Walt Disney World to Begin Accepting Apple Pay Starting December 24

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Blogs: iPhone - Mac Walt Disney World will officially begin accepting Apple Pay starting this Wednesday, December 24, reports WDWMagic (via iMore). The inclusion of Apple Pay will allow users to make purchases at the theme park with an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, and is a part of Disney's initiative to accept more contactless payment methods rolled out with its MyMagic+ program. disneyworldlogo
Leveraging the RFID infrastructure deployed as part of MyMagic+, Walt Disney World will also accept other contactless payments, such as Google Wallet and contactless RFID credit cards.

Initially, most stores, quick service restaurants, bars and ticket sales booths will be included. Any locations that use portable payment terminals, such as table service restaurants, will be added later.
Walt Disney World was listed as one of the first partners for Apple Pay alongside retailers like Macy's, Walgreens, Subway, McDonalds, and Whole Foods. The report also states that Disneyland will begin accepting contactless payment methods like Apple Pay in 2015. Apple Pay has seen impressive early adoption numbers since launching in October, making up 1% of all digital payment dollars in November with Whole Foods being the most popular location for the payment method. 20 comments Top Rated Comments (View all) Avatar Jeremy1026 2 days ago at 05:33 am When I'm at Disneyland or Disney World, I leave my cell phone in the hotel. I try to immerse myself in Disney culture, and leave distractions from home at home.


You should take it with you. Their app is great. Being able to see quickly see what characters are where, for how long, and how long the wait for them is. Wait times for rides, fast pass management. As wel as GPS enabled maps, no more fumbling with a map that you have to fold a dozen times to get it back into your pocket. I can understand wanting to leave home at home. But just disable your email accounts during the day, and have some self control to keep from playing on the web. Rating: 4 Votes Avatar cdmoore74 2 days ago at 04:37 am What about Leo's grill down the street? I go there maybe twice a week. I go to Disney world maybe twice a lifetime.

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Really annoyed by the title. This makes it seem like retailers have to support Apple Pay. They don't. They have to support contactless payments, which has been standardized globally. There is no additional effort required to accept Apple Pay.


I feel your point. Even for big names we have to hear them one by one. What about the normal places I go to? Places that I shop at much more frequently than Disney. Or maybe I want to be adventurous and go somewhere new. There's only so many times you can eat McDonald's crap or walk into the same Wholefoods. Don't want some alternate payment option to control my shopping habits so that I can say I used a phone to make payments. Rating: 3 Votes Avatar rdlink 2 days ago at 05:12 am What about Leo's grill down the street? I go there maybe twice a week. I go to Disney world maybe twice a lifetime.

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I feel your point. Even for big names we have to hear them one by one. What about the normal places I go to? Places that I shop at much more frequently than Disney. Or maybe I want to be adventurous and go somewhere new. There's only so many times you can eat McDonald's crap or walk into the same Wholefoods. Don't want some alternate payment option to control my shopping habits so that I can say I used a phone to make payments.


It's a process, dude. It won't happen overnight, but the train has left the station. Momentum will build as it chugs down the track. Hopefully things will pick up speed as merchants are forced to update their readers in preparation for the Fall of 2015 deadline on chip based readers, and they'll opt for spending a few extra bucks to include NFC. All of this publicity and the commercials about Apple Pay are only going to help with that process. Rating: 2 Votes Avatar bbeagle 2 days ago at 04:26 am When I'm at Disneyland or Disney World, I leave my cell phone in the hotel. I try to immerse myself in Disney culture, and leave distractions from home at home.

We usually use Disney Dollars, helps budget easier. Convert $100 American dollars to $100 Disney dollars a day at the hotel in the morning, and I'll keep in my budget for the family that day.

There are already just as easy options, like show your hotel key and pay for stuff that way. I guess it improves the use case where people are pulling credit cards out to pay for the Tiki Room pineapple dole whips, something that can't be charged to the hotel room key. Rating: 2 Votes Avatar Jeff Meredith 1 day ago at 06:26 am This was posted in the IOS Blog and not even on the Front Page. So I don't understand the complaints.

Disneyworld is the iconic location of a huge US company and a very important travel destination for US and foreign visitors. When you couple this with the Orlando Magic announcement and I am sure Sea World and Universal Orlando are going to pay attention.

