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Old 09-06-2018, 10:09 AM   #16
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Have we reached the point in time when the magic band is already nostalgic? This made me chuckle.
Yanno, I hadn’t thought until reading your reaction that it’s been a mere 5 years ago Drew and I got our first MBs and were terribly impressed by what they could do.

I find it a bit unsettling to realize MBs were ever so remarkable 5-6 years ago and may soon be outmoded for those of us with smartphones.
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Yanno, I hadn’t thought until reading your reaction that it’s been a mere 5 years ago Drew and I got our first MBs and were terribly impressed by what they could do.

I find it a bit unsettling to realize MBs were ever so remarkable 5-6 years ago and may soon be outmoded for those of us with smartphones.
It's amazing and scary how fast technology moves on, isn't it? I don't know about you, but I find myself watching films or TV series from a few years ago and staring in amazement at the cell phones back then. They seem to change all the time... and no doubt will continue to do so. I'm sure they'll be out of date completely at some point in the future and replaced by goodness knows what!
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I imagine that there's quite a bit that Disney could use this technology for. Two that just popped into my mind are: 1) bus dispatching: guests tap their magicbands or smartphones at the bus stop to let bus dispatch know that there's people waiting for the MK bus at AKL or the DS bus at Pop. and 2) lockers: tap your magicband or smartphone to get your locker and pay for it and then tap at the locker to unlock the locker
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I use digital keys whenever that’s an option now at any Hilton hotel. I like feeling that I’m creating a little less plastic waste.
We’re at Disney’s Hilton Head resort now, and the rooms have now been set up for digital entry, even though they don’t have the ability to use MB’s. The CM said they’re just skipping over MB and going on to the next technology.
I like the idea of fewer MB’s being issued. Those are pretty wasteful.
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If they were to make it watch compatible, I would be all over that, but I'm much more likely to take out the trash or go get something from the car without my phone than without my mb. I have not gotten to that place where my phone is glued to me, perhaps because I cannot have it with me at work due to security. That said, I have to lock up my watch for the same reason, but I do wear a regular watch while at work, so something on my wrist is second nature!
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I like the Magic Bands and prefer to use those to access our room. They are fairly convenient too. When going to the pool or walking around the resort I often leave my cell phone in the room. I'm not someone that needs a cell phone 24/7 so I leave it behind a lot.
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