Boondocking, Orlando, FL and Disneyworld

After leaving Panama City, we couldn't get a place in Orlando for the same day and it was a long drive, so we decided to try our first time boondocking in a Cracker Barrel parking lot. It was actually not to bad. We went to sleep early, got up early, then ate breakfast there. In the morning we got back on the road to the KOA in Orlando. We got there early, and the kids did some schoolwork. It was a nice relaxing night.

The following day, went to Disney World. It was expensive, but in the end, we had fun...and this was always supposed to be our most expensive event, during the trip. It was. I told Drew, that Disney's most impressive skill, was probably crowd management. I am still probably right, but I discovered a new one! 

Disney has convinced consumers, that they have not only the right, but can require you to provide them with a fingerprint, to "match" consumers to their tickets! I was fingerprinted on my way in! They issued me a "ticket" which was essentially a magnetically encoded credit card style card, and had me activate it as I entered the park by placing my index finger, into a scanner, to tie me to my card! I'm not comfortable with a business requiring me to provide them a copy of my biometric identity, just to provide them with some form of protection that I don't and can't transfer my card or purchase. 

What do they do with my personal information, that now includes my fingerprint, along with anything else they normally stored! Since so many companies get hacked, do I want my fingerprint floating around with my credit card number or other identity attributes. 

Also, who can trust a company like Disney to not use the information for a more nefarious purpose like screening for whatever undesirable group is fashionable now. Muslim, Jewish, Liberal or Trump supporter? I was jaw dropped that a company could spring a fingerprint requirement on me, to use the $600.00+ purchase I had already made for my family's tickets. They did require it of each person, and wouldn't let us in until each person was scanned, and their print was approved. (Destiny had to scan hers twice, as her first one didn't "take".) 

When I asked about it, and to speak to some supervisor, to bypass this process, the worker placed her hand on the scanner, so I couldn't do it...then called over some girl right behind her with an iPad, who couldn't provide me with any privacy policy or anything, other than the information that the finger scans were required. I complied to move on, and enjoy my day, but wanted to warn anyone here, that this was happening at Disney, and may be a trend in future identity control. If Disney can do it, what stops Home Depot from trying, besides their history of poor data management that is.

Anyway, rant aside, we ended up having a long...fun...but expensive day. We will all remember it for various reasons, but I definitely won't keep referring to it as the happiest place on earth, as I was pretty unhappy in the beginning.

-Bobby