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One more thing about the MagicBands

I forgot to put this in the WDW review post, and that one’s already long.

Here is what the MagicBand looked like on my wrist from the top:


Kind of okay, right? But here is what it looked like from the side:


My wrists are the teeniest-tiniest parts of my body. The part with the transmitter couldn’t be bent and was longer than that part of my Montgomery Burns-esque wrist. So no matter how I turned it, it stuck out. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but it never truly became unnoticeable.

I’d like to see it redesigned into more of a watch-like design. Hell, put a cheap digital timepiece in it so it can replace a watch and make it buzz 15 minutes before a FastPass+ or dining reservation time.

(bad photoshop)


From WM: They were uncomfortable for me because they were rubbery and sweaty and stiff. The stiff part was too small for my wrist. I didn’t want to keep it on the whole time because I didn’t want a fat white tan line. I kept it in my pocket. I would be willing to pay $20 for a more comfortable version.

The Frazzleds at Walt Disney World

Years ago while I was still at the C-P, I sketched a self-portrait at work.

frazzled kim

The likeness is uncanny, no?

As you can see, my artistic skills are second to none. I named her Frazzled Kim and stuck her on my computer monitor. A few months later, as WM and I approached a sorely-needed Disney vacation, I created an full length sketch of her and gave her a charming and equally-frazzled partner. I pulled up a picture of Walt Disney World on my monitor, taped them to the monitor, snapped a photo to text to WM, and The Frazzleds were born.

Yes, I actually had them laminated.

Yes, I actually had them laminated.

It then became tradition that a month before a Disney Trip, I’d start photographing The Frazzleds on their trip. We went to Walt Disney World last week, so here’s a montage of this year’s Frazzleds trip.

The Frazzleds at WDW, 2014.

The Frazzleds at WDW, 2014.

Our ACTUAL trip was amazing, and I’ll be sharing some memories of that soon. For now, I’m trying to rehabilitate my feet and wondering why my MagicBand won’t work at Target.

The Number of the Mouse

We have a trip to Walt Disney World coming up, and I gotta tell ya, Disney’s spending mucho bucks in order to track how many churros I consume in a five-day period.

Oh noes! Worse than the NSA!

Oh noes! Worse than the NSA!

Our room keys, park passes and FastPass+es are/will be connected to these bracelets, called MagicBands. All we’ll have to do to get around the park is hold up our wrists in a slack-jawed and zombie-like manner. I can manage that. I also think this bracelet will serve as our PhotoPass card. We’ll even be able to connect our credit card and a PIN to the bracelet so that we’ll be able to make purchases in the same passive manner. We’re not sure about that. I don’t want to make it THAT easy for myself. But yeah! Take away my worries of losing either my hotel room key, my park ticket, my photo pass card, my FastPass slips, or my debit card while I’m in the park.

With every change WDW has made to the theme park system, there has been a bit of push-back* but I seriously don’t care. Why? Because M. Mouse, NSA agent, already knows how often I visit, the type of passes I buy, the hotels I prefer to stay at, the attractions I get FastPasses for, and the purchases I make. This just links all of that data together.


* Example 1 : Napkins, Example 2: Closing pools after lifeguard hours end, Example 3: Refillable mugs (thread from 2006!)

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