First! (Possibly Last) Apple Vision Pro Inside Disney World Park. Yesterday at Disney’s Magic Kingdom I witnessed Guest Relations and Security adapt and change on the fly. I also witnessed the first and last (for now) Apple Vision Pro being used inside the park.
First I want to say thank you to Mikey Magic & Beyond FKA Mousepiration Mike. You can watch all about this article in the link above. He was gracious enough to show off and share his video and images with us. Let me also add, that if you want to watch a Disney and more Youtube Vlog, Mike is the nicest guy you will meet, and it comes through genuinely in his videos. He and Gene Fitzmagic got together to try and record this brand-new vlog using the Apple Vision Pro.
Furthermore, shout out to the Cast Members at Walt Disney World for handling this situation honestly and openly. Explaining the why and the why not things happened the way they did. From Guest relations to Security, they all helped figure out a brand-new technology that may or may not be used inside the Parks. Which for now is a big NOT to be used.
What is an Apple Vision Pro:
Apple Vision Pro is Apple’s first 3D camera. You can capture magical spatial photos and spatial videos in 3D, then relive those cherished moments like never before with immersive Spatial Audio. Your existing library of photos and videos looks incredible at a remarkable scale. And with more pixels than a 4K TV for each eye, you can enjoy stunning content wherever you are — whether that’s a long flight or the couch at home.
Apple Vision Pro makes it easy to collaborate and connect wherever you are. FaceTime video tiles are life-size, and as new people join, the call simply expands in your room. Within FaceTime, you can also use apps to collaborate with colleagues on the same documents simultaneously.
Reason 1: Too New
The Apple Vision Pro is too new. Just came on the market last week, and this was the first one at a Disney Park, they did not fully understand the technology or how it should or should not be used inside. Be it a safety concern, or what have you. The Cast Members had had a few hours of discussions behind the scenes and apparently had settled on that, and
Reason 2: Inappropriate Attire
Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests. Attire that is not appropriate for the parks—and which may result in refusal of admittance—includes but is not limited to:
- Costumes and costume masks, which may not be worn by Guests 14 years of age or older.
Peripheral viewing. Worried that masks restrict eyesight. Amongst other reasons.
Where to start with this story, I would guess at the beginning. Met up with Mike at the Magic Kingdom parking lot, and went through security together. No issues going through, we thought. Took the Disney Monorail resort loop and when we got off at the MK stop a Disney Security Guard met him and said that he was actually flagged to have his bag searched.
Of course, he complied, we aren’t scoundrels, or up to no good, so no issues with an extra search. Which led to the first encounter with the Guest Relations Cast Members.
This was the first time Disney had seen an Apple Vision Pro being brought into the parks, and a few people had a full discussion about whether it was okay to enter the park. After some debate, it was approved. Or so we thought, but entrance to the Magic Kingdom was permitted.
You can see in the images below using the Apple Vision Pro in the Hub area, and it looked fantastic. The ideas came flooding out about how this might revolutionize how people interact with videos from inside the parks.
Just imagine, sitting in a queue and wanting to learn more about the history of a ride or an attraction, you could even bring up a video of first-person POV and watch what you are about to experience, or see older videos and see how the attraction or ride has adapted over the years. The ideas are endless about the future of this technology.
About 2 hours later after messing around, watching parades, and seeing what a live stream may be like with the new Apple Vision Pro, Guest Relations approached us and said that it may not be used in the Parks.
There was no debating it from us, Disney’s House equals Disney’s Rules, but the Guest relations Cast members did take a few months to explain the reasonings, and there are 2 great reasons. Which you read above.
The moral of this story, Disney World is a safe place for families, and if they do not know a new technology they will figure it out. If Disney ever stops you, be respectful and listen. Show a little decorum and they will be honest with you about reasonings.
Also, if you are ever stopped for any reason, take a moment and look around, you may be surrounded by security without realizing it, like we were. To be fair, as explained in the video, they did not know if Mike would comply, which of course he would and did.