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    Tourists used to losing their way in Disney's theme parks now only have to reach for their phones to navigate their way around.

    Disney theme park visitors will soon be able to find their way around by using their cell phones.

    The Walt Disney Co. and Verizon Wireless announced Wednesday that they have reached a multiyear deal to provide theme park information and extras to Verizon customers who download a special application.

    Beginning next year, visitors to Disneyland in California and Florida's Walt Disney World will be able to use their Verizon phones to locate shows, costumed characters and restaurants; find wait times for rides, play mobile games and receive messages from Disney characters.

    Because a cell phone's location can at least be estimated when it's in use, customers can use that information to tell how far away they are from Mickey Mouse, for example.

    "With more than 90 percent of families bringing a mobile phone into our parks, our objective was to enhance the magical Disney experience through innovative wireless technology," Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a statement.