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(Time)   Welcome to Disneyland, we know exactly where you are at all times. Have fun   (entertainment.time.com) divider line 161
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2014-01-02 07:55:42 PM  
It's a small world afterall....
 
2014-01-02 07:55:48 PM  
You gonna get Moused.
 
2014-01-02 07:59:56 PM  
meanspirited.net
i can SEE you.....
 
2014-01-02 08:19:18 PM  
They're optional, and it's not like you can buy anything the NSA would care about at Disney World.

I can see these being very useful to help Disney better track movement around the parks though, which will come in handy when designing new attractions and positioning vendors at the right locations.
 
2014-01-02 08:33:43 PM  
Is it their private property?
Do you make a voluntary choice to go there?
Then who the hell cares?
 
2014-01-02 08:35:39 PM  
I'm as anti- invasive spying and NSA bullshiat as the next guy but it's Disney World. Why would you care if they can track your movements at Disney World? Although Jennifer B. and I used to go under the bridge in the cave at Tom Sawyer Island but that was in high school.

/could be useful for lost kids
 
2014-01-02 08:46:38 PM  
They're gonna need some incredibly high gain antennas to track these things throughout the parks.  I was at Walt Disney World last week with my family and 7 million other people.  The bands don't seem to be that powerful as I had to press mine firmly into the sensor on the door at our resort to get it to register.  I loved the way I could use the band for everything and only had to get the card they gave me out so I could get the rental car into the parking lot.  Everything is managed via a web site or iOS app.  The last time we were at Disney we had to find the Fastpass kiosk and hope there were some left.  The new app and band make it so easy it isn't funny.  The experience was very good.  Not really sure why I would care about them knowing my path through the parks.
 
2014-01-02 08:55:15 PM  
who cares?
you are on private property.
you are bound to their terms and conditions.
if you dont like it, dont go there.

TADA

FREEDOM IS AWESOM
 
2014-01-02 09:21:12 PM  

NuttierThanEver: Is it their private property?
Do you make a voluntary choice to go there?
Then who the hell cares?


Also: do they have subpoena powers?
 
2014-01-02 09:21:52 PM  
It's all fun and games until Nedry brings down the security grid.

/a huge park with lots of kids? Yeh tracking is a smart thing to do.
 
2014-01-02 09:37:05 PM  
Just to expose my Disney nerdishness.... These are just at Disney World, not Disneyland. There's no plans to bring these to Disneyland any time soon.
 
2014-01-02 09:45:00 PM  
I wouldn't care...You're in farken Disney World. You expect to be tagged, targeted, photographed, monitored at every inch of your movements there.
 
2014-01-02 10:14:13 PM  
"Gawrsh, we're sorry, folks! Y'know we can't letcha leave the park when the band says your credit card still has available funds! Shucks, that'd be, well, Goofy!"
 
2014-01-02 10:25:28 PM  

NuttierThanEver: Is it their private property?
Do you make a voluntary choice to go there?
Then who the hell cares?


I care . . . Magic Bands are awesome!


/ used them earlier this month at WDW
 
2014-01-02 10:25:34 PM  
if parents agree to certain settings, employees playing characters in the park can use hidden sensors to track children and their information; so Goofy can walk up to a child and say something like, "Hi Bobby. Happy birthday." Pretty creepy.

Pretty much the least creepy thing you could possibly do with this bracelet.
 
2014-01-02 10:28:23 PM  

Mugato: I'm as anti- invasive spying and NSA bullshiat as the next guy but it's Disney World. Why would you care if they can track your movements at Disney World? Although Jennifer B. and I used to go under the bridge in the cave at Tom Sawyer Island but that was in high school.

/could be useful for lost kids


Yes, it's for your protection!
Who do they share this info with?
 
2014-01-02 10:28:44 PM  
So Goofy can walk up to a child and say something like, "Hi Bobby. Happy birthday." Pretty creepy

No, it's not creepy at all. What's creepy is idiots like that who are so damn paranoid that they think people actually give a shiat where they are or what they do.
 
