RFID Payment System Comes to the Contemporary
Radio Frequency ID, or RFID, payment terminals recently started being tested at Disney's Contemporary Resort.
Under this new system, guests staying at a resort will be issued a "Key to the World" resort card. The card will let the guest "pay" for an item, say, at the gift shop with the purchase being added to the guest resort bill. In addition to being a new means to pay for items throughout a resort, the RFID cards will also be equipped to open a guest's room.
At this time, the Contemporary is testing this newer "Touch to Pay" technology by randomly selecting guests to receive and use the RFID cards. As an added measure of security, those selected to participate in the test are being given a PIN number to utilize with purchases over $50.
To make a purchase, the guest touches the RFID card to the payment terminal. The payment is instant and goes on that guest's room bill.
The resort has the new RFID readers at its gift shops, pool bars and the Contempo Cafe. At this time, though, the testing is limited to just the Contemporary; these special RFID enabled "Key to the World" cards won't be able to be used anywhere else in Walt Disney World. Yet.