Senate Committee Approves New Ticket Law

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Do you remember our article just last week explaining that Disney World needed Florida legislature to re-write the current ticket laws to protect the new MyMagic+ system? The proposed legislation also increased punishment for violations of laws on selling fraudulent tickets. Well, just this week, a Senate committee has now approved the new ticket law! This bill was supported by all three major Orlando theme parks including the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, and Sea World Orlando.

There are two major changes for penalties to individuals caught selling fraudulent tickets. The fine had previously been limited to $500 and is now a maximum of $10,000. Repeat offenders will now face felony charges rather than misdemeanors.

The other major result of this legislation is that it will broaden the legal definition of park tickets to include new technologies. This will incorporate Disney World’s new wireless-transmitting “MagicBands,” which Disney has designed as part of its $1 billion “MyMagic+” project.

The legislation was rewritten though to remove a controversial provision that would have declared admission tickets “personal property” meaning that they can be freely resold by buyers. That battle, which would mainly affect ticket sales on Ticketmaster and StubHub, has been referred to by lawmakers and lobbyists as the “ticket wars.”

This bill was sponsored by Umatilla Republican Senator Alan Hays. “The original bill was just creating way too much controversy and, with this late into session, we didn’t have the time to get through it all,” Hays said. “Right now, it’s protecting the consumers, those unsuspecting visitors who think they’re buying a legitimate ticket only to find when they get to the gate that the ticket is expired or is non transferrable or some other horrible thing,” he continued.

What do you think of the new ticket law being passed? Do you think it will prevent fraudulent ticket sales?

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