2014-01-02 10:29:56 PM  
This type of customer metric gathering isn't all that different than what happens on the web. Sort of like an IRL version of cookies.
 
2014-01-02 10:31:40 PM  
2 hours trapped beneath an unstoppable metal Lincoln it's enough to give any man a stroke
 
2014-01-02 10:32:00 PM  
I have used them and they are awesome.
 
2014-01-02 10:32:31 PM  
I'm ok with this
 
2014-01-02 10:32:42 PM  

JoieD'Zen: Yes, it's for your protection!
Who do they share this info with?


Who would want data on a person's activity in Disney World?
 
2014-01-02 10:32:47 PM  

JoieD'Zen: Who do they share this info with?


Anyone who asks for it or buys it, unless there's some terms of use agreement you need to sign off on before getting one that precludes that.
 
2014-01-02 10:32:54 PM  

ReapTheChaos: So Goofy can walk up to a child and say something like, "Hi Bobby. Happy birthday." Pretty creepy

No, it's not creepy at all. What's creepy is idiots like that who are so damn paranoid that they think people actually give a shiat where they are or what they do.


Not to mention the actors inside the cartoon character costumes are forbidden to speak. Only the live actors (like the disney princesses) are allowed to speak. So there's no threat of Goofy saying happy birthday to your kid.

... as if people really cared to begin with. If people post their shiat on facebook, myspace, and twitter then they shouldn't biatch about people invading their privacy. Particularly a for-profit company like Disney.

Not that facebook isn't for-profit, either. If you aren't the customer, you're the product being sold.
 
2014-01-02 10:33:23 PM  
"If my kid gets lost, can I find him with this privacy-raping bracelet?"

"Yes."

"I'll take a dozen."
 
2014-01-02 10:37:51 PM  

fusillade762: You gonna get Moused.


img35.imageshack.us
 
2014-01-02 10:38:38 PM  

Mugato: JoieD'Zen: Yes, it's for your protection!
Who do they share this info with?

Who would want data on a person's activity in Disney World?


data miners. They have your photos, family behaviour stats,, credit card info, etc. They should be paying you for the entry.
 
2014-01-02 10:38:56 PM  
You're pooping...


You're pooping...


You're pooping...


You're pooping...


It's out now.  Have fun on the teacups!
 
2014-01-02 10:40:34 PM  

jtown: "If my kid gets lost, can I find him with this privacy-raping bracelet?"

"Yes."

"I'll take a dozen."


You can't privacy-rape the willing.
 
2014-01-02 10:41:46 PM  
Oh, the outrage!  Disney will find out that I'm in their park!
 
2014-01-02 10:42:16 PM  
I flew from Los Angeles to New York last month. United Airlines tracked me THE ENTIRE TIME. It was an almost 5-hour flight, and United knew EXACTLY where I was during every mile of the trip. I am outraged. Where are my privacy rights?
 
2014-01-02 10:42:34 PM  

NSA STYLE WRISTBANDS!!!

/I was unaware that the NSA used wristbands..
 
2014-01-02 10:43:16 PM  

JoieD'Zen: Mugato: JoieD'Zen: Yes, it's for your protection!
Who do they share this info with?

Who would want data on a person's activity in Disney World?

data miners. They have your photos, family behaviour stats,, credit card info, etc. They should be paying you for the entry.


Okay, Mr. Jones and his family will safely be in line for the next 90 minutes, that is plenty of time to clean out any valuables in their hotel room and max out their credit cards.
 
2014-01-02 10:43:16 PM  
This is the point in the thread where I mention it's happening at Disney World so far and that the picture is from Disneyland Paris. ;)
 
2014-01-02 10:43:46 PM  
sarcasmssssss.... Just got a Disney text: 'Your entire family used our shiatters too much and too long, so there will be an extra charge of $39.50. Have a nice day.'

/Tie it into your phone and Disney can send emails to your entire address book*. *if the app is a address book stealer
/Disney just needs to up the power to their antennas and they can, oh wait they already do see you over 20 feet away for movements, and more if focused.

