Disney Lobbying for Stronger Protection against Theme Park Ticket Fraud as it Relates to MagicBands

Theme park ticket fraud is an issue in Central Florida, home to some of the biggest theme parks in the world.

And Walt Disney World is lobbying for stronger penalties when it comes to fraud, in addition to stronger protections to apply to the MagicBands.

Under current Florida law it is illegal for someone to resell a multi-park or multi-day theme park ticket after it has been used once. However, the law requires the phrase "non-transferable; must be used by the same person on all days" to be on the ticket.

This current requirement means Disney must have several lines of legal terms printed on the MagicBands so that they fill the requirements in the law.

Disney wants to ensure the ticket fraud protections apply to the MagicBands and is asking lawmakers to approve a bill that would eliminate the language requirement for tickets.

Disney wants the law to instead state that multi-day or multi-park theme park passes would be presumed non-transferable unless it is stated otherwise on the ticket or the theme park's website.

If the bill passes, Disney would be able to remove the language printed on the MagicBands which could result in printing costs savings for the resort.


Sharon wrote on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:39:

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We were at Walt Disney World in February and we used Magic Bands. I loved them! It's so nice to be able to have everything on a wrist band so you don't have to carry a credit card or tickets. We used ours to get into our room, charge things to the room, track our dinners and get into the parks. I hope they keep the Magic Bands going forward because I think it's a wonderful idea.

CHRIS wrote on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:28:

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I think the magic bands COULD be great.. if they extend the use to people that just don't stay at Disney resorts. I myself, am an Annual pass holder, but my friend is not. We are not staying at a Disney resort, so, she will not be able to utilize the magic bands. I can see how this can be a good thing, IF all the kinks are worked out re: misuse, possibly fraud, and what not. I wouldn't want a big Target type fraud thing happening to me while I was on vacation at Walt Disney World.

Don wrote on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:35:

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I agree, the magic bands are great!

Liz wrote on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 23:11:

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We were at Disney World in December and used the magic bands and we loved them. We bought annual passes because we knew we were returning in May and in October. Quest services said not to lose our magic bands that we would use them for our future trips, but now they want us to customize new bands for our May trip. What I'm hoping is that since this is all new they will stream line the process and recognize annual pass holders in the future. That would also save on costs on Disney's end.

Mike wrote on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:59:

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Any guesses as to how many people have been on all of the Disney Ships. We will be joining that group shortly with a cruise on the Disney magic.

Big Daddy wrote on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 15:31:

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So Disney is going to spend a few million dollars to save a few cents on printing costs? Just raise ticket prices another penny and call it even. Or just wait another year and raise the price another 5 bucks.

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