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Old 12-22-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Does anyone else think this is a little creepy?

We are FL residents and seasonal AP holders. We visited AK in mid-Nov. We have Magic Bands but never bother with Photo Pass cards unless we are touring with visiting family and friends.

This morning I received an e-mail from Disney Photo Pass telling my photos were about to expire. I open the link thinking somehow I have been sent the e-mail in error and I will be viewing someone else's photos. Instead there is a single picture of my dh and myself on Dinosaur.

We did not ride this on a FastPass or Fastpass+ so we did not scan our bands when entering this ride. EE was down during our FP time so we just wandered over and rode Dinosaur.

Anyone have a reasonable explanation for this or just I just continue to be creeped out?????????
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:58 AM   #2
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Face recognition from a previous photopass?
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:03 AM   #3
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Yes that is creepy. Maybe there is a sensor now to scan your band when photos are taken? I don't see how else it knew it was you.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:13 AM   #4
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I think it's creepy too. When I came back from WDW a few weeks ago, my friend said to check out the pictures from the Photopass+ and I noticed there were a couple of photos from Space Mountain that were taken from the MVMCP...and I don't remember scanning my MB for the photos or for FP+.

What I want to know, how about some of the other rides like Dinosaur, or Everest Expedition that have the photos and are not on the photopass??
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:26 AM   #5
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I think it's that the bracelets are read by RFID scanners, long and short range. So it's probably as simple as the band being read by the scanner while you're on the ride, and having the picture placed in your account. So if you had your bracelet on, that's probably all it is.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:37 AM   #6
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Magic bands have an active transmitter that's for the magical experience part of magic plus.

There must be a reader somewhere in the loading platform or the ride.
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:01 AM   #7
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The Magic Bands are read at attractions. Your photos are taken w/out your knowledge. It's supposed to be part of the magic but I agree that it is creepy. Kind of Big Brotherish
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:10 AM   #8
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Probably the Magic Band. Could be facial recognition, DCL uses it for their version of photopass. I'm not really bothered by it.
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:14 AM   #9
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Oh my gosh! I was there Nov 10 to 15 and got a couple e-mails about my PP about to expire. I never used PP so I just assumed it was an e-mail sent to everyone. After I read this, I went to the site. I have 4 pictures! TT, RnR, EE (2, I rode twice). It lists the dates and times! It must read your magic band when the picture is taken! I don't know how I feel about this. It's nice that you have the photos but it's creepy that they could pull these up. They really are tracking you!
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:31 AM   #10
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The Magic Bands are read at attractions. Your photos are taken w/out your knowledge. It's supposed to be part of the magic but I agree that it is creepy. Kind of Big Brotherish
Um every single person that rides gets their picture taken.
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:32 AM   #11
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Um every single person that rides gets their picture taken.
Duh, yes and we have also known there was a camera for that purpose. These new pictures are more or less taken unawares.
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:34 AM   #12
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Um every single person that rides gets their picture taken.
But it's SO much less creepy, when you can pretend you don't know that.

Pay no attention to the fact that you've got to walk past a bank of monitors showing everyone's pictures when you exit the ride...
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:36 AM   #13
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With the magic band, Disney definitely knows where you are at all times. I realized this while having lunch at Be Our Guest. They didn't give me a rose to mark my table, they delivered my food based on the band. That did creep me out because I was assuming you had to be in close range (and tap the sensor) for it to really work. Instead it's like a Marauder's Map and they are tracking you. (Or will be soon, throughout the parks.)
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:36 AM   #14
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Your photos are taken w/out your knowledge
Um, if you don't want pictures taken "without your knowledge", then check ride exits before you go on and see if there's a photo shop. If so, they're taking your picture on the ride. Like they have for years. It's just now they know that you're on the ride and can send you the pictures in case you didn't look at them in the park. They're simply fishing for more photo purchases.
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:38 AM   #15
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They have been taking "attraction photos" of every single ride vehicle (on the attractions that offer them,) for years.

It's not just been since MB's have been introduced.
In many circumstances, your images have been sold to OTHER guests who happened to be riding in the same ride vehicle with you for years, too.
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