Walt Disney World is one place that my wife has always wanted to holidays. Personally, I don’t want to stand in the long queues or drive around endless parking lots. Bu,t one reason I have held off so far is the cash. I really don’t want to have to always pull out my wallet every two minutes. I know you still have to pay for goods and services, but I would rather use my phone than coins and paper.
Back in September, the theme park based in the Orlando area, will start accepting mobile payments on December 24th 2014. This new launch will allow you to use Apple Pay, Google Wallet and tap-to-pay credit cards to shop at stores, order from bars and fast food restaurants and also purchase tickets.
From the outset the system will not work at all places in the parks. For instance, the areas which require a portable payment terminal will not be able to take mobile payments, so you will still have to bring cash or plastic at a table service restaurant for example. If you plan to take trip to Disneyland in California, then you will have to wait until later in 2015 to use mobile payments.
The launch of Apple Pay and Google Wallet at Walt Disney World Resort is the first place Disney will use Apple Pay and Google Wallet, not to mention a number of other wireless payment systems, in the near future.
In the future additional Disney Stores and other Disney properties will follow suit in the use of mobile payments. This system will start with Disney’s RFID system, which is already in place, as part of their MyMagic+ brand.
Apple Pay and Google Wallet will be deployed to Disney Stores inside the parti, bars, quick-serve restaurants, and ticket sale booths first, according to WDMagic. Following this initial roll-out, sit-down restaurants inside the park will be added in the future.
Disney will be using the EMVCo system to accept payments like Apple Pay and Google Wallet. In order to identify locations inside their park, which use wireless payment systems, the EMVCo symbol will be displayed.
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