Disney World 'Cast Members' Utilizing iPad With New RFID FastPass Ticketing System
Going to Disney World loses its luster when the young impressionable mind of the child realizes every single ride is an elaborate front for a gift shop filled with over-priced memorabilia guaranteed to break during the infuriating journey back to the car parked in the exact spot you know it's not.
Luckily, Disney has decided to make life a little less horrible for those of us with exceptional cognitive abilities. Disney World’s Florida resort is using Apple’s iPad to enhance their FastPass ride ticketing system at the Magic Kingdom theme park.
Certain “Cast Members” working at the Magic Kingdom have iPads that allow them to track data from new wireless radio frequency identification posts (pictured above). The RFID system scans select park attendants’ FastPass cards allowing employees to track data during the test-run of the new system, but also assist customers experiencing problems with the new RFID cards.
The temporary RFID scanners are easily identifiable blue posts with the iconic Mickey Mouse outline inside of a grey circle. The new RFID system is part of Disney’s new ticketing system called “NextGen.” In addition to triggering interactive features around the park the new passes can serve as room keys for those staying at an accompanying resort.
Honestly, theme parks seem like the logical place to introduce RFID technologies and even more augmented reality based content.
Source: Apple Insider