Share This!While it’s certainly possible to visit the Walt Disney World theme parks carrying little more than your wallet and your cell phone, there are many situations in which a visitor might want or need to tote heavy or bulky items with them into the parks. If you’re in camp two, the Disney parks lockers can be a lifesaver. Here’s what you need to know about the locker situation at WDW.Magic Kingdom locker room, located at the right side of the park entrance.Where are there lockers at Walt Disney World?Lockers for guest use can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Disney’s golf courses, and at some Disney resorts, typically those with marinas and/or health clubs.Will I need to use a locker at the theme parks?This depends on your touring style. Personally, I rent a locker during maybe one out of five times that I visit the parks. Here are some reasons why you might want a theme park locker:You are planning to bring in a substantial amount of food into the park. In addition to being a storage area, the lockers may be a bit cooler than the temperature out in the parks.You are going to/from the theme park to another venue which requires different clothing. For example, if you’re going straight from a theme park to a signature restaurant and want to bring a nicer outfit for your meal. Similarly, if you’re arriving at the Magic Kingdom early in the day and will be attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the evening, you want want to store your costume in a locker rather than cart it around all day.You’ve made a large purchase at one of the theme park gift shops and the timing does not work out for using either package pick-up or resort delivery.You have items with you that you don’t feel comfortable bringing with you on attractions and you don’t feel comfortable leaving those items unattended on a stroller/wheelchair/etc. (Some camera equipment might fall into this category.)You have a medical situation which prevents you from carrying things. (However, bear in mind that getting to a locker from a remote part of a park may require a substantial walk.)You’re visiting at a time of year when there are vast temperature changes. You need a bulky jacket first thing in the morning, but don’t want to wear/carry it when it warms up later in the day.You simply prefer not to carry your gear with you.Locker rental takes place at an electronic kiosk in the locker room.What size are the lockers at the theme parks?The four theme parks (Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) all have two sizes of lockers available inside the park. Large lockers are 15.5″ x 13″ x 17″. Small lockers are 12″ X 10″ x 17″. At Magic Kingdom and Epcot ONLY, there are also Jumbo size lockers which are 17″ x 22″ x 26″.How much do these lockers cost?The prices are the same at all the theme parks. Prices can change, but currently the large lockers rent for $12.00 per day and the small lockers rent for $10.00 per day. Jumbo lockers (only at Epcot and Magic Kingdom) are $15.00 per day.That seems a little steep. Is there any way to save money on a locker rental?There used to be only moderately inconvenient workarounds that involved using lockers located just outside the park gates. That option is now gone (more on that in a sec). There are less expensive small-size lockers near the pool at the Contemporary, but getting to/from the Magic Kingdom and that location takes at least 10 minutes each way, plus time in security line. It’s not really a practical option.If the reason you’re renting a locker is to store purchases made in the parks, you can instead use the package pick-up service that will hold items for you at the front of the park until you’re ready to leave. Be sure to ask about this at the point of purchase.If you have need for a locker during several days of your trip, and the items you’re carrying are not precious (packed lunches, for example), an out-of-the-box workaround would be to buy a stroller. A quick search on Amazon, Target, and Walmart brings up dozens of umbrella-style strollers priced under $30, and even a few priced under $20. There’s no requirement that you must have children with you to bring a stroller into the Walt Disney World parks. Carrying a heavy bag of food on a $20 stroller reaps savings after just two days of not spending money renting a locker.There are two sizes of locker at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. There are three sizes at Epcot and Magic Kingdom.What are the specific locker locations at each park?The locker locations are noted on the park maps, but here’s where you should be looking:Magic Kingdom – Lockers are under the train station, just past the park entrance, on the right.Epcot – Two locations: Near the main entrance, bear right at Spaceship Earth; lockers are near the restrooms to the right of the Spaceship Earth attraction. Additional lockers are to the left of the International Gateway park entrance between the England and France pavilions.Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Next to Oscar’s Super Service, just past the entrance, to the right.Animal Kingdom – Next to the Guest Services window, just past the entrance, to the left.What are the locker hours?They’re the same as the theme park hours, plus any Extra Magic or party hours.Kiosk payment screen.How do the lockers work?In 2017, Disney World replaced all of the key-operated lockers in the theme parks. The lockers are now entirely electronic.Each locker location has one or more rental kiosks that look similar to an ATM. The rental transaction may be completed in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, and Mandarin.Press a touch-screen to begin your transaction. First, select your preferred size locker. You will then be prompted to pay, with either U.S. cash (bills only) or with a credit/debit card.After you’ve paid, you’re prompted to create a 4-digit access code that will be the combination for your locker. The kiosk screen will then tell you which locker is yours. Pro tip 1: Make sure you choose a locker combination you’ll remember. Pro tip 2: Be ready to write down your assigned locker number, or take a photo with your cell camera. At the end of long day, it’s extremely easy to forget which locker is yours.Then walk over to the locker you’ve been assigned, use the keypad to input the code you selected, and the locker will open.Create your own locker access code.I only have my MagicBand with me as a payment method, no cash and no credit or debit card. Can I still pay for a locker?If you’re in this situation, or if you want to pay for a locker with a Disney gift card, go to the merchandise sales location nearest the locker room. They can create a transaction with your MagicBand or gift card and give you a code to use on the locker room kiosk.(Time again for my plea to all Disney visitors to bring alternate methods of payment into the parks, not just your MagicBand. You never want to be without a means to pay for items out in the real world. I’ve been in several situations where guests needed to go directly from a theme park to a medical facility. Bring the cash, credit/debit card, ID, and insurance card you’d need in an emergency.)The kiosk assigns you a specific locker.Can I go in and out of my locker several times a day?Yes, the electronic in-park lockers can be accessed as often as you like/need during the day. Just input your code to open the locker and then close it, come back later and do the same thing again. When you’re done with the locker for the day, press the “end rental” button to release your code and allow the locker to be reassigned to another guest. (There are instructions on how to do this printed on the lockers.)There are some coin-operated lockers located at the resorts. These require a payment every time the locker is opened/closed.What happens if I’m visiting more than one park per day? Do I have pay the locker fee twice?Yes. While you can go into and out of your locker many times per day, if you switch theme parks (Park Hop) and want to get a new locker at the new park, you’ll have to pay again.Prior to the 2017 locker replacement, guests paid for their lockers at a manned register and were given a printed receipt. This receipt allowed guests to get a new locker at another park at no additional charge. This procedure in no longer in place.There is a keypad at every locker.If I’m going to the same park two days in a row, can I leave something in the locker overnight?Unfortunately not. The lockers are cleaned out every night. Depending on the locker contents, items left at the end of the day will either be trashed or sent to lost and found.I thought there were lockers just outside some of the park entrances? What happened to those?In the past, there had been lockers located at the Transportation and Ticket Center and near the bus loading areas at Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Those have been removed. The only lockers at the parks are within the park gates. From a security perspective, this makes complete sense.Can I leave a rolling suitcase in a locker at Epcot or Magic Kingdom?Probably, but you may run into some headaches.The dimensions of the jumbo lockers is 17″ x 22″ x 26″. Airline rules vary, but a typical maximum carry-on suitcase size is 22″ x 9″ X 14″. If you’re following the letter of the law, then your carry-on will likely fit in jumbo locker, but if you’re fudging, then you may be in trouble. (Note that Disney has a separately stated rule that says, “Suitcases, bags, coolers or backpacks, with or without wheels, larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18” high are not allowed in any Theme Park or Water Park.)Remember that when you bring your suitcase into the park, you’ll have to go through the regular security screening. Nothing in your bag can violate the rules stated on Disney’s rather extensive list of prohibited items. Personal items that could trigger scrutiny are razors, anything in a glass container, medical marijuana, selfie sticks, and a host of other items. Disney also has a prohibition on items that you pull behind you. However, if you explain that you’re taking your wheeled suitcase directly to a locker, they may waive this rule. All of this is up to the discretion on the security staff on duty.Epcot front-gate locker room.That all seems like a pain. What reason would I have to store luggage at a theme park?First, let me tell you why you wouldn’t need to store luggage at a theme park.If you’re staying at a Disney resort and taking Disney’s Magical Express to the airport, you have to go back to your resort before you leave. In this case, you should leave your large carry-ons with the Bell Services at the hotel. If you have large bags that will be checked, you can either leave these with Bell Services or send them to the airport ahead of you using Resort Airline Check-In. If you’re leaving Walt Disney World directly from a theme park by car, you should leave your luggage in the car.Possible reasons why you might have your luggage at the theme park are:It’s your last day. You only have carry-on