If I already had one, even without FP+, I'd use it for resort room entry, park entry, room charge privileges, ride and memory maker photos. If I wasn't staying onsite, and/or if I had to pay for it, I don't think I'd get a magic band, since a lot of that functionality is available through Apple Watch now.Without FP I don’t see a lot of benefits to magic bands.
Does the Watch app handle auto-tagging ride photos (for e.g. 7DMT)? I haven't been keeping track.
Yeah, and it's probably also enough to get me to buy one every few years so as to not risk having the radio battery die.That alone would get me to keep wearing my MagicBand
Yeah, and it's probably also enough to get me to buy one every few years so as to not risk having the radio battery die.
Relatedly, we hired someone who used to be at Disney Research, and I think the Magic Band was part of his portfolio at one point. I should ask him what the life expectancy of the long-range radio is.
That makes two of us! I don't know that I ever saw this paper specifically, but IIRC, many years ago Len & Jim were talking on their podcast about Disney potentially doing this sort of thing. (Based on Len's proclivity to monitor patent filings and general Disney-related academia, I'm guessing that discussion arose from this article.) I also seem to recall a pretty in-depth article in some major publication about the development of MyMagic+, with some behind-the-scenes looks, etc., that included a discussion of this type of crowd-directing capabilities in the "new" system.Haha! You need to also ask him about this paper from Disney Research from a decade ago. This along with the announcement of MyMagic+ had me convinced that Disney was planning to use MagicBands to create a version of "air traffic control" but for park guests.
Too many people in Tommorowland? *ding* a notification for a bonus Fastpass to Pirates has been added to 300 guests currently east of the hub.
You spent 45 minutes browsing in Art of Disney and didn't buy anything? *ding* a notification of 10% off coupon to Art of Disney on your way out of Epcot.
I don't remember the details but I recall that the low-energy bluetooth chip in the MagicBand had a range of about 20 feet, which would allow them to use AI to offer incentives on the fly to manage crowds. Didn't happen, but I was convinced that was the plan.
That makes two of us!
He mentioned he was aware of some public teardowns that identified the chips used. He also has a spectrum analyzer in his office that we can use to see if they still chirp.I should ask him what the life expectancy of the long-range radio is.