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05-03-2012, 08:17 PM #1
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
05-04-2012, 03:27 AM #2
Would save tons of paper per day if they could stop "printing" fast passes.
05-04-2012, 10:44 AM #3
This article has some errors and is far from complete, this system is not part of the existing FastPass system. This is actually part of a project called Project NextGen, which is starting off with the ability to schedule your FastPasses from home if you are staying at a onsite hotel.
When you check into the hotel, your room key will have the RFID chip in it and be associated with the reservations that you need. This system is being tested throughout May with select guests at present, I am sure there will be some tweaks to it and then it will be expanded.
It is rumored that the next part of this after the Fastpass will be to allow characters to know your name when you walk up to them and they will be able to give you a more personal greeting.
This is the basics of what is happening, I am sure that there are more details that someone who reports things can find out, if they try to.
05-04-2012, 10:59 AM #4
I thought DisneyWorld already had your room key/park pass/fast pass all in one card? This will be the norm soon enough, it's going to Disneyland in California. Though I believe it'll only be an option if you stay at a Disney Hotel, i.e. Paradise Pier, Disneyland Hotel, and Grand Californian. Makes things a lot easier....until you lose your card