Walt Disney World in Florida will be the first of the Disney Parks to give visitors the option of making payments with Google Wallet and Apple Pay or any contactless credit card. Apple Pay users will need to hold their devices near a touch-to-pay reader. The equipment that Disney World has used for its MagicBands, part of the company’s widespread MyMagic+ project, will be used for Apple Pay and other services as well. The system eventually will be expanded to include mobile devices for table-service restaurants.
Christmas eve is the date chosen for the launch and if you are making a trip to Disney over the holidays you will be able to use your iPhone 6 etc. anywhere you see the EMVCo symbols, at tickets counters, shops, bars and restaurants. There will be some limitations to start with but as we enter the New Year the project will become widespread throughout the parks.
The Amway Center and Orlando Magic have already launched their use of Apple Pay and other Orlando business using the service include some big brand names like Bloomingdales, Foot Locker, McDonald’s, Macy’s, Panera Bread, Subway, Texaco, Whole Foods Markets, Walgreens, Toys R Us, Sports Authority, Chevron, BJ’s etc.