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Old 08-17-2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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RFID wristbands for resort guests

Just thought I would share an article being discussed on different sites this morning detailing enhancements made possible via RFID wristbands for resort guests. I, for one, look forward to the implementation of such a system.

http://dizfanatic.com/DizTech012.aspx
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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Just thought I would share an article being discussed on different sites this morning detailing enhancements made possible via RFID wristbands for resort guests. I, for one, look forward to the implementation of such a system.

http://dizfanatic.com/DizTech012.aspx
At first I thought this was the new get FP's at home/before you get to the park but it looks like a replacement for the KTTW cards that also adds Photopass.

They only say that the new FP system MAY be part of it.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:17 AM   #3
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At first I thought this was the new get FP's at home/before you get to the park but it looks like a replacement for the KTTW cards that also adds Photopass.
Yes, that plus the opportunity for unique interactions throughout the parks. This should make things quite interesting!
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:20 AM   #4
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IF implemented, what will this mean for FP runners? Will they have to collect everyone's wristband to go get FPs? Will that interrupt some of the other features?
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IF implemented, what will this mean for FP runners? Will they have to collect everyone's wristband to go get FPs? Will that interrupt some of the other features?
Hmmm?
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IF implemented, what will this mean for FP runners? Will they have to collect everyone's wristband to go get FPs? Will that interrupt some of the other features?
I've seen that discussed a bit and it would appear that it may be a yes to both questions. Having the rest of the party's wristbands may prevent certain interactions while on the 'fastpass run'.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:27 AM   #7
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I have to say.. I dont like this at all.. So prices will go up even more.. It says WDW is doing heavy research to see how much guests are willing to pay for the extras.. I dont know about everyone else but my family isnt willing to pay anymore than we already are..

With the changes to DDP and the monorail and the rise of resort and tickets and parties..I mean I understand inflation but.. its a bit much for the lower middle class family to afford.. LOL
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:28 AM   #8
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Bands

Bands make a lot of sense, actually. All the paper tickets is so 20th century.

As for costs...costs will always go up. That is the way of the world.

If done right, the bands could help a lot.
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I have to say.. I dont like this at all.. So prices will go up even more.. It says WDW is doing heavy research to see how much guests are willing to pay for the extras.. I dont know about everyone else but my family isnt willing to pay anymore than we already are..

With the changes to DDP and the monorail and the rise of resort and tickets and parties..I mean I understand inflation but.. its a bit much for the lower middle class family to afford.. LOL
I didn't read anywhere where Disney is making you buy the extras. The rise in the cost of a TS meal because of the DDP TS impacts me very little since we only eat one per trip.

As for the cost of the bands, RFID chips are pretty cheap and they won't have issues being "demagnetized".
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:38 AM   #10
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I think this sounds awesome! I love the idea of more interactive activities like Kim Possible! I also like the idea of the wristband. It sounds like it will be easier to use and keep track of than the Key Card.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:40 AM   #11
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Other than the FP runner issue, I like this a lot! I'm sure they have a bunch of lawyers specializing is Privacy issues at work on this too.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:42 AM   #12
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I am hoping that you can get the choice to get the regular plastic tickets or the new wristbands. I can't imagine a young child tolerating a giant RFID wristband very well in the heat and humidity. (I can't imagine many adults tolerating it either!)
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I hope they aren't those wrist bands that are on permanently until you cut it off. I don't like the idea of having to wear a wrist band 24/7. I'm not sure I could sleep with one on. And if it isn't one of those that stay's on until you cut it off, how easy is it to get lost?
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:47 AM   #14
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It sounds pretty cool however there is no way my 3 year old would wear it all day. But I guess I could put it on his wrist to use for his ticket & then put it in a bag so he doesn't lose it.

Oh and what will they be made out of? There are people who are allergic to different materials. My dad for example is allergic to rubber. So if there's any rubber in it and it touches his arm he'll break out..
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I have to say.. I dont like this at all.. So prices will go up even more.. It says WDW is doing heavy research to see how much guests are willing to pay for the extras.. I dont know about everyone else but my family isnt willing to pay anymore than we already are..
For those willing to pay for it is great. For those who do now want to pay for it or cannot afford it, they will be able to get the same experience they always had. New technology and new experiences are a way to drive profits for a business.
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