I took a quick trip to Walt Disney World last week and had the opportunity to experience several new technological initiatives related to Dining at Disney World.
I’ve written these up in several posts for DFB, and today we’ll begin with the new Touch to Pay system that accompanies the unrolling of MyMagic+ in the parks — as well as take a look at some fun foodie bling that you can add to your MyMagic Band!
Stay tuned over the next week to see more new technology innovations that are affecting Disney dining in Disney World!
Tableside Touch To Pay Pads
In addition to the previously installed “Tap to Pay” pads located at the WDW quick service and snack locations, Tap To Pay Pads are now being used in many table service venues at the parks and resorts.
During our stay, some of the restaurants we dined at were Artist Point, Territory Lounge, Citricos, Raglan Road, and Tutto Gusto. At each of these locations, when we asked for our check, our server appeared at our table with a small touchpad, about the surface area of an iPhone, but much thicker.
When it was time to pay, the server scanned my MagicBand to link our restaurant bill to our WDW charge account. You could also use the Touch to Pay pad with an RFID-capable Key to the World Card.
After the MagicBand or KTTWC is scanned, you enter your personal PIN code.
That was all super fun and easy. However, there were two points in the process that needed a little work. First, the system is not currently able to process some discounts via the Touch to Pay Pads.
I am a Tables in Wonderland card holder. During this trip, if I wanted to use my TiW discount, they had to bring the card to a physical register in the restaurant to process it. My understanding is that, at some point in the future, things like Tables in Wonderland, Disney Vacation Club (DVC), or Annual Pass discounts will automatically be recognized and applied if they’re noted in your My Disney Experience account on the DisneyWorld.com website.
The other oddity is that in order to complete the transaction, the server must bring you a printed receipt on which you tally the tip, add it up, and sign. I’d love to be able to do all that on the Touch Pad itself. Some retail stores, including Apple stores, now allow customers to sign electronically. And many more retail stores email you a receipt as a matter of course. My guess (only a guess, I have no scoop) is that these additional tech tools will appear in the not too distant future.
Overall, I thought the new restaurant Touch to Pay pads were fun, but paying for a meal this way is not a hugely different experience than it had been in the past. However, as more and more guests use MagicBands as their payment method, I believe they’ll implement ways to streamline the process.
Foodie MagicBand Bling
Speaking of MagicBands … The basic MagicBands being distributed to guests come in lots of cool colors. But if colors alone aren’t cool enough for you, then there are plenty of options for customizing them to suit your personal style.
There are fabric wraps, clip-on jewels, and other gizmos. But I just had to share with you my FAVORITE bit of MagicBand bling – the cupcake and Mickey bar sliders!
The cupcake is the same purple-with-Mickey design that’s been popping up on parks merchandise for years now. And the Mickey bar is as awesome as a Mickey bar should be. Slide one of these puppies onto your MagicBand and everyone will know you’re a foodie fan!
What foodie bling would you want to add to YOUR MyMagic+ Band? Let us know in the comments below.