded with an augmented hyper-reality app. Using that technology Disney will be able to provide a customer overlay for each guest that will affect every moment of their day from hotel stay to new looks for the interior of each attraction

As an example of what the average guest might see, the executives showed me this video of how the interior of a hotel room might look like:

Guests who pay more won’t see all those ads, of course.

The NGE project is expected to roll out one year from today.

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12 Responses to Big Secret of Next-Gen Revealed

  1. Chris says:

    Goggles? Seriously? Thats a horrible idea. ANYONE that could afford this, also has a Android or iPhone. Which can both handle the augmented reality apps just fine… Why does Disney feel they have to invest into any hardware? Just develop the apps, and they can still charge the same $200 for the use at the parks…

    I feel this opens the door wide open for a 3rd party augmented reality tool for the parks. And a good one hopefully.

  2. Jessica Schrager says:

    Happy April Fools to you, too! :)

  3. Gerard Walen says:

    Love the soundtrack!

  4. Chris says:

    I am an idiot. thats all.

  5. Connor says:

    If you could only see how badly you just got me. I freaked.

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  9. Diz-knee says:

    Thank you for wasting all our time with lies. We come to these sites for information, not to be treated like idiots. It’s not funny to anyone except the author; the rest of us just lose respect for you.

  10. Adam says:

    Speak for yourself, Diz-knee. There’s nothing wrong with having fun one day a year. I thought it was clever and humerous. Thanks for the laugh, Disney Blog! (I stopped believing as soon as I read “internet enabled goggles!”)

  11. Jeff says:

    Thanks.
    I love April Fools!
    And Diz-Knee………..put simply…………you’re an idiot.

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