A Look at the the MyMagic+ Touch-To-Pay System at Table Service Restaurants

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Since MyMagic+ and MagicBands were announced (and even when they were just rumored), many of us have wondered exactly how they would work in every aspect of a Walt Disney World vacation. Over the last few months, we have seen the system operate with FastPass+ for attractions, order ahead dining at counter service locations, and even touch-to-pay at stores. One thing we are now just seeing for the first time is exactly how the system will work at the many table service restaurants around WDW.

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Last night I saw one of these devices in action at Olivia’s at Old Key West. I can only assume with the current MyMagic+ testing going on, this is at most, if not all of the table service restaurants at Disney World right now. It is essentially an iPod touch with a giant device hooked onto the back of it.

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So, this is the device that will be used at every restaurant to utilize touch-to-pay with hard tickets and MagicBand ticket media. How will the process work? Well, here is what your server should say when you show up with your MagicBand and are using the Disney Dining Plan:

Hello! Welcome to ___________! My name is ____________ and I will be taking great care of you this evening. I see you are on the dining plan. That’s Wonderful! If you’ll kindly touch your MagicBand and enter your PIN, I’ll be able to preview your plan information. This will help me to better guide you through your dining experience.

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This will be done to avoid guest and server confusion regarding the dining plan. The server will then need to touch your MagicBand again at the end of the meal. That might go something like this:

I see some MagicBands at the table this evening. If you plan to use your band for payment this evening, I can capture the touch now if you like. Thank you! I will bring back your receipt for signature.

If the guest enters an invalid pin, a blue Mickey icon will appear on the screen for the cast member. Three invalid pin entries may require you to use alternative payment.

The process seems like it may simplify the process a little bit for those on the dining plan at least… split checks are a whole other story for another post…

If you don’t have the dining plan, you will only have to tap your band should your credit card be attached to your account and you choose to use that as a payment method. There has been no word yet on if Tables in Wonderland or Annual Pass dining discounts will use this system or still have to entered manually. If you are paying with cash or a card not attached to your MagicBand, this process will not apply to you.

So, what do you think? Would this make it easier or harder for you to pay at a table service restaurant?

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • I am an Annual Pass holder from Cincinnati who has a vacation home near Celebration. Right now we go to WDW 2-3 times per week for a few attractions and to have dinner. I can see we will be going elsewhere to spend our discretionary $$.

    • Send me a DM on twitter if you can. Would like to talk to you about having a vacation home and annual passes. Thanks. @RyanMinyard

      • Don't look for logic where there isn't any. Any electronic payment is much more secure than handing over a credit card to a cast member making $6/hr.

    • I would like to hear more about being an Annual Pass Holder and purchasing a vacation home in the WDW area. What areas do you suggest looking at for a vacation home?

    • Do you rent out your vacation home for a couple months at a time especially during the months of September 2013 through May 2014? I am planning on moving to the Celebration area and I'm seeking possibilities at the moment. I have a remote job that allows me to move anywhere and what is better than Florida.

  • Nothing would make me happier than if you could connect your Annual Pass, Tables in Wonderland, etc. and have the system automatically detect and apply those discounts. OR if would give you options: (A) Pay using AP discount $37.50, (B) Pay using TiW $35.23, (C)Pay using Dining Plan 1 Table Service + $5.46 (for gratuity) etc.

  • I wonder where Disney get the App from without unlocking their devices?

    I always thought that Apple's policy was to only allow apps to be added via their store.

    That's been the main reason for a huge growth in android devices.

  • It doesn't sound to different from paying with your room key. The only difference is that it is around your wrist so they can't take it with them to pay. I think it is a neat idea, there just needs to be backup plans available if something goes wrong and you have the dining plan but for some reason it won't read that you do.

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