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Travel Tramps

Swiping wristbands at Disneyland

by Kathleen Curry & Geoff Griffin
- Posted // 2013-01-24 -

Disney is once again completely changing how guests experience its theme parks. Its new system, MyMagic+, with its accompanying MagicBand (an RFID bracelet) promise to radically upend the way you spend your day at Disney.  Programmed with your credit card and resort-hotel information, the bracelet allows you to wander the park, get into your hotel, schedule when you want to ride a ride and check in when it's time, buy lunch and souvenirs, all with a swipe of your MagicBand.

How does it work? The park will provide annual-pass holders and guests who are staying at a Disney resort with a MagicBand, and guests staying offsite or coming on a day pass will receive a similarly functioning card. Using an included Web app, MagicBand users can schedule when they want to ride rides or visit attractions, and set up linking to a credit card for purchases. If you're worried about letting the kids run wild with a credit-equipped bracelet, don't worry: Current plans include a pin number for using the bracelet for purchases. MyMagic+ will debut at Walt Disney World in spring or summer of next year, with the technology likely expanding to other Disney parks in 2015.

The Travel Tramps write regularly about their treks near and far in City Weekly and host the weekly Travel Brigade Radio Show.

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