luggage. You’ve taken a cab/Uber/Lyft to a theme park for a last bit of fun and don’t want to go back to your hotel before taking a cab/Uber/Lyft directly from the park to the airport.You’re traveling home using a bus service that collects guests from a theme park.Kali River Rapids lockers.Are lockers readily available at the theme parks?Generally, yes; however, at the busiest times of the year, it is possible that they may run out of lockers or run out of the particular size locker that you need. If you absolutely need a locker, rent it early in the day.Are there lockers at Disney Springs?Back in the days of Downtown Disney, there had been coin-operated lockers at that location. They have since been removed and there are currently no lockers at Disney Springs.As at the theme parks, some shops will send your purchases to your Disney resort hotel for you. Be sure to ask when making your selections.What’s up with lockers at the water parks?The Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon lockers now use the same electronic system as at the theme parks. Small lockers are 12″ X 10″ x 17″, priced at the same $10 per day as at the theme parks. Large lockers are 15.5″ x 13″ x 17″. While the large water park lockers are the same size as the large theme park lockers, they are priced at $15 per day. That’s $3 more per day than at the theme parks.Lockers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.While guest use of the theme park lockers is quite variable (many guests will not need to use a locker), given the nature of a water park, many more guests will be in the market for a locker rental. You may feel safe leaving your towel and John Grisham novel on a your poolside chair, but you’d be foolish to leave your wallet and cell phone there while you’re swimming in the wave pool. Build a locker rental into your budget to keep your valuables safe.I’m renting a boat at the Contemporary. What do I do with my belongings that I don’t want to get wet?The hotels that have marinas also have free or coin operated lockers near by. Some of the resort pools also have this feature.I’m going on the Wild Africa Trek at the Animal Kingdom. I don’t want to bring all my belongings on the Trek, should I rent a locker near the park entrance?No need to do this. There are special lockers just for Wild Africa Trekkers. There is no additional charge for these. Your Trek guides will show you where they are when you check in for your adventure.I’m going on Kali River Rapids at the Animal Kingdom. I don’t want my belongings to get wet. What should I do?There are low or no-fee lockers at some locations outside the theme parks. These are at the Contemporary Resort marina.You’re allowed to bring belongings on Kali River Rapids, so you don’t absolutely have to get a locker. However, the warning signs at the attraction are accurate: you will get wet and you may get soaked. That means that your stuff with get soaked too. Seriously, I’ve had showers where I got less wet than I did on Kali River. To prevent your belonging from getting drenched, there are lockers next to the Kali River Rapids ride. (There had previously been plastic-covered bins on the rafts that were supposed to keep your belongings dry, but they never worked properly. Now guests have to use the lockers if they want to make sure their belongings don’t get soaked.)The lockers are the same small/large sizes as at the front of the parks. The small lockers are free for up to two hours of use. The large lockers are $4 for up to two hours of use.Are my belongings safe in the Disney lockers?I’ve never personally heard of anything being stolen from a Disney parks locker. However, they are lockers, not Fort Knox. You should plan to keep irreplaceable or valuable items on your person. Better yet, bring the bare minimum of valuables with you to the parks and leave the rest in the safe back at the hotel.Animal Kingdom locker room.I have a medical issue and can’t reach the top lockers, what can I do to make sure I’m not assigned one of those?On the kiosk screen where you’re asked to choose what size locker you want, there’s also a wheelchair icon. If you need a lower locker, touch the wheelchair and you’ll only be assigned a locker in the handicapped-accessible zone.I’m also visiting Universal Studios, is the locker situation the same there?No. Guests are allowed to bring personal belonging with them on all rides at Walt Disney World. However, there are a number of rides at Universal where you are not allowed to bring anything, even small purses, on the ride with you. You are required to use a free locker at these locations. There are also larger paid lockers at the park entrances. See our deep dive into the Universal locker situation.So fellow sherpas, do you carry all your gear with you in the parks? Do you rent lockers on a regular basis? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.
