On March 16, 2012 Walt Disney World Resort announced that free Wi-Fi service is now available in all Walt Disney World Resort hotels. You may access Wi-Fi in your resort room, and select common areas including restaurants, bus loading zones, feature pools, arcades, convention spaces (if applicable) and the porte cochere. Note that the campsites at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground do not have Wi-Fi, however complimentary wired Internet access is available if you’re staying there.
On August 1, 2012, Inside the Magic learned that Magic Kingdom has released free Wi-Fi in the park and the official word is that Disney World plans to provide free Wi-Fi service at all four Theme Parks, as well as the Downtown Disney area by early 2013.
By the end of August 2012, Epcot had free wi-fi as well, and Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and the Downtown Disney area were not far behind. So at this point just about every place on property has free wi-fi available. I have even connected to free wi-fi in certain locations in Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
Also, note that the buses are not covered. I have heard kids complain about this one…
The quality of the wi-fi connection at this point leaves a bit to be desired. As you might expect, coverage is spotty in the parks. For the most part it does fine for the occasional tweet or quick Facebook page update but I have had issues sending large videos from my phone to Facebook. Any upload that will take longer than you will be standing still for may get held up as you move in and out of coverage areas. The coverage at the resorts tends to be a bit better, though it is not consistent resort to resort. We stay at POP Century a lot and in room connectivity can be touch and go, but at the pools and in the dining area it seems stable. I have also found that even if I have a good signal I just can’t connect. In this case, I have solved the problem with a call to the support line at 407-827-2732. They usually ask for your MAC address and if you don’t know how to find it, they have been knowledgeable enough to be able to step me threw the process of finding it.
Hopefully as the My Disney Experience app comes on line with fastpass+, and just as a matter of continual improvement, Disney will expand the coverage of their free wi-fi.