Re: Disney and wearables
My guess is that it's Disney making it easier to sell more. Anything that streamlines payment -- tap a wristband against a device instead of digging through pockets for a wallet and then swiping a card -- is probably a good thing in Disney's eyes.
I also don't find the Magic Band to be all that creepy, which surprises me given that I'm a curmudgeon about wearables and IoT. Disney is already a highly controlled, highly monitored environment. It's also a limited environment: once I'm out of the park, the band comes off and the roving eye of Mickey turns elsewhere.
When you're spending hours in the blazing sun, standing in line, navigating crowds, and wrangling sugar-addled children, a wearable that makes the experience even slighty more convenient would be welcome.