13 March 2013 South African technology company Tellumat has opened a fully modernised electronics factory in Atlantis north of Cape Town, following a multi-million rand investment supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Industrial Development Corporation. Speaking at the opening event on Tuesday, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies reiterated the government’s commitment to support companies that contribute to the South African economy and job creation. “This state-of-the-art facility that we see today was made possible amongst others by the manufacturing investment grant of R2.64-million for a capital outlay of R12-million to resuscitate the old Tedelex factory,” Davies said. “The company has also benefited from an Industrial Development Corporation loan of R8.2-million for surface mounting technology expansion for this facility.” According to Tellumat CEO Rasheed Hargey, the factory was modernised with new production equipment in 2012, enabling it to produce electronics for brands such as Sony, Mecer and HiSense. Tellumat acquired the assets of the old Tedelex television factory in Atlantis in 2010, and continued to operate from the old facility until the end of last year, when it moved into the new facility. Hargey said the facility represented a significant investment in South Africa’s manufacturing sector and would be a major boost for the development of Atlantis. “We currently have a staff complement of 116, and we wish to have more as we grow as a company,” Hargey said. “The factory is an illustrative example of co-operation between the government and business partners to attract private sector investment through an enabling environment and industry-supporting incentives.” Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, also present at Tuesday’s opening, said it was wonderful to see South Africans on the cutting edge of technology, where the future of job creation lay in the country. “Technology is an important field with the potential to improve education and government and generally to transform the way we live,” Zille said. “We must make sure that government steps up to the plate to assist business to take advantage of strong and growing export markets in Africa, which the Western Cape is well poised to do.” According to the DTI, the electrotechnical sector accounts for at least 12.5% of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). SAinfo reporter
British ships often harassed Spanish galleons, which ferried long-forgotten peoples to Latin America, including enslaved Filipinos and former Jews. Juan Esteban Rodríguez, a graduate student in population genetics at the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (LANGEBIO) in Irapuato, Mexico, initially planned to study a recent thread in the global tapestry that is Mexican ancestry. Starting in the 19th century, many Chinese immigrants moved to Mexico to construct railroads in the country's northern states. Growing up near the U.S. border, Rodríguez knew this history well, and he wanted to see whether he could identify the Chinese immigrants' genetic contribution to the modern Mexican population.But when he searched a database of 500 Mexican genomes—initially assembled for biomedical studies—and sought genetic variants more common in Asian populations, he found a surprise. Some people from northern Mexico did have significant Asian ancestry, but they weren't the only ones. Rodríguez discovered that about one-third of the people sampled in Guerrero, the Pacific coastal state that lies nearly 2000 kilometers south of the U.S. border, also had up to 10% Asian ancestry, significantly more than most Mexicans. And when he compared their genomes to those of people in Asia today, he found that they were most closely related to populations from the Philippines and Indonesia.Rodríguez and his adviser, Andrés Moreno-Estrada, a population geneticist at LANGEBIO, turned to the historical record to figure out who these people's ancestors might be. They learned from historians who study ship manifests and other trade documents that during the 16th and 17th centuries, Spanish galleons sailed between Manila and the port of Acapulco in Guerrero, carrying goods and people, including enslaved Asians. Although historians knew of this transpacific slave trade, the origins of its victims were lost. Once they landed in Mexico, they were all recorded as "chinos"—Chinese, says Moreno-Estrada, who will present the work this weekend at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) annual meeting here. "We're uncovering these hidden stories of slavery and people who lost their identities when they disembarked in a whole new country."Other researchers study the legacy of another marginalized group in colonial Mexico: Africans. Tens of thousands of enslaved and free Africans lived in Mexico during the 16th and 17th centuries, outnumbering Europeans, and today almost all Mexicans carry about 4% African ancestry. The percentage is much higher in some communities, says geneticist María Ávila-Arcos of the International Laboratory for Human Genome Research in Juriquilla, Mexico. She found that in Afro-descendent communities in Guerrero and Oaxaca, many of which remain isolated, people had about 26% African ancestry, most of it from West Africa.Other data also suggest a strong African presence in colonial Mexico. Bioarchaeologist Corey Ragsdale of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and his colleagues examined skeletons for dental and cranial traits that tend to be more common among Africans. They estimated that 20% to 40% of the people buried in cemeteries in Mexico City between the 16th and 18th centuries had some African ancestry, as they will present this weekend at the AAPA meeting. "It could be that Africans played as much of a role in developing population structure, and in fact developing the [Spanish] empire, as Europeans did," Ragsdale says.