RFID Wristband Tech

Anaheim, CA - August 10th 2016: Mary Poppins smiles at a young child as she leads a line of children in song and dance in front of Cinderella's castle during Disney's 60th Diamond Celebration.


This plaque is at the entrance of every Disney theme park:

Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.

Today, if you are wearing a Disney Magic Band, you really are entering the world of tomorrow, and it can feel like a fantasy. Magic Bands contain an RFID (radio frequency identification) chip that sends and receives signals allowing it to be detected at short range touch points within the park and at Disney hotels. With a Disney Magic Band, you can:

  • Unlock the door of your Disney Resort hotel room.
  • Enter theme and water parks (with valid admission.)
  • Check in at FastPass+ entrances.
  • Connect Disney PhotoPass images to your account.
  • Charge food and merchandise purchases to your Disney Resort hotel room.
  • Add a touch of magic to your vacation by unlocking special surprises, personalized just for you, throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney theme parks are not the only places where the technology behind these RFID enabled wristbands are being used.

Lollapalooza events offer Lolla Cashless wristbands. After the wristband is registered online, it is used, along with a pin code, to pay food, drinks, and other items at the festival.

At the 2016 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, RFID bands were used to gain admission to the festival and could be loaded with credit to pay for purchases during the event. Austin City Limits offers the same RFID bands for entry, reentry, and purchases, and so did the 2016 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

RFID bands are becoming more common and are safe and secure to use. Just like a credit or ATM card they require a PIN that you choose for purchases. The Disney wristband doesn’t require a PIN but is linked to a secured Disney account. Tomorrow Land is here and not just at Disney theme parks.