The Need for {Mobile} Speed #MSNKnowNow

A few months ago, we took a trip to Disneyland. Shane is at the age where anything that big is a little intimidating to him, but we knew he liked Disneyland because we went last year & he loved it then. But just to get him excited instead of nervous about our trip, we sat down at the computer the night before & looked at all of the rides they had. We made a “wish list” of sorts of all of the attractions we wanted to hit, since we were only going for one day. Shane talked all night & the whole trip to California about wanting to go on the rockets & the Winnie the Pooh ride most of all.

Astro-Orbitors-Disneyland (1)

So when we first got to Disneyland, we headed straight to “the rockets”, or Astro Orbitors. We rode it twice, and then Shane was ready for the Winnie the Pooh ride. When we arrived at the park, we didn’t think to grab a map, but I had an app on my phone that had a map {as well as wait times for each ride} so I wasn’t worried about it- until it was time to find Pooh. I tried to open the app, but it wouldn’t work until it was updated, which it needed Wi-Fi to do. I barely had a cell signal in the park, let alone Wi-Fi, so I tried the next best thing: their website.

That would have been just fine, but their website wasn’t loading. At all. Justin tried his phone, and he had the same issue. We tried walking around to get a better signal, and nothing. So we tried finding Winnie the Pooh on our own. We walked all over the place, but had no idea where it was since neither of us had ever even noticed the ride before. Walking is to be expected at Disneyland, but when you have a three-year-old who could barely sleep the night before out of excitement, you don’t want to be wasting time not on rides at Disneyland. I thought Shane was going to go nuts. We sat & watched ducks for a long time while Justin kept trying to find it on his phone.

Disneyland Map

Eventually, we found the ride {at the very edge of the park}, but we used up almost our entire phone batteries trying to get those pages to load. We decided at that point we’d just ride stuff as we found it because that was so not worth the time we spent.

That’s not the only time I’ve needed the internet to be fast- just the time it didn’t work. I often rely on my phone’s internet for things like looking up movie times {while on the way to the theater…}, checking a restaurant’s menu to make sure I can find something with my dietary restrictions {while on the way to the restaurant…}, and trying to find mobile coupons to use {while already in the checkout lane…}. I could obviously stand to start planning ahead, but usually it’s not a problem.

One site that I know I can rely on is MSN. I refresh that site on my phone {and computer} so many times a day- it’s the perfect site to catch up on the news highlights of the day. I always scroll through the News section first, followed by Entertainment. Their new design, which is available on Windows 8 devices & iOS and Android phones, is faster and makes it easier to find what you’re interested in. I love the look & it makes me want a Windows 8 computer even more!

When have you needed your internet to be fast?

This post was created in partnership with MSN. Find out more about the all new MSN experience at or see it in action on Windows 8, Android, or on iOS at

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  1. Sorry you got stuck wandering around. Having been to Walt Disney World so many times I can get a little turned around in Disneyland. The Winnie the Pooh ride is in totally different spots in both parks too. We rely so much on technology that it can be the biggest pain when it doesn’t work right.
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  2. It’s so easy to get balled up. At least everything is so pretty to look at.
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  3. What a neat app! Looks like you all had fun. :)

  4. I can’t live without fast Internet, no matter where I am!
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  5. I ALWAYS need my internet to be fast.
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  6. Ha, I have to always have fast internet :)
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  7. My husband does that too! Great site
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  8. I feel ya — can’t stand when my internet slows down especially when you really need it!!
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  9. How frustrating that must have been. glad you got to Pooh
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  10. Awesome app!

  11. We used an app to get around Legoland!
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  12. They have apps for everything now!

  13. Ugh — that would have been SO frustrating …. so sorry!
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  14. What a neat app! I did something very similar on our Disney trip!
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  15. Now this is a cool app!
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  16. Looks like so much fun.
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  17. What a awesome app.

  18. I’m always experiencing internet issues, whether it’s my phone, desktop, or laptop. ~lol~
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  19. I hate waiting in line trying to download a coupon and it’s slow!!

  20. since I have 0 patience I guess I always need it to be fast. But probably when I needed the number to poison control because my middle son had eaten a plant I didn’t know if it was poisonous or not.
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