Timmy: "Mommy? How does Goofy know my name?" .....
Mom: "Oh Dear, he just has an app in his ear that can read your RFID, that supposedly had a pin needing to be entered to see your credentials..Ah shiat!.."
Perv:"Hi little Timmy. How'd you like to see Walts head?"
 
2014-01-02 10:45:27 PM  

almandot: This is the point in the thread where I mention it's happening at Disney World so far and that the picture is from Disneyland Paris Tokyo Disneyland. ;)


This is the point in the thread where I quickly correct myself and laugh at the irony but remember I'm not a TIME journalist.
 
2014-01-02 10:46:08 PM  
At the Disneyworld resorts, they have cups with RFID chips in the bottom that they give you when you check in. You use them while you are at your hotel. What's insane is that the soda fountain won't let you fill your drink unless it reads the chip. It has a digital readout that not only shows how many days you have left on your cup, it also weighs the cup to know how much to pour. They KNOW what you're drinking, man!
/oh, and they fingerprint the adults when you try to enter the parks. Not kidding.
 
2014-01-02 10:46:13 PM  

JoieD'Zen: Mugato: JoieD'Zen: Yes, it's for your protection!
Who do they share this info with?

Who would want data on a person's activity in Disney World?

data miners. They have your photos, family behaviour stats,, credit card info, etc. They should be paying you for the entry.


Yes because when my five year old nephew threw his hot dog on the ground and then I had to drop a deuce before getting on space mountain are all marketable items.

God forbid Disney make an amusement park trip easier on families while gleaning data on what works and what does not to make a better experience.
 
2014-01-02 10:48:24 PM  
Do you American's even know what "freedom" means anymore?
 
2014-01-02 10:49:34 PM  
I feel dumbo-er for having read this.
 
2014-01-02 10:49:50 PM  

baconbeard: Do you American's even know what "freedom" means anymore?


You have the freedom to not go to Disney World if you don't want to.
 
2014-01-02 10:50:33 PM  
As someone who was with a party that lost a kid at DW last year...that would have made the hour and a half running around looking for him much less stressful.

/that said, if a kid is going to get lost, it's the safest place to do so.
//they don't mess around and there is only one exit.
 
2014-01-02 10:51:40 PM  
Oblig RTC
www.halolz.com
Just wait till they find out what your thinking
www.halolz.com
 
2014-01-02 10:53:23 PM  
So the fark what?  Christ you kids love getting worked up over meaningless crap.
 
2014-01-02 10:53:37 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-02 10:54:30 PM  
They were testing them when I was at Disney World in July, but they were only available to people at a couple of the hotels. I wanted to try them so badly... I'm looking forward to not having to keep track of multiple cards next time I take my niece, and not having to dig a card out when you have your hands full will be very convenient.

I read somewhere that you'll be able to keep the band and reuse it for future trips, too and that they're going to be introducing fancier ones you can purchase. That's awesome, because we usually stay at two different hotels, which requires two separate reservations and we end up with two different cards for everyone which is confusing at times.
 
2014-01-02 10:55:35 PM  

whither_apophis: It's all fun and games until Nedry brings down the security grid.

/a huge park with lots of kids? Yeh tracking is a smart thing to do.


it's not like this is kings free park with cops eyes floating about
 
2014-01-02 10:55:44 PM  
Once again dumbass journalists either don't know or intentionally conflate the difference between government and private action.
 
2014-01-02 10:56:53 PM  
Yaaaaay!! Cotton candy!!! Ooh, popcorn! I want popcorn!!

Oh oh oh, can I get a hotdog? Nom nom nom nom..,

Hey look! The teacups! I wanna ride the teacups!!!

*pukes all over this thread*
 
2014-01-02 10:57:20 PM  

baconbeard: Do you American's even know what "freedom" means anymore?


As far as I can tell, it's based on the average 15-year-old's teenage angst which was never tempered by a mature understanding of interdependence and human interaction.
 
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