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Goodbye Paper Tickets! RFID Tickets Now Rolling Out at Walt Disney World

Goodbye Paper Tickets! RFID Tickets Now Rolling Out at Walt Disney World

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 [...]

Jan 31, 2013     8 Comments
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New “Next-Gen” Finale Scene Debuts at “it’s a small world”

New “Next-Gen” Finale Scene Debuts at “it’s a small world”

Just last week, we showed you that Imagineers were working on a new finale scene inside “it’s a small world” at the Magic Kingdom. Well, for the most part, their work is done: As you can see, the scene has been freshened up a bit. All 22 goodbye phrases are still there, but new accents and a few large postcard shaped signs have been added. However, just because the scene is now visible, does not mean that they are done working on it. The eventual plan is to have the large postcards replaced with screens that will say goodbye to guests personally after gathering their names off of their MagicBands. It is even possible that the long-rumored “create-your-own-doll” feature will [...]

Jan 29, 2013     10 Comments
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Next-Gen Finale Scene Being Installed at “it’s a small world”

Next-Gen Finale Scene Being Installed at “it’s a small world”

For over 41 years, 22 different goodbyes in different languages were the last thing guests would see on “it’s a small world” at the Magic Kingdom. That scene was quietly removed a few days ago and black tarps were hung to cover work Imagineers are currently doing to the attraction. Rumor has it that when completed, the new scene will read guest’s MagicBands and RFID-enabled tickets to give them a personalized goodbye with their name in it. Here’s what the scene looks like now: Stay tuned to WDW News Today as work progresses on this new scene for “it’s a small world”.

Jan 22, 2013     3 Comments
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Dirk Wallen’s 1/9/13 Hollywood Studios Photo Report

Dirk Wallen’s 1/9/13 Hollywood Studios Photo Report

WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen made a quick trip over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios earlier today and has a couple of newsworthy photos to share with us from his trip. Let’s take a look: Peter Pan blu-ray billboard in the parking lot We’re still letting the memories begin… More RFID entrances are being installed in preparation for the rollout of MyMagic+ and MagicBand Plenty of Kodak references still up all over the park The stage is finally down in front of the hat Peter Pan and Frankenweenie billboards in the Animation Courtyard The Monsters Inc. 3-D billboard is now a billboard for Monsters University Comedy Warehouse is gone… Muppetvision 3-D is still presented by Kodak currently Osborne Lights are coming down

Jan 9, 2013     No Comments
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From Pirates, to Princesses, to Cars, Guest “MagicBands” Will Be Fully Customizable

From Pirates, to Princesses, to Cars, Guest “MagicBands” Will Be Fully Customizable

Disney released a few MagicBand press pictures not too long ago, and if you look closely, you can see guests using bands of various designs and colors If you look really closely, you can even see one child has a Pirates of the Caribbean themed MagicBand This is really just the beginning of the customization options for MagicBand, as there will be bands representing characters such as the Fab 5, Disney Princesses, and PIXAR characters, just to name a few. There are even rumors that companies like Dooney & Burke and Swarovski will produce upscale vanity bands that guests can buy as well. If a wristband isn’t your thing, Disney plans on creating watches, keychains, and various jewelry that can [...]

Jan 7, 2013     12 Comments
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“MyMagic+” and “MagicBand” Are About to Change the Way You Visit Walt Disney World

“MyMagic+” and “MagicBand” Are About to Change the Way You Visit Walt Disney World

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 [...]

Jan 6, 2013     35 Comments
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