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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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Work Continues on “Explosive” Interactive Queue at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Work Continues on “Explosive” Interactive Queue at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

As work continues on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad interactive queue at the Magic Kingdom, we can see more and more of what exactly we can expect while we wait in line. Let’s take a look at the latest progress: These signs were installed recently The signs are pretty funny Signs saying “Explosives” have been added to the large cabinets in the queue Props that guests can blow-up are being installed on the mountain I somehow managed to get a closer shot while in a moving train… I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited to blow things up while I wait to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

Jan 30, 2013     4 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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“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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Tom Staggs Updates Shareholders on Next-Gen Experiences in the Disney Parks

Tom Staggs took the stage yesterday to address shareholders just as he has in years past but now as President of Parks and Resorts. After reflecting on his past year as the head of Parks and Resorts Staggs proceeded to outline the capital investments that the Parks division has been making over the year and what we can expect as guests for the next few years. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights for the resort: -As Previously Reported the Snow White Mine Train coaster will take advantage of a newly patented ride vehicle, which twists and turns on its track. -The new Art of Animation Resort will open sometime in 2013 (Still may be 2012, this was [...]

Feb 18, 2011     No Comments
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