Disney’s new MyMagic+ has been the most talked about update in Disney Parks history. With still much unknown about this new system, there are still a lot of questions. The Walt Disney Company has already spent almost $1 billion dollars to create and develop the new MyMagic+ system for the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. One of the features of the MyMagic+ system is that Disney World will replace guests’ Key to the World cards with wireless-transmitting wristbands that will serve as their park tickets, room keys, and even credit card. Disney now needs to make sure that their MagicBands will be protected by Florida law.
Disney is asking Florida legislature to re-write the ticket laws to include the MyMagic+ wristbands. Disney argues these legal changes are necessary because the MyMagic+ system is much more complex than the traditional paper tickets at most amusement parks.
“As technology continues to evolve, theme parks and other venues are able to make ticketing for guests more convenient,” Disney spokesman Bryan Malenius said. “The bill being considered by the Legislature will help Florida keep up with the rapidly changing way guests experience entertainment choices, including our parks.”
Disney hopes new legislature would also reduce illegal ticket sales which is now a common problem, especially in Florida. The new law would make it illegal to resell or transfer any tickets without explicitly stating that the ticket can be used by more than one person. So far, Disney is receiving support from lawmakers.
“We are codifying that, if Disney wants to use a wristband, a button, an ID card or your phone as a ticket — as they currently do — it’s their choice. And, more importantly, it’s their right to do so,” stated the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City.
The legislation would also make the penalties for individuals fraudulently reselling tickets more severe. First-time violators caught reselling park tickets would increase from no more than $500 now to a maximum of $10,000. Individuals found with repeat violations would become face felony charges rather than a misdemeanor.
Other popular Florida theme parks appear to support the proposed legislative changes, including Busch Gardens and Sea World.
What do you think about the proposed changes to Florida legislature? Do you think it’s necessary?
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