Look @ Mickey smiling while he takes all your information
Families planning trips to one of Disney’s theme parks can now get waterproof rubber wristbands embedded with computer chips in lieu of paper tickets. When scanned, the bands can act as a park entry ticket, a FastPass, a hotel room key and a credit card. The “Magic Bands” — which are currently optional — are part of a new MyMagic+ “vacation management system” that can track guests as they move throughout the park.
Efficient? Perhaps. But post-Snowden, some worry that Magic Bands are nothing more than NSA-esque tracking devices. The MyMagic+ system is designed to track users’ purchasing habits, and if parents agree to certain settings, employees playing characters in the park can use hidden sensors to track children and their information; so Goofy can walk up to a child and say something like, “Hi Bobby. Happy birthday.” Pretty creepy. Plus, others worry that someone might be able to hack your band and thus access your hotel room and credit card.
Massachusetts Rep Ed Markey publicly criticized the bands after they were announced last year, saying that he worried that the new tickets invade the privacy of millions of children. Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, responded by calling Markey’s statements “ludicrous” and “ill-informed.”
'Frozen' ices competition to win post-holiday box office race
Walt Disney Co's animated fairy tale "Frozen" took hold of first place on movie charts in the United States and Canada for the first weekend of 2014, knocking three-time champion "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" down to the No.3 spot.
Second place went to new horror movie "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones", a spinoff from the hit low-budget "Paranormal Activity" franchise.
"Frozen," which opened on the eve of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend in November, collected $20.7 million in ticket sales to claim the weekend box office crown, ahead of "The Marked Ones" which earned $18.2 million from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from Rentrak.
The hit film is nearing a $300 million domestic total and has collected $640 million in global ticket sales, making it the highest-grossing Disney Animation release of all-time behind only "The Lion King," Disney said.
Festival of the Lion King closes at Disney World for Avatar construction
Sunday is the last day to visit Camp Minnie-Mickey at Disney's Animal Kingdom and see the Festival of the Lion King.
The area closes at the end of business today, and Festival of the Lion King will go on hiatus until a new theater in the Africa section of the park is ready later this year. Festival of the Lion King was the only major attraction in the Camp Minnie-Mickey section. Mickey and Minnie themselves moved to Discovery Island earlier this year.
The move fuels speculation that Disney will build the new Avatar Land at the Camp Minnie-Mickey site, but Disney will not confirm that.
Disney gave a sneak peek at Avatar Land at a D-23 Expo in Japan in October. The land will feature a simulator ride that lets guests feel like they're riding a Banshee, and guests will able to walks through a bioluminescent jungle.
No word yet on when Avatar Land will open.
Fwiw, I think it's super stupid to fear MagicBands having your information and tracking your spending lol, as if amazon, google, Facebook and everywhere you've signed up online weren't doing that for you already