Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Disney responds to congressman about MyMagic+

Disney responded to congressman Markey's concerns about the MyMagic+ program (see the 1/26/13 post)  This article in Dis News shows the response which could definitely be called irate. 
"We are offended by the ludicrous and utterly ill-informed assertion in your letter dated January 24, 2013, that we would in any way haphazardly or recklessly introduce a program that manipulates children, or wantonly puts their safety at risk.

It is truly unfortunate and extremely disappointing that you chose to publicly attack us before taking the time to review our policies and/or contact us for information, which would have obviated the need for your letter. Had you or your staff made the slightest effort, you would have found most of the answers to your questions already existed and were publicly available online..."
It's obvious that Disney is not about to let assertions such as that made by the congressman go by without a fight.  Right now the MyMagic+ program is very new and there are many details that people should know about before opting in.  I suspect that Disney is in for more flak, ill-informed or otherwise, about this program.  Whether it is just because it is new and different, or because there could be hidden problems, remains to be seen.  I personally think the real issue is whether Disney has thought about, and blocked, all the ways a system like this could be exploited by the bad guys, i.e unintended consequences.  And maybe the issue isn't what happens inside the parks, but what happens when people take their scannable wrist bands outside the parks.

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