Walt Disney World removing prize-awarding video games from arcades


Walt Disney World’s hotels will no longer give out prizes in their arcades. In 2013, legislation was passed banning Internet cafes, and it appears that Disney is playing it safe and removing claw machines and any games that give out points to redeem for toys and candy. The law says that no one can win a prize valued at more than 75 cents; the games also have to be operated by coins. As is the case in many arcades, Disney’s games are run by cards. James Harhi, of JFH Technologies, who maintains Disney’s video games, said that he was told by Disney that “it’s in their best interest to close these” because they were worried the law could be seen as including video games. He will be laying off four or five of his own employees, because so many of Disney’s prize-dispensing machines will be removed, leaving less work for his company. No Disney cast members will be fired. 22 people staff the prize redemption counters, but they will be given other positions next month. The redemption counter at the arcade at All-Star Music Resort is already gone; there are still counters in place at the Contemporary, All-Star Sports Resort, All-Star Movies Resort, Pop Century and Art of Animation. The Tomorrowland Arcade at the Magic Kingdom will close February 8 and the non-prize games will be sent to the hotel arcades. A Florida Senator, Kelli Stargel, is working on legislation that will allow cards to be used and increase the prize value, but the same sort of legislation was shot down last year. News Source: Orlando Sentinel

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