Disney MagicBand unlocking using Bluetooth

Guests at Disney hotels may no longer require keys to access their rooms. The introduction of Bluetooth ‘keys’ allows guests to skip the check-in desk and go straight to their rooms. The plan is for guests to take their phone, hold it up to the hotel room’s door and the Bluetooth device will automatically pair with the door and unlock it.

Security experts suggest that Bluetooth keys are potentially safer than traditional metal keys or even keycards, as there is more risk of losing or misplacing a physical key than losing a phone.

“Most of the criminal activities in the lodging industry are someone going up and getting a key that’s not theirs. So that eliminates that completely,” said forensic hospitality security expert Fred Del Marva.

Similar technology has been used in Hilton and Marriot hotels for several years.