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Old 10-08-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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WDW to use Wristbands in place of Tickets

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Old 10-08-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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I suppose it makes sense, in line with the RFID door locks at the hotels. (I used these for the first time at BLT last week and they were quite nice IME.)

My concerns might be:
  • Annual Passholders - If my ticket becomes my room key as well, will there be confusion if I come back more than once in a year? Will I need to register my AP with my resort?
  • Expense - These seem way more expensive than ticket media, which probably costs less than $0.05 per ticket. I'm sure WDW would end up passing that cost along in some way.

If they can pull it off, then it seems like a good idea to me (in line with Disney's "fast-mover" approach to technology.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:19 PM   #3
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Already a long thread going on the News and Rumor forum, moved from here.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:20 PM   #4
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I saw someone wearing one tonight at SSR - are they really rolling these out already? It could have been something else I guess....I thought it was a watch at first then I noticed he had a watch on the other hand.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:27 PM   #6
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I saw someone wearing one tonight at SSR - are they really rolling these out already? It could have been something else I guess....I thought it was a watch at first then I noticed he had a watch on the other hand.
No, I think you saw something else.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:30 PM   #7
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I saw someone wearing one tonight at SSR - are they really rolling these out already? It could have been something else I guess....I thought it was a watch at first then I noticed he had a watch on the other hand.
wonder if what you saw was a party wristband.
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Hmmm wonder what it was. He didn't appear to speak English....and well I wouldn't walk up and ask someone what it was. It really looked like what I expect the wristbands will look like. What'd the fast pass plus users have? Do they have a special card now?
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wonder if what you saw was a party wristband.
Definitely not. This was like a blue rubber like band. I think they are a popular kind of watch among the younger kids....but like I said he had a nice roles like watch on - so it actually kind of stood out as odd he was wearing it.
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I suppose it makes sense, in line with the RFID door locks at the hotels. (I used these for the first time at BLT last week and they were quite nice IME.)

My concerns might be:
  • Annual Passholders - If my ticket becomes my room key as well, will there be confusion if I come back more than once in a year? Will I need to register my AP with my resort?
  • Expense - These seem way more expensive than ticket media, which probably costs less than $0.05 per ticket. I'm sure WDW would end up passing that cost along in some way.

If they can pull it off, then it seems like a good idea to me (in line with Disney's "fast-mover" approach to technology.
~I think it's a fabulous idea! I'm guessing that the Magic Bands will be optional for anyone to buy and/or included with a vacation package. Disney wouldn't go through the trouble of making RFID KTTW cards if they intended to "make" everyone wear the bands. Park guests can continue using the card if they want, but I can't wait to get one!
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Hmmm wonder what it was. He didn't appear to speak English....and well I wouldn't walk up and ask someone what it was. It really looked like what I expect the wristbands will look like. What'd the fast pass plus users have? Do they have a special card now?
That was only a prelim test and ended over a week ago. They used cards, as I recall.

The linked article said that Disney is seeking approval for these bands, which is a big reason why I'm confident you didn't see this particular band just yet.
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It looked exactly like this:

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If Disney has to go through the FCC does that mean that there is a transponder involved? If so will that be an information security issue as credit card information will be attached to the KTTW? Could this be something that hackers could get into?
We were just at the world and had the RFID locks at Kidani. It was easy and fast.
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I don't want to wear a wristband, especially if the weather is hot.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:26 PM   #15
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I agree with the pp as I also would not like a band that is loose and flops around your wrist all day. I would rather have the traditional ticket/KTTW with or without any type of RFID.
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