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Disney has issued a formal statement to cast members about the roll-out of new RFID tickets this week as they prepare for the launch of MyMagic+: As we convert our theme park entrances to touch points, single or multi-day tickets purchased at Vacation Planning and Guest Relations locations beginning Jan. 30 will be enabled with radio frequency (RF) technology. Guests with these tickets will be able to utilize the main entrance touch points to enter the parks as well as turnstiles. The rollout of the new tickets will happen over several days, one park at a time. The tentative schedule is Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Jan. 30, Magic Kingdom on Jan. 31, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Feb. 1 [...]
I know it is a few days late, but I decided that I should share some newsworthy photos from my last trip to Walt Disney World with you, so let’s take a look at a couple of interesting things happening around the resort: The Epcot Center charm bracelet is now available The “Oz The Great and Powerful” playground fro the Flower and Garden Festival is being constructed near Imagination! The FastPass+ queue seems to be finished at the Seas with Nemo and Friends Yes, the cut a hole in the mural… The Main Street Bakery is closed until May to convert to Starbucks service Tomorrowland Terrace has breakfast for now FastPass+ scanners uncovered at Tomorrowland Speedway Also uncovered at the [...]
WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen visited Epcot earlier today to see the newly remodeled Boulangerie Patisserie in France and the IBM Think exhibit inside Innoventions, so let’s take a look at what’s going on around the park: Guests with RFID tickets are using the new entrance area all the way to the right, meanwhile more of the new RFID scanners are being installed Kodak picture spots are still up Daisy got a new meet and greet backdrop near the front of the park a few weeks ago, it is pretty retro-tastic Epcot Character Spot is still being remodeled Preparations underway for the Flower and Garden Festival The new IBM exhibit quietly opened today inside Innoventions The new exhibit is simply called [...]
We’ve been keeping you updated on tests of FastPass+ and “Order Ahead” dining over the last few months, well, now we have the official word from Disney on how all of this “Next-Gen” technology will tie together to change the way guests experience Walt Disney World. If you have been following this site and our podcast for any amount of time, you have probably heard us discuss much of what we will explain in this post, but this is the first time we are getting the info straight from a Disney document. To protect our sources, we will not be showing you the document itself, but rather telling you the more interesting or important points of a release that was [...]
As we told you a few days ago, we were set to test the FastPass+ system at the Magic Kingdom over the weekend. Well, we sent reporter Zach Larson to try out the system and unlike previous tests, it seems things went really well: Here are the cards guests used for this test Now that the permanent machines for scanning FastPass+ cards have been installed, here’s a look at what will happen when you successfully use the system: Unlike previous tests, most reports we have read stated that all FastPasses that were possessed on guests card worked and scanned properly. With this successful test underway and new turnstiles & touch-to-pay machines popping-up around the resort, it is only a matter [...]
Walt Disney World cast members are currently testing FastPass+ at the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios through Saturday. I got to play around with the registration system a bit earlier today and I have to say it is looking a lot better than it was during the last testing period. Here’s what we have learned about the process: Once you log-in, each guest can choose a character avatar (only 8 available now) and mark if they are celebrating anything The current test allows one day at Magic Kingdom and one day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios You pick the day you want to visit that park… The current test allows you to pick one experience from the first category and [...]
WDWNT Reporter Adam Roth has been all over the Disney Parks this weekend. Here are some assorted photos (that don’t include his 400 from New Fantasyland) he took at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot: Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom shirts available at Sir Mickey’s Work continues on the restrooms going in at the old Skyway site Yankee Trader still behind tarps Weird… Rock-work appearing FastPass Plus still installed at Haunted Mansion The Magic Kingdom is getting ready for RFID park entry We believe that the purpose of the steel truss at the park entrance is a test for a new possible exit Cast members have been routing guests leaving the park through wider gates in the center and counting off [...]
WDWNT Reporter Adam Roth visited Downtown Disney, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios yesterday and has a ton of newsworthy photos to share with us from this trip, so let’s take a look: Work continues on Splitsville at Downtown Disney Spotted construction workers Still looks nothing like the concept art… The Phineas and Ferb topiary from Epcot is now near the Phines and Ferb & You attraction Guests were waiting for it to open Blink has been open for a while now, don’t think we have shown it yet… John Carter Vinylmation is now at D Street Adam is probably the only person who has bought them They had better hurry up… Moving over to Epcot Some work going on at [...]
WDWNT Reporter Adam Roth visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot yesterday and has plenty of newsworthy photos to share with us, so let’s take a look: The parks are dead You can see FastPass+ installed at the end Probably a 5… FastPass+ installed at Tower as well Ummmm…. The old Carthay Theater on Sunset Boulevard Eat your heart out DCA How am I supposed to take a shortcut through Starring Roles if you are fixing the path? Heading into Magic of Disney Animation John Lasseter in Wreck-It Ralph form Fantastic video game humor on dispaly Ha Artists working hard on the new Ink and Paint Cells There is a Fix-It Felix machine on display, although it is behind glass The [...]
So, here’s what guests picked at random for the FastPass Plus test are getting in their inboxes right now: So not only are they signing up for the date and attractions they wish to experience ahead of their trip, but they will be mailed the FastPass Plus cards prior to their arrival. This is what the system should be like if ever permanently implemented down the road. It seems that the scheduled test dates are September 18th through the 24th. Stay tuned to WDWNT as more information becomes available on this breaking story.