Walt Disney World Becomes a Mobile Magic Kingdom with Contactless Pay

Holidays Santa MickeyThe Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida is to introduce Apple Pay and other contactless payments this week, as part of the companys MyMagic+ NFC solution.

Walt Disney World, which is the companys flagship theme park, will accept contactless payments in most of its stores, quick service restaurants, bars and ticket sales booths, while other locations including table service restaurants will be added at a later date.

As well as Apple Pay, which announced its partnership with Disney when it was first unveiled, the park will accept Google Wallet and contactless credit and debit cards. The Disneyland Resort in California is expected to add similar functionality at some point in 2015.

The MyMagic+ solution aims to integrate the existing Walt Disney World Resort app with the parks FastPass+ offering and new, NFC-based wearable MagicBands which enable users to unlock their hotel door, enter theme and water parks, check in at FastPass+ entrances, connect photos to the account and charge food and merchandise to hotel bills.