Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Heat map: Where to find the best mobile coverage at Walt Disney World

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 4:07 PM

click image SCREENGRAB VIA GLOBAL WIRELESS SOLUTIONS
  • screengrab via Global Wireless Solutions
Global Wireless Solutions has released an analysis of wireless and cellular coverage at Walt Disney World, and basically, what we've learned is that you do not want to be rocking T-Mobile while you're at the Most Magical Place on Earth™ ... according to GWS, anyway.

Global Wireless Solutions "specializes in wireless network benchmarking, providing network testing and data and engineering analysis to customers in the mobile and wireless network industries" and while we have learned to take press releases with a grain of salt, we see no direct evidence that they are in partnership with AT&T, so we guess we'll believe them when they say that "AT&T and Verizon bring the magic needed for superior mobile connectivity at Walt Disney World."

Their map shows you the hot spots (and dead spots) throughout all the lands, and also allows you to sort by carrier to see data speeds throughout the park (as well as wi-fi coverage). Their report claims AT&T and Verizon do best, while Sprint and T-Mobile don't perform so well:

On basic tasks, like sending a tweet or posting a status update, all the carriers were able to complete 100 percent of the tasks attempted. For the average visitors' needs, AT&T performed the best throughout the park for tasks like clicking on a link, downloading an image or map or even downloading a song. It was also the top network for any heavy streaming tasks like watching YouTube or Netflix. AT&T and Verizon tied for number 1 in terms of small tasks in line with making a status update (minus the photo/video). Depending on where mobile customers are in the park, when posting a selfie, T-Mobile customers may experience some hiccups; for example in Frontierland the carrier completed just 93 percent of the attempted tasks tested. For park goers looking to stream video, those on Sprint may struggle, as the operator was able to complete just 94 percent and 95 percent of these types of tasks tested in Adventureland and Frontierland respectively.

There's also an analysis of which lands have the best coverage (Main Street) and the worst (Frontier Land, which sorta makes sense. IT'S THE WILD FRONTIER, FOLKS).

LAND-BY-LAND COMPARISON

GWS tested a range of key indicators for mobile performance in developing these rankings – including download speed, upload speed and task success reliability. These metrics were combined to determine both the overall mobile experience for visitors of the park and a land-by-land comparison (from best to worst):

Main Street
Tomorrow Land
Adventure Land
Fantasy Land
Liberty Square
Frontier Land

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