Ávila-Arcos hopes to use genetic data to trace the ancestors of those in her study back to specific West African groups or regions. She's also found significant Asian ancestry in some of her volunteers, likely an echo of communities once formed by enslaved Africans and Asians on the Pacific coast.Some Europeans carried hidden histories with them to colonial Latin America. A preprint recently posted on the bioRxiv server used genetic data from more than 6500 people born in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru to tease apart how specific Native American groups and multiple populations from the Iberian peninsula contributed to modern genomes. "It's undoubtedly the most comprehensive genetic analysis of Latin American populations to date," Ávila-Arcos says. (The authors declined to comment because the paper has been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.) One striking finding was that genetic variants common in the eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, and especially in Sephardic Jews, show up all over Latin America, in nearly a quarter of the individuals sampled.The authors, led by geneticists Andrés Ruiz-Linares of Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and Garrett Hellenthal of University College London, trace a significant portion of this ancestry to conversos, or Jews who converted to Christianity in 1492, when Spain expelled those who refused to do so. Conversos were prohibited from migrating to the Spanish colonies, though a few are known to have made the trip anyway. But widespread Sephardic ancestry in Latin America implies that migration was much more common than records suggest.For Ragsdale, the work serves as a reminder that even migrations scientists think are well understood can contain surprises. "The way we think about colonization is simplified," Ragsdale says. "We're missing a lot of subtleties here." Latin America’s lost histories revealed in modern DNA By Lizzie WadeApr. 12, 2018 , 2:00 PM Este artículo está disponible en español.AUSTIN—If you walked the cobblestone streets and bustling markets of 16th and 17th century Mexico City, you would see people born all over the world: Spanish settlers on their way to mass at the cathedral built atop Aztec ruins. Indigenous people from around the Americas, including soldiers who had joined the Spanish cause. Africans, both enslaved and free, some of whom had been among the first conquistadors. Asians, who traveled to Mexico on Spanish galleons, some by choice and some in bondage. All these populations met and mingled for the first time in colonial Latin America.Historical documents describe this cultural mixture, but now international teams of researchers are enriching our view by analyzing the genomes of people today. Aided by sophisticated statistics and worldwide genetic databases, they can tease apart ancestry and population mixing with more nuance than ever before. The results, reported at a meeting here this week and in a preprint, tell stories of Latin America that have been largely forgotten or were never recorded in historical documents. 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Apple may secretly be working on a standalone AR cum VR headset, if a new CNET report is to be gone by. The report, that cites a person familiar with Apple's plans, suggests the standalone AR cum VR headset from Apple that will be powered by Cupertino's in-house 5nm processor and sport two pixel-popping 8K displays -- one for each eye -- is still in early stages of development but is slated for release sometime in 2010. The project, the reports adds, is codenamed T288.Being a standalone headset means Apple's take would be completely untethered from a computer or smartphone although it would be connected to a dedicated box using a high-speed, short-range wireless technology called WiGig. The headset would in fact support version 2.0 of the technology, that would apparently boost speeds and range in such devices, and is slated to release sometime in 2019. The dedicated box, in its current state, reportedly resembles a PC tower.Apple's tryst with AR and VR aren't new. CEO Tim Cook has been quite vocal about the technologies, especially AR, but Apple has as such stayed mum over the prospects of a dedicated headset so far. Although the report is quick to note that Apple may also scrap the project down the line, it's the first time we're hearing constructive details of an Apple-branded AR cum VR headset, which in itself is big news.The company, to recall, rolled out ARKit last year to help developers design AR experiences for the iPhone and iPad, so the said devices will be aware of their surroundings and will allow users to interact with them virtually through AR. All that users will have to do is look through the phone, and they'll see objects and information overlaid onto the real world, something on the lines of Microsoft's Hololens, only cheaper. This can then be utilised in various ways. Through apps and games.advertisementA standalone AR cum VR headset will be in a different league though, and because, no one of the high-profile companies that specialise in AR and VR have been able to bring out a high-end VR/AR headset till now means the industry will be looking at Apple from a future point of view as well. Devices like the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift need a high-end computer to work, along side a bevy of wires and cables. Standalone headsets that use Qualcomm's all-in-one reference design like the HTC Vive Focus are not that powerful. Apple's take sounds like it may have a solution for the both the problems that current-generation headsets are marred with. If only Apple comes out with one in the days to come, that is.ALSO READ: Xiaomi is building the Oculus Go, a standalone VR headset for the masses