Paying with Apple Pay or contactless is so much more than paying on the phone. With the news coming out that 45% of people had a credit card compromised in some fashion last year. The biggest thing about Apple Pay is security in my opinion. We have Point of Sale (POS) terminals that can be affected remotely with malware and the information harvested can be used to manufacture credit cards or used online. This is a deterrent for some foreign visitors that our credit card security is so crappy. Every country in the world, even N. Korea, has more secure Chip and Pin technology and there is higher usage of contactless overseas. So yes this is a big deal.

BJ's, Whole Foods, Winn Dixie along with the other Apple Pay supporting merchants are in Orlando. So Orlando becomes one of the easier places to get around with using Contactless.

The App Store Disney Store App is great and I used it to get two of my Christmas gifts with Apple Pay and I didn't give them my credit card. They received acknowledgement of my funds, I got my merchandise and my credit card info was not available to be compromised as it should be.

I am going to Disneyland in the spring with my son and I hope they can propagate it to there soon. Rating: 2 Votes Avatar TraceyS/FL 1 day ago at 06:18 am You should take it with you. Their app is great. Being able to see quickly see what characters are where, for how long, and how long the wait for them is. Wait times for rides, fast pass management. As wel as GPS enabled maps, no more fumbling with a map that you have to fold a dozen times to get it back into your pocket. I can understand wanting to leave home at home. But just disable your email accounts during the day, and have some self control to keep from playing on the web.


The app is amazing... Wait time, fast passes, dining reservations.... I can't imagine not having it. Wifi is everywhere so you don't even have to have the phone part on if you don't want to.

We aren't there for a "vacation" but a day trip since we are local. Heck, I've had to sit on a bench and work occasionally. Fine by me, better than sitting at home!


I was told yesterday in Epcot that it starts TODAY, maybe a soft launch then? Last night my phone was near the reader and it launched on my phone, but wouldn't complete.

I hope it is today and not Wednesday - I was hoping to use it tomorrow!

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Really annoyed by the title. This makes it seem like retailers have to support Apple Pay. They don't. They have to support contactless payments, which has been standardized globally. There is no additional effort required to accept Apple Pay.


Right now saying, "We accept Apple Pay" means more marketing wise than "we acct NFC". Disney is an Apple Pay marketing partner....

I frankly don't care, that are making things a bit easier for me and that is all that matters!! Rating: 1 Votes Avatar psac 1 day ago at 06:51 am This works for some visitors. If you are staying at one of the WDW Resorts they give you a MagicBand that has your room key, dining plans (if applicable), tickets, and if you set it up your credit card info. That way you only tap to pay with the Magic Band. However, if you aren't staying at one of the resorts and don't want to pay $12.95 for the Magic Band this is a great alternative.


I was just there, and the MBs work fine, but I would love to do the opposite. Somehow code the MB into my phone, and use that for everything. Rating: 1 Votes Avatar lokey 1 day ago at 07:49 am Walt Disney World enabled it this morning. Rating: 1 Votes Avatar Psypher 1 day ago at 10:06 am I'm hoping they will make it possible to use your iPhone or Apple Watch instead of the Magic Bands. I'd rather not have to wear both the Apple Watch and the Band. I'd love to use my Apple Watch as my hotel room key, park ticket, fastpass, and payment method. Rating: 1 Votes Avatar bbeagle 1 day ago at 07:18 am The other part of this says you haven't been to WDW since the magic band. You can still get a key, but the bands are everything. Keys, charging, admission, fast passes. You are going to need to adjust your thinking about the app before your next trip!


You're right. On our last trip, we went to Disneyland in California in February. Disneyland doesn't have magic bands yet. Maybe our tune will change when we plan to go to DisneyWorld in Florida in 2016.


Those of use that are not staying in a Disney hotel don't have payment options with the bands. I'd love to be able to load it with a gift card tho, especially for my kids. And I can assure you I'm not spending $100/day when I go... I wouldn't be going. PB&J for us! Lol!

But I love Disney dollars and have used them in the decent past before we were local. I don't see them much these days, they are pushing readable gift cards more. Which is great because I can buy those wherever when I have extra money in the budget.


Yeah, for our last visit, not as many people use Disney Dollars anymore. Even the employees are surprised once in a while when they get them.

$100/day for a family of 4 is pretty cheap. We're going to buy lunch there ($10 a person), a few snacks or drinks ($15 a person). We'll eat breakfast at the hotel in the morning, and dinner when we get back. We only go once every 2 years, I'm not going to eat PB&J when I can get something unique like popcorn in a dumbo container that we'll use for years later.

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