Disney has announced that the Walt Disney World Resort will start accepting contactless payments (including digital wallets) on December 24, 2014. As part of the MyMagic+ retrofit, the payment terminals at food and retail establishments now have an NFC reader. This allows for the use of Google Wallet, Apple Pay and SoftCard along with RFID enabled credit cards and MagicBands/MagicCards.
The MyMagic+ experience is enabled by the purchase of a MagicBand or MagicCard. Guests staying at the resort will be able to make purchases by tapping their MagicBand or MagicCard, that is tied to their payment card, on the payment terminal. They will also be able to use those devices to reserve FastPass+ spots and use it as a key to enter their resort room. Embeded within the MagicBand is also a Bluetooth transmitter that helps Disney track guests around the park and possibly customize their park experience in the future.
You will find many of the tiny Apple Pay sticker added to credit card terminals at merchants that proudly proclaim their support for the new iPhone 6. This user submitted picture shows a rare sight of a Google Wallet Logo (along with SoftCard) on the large Verifone MX925 terminal screen at Toys-R-Us in Pearlridge Center.
Android Google Wallet users, check your Google Wallet app-- you may have received a free $5 gift credit! There has been many reports of free credits from Regal Cinemas, Toys R Us, Whole Foods, AMC Theaters, and Staples. You must claim the gift to keep it.
Kate Spade Outlet in the Waikele Premium Outlets has Verifone MX925 payment terminals with NFC payment support behind the LCD screen. HNL NFC has verified that the terminals indeed accept mobile wallets. It was reported that while the transaction can accept mobile wallets, employees are not trained to handle the transactions, asking to see a physical credit card to process the payment. A tip to alleviate any issues with mobile payments, try to use the debit option for your mobile wallet. If you are using Google Wallet, the debit PIN code is the same PIN code you secure the app with.
There has been reports that Tanioka's Seafood and Catering is refusing to accept NFC mobile wallet payents stating "it's a security concern." Whatever the reason, reducing or restricting forms of payment because it is "unknown" or "new" is bad for business. For this reason, we are removing them from the accepted merchant list until this issue is resolved. We hope that all merchants realize that giving customers more choices in payment options will increase sales.