RFID turnstiles technology is being used now at the turnstiles at Epcot in Walt Disney World, and from what I have heard it is working great! The lines move quicker, especially first thing in the morning when the park is opening. This is welcomed by all guests, because let’s face it, we want in, and we want in quickly in the morning! Another welcomed idea behind these RFID turnstiles is that Disney shows determination to make every part of the Walt Disney World Resort vacation experience as accessible as possible, equally, for everyone. If you are using a stroller or in a wheelchair, you will be able to go right through with these new RFID turnstiles.
Here is how the concept works.
- You first get in line with your ticket.
- A Cast Member will place a sticker on your ticket with the new silver RFID technology chip.
- You pass the ticket in front of the new silver poles with Mickey shaped tops that are in place at the turnstiles.
- There are finger scanners, which are very efficient, and you place your finger in the scanner.
- There will be a bright swirly light that will appear, and that means your scan is complete and you can enter the park.
It sounds very easy to use and I can’t wait to check them out in person. I am sure we will see more of this technology in the Disney Theme Parks. Already in place are the RFID chips in the reusable mugs, and RFID chips are used on the buses now, to start the automatic announcements. There is also a new interactive game being created for Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World; Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, which uses RFID technology.
It’s all good, Disney, and we appreciate your efforts to make our Disney vacation experience more enjoyable. If the RFID turnstiles will get me into the theme parks quicker, so I can get my first Fast Pass of the day, I am a happy guest!