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Brooks Barnes
The New York Times|nytimes.com

ORLANDO, Fla. - Imagine Walt Disney World with no entry turnstiles. Cash? Passé: Visitors would wear rubber bracelets encoded with credit-card information, snapping up corn dogs and Mickey Mouse ears with a tap of the wrist. Smartphone alerts would signal when it is time to ride Space Mountain without standing in line.

Fantasyland? Hardly. It happens starting this spring.

Disney in the coming months plans to begin introducing a vacation-management system called MyMagic (PLUS) that will drastically change the way Disney World visitors — some 30 million people a year — do just about everything. read more »

The success of a $265 million Harry Potter-themed addition at Universal Orlando is sparking a heavyweight battle in a surprisingly resilient industry.

ORLANDO, Fla. - Pull down your lap bars: Universal Studios, the theme-park chain now controlled by Comcast, is rolling out new weapons in its battle against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts — and Disney is fortifying its defenses.

Universal’s parks have always languished in the shadow of mouse ears, and that will not change anytime soon.

Disney has eight parks in California and Florida that attract more than 3 million visitors each year, with summer the busiest season. Universal operates three parks, with annual attendance totaling about 18 million. read more »

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