Radio-Frequency IDentification. When you wear the bracelet you will be chipped per say.
Ah ok! I guess i can give it a shot
And apparently you will only be able to reserve 3 rides....and initially it will only be available to WDW resort guests
Im sure they will find a way. Thay always seem to. Even if it takes a couple years, like it did with Test Track
As an offsite guest, I can't imagine why I'd want to pay extra to get ONE FP+ a day to be able to not wait on one attraction that I'd really need it on.
Yeah, but Park Hopper makes more sense than a program that cuts the wait time for one attraction per day.
I don't see what's in any of this for those staying offsite. How many offsite guests buy their tickets online (which you would need to do to make the FP reservations in advance)? You can buy them in the hotels, at stores everywhere, or at the parks. Not seeing the benefit from the bracelets for offsite visitors.
If this RFID program pans out as designed it could very well greatly alter the experience for non-RFID guests that are still paying a premium price to enter the parks including off sight guests. As for what guest will buy, I am amazed by what guests purchase, what they will pay for a resort that most spend little time awake in and then pay even more to reserve the right to be placed within a certain area of a hotel and more for a certain view. That is why I find Disney's response and some fans that RFID is optional, it is disingenuous.
Go to the links I posted yesterday, Jan 28th and read the Congressional letter to Iger and then his spit fire response back to Congress. I was stunned Iger wrote a response in that tone, it is anything but the manner in which you would expect an official statement back to congress to be worded. It demonstrates how determined Disney is.
It also shows how tiresome intellectually lazy people can be. The information Markey was looking for was in the public domain.
As the saying goes: in the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
Markey could have had his questions answered with a few click of a mouse. Instead, he chose to grandstand as almost all single-issue politicians tend to. Iger's response was neither surprising nor uncalled for.
I am not of the mindset that if it is on the internet it must be true.
Facebook is a company who continues to flip flop on privacy policies could Disney too? Could RFID personal data be hacked? Will the consumer understand the complete implications of release they are signing at check-in in exchange for their bracelet or will they need an attorney to explain what they are really agreeing to?
Disney Corp. has already been fined $3 million dollars for tracking children without their parents permission in the last few years, congress should look into RFID since there is precedence. If congress gets dinged for grandstanding so be it, who cares? If congress didn't research RFID they would get ding'd for that too. Guests come to Disney Worldwide and now that our congress is addressing RFID data collection more guests will be on heightened awareness.
Iger's temper tantrum (letter) to congress now archived on the net for guests to read worldwide. It demonstrates a darker side to Disney's Pixie Dust image that Disney generally tries to portray to the public and guests. The letter was insightful snapshot of the real Iger and his disposition, it was enlightening. Doubt his hissy fit will make congress back off investigating RFID data collection but congress now is aware that Corporate Disney will likely be hostile when responding.
FYI, when I stay on property at a Universal resort, the FPs are free, unlimited and all I have had to do is have their cast member scan my resort ID to gain access to their FP queue. A nice perk for their resort guests. Disney did the same thing for a long while with resort ID's to get a wristband for EMH's.
I'm not defending the use of RFID wristbands. I want to make that perfectly clear. And with all things political/corporate, there is likely a lot more going on in the background here. So paint Iger however you want, I really don't care. But a more nuanced look at this would be the more prudent approach, IMO. When it is slime vs slime, the result is never going to be pretty.
As for charging off property guests for FP+, I'll have to take your word for it since I have never seen any indication of that one way or the other.