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  • A common question asked by Disney newcomers who are visiting the parks for the first time, or maybe researching before their upcoming first trip, is:“Why does Disney scan your fingerprint?"


  • So today I'm going to talk about just that.


  • How Disney scans your fingerprint, why they do it, and what implications it might have on personal privacy.


  • So if you're looking for the really short answer, I'll say this:


  • It's not to track you or put you in some Orwellian master database.


  • It's essentially a preventative measure to combat ticket fraud, and it's due to the way Disney sells their tickets.


  • You see, Disney wants you to stay on Disney World property for as long as possible.


  • The resort is so large and all-encompassing that every extra day you spend there is another day you're paying them for the hotel, another day you're buying their food, their drinks, their snacks.


  • So in order to incentivize you to stay longer, they price their park tickets so that after the 4th day, each additional day costs less and less.

    因此,為了讓大家想待在樂園的時間更長,樂園的門票自第 4 天開始,每增加一天的費用越來越少。

  • That means that in the end a five-day pass, at the time of this recording at least, would cost you $395, but a ten-day pass would cost $445.

    意思就是,至少在我露這支影片的時候,5 天的門票是美金 395元,但是 10 天的門票是美金 445元,

  • Only $50 extra.

    只多了 50 元美金。

  • Think about that.


  • Fifty bucks for five whole extra days at the parks!

    50 元美金可以在樂園多玩額外的 5 天。

  • Of course, there are all the extra added costs, like the hotel, the food, but that's the part Disney doesn't want you to think about.


  • Now if you do think about it, there's a pretty simple scheme within that pricing system that makes it very easy to exploit.


  • Let's say I want to go on a five day vacation.

    假設我想要去玩 5 天。

  • I could pay the $395 for a five-day pass, or I could buy a ten-day pass for $445, use five of the days, and then sell the pass at it's remaining five days to someone else at a discount.

    我可以付美金 395 元買 5 天的門票玩 5 天,我也可以付 445 元買 10 天的門票,只玩 5 天,然後剩下的 5 天折扣賣給別人。

  • Say, three hundred bucks.

    假設賣美金 300 元好了。

  • Suddenly I've gotten my five days of Disney at a net cost of $145, and some other person is getting their five days at a discount, too.

    瞬間,我的迪士尼 5 天門票價值美金 145 元,別人的 5 天門票也獲得了折扣。

  • Everybody wins!


  • Except for Disney, and they're not about to let themselves come out behind in this.


  • So how does Disney prevent it?


  • Your fingerprints.


  • Essentially in order to stop the fraud, Disney needs to link an individual to each ticket they sell.


  • More importantly, they need a fast way to do it.


  • Sure, they could match up names on the pass with the guest's ID, but that process is slow, especially when you consider that daily attendance to the parks numbers in the tens of thousands.


  • So fingerprint scanning acts as the biometric use to match your ticket to you, so that you can't turn around and sell it to someone else later on.


  • But how do they do the scanning, and should you be worried about your privacy?


  • Well, as expected, Disney says you should not.


  • In fact, according to them they're not actually scanning your fingerprint.


  • I mean, they are, but they also aren't.


  • It's… it's weird.

    嗯... 有點奇怪是吧。

  • You see when we think about fingerprint scanning we usually think of something like this.


  • A machine that scans an image of your fingerprint and stores it or matches it to a saved fingerprint in a database.


  • What Disney's system does, however, is it scans your fingerprint and measures three points on it.


  • From that they calculate a unique number that then gets tied to your ticket.


  • What do they measure and what's the calculation?


  • Well, we don't know, and that's kind of the idea.


  • The minute that info gets out there becomes that much easier to circumvent the system.


  • Disney then dumps the scan and keeps the number.


  • Every time you use the ticket after that, it makes sure that the number still lines up.


  • That number remains tied to your ticket for up to 30 days after your ticket expires or gets used up.

    在你的門票到期後至多 30 天內,該號碼仍與你的門票相互連結著。

  • And that's really about it.


  • It doesn't go into some database.


  • It doesn't get used to track you.


  • After all, they don't need your fingerprint for that, they've got Magic Bands.

    畢竟,迪士尼不需要你的指紋,他們有你的魔法手環 (可以感應連結門票和飯店房卡等)。

  • In any case, if you still find yourself uncomfortable with the idea, you can choose to opt out of the fingerprint scan and instead show a picture ID to confirm that the ticket is yours.


  • Disney obviously doesn't advertise this too much because it really slows down the whole process of letting guests in, but the option is out there.


  • So should you worry?


  • Well, that's ultimately up to you to decide, but personally, I don't think so.


  • They don't have a motivation to steal your fingerprint and store it away.


  • Their motivation is to prevent people from selling tickets secondhand and cutting in on their profits.


  • Sure, a decade ago, this solution might have seemed like overkill


  • but with fingerprint scanning continuously increasing in popularity as a form of biometric ID, it just kind of seems normal now.


A common question asked by Disney newcomers who are visiting the parks for the first time, or maybe researching before their upcoming first trip, is:“Why does Disney scan your fingerprint?"


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