Disney is asking Florida legislature to re-write the State's ticket laws to include the MyMagic+ wristbands. Disney argues these legal changes are necessary because the MyMagic+ system is much more complex than the traditional paper tickets at most amusement parks. The wristbands will also act as park ticket, room keys and have charging privileges. The current law currently uses the term "multiuse tickets," but Disney would like it to be reworded so it doesn't only include regular printed tickets, but also includes "any right designed for admission."
“As technology continues to evolve, theme parks and other venues are able to make ticketing for guests more convenient,” Disney spokesman Bryan Malenius said. “The bill being considered by the Legislature will help Florida keep up with the rapidly changing way guests experience entertainment choices, including our parks.”
Disney hopes new legislature would also reduce illegal ticket sales which is now a common problem, especially in Florida. The new law would make it illegal to resell or transfer any tickets without explicitly stating that the ticket can be used by more than one person. So far, Disney is receiving support from lawmakers.
“We are codifying that, if Disney wants to use a wristband, a button, an ID card or your phone as a ticket — as they currently do — it’s their choice. And, more importantly, it’s their right to do so,” stated the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City.
The legislation would also make the penalties for individuals fraudulently reselling tickets more severe. First-time violators caught reselling park tickets would increase from no more than $500 now to a maximum of $10,000. Individuals found with repeat violations would become face felony charges rather than a misdemeanor.
Other popular Florida theme parks appear to support the proposed legislative changes, including Busch Gardens and Sea World.